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Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?  
User currently offlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1620 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4897 times:

I recently saw Air New Zealand Link DHC-8s on two separate occaisions at GRR. Does anybody know why? According to FlightAware, it came to GRR from YYB (North Bay, ON) and is now on its way to CCR.

C-FGAI, the aircraft below, was at GRR today.

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User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4890 times:

Maybe delivery flight?


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User currently offlineBatonOps From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 747 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4890 times:

They are headed in the right direction (west) for delivery flights.

User currently offlineWMUPilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1473 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4884 times:

They are delivery flights on their way to the west coast. Almost all west coast deliveries from Bombardier stop in GRR for fuel.


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User currently offlineNZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4875 times:

Air New Zealand are in the process of buying 17 Q300s to replace their aging SAAB 340B aircraft (most of whom are now 18-20 years old). That Q300 will be on her long journey to Auckland  Smile


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User currently offlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1620 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4875 times:

Quoting WMUPilot (Reply 3):
Almost all west coast deliveries from Bombardier stop in GRR for fuel.

Really? I never knew that. In the countless times I've been to the airport, this is the first time I've seen a Bombardier delivery aiplane here. Thanks all for the info.



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User currently offlineWMUPilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1473 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4840 times:

Island Air DH8s have been stoping by as well as America West Express CR9s all usually stop in GRR for fuel.


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User currently offlineRongotai From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 477 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4825 times:

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 4):
That Q300 will be on her long journey to Auckland

Actually on her long journey to Nelson (NSN). That is where the Q300s are based.


User currently offlineSunriseValley From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 4986 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4812 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?


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9642 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4810 times:

Does anyone have any idea of what its other tech stops would be. It is a long way to New Zealand, and there have to be some long overwater legs involved too.


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User currently offlineNZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4799 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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User currently offlineLPLAspotter From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 682 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4624 times:

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..

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User currently offlineNZ1 From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 2266 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4605 times:
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No idea what route this aircraft is supposed to be going sorry. I don't have much to do with the link airlines/aircraft. However, from memory, they have all travelled eastbound so far.

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User currently offlineRongotai From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 477 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4584 times:

There was a description of an eastbound delivery flight in 'Australian Aviation' a while back.

I have read somewhere recently that one of the NZ aircraft was going to be used as a demonstrator before delivery. Maybe this was the GRR aircraft.

By the way I was in aKL last night and there were 4 of the Q400s on the domestic apron. They certainly make the place look busier than the Saabs did!


User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3947 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4560 times:

The routing for them is as follows :

Downsview (CYZD)
North Bay (CYYB)
Grand Rapids (KGRR)
Buchanan Field (KCCR)
Honolulu (PHNL)
Pago Pago (NSTU)
Nelson (NZNS)

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R (the delivery/ferry flt expert, apparently  Wink)


User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3947 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4558 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.

 spin 

R


User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2444 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4501 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.



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