Timetable From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 217 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
Hi there. After a period of storage @ AKL airport, I've noticed that NZ744 ZK-NBT has now returned to service, but for some reason it never comes to LHR now, does anybody know why that is. I think the A/C mainly now operates across the Tasman to Oz and does the LAX terniator flights now. Is this A/C now in a different config, or does NZ want to reduce it's flying hours. Many thanks if anybody can untangle this mystery. Regards from Timetable.
I believe this is the reason. It is closer to a C ? check than others in the fleet. There was a posting on on this within the N.Z. thread ~ 6-months ago. The GE powered 744's are useful in that they benefit from the " hand me down" of engines from the 767 fleet that operates under EDTO 180 and engines are likely to do less hours on the wing.
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12804 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2043 times:
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ZK-NBT's flying time has been reduced and is now being used as a spare due to the global downturn in demand and because its next due for a heavy MX make over (which I think from memory is the D check). -NBT is also due for retirment shortly IIRC due to the upcoming arrival of the B77W fleet.
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ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5498 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1798 times:
I think more than anything its to do with the use of RR Engines which NZ don't have many spares in stock due to the 2 remaining aircraft with RR being among the older 744s they will be retired next? I'm pretty sure NBT had a D check in 2008.