B-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 734 times:
Well, with AKL's one and only runway closed for repairs, aircraft are landing on the taxiway, euphemistically termed as the 'standby runway'. The taxiway has shifted to the main apron area.
When a widebody jet lands on the taxiway, no other widebody jet can be taxiing parallel on the apron area because the wings will slap into each other.
I arrived just in time to see a Korean 777 touch down on 05 and it had to hold at the other end for a MAS 747-400 (9M - MPP "Putrajaya", brand spanking new and glistening beautifully) touch down. Because, of course, if the KE had proceeded onto the main apron, the wings would have collided.
After a few tricky manouevres, everything was hunky dory. The KE rolled towards the terminal, hugged closely by the MAS behind it.
The KE pulled into 7, the MAS into 2.
A Cargolux 747-400, proceeding for takeoff, had to roll across the taxiway, onto the proper runway, used the proper runway to taxi right down to the end, then rolled back onto the taxiway for a good long take off.
Shortly after, CX107 touched down from Hong Kong, B-HXL, pulling into 10.
Shortly after that, the runway direction changed to 23, and a Garuda A330 (D) touched down.
NZ70, non-stop from Hong Kong, decided it wanted to visit Brisbane and was scheduled to arrive 1.5 hours late.
The arrivals area was a shambles. I think Auckland Airport need to take a good hard look at their current facilities - urgent expansion is needed!
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5131 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 687 times:
I no what you are saying I noticed this aswell but the aircraft are nice and close when arriving and departing 23R or 05L!
There is going to be a major increase in international traffic later this year with Lan Chile starting services and Thai, Malaysian, Qantas, Air NZ and I think Polar Air Cargo all increasing flights!
Aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6737 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 677 times:
Malaysian isn't really increasing flights, it is just restoring them...And didn't they used to be daily with the 777s?? Virgin Blue look set to make an impact & SQ are likely to upgrade their frequency. In between some of the gates at AKL there is not much more than 5m clearance between wingtips..
Saturdays are a rather dull day for flights...
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5131 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 670 times:
Yes MH was daily with 777's in 2000, 2001!
Remember in December and January this year SQ had extra flights that arrived in AKL at 0625 and departed at 0755 that gave an afternoon arrival and departure in Singapore, which I guess would give good connections to other points in Asia so if they want to increase flights I wonder if they will go for this schedule again as there are usually gates avaliable in the morning once a couple of NZ and QF flights depart to OZ. As for Virgin Blue I wonder how many flights they would have a day.
Aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6737 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 603 times:
NBT, from what I hear it is when they get approval from HQ...that means as soon as they hear back about the last few month's loads, if they think that the loads are good enough to sustain a second flight.