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by DavidJ08
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31468

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

Indeed - though I took them as spy-style 2 part passphrases, which fits in with the general clandestine atmosphere of the videos, as opposed to conversation starters. This. After seeing all three, I'm also inclined to think it's a sign/countersign system of "spy speak" (using pre-determin...

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by DavidJ08
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31468

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

Does anyone know what the new guidelines around lounge access for Air NZ are? I gather they were released today but I haven't heard anything from AirNZ yet. I had a look at the WingTips newsletters on the AirNZ Agent site someone linked here once... There are a few changes coming in from 1st August...

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by DavidJ08
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28211

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Not all airlines really need an 8,000km aircraft, it turns out. Go figure. The "crowd" on here was ultimately proven wrong. I think it's important to note this following phrase in Air NZ's media release: "however, the game changer for us has been that by working closely with Boeing, ...

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by DavidJ08
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28211

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Air NZ quitted with Z it said in 2017 they cancelled flights due to fuel problems? This is referring to the September 2017 Auckland fuel crisis, when the Refinery-Auckland Pipeline between the Marsden Point Oil Refinery and the Wiri Oil Terminal in Auckland failed due to excavator damage on a rural...

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by DavidJ08
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28211

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

I just wanna point out that from Air NZ's website booking system, the only way to get on the RAR-LAX leg of NZ18/19 is to search specifically for RAR-LAX, either directly or via multistop (like AKL-RAR-LAX). The RAR-LAX leg is not available to be booked as an AKL-LAX or LAX-AKL journey. I think this...

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by DavidJ08
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28211

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

- Please enlighten me on what is subsidised by the Cook Islands govt. I'll butt in here, I believe NZ18 RAR-LAX and NZ61 RAR-SYD are subsidised. http://www.mfem.gov.ck/images/Covec_Economics_Report.pdf EDIT to add: - I'm not sure if connecting in RAR is necessarily more appealing than having to spe...

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by DavidJ08
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28211

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Did a search for TBU and RAR flights. Looks like the Work Deluxe option is no longer available? Works Deluxe option is only available on A320 International / A320neo / A321neo flights. It is not available on widebody (777/787) flights, where premium economy and business premier are available instea...

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by DavidJ08
Mon May 27, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43645

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

Can't NZ do a route like AKL-YVR-EWR of AKL-YYZ-EWR/LGA similar to what CX does with HKG-YVR-JFK for now till they can serve direct AKL-NYC? Note that YYZ is a lot further than YVR (7500nm vs 6140nm), and YYZ isn't much closer to EWR (7500nm vs 7660nm). In other words, if your airplane can fly far ...

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by DavidJ08
Mon May 27, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43645

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

I must admit I didn't see the 787-10 coming. I supported the A350-900 on the basis that it was closer in size to the 777-200 being replaced, but didn't think the 787-10 would have the range NZ desired. (I did suspect GE engines would've been chosen, though, given the RR-engine grief.) I've found NZ'...

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by DavidJ08
Sat May 25, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43645

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

Apples and oranges. Might as well compare sales of a320 and the 747. You conveniently forgot there are three models of 787 and two types for the a350. Except it's not, though? They're both state-of-the-art widebody airplanes with significant use of composite materials, seating in the 300ish, and ab...

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by DavidJ08
Thu May 23, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43645

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

The 744 was great while fuel was cheap and everything was funneled through LAX, and the 77W was really the only replacement, or most suitable replacement on the market, the A346 wasn’t and sales showed, NZ could have gone for a slightly more premium 772 aswell but took the 77W as it offers floor sp...

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by DavidJ08
Thu May 23, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43645

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

. (I'm also in the camp that thinks the 787-10 lacks the payload-range to really do the NZ missions, so the 77W replacement would either be 777X or A350.) ? Why does it need to be a 77W sized aircraft? You're buying a different type for LAX & SFO now, that's it. While NZ2 continues to LHR from ...

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by DavidJ08
Thu May 23, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43645

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

The last SQ 772 leaves the fleet in 10 months, so the WLG route announcement will need to be made in the next few months Does it? This document - https://www.singaporeair.com/saar5/pdf/Investor-Relations/Financial-Results/presentation/slide-analystbriefingq4fy1819.pdf - has 1 777-200 and 1 777-200E...

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by DavidJ08
Thu May 23, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43645

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

I'd agree with the general sentiment that the 777X wouldn't make much sense for 772 replacement. However it could stand a chance for 77W replacement. The reason A350-900 for 777-200ER replacement makes sense is through setting up for the later replacement of 777-300ER with the A350-1000. If NZ want ...

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by DavidJ08
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 26224

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

Quick question. How long has NZ1 been scheduled to land at AKL @3;30am? I always thought they were scheduled for 5-5:30am? Did they lose the later slot at LAX? Is AKL going to turn into a 24/7 airport? AKL is already an 24/7 airport, what dates are you seeing at 3:30? https://www.flightradar24.com/...

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by DavidJ08
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 26224

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

I’m in Cairns and it’s just gone 3am. I was just woken by NZ87 AKL-HKG landing. It was B772 ZK-OKG. Sorry, I can’t seem to find how post a screenshot of flight radar. It was at cruising altitude over Mission Beach, which is only 130kms south of the airport. It then swung out over the Great Barrier ...

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by DavidJ08
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 26224

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-t ... gine-issue
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Looks like the Trent 1000 TEN isn't immune to the problems either, with SQ grounding two 787-10... https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-t ... gine-issue

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by DavidJ08
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31107

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

ATR was featured in a Flight International article recently with the title "Heading for monopoly?" as Bombardier is selling the Dash 8 programme to Longview / Viking Air, who have promised continued production and support of the Q400 at this point, but no word on future development. My und...

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by DavidJ08
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31107

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

zkncj wrote:
What are the 3x A320CEO's that have moved to Domestic? or has that not happend yet?

Trawling through FR24 records here, it seems that the Regional A320s take turns at doing domestic duties at the moment, most of them have done domestic days here and there.

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by DavidJ08
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31107

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

https://www.flightradar24.com/ANZ6001/1fa9f119 - its previous flight was on 1st Feb.

I see OJN hasn't flown since 3rd Feb either.
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ZK-OJA flying CHC-TSV as NZ6001 as we speak https://www.flightradar24.com/ANZ6001/1fa9f119 - its previous flight was on 1st Feb.

I see OJN hasn't flown since 3rd Feb either.

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by DavidJ08
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31107

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

IMO VA didn't pose any threat to NZ. However, new chums Qantas may. An expansion of non stop flights out of MEL and BNE may dilute connections in AKL for NZ. VA was also doing its own SYD/MEL/BNE-LAX flights, and had been partnered with DL on trans-Pacific since 2011. I honestly don't think the sto...

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by DavidJ08
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33754

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

I think NZ will rue the day it cut-off its relationship with VA. The tie-up with QF offers nothing in attracting long-haul pax and its questionable how much it offers domestically given QF will not want to sacrifice its own JetStar operations. It can never meaningfully expand the relationship due t...

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by DavidJ08
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33754

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 DavidJ08
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33754

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Now I have some opinions on the PTOM brought in under National, together with their requirement for urban public transport networks to recover 50% of operating costs from fares (which, by many accounts, resulted in a reduction in the quality of service in both Christchurch and Wellington - one of wh...

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by DavidJ08
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33754

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Can you imagine NZ Elite passengers being provided this This can obviously impact bus availability. Also there are laws in New Zealand around the number of hours a bus operator can drive in a given day, overlap that with their employment agreement... Ritchies can't just place the driver of urban ro...

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by DavidJ08
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33754

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Really the airlines just call Travelliance (who provide essentially a turn-key disruption service); Travelliance in turn has a number of bus operators in each city they have deals with, so they ring around trying to see if they can get any transport to the destination city - if they can't or the air...

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by DavidJ08
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33754

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

I happened to look at FR24 and spotted the same trend... Seems like all northbound are re-routed via Taupo and southbound re-routed out to the west flying over the water. Did a little bit of digging through the playback and it looks like whatever it is kicked into effect between 3pm and 3.30pm. (020...

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by DavidJ08
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33754

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Both were better than being left to scramble for god knows what accom at the last minute just ro get up 4 hours later to be back at the airport. Hard? Sure. Expensive? Probably. Better than flying back to the other end of the country? Yeah. Clearly the pax mentioned felt aggrieved enough to make a ...

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by DavidJ08
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33754

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Having been in the bus game until recently, and been on the receiving end of the "can you get us buses for 170 people to Queenstown please, and how soon can you get them here" phone calls, I would honestly rather fly somewhere else and wait in an airport or get sent to home/hotel. For a CH...

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by DavidJ08
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33754

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

"it was discovered a technicality meant the particular aircraft operating this service did not have regulatory authority to land in China" - as per Stuff https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/110485050/air-new-zealand-flight-bound-for-shanghai-china-turned-around-midflight Most interesting... W...

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by DavidJ08
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33754

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

But WHY? Why would any airline take the risk?? For SQ, because the risk of its WLG service has been mitigated somewhat by: 1. The Wellington Council's subsidy 2. Routing via MEL, with large O&D Broader than that, why even take the risk with those mitigations in place? Well: 1. SQ is coming unde...

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by DavidJ08
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33754

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

I think Wellington suffers from geography - serving WLG is difficult to justify for foreign carriers, compared to AKL (main population centre) and CHC (gateway to South Island tourism and the Southern Alps that draw tourists), both of which have airports with no runway length issues; and as previous...

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by DavidJ08
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 37495

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Will quietly mention re lounges that Koru is only $484 (and able to be paid with 484 airpoints dollars) a year for those with an Airpoints platinum or business credit card, which waives the joining fee and gives a $145 discount on the annual membership, which makes it reasonably attainable for those...

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by DavidJ08
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 32457

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

An update email from Luxon just came out, explaining the 787 engine issue (that at any time up to 5 of 13 787s must be grounded while the engines are serviced in Singapore), the 3 leased aircraft, and that NZ will "protect ourselves from unexpected disruptions by stopping flying to Vietnam next...

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by DavidJ08
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 32457

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

If it wasn't profitable, you'd first see them drop frequencies down to 5x, 4x, and/or 3x weekly, and/or use a smaller plane and/or drop out of the market completely, like they did with MEL. But we're seeing that though? The 748 dropped to 77W in the coming NW, and 77W dropped to 772 this NS. And cu...

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by DavidJ08
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 32457

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

I think ICN would offer lucrative short-term returns, and moderate long-term growth. I don't know about ICN... Look at KE's ICN-AKL flight for example, this time last year it was a 77W which is up-gauged over our summer to a 748, and now it's a 772 all winter with the up-gauge being 77W. If the sol...

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by DavidJ08
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 32457

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 DavidJ08
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 32457

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

One argument for A359 for the 772 replacement: the 772 at present is a jack of all trades in the NZ fleet, and does anything and everything (North America, EZE, Asia, Pacific) and is a universal backup aircraft. If it is a straight-up 772 replacement then it will likely stay in the 300-320 seat rang...

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by DavidJ08
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Where does ZQN fit in in the distinction between domestic and regional (I assume being short-haul international)? I thought ZQN cannot take the 321NEO, but if what you say is right, then no 320NEO's will be used domestically? Will domestic ZQN jet flights still be operated by 320CEO's being kept? O...

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by DavidJ08
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

It will be ZK-OKJ. The individual aircraft will be ex SQ and be identical interior spec to ZK-OKI. Not sure on the airframe though. Had a look through planespotters.net fleet listing, if it's a sister aircraft to OKI (i.e. ex-SQ and same seating config) I think it's likely to be ex 9V-SVI but could...

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by DavidJ08
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26465

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

I see that 789 ZK-NZH is in KUL at the moment (taxied past it on my way out today). Anybody know what it's doing there? I see it's next destination is Singapore. Operated AKL-KUL as NZ1941 and then will operated KUL-SIN-AKL as NZ1942... per FlightRadar24... pretty sure NZ uses that flight number se...

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by DavidJ08
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31911

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

What is NZ doing to remove references to Taiwan given it's recently announced flights and China's refreshed stance? NZ seems to have followed the American Airlines model of calling it a flight to Taipei without specifying the country. I guess calling it Taipei, Republic of China (the official name ...

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by DavidJ08
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31911

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Hi all, a question regarding the leased SQ 772. We are flying to Hawaii in October and assume it will be on this SQ aircraft, we are in PE but looking on the seat guru plans there doesnt appear to be a PE equiped type for SQ Is NZ going to install their own seats or is the aircraft say a 3 class ty...

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by DavidJ08
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31911

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

I see that Day 2 of Farnborough brings forth an order for 8x A350 from an undisclosed customer. Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/farnborough-unidentified-customer-signs-for-eight-a-450348/ Flight Global's Farnborough order tracker lists the order as being a new order (not previousl...

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by DavidJ08
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31911

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

For those who are put off by the lack of job certainty and the costs associated with being a pilot... boo hoo. I paid for it on my own back (worked 3 jobs) and knocked on countless doors until I got my first paid flying job. I then moved my way up in the traditional manner and had a great deal of f...

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by DavidJ08
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31911

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Is the issue with getting a job after getting a CPL, or with getting a CPL in the first place? IMO, the big issue is the latter - that is, getting a CPL. AFAIK, the cost is huge, and not all of it can be sourced through a student loan? Even if it can be, there's a huge debt hanging over your should...

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by DavidJ08
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41605

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

I had noticed the 77W was showing for the peak summer, however schedules aren’t usually updated fully until Late July August so plenty of time for changes yet. Same with the additional service that previously operated. This time last year (mid-late June) I was hunting around for fares to China, and...

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by DavidJ08
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41605

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

I'm finding myself agreeing with Gasman here too... Being an economy-flyer I'm finding that on the Tasman, NZ is often an expensive option by the time you add bags and a meal. I remember doing a spreadsheet comparison one time (when EK still flew into AKL trans-Tasman) and finding that comparing all...

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