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by Unclekoru
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 180
Views: 24196

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020

Something interesting happening here: https://www.flightradar24.com/VOZ9940/25527dca Looks like it is off to AKL tomorrow before going to ADL then to PER. Taking a charter for a group on AU residents and starting in WLG first? Only one hour scheduled in AKL Maybe an bunch of FIFO workers have been ...

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by Unclekoru
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 26039

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Now that we are in June, hopefully soon we can go into level one without any social distancing requirements for flights. Especially that there is only one active COVID person remaining in the entire country. The risk of a new outbreak is virtually zero now. Let's hope that the last person is in iso...

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by Unclekoru
Sun May 24, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27885

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. Yes it w...

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by Unclekoru
Sat May 23, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

There will always be an Air New Zealand. It's as crucial a part of our basic infrastructure as is our roading network, education system and health system. Okay, the airline might not be a cash cow for a while - if ever - but it will always be "there". 0003116 Always through this paint job...

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by Unclekoru
Sat May 09, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27885

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

http://www.departedflights.com/AKL96intro.html Interesting to see NZ/AN both had prop services between AKL//CHC, don't how well an ATR would go do with the normal crowd this days if pulled up at you gate for your AKL-CHC service... Neither NZ or AN flew props direct from AKL to CHC but may have ret...

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by Unclekoru
Wed May 06, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd Qantas/Air N. Zealand DC8 flight in early 80s?
Replies: 26
Views: 4095

Re: Odd Qantas/Air N. Zealand DC8 flight in early 80s?

This WLG-SYD-WLG arrangement was between 01 Jun 1972 and mid Dec 1981 and included WLG-MEL-WLG and WLG-BNE-WLG. It was preceded by a Lockheed Electra ll arrangement from about 1970 to 1972 when QF sold their last Electra to Air NZ. Between mid Dec 1981 and late Sep 1985 it was SYD-WLG-SYD with a Qa...

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by Unclekoru
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Plans To Axe All Boeing 777 Crew
Replies: 66
Views: 15377

Re: Air New Zealand Plans To Axe All Boeing 777 Crew

They have 789s. The article also fairly explicitly says no 777 passenger operations. They have not mentioned firing pilots. I suspect the 777s might remain cargo-only. The article doesn't mention it but the company announced recently that 380 odd pilots are suplus to requirements. Source: NZ Herald...

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by Unclekoru
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Plans To Axe All Boeing 777 Crew
Replies: 66
Views: 15377

Re: Air New Zealand Plans To Axe All Boeing 777 Crew

Maybe we can get better sources on this: NZ unions, or well-informed employees. Is there even a mechanism to cut staff by aircraft type, instead of by seniority? I can add the following. It's a seniority airline as far as pilots go, so last on, first off. Lots of down training and seat swaps. Cabin...

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by Unclekoru
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39402

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

Why is everyone being so quick to say they will pull the plug on EWR? I doubt that NZ will be quick to pull the plug on EWR altogether, not least because it obviously sees it as its flagship route (as NZ1 and 2). Having said that, it's almost certain to be delayed significantly. When capacity start...

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by Unclekoru
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?
Replies: 87
Views: 14618

Re: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?

I would be pretty amazed if BA pilots flew the plane. Doesn’t make much sense to do typeratings for one route, not to mention I can’t imagine any pilots volunteering to literally fly to the same city four times a month for years. Let’s get serious. The word you’re looking for is CODESHARE. The airc...

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by Unclekoru
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?
Replies: 87
Views: 14618

Re: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?

I am here seeking some information. (It would be factual information, not a poll or preference, so I would really appreciate it if the mods would keep it in the Civil Aviation forum.) I was always under the impression that British Airways did not operate any DC-10s until they acquired a fleet of th...

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by Unclekoru
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 239
Views: 25516

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2020

And hour later you can fly for $159! It's called market driven pricing. Did you have a look at JQ's fares? I often found them even more expensive on NZ trunk routes. The prop-routes were well priced, but they are gone.... Yeah you could get Jetstar for around the same price, agreed that JQ Regional...

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by Unclekoru
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 239
Views: 25516

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2020

Good to see Jetstar returning additional flying back to NZ after a lot of cut backs last year.. WLG lost both the Nelson and Dunedin services and previously Melbourne so gaining more OOL flying can make up for a bit of the lost seats in the WLG market. They have also returned to WLG-ZQN and increas...

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by Unclekoru
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines in London
Replies: 63
Views: 17590

Re: United Airlines in London

Air New Zealand also has a London/Heathrow crew base. The carriers must be doing the math about recruitment, staffing coverage, taxes, unions, benefits, etc. NZ LHR crew only operate LHR-LAX QF crews operate all the way to AU; LHR-PER, and LHR-SIN-MEL/SYD. QF also has an AKL base and they fly ever ...

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by Unclekoru
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 260
Views: 37507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

Either AKL-Masterton with the 1900D or AKL-PPQ with the Q300. Pretty certain it was AKL-PPQ. Maybe CHC-PPQ then? Totally forgot about PPQ-CHC! Yes PPQ-CHC was the last domestic route that wasn't launched as a trial/seasonal I hadn't thought about it either until I saw your post, easy to forget abou...

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by Unclekoru
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 260
Views: 37507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

777ER wrote:
jimmyah wrote:
With NZ's launch of AKL-IVC, I tried to think of the last domestic route NZ added, does anyone know?

Either AKL-Masterton with the 1900D or AKL-PPQ with the Q300. Pretty certain it was AKL-PPQ.


Maybe CHC-PPQ then?

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by Unclekoru
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 260
Views: 37507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

jimmyah wrote:
With NZ's launch of AKL-IVC, I tried to think of the last domestic route NZ added, does anyone know?


Good question. Was it MRO-AKL?

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by Unclekoru
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 31878

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

An intriguing suggestion; one that goes against the grain of funnelling services through Auckland (and a lesser extent Christchurch), but which would connect the Cook Islands with New Zealand’s captital, and also connect Wellington with the movie-making capital of the world without requiring an int...

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by Unclekoru
Mon May 27, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 56375

Re: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order

This conversation got stranded in the other thread. Another thing to consider here: the 787-9 is crewed by staff on the mid-haul contract, compared to the 777-200ER/-300ER on the long-haul contract. I would expect they would want to keep the 787-10 on the mid-haul contract too, which means a sizeab...

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by Unclekoru
Sat May 25, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 374
Views: 46701

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

CHC fog this morning saw plenty of diversions including SQ297 to AKL, first SQ A350 to AKL 9V-SMD. They didn’t go for WLG. Not sure of A350 is certified for WLG. NZ have also put on a 772 (the ex SQ one) from AKL-CHC to clear the backlog of passengers. Crew unlikely to be WLG qualified either. Will...

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by Unclekoru
Sun May 19, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 374
Views: 46701

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

This is fantastic news! Something I've ranted about a few times over the last year or two. Hopefully, light rail now becomes just a Dominion Road / Mangere Town Centre line and some type of dedicated light rail/sky train service can be built to connect Puhinui and the airport. Then once a rail line...

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by Unclekoru
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

axio wrote:
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=12199374
It seems the rap 'safety' video is gone. Personally I'm thrilled I won't be subjected to that on a forthcoming flight.


Well thank chr*#t for that.

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by Unclekoru
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

PR also had a CNS service recently lasted less than 2 years with an A320. Atleast they still come to AKL though. QF must have started CNS-AKL sometime after the TSV service stopped and around the time they had a CHC service? They ran a red eye 742/743 in 96/97 I remember 2 weekly and maybe a Saturd...

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by Unclekoru
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

The QF CHC to CNS flight was only once weekly and commenced in 1988. Yes, the 762 would have seemed like a better option for the flight. I don't think it was a surprise when it got chopped fairly quickly after it's launch. I don't recall NZ ever flying CHC-CNS themselves. Whats AKL-CNS these days? ...

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by Unclekoru
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

PER started earlier than that I’m quite certain, as I say I reckon 1981 with a weekly DC10 then a 742, the 762 probably allowed a 2nd frequency, that was probably around 1986? I think there was even a CHC-PER for a while back then. The same book has Air NZ inaugurating CHC-PER on April 2 1989 with ...

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by Unclekoru
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

TPE? Are you sure? That started around 1993 with a 763 I thought? I’m certainly not aware of the 742 having operated there. PER I’m pretty sure started I’m quite sure with a D10 around early 80’s then went to a weekly 742 before the 762 took over when they arrived, I could be wrong. Agree CHC-NAN-H...

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by Unclekoru
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

Although they have improved over the years, weather forecasts are still inaccurate on a regular basis (especially with regard to timings and severity). And even in an aviation context, the information is largely high level stuff that simply enables you to build a metal model of whats going on and w...

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by Unclekoru
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

I was on a Flight back from LAX in 1988 that did LAX-HNL-NAN-AKL The 747-200 operated to TPE once weekly as well. IIRC it was only for a season or two. I could be wrong on this but I don't recall the 747-200 ever operating to PER. PER started after the 767-200 arrived and I can only ever remember i...

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by Unclekoru
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

Is Your last comment a personal opinion that your not sure how long the black will last or is it a hint that it probably won’t last? Nice livery that on the 767 there, how about something similar to the current logo but a silver fern that is green or silver with a teal tail? It is a bit quiet here ...

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by Unclekoru
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38038

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

Hi, quick unrelated question, but is anyone aware of all the routes Air New Zealand's Boeing 747-200 fleet operated over the years? We could add what we no, heaps of 2-3 stops to LAX. AKL-SYD/MEL/BNE/CNS/PER AKL-APW/NAN/RAR/PPT AKL-NAN-HNL-LAX AKL-RAR-HNL-LAX AKL-RAR-PPT-LAX AKL-HNL-LAX AKL-HNL AKL...

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by Unclekoru
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s
Replies: 59
Views: 11395

Re: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s

Taken from an article in Australian Aviation's March/April 1989 edition. Some interesting information in the article. "The flight departs Hong Kong and heads southwest over China passing close to the North Vietnamese border region on it's course towards Burma and Calcutta before vectoring acros...

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by Unclekoru
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 344
Views: 35348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

For those in the previous thread who stated that the QF J hard product in the 738 is not up to standard, I offer a different opinion. For three hour Trans Tasman flights, much like the NZ 767s, the recliner seat is actually quite comfortable (I prefer it to the hearing bone if I'm not sleeping) and...

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by Unclekoru
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 344
Views: 35348

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

I would say that in my experience historically, NZ crew were not inconsistent; indeed their crew was one of their biggest assets be it in economy, premium economy or business. Courteous, a tad informal at times, but entirely professional and very focused on customer wellbeing. I never in my years o...

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by Unclekoru
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42417

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

To give NZ their due though, I'm still a big fan of the regional operation. They do a great job in a difficult environment. Agreed. In fact, I think the entire NZ domestic product is spot on. Value for money, reliable, comfortable enough and there are flights everywhere all the time. Yes, I would a...

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by Unclekoru
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42417

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

What is the solution to the lounge drama? Options: - NZ gets a second lounge, in Pier B, perhaps for USA flights with US CBP? - NZ takes over EK's lounge, refitting it as a lounge for Koru members only? - NZ expands its existing lounge, perhaps adding another level (if possible)? Cheers, C. NZ has ...

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by Unclekoru
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42417

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Gasman wrote:
And if you travel domestically, Jetstar is absolutely fine.

But hey, this is just me hating on NZ.


As long as their network and lack of frequency aren't major impediments to your custom. But yes, JQ aren't too bad and there is no irritating safety video.

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by Unclekoru
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 34355

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

A point to think about is that there isn't much population in South Australia outside of ADL - not much of a catchment area - unlike SYD or BNE. WLG maybe has a bigger catchment which reduces the difference a bit. Agree with most of your points though. WLG is just kind of in the wrong spot for many...

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by Unclekoru
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mariner has passed away
Replies: 82
Views: 9755

Re: Mariner has passed away

I'd like to pay my respects to Mariner as well. I enjoyed his posts and the different perspective he could bring to the subject at hand.

RIP

Unclekoru

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by Unclekoru
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 27914

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

How on earth is a broken aeroplane headline news?? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12110581 The NZHerald as a serious news source really has gone down hill. LOL it does make me laugh. Anything to put an emotive spin on it too. He doesn't need to worry about ...

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by Unclekoru
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 27914

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/new ... d=12110581

The NZHerald as a serious news source really has gone down hill.
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How on earth is a broken aeroplane headline news??

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/new ... d=12110581

The NZHerald as a serious news source really has gone down hill.

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by Unclekoru
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 27914

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Now I think of it in around 2007/2008 there was also an 733 G-THOE from ThomsonFly. Back in the 90s did the NZ/Brittana swap an fleet 762s change out regos? The crews are issued with a temporary licence validation by the state operating authority for the respective aircraft. This allows the crew to...

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by Unclekoru
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 27914

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Now I think of it in around 2007/2008 there was also an 733 G-THOE from ThomsonFly. Back in the 90s did the NZ/Brittana swap an fleet 762s change out regos? The crews are issued with a temporary licence validation by the state operating authority for the respective aircraft. This allows the crew to...

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by Unclekoru
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 27914

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

One of Eva Air fleet, B16717 (777-300ER) performed as BR361 flight that just arrived Auckland few hours ago. This aircraft has been dry-leased by Air New Zealand to cover its 787 shortage. According to routesonline, this aircraft will be started in NZ flight from 22/Aug/2018. Is it to become ZK-OKT...

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by Unclekoru
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 27914

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Yes and this QF pilot shortage on the 737 fleet is having an impact across their network. I notice that Air New Zealand has 9 flights per week between AKL and Perth scheduled for the summer season this year, is this lower than in previous years or similar? My memory (and it could be incorrect) is t...

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by Unclekoru
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 27914

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

I'd love to know what's behind this - is it weakness on the AKL and/or PER ends, or simply part of QF's on-going dispute with PER Airport? Cheers, C. Pretty sure QF is currently short of the a332's, they are using an 744 on SYD-PER to free up an 332 for SIN-PER (currently operated by an 738) Ideall...

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by Unclekoru
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 33407

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

I wonder what timeframe they have in mind for WKA? They really need to get that underway soon. Was watching ZQN on FR24 yesterday afternoon and several aircraft had to hold prior to the RNP approach and two had to wait on the taxiway for gates.There were some late arrivals conflicting with those on...

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by Unclekoru
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 33407

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

While never say never, it was my understanding that those 3 ATR's are for growth and not Q300 replacement. It's not inconsistent for the three ATRs to be for growth and that they might replace three Q300s if that is what transpires. In effect, it's still upsizing the capacity of the provincial flee...

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by Unclekoru
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 33407

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Where does this leave Whenuapai? Housing? It's a large facility for a couple of 757s. Is there anything else based there still? Hercs (40sqn) and SH-2s (6sqn) are still based there, as well as the 757s (40sqn also). Ohakea would be a bit full moving 40sqn down along with 5sqn (P-3s, future P-8s), e...

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by Unclekoru
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 33407

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

In case of interest, some government-related aviation developments today: 1. Transport Minister Twyford has been fined $500 for using his phone on-board a NZ flight - he has now been re-instated as minister responsible for aviation . 2. $2.3 billion will be spent on 4 Boeing P-8A Poseidon's to repl...

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