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by NZ321
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight Numbers
Replies: 45
Views: 4728

Re: Flight Numbers

A number of airlines have had the practice for many years of assigning east travelling flights to even numbers and west travelling flights to odd numbers; similar for northbound (even) and southbound (odd). I note that in recent years many have departed from this convention yet it remains predominan...

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by NZ321
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies
Replies: 80
Views: 10668

Re: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies

As someone who enjoys flying the 300 series ( and tolerates the 100 series) I sadly don’t see a resurrection of either... 50 seats isn’t appealing, especially a slow turboprop and if you upgrade the engines it gets heavier. So what precisely are airlines who operate small sector regional routes to ...

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by NZ321
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 238
Views: 19701

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

What about an Air NZ A321N-LR order folks? Could it be a goer for HNL, DPS and PER? 10-12 lie flat seats at the front and the rest in the standard config. Lots of customers lining up.... and Pacific revenues and the like. Is it a goer?

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by NZ321
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Airshow 2019, Expectations, Gossip, Announcements
Replies: 361
Views: 65473

Re: Paris Airshow 2019, Expectations, Gossip, Announcements

I reckon Boeing will book at least 1 777x customer and 1 - 2 new 787 customers and a couple of 787 top ups including new customer for 78J. I also think Airbus will get 1-2 new A350 customers including an order for A35K and possibly more A330 Neo customers onto the books. I would predict 2-3 airlines...

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by NZ321
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United could resume Guangzhou; seeks Air China Joint-Venture
Replies: 28
Views: 4481

Re: United could resume Guangzhou; seeks Air China Joint-Venture

Given the announced China Southern - American tie up I would have thought that CAN would be more on AA's radar than UAL.

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by NZ321
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United could resume Guangzhou; seeks Air China Joint-Venture
Replies: 28
Views: 4481

Re: United could resume Guangzhou; seeks Air China Joint-Venture

910A wrote:
Headline is confusing, UA has never serve CAN..


I thought so! I also cannot recollect a UA service to CAN any time in my living memory since 1969. Those in the know please elaborate.

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by NZ321
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?
Replies: 83
Views: 11685

Re: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?

WHAT DL will do if and when they eliminate NRT is a question nobody is in a position to answer

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by NZ321
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?
Replies: 83
Views: 11685

Re: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?

SIN is primarily about US military presence in SIN IMHO which is still substantial

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by NZ321
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: 777X First Flight Likely Delayed Due GE9X Issues
Replies: 176
Views: 29789

Re: 777X First Flight Delayed to Year End Due GE9X Issues

This can hardly be unexpected. Normal for leading edge technology we would all agree no doubt. I would imagine we could see further delays. Based on the record of both Boeing and Airbus recently. So let's please not jump to judge but rather try to understand what it is that is unfolding in this incr...

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by NZ321
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 238
Views: 19701

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/113223106/west-auckland-airport-seeks-airport-authority-status-in-order-to-shake-rural-zoning-tag An interesting read, if you accept from Westgate to Parakai it's a 30-minute drive without any road improvements and it's a similar time from Silverdale area...

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by NZ321
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 238
Views: 19701

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Does anybody know what config PR are using on the A330 to AKL? Is it the 9-abreast or 8-abreast economy? Actually, I am hunting business class config but it seams the two are linked. Any help gratefully received. After Sam Chui's review I am keen to try but only in the new config. It's the 8 across...

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by NZ321
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 238
Views: 19701

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Does anybody know what config PR are using on the A330 to AKL? Is it the 9-abreast or 8-abreast economy? Actually, I am hunting business class config but it seams the two are linked. Any help gratefully received. After Sam Chui's review I am keen to try but only in the new config.

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by NZ321
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: AirAsia X Starting New York?
Replies: 30
Views: 4625

Re: RUMOUR: AirAsia X Starting New York?

Let them try. Good on them. I am eternally grateful for Air Asia Malaysia, frankly. Can't say I feel the same way about their affiliates but AK sure go about their business well and with a high level of consistency. I have noticed they struggle to maintain product consistency on routes over about 4+...

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by NZ321
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: AirAsia X Starting New York?
Replies: 30
Views: 4625

Re: RUMOUR: AirAsia X Starting New York?

This is pure nonsense. Why do we waste time on this sort of drivel? Bottom line is that AK do not have a plane and nor is there one in the workings that could heave the necessary fill of passengers between KUL and NYC and, even it it could, who'd want to take it? 9 abreast A339 from KUL through NRT ...

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by NZ321
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to launch longer range A321 and not chase market share
Replies: 116
Views: 35047

Re: Airbus to launch longer range A321 and not chase market share

Not to mention environmental efficiencies which will be weighing heavy on decisions around future more efficient design. This aspect is notably absent from above discussion yet sure to be a factor in any decision. From my perspective, more stringent regulations need to be brought forward in relation...

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by NZ321
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 238
Views: 19701

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

What about AA or QF doing JFK - AKL? NZ/UA beat QF/AA to ORD - Australasia, so maybe QF/AA want to beat NZ/UA to NYC - Australasia? Cheers, C. Other than JFK-TYO I don’t think AA do any long haul ex JFK only 6-8 hrs to Europe, very little chance that they would consider a 17.5 hr flight to AKL, the...

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by NZ321
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Korean Air signing LOI for 30 787's
Replies: 147
Views: 24804

Re: CEO: Korean Air widebody order imminent

If the 777x really is out then I am picking a 35K order for 777-300 replacement with more 787s including 78J to replace 772s and A330s. So yes, that means RR if the 35K is in. Fingers crossed.

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by NZ321
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian being forced out of LAX terminal
Replies: 53
Views: 8904

Re: Hawaiian being forced out of LAX terminal

One of the benefits of LAX’s now antiquated design is the short curb to gate time/walk. Moving to the center field concourse adds a much longer walk and TBIT security (I don’t recall if this is being expanded or altered - I’m sure someone will clarify). They’re probably concerned about the inconven...

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by NZ321
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian being forced out of LAX terminal
Replies: 53
Views: 8904

Re: Hawaiian being forced out of LAX terminal

Trk1 wrote:
who really cares. One terminal thru LAX on UA,AA,DL will be jus fine. Who needs to connect from jet blue with so many other choices


"So many"? Pray, tell. I am all ears. :)

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by NZ321
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 31958

Re: Reuters: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

The A333 CEO costs 80-85 million per plane to build after years of Airbus aggressively bringing down production costs. The A339 has not had that happen yet. My guess would be 90-100 million per plane with such a slow production rate (5-6 planes per month). The neo follows on from the ceo production...

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by NZ321
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 119
Views: 24878

Re: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS

The A380 decision / order was nearly a decade ago. Please let's move on. New government is working hard to clean up its act on corruption. If you live here you know that. It impacts life on multiple levels especially banking. We are all paying the price for the behaviour of a few. And the rationale ...

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by NZ321
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 238
Views: 19701

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

AA don’t have any other reasonable international hubs. AKL - MIA? It would be shorter than AKL - ORD. :lol: :lol: Cheers, C. Yes indeed - AKL-MIA would be quite possible. But likely? AA is not one for ultra long haul flying. It might be possible if it tags on across the ditch to Sydney or similar -...

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by NZ321
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 53320

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

I think this recent improve 787-10 rumors is truly incredible if true. The current 787-10 has identical payload-range to that of 268t A359. Improving -10 could be a huge sale. It could pretty much do most of the A359 missions (FYI most flight do not take off at MTOW) while being lighter frame which...

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by NZ321
Fri May 31, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42739

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

I am hearing on some websites behind paywalls (The Air Current) that Boeing have boosted the 787-9 and 787-10 mtow to 260 tonnes

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by NZ321
Wed May 22, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters : Airbus to counter the "NMA"by the existing 330neo and the A21N
Replies: 131
Views: 19865

Re: Reuters : Airbus to counter the "NMA"by the existing 330neo and the A21N

They are only old technology once the 797 is launched and Boeing redefine the parameters. Until then it's open game and Airbus seems to be playing it well at the moment for minimal expenditure. I wouldn't define either the A321 or the A330 as a "pig". What's your point?

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by NZ321
Wed May 22, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42739

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

If the current chat about the 789 is correct (a bit of weight reduction, a minor MTOW increase, a high-premium version for NZ for ULH...) is correct and if that sets the parameters for 787-10 improvements then we're only talking about the -10 having legs to do full pax on LAX/SFO-AKL. NZ will alway...

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by NZ321
Wed May 22, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42739

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

I don't know. I think there is a case for something bigger than a 787-9, as NZ has a chunky presence to quite a few slot-restricted ports, which I can't see it being able to simply expand at, through additional 787-9 frequencies. I'm thinking of HKG, PVG, HND, LAX and others. Sure, JVs can help wit...

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by NZ321
Tue May 21, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42739

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 NZ321
Mon May 20, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 53320

Re: Report - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order

I doubt we will see a decision about 778 or 9 in this order. Just a top up for 787s with flexible options is my guess. But the clues have been numerous over the past months that NZ wants smaller aircraft and greater frequency is key. So I doubt the 777-9 is on the list. We shall see shortly.

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by NZ321
Thu May 16, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?
Replies: 30
Views: 7763

Re: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?

Probably turn the one A380 gate into two separate gates. The A380 has a wingspan of 262ft while an A320 is only 117ft. Less than half the wingspan of the A380. So converting one into two should work just fine. This is exactly the answer and many airports already provide such an arrangement for gate...

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by NZ321
Thu May 16, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42739

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

A small number of 789s (say 4) to replace the 77Es coming off lease might be a likely scenario for the upcoming order and some tweaking of cabin config to boot. Then when NZ orders the replacement for the balance of 77Es and 77W we could see an order for a mix of further 787s (if Boeing launches an ...

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by NZ321
Tue May 14, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42739

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

PA515 wrote:
NZ321 wrote:
This sounds to me like premium economy is dead. Or will we have 4 classes?


Four classes.

PA515


Wow - well that's a relief.

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by NZ321
Tue May 14, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.
Replies: 139
Views: 29441

Re: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.

If Airbus is going to go down this road, they'd be far better off with a clean sheet design, than an update. They probably need something on the smaller end too that can compete with the ERJ. Maybe a 4 member family with 2 optimized wings. Base - stretch, base - stretch. I think it will be tough fo...

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by NZ321
Tue May 14, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.
Replies: 139
Views: 29441

Re: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.

I think this is all madness. I don't believe a regional jet acquisition will happen. It is not Airbus core business. Would make more sense for ATR.

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by NZ321
Tue May 14, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42739

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

This in the NZ Herald at 1830 today. Air New Zealand reveals plans to change the shape of its economy cabin. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12230900 Cam Wallace said they are planning on 30 to 40 extra legroom economy seats in widebody aircraft and compares...

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by NZ321
Mon May 13, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China threats Boeing to punish for Trump policy
Replies: 139
Views: 16209

Re: China threats Boeing to punish for Trump policy

This is not good news folks, for Boeing or for anybody. It is going to complicate things immeasurably. Just think of the complications if this goes ahead. It is going to be much more difficult doing business for Aviation suppliers. I do hope this is sorted out before the effects start to be felt. Fo...

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by NZ321
Mon May 13, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-9 exit doors
Replies: 1
Views: 1444

777-9 exit doors

Does anybody know what the capacity trigger is for the additional exit door on the 777-9x? I have searched but not found the required info. Thank you.

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by NZ321
Mon May 13, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal
Replies: 103
Views: 19620

Re: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal

This is shocking and not good news. I can't imagine how the folks at Westjet are feeling right now. That is an airline with a high level of loyalty from crew IMHO. And I see diversity of service leaving the Canadian skies as a result of this. Why on earth was this approved? I think this is not great...

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by NZ321
Mon May 13, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US carrier flights to IST
Replies: 20
Views: 3499

US carrier flights to IST

I am wondering: What are the chances of a return of US carriers to the new IST airport? Has the security been cleared for service? Surely this is market worth serving. At the moment TK has a monopoly. How long will this last? Any indications of a resumption of service possible in coming months with ...

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by NZ321
Sun May 12, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA planning - Will Airbus just sitting on their hands?
Replies: 91
Views: 14068

Re: Boeing NMA planning - Will Airbus just sitting on their hands?

I doubt that Airbus is eager to enter the mid sized market with a new aircraft. One of the arguments on why the Boeing NMA (797?) has taken so long is that the economic window is very tight - and that they have had to spend years with lots of engineers to apparently get an aircraft that can be sold...

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by NZ321
Sun May 12, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA planning - Will Airbus just sitting on their hands?
Replies: 91
Views: 14068

Re: MAX impact on Boeing NMA planning, Airbus just sitting on their hands?

A 6th A300 wing, significant lighter, smaller and optimized could be plugged. But to be honest, I never saw/ heard of any Airbus innitiative to "767" the "overwinged" A330, so it seems highly unlikely. There is this NB (more) laminar flow wing in the works at Airbus. I don't thi...

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by NZ321
Sun May 12, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad loses 5 star ranking
Replies: 55
Views: 11209

Re: Etihad loses 5 star ranking

Or failing to sign the check/cheque. More like a bounced check/cheque. :duck: I have seen many many posts over the years suggesting/claiming that airline ratings from skytrax and others are "bought," but where is the evidence for this? It's not that I don't trust you and the others who ha...

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by NZ321
Thu May 09, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 42739

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

With all due respect, we could be facing a scenario here where NZ need to let go certain 772s and have decided, on the basis of latest financial info, to not commit to the complete fleet reorganization at this time but to literally buy time and order a handful of 787s to replace said aircraft, and t...

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by NZ321
Wed May 08, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand to JFK?
Replies: 55
Views: 8001

Re: Air New Zealand to JFK?

May have a hint of what is to come in NZ's upcoming order for 772 replacement. Due in next month. Rumored to be leaning towards 787 but we wait and see what emerges. I'd like to know why you think the 787 is going to be the replacement. It seems more likely to me that the A350 makes more sense for ...

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by NZ321
Tue May 07, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226006

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Also don't forget the possible transfer of lost deposits on the a380s recently cancelled from the order book. We wait and see. Gonna be interesting for sure. Also NZ decision looming next few weeks.

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by NZ321
Tue May 07, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226006

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

Because that's the route a lot of customers with the cash for non-stops want to travel. This is purely an opinion, but I do not think it is a viable direct route. Perhaps, but (based on phraseology) it seems you're looking at the route in a vacuum, and not considering the opportunity cost..... i.e....

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by NZ321
Tue May 07, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand to JFK?
Replies: 55
Views: 8001

Re: Air New Zealand to JFK?

This topic has been discussed at length in the NZ aviation thread. The answer is simple. NZ don't have access to the right equipment at the moment (SQ A350 is low density config and high yield passengers). That more than wipes out the difference quoted above in air miles given the jetstream / headwi...

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by NZ321
Tue May 07, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand to JFK?
Replies: 55
Views: 8001

Re: Air New Zealand to JFK?

Avianca, Lufthansa, Air China, Austrian, Swiss all fly to EWR as well. Turkish is returning this summer, also we here at EWR have the direct to SIN and most UA flights often are seen on monitors as New York/Newark. Additionally, the connectivity to Manhattan is far easier from EWR than JFK. If NZ w...

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by NZ321
Thu May 02, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s
Replies: 76
Views: 15079

Re: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s

Will surely be interesting to see where these birds fly. JFK would be out of range in FJ config IMHO. DFW on the other hand? Or, KUL? Or on perhaps MIA? :) It is no more than AKL-IAH in real terms. But can the runway handle it? After all, it is direct feed into the primary Latin gateway for AA.

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by NZ321
Thu May 02, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DPS as a hub for Indonesian airlines
Replies: 18
Views: 2394

Re: DPS as a hub for Indonesian airlines

I sincerely hope Bali DPS doesn't become a hub. It is already overloaded on multiple levels. Just leave it as it is and look to a new airport in Surabaya.

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