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When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:31 am

I hope to make another trip back to the wonderful Cook Islands on NZ. I was looking at NZ schedules this spring and they are showing the 767 as being the plane from LAX to the Cook Islands (and onwards to New Zealand). When are the 777's taking over the route? I assume the 767's are going to be phased-out.
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When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:33 am

I think the first NZ 777's will replace the 744 on the AKL-SFO route. I don't know what NZ's 767 phase-out will be. Maybe they'll wait until they start taking delivery of the 787's.
 
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When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:47 am

Stupid question here, but remind me again what engine type did NZ order with there triple 7s?
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When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:58 am

Quoting AC777LR (Reply 4):
Stupid question here, but remind me again what engine type did NZ order with there triple 7s?

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When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 4:05 am

NZ is likely to continue to operate service to destinations like the Cook Islands (and other stops on the Coral Route) with the 763s for many years to come....the 777s are not replacing the 763s on a one for one basis. The 763 will stay in service with NZ until replaced with the 787.

The 777 is probably offers too much capacity for most Coral Route flights and NZ plans to use the 777 initially on higher demand routes such as AKL to HKG.
 
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When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 4:46 am

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 1):
I think the first NZ 777's will replace the 744 on the AKL-SFO route. I don't know what NZ's 767 phase-out will be. Maybe they'll wait until they start taking delivery of the 787's.

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Dear Jacobin777,

Thank you for your email,

Air New Zealand starts flying the 777-200ER into San Francisco on 29th November 2005.

28NOV 4DEC MTWTFSS

1 NZ 008 1900 1015 .2.4.6. AKLSFO I CY 772 0

2 NZ 008 1900 1015 ..3.5.7 AKLSFO I CY 744 0



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When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:34 pm

If I remember correctly NZ are going to be giving the remaining B763s cabin a mini make over. When NZ receives their first B787 I think NZ will still have 5 B763s in the fleet.
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Tue Nov 01, 2005 6:06 pm

Is the runway at Rarotonga capable of receiving the 777? Some years ago, I was told by someone who was working on an airline (which never got off the ground unfortunately) that RAR was unsuitable for A340s.

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RE: When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Tue Nov 01, 2005 10:08 pm

I was on the Cook Islands last summer and flew the 767.. I have seen pictures of a 747-200 on approach to Rarotonga though

btw I dont think it flies directly from LAX to Rarotonga. I flew the opposite direction and we had to land in PPT before continuing to LAX

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RE: When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Tue Nov 01, 2005 11:57 pm

Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 7):
Is the runway at Rarotonga capable of receiving the 777

Yes. yes  It is even capable of receiving a 747, as NZ used to operate there with a 742 back in the good old days. tongue 

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RE: When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Wed Nov 02, 2005 2:03 am

Quoting Flybynight (Thread starter):
When are the 777's taking over the route? I assume the 767's are going to be phased-out.

My guess would be, not until the 787-8's go into service. It might depend on where you are flying into RAR from. If it is from LAX then it will be a long haul aircraft. From AKL it is long haul type on the days the flight goes onto LAX, otherwise it is an A320.
 
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RE: When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Wed Nov 02, 2005 2:56 am

I made a trip report of my flight from RAR to AIT if anyone is interested. It is here on a.net: Once In A Lifetime: RAR-AIT Flight In Paradise (by AirPacific747 Jul 30 2005 in Trip Reports)

(there is also pictures from Rarotonga airport)
 
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RE: When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Wed Nov 02, 2005 2:10 pm

Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 7):
Is the runway at Rarotonga capable of receiving the 777? Some years ago, I was told by someone who was working on an airline (which never got off the ground unfortunately) that RAR was unsuitable for A340s.

I believe NZ's 744's have been in there during the X-mas season when the 763 isn't enough.
With the A340's slow climb I wouldn't be surprised if she needs more runway than the more powerful 744. Don't get me wrong I like flying the A340, but she isn't the most powerful bird out there!!
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RE: When Will NZ's New 777 Operate To Rarotonga?

Wed Nov 02, 2005 5:08 pm

Quoting Flybynight (Reply 12):
I believe NZ's 744's have been in there during the X-mas season when the 763 isn't enough.

The LAX-PPT-RAR route used to get 742's and the odd 744. 763's have allowed NZ to increase flights on these routes. The 744 has done the odd flight to RAR in the last couple of years but only operating AKL-RAR-AKL, the 744's go to APW over Christmas!

Quoting Flybynight (Reply 12):
With the A340's slow climb I wouldn't be surprised if she needs more runway than the more powerful 744.

Yes I think in general the A340's does need more runway than the 744!