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by DavidByrne
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 228
Views: 16953

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

qf789 wrote:
Going off the loads I have seen the NZ routes are doing well despite some claims here before particular from one NZ poster that claimed that 70% of the passengers on VA where actually NZ passengers.

IIRC the airline itself (NZ) made a claim along these lines back when the divorce was announced.

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by DavidByrne
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 165
Views: 21951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

planemanofnz wrote:
D7 dropping OOL - AKL from February, in what should be a boost to NZ, JQ and VA who operate the route.

Time for NZ to introduce WB jets on AKL-OOL (as they have with ADL) in order to offer an all-the-way wide-body service from OOL to North and South America.

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by DavidByrne
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 228
Views: 16953

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

I just watched the new NZ safety video, expecting to be absolutely appalled, as so many others on this thread have been. Shock, horror, I really liked it! Yes, some of the words are hard to pick, but on the whole I thought it was clear and entertaining. I should add that I am not the demographic tha...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 228
Views: 16953

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

planemanofnz wrote:
tealnz wrote:
The current team has a track record of doing what they say they're going to do. And succeeding with it.

What about MNL?

PMONZ has a point. Obviously NZ cannot be trusted at all.

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

For all those who suggest NZ's a bad airline and is doing it wrong. Here's some data to suggest otherwise, let's not forget they've got issues with their 787 fleet 6% higher passengers carried vs last year, 3.6% higher ASK along with an improved load %. Notice the Media Release "Three million ...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

My point is no better proved by the number of people here (and NZ pax not here) who genuinely believe Seats to Suit is about providing choice and saving them money. But NZ, knowing their target audience is pretty thick have marketed and promulgated this illusion very successfully. I must be one of ...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

The triangular routing options are interesting, and have greater potential than before - for example, our ASA with China was recently renegotiated to allow for such routings with domestic tags. I'm very sceptical about triangular routings - logically, you can end up with a lower load factor given t...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Side question - does anyone know if CHC (and WLG) offers international-to-international connections? Say, for someone doing MEL - CHC - RAR? NZ's transit visa policy only accounts for AKL. Just curious as to whether CHC has any international transfer airside facility? The potential traffic would be...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

zkncj wrote:
Was it NZ or VA that used to (maybe still does) CHC-RAR?

Both IIRC.

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by DavidByrne
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

planemanofnz wrote:
It looks gorgeous though - that length is so sleek!

Image

Ahhh - at last a two-engined DC8. Would look great in a 1960s retro-livery.

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by DavidByrne
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

I think you’ll find most South Aucklanders work in South Auckland, these people don’t have a lot of money I doubt many of them travel into the CBD. IMO the main users of this airport line will be airport passengers. It’s what happens I’m most other airports why would AKL be any different? I’ve been...

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by DavidByrne
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

We have been sold a lie and people like you David have bought into it. PT lobbying groups like Greater Auckland have done us all a massive disservice by supporting this daft solution. I guess it all depends on what is the "problem" that the "solution" addresses. The proposed air...

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by DavidByrne
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Pretty well every reader here will have been to a great variety of airports around the world. How many would have chosen a tram through the suburbs, vs a real train to downtown? Let's imagine Auckland airport 30 years from now and then trying go through all the land/resource consent stuff, it just ...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Yeah and my agenda is as an airport user. I'm not interested in "network benefits" or economic development along a particular corridor. I'm interested in getting to and from the airport quickly, reliably and in a manner that accounts for the specific needs of airport users (aka bags). Non...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Given that ZQN’s expansion plans are now very much in doubt, perhaps this will be the trigger for the anticipated expansion of WKA to allow for jet movements - to AKL, as already foreshadowed (and possibly Transtasman as well)?

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by DavidByrne
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

I don't know why they don't build a new high speed line between Newmarket and Hamilton with an interchange point to a light rail line between the airport and Eastern suburbs somewhere near Manakau city. One stop AKL-Hamilton. Something that would take about 60 mins reliably between Newmarket and Ha...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 31465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

While I support trams in Auckland, it's not an airport transport option for an airport catering for more than 40m passengers in just over 20 years. We need to think long-term on this one. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/airports/news/article.cfm?c_id=114&objectid=12135694&ref=rss Every airport s...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 29962

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

Interesting opinion piece suggesting there could possibly be a market for direct AKL-BOB flights given the recent news Air Tahiti was looking at acquiring jet aircraft. https://simpleflying.com/auckland-to-borabora-direct/ Granted, the author is using a very rudimental method of calculating potenti...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 61065

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I'm getting more and more worried for VA as the break with NZ gets closer next month. I really can't see how VA is going to compete on the Tasman, and to the lesser extent, to the Pacific Islands from New Zealand. It's going to be a bloodbath for VA from what I can tell. What can VA do? What can th...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 61065

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I'm getting more and more worried for VA as the break with NZ gets closer next month. I really can't see how VA is going to compete on the Tasman, and to the lesser extent, to the Pacific Islands from New Zealand. It's going to be a bloodbath for VA from what I can tell. What can VA do? They have r...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 29962

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

I ask, because if they wanted to boost WLG to daily, could one option be a triangular SIN - CHC / AKL - WIN - SIN service, given that's what SQ did for CBR, with SIN - SYD - CBR - SIN? Just a thought - not sure if it'd be viable. Triangular services are a nightmare when it comes to keeping the load...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 29962

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

Fly My Sky have announced scheduled flights between Auckland and Whangarei. The scheduled service will start on 23 October 2018, and will operate twice daily Monday to Friday. Could this be the start of the end for Air New Zealand's Auckland - Whangarei service? Hmm, I really don’t think that FMS’s...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 61065

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Brisbane ... Samoa needs the link, profitability is probably not the most important factor. APW already has a link to BNE on VA - this adds nothing. Further, profitability most definitely is important, as PH nearly bankrupted Samoa in the 2000's. If they want a new port, I would've suggested WLG - ...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mariner has passed away
Replies: 80
Views: 5657

Re: Mariner has passed away

Very sad news. Mariner was a voice of sanity in many fractious discussions, and his contribution will be seriously missed. I doubt there are many other contributors who can trace their personal flying history back to the flying boat era. RIP Mariner - but your contributions will live on in the A-net...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 24441

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

NZ321 wrote:
Is there any information about what if anything Wanaka are planning?

There’s resource consent for a runway extension to around 7,000 ft plus but I’ve seen nothing about if/when that will actually happen.

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by DavidByrne
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: SQ brand set for major overhaul
Replies: 56
Views: 8220

Re: Report: SQ brand set for major overhaul

Planemanofnz - I suggest you quit before you dig an even bigger hole for yourself!

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by DavidByrne
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: SQ brand set for major overhaul
Replies: 56
Views: 8220

Re: Report: SQ brand set for major overhaul

Hmmm, the Singapore Girl image is also very sexist, not appropriate any more, if it ever was. And let’s not be ageist about older flight attendants either. I frankly don’t care how old my flight attendant is, or what gender, as long as they do their job professionally.

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by DavidByrne
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 24441

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

The NZHerald as a serious news source really has gone down hill. Was it ever serious? Just a tabloid these days mainly full of nothing. The Herald just loves to bag transport generally. In the same edition, there were stories about • How NZTA is crap because the Southern Motorway widening is taking...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 62953

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

There’s a lot of talk about Luxon making demands of VA to shut down its international division and put traffic onto NZ, but is there any substance to this? Or is it perhaps just an A-Net rumour, like so many others, that has become almost fact by repetition? Just curious . . . We honestly don't kno...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 62953

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

There’s a lot of talk about Luxon making demands of VA to shut down its international division and put traffic onto NZ, but is there any substance to this? Or is it perhaps just an A-Net rumour, like so many others, that has become almost fact by repetition? Just curious . . .

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by DavidByrne
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 24441

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Based on Mon 10 Dec to Sun 16 Dec 2018 from the 'Book' function of the Air NZ website. NZ used to publish a planner that showed how aircraft were utilised, and this made “gaps” in utilisation instantly obvious. Would be keen to know how you got this info from the “Book” function on NZ’s website - c...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 24441

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Based on Mon 10 Dec to Sun 16 Dec 2018 from the 'Book' function of the Air NZ website. NZ used to publish a planner that showed how aircraft were utilised, and this made “gaps” in utilisation instantly obvious. Would be keen to know how you got this info from the “Book” function on NZ’s website - c...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 62953

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

With 0020 arrival from SIN either EK407 or EK405 has to have a schedule change or otherwise the plane will be parked for a whooping 18 hours (assuming EK408/9 arrives/departs at the same time). I think I understand the strategy. EK is perfectly placed to operate services from the East Coast to NLK....

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by DavidByrne
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 24441

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Yes and this QF pilot shortage on the 737 fleet is having an impact across their network. I notice that Air New Zealand has 9 flights per week between AKL and Perth scheduled for the summer season this year, is this lower than in previous years or similar? My memory (and it could be incorrect) is t...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 24441

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

QF used to fly SYD-AKL-PPT-LAX, then later SYD-AKL-PPT with a 767 terminator, so yes the rights exist. And many, many years ago, QF used to fly SYD-AKL/NAN-PPT-ACA-MEX-NAS-BDA-LHR with 707s, and carried pax to and from PPT then, though IIRC the weekly flight via AKL was a MEX terminator and AKL was...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 62953

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

In an article from The Australian today, JB said that he hoped to add one more domestic route before he leaves VA. Any predictions? Dare I suggest NLK from SYD or BNE, just to give one final jab to NZ? I can't imagine that VA is going to add another loss-making route like one to NLK just to "g...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 24441

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Just as an aside, didn't Air Chats run charters to the Chathams from TEU also last year or the year before?

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realm_of_New_Zealand

Thanks - that explanation makes a lot of sense.
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axio wrote:
My understanding is you are leaving the country, just not the realm. In theory it's the same as going to the Cook Islands: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realm_of_New_Zealand

Thanks - that explanation makes a lot of sense.

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Could you imagine if NZ demanded Australian airlines started labelling the Antarctic Ross Dependency as part of New Zealand in their in-flight magazine and/or website route maps? At least Australia and NZ mutually recognise each others' Antarctic claims. The real problem would come where Britain, C...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Checked out the VA fares from AKL to NTL over the weekend in anticipation of visiting family on the Central Coast. Return trip in Feb: $747. Return on JQ to SYD at the same time: $205. Hmmm - maybe JQ isn’t so bad an option after all . . . Seriously - how do VA expect to get customers at this price...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Checked out the VA fares from AKL to NTL over the weekend in anticipation of visiting family on the Central Coast. Return trip in Feb: $747. Return on JQ to SYD at the same time: $205. Hmmm - maybe JQ isn’t so bad an option after all . . . Seriously - how do VA expect to get customers at this price?...

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

And I would absolutely argue that there is no unofficial restriction on NZ launching secondary routes. Not sure how you can "absolutely argue" this - we just don't know what went on behind closed doors between NZ and QF in the lead-up to their agreement on the domestic codeshares. I certa...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

I'd have thought that NTL (and CBR and HBA) are NZ's markets to cede to their competitors. NZ has a significant advantage over VA with its connections at AKL to the Americas and the Pacific, and that has to be worth a good few more bums on seats in these markets than VA could manage, surely? So what...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Don't know what they're planning to use for WKA before it's A320 capable, but assuming CHC-WKA rather than AKL-WKA. I've heard no suggestion that they'll do anything at all prior to introducing A320s on AKL-WKA, and I doubt that's imminent given the need for a serious runway upgrade. As for CHC-WKA...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

While never say never, it was my understanding that those 3 ATR's are for growth and not Q300 replacement. It's not inconsistent for the three ATRs to be for growth and that they might replace three Q300s if that is what transpires. In effect, it's still upsizing the capacity of the provincial flee...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

zkojq wrote:
I honestly doubt that QF was considering adding any additional NZ destinations anyway, regardless of any "understanding".

Exactly - the "understanding" (if indeed one occurred) would have been a very one-sided affair in which NZ's concession would have exceeded QF's.

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by DavidByrne
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Tasmania is targeting AKL flights now, after VA launched HBA - PER yesterday. ... flights to Auckland are next on the tourism industry’s agenda ... Would NZ's new QF deal act as a large barrier to such a flight being launched? I would not mind betting that this is so. What would the point be for QF...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Tasmania is targeting AKL flights now, after VA launched HBA - PER yesterday. ... flights to Auckland are next on the tourism industry’s agenda ... Would NZ's new QF deal act as a large barrier to such a flight being launched? I would not mind betting that this is so. What would the point be for QF...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

NZ6 wrote:
This is very very basic but take a look at the fuel burn rate of a ATR-500 vs 737-300 which is exacerbated if not managed well.

Fascinating web site - I'll certainly bookmark that one! Thanks.

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30510

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

DavidByrne QF is having problems with a lack of 737 pilots due to pi$$ poor planning on their part. There had been no recruitment for years and suddenly they find they need people. Problem is, they are having to increase the training infrastructure to cope with the shortage which takes time. Plenty...

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