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by Gasman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31492

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

I'd advocate stepping the lounges up a notch in terms of comfort and service. Eliminate credit card access and the like. Restrict free access to true top tier membership (ie. Gold Elite in NZ's case) and business class passengers. But open up pay a pay at the door option for any NZ traveler who wan...

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by Gasman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31492

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

I agree with the increase of voucher threshold increase (selfishly I admit) so they will be harder to obtain. Not selfish at all - human nature. Every person in that lounge - even the person who is there for no other reason than their credit card e-voucher, believes: - that their right to be in the...

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by Gasman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31492

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

The lounge issue is far from a problem unique to NZ. It's been ten years at least since business class lounges the world over have been havens of service, peace and solitude. Over the same period however, the comfort within main terminal areas has improved out of sight. For the price of a coffee or...

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by Gasman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31492

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

The lounge issue is far from a problem unique to NZ. It's been ten years at least since business class lounges the world over have been havens of service, peace and solitude. Over the same period however, the comfort within main terminal areas has improved out of sight. For the price of a coffee or ...

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by Gasman
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28220

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

I certainly wouldn’t call it xenophobia, and do believe it was the right call. Why? Most countries own their own airports (including Canada funnily enough). It makes sense to own your major infrastructure (especially since AKL almost has a complete monopoly on non-Australia international traffic). ...

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by Gasman
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff
Replies: 54
Views: 10172

Re: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff

Anybody that ever flew on an L-1011 knows that sound. The buzz only happened at takeoff but the growl happened anytime during flight when power was increased. Those early big fan RB-211s were great to listen too. You could be a half mile away on the airport and hear that growl and know an L-1011 wa...

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by Gasman
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28220

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

It’s still years away. Wouldn’t surprise me if AKL does it’s usual half-arse job and just builds a few new gates first and puts JQ over there freeing up a bit more space for NZ at the existing terminal while they slowly build the rest of the new terminal. I’d guess NZ won’t be in the new terminal f...

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by Gasman
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28220

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

apart from their initial disastrous flirtation with daylight flights) on the Pacific long-haul routes David can you elaborate on this? The lack of daylight Pacific long haul flights is one of the reasons I prefer QF to to the US - even via Australia, you're out of bed for a shorter period of time. ...

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by Gasman
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28220

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Alan Joyce perhaps ?? haha. I have a feeling it will be internal appointment again, Avi Golan possibly? I sincerely hope they'll look externally this time. Under the last two CEOs the airline has become circular. It prides itself on being innovative; but that "innovation" follows a comple...

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by Gasman
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

Might AirNZ swallow up it's link carriers? Inevitably. It's interesting to look back at history and see how we got here. Mount Cook was the 3C of its day - ie. a small airline with a very specific niche, a specific market and staff with specific skills. Flying into MON or ZQN in the 1960s with just...

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by Gasman
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

I’d say the opposite and had nothing to do with what they will order just a simple cost saving. I’d say personally 2 772 leases extended from 2022/23 to 2025/26? The 772 isn’t like still having a 744 fuel cost wise, and If fuel remains reasonable cheap then costs will be minimal bar maintenance. Go...

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by Gasman
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

An "enhanced version" is not a revision. I'd imagine the enhancements will consist of updated IFE, better recline in "seat" mode, a couple of extra cubbyholes for storage and.... that's it. No extra space, and still the awful aisle facing herringbone config. Personally I don't u...

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by Gasman
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

There will be a revision of Business Premier. From stuff.co.nz "An enhanced version of its existing business premier seat will be fitted to the long haul widebody fleet towards the end of this year with the rollout expected to be completed by December 2020". And from Air NZ press release:...

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by Gasman
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

DougS wrote:
Just curious where you lifted this quote from?


From the stuff link in post #186. Quite clearly indicates there will be no major revision of the J product.

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by Gasman
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

Unless you're an NZ frequent flier currently frustrated by the lack of a service to ICN, there's little here to celebrate. In fact as a passenger, a few statements in here are quite frightening: " Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said the outcomes announced on Thursday would po...

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by Gasman
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

Please, please, guys... put Erebus to bed. There will never be a consensus here, and certainly I, and I think most will feel we've over time heard all points of view on the subject and it's become eternally boring. It's so easy to set up a new thread where it can be dealt with...please do that. For...

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by Gasman
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

The Erebus flight was in clear air with good visibility. You should re-read Mahon... The Erebus flight might not have been in cloud in the moments before impact; but to imply "clear visibility" during the descent misrepresents the situation. Mahon was a man with some insight however also ...

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by Gasman
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

...the same mechanism that has claimed so many New Zealand lives, from multitudes of GA crashes right thorough to the one that claimed 257 lives on Ross Island - ie, persisting inappropriately with VFR below cloud. The Erebus flight was in clear air with good visibility. You should re-read Mahon......

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by Gasman
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

Sad news. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/111510248/search-under-way-for-plane-near-kaimanawa-range Mood was very subdued out at NZAR yesterday. Weather at the time suggests that this was the same mechanism that has claimed so many New Zealand lives, from multitudes of GA crashes right thorough to ...

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by Gasman
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

An unnamed SE Asia operator with both A340 and 777 types apparently gave NZ great insight into daily real world operations of those planes back when they were under consideration. This included flight plans on then common NZ routes/alternates. Jet Airways, without a doubt. They also advised on cate...

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by Gasman
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

How much 'power' do you think NZ has over RR in this situation, given NZ's relative size. RR would more likely say give us the engines back, we'll refund you and say Goodbye before the emptied their pockets with compensation. RR can't exactly play hardball either given how competitive the engine in...

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by Gasman
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

It's almost as if people believe that, having had some problems with their engines, RR is somehow vulnerable to other (unspecified) problems arising in future leading to further groundings. There's no more ground for thinking that than there is for thinking that GE engines are likely in the future ...

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by Gasman
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

It can't be a monopoly/semi-monopoly high yield routes for one carrier and such a fail for another. Exactly. And yet - somehow - it was. Of the explanations so far: 1. It's a great route for NZ, but not so much for QF. Makes no sense. When looking at a route like MEL/SYD/BNE - AKL- LAX, NZ and QF a...

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by Gasman
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31115

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

If the numbers are right that implies a 280t A359 could do LAX-AKL with 60t payload. Or close to 50t for IAH-AKL. That's astonishing if true. The key word is "if". Even in 2019, you never really know until the airframe is up there flying; and I suspect every airline is waiting for everyon...

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by Gasman
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

It's interesting though that we're irritated at the bus taking us to the airport fleecing us for profit, but when the aircraft that the bus takes us to does the same we applaud it. I think that has to do with funding and the perceived place of buses in our society - in the same way that we're not c...

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by Gasman
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

It's interesting though that we're irritated at the bus taking us to the airport fleecing us for profit, but when the aircraft that the bus takes us to does the same we applaud it.

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by Gasman
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

What I struggle with is the fact AIAL have you either way and I personally don't believe airports should be able to have such control over airport access and parking. I personally don't believe a monopolistic airport should have such control over *anything*. But if we as a society privatise the air...

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by Gasman
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

NZ6 wrote:
So if QF was making $500M and NZ -$50M would it still be meaningless?


If there was no attempt to put those numbers into context; yes.

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by Gasman
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Even for airlines as close (geographically anyway) as NZ and QF are; I think performance comparisons are pretty meaningless. There are just too may variables. Fleet makeup. Aircraft on order. Route network. Target demographic. Chosen brand image. The only question that needs to be asked by an airli...

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by Gasman
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12206031 Now this is news. So the Commerce Commission is allowed to look like it is all powerful and has real teeth; and AIA gets the Commerce Commission and the media off their back for the price of a wet bus ticket. Nice mov...

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by Gasman
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-delivers-strong-first-half-result-despite-higher-fuel-bill/ Given the recent talk of QF and AKL-LAX etc it's worth sharing their half-year results which were announced yesterday. Half year profit before tax of $780m isn't too bad. How do you t...

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by Gasman
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12206031 Now this is news. So the Commerce Commission is allowed to look like it is all powerful and has real teeth; and AIA gets the Commerce Commission and the media off their back for the price of a wet bus ticket. Nice move...

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by Gasman
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

NZ wins the ATW Passenger Experience Achievement award for 2019. I may face some backlash for this comment and while I don't 100% agree with every choice (such as A321 LOPA) overall the airline isn't as bad for the customer as some of the anti-NZ views that can be posted here. https://awards.atwonl...

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by Gasman
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Give airlines any excuse to play the "weather" card, and customer service automatically reverts to the lowest common denominator. "Queue is a mile long with just one customer service agent? We can't be held responsible for the weather, sir! Be patient." All the power lies with th...

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by Gasman
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Really? an AKL-ZQN that ended up doing AKL-sortof ZQN-CHC-AKL- pax next day -ZQN isnt news? Its not normal. The airline didnt handle it well, really. Having an experience like that goes far beyond 'customer complaint' People bitching about the poor reporting or 'how is this news' - Im grateful that...

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by Gasman
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

I've had two diversions in the last year - one on AA, one on QF. Both times, judging by the way they were handled you could be forgiven for thinking it was the first time it had ever happened. Passengers are completely at the mercy of the airline in such circumstances and airlines take full advantag...

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by Gasman
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

787 turns back from PVG. Apparently not approved by Chinese authorities! What ever could that be about? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12202409 I imagine regulations may have been updated due to RR 787 issues or perhaps an unlreated issue but regardless thi...

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by Gasman
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

QF got their fleet wrong which contributed to QF to exiting the market. Not sure. This statement is often made without data to back it up. QF is a large airline serving a decent population and can more easily sustain a VLA fleet than can an airline like NZ. If QF had become yet another 777 yawn-fes...

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by Gasman
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

I don’t believe Air New Zealand ever regretted retiring the 744 fleet. The fleet was maintenance heavy and the direct operating costs were huge. I believe the timing was perfect. NZ made excellent fleet purchasing decisions, as compared to QF, which represents everything an airline shouldn’t do whe...

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by Gasman
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

If the route is so uneconomical, let's never hear a word again that a) NZ holds a monopoly in the market and only flies routes with no competition b) NZ changes through the roof as a result NZ is doing very well in N.A and is clear in that they will be growing the market. QF is doing the same ex AU...

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by Gasman
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Of course, QF could also steal the jump on NZ by launching AKL-JFK.

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by Gasman
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

There is ample room for them to do more on the Tasman, Domestic and also run a North American service again. Agree - except for domestic. I just don't see a niche for another player. NZ offer a comprehensive and well priced product. And to keep NZ on their toes, flying the QF flag (so to speak) is ...

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by Gasman
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Did QF let go too easily? surely' they're slightly regretting it. I think so, yes. Putting aside the fact that AKL-LAX is an awesome route with easily room for more than one carrier for a moment, there's also the fact that this was the route that established QF as a long haul player out of New Zeal...

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by Gasman
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

I wonder if we will ever see Virgin Australia take on Air New Zealand on their lucrative AKL-LAX route or in fact maybe AKL-ATL (Codeshare with their mates at Delta)... Would be good competition for Air NZ and Virgin Australia already has a strong presence with its AKL hub. I know Qantas pulled off...

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by Gasman
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

A few questions... thoughts, those are stats showing an improvement WLGMEL, does it show us anything WLGSIN or WLGSIN->Beyond? Is this either... a) Demonstrating WLG's need for long haul travel - something I highly doubt or b) nothing other than Tasman flying Remember the time when EK, MH, TG and o...

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by Gasman
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Picking a random scenario... If VN opened NZ, would they choose AKL, WLG or CHC... it's like expecting NZ to pick Penang over KL if they commenced Malaysia. According to Google, Penang has a population of 1.7 million. So NZ flying in there as opposed to KUL wouldn't be *altogether* dumb. A better a...

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by Gasman
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Wellington is my favourite city in NZ, there is a lot to do and the surrounding area even more. The Rimutakas, Kapiti Coast & the Waiparapa are all superb tourist areas. Don't get me wrong. I loved living in Wellington for the 8 years that I did, and for a long time it was my favourite city in ...

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by Gasman
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

SQ is still at WLG - they just changed the CBR stop to a MEL one. That change improved loadings. Anything else will be dependent on a runway extension, which we'll find out more on later this year. Cheers, C. Yes significant improvements over last few months. From BITRE released a couple of days ag...

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by Gasman
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Situation still ok mid 1990's. https://www.ngataonga.org.nz/set/item/204 Absolutely loved this marketing era. Agree with you both Gasman & NZ6, these were good days for NZ’s brand and profile. Another period of marketing brilliance was the early 90’s around the time of this piece of work: https...

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by Gasman
Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33755

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

The problem is NZ is an confused ex-full service airline who is trying to be an LCC and screaming for attention in the process. It certainly seems that way. But why?? Why go out of your way to draw attention to the fact you're dumbing everything down?? Particularly when you've not exactly embraced ...

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