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by nz2
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 148
Views: 19953

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2020

The "New" Mangere Bridge was built with capability for heavy rail to be installed later

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by nz2
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 26039

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Wondering why my flight to Fiji in November is still showing a 772 ? It was changed earlier from the 773. Not entirely sure we will get to go, we have already delayed it from earlier this month to a time we hoped would have seen the Islands opened up again....

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by nz2
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 210
Views: 23066

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

Shame they did not proceed with the 8+6 cross section as visually, it is a much better looking plane, plus they did not present apples/apples comparison, of course the 8+6 will be long and thin seating 650 compared to 480 of the 10+8 cross section. An 8+6 seating just 500 would be significantly shor...

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by nz2
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Offer Dimmable Windows
Replies: 140
Views: 15919

Re: Airbus To Offer Dimmable Windows

Never had any issues with the shade on NZ, always able to look outside during the day as I please by adjusting the shade in order to see but I dont leave it open for long as it is hard to see the TV screen.

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by nz2
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29649

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

And that's one big fat reason why the port won't move the Whangarei, the logical solution is keeping it in Auckland on the Firth of Thames, why should Auckland give up jobs and economic activity to Whangarei? The next reason why the port won't move to Whangarei is the largest container vessels curr...

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by nz2
Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29649

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

Thanks ZKPilot

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by nz2
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29649

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

Hi guys, just booked AKL/MEL on the A321 in row 1 seat D and F. Just wondering if anyone knows what these seats are like, I don't require a lot of storage so the lack of that does not matter, the only other option was row 2 but sometimes its nice not to have anyone in front of you.....and I am guess...

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by nz2
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 260
Views: 37507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

What about Newman's Air in the 80's? I flew them AKL/CHC once and they stopped on the way in ROT. I believe they also did Queenstown, a great tourist route. Operated I think dash 7's

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by nz2
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 37158

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

Hi guys, going to Perth for the Bled Cup in a few weeks. 2 of us are coming back on the 7.20pm flight but just found out the others in the group are going via MEL earlier in the day, NZ ticket but QF metal to MEL. My question is will the NZ lounge be open for these NZ ticketed flights earlier in the...

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by nz2
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA
Replies: 30
Views: 6688

Re: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA

It looks like the person in the middle would be wedged in behind the shoulders (and other broad parts) of the window/aisle passengers, and would probably lose the battle for the arm rests (too high for the middle) worse than now. I would think it to be a bit more claustrophobic compared to just bei...

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by nz2
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 37158

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

My flight AKL/TRG was cancelled this morning, scheduled 11.05 but rebooked to the 12.25pm only to be cancelled 7 minutes from departure, with no boarding announcement it was obvious there would be a cancellation. The weather sure was wet and visibility not the best but it seems something else was go...

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by nz2
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 37158

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

Your thoughts are actually very common. As someone who travels a lot , you deserve a place where you can relax, do some work and enjoy some complimentary food and beverages before your flight. Unfortunately, in my opinion , Koru has become too affordable and it should cost a few hundred more than i...

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by nz2
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 37158

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

I am Gold Elite and am pleased they are reducing the numbers we can bring in, I mean the wife gets her own Elite partner access and another 5 guests meaning 7 pax getting access on one FF is OTT especially when often they are all kids. I think it is only 3 going forward so that should help ease pres...

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by nz2
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 31878

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Just wondering if anyone flown Premium Economy on the leased Eva Air 77W? As per an email received from the airline, seems that NZ have changed one of my flights from to the leased Eva Air plane and just wondering how it compares to the NZ 77W PE seat. Also, has anyone flown into IAH on an internat...

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by nz2
Fri May 03, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 374
Views: 46701

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

ZK-NBT wrote:

I think it will be 6 78J for Asia/PER/HNL and 4 789HGW code 3 configuration for ULH.



Lets hope so!

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by nz2
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #3 | Bi-Centennial Era: The New 747-SP Brings a Patriotic Look at Heritage (1976-1984)
Replies: 38
Views: 10971

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #3 | Bi-Centennial Era: The New 747-SP Brings a Patriotic Look at Heritage (1976-1984)

I also believe that due to the design of the -SP fuselage being shortened but the upper-deck "hump" remaining full length, the hump tapered into the main fuselage between the wings as opposed to the -100/200 blending in ahead of the wings. The -SP design created a more streamlined flow and...

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by nz2
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 27654

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

Agree, while I think AIAL can do things differently and in most cases better, I like my share dividends! Personally I think the new security operation has a lot of wasted space and the express lane could be better routed to minimize queuing for HVC. Like most here, the trek through the Duty Free sh...

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by nz2
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 27654

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

Back to yesterday's post, I was actually somewhat defending AIAL over the Opinion piece in the Herald, AIAL is a company who's out to return a healthy profit. We gave up the right to complain when the government relinquished ownership back in the '90s (I think), it's always been as clear as the sun...

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by nz2
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 27654

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

AKL domestic is a zoo or maze after using it yesterday for the first time in sometime. No flow to it at all. CHC on the other hand, really nice and modern. International at AKL isn’t to bad other than being a constant construction site. On Tuesday morning the security line was stretched back almost...

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by nz2
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #2 | Launch Era: An Austere Approach to a Well-Received Behemoth (1970-1976)
Replies: 41
Views: 8210

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #2 | Launch Era: An Austere Approach to a Well-Received Behemoth (1970-1976)

Another fantastic post, love looking at those photo's, imagine that was the most coveted place to be in a plane, upstairs of the mighty 747 !!!

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by nz2
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #1 | Pre-Production Era: An Evolving Mock-Up Used to Create Hype (1966-1970)
Replies: 39
Views: 8384

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #1 | Pre-Production Era: An Evolving Mock-Up Used to Create Hype (1966-1970)

Fascinating! I grew up reading everything I could about the 747 and longing to be on it one day. Eventually it came and have been on her many times since and in all locations including 1A several times. Very pleased to have seen this historical and very informational post, cheers!

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by nz2
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 27654

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

"Eh, the 787 at NZ is 9 abreast? As opposed to 8 abreast for the JAL 787s or the 8 abreast on the 330"

If you read the post it was referring to the narrow cabin not fitting 1-2-1 in biz class. All 787's I fly are 7 abreast or better, the most perfect plane.....

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by nz2
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 27654

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread = April 2019

IMO there has to be a 78-10ER in future, the 77W worldwide replacement will kick off in around 5 years in bulk, Boeing have the 789 on the low end with the 78J for shorter runs up to 10-11hrs as is then a large step up to the niche 778 and the almost 747 size 779 on the upper end. I think a 78-10ER...

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by nz2
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 27654

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

I flew back from BNE/AKL last night on the new A321 and I have not been a particular fan of the A320 but this A321 with the extra length and bigger engines looks way better aesthetically. Inside it is a loong plane, we got the 2 emergency exit seats 27 D+E which is right behind the mid-ship toilet, ...

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by nz2
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can any commercially viable route not be flown non stop after QF starts SYD-LHR direct ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2397

Re: Can any commercially viable route not be flown non stop after QF starts SYD-LHR direct ?

Ahh, how about AKL/LHR which is further than SYD/LHR. Admittedly the routing is almost direct north over the pole, I wonder if going south would be viable if winds were more favorable albeit (I think) slightly longer distance. Being North/south orientation may be positive in regards headwinds, but s...

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by nz2
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 33549

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

Hi guys, I have a question about flightradar24. I dont use it often, just to jump in check something specific or see if aircraft are actually operating in times of bad weather. Today no planes are visible to me anywhere whereas previously they just appeared. Do you have to log in these days get any ...

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by nz2
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 33549

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

I see in the SkyTrax awards Air NZ is ranked 20th out of 30 airlines in cleanliness. Not sure how much faith you can put into that but I must say I now use the hot towel to wipe all my seat touch points down including the remote.....

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by nz2
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Boeing to increase 787-9 MTOW by 2.5 tonne
Replies: 123
Views: 27272

Re: Rumour: Boeing to increase 787-9 MTOW by 2.5 tonne

I was onboard the NZ 789 for the types second day of operating - when we arrived at SYD it was at a gate on the other side of the terminal than usual, I think done purposely as we had to remain seated as ground staff marked out the positioning lines in order for the then brand new 789 type to align ...

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by nz2
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 to have RR Ultrafan Engines from ~2025, Ostrower
Replies: 224
Views: 45339

Re: Airbus A350 to have RR Ultrafan Engines from ~2025, Ostrower

Quoting SteinarN I always understood the A350 to be panels over an aluminium frame, in other words old tech construction. The only modern piece being the panels were composite. For true cutting edge or a manufacturing leap, only the 787 fits the bill being truly all composite construction - for the...

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by nz2
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 to have RR Ultrafan Engines from ~2025, Ostrower
Replies: 224
Views: 45339

Re: Airbus A350 to have RR Ultrafan Engines from ~2025, Ostrower

Quoting SteinarN +++ Bingo! I have also said that Boeing got it completely wrong when they got themselves in a position where their largest long range wide body have a metallic fuselage while their next largest one are fully composite. And the next largest one will be a 7-8 year older aircraft, whil...

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by nz2
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 35819

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Wow AC back to AKL. Been a while. But not unanticipated. Nice timings. Good to see another North American operator at AKL. Is this seasonal or year-round? Wouldn't hold your breath on EY into Star - will sure be interesting if indeed this is what eventuates. FYI AC have never flown to AKL, they did...

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by nz2
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B787-9 Dreamliner, built from the ground up or converted into?
Replies: 31
Views: 7485

Re: B787-9 Dreamliner, built from the ground up or converted into?

To ocy9 -you cannot be serious can you? every plane (basically) when starts construction is intended to be a specific type, you cant change your mind halfway through, the customer can of course change and if they desire a different model type then another aircraft of that type has to be sourced, bui...

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by nz2
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 871
Views: 109505

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

Wouldnt the 748 be the ultimate plane for SYD/LHR or go one step further, AKL/LHR. As mentioned by an ealier post, 300-350 pax leaves loads of room for lounge and relax areas, possible dust off the sky loft ! From AKL you could probably choose to fly over the south or the north pole depending on wea...

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by nz2
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 717 Saved Hawaiian and ended Aloha
Replies: 33
Views: 9747

Re: The 717 Saved Hawaiian and ended Aloha

I remember booking our HNL/KOA flight for the Ironman (after travelling from NZL) about June for October flight. The very next day Aloha went bust! My credit card company did refund us which was appreciated, since then it has been Hawaiian as we go to KOA most years. Lately HA have been quite expens...

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by nz2
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

Gasman wrote:
I take your point, but to me they're all the same livery with minor evolutionary teeaks.

Nothing will ever trump the DC10 as NZ's best looking aircraft in my view. Followed very closely by the 1960's Southern Cross DC8


Yep I have to agree with you here

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by nz2
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

First A320neo for Air New Zealand ZK-NHA at XFW https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwkMnF7X0AUAW-b.jpg https://twitter.com/Tobias_Gudat/status/1083411065248104448 Wow, the slight elevation of the nose further accentuates the DC-3 look of the 320, the bulbous nose and for some reason to me from a distance,...

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by nz2
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

Oh cool to note SVB was back to CHC running SQ296/295. And yes agree that SQ seemed to be doing well on SIN-CHC, as they have been running non-stop SQ297/298 for a long time now since CHC was "decoupled" from AKL around the late 90's or early 2000's and it became a daily flight. With the ...

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by nz2
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

There were 5 VA ATR’s lined up at NSN when I passed by last week, not sure if there are anymore hidden. Pretty crazy really, you would think you were talking about SA or TG or some other poorly run airline with near new aircraft parked like that. SQ will begin A359 operations on SQ297 SIN-CHC tonig...

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by nz2
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 344
Views: 35348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

Unfortunately SQ286 is not likely to get the Version 3 A380, the newest config A380s, of which SQ has only 5 at the moment (9V-SKU to SKZ with the exception of SKX). SQ285/286 is likely to get version 1, which has economy on the rear end of the upper deck. Version 1 is all AKL has ever got bar 1-2 ...

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by nz2
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 344
Views: 35348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

In my humble opinion I feel the 787 suits NZ. I recently flew it IAH - AKL return and enjoyed the smaller aircraft only gripe is pitch is too tight and would hate to fly from ORD. That said the 777-200 and 300 replacement should be the same aircraft maybe mix of 350-900 and 350-1000. That way the h...

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by nz2
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 344
Views: 35348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

Hi all, does anyone know what version of the A380 SQ flies to AKL? I am off the Singapore this Sunday and NZ is sold out in PE so I am trying SQ on SQ 286 at 3.15pm. Hopefully it is version 3 with PE in the nose, just curious thats all Thanks Unfortunately SQ286 is not likely to get the Version 3 A...

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by nz2
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 344
Views: 35348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

Hi all, does anyone know what version of the A380 SQ flies to AKL? I am off the Singapore this Sunday and NZ is sold out in PE so I am trying SQ on SQ 286 at 3.15pm. Hopefully it is version 3 with PE in the nose, just curious thats all

Thanks

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by nz2
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42417

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Another note, first A321 flight is now BNE on November 26th from the info I've got. I'm on it hopefully to SYD on the 28th I just don't get why there's even the remotest bit of excitement about this aircraft. From an enthusiast's point of view, it's just another A320 - albeit one that's slightly lo...

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by nz2
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42417

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Are all US-bound flights now using gates 15-18 at AKL to allow for the additional security? The last time there was additional screening US-bound flights were restricted to gates 8-10 IIRC to allow space for that. On my last trip AKL-LAX we were out at gate 17, a long walk especially since you had ...

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by nz2
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42417

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

C.[/quote] Secondly, what's happening at the Koru lounge at NZ is reflective of what's happening with "business class" lounges worldwide. Access has generally become easier, and cheaper. They are all full of kids, which apparently the airlines are happy to encourage (kids eat less). Simult...

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by nz2
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42417

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12137570 Hi All, Wife and I are going to Honolulu this Wednesday on NZ, seated in row 21. Does anyone know what version of EVA Air's 773 this particular one is? Reason being I just realised that row 21 has no window and I do l...

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by nz2
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42417

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Hi All,
Wife and I are going to Honolulu this Wednesday on NZ, seated in row 21. Does anyone know what version of EVA Air's 773 this particular one is? Reason being I just realised that row 21 in V1 and V2 types have no window and I do like to see the line up at at the USAF base on arrival.
Cheers

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by nz2
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 20147

Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

global2: My only regret is never having been able to sit in the very first row in 1st Class (or any row in the front section) to see how close to a forward view you can get from the first window. You're right.....it is a different experience....back in the 80s I got to travel on seat 1K on a flight...

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by nz2
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 34355

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

Well that's interesting. It looks like in the end the crew identified they weren't slowing down fast enough so in applying full brakes and thrust reverse managed to avoid an overrun. So yay for that working. But the fact they got to the point of needing such action is pretty terrible. I think it re...

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by nz2
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 34355

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

I dont understand why there is such support for the 350 here, the 787 or 777 are both excellent aircraft and I would personally chose a Boeing over Airbus, I just feel more confident in their engineering integrity. As for comfort I am plenty comfortable in Boeing's although the NZ J seats are no lon...

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