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by SpoonNZ
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 180
Views: 24622

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020

NZ6 wrote:

Any bubble with QLD may change that wouldn't you think?

There will never be a bubble with QLD if not with all of Australia. Would basically mean QLD choosing NZ over NSW/VIC etc. Not going to happen.

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by SpoonNZ
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 180
Views: 24622

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020

If that had been done. Cook Island flgihts could be flown now with much less "risk" as they would be completely seperated from other international crew/passengers etc etc. They can already do this. Send PI flights to Wellington, others to Auckland. Aucklanders would have to connect, but s...

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by SpoonNZ
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ cancelled plans for BRU, are loads that bad on EU flights?
Replies: 20
Views: 4412

Re: SQ cancelled plans for BRU, are loads that bad on EU flights?

The first excuse was transit in Singapore, but that was impossible because of arrangements and the fact that maximum transfer time is 4 hours. It is impossible to be infected in Singapore and a swab 10 hours later in Korea to be positive. Now New Zealand and South Korea are trying to figure out wha...

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by SpoonNZ
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The status of Ultra low-cost carriers
Replies: 55
Views: 7482

Re: The status of Ultra low-cost carriers

I try to avoid airlines such as FR or W6, but please do elaborate. What do I need to know, on how to fly them? Check in at the time they tell you to check in, the way they tell you to check in. Only bring luggage that matches the dimensions and weights you have paid for (or that is included with yo...

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by SpoonNZ
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 26193

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

I have seen one suggestion that someone made which was NZ should just turn any credits into Airpoints dollars for those that wish it. Would improve flexibility and also reduce the amount of call centre use etc. And then we can all go spend those points at Mitre 10, which presumably means AirNZ are ...

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by SpoonNZ
Fri May 29, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 155531

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

B737MAX wrote:

I also believe a camera should be recording you while driving your car. For the same reasons...

Pretty commonplace around the world in taxis and buses now, right?

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by SpoonNZ
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there so many transpacific flights from LAX today (4/25)?
Replies: 19
Views: 8546

Re: Why are there so many transpacific flights from LAX today (4/25)?

SQ317 wrote:

From what I can gather they mean 772s when they say 777.

But some of the 772s were begging seats pulled out to haul more cargo, right?

Another two 77Ws leaving Auckland this evening along with the usual 789. Must be lots of cargo to move.

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by SpoonNZ
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there so many transpacific flights from LAX today (4/25)?
Replies: 19
Views: 8546

Re: Why are there so many transpacific flights from LAX today (4/25)?

Some are repatriation flights. About 10 days ago Vancouver saw as many as 3 B777's of NZ on the ground at the same time all routing AUK YVR FRA YVR AUK As another poster had said, NZ6xxx flights are cargo or positioning flights - never have pax. Repatriation charters will be NZ19xx They’re due to r...

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by SpoonNZ
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there so many transpacific flights from LAX today (4/25)?
Replies: 19
Views: 8546

Re: Why are there so many transpacific flights from LAX today (4/25)?

NZ has just flown 4 planes LAX-AKL too - 2 just arrived, 2 a few hours away. 3 77W and a 789 This is confusing. Did they not on April 7 announce longhaul staff layoffs, and on April 9 clarify that all 777 pilots would be among them? Has that been delayed, or when was it supposed to take effect? I b...

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by SpoonNZ
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there so many transpacific flights from LAX today (4/25)?
Replies: 19
Views: 8546

Re: Why are there so many transpacific flights from LAX today (4/25)?

NZ has just flown 4 planes LAX-AKL too - 2 just arrived, 2 a few hours away. 3 77W and a 789. The 789 may have pax on it, but the rest are purely cargo I believe.

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by SpoonNZ
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Flightradar24 Anomalies
Replies: 11
Views: 1834

Re: Flightradar24 Anomalies

https://www.flightradar24.com/faq
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Covered in their FAQs

https://www.flightradar24.com/faq

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by SpoonNZ
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39522

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

Based on the aircraft types given (A320: 171 seats, ATR: 68 seats, Q300: 50 seats) and the frequencies we get the following weekly flying: A320: 34 sectors AKL/CHC, 14 sectors AKL/WLG. 48 sectors total. 8,208 seats ATR: 4 sectors WLG/CHC, 4 sectors CHC/DUD. 8 sectors total. 544 seats. Q300: 20 sect...

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by SpoonNZ
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 338647

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has canceled all flights to the United States for the duration of the ban. Got a source for that? This is the first domino in the line to trigger a bunch of cancellations/refunds for me. SAS have been slow to update E: They’ve finally announced stuff. CPH-ORD, CPH-NYC, A...

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by SpoonNZ
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Use it or lose it?
Replies: 35
Views: 7318

Re: Use it or lose it?

The aircraft size isn't determined by the slot but it's not like all routes can just be flown by small planes. Good luck making LHR-AKL on a Dash 8. The destination isn’t determined by the slot either, right? If SQ canceled some of their A380 flights could they just pay a UK local flight school a f...

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by SpoonNZ
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 165974

Re: Flights to/from Wuhan (WUH) Suspended

BTW, people are quoting the Wuhan metro area population as being around 19 million. The information I have seen is that the metro population is 7-8 million. What am I missing? Wikipedia says Urban 8.9m, Metro 19m. Per https://read.oecd-ilibrary.org/urban-rural-and-regional-development/oecd-urban-po...

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by SpoonNZ
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA testing if airplane seats are too close to effect safe evacuation
Replies: 53
Views: 9882

Re: FAA testing if airplane seats are too close to effect safe evacuation

Waterbomber2 wrote:
In a country where 1 out of 3 is obese, seat width does matter when it comes to safety.
That means that on a B787 with 3-3-3 seating, you have 100% chance of an obese person occupying a set of three.

That is not how this works at all! Actual number is more like 70% (1-0.667^3)

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by SpoonNZ
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 347
Views: 44022

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2019

How about AIT? They were talking of expanding the runway and customs to take International flights, AKL is realistically most likely I think as a seasonal NS destination 1-2 weekly A320s to start, stunning place AIT is, the less people the better. According to http://www.ck/aituthot.htm there’s abo...

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by SpoonNZ
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing website updated to match FR's Boeing 737MAX200 rename
Replies: 116
Views: 9503

Re: Boeing website updated to match Ryanair's Boeing 737MAX200 rename.

https://www.boeing.com/commercial/737max/ Well this is interesting, as the 737MAX200's name has just been updated to match Ryanair's naming for it (B737-8-200) on the specification information website. 737 MAX 8 Seats (2-class): 162 – 178 Maximum seats: 210 220 230 Range nm (km): 3,550 (6,570) 3,5 ...

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by SpoonNZ
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Boeing to increase 787-9 MTOW by 2.5 tonne
Replies: 123
Views: 27394

Re: Boeing to increase 787-9 MTOW by 2.5 tonne

Ahh, Thanks. I think the regulatory authorities do not allow the Aus/NZ airlines to use twins to South American destinations due to lack of diversion airports. Latam operate similar routes (SCL-MEL) though. AKL-NYC would be possible with some blocked seats I guess, an MTOW increase of 2.5T would ce...

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by SpoonNZ
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 36114

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

What's weird is why didn't they divert to Dunedin instead? 2.5 hours drive and all pax were destined for ZQN anyway. Perhaps that's the better contingency. Try more like 3.5. 4 in a bus. And again, the time to get hold of 4-5 buses + drivers, and get them to the airport. IVC might’ve been a better ...

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by SpoonNZ
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 7th freedom flights
Replies: 18
Views: 4032

Re: 7th freedom flights

NZ’s SYD-RAR? And SYD-NLK (although that’s semi-domestic I think)

e: maybe RAR-LAX too?

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by SpoonNZ
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair accused of inaction over racist incident on FR9015 flight from BCN to STN
Replies: 110
Views: 14011

Re: Ryanair accused of inaction over racist incident on FR9015 flight from BCN to STN

Just calling someone ugly or black in an argument doesn't make him a racist. Absolutely. It's being racist that makes him call someone black in an argument. Seriously, pull your head in. If the best two insults hr can think of are "ugly" and "black", it's pretty clear what he th...

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by SpoonNZ
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qantas future longhaul routes
Replies: 53
Views: 9019

Re: Qantas future longhaul routes

Another benefit of having flights to Turkey for example is the 777-8 would have room for extra cargo. The 777-8 to London would likely have blocked seats on a day with bad weather. The passenger bags could go via Turkey allowing the London direct flights to leave full year round. Apart from that be...

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by SpoonNZ
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 30955

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

Because, as I said upthread, they have to work around the standard rear galley fixtures. The rear part of the cabin was not designed to accommodate the sort of configuration SQ is fitting so compromises have to be made. The alternative is spending millions of dollars designing, manufacturing and ce...

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by SpoonNZ
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline groups have more than 5 airlines?
Replies: 38
Views: 3811

Re: Which airline groups have more than 5 airlines?

JBusworth wrote:
Depending on how you count it, the Qantas Group could have more than 5 airlines.

Qantas
All the Jetstar Brands
All the QantasLink Brands

Also JetConnect

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by SpoonNZ
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 44096

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

Aren't those times good for Dunedin people going on holiday, to maximise time in BNE? Separately - I assume the crew overnights in DUD (kinda cool). Do you know where at? I think they’re pretty good times. Far better than, for example, JQ’s MEL-CHC overnight flight. Not 100% sure but I think the Sc...

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by SpoonNZ
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens to the unused fuel in retired aircraft?
Replies: 31
Views: 4884

Re: What happens to the unused fuel in retired aircraft?

aeropix wrote:
Whenever fuel is removed from an aircraft it cannot be used in aviation again, but is commonly used in GSE vehicles instead.

When AKL had fuel shortages QF were tankering in fuel with their 747s and using it to top up their 737s and/or JQ’s A320s, so must be possible.

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by SpoonNZ
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United reduces fuel consumption by 170K gallons a year by switching to lighter paper
Replies: 32
Views: 6221

Re: United reduces fuel consumption by 170K gallons a year by switching to lighter paper

Let us compare the two scenarios - with exactly the same plane, the same weather, the same route (incl. the same altitude change), etc. so that the only difference in the scenarios is the weight (15 lb less weight in the second scenario). Are the fuel pumps (or whatever is responsible for injecting...

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by SpoonNZ
Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How widely used is the 'W Pattern' used by Airlines?
Replies: 39
Views: 10323

Re: How widely used is the 'W Pattern' used by Airlines?

I think is correct. A true W pattern is usually short haul, with the whole rotation completed with a single crew. examples in the might include MEL-SYD-CNS-SYD-MEL, with timings: MEL 0700 - 835 SYD 915 - 12.25 CNS 13.00 - 15.55 SYD 16.30 - 18.00 MEL Surely that couldn't be completed by a single cre...

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by SpoonNZ
Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smallest markets directly served by more than 3 airlines
Replies: 52
Views: 8948

Re: Smallest markets directly served by more than 3 airlines

Until late last year WLG-NSN had 4 airlines serving it. Air NZ, Jetstar, Sounds Air, Origin Pacific. Origin is now gone, but the other three remain.

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by SpoonNZ
Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest flight without lay flat seats in J/F
Replies: 42
Views: 6203

Re: Longest flight without lay flat seats in J/F

EK448 is being upgraded to an A380 next month at least, so will hand the honour over to the next one.

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