Boeing customer codes.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_B ... omer_codes
Not just specific to the 747.
I vote for 808 as well, although once upon a time that was a car:
This is a tough thing to wake up to in the UK. Possibly the darkest day in our history. A stain which will never go away. The PM's press conference was wonderful - I thought she sounded oddly stilted until it became obvious that was merely her trying to keep it all together. A proper demonstration o...Jump to post
Those twin engine planes with ever-larger engines are great when they’re both working but when one goes bang, those massive engines are a lot of drag! But the odds of a catastrophic engine failure are twice as high on a four engine plane as they are on a twin. The real danger is an uncontained fail...Jump to post
Best - HKG or SIN.
Worst - LAX
Luckily LHR is my local (long haul) airport, so I've never had to connect through there. But I can imagine that connections which involve changing terminals is no fun.
I have to say I was horrified to be charged $58 for a day's parking outside the domestic terminal at AKL between Christmas and NY. It was the first time I had done so in nearly 4 years, and I seem to recall that last time I was charged about $35 - still IMO expensive, but something I was willing to ...Jump to post
I am not a FF. I fly maybe 2-3 times a year, and for work maybe once every couple of years. However as I am from NZ and live in the UK, the occasional trip back home means that my long haul travel is *very* long haul. It also means that when I do travel, it tends to be on the bigger wide bodies - th...Jump to post
To me, it's just that the current design of airplanes is sufficiently good enough. It probably isn't perfect, but nothing compelling enough has come along that would be worth the upheaval in airport design, logistics, passenger antipathy, etc, would bring. And because of this, the past 50+ years hav...Jump to post
I flew Norwegian LGW-AUS a couple of months ago. I flew in the Premium cabin of the 789, which I was able to do because the Premium fare was less than half what the basic economy fare on BA was (the only other carrier to do UK-AUS direct). It was very pleasant, and I would definitely do it again. Fl...Jump to post
Having seen both the Red Arrows and the Thunderbirds at RIAT a few years ago, my opinion was that the Thunderbirds gave an amazing display of tight, precise formation flying and aerobatics. From a technical standpoint, it was a marvel to watch... As an aviation enthusiast, I appreciated what the Th...Jump to post
How do they compare to the US teams? Better, worse or just different? Having seen both the Red Arrows and the Thunderbirds at RIAT a few years ago, my opinion was that the Thunderbirds gave an amazing display of tight, precise formation flying and aerobatics. From a technical standpoint, it was a m...Jump to post
I presume you mean the silver fern? It's a native tree fern, as well as a national symbol of New Zealand (although not an official one).
I probably have one to Air New Zealand. Mostly because they carry one of the national symbols of my country, they took me on my first overseas trips, and they serve L&P on board :) It's a shame then that the cold hard reality is I haven't flown them on long haul for over 10 years, because why wo...Jump to post
I don't know why they don't build a new high speed line between Newmarket and Hamilton with an interchange point to a light rail line between the airport and Eastern suburbs somewhere near Manakau city. One stop AKL-Hamilton. Something that would take about 60 mins reliably between Newmarket and Ha...Jump to post
All of mine are on the B747-400 4 x British Airways 4 x Virgin Atlantic 3 x Air New Zealand 2 x Cathay Pacific 1 x Qantas 2004 CX255 HKG-LHR 2004 CX250 LHR-HKG 2005 NZ2 AKL-LAX 2007 VS27 LHR-MCO 2007 VS16 MCO-LHR 2008 NZ38 LHR-HKG-AKL 2008 NZ2 AKL-LAX-LHR 2009 VS1 LHR-EWR 2010 VS2 EWR-LHR 2011 QF2 L...Jump to post
Supposedly there will be new ones, which will replace the red ones as they expire over time ... and they'll be BLUE. All the Brexiteer's dreams coming true :roll: Anyway, I have two, and here they are: https://preview.ibb.co/dJ0is9/passports.jpg I love the NZ one - shame I get to use it so infrequen...Jump to post
Interesting to see the difference between a fleet of 787s, and a fleet with a significant number of 747-400s...Jump to post
Not including old stuff that I had no chance of ever flying on (ie 707 / DC-8, etc): - Any A200 - A300, A310 - A318, A321, any NEO versions - A330-300 - A340-200, A340-500 - Any A350 - Any 717 - Any 727 - 737-100, 200, 400, 500, 600, 700, 900, any MAX versions - Any 747 Classic, 747-8i (although the...Jump to post
It's crazy - I want to sit next to my kids because it would make the flight more enjoyable for other people, not me. Given the choice, and assuming I could abrogate all sense of parental responsibility, I'd much rather sit by myself somewhere else far away from them! But it's easier to make sure the...Jump to post
Can't think of an country I've been too in the past 5 years that one is required. It's not really the same thing, and I'm not sure if they still have them, but IIRC Singapore requires you to retain this silly little paper ticket you get from your arrival card, and re-present it as a quasi-departure...Jump to post
I came through Gatwick yesterday morning. The biggest issue for me was no flight information on the baggage claim conveyors, so they were relying on PA announcements and a couple of staff to tell people where to go to get their bags.Jump to post
DI announced LGW flight going seasonal. Last flight is 10/27. Set to resume in March. This is also around the same time BA switches from 744 to LHR. That's a shame. I'm coming to AUS from the UK on DI next weekend, and my ticket was booked a month or so ago. Cost of BA standard economy one way tick...Jump to post
This is an interesting thread for me, as in December I am travelling LHR-AKL-LHR via SIN on Singapore Airlines, with all legs on the A380. On 3 of the 4 legs I have seats in the SQ equivalent small rear upper deck economy section. The other leg is downstairs. I am looking forward to trying it out. U...Jump to post
Whereas the one time I flew on a 777 with this configuration (AA ORD-LHR), I loved it because my wife and I could sit together by ourselves without some random stranger alongside us. I have always found 3-3-3 to be quite annoying - when there was only two of us, and now that we are a family of 4. In...Jump to post
I've seen this once, on a BA 77E, with the guy sitting immediately behind me. The guy was asked to sit in a crew jump seat for takeoff and landing, but was able to sit in his 'broken' seat the rest of the time. Seemed like a reasonable compromise. Incidentally that 77E must have been one of the firs...Jump to post
Motorhussy wrote:Is NZ 1/2 the longest flight in the world?
I don't hate it but then I don't particularly like it either. It's too noisy, and in increasingly more situations too uncomfortable as well. I'm fortunate that on most of the long haul routes I travel, I also have the option of the A380. I much prefer this from a passenger experience perspective, as...Jump to post
CI's first 359 service to AKL landed today, from TPE via BNE - what a beauty: 8< See: https://www.instagram.com/dtaviation/. It'll be interesting to see how CI responds to NZ's AKL - TPE non-stop flight! Cheers, C. Will be interested to see how this goes. They certainly seem to be competitive on pr...Jump to post
Actually my biggest beef with the Herald is that it uses so many Australian-oriented stories unmodified so that I’m supposed to think that the “we” the stories use relates to me as an NZer - which of course it does not. Me too. Seems to often happen with US stories as well. Also the increasingly cl...Jump to post
Yep, still on the MAD route a few times weekly, plus a few other destinations. Here's the recent history for one of their Il-96's:
EK have lower costs than NZ, and can top up the flight with Europe connections, which it dominates. Cheers, Who is going to fly to AKL vis DPS to Europe and vice versa? Apart from A.Nutters that's one hell of a long route home when you factor in DXB. Well I would. It's not too much different than g...Jump to post
As above, the wings (and engines) are designed for efficiency and performance at high altitudes and high speeds, where Concorde would spend the majority of its operating time. The tradeoff is that the wings are not so effective or efficient at lower speeds, which meant (amongst other things) a highe...Jump to post
If you live in the UK, NZ were advertising LHR-AKL return flights for £399 on Black Friday only. The catches are that they are only available for selected dates in May-June next year, and only 50 seats in total available. Still, that is almost half the cost of the cheapest return fare I've ever had....Jump to post
AKL-WLG is 250NM which takes around 35-50 minutes in an A320 subject to wind and traffic, to drive this route it would take around 10-12hours by Car. That's some slow driving - last time I did that trip, it took 7.5 hours. Even Google Maps suggests it should only take just under 8 hours (depending ...Jump to post
It generally doesn't get as cold as a lot of places in the Northern Hemisphere, but that really depends on where you go. Obviously it's usually a bit warmer in the north, and things like frosts are rare. But it can get a bit chilly in the south. The main issue is in winter the weather can be very ch...Jump to post
As much as I hate to say it, if price is similar, and it's economy, I'd also take BA over NZ. An A380 is (IMO of course) much more comfortable than a 10 abreast 77W. Not sure what VS are using on this route these days - when I last did it, it was the A346, which was pretty good. I think it's a 789 t...Jump to post
When I did it a couple of years ago, we took the bus out to south Everett, then got a taxi from there to the factory. On the way back, we just got the taxi all the way back to Seattle. I think the return trip was about $60, but there were 4 of us to split the cost, so it was worth the reduced hassle...Jump to post
An Air New Zealand B767-200, AKL-SYD in 1989. I remember being very disappointed it wasn't a 747!Jump to post
Was on an overbooked ORD-LHR flight on AA once. The announcements started off offering $500USD, then it went to $750, then they got desperate and it went to $1000. Unfortunately it was in the form of travel vouchers on AA (or partners), otherwise I might have gone for it. I was also tempted to say '...Jump to post