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by DavidByrne
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 126
Views: 9115

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: 216
Views: 21101

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: 126
Views: 9115

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: 126
Views: 9115

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: 216
Views: 21101

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: 126
Views: 9115

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
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

NZ could do AKL 1000 SIN 1530 SIN 0100 AKL 1545 I'd support this as their "base operation", providing year-round connections to South America in both directions. Then they could add a frequency as needed (day by day if appropriate) on the following schedule: SIN 1715 AKL 0800 AKL 1745 SIN...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

Reading the Reuters report (see https://www.reuters.com/article/us-emirates-airline-qantas/emirates-to-quit-some-new-zealand-flights-as-part-of-new-qantas-pact-idUSKBN1CG06K) on the QF/EK carve-up on the Tasman, two points immediately came to mind: First, the side-effect is that EK drops from four (...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

I can't find anywhere "just off Peninsular Malaysia" called Pulau on the Air NZ map. I can find Palau, which is where it should, in Micronesia. I've been there, it's quite popular with Japanese and Koreans, but neither Singapore nor Silk fly there so I guess it's just for reference. Unles...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

EK pulling out of AKL-Australia is very bad news indeed. Apart from the fact that it was great to have the odd A380 flight across the Tasman, if there's one thing we know about NZ and QF it's that when there's just the two of them on a route they don't exactly bring the knives out in terms of prici...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

Air NZ do not sell the WLG-CBR sector. They only sell WLG-SIN (via CBR), so to avoid confusion I presume they have only put the "direct" route in the map. Sure they sell WLG-CBR (though I recall, somewhat reluctantly). Check the timetable - it's NZ3291/3292. Try booking it on their websit...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

duplicated

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

- WLG - SIN should be WLG - CBR - SIN (as as it is on the NZ website) Air NZ do not sell the WLG-CBR sector. They only sell WLG-SIN (via CBR), so to avoid confusion I presume they have only put the "direct" route in the map. Sure they sell WLG-CBR (though I recall, somewhat reluctantly). ...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

The way I see it, on the back of my envelope I calculate that there are five daily frequencies to North America on NZ as things stand. If traffic is growing at 10% pa (as I believe I read the other day) then this means that just to maintain its position in the market NZ needs to add a half a daily ...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

. . . if you really believe that the US market is expanding so rapidly that IAH and ORD services would not even compete for the same pool of passengers at this point in time when IAH has just expanded...... you're dreaming. You're basically arguing that there is a 787 sized pool of passengers who w...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

[NZ increasing flights to IAH in 2018 to 6-7 weekly up from 5 in 2017, using the premium 789's] You'd have to say though that it doesn't bode well for the introduction of a service to ORD however, if indeed that is still on the radar. I don't see that at all. It's apparent that the US market is in ...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

Oh my goodness! Such stress for your flights. If that's what's important...... Well let's all grow up a bit. We've got a great forum here, where we can all be CEO for a day, bringing up all sorts of clever ideas that interest us as industry followers. Petty gripes..... (maybe someone didn't get the...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

Another thought: I didn't hear too many people complain that YVR should not be started on a seasonal basis. In practice it proved a good platform for testing the market and going year-round. Maybe SGN will do the same, perhaps KIX too. The carrier has already suggested that it would like to operate ...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

Might it annoy you (or anyone) if this was a regular trip for you and you had to fly SQ or QF half the time (not accruing points on NZ)? Ho Chi Minh is surely classed as a leisure route first and foremost - in my experience leisure travellers are much less exercised than business travellers when it...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54912

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

As an addendum re HBA - I was there last in January and found that accommodation costs were astronomical because of a serious capacity shortfall. Tasmania needs to address that issue if it wants to attract international visitors.

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by DavidByrne
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54912

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

I don't even think HBA's terminal has the ability to handle widebody (no contact gate, not enough clearance) not to mention customs issue. That would be a lot of work for then. Something from NZ would be a far safer bet. HBA has had wide body service in the past. Back in the 1980s I flew HBA-AKL on...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54912

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Rumours arising, and discussions on Perth local radio this morning that Air New Zealand interested in operating AKL-PER-LHR. Would certainly make things interesting... IIRC the original printed report was highly speculative, and wasn't an expression of interest by NZ but a suggestion from the journ...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

IMO, we'll see LIM first, with the current equipment able to reach there Much though I'd like to see AKL-LIM, I doubt we'll see that for a number of years. The American destinations that, to my recollection, NZ has mentioned as possibilities or confirmed as having been under study are: DEN, ORD, NY...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

NZ3/4 haven't operated since AKL-IAH began in my recollection.

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by DavidByrne
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 29885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

NZ could operate a schedule like: AKL-LIM (about 12 hr 15) Dep 1500 arr 0915 LIM-AKL (about 13 hr 55) Dep 1115 arr 1910 I can't see any such new flights operating outside the established early evening bank outward and early morning bank inward. (Unless there was a new bank added outward at around 5...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 22521

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

For IE/PX to start services to AKL or NZ to start HIR/POM would require setting up offices, hiring staff/contractors etc for a once or twice weekly route... On that basis, NZ should never have started services to MCY, DPS or SGN. Or, indeed, anywhere that is served seasonally. One can't make genera...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 25469

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

hold on don't NZ do up to 3 nonstops AKL/LAX daily ? Having 3 means that connections work better from various points in OZ or NZL or Pacific Islands. Often the cheapest NZ flight from say SYD/LAX via AKL is one with poorest connection, but you can pay more for better connection. Yes, two nonstops a...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 25469

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

Airlines are *constantly* evaluating current, and potential new routes and destinations. Where there is a market and the logistics stack up - they do it. Where there isn't - they don't. End of story. So all the routes under discussion aren't happening either because there is insufficient demand; or...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 25469

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

Re new destinations, and focusing on North America:I calculate that a new destination served three times weekly would add about 7.5% to NZ's capacity (at summer peak) to North Ameerica. For an airline which wants to expand its market share over rivals (especially in the Australia-North America marke...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 25469

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

Of course it would be foolish to dismiss AKL-CBR without serious analysis. But CBR has been around for a long time as has NZ and QF. The serious analysis would have been ongoing and the route's never even seen the light of day. To NZ, even AKL-EZE makes more sense. The flaw in your calculation by t...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 25469

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

AKL-CBR is an absolute non starter. Think about it for a moment. Firstly, the market is tiny. The image you have of governmental offsiders needing to commute to their counterparts across the Tasman is not a reality. The economic, cultural and academic powerhouses of Australia are Sydney and Melbour...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 25469

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

Do you think there is any chance that as HND traffic builds we could see NH at AKL? With NZ t=doing NRT and NH doing KUL and a joint venture type of operation? I had the good fortune of flying NH business from KUL to the US and back a couple of months ago and it was really good. Be nice to see prem...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 25469

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

if those in charge of security say we'd be fine without them, I'd accept that, but until they do I'll just shrug - or not even think about them. They're not arduous to fill in.mariner Agreed - yes, it's a bit of a pain, but it's a pinprick compared with so many of the other inconveniences that you ...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 26220

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

I think the two "miff inducing" events of recent times as far as NZ is concerned are: - SQ's WLG-CBR-SIN - The arrival of AA on the cash cow that was AKL-LAX. That's just life in international aviation. No airline can afford to stress about the actions of others, even if (as SQ) they are ...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54572

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

sq256 wrote:
Eastbound AKL-MCY has a few rows blocked off already due to the longer flight time. Whereas Westbound doesn't have that problem.

Pardon my ignorance but why would AKL-MCY have rows blocked off when the departure airport is AKL with a 12,000 ft strip?

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by DavidByrne
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: SAS to fly to AKL ?!
Replies: 70
Views: 9683

Re: Rumour: SAS to fly to AKL ?!

Ok sweet, but are you sure, I think they did back in the 80's and Wikipedia lists Auckland as a terminated destination for Lufthansa, along with Sydney and Melbourne. LH did indeed serve AKL for quite a long time with its 747s. Absolutely not! LH has never served NZ with its own metal (unless it wa...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: SAS to fly to AKL ?!
Replies: 70
Views: 9683

Re: Rumour: SAS to fly to AKL ?!

Kiwirob wrote:
I'm pretty sure Lufthansa used to fly to New Zealand, they had a building in Auckland for many years.

Absolutely not!

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by DavidByrne
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 26220

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

Do we think NZ will be miffed to have lost the first-initiative on a non-stop AKL-MNL service? Or, are they quite content deploying their fleet on higher yielding routes? I imagine AKL-MNL would be quite low-yielding. I'm picking that the political situation is at least a factor in the NZ decision....

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 26220

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

It's very interesting to see the moves that NZ has made over the last week or so, increasing capacity very significantly on some of its seasonal routes in particular. While each individual announcement has been interesting and welcome, when you look at the totality of the announcements, you can see ...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 26220

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

To NZ6: for some reason, my PM response to you does not seem to have left my Outbox after several days; not at all sure why and I don't seem to be able to do anything else to make it go. If you're willing to send me an e-mail address by PM I'd be happy to respond to your message by e-mail. Cheers Da...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40071

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

Just curious - has that (low domestic fares) always been the case, or has Jetstar's entry brought about a sudden change of heart? Kind of like QF TPAC before and after the DL & VA entries into the market. I seem to recall paying over $400 SYD-MEL return back in the Ansett / TAA 1980s too. In 19...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 160
Views: 17563

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017

I don't expect to see it in my lifetime, but given that the estimates for a new airport in the right place are $40 million, I'm pleased that the various parties involved, from WDC to Air NZ, are at least discussing it. The $140 million figure you've quoted was to extend Onerahi and the Port Whangar...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 160
Views: 17563

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017

A random idea about the future of possibility of NZ deciding to standardise on the ATR72 for provincial services, and if they do decide that the limitations of ATR use at WRE are to great to continue operating there, then the path is open to JQ to take on WRE-AKL. And/or, for that matter, AKL-TUO, W...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 160
Views: 17563

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017

A proper airport needs to be built there if for no other reason than as a strategic asset. Sorry to be somewhat negative about this, but as I suggested in my earlier post, where transport infrastructure is concerned, there has to be a real and immediate and demonstrated need or a proposal doesn't s...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 160
Views: 17563

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017

". . . Twenty-eight potential sites for a new airport have been identified in Whangarei. Whangarei's Onerahi Airport has 10 to 15 years of life left in it, but its runway cannot be extended in length or expanded." I worry about it, because everyone jumped up and down wanted the new airpor...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 160
Views: 17563

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017

I don't see a reasonable-priced solution to the WRE airport situation in the wind - while many options have apparently been thought about, doesn't seem there's a serious proposal in the wind? If 50-seaters are phased out, that's going to be a serious problem for WRE. Is it worth spending $140m (or w...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 160
Views: 17563

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017

According to Crawford, Sounds Air is looking for larger aircraft to meet the extra Blenheim-Christchurch demand and also to benefit from what he said is a forthcoming move by Air New Zealand regional subsidiary Air Nelson to end services with 50-seat turboprops at some New Zealand destinations. . ....

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by DavidByrne
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40071

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

luftaom wrote:
There's quite a turnaround time in CBR - that won't be fun for the crew doing the SYD-CBR-SYD sectors.

I don't think that crew "fun" is usually a factor in deciding schedules!

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by DavidByrne
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 160
Views: 17563

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017

Auckland Airport's latest version of their 'master plan'. This must be cut 32. I'm in favour of this but question if they'll get consent. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11893151 Good to see they are allowing space for rail under the runway along with the roa...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 160
Views: 17563

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2017

AKL 1000 SIN 1530 SIN 0100 AKL 1600 This is the kind of timetable that NZ should be aiming for for multiple Asian destinations to make good on their aim of being the airline of choice for Asia-South America flights. Ideally, two daily flights would be run per destination so that there's a morning d...

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