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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

And fuel stops between here and Japan in 2018? If the average NZ customer does have tolerance for this; it'll be only once. You're quite right. Any NZ passenger who doesn't like a fuel stop en route to Tokyo will switch to . . . ummm, which other carrier flies nonstop to Japan, again? Seriously, Ga...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

The question is, are NZ and RR doing enough? You can't tell me there aren't better options out there than HiFly, for example. What about mobilising some 772s from the desert? I don't think that planes stored in the desert are kept in "ready to fly" condition at all. From previous discussi...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 592
Views: 45657

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Flights delayed over night and running at times not even remotely close to their originial schedules, not on the day of departure due to unforeseen circumstances but planned in advance, is not something to admire, it shows an appalling disregard for paying customers. I don't get it: what should NZ ...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 592
Views: 45657

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

787 RR Troubles. Perth and some East Coast ports affected. Take a look at this reschedule by NZ for just one week! Incredible that they've set up all the logistics involved; Catering, Crewing, Cargo, pax reservations.....etc What a fantastic effort. https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/travel- ... 3MGli...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

Probably because consultants (especially when it comes to government/council work) have a habit of skewing results to suit whoever has tapped them on the shoulder and/or flip flopping to allow them to keep on consulting....planning to plan etc. That's a really cheap shot at the consultants - there'...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

Kashmon wrote:
HR is inefficient?
really?


Hilarious! No, it was you that used the word inefficient!

Time to retire from this discussion - zero serious analysis and too much trash-talk. No fun.

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by DavidByrne
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

Probably because consultants (especially when it comes to government/council work) have a habit of skewing results to suit whoever has tapped them on the shoulder and/or flip flopping to allow them to keep on consulting....planning to plan etc. That's a really cheap shot at the consultants - there'...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

Probably because consultants (especially when it comes to government/council work) have a habit of skewing results to suit whoever has tapped them on the shoulder and/or flip flopping to allow them to keep on consulting....planning to plan etc. That's a really cheap shot at the consultants - there'...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

AT might not realize this but other cities have had far more complications and built heavy rail where needed... this is the same AT that hires staff to open their train doors, when the rest of the world has automatic door opening.... hard to take them seriously when doing things the most INEFFICIEN...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

I see some flaws in the report and it's mainly due to catchment, there's no reason why there couldn't be a HR station between Mangere Town Centre and the Airport Business District, at Ascot like the LR proposal has, this reduces the HR catchment area. If/when the Avondal Southdown line is built tha...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 592
Views: 45657

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Marketing in newspapers, radio and TV is no where near as effective as what it use to be so I think you need to look at the bigger picture. Today businesses of all sizes market through the internet such as google ads, facebook, twitter, own website, etc which are far more effective than newspapers,...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

There are already plans in place to increase the main trunk capacity in Auckland. The whole purpose of the CRL is to double the capacity of Britimart. I don't see the point in spending large on CRL, new trains and all the rest unless we are going to expand the heavy rail network. If AT also build t...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 592
Views: 45657

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

zkncj wrote:
I do strugggle to see how QF can’t make AKl-PER work year round, Is NZ now doing CHC-PER year round?

CHC-PER is scheduled for a five-month season from early Dec to April some time IIRC. I think that’s an extension over previous years?

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 592
Views: 45657

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

I agree, particularly with CBR-AKL. It's a route that is going to happen eventually anyway so QF might as well grab the first mover advantage while NZ is preoccupied with other things. It's also a route where QF's two class configuration will give them an advantage over NZ's single class A320s. I'm...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

I try not to get too involved with the HR/LR to airport debate as it tends to end up going round in circles very quickly and can digress away from aviation so i'll try and be brief, but I having spent a fair bit of time on google maps as well as reading numerous for and against arguments and accomp...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 592
Views: 45657

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

NZ are in much the same situation and trans-Tasman is a much bigger part of their revenue makeup than it is for VA or QF who both have a domestic market many times bigger than the NZ domestic market to fall back on (and QF have a very profitable international market as well). An extended fare war i...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 592
Views: 45657

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

VA to increase flights to NZ SYD-AKL to go 3 daily on weekdays, 2 daily on weekends MEL-AKL increases from 11 weekly to double daily BNE-AKL 2 daily except Saturday’s, third flight will operate Monday mornings one way and Friday evenings the other way MEL-CHC goes from 4 weekly to a daily service M...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

My understanding was that government had only agreed to fund "Stage 1" - the Dominion Road component, leaving "Stage 2" (the airport) to a later date. If so, then a classic government manoeuvre to kick the can, while satisfyng the inner-city types who have some gilded view of tr...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

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by DavidByrne
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

I take nothing from Sydney's blow out or an opinion on the matter from someone with a biased view. To me I took two things out of this 1. There's still doubt over which way to go so could be a long drawn up progress 2. MEL's commitment to go heavy rail given their love for trams must be reviewed an...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

... the idea that NZ's decisions might actually be rooted in serious analysis involving multiple factors, most of which we are not privy to, also eludes many posters! Some of that so-called serious analysis has also resulted in several major botch-ups, like the VA shareholding (which NZ made a heft...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

Some of that so-called serious analysis has also resulted in several major botch-ups, like the VA shareholding (which NZ made a hefty loss on), the Premium Economy SpaceSeat (which NZ has now decided to dump), and the failed MNL launch (which NZ, in its own words, under-estimated the regulatory fra...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

Auckland councillor Mike Lee said Melbourne has the most extensive and most sophisticated tram system in the world and to choose to go with trains is based on experience operating trams and trains, confirming international best practice. "The Australian decision is instructive and should give ...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

At the risk of going non-av, it's not just about the airport. It's about relieving a corridor that is approaching bus saturation (Dominion Road), and providing rapid transit to an area that currently has none (Mangere & Bridge), as well as serving the airport. To put it into another context, it...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 592
Views: 45657

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Interesting analysis. I'm asking this as I really have no idea - is there a risk of NZ losing passengers ( Velocity members ) which will make their capacity increases vulnerable? Surely the repercussions don't run all one way. I'm not suggesting that's what you're saying BTW. Sure, NZ will lose som...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 592
Views: 45657

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Some of the reasons above are why NZ is leaving VA, to give a bit more consistency, sure only NZ widebodies offer J and W while the A320’s are all Y. It will be interesting to see what VA do, I think personally they will operate the main trunk AKL/WLG/CHC to SYD/MEL/BNE with maybe TT on some of the...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 592
Views: 45657

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

The average New Zealander that has flown VA under the Tasman, has often perceived that Virgin is horrible and outdate product which they happily with share with friends when they get home. I just came back from an AKL-MEL-HBA trip on VA, and I think I'm a pretty average NZer. I did note that there ...

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by DavidByrne
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

They're planning to reinstate the Norfolk Island route, too. More on Air Chathams and Norfolk Island: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/354827/air-chathams-may-fly-to-norfolk-direct-from-auckland "Air Chathams may fly to Norfolk direct from Auckland" Assuming it all hap...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

I must admit, I'm shocked that NZ has been ranked as the second best airline in the world, just behind SQ, but ahead of EK - this is in TripAdvisor's 2018 Travellers' Choice awards. I think what this shows is that the public at large are NOT as critical of many of the things about NZ that the avgee...

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by DavidByrne
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct
Replies: 48
Views: 4986

Re: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct

I’d say NZ could do a 2 hourly weekday AKL-SYD, 0700, 0900, 1100, 1300, 1500, 1700, 1900 with up to 5 wodebodies. MEL 5 daily 0630, 0830, 1200, 1530, 1830 with up to 3 widebodies. BNE 4 daily 0645, 0930, 1530, 1930 with up to 2 widebodies. I do think maybe a daily widenody to OOL though with additi...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct
Replies: 48
Views: 4986

Re: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct

Given VA claims to have been blindsided by the NZ announcement, I suspect that JB’s response relating to introducing TT into the Tasman mix was an off-the-cuff knee-jerk response (if it can be both) rather than the considered view of the VA Board. Not to say it won’t happen, but I don’t think we can...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

What would the chances of AKL-OOL becoming an 77E or 789 service with the VA friendship gone? Could AKL really handle anymore AM peak 777/787s from NZ? I’ve thought this must be a possibility ever since NZ moved the 787 onto AKL-ADL. It would give a WB connection from OOL to the Americas and that h...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

I assume that NZ will recommence services on WLG-BNE, ZQN-BNE etc that are currently the sole preserve of VA when the alliance terminates. Also this must surely give impetus to AKL-HBA and CBR services commencing. Just last week I flew “NZ” on AKL-MEL-HBA and that market would be entirely ceded to Q...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

ADrum23 wrote:
Curious, what are the chances we could someday see an AKL-DFW route?

On QF or AA maybe, but never on NZ.

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by DavidByrne
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 445
Views: 26188

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

We were in the last thread talking about the NZ fleet. There was some talk a while back about some second hand 777’s, any truth to that or updates? Thinking about it maybe some 77W’s to upgauge some existing 772 flights? At the time I posed the question as to whether anyone could provide a source f...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand announces ORD-AKL
Replies: 80
Views: 13557

Re: Air New Zealand announces ORD-AKL

What if they were to add a leg to EWR? Be it from ORD, IAH, or LAX (like QF does to JFK). This would surely check a huge market on their list, and fill some more seats. No time to do that without losing very important connectivity via the early evening departure bank and early morning arrival bank ...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 36977

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

If ever there was a population in the country that could claim justifiable right to a dedicated, reliable air service that is underwritten by the taxpayer; then in my opinion it is the population of the West Coast. But there's no reason why it should be NZ that provides it. This is the nub of the i...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 36977

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

planemanofnz wrote:
That would probably just result in dropping the likes of GIS, TIU, TUO, WSZ, and maybe KKE

WSZ long gone, but HKK must be very marginal with a DH3. Does anyone know what sort of loads they get? I counted just 25 on one late pm flight to CHC when in HKK last year but have no idea if that’s typical.

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by DavidByrne
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 36977

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Planesmart wrote:
International financiers still consider there is an implied sovereign guarantee, despite documentation to the contrary. As previously, the Government would not allow NZ to fail.

Interesting - unclear why anyone would think that. Do you have a reference?

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by DavidByrne
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 36977

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

No that was the QF 763 SYD-HNL-YYZ. Eh, no, I'm pretty sure that NZ served YYZ - see: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-26AQBwS-SwI/TyruDfSBciI/AAAAAAAAFq4/wByx0YBlT8w/s1600/NZ+air+new+zealand+1993+11+routemap+mapa+rutas.JPG See, for example: https://airline-memorabilia.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/air-new-zeal...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 36977

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

The bailout was therefore an obligation-free gift from the New Zealand people whether they liked it or not, and it's history. No, that’s completely wrong! It was an investment , pure and simple, just like any other investment. And to Kashmon, if a private company had injected the cash to save NZ th...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 52681

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

(1) By that analogy anyone flying HKG-WLG is better off flying via SYD, MEL or BNE. While I assume QF pick some transit traffic to NZ, I doubt they are reliant on it which is something NZ is heavily reliant upon. Yes, agree HKG-WLG would be easier via SYD than AKL. And yes, NZ does rely heavily on ...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 52681

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

I assume QF’s plan to operate BNE-ORD is because of range; that gives NZ a significant advantage in the SYD and MEL markets. Sure, NZ might get some discounted transfer traffic, but I doubt AKL's same-terminal transit offering would be a "significant" enough advantage to sway QF's huge FF...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 36977

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

yes but JQ,QF etc were not given the same amount of money by the NZ government as NZ got so they were effectively granted monopoly status.... aww. we needed a carrier to project our image? how about it then serve the people that create that image oh and bailed them out.... I would agree that the go...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 52681

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

The HBA analogy isn't a good one, because anyone flying MEL-AKL-DUD would have the same issues. Two points: (1) my AKL-MEL-HBA experience is exactly the same as that experienced by someone flying USA-MEL-ADL. If QF do fly ORD-BNE, and I want to connect to (say) SYD then I can avoid the hassles of p...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 52681

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

Meantime Australia-AKL-ORD available 3x weekly on NZ from November. Australians already have plenty of one-stop options to ORD on a daily basis through LAX, SFO, IAH and DFW. NZ's participation doesn't really advance the availability too much except that it would all be on NZ (could also be VA) met...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 36977

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

. . . tell that to Air NZ a commercially unsustainable organisation that was granted monopoly status after being saved by the government I don’t understand all this ongoing resentment about NZ decades ago having received a substantial capital injection in order to preserve jobs and ensure that the ...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 68105

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

We in the QF PER-LHR inaugural thread preferred remained that way & stick to the topic. If you interested discussing B787 ULH suggest heading over to the correct thread... http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=587447 EK413 Umm haven’t you been one of the people discussing 787 ULH ops? ...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 52681

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

Meantime Australia-AKL-ORD available 3x weekly on NZ from November.

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by DavidByrne
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 36977

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

... there are two more carriers in the mix, also clearly finding it a tough market. In our winter, maybe, but not in our summer - both AA and UA upgraded AKL then (to 789 and 77W equipment). HA also seems to not find AKL too tough of a market to operate in, given it's just upgraded us to 5x weekly ...

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