Regarding the Chathams, I do wonder what tourism growth a runway extension could bring. Obviously it is never going to be popular to the level that places like Svalbard, Punta Arenas, the Alaska Riviera, Lofoten, The Falklands and Iceland etc are, but surely it could do better than where it's at today. I guess the main barriers to that are the lack infrastructure and therefore the extreme cost of building anything. I'd imagine that the cost of importing a vehicle or some farming/construction equipment to the island would be ridiculous also. Being in the middle of nowhere, there is no reason for any cruise ships to visit. Recently they had a new wharf built, which caused the PM to imply that the central government planned further investment in the community. https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national ... ham-island
Internally in New Zealand I've never seen much interest in tourism to the Chathams, though one of my friends from Europe really wants to visit.
Why doesn't NZ run a dedicated freighter? QF does and NZ used to with the DC8.
They have dozens of transtasman flights with 77E/77W/789s each day, with loads and loads of belly capacity.
If they were to run dedicated freighters, what type would they use?
I’m sorry but you’re wrong. Name one other degree or course that costs $100k where the average person that actually completes it only has around a 10% chance of making it into a proper job (in this case an airline)?
Sadly it is closer to 180k now.
I'd suggest that QF in return has much less interest in serving further NZ ports, so NZ would be unlikely to find itself in the same position.
I honestly doubt that QF was considering adding any additional NZ destinations anyway, regardless of any "understanding".
Precisely, over 10 years into my career I absolutely love my job but more and more I start considering whether or not it was a smart choice. It doesn't really stack up financially in NZ anymore and that's having gone down the student loan route.
In today's environment I think trying to work jobs and get the flying training done is rather fanciful. Life is expensive and the training requires a commitment. This means a sacrifice of personal life and the reality of doing your paid work poorly and even failing exams and flight tests. Neither of which are helpful when it comes to getting the edge on fellow applicants for the long-desired flying job. The other downside is the training takes longer and you could miss the hiring cycle or take too long to get on the ladder and actually start earning.
The reality is the environment is changing, rapidly now. It's taken a while for NZ to cotton on to the new reality but it is happening and things are changing in a way that even I didn't think would happen like they are.
All that aside. I encourage anyone silly enough to entertain becoming a pilot to take a long-hard look at the career and ensure you have marketable skills outside flying the aircraft. If you decide to go down this path make sure you have the insurances to be able to support you and your family (if you're lucky enough not have cocked that up in your pursuit of flying) when a change in career path becomes a medical necessity.
Good post. The fact is that the costs associated with training have gone up considerably in recent years. Historically it has generally taken around ten years between the beginning of flight training and getting ones first job at an airline. For the first few of those years there are extreme flight training costs and thereafter there are very meagre wages in General Aviation as someone builds their hours. Once finally in the door at Mt Cook, Air Nelson, Jetstar Regional or whoever else, there's hundreds of thousands of student debt to be paid back. Then comes the icing on the cake whereby all of those regional carriers only recruit to bases in AKL/CHC/WLG - good luck trying to afford a home there.
Meanwhile easyjet has been recruiting very young guys and girls, straight out of training, to the right hand seat of A319/A320s and have done so for nearly twenty years, whilst maintaining a perfect safety record. Eventually Air New Zealand will have to do similar (obviously with new recruits going to the ATR/Dash8 fleet). Qantas already bit the bullet earlier this year and are in the process of starting up their academy.
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