alangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2103 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 23146 times:
The Australian thread mentions that China Southern is planning to start three times weekly service Guang zhou - Brisbane - Auckland in September.
This airline is in SkyTeam, and has Europe service to Amsterdam, London and Paris. Wonder if they would carry local traffic AKL-BNE? They might follow the Shanghai lead and let transit passengers have a 48 hour visa free entry into China while they are changing flights.
alangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2103 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 23092 times:
From the news story in the ODT - people who use these flights must buy some hotel accommodation, car hire etc. ( Apparently, people who have their own unit in Wanaka, stay with friends, or stay in a Time Share would not qualify to use these flights.
In the ODT, an Auckland based director is named as Jef Kerr. Ring any bells?
xiaotung From New Zealand, joined Jan 2006, 734 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 23080 times:
Quoting alangirvan (Reply 6): This airline is in SkyTeam, and has Europe service to Amsterdam, London and Paris. Wonder if they would carry local traffic AKL-BNE? They might follow the Shanghai lead and let transit passengers have a 48 hour visa free entry into China while they are changing flights.
At CAN it's not even 24 hours. It is strictly same day departure at CAN without a visa. I wonder how many would like the hassle of stopping at BNE on their way to Europe. The only reason might be their fares are crazy cheap.
aerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2550 posts, RR: 4 Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 22938 times:
Quoting zkojh (Reply 11): Gosh to have a chinese airline flying to New Zealand would be so nice. tho do we really need any more competiton on BNE-AKL right now?
I remember the brief stint of China Southeast flights to Auckland back in 1999. I think they were initially weekly then went to fortnightly then disappeared altogether. Was a weird one I thought... of all the carriers.
Quoting xiaotung (Reply 10): I wonder how many would like the hassle of stopping at BNE on their way to Europe.
Given the success of EK and TG's former two-stop service, I don't think it's a big deal, though it would likely be getting the lower yielding pax.
alangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2103 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 22690 times:
Here is me, looking at a trip to Auckland (DUD-AKL-DUD) for a few days in October. With 6 months until the trip, and no special offers announced at this point, a quick look at reservations shows that the Nothing to Hide campaign does ring true, for the moment, providing conditions stay the same till then.
On the day I nominated, there is no availability in Blue Saver class on Pacific Blue for 1OCT10 - are they really sold out six months ahead? There is availabilty the day before, maybe Friday sells out before other days.
Good availability on Air New Zealand. The fare is about the same, $10 more at some times, but within ball park. Need to add baggage fee to the PacificBlue fare. I am not sure if you would call the insurance charge a hidden extra.
Perhaps we would not have the fare level on Air New Zealand if Pacific Blue was not flying here. I hope Air New Zealand does not decide to add separate baggage charges to make their headline fares look cheaper.
zkojh From China, joined Sep 2004, 1573 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 22413 times:
are we going to see amenity kits, containing an eyeshade, socks, earplugs and a toothbrush set etc in pacific class on the new T7W's? something like this could push the airline up to a 5* star airline? is it me or the new colours look like what is used on Virgin America right now??
PA515 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2007, 772 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 22385 times:
Quoting alangirvan (Reply 9): In the ODT, an Auckland based director is named as Jef Kerr. Ring any bells?
It should be Jef Kay.
According to www.companies.govt.nz
2320390 Fly Direct Limited
Incorporated: 11 Sep 2009 Address: 2 Fitzroy St, Ponsonby, Auckland
Kay, Jeffery James
25 Brown Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
According to the companies office database he is also a director of:
Kiwijet Limited (different from the Patrick Weil 'Kiwijet Airline Company Limited')
Wanaka Flight Service Limited
Kayron Corporate Services Limited
Base FM Limited
Really Interesting Media Limited
and was a director of these struck off companies:
Kayron Properties Limited
Kayron Developments Limited
Chill Bar Limited
Chill Bar Management Limited
Ponsonby Pizza Limited
Northcote Pizzas Limited
Quay St Pizza Limited
Freq Records Limited
Day Dream Records Limited
Natures Dew Limited
www.flydirect.co.nz says 'book now, flights fill quickly', but also says they will cancel flights if insufficient pax. A press report said they plan to use an 85 seater next year. ZK-ECO? Sounds a bit over optimistic.
I don't know that that's true. At one point, if my memory serves me correctly, there were as many as eight carriers on AKL-BNE simultaneously, and I distinctly recall that there were fewer (six, I think) than that at the same time on AKL-SYD. Let's see if I can list the AKL-BNE carriers (this list definitely open to correction!):
NZ QF MH TG BI GA EK . . . Hmmm, that's only seven - can anyone help on that?
Eight carriers on AKL-BNE, six on AKL-SYD, whatever: let no one think that the Tasman isn't one of the most competitive aviation markets on the planet.
This is not my beautiful house . . . This is not my beautiful wife
25 MotorHussy: And from the other China, we used to have flights via BNE from TPE with BR. Regards MH
26 DavidByrne: . . . and that's the eighth carrier that at one point operated AKL-BNE simultaneously . . . thanks.
27 777ER: With DJ ordering upto 105 B737s, does anyone know yet how many PacBlue will get/if any?
28 777ER: PacBlue has also applied for a twice weekly Australia-RAR service with B738s from next year Virgin Blue Wants Direct Service Into Cook Islands (by zko
29 zkojh: So heres a bit of change to the media - CORRECTION: Virgin Blue is not requesting direct services into the Cook Islands as earlier advised but rather
30 777ER: Safe Air to axe 92 jobs as a result of cancelling a RNZAF C130 job- http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/3543...fe-Air-confirms-92-jobs-to-be-axed
31 Kaiarahi: Question regarding Y+ (I can't find the answer anywhere on the NZ website): I'm travelling YOW-LAX-AKL-BNE-AKL-YVR-YOW on a Y+ fare. Will the Y+ fare
32 Kaiarahi: I just found that I can't book this on the NZ website anyway - it's not possible to combine 2 classes of service on a single ticket (although you can
33 NZ107: Space+ I presume have first priority then basically anyone else if it's not full.
34 777ER: When I'm flying Y+ long haul on the WLG-AKL flight I'm always in Space+, so I can't see any reason why you shouldn't be in Space+, unless your flying
35 ANstar: My understanding is the 767's are losing space plus. The A320's will also have less space plus rows.
36 kiwiandrew: My understanding was that space plus is going to completely disappear . On another website which I cannot name here ( but it starts with "Flyer"and e
37 Kaiarahi: I just find it bizarre that 1) I can book Y+ YOW-LAX/SFO/YVR-AKL, but can't continue Y+ to BNE even on an aircraft with Y+ seating and 2) I have to b
38 777ER: Contact NZ reservations in Canada/USA and find out if you will be seated in Y+ on thw widebody service from AKL-BNE. If your not seated in Y+ then yo
39 aerorobNZ: You should receive space plus if it is available. your Star*G should ensure this even if you were in Y down from Canada. It's a condition of being in