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by Gasman
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 148
Views: 19671

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2020

Kiwirob wrote:
More people will probably stay home, unless you can afford it NZ isn’t a cheap place for many kiwis to holiday in.


It sure isn't. I always knew this but even so have come back gobsmacked at what a few days in Ruapehu cost me. Both in terms of the raw cost and also bang per buck.

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by Gasman
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

I'm not going to get into a tit for tat debate over things. But year-end American arrivals were 324K prior to COVID which represents something like 0.09% of the American population. Just found this as a useful tool https://www.tourismnewzealand.com/media/3422/usa-visitor-information.pdf All, as you...

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by Gasman
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

There are two things that have to happen for recovery: - 1. The virus has to go away by whatever mechanism - 2. The economic and geopolitical situation has to be conducive to the re-creation of markets. With that said, are there routes that are sufficiciently fundamental to NZ and New Zealand so as...

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by Gasman
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

There are two things that have to happen for recovery: - 1. The virus has to go away by whatever mechanism - 2. The economic and geopolitical situation has to be conducive to the re-creation of markets. With that said, are there routes that are sufficiciently fundamental to NZ and New Zealand so as ...

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by Gasman
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts as to weather IAH and ORD will necessarily fire up again before EWR starts.

Personally, I don't see anything except LAX for quite a while. NZ issues aside, the USA has huge political uncertainties going forward.

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by Gasman
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

The problem with the 789 is that it struggles with the weight and distance of ORD and EWR. NZ wants full loads and some freight. You have to go to a really low pax count (premium configuration) to get that. That’s ok for QF because LHR is served by another of their own flights as well as by many ot...

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by Gasman
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

People are funny creatures. So NZ can cram people into 777s, bombard their senses with cringeworthy safety videos, basically steal their money to give to the shareholders and..... the public love them. But when the airline becomes a genuine, and massive victim of events completely beyond their cont...

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by Gasman
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

People are funny creatures. So NZ can cram people into 777s, bombard their senses with cringeworthy safety videos, basically steal their money to give to the shareholders and..... the public love them. But when the airline becomes a genuine, and massive victim of events completely beyond their contr...

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by Gasman
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Yes, I find the lack of sophistication in some posters’ understanding of the world and how it works rather tiresome. Then you ought to be able to debate the argument, if you feel you have superior understanding of the way the world works. Almost every airline appointment anywhere is criticised by s...

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by Gasman
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

I think "bubbles" are a bit fanciful all-round really. Suppose we have one with Australia, and then they come under pressure to include Indonesia (which is likely). That means whatever decision Australia makes, we too are bound by - unless we close our borders to Australia again. The whole...

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by Gasman
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

I have to be extremely careful what I say here. However a few a-net myths which should be put to bed are: a) Foran was brought in with some hidden agenda to cull staff numbers. He was brought in as a result of his extensive business experience in the sales and distribution sector, very much like Lu...

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by Gasman
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

I have to be extremely careful what I say here. However a few a-net myths which should be put to bed are: a) Foran was brought in with some hidden agenda to cull staff numbers. He was brought in as a result of his extensive business experience in the sales and distribution sector, very much like Lu...

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by Gasman
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Also if they paid out all the refunds they will go under so pleaded for the public to be patient at the moment and consider credits instead. If paying out the refunds will force them "under", then they have gone under already except on paper. Those credits still represent a liability that...

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by Gasman
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25887

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Mike Hosking criticised Greg Foran on the radio this morning for being visibly absent during this crisis. Not remotely surprising in my view. Foran was bought in to NZ as a hatchet man - and while Covid-19 has given him a wonderful scapegoat for his agenda; I wouldn't expect him to be raising his he...

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by Gasman
Tue May 26, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121625414/air-nz-projects-loss-says-job-cuts-necessary 30% of staff to go at Air NZ, or about 4000 people. Ouch. This feels wrong. 15, even 20% I could understand. But 30% suggests to me that there is absolute conviction there will not be a recovery in air travel in...

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by Gasman
Sun May 24, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

Air Chathams resumed scheduled service to Kapiti Coast, Whakatane, and Whanganui today. Good to see them back doing what they do well! Alas some nitwit kicked up a fuss on the flight to Whanganui and got a welcoming committee for his trouble: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&am...

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by Gasman
Sun May 24, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

It looks like the cabin was reconfigured on a number of occasions (1969 and 1975 plus one other time that I have been unable to locate). I don't believe that the 5 abreast seating lasted too long. IIRC the NAC 737-200 originally had a seating capacity of just 90 in 5-abreast configuration. My first...

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by Gasman
Sat May 23, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

But it would probably face some sort of legal challenge (on what grounds I've no idea) from Skybus, who wouldn't just roll over and cede their patronage. More likely that Skybus will find survival tough and ask to be let in to the AT network, but even that seems less likely than keeping their indep...

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by Gasman
Fri May 22, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

Ha!

Although don't forget "government owned" doesn't have to mean "government run". I'd love to see a government owned airline where all profits are reinvested in the airline, and the running of the airline is free of political interference.

Dreams are free.

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by Gasman
Fri May 22, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

I agree that the faster we get to Level 1, the better the chance of having an airline industry in the future. But let's not put the future of the airline industry (or any industry) ahead of public health. That's the kind of Trumpian response to the virus that has led to the USA becoming the world c...

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by Gasman
Thu May 21, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

Nothing positive to say about the numbers. It's a bloodbath and probably the first of several rounds. I hope it was all completely necessary. Let's see over time whether the right decisions have been made. It seems on surface that the proclamations of the doomsayers have been accepted at face value...

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by Gasman
Wed May 20, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

This is so true. The cleanliness of passenger areas are bordering on criminal and airlines have gotten away with it. And that's the point. It's NOT criminal, but it should be. Maybe now customers - and the regulatory authorities - will start to wake up to it. Time also to call it out for what it is...

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by Gasman
Tue May 19, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

If we were serious about sustainability we'd have a heavy tax on aviation fuel, just like we do on road transport and emissions offsets would be compulsory and built into fares and controlled by central government. I love the fact that you can (used to be able to) fly from one end of the country to...

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by Gasman
Sat May 02, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA investigating Harrison Ford after runway incident
Replies: 35
Views: 9568

Re: FAA investigating Harrison Ford after runway incident

he’s another example in a decades long list of celebrities / wealthy individuals that have got themselves into trouble and / or killed themselves or others as they lack and cannot possess the single minded dedication and mandated adherence to currency and a high level of competency and the testing ...

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by Gasman
Sat May 02, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

Another interesting topic. Winston Peters would like the Government to take back control of Air NZ. I'm not sure if the Labour party will agree to this: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/121364096/winston-peters-hints-at-big-changes-for-air-nz Don’t mind that happening provided it is kept totally ha...

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by Gasman
Sat May 02, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA investigating Harrison Ford after runway incident
Replies: 35
Views: 9568

Re: FAA investigating Harrison Ford after runway incident

MaksFly wrote:
Harrison Ford AGAIN!?!?!?!!? Is this a new incident or just investigation of his previous near miss? (landing on the taxiway)


He did his flight training with Air Canada, apparently.......

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by Gasman
Fri May 01, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA investigating Harrison Ford after runway incident
Replies: 35
Views: 9568

Re: Harrison Ford grounded

Well looks like Harrison entered the runway without clearance. Safe to say he needs grounded for good. https://www.yahoo.com/gma/harrison-ford-grounded-flying-mishap-070005823.html He sounded tired and inattentive. There are countless pilots his age still competently flying; but based on that audio...

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by Gasman
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39286

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

Didn't Dr Fauci say that he is certain COVID-19 will return in winter together with the common cold in the US? If that is the case, the only way for it to not return is completely eliminate the virus which is possible the way both Australia and New Zealand are going about it. Based on that, I can s...

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by Gasman
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39286

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

I enjoy reading this thread but I'm sensing there is a high degree of optimism amongst some that things are going to return to normal sometime soon. I.just can't see it.There'll be flights ( and airlines ) that never come back. I agree. There’s a sense of unreality in what people are thinking and p...

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by Gasman
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

What's making you say this with such confidence? Have a read of the Imperial College of London paper which is what many are saying is what has resulted in governments taking many of these measures, so quickly. ... "these policies ... will need to be maintained until large stocks of vaccine are...

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by Gasman
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

Has anyone see any information around how much NZ owes passengers for canceled flights? Ok they trying to convert canceled flights to credits instead. I don't think they "owe" anything, other than good will. Like weather, natural disaster, etc, this is an "act of god", and thus ...

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by Gasman
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

I guess it's just a lie Gasman. Yes, it is. "Hospital grade" is not a bona fide quantity. In this case NZ have used it simply to sound reassuring to the layman. As I said, just because they're be extra precautions it doesn't mean it's an admission that the aircraft are flying petri dishes...

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by Gasman
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

Interesting too that NZ has apparently changed the chemical used to clean the tray tables and whatever the new stuff is, it's reaction on the plastic is making them look stained. They went to great lengths to point out that while they look bad they are definitely not anything to worry about. Qantas...

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by Gasman
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

Interesting too that NZ has apparently changed the chemical used to clean the tray tables and whatever the new stuff is, it's reaction on the plastic is making them look stained. They went to great lengths to point out that while they look bad they are definitely not anything to worry about. Qantas...

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by Gasman
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

This is so awful: Coronavirus: Air New Zealand suspends 13 Australian routes, cuts trans-Tasman capacity by 80 per cent Awful, but utterly predictable and, actually sensible. QF have cut international capacity by 90%. We'll get through this. It will take a while perhaps to regain early 2020 glory; ...

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by Gasman
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

We're not talking about economic rationality or people making rational decisions about their priorities. People won't necessarily act rationally even if the crisis is over in a year or two (which is now being talked about as a time frame). That's why I'm very pessimistic about the future of the air...

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by Gasman
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

NZ6 wrote:
I'd be pretty comfortable the government would step in again if required. So it won't end the airline.


I'd take it one step further and say the odds of a major bailout are close to 100%. NZ is a key piece of infrastructure, and the New Zealand government is still a 51% shareholder.

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by Gasman
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

In some sense its probably one of the biggest travel restriction since the Berlin wall came down? e.g. 9/11 only lasted a couple of days and was confined to certain markets. I think we’re witnessing what will be the largest disruption to civil air travel since the Second World War. V/F I'd usually ...

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by Gasman
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

I wouldn't be surprised if they shelve EWR too. Interested to know why you say this? While the market has dried up globally why stop or delay EWR? ⋅ We know NZ's into EWR long term and other sectors ORD/IAH took off like a rocket in the right conditions ⋅ We're yet to see any ca...

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by Gasman
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

I wouldn't be surprised if they shelve EWR too.

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by Gasman
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Sells London Heathrow Airport Slot For $27 Million
Replies: 105
Views: 18592

Re: Air New Zealand Sells London Heathrow Airport Slot For $27 Million

London is now longer on NZ’s near term plans, there cost base doesn’t work for 1-stop services, once LHR stops there only 1 stop service is an 1-2x weekly AKL-RAR-LAX which is underwritten by government funding. There current focus is non-stop point to point services to countries on the Pacific Rim...

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by Gasman
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Sells London Heathrow Airport Slot For $27 Million
Replies: 105
Views: 18592

Re: Air New Zealand Sells London Heathrow Airport Slot For $27 Million

How does this take place? Does NZ use an agency, or do they send on an ”email blast” to airlines? Just wondering. Boeing had been delivering the B747-200B for over a decade and Qantas had already received 19 of them (and 3 B747-200M) before ANZ began to receive their first B747. On August 25, 1982 ...

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by Gasman
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

.have to say sitting in back section is pushing it a bit on NY flight....use to love the pitch on the 747 It originally was 36" on the 744, at a time when most other airlines including QF were 33" or 34". Yes, 36" in standard Y. Enough to make the trip tolerable, and even if the...

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by Gasman
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

I dont understand this space seat concept.....usually on NZ the forwad cabin has a couple of inches in pitch compared to back cabin.....refer 787....so will the seats at front just come to space seats??? "Main Cabin Extra" on AA's 787, for example adds FOUR inches of seat pitch (from 31 t...

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by Gasman
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41395

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

The 772s are being refitted for those economy space seats in CHC. Dramatically - and I mean dramatically - improving NZ's Y product in one relatively simple move. AA and UA have had these seats for years. If you're over 6' tall it's the difference between a flight that's unbearable to one that's to...

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by Gasman
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 27930

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020

Just a thought... It is ancillary revenue for seats that would otherwise go unsold A better example of this is "Twin Seat", getting some extra space at Check-In from unsold seats. Wasn't aware this was still a thing to be honest. https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/buy-a-twin-seat-at-check-in...

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by Gasman
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ launch Skynest - bunks for economy
Replies: 39
Views: 7031

Re: Air NZ launch Skynest - bunks for economy

Call me sceptical, but I'll be surprised if this takes off Of course. This is nothing but clickbait. Even if the thing got past certification (unlikely) the operational problems would be massive. - cleaning the thing in between customers - just managing allocation would keep one crew member occupie...

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by Gasman
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 27930

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020

This is going to sound like an argument, it's not intended that way. My comment was simply "I'm not sold myself. I get the feeling it'll be another skycouch." You've interrupted that a particular way by the seems. All that was meant was there's a lot of hype and excitement around how it's...

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by Gasman
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 27930

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020

Air New Zealand has been advertising across digital platforms today, teasing a product announcement tomorrow, with an image of a pillow featuring heavily. Some form of sleeping berth for economy passengers perhaps? V/F Air New Zealand’s new product is the “Economy Skynest” - as I suspected a sleepi...

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by Gasman
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 27930

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020

I am wondering if this is an indication of ICN was not doing well with forward bookings even before the outbreak as even PVG is resuming in April I'm sure ICN not doing that well was a factor. Put it this way, if coronavirus had taken hold in Canada; I doubt we'd be seeing a suspension of services ...

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