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A Wet Day In Wellington & NZ’s New A320  
User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9246 times:

A Wet Day in Wellington & NZ’s New A320

Background
For a while, I had been planning to have a trip to WLG and one day while I was checking the grabaseat website I found a cheap $39 one-way fare or $78 return fare. The flights were perfect for a day-trip and as an added bonus, the return leg would be operated by one of NZ’s new A320’s!

After discovering that, I quickly booked though I had to pay a $4 credit card fee, seems like they have left behind their ‘nothing to hide’ campaign.
I also selected my seats, (unfortunately nowadays you can’t select seats on domestic grabaseat fares), 21A on the outbound and 28F on the return leg.

7 May 2011
A relatively early rise today for an 08.30 flight. I got up at about 06.30 and made my way to the airport shortly after.

Air New Zealand have opted for a self-service check-in style in which you use check-in kiosks to get your boarding pass and bag tags if you’re checking-in luggage. Personally I like this system as it allows you to control what you want (a.k.a you can choose which seats you want etc.) and it beats waiting for 20 minutes in a queue.

Anyway I quickly got my boarding pass plus one for the return leg.

Check-in area
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Check-in Machine
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Foodcourt
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Boarding Pass
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After a quick breakfast of Mcdonalds (not much else unfortunately), I made my way through security, which as normal in NZ is quick & painless and made my way to gate 32.

ZK-NGM bound for DUD.
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Unfortunately this was the only vantage point I could find to get a decent photo of the plane
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As you can see by the letter above the cockpit, this is ZK-NGD. I flew this plane earlier this year (WLG-AKL) so no new reg for me. This plane previously operated for Winair and LOT before being delivered to NZ on 31-10-1999.

Also the following day after this flight, this plane had an emergency landing in HLZ after suffering engine problems in-flight. That flight was also operating AKL-WLG and I believe it was exactly the flight number as the flight I was on. So I guess I can consider myself pretty lucky that I traveled on Saturday rather than Sunday.

Date: May 7 2011
Routing: Auckland (AKL) to Wellington (WLG)
Fli No: NZ 415
Timings (actual): 0830-0930 (0833-0928)
Pushback: 0833
Rotate: 0840
Flying Time (actual): 1hr 0mins (0hr 55mins)
Seat: 21A

Type: Boeing 737-300
Reg: ZK-NGD


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Boarding started right on time and after getting my boarding pass scanned I stepped on to the jetway and then on to the plane. I would be seated in 21A which is in the normal economy section. NZ has a Space+ section in Rows 1-12 which feature 35’ inches of pitch rather than 30’ inches for us In the back of the bus. Space+ is reserved for Koru Club and Star gold members.

The 30’ inches of pitch in the normal economy section is absolutely fine though
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Taxiing to the runway
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We were treated to a nice powerful take-off from Runway 05R and then ascended at one of the steepest angles I’ve ever experienced. Compared to the 767’s and 777’s which I flew to Japan, the 733 definitely does rocket up into the sky.

Take-off roll
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Shortly after taking the photo above the captain announced that the flight would be entering some turbulence and no hot drinks would be served. Fair enough I guess though TBH turbulence was minimal at best.

Shortly after the snack service began. We had a choice of 4 items, Pretzels, Cassava Chips, an Oat Biscuit and a Lolly mix. None of those really interested me for breakfast so I just choose the Lolly mix to eat later. Personally I hope that maybe one day NZ will offer something more substantial like a sandwich but I’ll be very surprised if it ever happens.

Note the packaging
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Seat pocket contents: In-flight magazine & safety card.
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It seems like they’re keen for people to join Airpoints (NZ’s frequent flyer program)
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For most of the flight it was a whiteout
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There’s not much to say about the flight until the captain announced his descent. Visibilty was really low on approach and you could really only see land about 30 seconds before landing. Luckily (or unluckily if you prefer) there were no strong winds which happens pretty frequently at WLG and we had a safe routine landing.

Touchdown!
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Terminal
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Apron
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ZK-NER, An NZ DHC-8-300
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User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9259 times:

Wellington

Getting off the plane didn’t take too long and about 5 minutes later I was on the bus to the city.

Interesting style seats on this bus
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As you can see it was a rainy day…
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Because of that, I decided to visit ‘Te Papa’, NZ’s national museum
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A nice view of the capital city
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Another angle
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After having a spot of lunch, I made my way to Wellington Cable Car, something I always try to visit whenever I visit the capital.

This is Lambton Quay, on the way to the cable car
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The Cable Car
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At the top there is a museum
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Usually there are some great views but not today…
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You can call these the quintessential cable car shots  http://imgboot.com/images/aflyingkiwi3/dscf5297.jpg

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I was close! :D
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The Dominion Observatory
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We walked down through this forest…
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and arrived at the Botanic Garden’s
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This is the ‘Beehive’, New Zealand’s parliament building. Incredibely ugly in my opinion…
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Wellington’s grandesque railway station
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I continued my walking tour to the waterfront
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This is Wellington’s most famous street, Cuba St http://imgboot.com/images/aflyingkiwi3/dscf5339.jpg

The Bucket fountain, A Wellington Icon
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Overall Wellington is a lovely city and despite the weather I thoroughly enjoyed my day there. It is a must do for anyone visiting New Zealand and it does offer something different from the scenic attractions which are more prominent here. I am looking forward to the next time I visit Wellington!

Anyway after a quick bite to eat I caught the bus back to the airport. It was still about 2 hours till the flight would depart and I already got my boarding pass in AKL so I just found a seat next to a window and twiddled away the time.

NZ check-in area
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DJ/JQ/QF check-in
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Boarding Pass
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Terminal Interior http://imgboot.com/images/aflyingkiwi3/dscf5347.jpg

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Apron
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I made my way passed security and to the boarding gate which is a bare bones affair as usual for NZ domestic flights. When I arrived I was pleased to see the ‘Crazy about Rugby’ A320 (ZK-OAB) which would be operating my flight today.

ZK-OAB (sorry about the quality, check the database photo’s below)
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ZK-OAB is a very new aircraft delivered to NZ in Feb 2011 so it was only 3 months old when I flew it! It’s leased from Stephan Udvar-Hazy’s company, Airlease Corp. It is one of 14 A320’s in NZ’s fleet though only 2 of these planes operate domestic services (OJQ is the other one) while the rest operate Australian & Pacific Services.

NZ have another 12 orders for the A320 which will be delivered between 2011-2016 and are intended to replace the 733’s which currently operate NZ’s domestic jet services.

ZK-OAB is decked out in the Crazy About Rugby Livery. This is in recognition of the airline’s ‘long time support of the nation’s favourite game’. This is also timely with the RWC which will be held during Sep-Oct here in NZ. Interestingly NZ aren’t the official airline of the RWC, EK are.


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9235 times:

Date: May 7 2011
Routing: Wellington (WLG) to Auckland (AKL)
Fli No: NZ 476
Timings (actual) : 1930-2030 (1951-2051)
Pushback: 1951
Rotate: 1959
Flying Time (actual) : 1hr 0mins (1hr 0mins)
Seat: 28F

Type: Airbus 320-200
Reg: ZK-OAB


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Boarding started at 1910 and luckily I was one of the first in the queue. Once I stepped on board two friendly males who directed me towards the back of the aircraft met me.

Air NZ’s new A320’s are equipped with black leather seats which seems to be the way they’re going nowadays (NZ’s new 77W Y seat are also purely black).

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I don’t particular like the colour of the cabin but I can’t fault the seat itself. It’s incredibly comfortable and IMO I found it more comfortable than the 77E which I flew from NRT-AKL.

Legroom is great as well.   
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This is the first time that I’ve encountered these ‘bucket’ seat pockets and personally I like it!
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Pen mark on the otherwise spotless white wall.
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Cabin during boarding, note the purple tinge under the overhead bins.
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Shortly after boarding ended the captain announced that we would have a 15 minute delay due to a no-show who had a bag on board. This caused a bit of unrest in the cabin including a few people who swore pretty loudly. Come on guys, calm down!

Anyway, within the comforts of my seat the time passed quickly and we ended up pushing back 21 minutes late.

Meanwhile, the mood lighting got turned on. Not entirely necessary for a plane that doesn’t operate a flight over 2 hours but a nice touch none the less.

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We took off at 19.59 but we quickly went into the clouds so no night views for me today.

Once we reached our cruising altitude our snack service began. This consisted of a choice between Cassava Chips, Pretzels & a biscuit. I choose the biscuit which was incredibly tough. Tea & Coffee service happened shortly after.

Oat Biscuit
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On NZ tea/coffee cups they show you everywhere you can fly to from a selected destination. Appropriately I got a cup for Wellington.
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The new NZ A320’s offer no IFE of any type but ZK-OAB does offer an in-flight cellphone service. This service is provided by in-flight phone service specialist OnAir and Vodafone New Zealand. The rates to use this service aren’t cheap though as it’ll cost 80c per outbound text $3.50/min to make a call, $2/min to receive a call and $20 per megabyte of data.

I personally am not a huge fan of this as I don’t really want to hear my seatmate yabbing on to her girlfriends about the latest gossip but hopefully the expensive prices will put most people off it. I guess it is a very handy feature in an emergency.  No electronics sign on the right.
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Toilet is cramped as usual
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Seat Pocket Contents
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After the meal service the flight was relatively uneventful though the crew continued to perform any requests with a smile. We ended up landing in AKL exactly 1 hour we left WLG (20.51 to be exact).

Shot during disembarking
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Passageway to arrivals
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Conclusion

Overall I had 2 fantastic shorthaul flights with Air New Zealand. The product on the 733’s is pretty good as it is but the A320’s brings things to a whole new level. Great seat comfort, good legroom, mood lighting and even the ability to make an emergency phone call. What more could you want. I also can’t forget the crew who on both flights who were obliging and polite. I guess the only minor criticism I have is the meal service as I would prefer something like a sandwich but that is not really needed and very unlikely.

So it’s no question that I will be flying with Air New Zealand in the future (It’s pretty hard to avoid in AKL and I am looking forward to that day.  

Thanks for reading and please comment.  

Regards,
aflyingkiwi

Previous Trip Reports:
Surprise Trip To Japan Pt 2, NRT-KIX-AKL On NZ 77E (by aflyingkiwi Jun 28 2011 in Trip Reports)
Surprise Trip To Japan Pt 1, AKL-NRT On NZ 767 (by Aflyingkiwi May 24 2011 in Trip Reports)
The Return Leg From Europe, FCO-ICN-AKL On KE (by aflyingkiwi Mar 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
Logging The 717! BCN-VCE On Spanair (by aflyingkiwi Jan 15 2011 in Trip Reports)
A Trip Of A Lifetime To Europe, ICN-LHR On KE (by aflyingkiwi Dec 21 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Trip Of A Lifetime To Europe, AKL-ICN On KE (by aflyingkiwi Dec 2 2010 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9025 times:

Hi aflyingkiwi,

very nice report with good pictures! Great to see you got ZK-OAB with its stunning livery. The pictures from Wellington are nice, too.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
Personally I hope that maybe one day NZ will offer something more substantial like a sandwich but I’ll be very surprised if it ever happens.

NZ served a "cheese platter" on my DUD-AKL flight last year, but unfortunately, it wasn't available any more when the FAs arrived at my row.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
Meanwhile, the mood lighting got turned on. Not entirely necessary for a plane that doesn’t operate a flight over 2 hours but a nice touch none the less.

I'm very surprised to see mood lighting on that bird - but NZ should have installed fold-out screens on these domestic birds, too.


PH



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User currently offlinejetsetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8717 times:

Great pictures of Wellington - it looks like a great city to visit!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
NZ have another 12 orders for the A320 which will be delivered between 2011-2016 and are intended to replace the 733’s which currently operate NZ’s domestic jet services.

When will NZ retire the 737s? Is it a 1 for 1 retirement as the A320s arrive?


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1657 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 8580 times:
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Hi aflyingkiwi,

Nice to see another one popping up from the other side of the globe (for me that is ). Although just a simple return trip I found it a very enjoyable report, that's not to speak of the miserable weather in Wellington. My niece happens to live in Wellington since some years now, she's married to a true 'Kiwi' and has moved from Belgium to New Zealand! Also good to see you scored a 733 classic, still standing strong apparently in NZ's fleet.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
Personally I like this system

Yes, me too although I think non-frequent travellers may be very confused. So no checkin desks anymore besides the bag-drop?

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
NZ has a Space+ section in Rows 1-12 which feature 35’ inches of pitch rather than 30’ inches for us In the back of the bus.

So we might call that NZ's domestic business class?

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
You can call these the quintessential cable car shots

A nice classic cablecar. The angle doesn't look too steep though?

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
When I arrived I was pleased to see the ‘Crazy about Rugby’ A320 (ZK-OAB) which would be operating my flight today.

Fantastic colour scheme!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
NZ have another 12 orders for the A320 which will be delivered between 2011-2016 and are intended to replace the 733’s

Good you got to fly the 733 while it is still in the fleet then.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
This is the first time that I’ve encountered these ‘bucket’ seat pockets and personally I like it!

I've encountered them also a few times already and I like the extra legroom that usually goed with it.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
Meanwhile, the mood lighting got turned on.

So you were in a good mood to go home  

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
Appropriately I got a cup for Wellington.

Nice touch! Do they have different cups then for all destinations? Makes a nice collector's item.

   Sultanils



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8210 times:

Hi aflyingkiwi,

Very nice report. I don't know why but I always enjoy your experience with NZ.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
Air New Zealand have opted for a self-service check-in style in which you use check-in kiosks to get your boarding pass and bag tags if you’re checking-in luggage

It sounds brilliant. I like such self-service check in procedure..

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
after getting my boarding pass scanned I stepped on to the jetway

Did you do self-boarding as well?

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
NZ has a Space+ section in Rows 1-12 which feature 35’ inches of pitch rather than 30’ inches for us In the back of the bus

Can you reserve the front rows as non tier members?

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 1):
You can call these the quintessential cable car shots

What a cute cable car!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 1):
Incredibely ugly in my opinion…

It looks depressing. The building really needs some paint job.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
Pen mark on the otherwise spotless white wall.

The offender should be punished!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
This caused a bit of unrest in the cabin including a few people who swore pretty loudly. Come on guys, calm down!

Indeed, what was wrong with you people?

Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7913 times:

Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
very nice report with good pictures! Great to see you got ZK-OAB with its stunning livery. The pictures from Wellington are nice, too.

Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
NZ served a "cheese platter" on my DUD-AKL flight last year, but unfortunately, it wasn't available any more when the FAs arrived at my row.

That would be very cool if they started serving that on all flights!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I'm very surprised to see mood lighting on that bird - but NZ should have installed fold-out screens on these domestic birds, too.

My bad, fold-out screens are offered on these domestic birds though only a quiz (no airshow) was shown. I'm quite surprised that they have mood lighting but I'm not complaining.

Hi jetsetter629,

Quoting jetsetter629 (Reply 4):
When will NZ retire the 737s? Is it a 1 for 1 retirement as the A320s arrive?

I'm not entirely sure but I believe it will be a 1 for 1 replacement.

Hi Nils,

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Nice to see another one popping up from the other side of the globe (for me that is&nbsp Wink. Although just a simple return trip I found it a very enjoyable report

Glad you enjoyed it.  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
My niece happens to live in Wellington since some years now, she's married to a true 'Kiwi' and has moved from Belgium to New Zealand!

That's interesting to hear!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Also good to see you scored a 733 classic, still standing strong apparently in NZ's fleet.

Not too hard to catch at the moment but sadly will be leaving the fleet within the next few years.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Yes, me too although I think non-frequent travellers may be very confused. So no checkin desks anymore besides the bag-drop?

Basically you put the bag tag on yourself than drop it on to the conveyer belt. Usually there are a lot of staff around to show you how to do it.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
So we might call that NZ's domestic business class?

There's no difference in service (just some extra legroom) so I probably wouldn't call it business class.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
A nice classic cablecar. The angle doesn't look too steep though?

It seemed pretty steep to me... quoting wikipedia the angle is 1 in 5

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Fantastic colour scheme!

  

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
I've encountered them also a few times already and I like the extra legroom that usually goed with it.

Maybe that's the reason I felt there was more legroom on the A320 than on the 77E?

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Nice touch! Do they have different cups then for all destinations? Makes a nice collector's item.

I believe they have cups for the hubs (AKL, WLG, CHC) and maybe HLZ & DUD. There's not much point in having a cup for say WHK with only one line to AKL on it.

Hi Suryo!,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Very nice report. I don't know why but I always enjoy your experience with NZ.

Thank you.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Did you do self-boarding as well?

I gave it to a staff member who scanned it for me but I think you can scan it yourself if you want to.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Can you reserve the front rows as non tier members?

Sometimes the seats might be available at check-in but that's never happened to me.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
It looks depressing. The building really needs some paint job.

Agreed, an ugly concrete behemoth at the moment.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
The offender should be punished!

Well at least it's not as bad as JQ

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7811 times:

Cool trip report and great photos since I've been wanting to visit NZ and Wellington!

On the kiosk what is that black smudge thing above the "H" in Hello?

So normally you have to PAY to join the AirNZ frequent flier program?! Wow! That must be a big deterrent! Do Kiwi's tend to join other *A frequent flier programs instead and just have their AirNZ miles credited to those?

The parliament building looks a little like the top of a dalek from Dr. Who!

O.K. so maybe this is a terminoligy/slang issue...but exactly where the snacks they offered? What are cassava chips? What is a lolly mix?


User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8541 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 7314 times:
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Quoting Burj (Reply 8):
On the kiosk what is that black smudge thing above the "H" in Hello?

It looks to me like the silhouette of the piwakawaka ( or fantail) one of the most common native birds of New Zealand.



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User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7173 times:

Hi Burj,

Quoting Burj (Reply 8):

Cool trip report and great photos since I've been wanting to visit NZ and Wellington!

Thanks!

Quoting Burj (Reply 8):
On the kiosk what is that black smudge thing above the "H" in Hello?
Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 9):
It looks to me like the silhouette of the piwakawaka ( or fantail) one of the most common native birds of New Zealand.

I personally don't know so I'll trust Andrew on this one!

Quoting Burj (Reply 8):
So normally you have to PAY to join the AirNZ frequent flier program?! Wow! That must be a big deterrent! Do Kiwi's tend to join other *A frequent flier programs instead and just have their AirNZ miles credited to those?

Yes you do have to pay to join but in NZ's defence, you have to pay to join QF's FF program which are arguably their biggest rival. Recently I've seen a lot of these 'waive the fee' promotions so that might indicate that kiwi's are joining other *A programs though I'm not really knowledgeable on that matter.

Quoting Burj (Reply 8):
O.K. so maybe this is a terminoligy/slang issue...but exactly where the snacks they offered? What are cassava chips? What is a lolly mix?

Cassava chips (or Vege chips) are normal chips/crisps but they're thicker and seem to taste like they've been deep-fried for a long time (in all honesty I'm not a particular fan of them and it's quite hard to explain). A lolly mix is just a packet of many different types of lollies in them.

Thanks for posting.  

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6406 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7130 times:

Hi (Theotherreporting)Flyingkiwi!

Nice job on this short trip down to WLG. I've flown NGD a few times around the country.. Maybe I'll get some time to post a TR on the AKL-IVC flight in May...

I haven't been on the new A320s yet so it was quite interesting to see what it's like inside them. Good to see that they put mood lighting in, even if it's for such short flights.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
After discovering that, I quickly booked though I had to pay a $4 credit card fee, seems like they have left behind their ‘nothing to hide’ campaign.

Yeah, this really bugs me. It hasn't been that long since that campaign and IMO they should stick to that rule and simply incorporate that cost into the fare. So what if the price increases by $2.. Apart from the $1 grabaseats which only become $1 if you use airpoints.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
Also the following day after this flight, this plane had an emergency landing in HLZ after suffering engine problems in-flight. That flight was also operating AKL-WLG and I believe it was exactly the flight number as the flight I was on. So I guess I can consider myself pretty lucky that I traveled on Saturday rather than Sunday.

Haha, yeah. There was that and also a 'duct tape' affair where some member of the public took a photo of what they thought was duct tape on the outside of this plane near the cockpit - which subsequently made the NZ Herald. That was in the following week (My flight was on May 21).

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
Personally I hope that maybe one day NZ will offer something more substantial like a sandwich but I’ll be very surprised if it ever happens.

Nah, they did away with that in 2001.. I can still remember my last proper meal on a domestic flight - AKL-WLG Apr 2001. Those were the days.. We can still dream but they'll have to change their business model again for that to happen.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
Seat: 28F

Type: Airbus 320-200
Reg: ZK-OAB

28F!!! Why not 27F!! This is why: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150092026495777&set=a.216147425776.141705.23637220776&type=1&theater
Richie Mc(whatever you think, it's supposed to be Caw)'s signature is on that one. Lucky you getting the All Black one - 1/3 chance I think right at this point in time.

With what I see, I guess I won't be too disappointed when the 733s all get retired. I still think that it would have been nice to see the 738 in NZ colours.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
NZ served a "cheese platter" on my DUD-AKL flight last year, but unfortunately, it wasn't available any more when the FAs arrived at my row.
Quoting jetsetter629 (Reply 4):

When will NZ retire the 737s? Is it a 1 for 1 retirement as the A320s arrive?
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 7):

I'm not entirely sure but I believe it will be a 1 for 1 replacement.

One for one in a sense that the current international ones will be switched over to domestic when the A320 NEOs are delivered. Looking forward to the first NEO flight  
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 7):
Maybe that's the reason I felt there was more legroom on the A320 than on the 77E?

Most likely I'd say.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 7):
I believe they have cups for the hubs (AKL, WLG, CHC) and maybe HLZ & DUD. There's not much point in having a cup for say WHK with only one line to AKL on it.

Here are some more of mine.

Hamilton:


Nelson:


Christchurch:
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 10):
Quoting Burj (Reply 8):
On the kiosk what is that black smudge thing above the "H" in Hello?
Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 9):
It looks to me like the silhouette of the piwakawaka ( or fantail) one of the most common native birds of New Zealand.

I personally don't know so I'll trust Andrew on this one!

Indeed, it's a fantail.

Quoting Burj (Reply 8):
What is a lolly mix?
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 10):
A lolly mix is just a packet of many different types of lollies in them.

Americans aren't used to the word lollies - let's rephrase that and call it candy  


Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6931 times:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):

ZK-OAB is decked out in the Crazy About Rugby Livery.

Thats a great livery. Very smart looking

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):

There’s not much to say about the flight until the captain announced his descent. Visibilty was really low on approach and you could really only see land about 30 seconds before landing. Luckily (or unluckily if you prefer) there were no strong winds which happens pretty frequently at WLG and we had a safe routine landing.

I remember flying into WLG from Nelson on a Beechcraft 1900 - we were thrown around all over the place, very exciting!



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6720 times:

Nice trip report thanks for sharing it with us. I'm surprised not to see PTV's on the 320's.


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User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8541 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6681 times:
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Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
I'm surprised not to see PTV's on the 320's.

This aircraft is for domestic use only , the longest domestic sector in New Zealand, AKL-ZQN, is slightly under two hours. The most frequently served and heavily trafficked route, AKL-WLG, is less than an hour. PTV's are a substantial capital investment and they add weight and maintenance complexity. I really don't think NZ sees them as warranted on such short sectors, and I have to agree with them.



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User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6655 times:

Hi Nicholas,

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
Nice job on this short trip down to WLG. I've flown NGD a few times around the country.. Maybe I'll get some time to post a TR on the AKL-IVC flight in May...

Thanks for reading & please do post a TR about your IVC flight, probably the first one featuring that airport.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
I haven't been on the new A320s yet so it was quite interesting to see what it's like inside them. Good to see that they put mood lighting in, even if it's for such short flights.

I'm quite surprised by that. You should really give it a go.  
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
Yeah, this really bugs me. It hasn't been that long since that campaign and IMO they should stick to that rule and simply incorporate that cost into the fare. So what if the price increases by $2.. Apart from the $1 grabaseats which only become $1 if you use airpoints.

  

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
Haha, yeah. There was that and also a 'duct tape' affair where some member of the public took a photo of what they thought was duct tape on the outside of this plane near the cockpit - which subsequently made the NZ Herald. That was in the following week (My flight was on May 21).

Seems like that plane's been in a lot of (media induced) trouble!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
28F!!! Why not 27F!! This is why: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150092026495777&set=a.216147425776.141705.23637220776&type=1&theater
Richie Mc(whatever you think, it's supposed to be Caw)'s signature is on that one. Lucky you getting the All Black one - 1/3 chance I think right at this point in time.

Wow, I never knew about that... I'll keep that in mind in the future.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
One for one in a sense that the current international ones will be switched over to domestic when the A320 NEOs are delivered. Looking forward to the first NEO flight

Are NZ getting NEO's? That must've slipped through my head sometime.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
Here are some more of mine.

You've got a nice collection there. BTW I wonder if they still produce NSN cups now that the PMR link has disappeared.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
Indeed, it's a fantail.

I need to start taking birdwatching lessons!   

Hi Gabriel,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
Thats a great livery. Very smart looking

Agreed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
I remember flying into WLG from Nelson on a Beechcraft 1900 - we were thrown around all over the place, very exciting!

That must've been a hair-raising (but fun) experience. Especially in a Beech!

Hi Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Nice trip report thanks for sharing it with us.

Thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
'm surprised not to see PTV's on the 320's.
Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 14):
This aircraft is for domestic use only , the longest domestic sector in New Zealand, AKL-ZQN, is slightly under two hours. The most frequently served and heavily trafficked route, AKL-WLG, is less than an hour. PTV's are a substantial capital investment and they add weight and maintenance complexity. I really don't think NZ sees them as warranted on such short sectors, and I have to agree with them.

Andrew pretty much hit the spot there. A question for NZ insiders, what will happen to the PTV's currently on the intl A320's when they get switched over to domestic. Will they be transferred to the new A320's or will the new A320's get new PTV's?

Thanks for commenting!

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8541 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6587 times:
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Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 15):
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
One for one in a sense that the current international ones will be switched over to domestic when the A320 NEOs are delivered. Looking forward to the first NEO flight

Are NZ getting NEO's? That must've slipped through my head sometime.

I think that perhaps someone has got confused between the NEO and the OEO with sharklets, to the best of my knowledge that latter is what NZ have on order ( and indeed launched IIRC)



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6406 posts, RR: 39
Reply 17, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6579 times:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 15):
please do post a TR about your IVC flight, probably the first one featuring that airport.

Hopefully I can find some time.. But I'm slightly glad you took this flight before I took mine 
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 15):
I'm quite surprised by that.

No money, better things to be buying right now  
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 15):
I wonder if they still produce NSN cups now that the PMR link has disappeared.

Who knows! But at least NSN is the Air Nelson hub so it makes a bit more sense.

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 14):
the longest domestic sector in New Zealand, AKL-ZQN

I thought that belonged to AKL-DUD  
Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 16):
I think that perhaps someone has got confused between the NEO and the OEO with sharklets, to the best of my knowledge that latter is what NZ have on order ( and indeed launched IIRC)

You're right - how confusing. I guess they didn't switch for the NEO as they need to replace the 733s in a quicker timeframe. And also, the engines are common.


Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6512 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
Americans aren't used to the word lollies - let's rephrase that and call it candy  

So I actually googled it and found:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolly

Which states "In Australian and New Zealand English, a piece of what is called candy in American English, or sweets in British English"

So in NZ and OZ a lolly is any small sugary/sweet item, or does it have to be hard? For instance would jelly beans or gummy bears also be called lolly (lollies?) in NZ and OZ?


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6406 posts, RR: 39
Reply 19, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6350 times:

Quoting Burj (Reply 18):
So in NZ and OZ a lolly is any small sugary/sweet item, or does it have to be hard? For instance would jelly beans or gummy bears also be called lolly (lollies?) in NZ and OZ?

Doesn't have to be hard. In the case of Air NZ, none of the ones in that packet are hard - they used to be purely jet planes but now I think they go to include things like jelly beans in there too.



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User currently offlineRAGAZZO777 From Uruguay, joined Jul 2010, 580 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6289 times:

Interesting TR, FlyingKiwi !

You know, I love New Zealand (even though I've never been there!) and those pics of Wellington you shared with us were really interesting ! I know Auckland is the country's largest city and I'd already seen tons of pics of AKL, but I'd never seens any pics of WLG.

ANZ's new A320s look amazing and I agree with you: PTVs would be a waste of money for such short sectors within NZ.

Best regards,
  



JESÚS, TE AMO !!
User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6254 times:

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 16):
think that perhaps someone has got confused between the NEO and the OEO with sharklets, to the best of my knowledge that latter is what NZ have on order ( and indeed launched IIRC)

Thanks for the clarification.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 17):
No money, better things to be buying right now

Ooooh, I hope that means some more interesting TR's in the future.  

Hi RAGAZZO777,

Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 20):
Interesting TR, FlyingKiwi !

Thanks,

Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 20):
You know, I love New Zealand (even though I've never been there!)

Well that's a good excuse to visit us over here sometime.  
Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 20):
ANZ's new A320s look amazing and I agree with you: PTVs would be a waste of money for such short sectors within NZ.

The product enhancement is very impressive and I agree that PTV's would be a waste of money.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi

[Edited 2011-07-30 01:52:19]

User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6172 times:

Hi there on the other side of the globe!

Living in Finland I can only dream about flying airlines such as Air New Zealand. Therefore I am thankful for this insight and then I can continue dreaming of a future trip to Australia and New Zealand.

Interesting to hear about the "new Airbus A320" - here it's about the last aircraft I'd like to fly on, mainly because it is so usual but also because there isn't really anything "new" in them. Alright, the 737-300 looks more interesting to me  

Your day trip looked nice to me - specially for such bargain fares (even though I had to use a currency converter in order to completely understand how cheap your flights were....)
The only way to make a short (domestic) day trip in Finland for such a great price is with Norwegian (DY) - though it's not all too interesting to score two rides on the same 737-800.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Thread starter):
I also selected my seats, (unfortunately nowadays you can’t select seats on domestic grabaseat fares), 21A on the outbound and 28F on the return leg.

Is there a possibility to pre-select seats on NZ also before online check-in?

Once again thanks for this nice read. Perfect to accompany my afternoon coffee!  

Regards from Finland,
717Flyer


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (2 years 12 months 19 hours ago) and read 5956 times:

Hi 717Flyer,

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 22):
Living in Finland I can only dream about flying airlines such as Air New Zealand. Therefore I am thankful for this insight and then I can continue dreaming of a future trip to Australia and New Zealand.

Thanks for commenting and I'm sure you're dream will come true.   I'd like to visit Finland and it's neighboring countries as well sometime.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 22):
Interesting to hear about the "new Airbus A320" - here it's about the last aircraft I'd like to fly on, mainly because it is so usual but also because there isn't really anything "new" in them. Alright, the 737-300 looks more interesting to me

Well the A320 isn't the newest plane but I was interested in the new product on-board. I guess we have different perspectives on the 733 as that plane has pretty much been the only jet operating domestic flights over the last 10 years here in NZ (apart from DJ's 738's from 2007-2010 and JQ's A320's recently).

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 22):
The only way to make a short (domestic) day trip in Finland for such a great price is with Norwegian (DY) - though it's not all too interesting to score two rides on the same 737-800.

Well you do have the ability to visit many places in Europe relatively cheaply. Unfortunately apart from NZ domestic destinations the closest place from NZ is 3 hours away and that's a bit far for a day-trip.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 22):
Once again thanks for this nice read. Perfect to accompany my afternoon coffee!

It's been my pleasure.  

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (2 years 12 months 12 hours ago) and read 5817 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
Doesn't have to be hard. In the case of Air NZ, none of the ones in that packet are hard - they used to be purely jet planes but now I think they go to include things like jelly beans in there too.

Cool, thanks for clarifying!


25 Post contains images aerocabin : Hi aflyingkiwi, Great report and awesome photos! It was really good to see some shots of NZ's new domestic A320 I quite like the design of the seats a
26 Post contains images aflyingkiwi : Hi aerocabin, Thanks for replying and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Agreed, It's a shame that the 733's are going but it was inevitable. Soon enough there
27 kiwiandrew : I would have liked them to stick around for at least another 7 years so that we could mark 50 years of domestic 737 ops in New Zealand. I wasn't livi
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