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Air New Zealand's BAe 146s  
User currently offlineAerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 3062 posts, RR: 5
Posted (15 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1112 times:

With Air NZ announcing the introduction of the ex-Tasman Pacific BAe 146s, there's been some debate as to which routes they'll be flying. Well, I'm still wondering. I recall seeing on the nose of the aircraft the "operated by Mt Cook Airlines" logo, on the news, so I guess the aircraft will be confined to largely tourist routes, namely Rotorua and Queenstown. And it makes sense because tourist operators have been saying that the 146s are the perfect size for package tour groups which usually number about 40.

Someone said they will be deployed on trunk routes like AKL-WLG-CHC, but I doubt this, as it was reported in the Herald that Tasman Pacific management conceeded they were never going to be profitable on routes like WLG-CHC when the 737 was the opposition. So the 737 must be far more cost-effective on these services.

Anybody got anymore info on the matter?

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User currently offlineKiwi dave From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

I believe that the 146's will be used on regional routes with them also used on the main thrunk as well but I am not sure this is what I have learned.
Can't wait for them to start flying.

User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 day ago) and read 1068 times:

The 146s will mainly be deployed on the tourist type routes, but will also be operating off-peak trunk services when required.

User currently offlineLaserjet From New Zealand, joined Apr 2000, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 15 hours ago) and read 1039 times:

Yes. They are intended to be used on the tourist routes, such as Rotorua and Queenstown, as well as the lower density trunk routes, such as Dunedin - Auckland etc...

User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2549 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 hour ago) and read 1023 times:

Laserjet is right..
And by the way,AirNZ now operate the 733 and ATR72 on the CHC-WLG route. It must be a very low pax route!!


User currently offlineKiwi dave From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years ago) and read 1019 times:

Well I was out at CHC this morning and saw 7 out of the BAe-146's and one of them was in Air New Zealand colours.
I was also wondering which one is not at CHC?

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