SunriseValley From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 4351 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4072 times:
Quoting BatonOps (Reply 2): They are headed in the right direction (west) for delivery flights.
I don't think so. Deliveries of the earlier ones were via Gander, Greenland and Iceland into Scandanavia, through Europe and Asia and Australia. Not sure what the trans-Tasman stop would have been. Perhaps Lord Howe Island?
NZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4059 times:
Quoting Rongotai (Reply 7): Actually on her long journey to Nelson (NSN). That is where the Q300s are based.
Very true. I was thinking Airport Of Entry.
Also - the Q300s are based at other airports than only Nelson though that is obviously the chief base... for example, two are based out of New Plymouth, others from Napier, and down the track more, Tauranga.
Trans - Tasman, perhaps Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands? That was the feeling when I asked a similar question in the Tech-Ops forum a while back.
Or if they have extra fuel tanks added in the cabin for delivery, they just might be able to make Sydney to Auckland non-stop - distance is 2164km and range with 50 passengers is 1557km...
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RobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3942 posts, RR: 19 Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3818 times:
Quoting LPLAspotter (Reply 11): One was here in the Azores demonstrating its ability to SATA Air Acores as future replacement for the ATP. Could be the same aircraft heading west via Alaska, Aleutians, Japan, etc..
Close, but it wasn't this aircraft. The one in question was C-FFOZ which is now ZK-NEG with Air Nelson.
It (C-FFOZ) ferried Downsview-Goose Bay 7 April, Goose Bay-Narsarsuaq-Reykjavik-Belfast BHD-Lisbon 8 April and demonstrated to SATA. Returned 13-15 April going the opposite way then ferried to North Bay on 27 April for installation of long range ferry tanks.
Tjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2320 posts, RR: 3 Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3761 times:
Confirming what WMUPilot wrote, these are delivery flights. We've had numerous Air New Zealand Link DHC-8's and Island Air DHC-8's, including at least one Island Air Q400, pass through here (GRR) on their way west over the past year or so.
A couple exotic liveries compared to the normal hum drum red tails that dominate GRR.
Direct KNOBS, maintain 2700' until established on the localizer, cleared ILS runway 26 left approach.