NZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 weeks ago) and read 911 times:
Good economic sense here.
At the moment, there would be a high number of service personnel on this route coming back from R&R in Darwin etc(they don't always travel military especially if numbers don't warrant it) and most if not all of this would be paid for by the UN, so guaranteed (hopefully) payment here.
Also, once the political situation stabilises in ET, forecasts predict an economic boom for this region.
Aerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2554 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 875 times:
I actually flew the Darwin-Dili route on Air North back in February of this year. Had to make an emergency landing on the way over, back in Darwin (landing gear problems). And had to abort a takeoff in Dili half way down the runway on the return flight. I couldn't believe my bad luck!
It was freaky enough going to East Timor, let alone having such bad experiences on the plane. It's not a particularly confidence inspiring moment when you see the co-pilot shrug her shoulders as the plane begins to rotate.It was at this time that Qantas suspended its services, so I didn't really have a choice. Have they restarted again yet?
I was quite confused with the frequent flyer programme though. I was booked under an Ansett flight number, but apparently (according to the Air Points people back in NZ), Air North flights aren't eligible for the Air NZ scheme. Some "seamless service"!
Still, it was cool on the Brasilias going to the toilet and having a window. Pretty cool.