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User currently offlineQF108 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 333 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

Hi All, (or Kia Ora !)
Just back from a weeks holiday in NZ, great place and people. Fly in and out of Christchurch airport and had some questions I hope can be answered.

1. Flew home on EK, wonderful airline they would have to be the benchmark, anyway they parked at Gate 34 and were in before the Australian afternoon arrivals and departures. Does the size of the A345 mean they can't taxi past gates 31/32 safely if they are occupied, may have been an optical illusion but did appear that way ?

2. Arrived on Pacific Blue and noticed on the cargo apron there was an all white 737, I think -300, and also a Fokker, again all white. Can someone please tell me who operates these planes, as well as regos, and a schedule if there is one than anyone knows of ?

3. Landing fees at Christchurch, spent a fair amount of time in the terminal today and noticed a lot of General Aviation aircraft, especially on the grass runway doing I believe pilot training. As someone who has an ambition of completing my PPL one-day was envious to see so many small planes mixing it with the big boys, so is it relatively cheap to land at Christchurch or just lack of other airports in the area.

Thanks
Mark


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User currently onlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5311 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2418 times:



Quoting QF108 (Thread starter):
2. Arrived on Pacific Blue and noticed on the cargo apron there was an all white 737, I think -300, and also a Fokker, again all white. Can someone please tell me who operates these planes, as well as regos, and a schedule if there is one than anyone knows of ?

The all white 737 was most likely 732 ZK-NQC it is owned and operated by a company called airworks. The Fokker is most likely airworks aswell, can't think of the rego though.

I can't answer the first question sorry.


User currently offlineGeorgebush From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 679 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2342 times:



Quoting QF108 (Thread starter):
Does the size of the A345 mean they can't taxi past gates 31/32 safely if they are occupied, may have been an optical illusion but did appear that way ?

They used to park at gate 29 which ment it would have to go past it. Korean Air and Air New Zealand's 744's used to park at those gates.



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User currently offlineFly_yhm From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1681 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

I don't have any answer but did you get youeself up and the rook for some spotting, I loved that when i was there.


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User currently offlineQF108 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 333 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2263 times:



Quoting Fly_yhm (Reply 3):
I don't have any answer but did you get youeself up and the rook for some spotting, I loved that when i was there.

No I didn't, had my girlfriend with me and hung around inside the terminal, that way she could occupy herself in the shops for a bit whilst I watched the action on the apron, and actually forgot they had a viewing area, it had been about 10 years since Id been to CHC. Must say we were lucky to even depart when we did, the fog rolled in and rolled in fast !



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User currently offlineAirevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 875 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

Air NZ used to have a white Fokker 27 (with Air NZ titles) for training at CHC, don´t know if they still have it.


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User currently offlineNZ1 From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 2254 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1946 times:
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Quoting Airevents (Reply 5):
Air NZ used to have a white Fokker 27 (with Air NZ titles) for training at CHC, don´t know if they still have it.

We still have it. Its parked in #4 hangar round behind the paint hangar. ZK-BXH

Quoting ZK-NBT (Reply 1):
The Fokker is most likely airworks aswell, can't think of the rego though.

ZK-NAN and NAO. Not sure if ZK-POF is still with them or not.

Quoting QF108 (Thread starter):
Does the size of the A345 mean they can't taxi past gates 31/32 safely if they are occupied, may have been an optical illusion but did appear that way ?

EK have their mx staff located by this gate, hence their reason for using it. There is no restriction on taxiing, no matter what is parked at what gate.

NZ1


User currently offlineNZ99 From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1870 times:



Quoting QF108 (Thread starter):
Flew home on EK, wonderful airline they would have to be the benchmark,

Agree with you there  thumbsup 

Quoting NZ1 (Reply 6):
EK have their mx staff located by this gate, hence their reason for using it. There is no restriction on taxiing, no matter what is parked at what gate.

EK is serviced by PlaneBiz in Christchurch and base their operations at gates 32-35 therefore EK operating out of 34 (only 345 capable of the 3).


User currently offlineNZ1 From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 2254 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1828 times:
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Quoting NZ99 (Reply 7):
EK is serviced by PlaneBiz in Christchurch and base their operations at gates 32-35

The aircraft may be serviced by PlaneBiz, but their maintenance is done by their own staff who are based in CHC. And Gate 35 is also capable of taking the A345

NZ1


User currently offlineNZ99 From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1797 times:



Quoting NZ1 (Reply 8):
The aircraft may be serviced by PlaneBiz, but their maintenance is done by their own staff who are based in CHC. And Gate 35 is also capable of taking the A345

If im not mistaken isn't gate 34 the same airbridge as 35?


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12092 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1767 times:
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Quoting NZ99 (Reply 9):

CHCs web-site says its gate 34-35 http://www.christchurch-airport.co.n...content/library/CIAL_level_one.pdf Looks like Gate 33 is a remote gate. I think Gate 34-35 can be used by two aircraft, with one at the gate and the other being accessed by the stairs. I'm sure thats also how gates 15-20 in the domestic terminal work as there are three gates there, but with 6 different gate numbers


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