QF108 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 338 posts, RR: 1 Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2682 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.
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2545 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.
QF108 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 338 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2390 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 !
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