flybynight
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Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Wed Feb 11, 2004 12:32 pm

Taking a little vacation in the South Pacific. As nice as Air New Zealand probably is (never flown with them), I was hoping for something besides a 763 from LA. Don't get me wrong, the 763 is a wonderful plane, and I'm a big fan of the 2-3-2 seating, but I would have prefered a 744 or a 330/340.
I don't think there are PTV's in coach. Can anyone confirm?
Heia Norge!
 
HNLFlyBoy
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RE: Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Wed Feb 11, 2004 12:44 pm

Are you flying into Roratonga? If you are, why not try AQ out of HNL? It's nothing fancy, a 73NG, but I bet it would be fun. Besides, wouldn't you have to fly to into Auckland and transfer? If I were you, I'd go LAX-HNL, spend a day here, and then continue onto the Cook Islands, and come back through the same way. Are you near SNA by chance? If you are, you can even take AQ directly from there to HNL. I'd price it a couple of ways.

Good luck!
 
flybynight
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RE: Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Wed Feb 11, 2004 12:55 pm

Actually, I believe Air New Zealand's flight is direct from LAX to Roratonga; hence the 763. If I had to actually fly to New Zealand, I believe it would be on a 744 (at least it would be out of San Fran). I'd prefer not to go through Hawaii on AQ. That would require an extra stop. 737 is the plane I have flown on the most over the years, so that's not too exciting.
The package tours use Air New Zealand anyway, so I don't have a heck of a lot of choices.
Heia Norge!
 
HNLFlyBoy
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RE: Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Wed Feb 11, 2004 1:20 pm

Ok, that's kewl FbN. I didn't know you were on a package...yes, that really limits your choices. I would take a 744 over an 763 any day, but a 744 is really becoming a "flagship" aircraft for many airlines and used on the appropriate routes. Out of HNL, only a few of the Asian carriers, JL and KI use them. While not a flagship route, they use them to here for capacity purposes. UA used to on their NRT and KIX routes, but have changed over to T7's.

Please post a trip report when you get back. Sounds like a fun trip!
 
pilottim747
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RE: Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Wed Feb 11, 2004 4:04 pm

The flight to RAR is from LAX on a B763 but it does make a stop in PPT first. It's a 9hr flight to PPT, then an extra 2hrs from PPT.

Boeing 747-400s are very nice aircraft and I could see why you'd want to be on one for long-haul. Air NZs Boeing 767-300s aren't bad, however. I personally really like the 2-3-2 seating of the 767. Service is the same on both aircraft.

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RE: Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Wed Feb 11, 2004 4:10 pm

Flights from SFO are direct to AKL. From LAX if i remember correctly Air NZ do operate B744s that stop in Rarotonga. The 744s will be having a big cabin refit this year and next year and the B744s will also be having PTVs put in. Air NZ do not operate any A330s or A340s
 
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RE: Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Wed Feb 11, 2004 5:26 pm

Air New Zealand only flies its 744s in/out of LAX going to Auckland. LAX to HNL, PPT, or RAR are strictly 763's. The reason for the 763 is because frequent routes flown are LAX-PPT-RAR-AKL.

ANZ flies the 763 to RAR on Wednesday's, Saturday's and Sunday's. They fly to PPT on the same days including Friday, however the Friday flight doesn't go to Rarotonga.

Previous flights using the 744 were LAX-FRA and LAX-SYD.

So if you want to fly on an ANZ 744, then you're headed off to Auckland!
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QANTAS747-438
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RE: Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Wed Feb 11, 2004 5:30 pm

Oops! I made a mistake. ANZ doesn't fly to HNL anymore. They codeshare with United using 777s and 763s.

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nickofatlanta
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RE: Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Thu Feb 12, 2004 5:50 am

... although they do still fly from HNL to AKL.  Smile
 
ase747
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RE: Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Thu Feb 12, 2004 7:05 am

Flybynight,
I am going on the same trip in April. I am flying on ANZ I am staying in WLG with some friends, then up to RAR. Yes the AKL-RAR is on a B767-300. Not sure if you are flying stand-by or getting a ticket?? I found a ticket on ANZ: LHR-LAX-AKL-WLG-RAR-PPT-LAX-LHR its a 12mo ticket with stay as long as you want @ the stopovers. $1400US. With all the cheap ticket to LHR you might want to look at this ticket. Also you can fly to AKL and buy a cheap vacation package out of NZ, then you are paying in US $. When are you going ??? And there are no PTV's on ANZ B767  Sad
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flybynight
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RE: Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Thu Feb 12, 2004 11:21 am

thanks everyone for your information
Heia Norge!
 
HNLFlyBoy
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RE: Air New Zealand To Cook Island

Thu Feb 12, 2004 1:19 pm

Qantas747-438,

I think you made another mistake...actually it just needs to be clarified. You are right in that NZ doesn't fly LAX-HNL anymore and code shares those flights with UA, BUT they still do fly HNL-AKL and AKL-HNL as per the following schedule posted on their website:

HNL-AKL NZ 009 763, operating M,W,F
AKL-HNL NZ 010 763, operating T,Th,Sa

Cheers All!