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Ryan h
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Off to the Land of the Long White Cloud Air NZ 777-200

Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:10 am

This trip came about as dad and I were thinking it's about time to make another trip to New Zealand. What got things moving was the announcement that Air New Zealand were upgrading the Adelaide to Auckland flight from the Airbus A320 to the Boeing 787, but the number of flights would be cut from 5 a week to 3 a week.
Secondly there is also a desire to get a flight on the Convair 580 operated by Air Chathams. That will be covered in a separate report.

Checking the Air New Zealand site a few days before showed the 787 has been substituted for a 777-200. Bummer. Was looking forward to my first flight on the 787. Hoping the aircraft isn’t ZK-OKA, C or D as these aircraft I have flown on already.

The change from the 787 to the 777 was due to Air New Zealand having to ground several 787s because of the issues with the Rolls Royce engines.

Date: Wednesday 5 September 2018
Route: Adelaide (ADL) - Auckland (AKL)
Flight No: NZ192
Aircraft: Boeing 777-219 ZK-OKE
Seat: 55K

ImageAdelaide to Auckland to Christchurch by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Got to the airport early and was surprised that self service check in is now available on international flights. While checked bags were well within weight limits, we were worried about our carry on, but that was ok.

ImageADLTerminal-1 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Got a window seat so that’s my inflight entertainment organized.
Also got the boarding passes for the Auckland-Christchurch sector.

No issues with security. Didn't set anything off.

ImageADLTerminal-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr
Last one of these for a couple of weeks.

We had to go through more security at customs. Why?. Don’t they trust the ordinary security?

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-1 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr
Our plane to Auckland today.

No hassles with boarding. From what I can see flight is full. Hoping seat next to us would be spare, but it was taken.

ImageADLTerminal-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr
Legroom isn't bad.

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr
Cmon get it loaded up.

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAllianceFokker100-VH-UQW by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr
Alliance and Virgin Australia Fokker 100s.

Took off on runway 05. Runway is quite bumpy and there was a bit of light turbulence in the climb.
Seat belt sign stayed on a bit longer than usual.

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-8 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageCobhamRJ100-VH-NJY by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-9 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-10 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-11 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

https://youtu.be/eM-Ld0L02pQ
Take off from Adelaide.

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-12 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-13 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Generally smooth, with a little light turbulence.

Flight time was approx 4 hours.

Meal choices were a beef salad or chicken and pasta. Not dad and I had the chicken which tasted good.

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-14 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-15 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-16 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-17 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

This aircraft has had a cabin upgrade which includes WiFi, which at first I thought was only to access the onboard IFE from your phone etc, but i soon found out you can go
In the internet and it works quite well.

This aircraft is also in the new black and white fern leaf livery.

https://youtu.be/45Ujlq82_Uk
Inflight.

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-18 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-19 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-20 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-21 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-22 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-23 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

A few bumpy bits m on descent into Auckland. Smooth landing.

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-24 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-25 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-26 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-27 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-28 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-29 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

https://youtu.be/YwHAuwuJWc8
Landing in Auckland.

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-30 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-30 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Waited for the crowd to go had a quick chat with the flight crew.

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-32 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealand777-219-ZK-OKE-32 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Then the trek to customs and then another trek to the domestic terminal which is separate from international. We made it. Just. 1 1/2 hours for transfer is very tight.

Date: Wednesday 5 September 2018
Route: Auckland (AKL) - Christchurch (CHC)
Flight No: NZ571
Aircraft: Airbus A320-232 ZK-OXE
Seat: 29F

We were still able to get on the flight and it had not boarded yet when we got to the gate.

Flight is fairly full but the seat next to us remained vacant.

ImageAirnewzealandA320-232-ZK-OXE-1 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealandA320-232-ZK-OXE-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealandA320-232-ZK-OXE-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

https://youtu.be/hloDEjNPQFc
Takeoff from Auckland

Not much to see at night. Flight time about 1 hour and 5 mins.

Snacks consisting of chips or biscuits were handed out with either tea/coffee or water.

Got quite bumpy in places on descent.

Smooth landing in Christchurch.

https://youtu.be/ik6GgMXNot0

ImageAirnewzealandA320-232-ZK-OXE-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Again let the crowd go and had a quick chat to the crew before disembarking.

ImageAirnewzealandA320-232-ZK-OXE-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirnewzealandA320-232-ZK-OXE-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Was surprised to hear the tune of Coronation Street blaring from multiple TVs in the terminal. New Zealand feels more English tjan England in many places.

Not as much walking as in Auckland to get the bags etc.

Two good flights from Air New Zealand so far. More to come, Pilatus PC-6 and Convair 580.
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Re: Off to the Land of the Long White Cloud Air NZ 777-200

Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:13 am

Nice report - shame the 777s aren’t fitted with mood lighting in economy - must be spoiled with the 789 as this looks them look rather older and certainly doesn’t set the same atmosphere.

The second security in ADL is for liquids gels and aerosols, now powders also - these are permitted on domestic flights but not international. Thus no concern for sharps or weapons as this is done at domestic.

The international gates are only glass sliding doors and revert back to domestic post departure - a really efficient way of handling capacity.
 
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Re: Off to the Land of the Long White Cloud Air NZ 777-200

Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:59 pm

Thank you for haring this trans-Tasman TR with us. Did I miss out on a picture of the meal?
Nice to see them Fokkers - you don't see a lot of them in the USA at all...
Funny that the B777s did not have mood lighting, but the A320 did....
 
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Re: Off to the Land of the Long White Cloud Air NZ 777-200

Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:31 am

CollegeAviator wrote:
Thank you for haring this trans-Tasman TR with us. Did I miss out on a picture of the meal?
Nice to see them Fokkers - you don't see a lot of them in the USA at all...
Funny that the B777s did not have mood lighting, but the A320 did....


The A320s Air New Zealand use on domestic routes are new aircraft that have only been delivered in the last 2-3 years. Their existing fleet of A320s that are used on trans tasman and other short inter national flights were delivered in 2006-2007.
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