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by LamboAston
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 394
Views: 68022

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

Good thing they're doing it instead of scrapping it

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by LamboAston
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 149
Views: 11394

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

I am booked on the A321NEO in late November, and the aircraft was swapped from 772 on the original booking.

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by LamboAston
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 149
Views: 11394

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

I thought this was the aviation thread, not the AT thread. At the moment this thread is all bickering about something better discussed elsewhere.

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by LamboAston
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 24786

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

My flight NZ109 (772) was swapped to A320 NZ709 (hopefully A321, but no idea) at the end of November.

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by LamboAston
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 394
Views: 68022

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

OJT is supposed to have it's final flight BNE-LAX later today then retirement.

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by LamboAston
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 24786

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

NZQ has had its B1 and B2 flights plus its C1 and C2 flights where as NZN has only had its B1 and B2 flights, no customer flights as of yet so it will probably be NZQ that is delivered first It appears ZK-NZN is on delivery as NZ6092 as the Mode S Code on FR24 for ANZ6092 (C8273F) is the Mode S Cod...

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by LamboAston
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last MD-90 produced stored.
Replies: 76
Views: 13300

Re: Last MD-90 produced stored.

So, why is the only engine shop in Christchurch? It just seems like an odd place for the one and only shop. There must be 'more to the story'. Same thing I was wondering in my post earlier above. Has a MD90 ever even operated in New Zealand? Seems like a very odd place for the only V2500-D5 engine ...

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by LamboAston
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 177
Views: 30610

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

I was still impressed by their regional catering - better than Qantas's long haul catering to and from Johannesburg by a long shot.

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by LamboAston
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 22596

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

NZ706 is currently a AKL-SYD-ZQN-SYD-AKL rotation most of the time, I don’t believe an A321 can operate out of ZQN. All 13 NEO’s get delivered by the end of 2019 isn’t it so it’s a fairly fast transition. NZ have said they will use the A321 to increase capacity on busier routes operated by A320’s l...

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by LamboAston
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 22596

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Does anyone know what flights the 320/321NEO will/could be going onto? I'm suspecting NZ706 is a 321 candidate NZ706 is currently a AKL-SYD-ZQN-SYD-AKL rotation most of the time, I don’t believe an A321 can operate out of ZQN. All 13 NEO’s get delivered by the end of 2019 isn’t it so it’s a fairly ...

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by LamboAston
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 22596

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Does anyone know what flights the 320/321NEO will/could be going onto? I'm suspecting NZ706 is a 321 candidate

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by LamboAston
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 22596

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

zkncj and planemanofnz, I agree, but that's just what I was told. We'll see if it actually happens. I was told it was because of all the money in Southland providing outbound traffic, not inbound, which makes sense as there are a lot of rich people, especially in farming in Southland.

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by LamboAston
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 22596

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Talking to a NZ ramper in Dunedin today, he said with the october schedule switches that Invercargill will get 2-3 weekly A320 from Auckland, as well as an extra Q300 frequency to Dunedin from Christchurch. Jetstar are apparently also planning CHC-DUD flights, although these are likely to be CHC-DUD...

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 22596

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

I'd like to think that 3C could make a go of TEU-AKL flights, but it is a very long prop time, well over two hours probably. They are very familiar with flights of this length - for comparison: AKL - CHT: 658 mi AKL - NLK: 678 mi AKL - TEU: 695 mi http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=akl+-+cht%0d%0aakl+-+teu...

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by LamboAston
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 22596

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

One topic that I hope can generate some discussion on here is that of TEU (Te Anau Airport), and its potential. TEU could arguably be the gateway to Fiordland, and Fiordland itself is in a tourism boom: "People are pushing further down the region, and are also being pushed out of those major c...

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by LamboAston
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 394
Views: 68022

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

I flew XZA on the tasman with wifi, however it wasn't available on our flight still. Just for clarification

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by LamboAston
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 39767

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

Air NZ 787-9 ZK-NZG had an engine test on Sunday morning and is due back in service on Thursday. http://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/zk-nzg PA515 When I was by the hangar around 11am, it was in there with doors shut. It was towed across at 10am back to the hangar - not taxiing back to the ha...

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by LamboAston
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 39767

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

It's great to see the MH 332's at AKL now - hopefully this gives them a bit of a boost here, in light of the 333 being restricted on AKL - KUL. Separately, MH thinks there's a case for Wi-Fi on its AKL service, and is planning to use one of its upgraded 332's here, with that offering. See: - https:...

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by LamboAston
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 39767

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

DUD-BNE Looks very unhealthy to me - numbers have steadily declined from 55,000 two-way pax in 2010 to 44,000 in 2017. The first few months of 2018 show a further deterioration of a few per cent over 2017. And if current trends continue, DUD-BNE has to be a candidate for the chop, especially if VA'...

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by LamboAston
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 39767

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

Does anyone have any knowledge on how long these 777 leases might be for. I would assume they can be rolled over, but I assume the RR issues will end one day... Is there a chance NZ will keep them around beyond the arrival of the next 2 789's... This would allow them to use the new 787's to be used...

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by LamboAston
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 394
Views: 68022

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

undertheradar wrote:
Q3OO VH-SBW (previously the 'no name brand') is out of TSV paint shop, 99.999999% sure it's wearing the new roo. VH-SCE is in paint shop. This will now complete ALL QantasLink Q3OOs into the new roo :)

That is, but it may be all completed already IF, and its a big if, SCE goes to JQNZ.

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by LamboAston
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 548
Views: 35143

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

I assume that NZ will recommence services on WLG-BNE, ZQN-BNE etc that are currently the sole preserve of VA when the alliance terminates. Yes - what's more interesting though is DUD - BNE. Will VA drop that route now? Will NZ pick it up? It has to be quite a marginal flight. C. NZ served the route...

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by LamboAston
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 38452

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

TN's 3x weekly AKL service will switch from the 343 to the 789 from 7 November 2018. This will then leave PR's 3x weekly AKL service as AKL's only remaining 343 service. Thats if NZ is able to end its love affair with HiFly by then :), the 2x 343s wet-lease keeps getting extended....... And PR is g...

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by LamboAston
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 56094

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

I think you may find it also has something to do with insurance. Effectively if you are travelling in a group (such as a school group, sporting group etc) you may not be covered if you are not wearing the uniform and this covers all forms of travel whether it be flying, in a car, in a bus etc. I th...

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by LamboAston
Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 35472

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Does anyone know what went wrong with N823AN? It went tech a few days ago in AKL, and is now positioning direct DFW

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by LamboAston
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 35472

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

NZ have announced that they now expect to have all 789s back flying by the end of April. Looks like they have been working hard to repair NZE as quickly as possible. From what I can tell NZ are getting 4x new engines and 2x reconditioned/repaired engines for the 3x grounded 789s. NZ had said previo...

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by LamboAston
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 35472

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

It’s Taipei! NZ won't start up ICN without OZ being onboard in a revenue share alliance. Although Korea fits into the Pacific Rim strategy it's not building on Japan and China which has been the North Asia focus. So, NZ is not interested in ICN without an OZ JV, but AFAIK (given the press release),...

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by LamboAston
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 35472

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

The A321neoLRs will be able to fly up to 4,000 nm - AKL - DPS is 3,642 nm and CHC - DPS is 3,637 nm. Given the regional Australia interest of the airlines, could regional New Zealand also be in play too (WLG and ZQN - which would be extremely exciting for both)? It's been discussed previously that ...

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by LamboAston
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 394
Views: 68022

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

All ZK reg 738s will be going to the VH register this year

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by LamboAston
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 62
Views: 6065

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2018

USAOZ wrote:
FJ to fly BNE/LAX direct from later this year

That seems like a strange plan - a 6th freedom route. Maybe demand is sufficient though

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by LamboAston
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 74314

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Also I have heard that EY will start AUH-ADL-WLG on the 789 in October

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by LamboAston
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 25513

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... -mar-2018/
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CI are going to bring in the A350 to AKL daily from the 25th of March as shown here https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... -mar-2018/

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by LamboAston
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 39552

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

Brisbane to Mackay / No. of Flights / No. of Flight Cancelld / % Cancelled QFLink / 108 / 103 / 4.6% VA / 144 / 1 / 0.7% So the point of whether they are QFLink or QF mainline or not doesn't matter - your flight is still more likely to be cancelled if it's operated by QF than VA. If QFlink has 108 ...

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by LamboAston
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 25513

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

Not very impressive first image for NZ... a country that prides itself on innovation can't get get its head around running a tiny airport that barely caters to 20 million passengers efficiently Exactly. For the traffic AKL has to cope with (not massive) and the land area it has to play with (genero...

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by LamboAston
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 25513

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

The only domestic terminal that I can think is worse than AKL is T2G at CDG, which is an shed located an 10minute bus ride from the rest of the airport. ...and many airports in the developed world for that matter. I am actually getting a bit tired of the constant AIAL bashing on here. Nothing wrong...

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by LamboAston
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 25513

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

The only domestic terminal that I can think is worse than AKL is T2G at CDG, which is an shed located an 10minute bus ride from the rest of the airport. Then you can't have been anywhere 3rd world. KTM (Kathmandu) international alone is far worse, and that's without even mentioning domestic. Domest...

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by LamboAston
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 39552

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

SBW seems to be an 'hot swap' aircraft between QLink and JQNZ, Its currently back in New Zealand operateing as Jetstar. It is going to get Jetstar stickers and stay in NZ. I expected VH-SBW to get QF colours and VH-SCE to be repainted as Jetstar. VH-SCE is the last QF Q300 to be repainted. PA515 I ...

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by LamboAston
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 39552

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

zkncj wrote:
qf789 wrote:
VH-SBW (50Y) QantasLink 1984 Livery - currently all white


SBW seems to be an 'hot swap' aircraft between QLink and JQNZ, Its currently back in New Zealand operateing as Jetstar.

It is going to get Jetstar stickers and stay in NZ.

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by LamboAston
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s
Replies: 229
Views: 8298

Re: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s

MH are planning on keeping all 6

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by LamboAston
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 22702

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

Unfortunately - but perhaps predictably - there are some unhappy rumblings about Samoa Airways. http://sobserver.ws/en/03_12_2017/local/27372/Cabinet-issues-order-lease-cost-a-mystery.htm "Cabinet issues order, lease cost a mystery The government has put its foot down in a bid to help Samoa Ai...

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by LamboAston
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 25513

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

I can't see QR serving WLG. Sorry. They're not about to do CBR-WLG in competition with SQ and they are surely after yields to support the current AKL flight. WLG would undermine this. Their presence in NZ hinges on the nonstop flight otherwise they are not competitive with EK. So it's AKL IMHO. 77L...

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?
Replies: 110
Views: 15733

Re: how long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?

Other counties LCCs are invading the US for example, WOW Air, LCCs and ULCCs strive on little to no competition. As other countries LCCs are coming here, I think, as stated above. There is little to no breathing room for an LCC to economically stay afloat. Unless Spirit or Alliegent started buying ...

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by LamboAston
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 24945

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

Does anyone know what registrations the NEOs are getting? On Part 169, it was mentioned ZK-OYx registrations, but that was a long time ago. Any updates?

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by LamboAston
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 24945

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

Sorry if this has been discussed previously, but I was in NSN this week and saw 3 Virgin ATR's sitting there with all windows covered up. All 3 had a door open and a couple of guys in hi-viz standing around but not much activity. What is the go here? VA signed a five-year maintenance agreement with...

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by LamboAston
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to retire the 77L
Replies: 143
Views: 41664

Re: Etihad to retire the 77L

AI were looking at serious US expansion a few months ago. They didn't have the aircraft required, so this could be the aircraft for that.

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 184
Views: 27822

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc

http://theqantassource.com/qantas-b737- ... rra-extra/

Are there plans for the Jetconnect 737s to get wifi?
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qf789 wrote:
QF 737-800 VH-XZH has been installed with WIFI

http://theqantassource.com/qantas-b737- ... rra-extra/

Are there plans for the Jetconnect 737s to get wifi?

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines that currently fly the 744 to DXB?
Replies: 21
Views: 3851

Re: Airlines that currently fly the 744 to DXB?

One of Iran airlines send 747 sometimes to DXB, not sure which one. Mahan Air used to operate B743 and B744 on some flights and Iran Air used to operate B74SP and 741/742 on some. I suggest that you read seven posts back -:) And now you're clogging up the thread with even more useless off topic pos...

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by LamboAston
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 149
Views: 25769

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

It keeps being brought up that the 359 is better on shorter, trans-Tasman flights than the 778. But in my opinion that argument isn't a very strong argument for ordering the 359 over the 778 because NZ already has a fuel efficient aircraft in its fleet, the 789. Why introduce another fleet type tha...

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