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Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:36 am

I recently saw Air New Zealand Link DHC-8s on two separate occaisions at GRR. Does anybody know why? According to FlightAware, it came to GRR from YYB (North Bay, ON) and is now on its way to CCR.

C-FGAI, the aircraft below, was at GRR today.

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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:42 am

Maybe delivery flight?
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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:44 am

They are headed in the right direction (west) for delivery flights.
 
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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:50 am

They are delivery flights on their way to the west coast. Almost all west coast deliveries from Bombardier stop in GRR for fuel.
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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:55 am

Air New Zealand are in the process of buying 17 Q300s to replace their aging SAAB 340B aircraft (most of whom are now 18-20 years old). That Q300 will be on her long journey to Auckland  Smile
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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:56 am

Quoting WMUPilot (Reply 3):
Almost all west coast deliveries from Bombardier stop in GRR for fuel.

Really? I never knew that. In the countless times I've been to the airport, this is the first time I've seen a Bombardier delivery aiplane here. Thanks all for the info.
 
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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 3:22 am

Island Air DH8s have been stoping by as well as America West Express CR9s all usually stop in GRR for fuel.
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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 3:59 am

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 4):
That Q300 will be on her long journey to Auckland

Actually on her long journey to Nelson (NSN). That is where the Q300s are based.
 
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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:29 am

Quoting BatonOps (Reply 2):
They are headed in the right direction (west) for delivery flights.

I don't think so. Deliveries of the earlier ones were via Gander, Greenland and Iceland into Scandanavia, through Europe and Asia and Australia. Not sure what the trans-Tasman stop would have been. Perhaps Lord Howe Island?
 
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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:30 am

Does anyone have any idea of what its other tech stops would be. It is a long way to New Zealand, and there have to be some long overwater legs involved too.
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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:56 am

Quoting Rongotai (Reply 7):
Actually on her long journey to Nelson (NSN). That is where the Q300s are based.

Very true. I was thinking Airport Of Entry.

Also - the Q300s are based at other airports than only Nelson though that is obviously the chief base... for example, two are based out of New Plymouth, others from Napier, and down the track more, Tauranga.

Trans - Tasman, perhaps Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands? That was the feeling when I asked a similar question in the Tech-Ops forum a while back.
Or if they have extra fuel tanks added in the cabin for delivery, they just might be able to make Sydney to Auckland non-stop - distance is 2164km and range with 50 passengers is 1557km...
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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 5:39 pm

One was here in the Azores demonstrating its ability to SATA Air Acores as future replacement for the ATP. Could be the same aircraft heading west via Alaska, Aleutians, Japan, etc..

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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 6:14 pm

No idea what route this aircraft is supposed to be going sorry. I don't have much to do with the link airlines/aircraft. However, from memory, they have all travelled eastbound so far.

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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 6:40 pm

There was a description of an eastbound delivery flight in 'Australian Aviation' a while back.

I have read somewhere recently that one of the NZ aircraft was going to be used as a demonstrator before delivery. Maybe this was the GRR aircraft.

By the way I was in aKL last night and there were 4 of the Q400s on the domestic apron. They certainly make the place look busier than the Saabs did!
 
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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 7:36 pm

The routing for them is as follows :

Downsview (CYZD)
North Bay (CYYB)
Grand Rapids (KGRR)
Buchanan Field (KCCR)
Honolulu (PHNL)
Pago Pago (NSTU)
Nelson (NZNS)

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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 7:50 pm

Quoting LPLAspotter (Reply 11):
One was here in the Azores demonstrating its ability to SATA Air Acores as future replacement for the ATP. Could be the same aircraft heading west via Alaska, Aleutians, Japan, etc..

Close, but it wasn't this aircraft. The one in question was C-FFOZ which is now ZK-NEG with Air Nelson.

It (C-FFOZ) ferried Downsview-Goose Bay 7 April, Goose Bay-Narsarsuaq-Reykjavik-Belfast BHD-Lisbon 8 April and demonstrated to SATA. Returned 13-15 April going the opposite way then ferried to North Bay on 27 April for installation of long range ferry tanks.

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RE: Air New Zealand Link DHC-8 In GRR?

Sun Jun 25, 2006 11:37 pm

Confirming what WMUPilot wrote, these are delivery flights. We've had numerous Air New Zealand Link DHC-8's and Island Air DHC-8's, including at least one Island Air Q400, pass through here (GRR) on their way west over the past year or so.

A couple exotic liveries compared to the normal hum drum red tails that dominate GRR.
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