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by LamboAston
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 38955

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

Air NZ 787-9 ZK-NZG had an engine test on Sunday morning and is due back in service on Thursday. http://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/zk-nzg PA515 When I was by the hangar around 11am, it was in there with doors shut. It was towed across at 10am back to the hangar - not taxiing back to the ha...

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by LamboAston
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 38955

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

It's great to see the MH 332's at AKL now - hopefully this gives them a bit of a boost here, in light of the 333 being restricted on AKL - KUL. Separately, MH thinks there's a case for Wi-Fi on its AKL service, and is planning to use one of its upgraded 332's here, with that offering. See: - https:...

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by LamboAston
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 38955

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

DUD-BNE Looks very unhealthy to me - numbers have steadily declined from 55,000 two-way pax in 2010 to 44,000 in 2017. The first few months of 2018 show a further deterioration of a few per cent over 2017. And if current trends continue, DUD-BNE has to be a candidate for the chop, especially if VA'...

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by LamboAston
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 38955

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

Does anyone have any knowledge on how long these 777 leases might be for. I would assume they can be rolled over, but I assume the RR issues will end one day... Is there a chance NZ will keep them around beyond the arrival of the next 2 789's... This would allow them to use the new 787's to be used...

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by LamboAston
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 263
Views: 44471

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

undertheradar wrote:
Q3OO VH-SBW (previously the 'no name brand') is out of TSV paint shop, 99.999999% sure it's wearing the new roo. VH-SCE is in paint shop. This will now complete ALL QantasLink Q3OOs into the new roo :)

That is, but it may be all completed already IF, and its a big if, SCE goes to JQNZ.

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by LamboAston
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 548
Views: 34874

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. Yes - what's more interesting though is DUD - BNE. Will VA drop that route now? Will NZ pick it up? It has to be quite a marginal flight. C. NZ served the route...

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by LamboAston
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 37928

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

TN's 3x weekly AKL service will switch from the 343 to the 789 from 7 November 2018. This will then leave PR's 3x weekly AKL service as AKL's only remaining 343 service. Thats if NZ is able to end its love affair with HiFly by then :), the 2x 343s wet-lease keeps getting extended....... And PR is g...

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by LamboAston
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 54434

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

I think you may find it also has something to do with insurance. Effectively if you are travelling in a group (such as a school group, sporting group etc) you may not be covered if you are not wearing the uniform and this covers all forms of travel whether it be flying, in a car, in a bus etc. I th...

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by LamboAston
Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34973

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Does anyone know what went wrong with N823AN? It went tech a few days ago in AKL, and is now positioning direct DFW

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by LamboAston
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34973

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

NZ have announced that they now expect to have all 789s back flying by the end of April. Looks like they have been working hard to repair NZE as quickly as possible. From what I can tell NZ are getting 4x new engines and 2x reconditioned/repaired engines for the 3x grounded 789s. NZ had said previo...

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by LamboAston
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34973

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

It’s Taipei! NZ won't start up ICN without OZ being onboard in a revenue share alliance. Although Korea fits into the Pacific Rim strategy it's not building on Japan and China which has been the North Asia focus. So, NZ is not interested in ICN without an OZ JV, but AFAIK (given the press release),...

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by LamboAston
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34973

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

The A321neoLRs will be able to fly up to 4,000 nm - AKL - DPS is 3,642 nm and CHC - DPS is 3,637 nm. Given the regional Australia interest of the airlines, could regional New Zealand also be in play too (WLG and ZQN - which would be extremely exciting for both)? It's been discussed previously that ...

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by LamboAston
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 263
Views: 44471

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

All ZK reg 738s will be going to the VH register this year

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by LamboAston
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 42
Views: 4000

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2018

USAOZ wrote:
FJ to fly BNE/LAX direct from later this year

That seems like a strange plan - a 6th freedom route. Maybe demand is sufficient though

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by LamboAston
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 73660

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Also I have heard that EY will start AUH-ADL-WLG on the 789 in October

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by LamboAston
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 25373

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... -mar-2018/
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CI are going to bring in the A350 to AKL daily from the 25th of March as shown here https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... -mar-2018/

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by LamboAston
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 39382

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

Brisbane to Mackay / No. of Flights / No. of Flight Cancelld / % Cancelled QFLink / 108 / 103 / 4.6% VA / 144 / 1 / 0.7% So the point of whether they are QFLink or QF mainline or not doesn't matter - your flight is still more likely to be cancelled if it's operated by QF than VA. If QFlink has 108 ...

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by LamboAston
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 25373

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

Not very impressive first image for NZ... a country that prides itself on innovation can't get get its head around running a tiny airport that barely caters to 20 million passengers efficiently Exactly. For the traffic AKL has to cope with (not massive) and the land area it has to play with (genero...

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by LamboAston
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 25373

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

The only domestic terminal that I can think is worse than AKL is T2G at CDG, which is an shed located an 10minute bus ride from the rest of the airport. ...and many airports in the developed world for that matter. I am actually getting a bit tired of the constant AIAL bashing on here. Nothing wrong...

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by LamboAston
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 25373

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

The only domestic terminal that I can think is worse than AKL is T2G at CDG, which is an shed located an 10minute bus ride from the rest of the airport. Then you can't have been anywhere 3rd world. KTM (Kathmandu) international alone is far worse, and that's without even mentioning domestic. Domest...

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by LamboAston
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 39382

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

SBW seems to be an 'hot swap' aircraft between QLink and JQNZ, Its currently back in New Zealand operateing as Jetstar. It is going to get Jetstar stickers and stay in NZ. I expected VH-SBW to get QF colours and VH-SCE to be repainted as Jetstar. VH-SCE is the last QF Q300 to be repainted. PA515 I ...

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by LamboAston
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 39382

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

zkncj wrote:
qf789 wrote:
VH-SBW (50Y) QantasLink 1984 Livery - currently all white


SBW seems to be an 'hot swap' aircraft between QLink and JQNZ, Its currently back in New Zealand operateing as Jetstar.

It is going to get Jetstar stickers and stay in NZ.

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by LamboAston
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s
Replies: 229
Views: 8047

Re: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s

MH are planning on keeping all 6

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by LamboAston
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 22423

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

Unfortunately - but perhaps predictably - there are some unhappy rumblings about Samoa Airways. http://sobserver.ws/en/03_12_2017/local/27372/Cabinet-issues-order-lease-cost-a-mystery.htm "Cabinet issues order, lease cost a mystery The government has put its foot down in a bid to help Samoa Ai...

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by LamboAston
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 25373

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

I can't see QR serving WLG. Sorry. They're not about to do CBR-WLG in competition with SQ and they are surely after yields to support the current AKL flight. WLG would undermine this. Their presence in NZ hinges on the nonstop flight otherwise they are not competitive with EK. So it's AKL IMHO. 77L...

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?
Replies: 110
Views: 15664

Re: how long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?

Other counties LCCs are invading the US for example, WOW Air, LCCs and ULCCs strive on little to no competition. As other countries LCCs are coming here, I think, as stated above. There is little to no breathing room for an LCC to economically stay afloat. Unless Spirit or Alliegent started buying ...

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by LamboAston
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 24752

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

Does anyone know what registrations the NEOs are getting? On Part 169, it was mentioned ZK-OYx registrations, but that was a long time ago. Any updates?

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by LamboAston
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 24752

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

Sorry if this has been discussed previously, but I was in NSN this week and saw 3 Virgin ATR's sitting there with all windows covered up. All 3 had a door open and a couple of guys in hi-viz standing around but not much activity. What is the go here? VA signed a five-year maintenance agreement with...

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by LamboAston
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to retire the 77L
Replies: 143
Views: 41405

Re: Etihad to retire the 77L

AI were looking at serious US expansion a few months ago. They didn't have the aircraft required, so this could be the aircraft for that.

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 184
Views: 27137

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc

http://theqantassource.com/qantas-b737- ... rra-extra/

Are there plans for the Jetconnect 737s to get wifi?
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qf789 wrote:
QF 737-800 VH-XZH has been installed with WIFI

http://theqantassource.com/qantas-b737- ... rra-extra/

Are there plans for the Jetconnect 737s to get wifi?

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines that currently fly the 744 to DXB?
Replies: 21
Views: 3827

Re: Airlines that currently fly the 744 to DXB?

One of Iran airlines send 747 sometimes to DXB, not sure which one. Mahan Air used to operate B743 and B744 on some flights and Iran Air used to operate B74SP and 741/742 on some. I suggest that you read seven posts back -:) And now you're clogging up the thread with even more useless off topic pos...

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by LamboAston
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 149
Views: 25502

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

It keeps being brought up that the 359 is better on shorter, trans-Tasman flights than the 778. But in my opinion that argument isn't a very strong argument for ordering the 359 over the 778 because NZ already has a fuel efficient aircraft in its fleet, the 789. Why introduce another fleet type tha...

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by LamboAston
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 30989

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

Former JetConnect ZK-ZQA has returned to service for QF now registered VH-VZF http://theqantassource.com/jetconnect-b737-800-zk-zqa-returns-from-maintenance-as-qantas-vh-vzf/ Yep, I noticed that also. Does this mean 1 less ZK rego, and is this because of the increased widebody flying across the dit...

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by LamboAston
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines that currently fly the 744 to DXB?
Replies: 21
Views: 3827

Re: Airlines that currently fly the 744 to DXB?

There were plenty of UPS 744s and MD11s when I was there last April

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by LamboAston
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 149
Views: 25502

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

It keeps being brought up that the 359 is better on shorter, trans-Tasman flights than the 778. But in my opinion that argument isn't a very strong argument for ordering the 359 over the 778 because NZ already has a fuel efficient aircraft in its fleet, the 789. Why introduce another fleet type tha...

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by LamboAston
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 149
Views: 25502

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

Any sources to back up your claim? I'd actually expect opposite. Since the frame is going to be heavier, it will most likely perform best at high loads and high distance, where load/weight is highest. At short distance (or lower loads), you have to drag extra 35tons of frame every time (comparing t...

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by LamboAston
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?
Replies: 41
Views: 10194

Re: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?

lavalampluva wrote:
FI does theirs based on flight banks at KEF. They have numerous aircraft which sit on the ground for hours in the U.S. A couple times a week they have 2 sitting on the ground in SEA for almost 24 hours, at about the same exact time. I think the same might happen at DEN as well.

22h, IIRC

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by LamboAston
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the 777-9 in any of the USA Big 3's Future?
Replies: 61
Views: 12770

Re: Is the 777-9 in any of the USA Big 3's Future?

Are Boeing's offerings really that inferior to Airbus? It seems threads like this one turn into "would x Boeing plane work for x carrier? No, Airbus plane x beats it in every meaningful metric." there are a ton of Airbus fanboys that love to turn them into that. I definitely prefer Boeing...

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by LamboAston
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 179
Views: 21399

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

Just flew YVR-SEA on AS, on a 737-800 nonetheless. Talk about a quick flight but a long, long drive with traffic and a sometimes slow border crossing. AKL-WLG is 250NM which takes around 35-50 minutes in an A320 subject to wind and traffic, to drive this route it would take around 10-12hours by Car...

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by LamboAston
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 149
Views: 25502

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

We're still seeing a lot of wishful thinking in this thread about the 787 as a solution for NZ's 77E replacement needs. Sure, you can use the 789 on some ULH routes if you slash passenger numbers, as Qantas is doing. But I suspect the idea of the 789 as a solution for NZ on routes such as New York ...

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by LamboAston
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 184
Views: 27137

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc

LamboAston wrote:
Is VH-QPJ still in the Gay330 livery?

I can confirm that it still is.

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by LamboAston
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 149
Views: 25502

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

The A350 family looks like a pretty good fit for Air New Zealand in my opinion. The A350-900(ULR) can fly to ORD and NYC comfortably and the lower OEW (in comparison to the 777-8) makes it better for Tasman services and Asia flying, should the need arise. This would also mean the 787-10 would no lo...

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by LamboAston
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 22423

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

ZK-NBT wrote:
What was the second incident? This aircraft should be retired soon not because of this incident, when do FJ get their first MAX?

Two decompressions in two months. One was around AKL.

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 149
Views: 25502

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

Looks great, but for once I prefer the standard livery to all black. Hopefully they do order A350s I see this order being 7810 for Aus/Asia and 777-9 with block seats for ULH or re configuring some 789. The NZ livery would still look awesome on a 777-9X: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-x0sZEyLD8AA/UcCgm8...

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 22423

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

Grounded Fiji Airways aircraft back in service "THE Fiji Airways Boeing 737-700 aircraft that was involved in a cabin depressurisation incident last month is back in service. While en-route to Honolulu, Hawaii from Christmas Island on October 10, Fiji Airways flight FJ822 was forced to descend...

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 149
Views: 25502

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

Air NZ will go for the A350-900 A350 seems a better fit I think the A359 and A35K have an even chance Can we just take a moment to appreciate how incredibly beautiful NZ's livery would look on an A350? Just look at those winglets! :hyper: https://forums.x-plane.org/screenshots/monthly_01_2015/d6070...

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 184
Views: 27137

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc

Is VH-QPJ still in the Gay330 livery?

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines receives first 787-9
Replies: 18
Views: 3701

Re: Ethiopian Airlines receives first 787-9

787-9 schedule according to airlineroute.net; Addis Ababa – Brazzaville – Pointe Noire – Addis Ababa eff 03DEC17 1 of 6 weekly (Day 7) operated by 787-9, replacing -8 Addis Ababa – Cape Town eff 06DEC17 787-9 operating 1 of 7 weekly service (2 weekly from 15DEC17) Addis Ababa – Chengdu eff 10DEC17 ...

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