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by LamboAston
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 238
Views: 29915

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2019

Air NZ will now lease two aircraft off alliance partner Cathay Pacific to cover for grounded 787s. This is more than first thought and very lucky that they have the spare capacity to help out: https://australianaviation.com.au/2019/12/air-new-zealand-leases-two-cathay-pacific-aircraft-as-cover-for-...

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by LamboAston
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 238
Views: 29915

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2019

You have to question whats going on in Air NZ. Based purely on a forecast the night before they cancelled 16 arrivals and 17 departures in and out of Wellington. Actual conditions were such that every one of those flights would have operated without any issues. During the time Air NZ stuffed the tr...

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by LamboAston
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29687

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

GW54 wrote:
Maybe a little quick getting rid of 772 OKJ. Possible I guess that it wasn't available any longer? I know OKI has gone to another operator so maybe same for OKJ?

OKI is still stored in GYR, with OKJ in VCV

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by LamboAston
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29687

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

Yep, travel agents can't book either.

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by LamboAston
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29687

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

Does anyone know the latest on if Dunedin will ever get a Sydney flight back? Haven't heard anything in a while. Not sure if they're even trying at the moment. No thoughts that I heard, but I would think entirely possible. CZ did consider a CAN-DUD-CHC-CAN route, but Dunedin airport decided that th...

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by LamboAston
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29687

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

Does anyone know the latest on if Dunedin will ever get a Sydney flight back? Haven't heard anything in a while. Not sure if they're even trying at the moment. No thoughts that I heard, but I would think entirely possible. CZ did consider a CAN-DUD-CHC-CAN route, but Dunedin airport decided that th...

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29687

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

VA Have Conducted a review of their network . In terms of NZ frequencies, SYD-CHC will be dropped from APR 2020 and 19 weekly AKL-SYD frequencies will be reduced to up to 14 weekly frequencies. https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/virgin-australia-drops-melbourne-hong-kong-route-cuts-domestic-...

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29687

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

VA Have Conducted a review of their network . In terms of NZ frequencies, SYD-CHC will be dropped from APR 2020 and 19 weekly AKL-SYD frequencies will be reduced to up to 14 weekly frequencies. https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/virgin-australia-drops-melbourne-hong-kong-route-cuts-domestic-...

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by LamboAston
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29687

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

VA Have Conducted a review of their network . In terms of NZ frequencies, SYD-CHC will be dropped from APR 2020 and 19 weekly AKL-SYD frequencies will be reduced to up to 14 weekly frequencies. https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/virgin-australia-drops-melbourne-hong-kong-route-cuts-domestic-...

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by LamboAston
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77176

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

Related question for NZ people: On my return flight, I have to connect in Auckland from a domestic Air New Zealand flight to an international one. The itinerary I've booked shows a 1:20 connection time. Will this be adequate? I know there is separate domestic and international terminals, so I'm won...

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by LamboAston
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77176

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

I know it has its own thread (with Air New Zealand's announcing of Newark)...but Newark (NJ, USA) to Auckland is about 7665 nmi. The advertised range of the B789 is 7635 nmi with 290 passengersR, J30Y260. Also consider that this flight will (if using the 1 FA to 50 passengers rule; I'm not sure wha...

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by LamboAston
Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77176

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

tu2130 wrote:
I noticed ZK-NEP has been not flying for 11 days, and will fly later today, is there a reason why it wasn't flying for 11 days?

Had some sort of problem in TRG that was able to position no pax to NSN

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by LamboAston
Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77176

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

MCX could be moving to Air Chathams - the new registration painted on is in the same location as MCO

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by LamboAston
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77176

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

MZA looks to already have gone tech in HLZ, with 6 orbits of the hold on approach, and the rest of its flights for today cancelled and tomorrow swapped to another aircraft.

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by LamboAston
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77176

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

tu2130 wrote:
How many days do new deliveries stay in their destinations for?

I'm guessing you mean the base which it is delivered to. Generally 1-2 weeks, getting all the required equipment fitted, and in the case of the ATRs getting HF radios removed.

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by LamboAston
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 28
Views: 5123

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread - 2019

The second Saab 340B Plus for Air Rarotonga due for delivery next month has had some ground tests in the last few days at Bangor, Maine as N365CL. It is ex Japan Air Commuter JA8642 (msn 365) and I believe it will be registered E5-EFS. Their other Saab 340B Plus is E5-SMW delivered in Jul 2018 and ...

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by LamboAston
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 347
Views: 43653

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2019

Regarding VA DUD flights, they operate normally 3 weekly, but add a 4th weekly flight on Saturday night/Sunday morning one week either side of school holidays during the year.

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by LamboAston
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 37206

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

I've been told by an Air NZ mechanic in CHC that all the OX series A320 are getting more efficient winglets - OXG is getting them atm.

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by LamboAston
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 37206

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

zkncj wrote:
Notice the local Caltex now has signage saying you can earn Airpoints from 1 August....

Maybe it’s just an re-hash of airpoints, and using the All Blacks to try take away from some negative changes?

It's already low value as it is...

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by LamboAston
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 37206

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

My thought was CHC-LAX on the blueprint one

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by LamboAston
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 31928

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Also, booked on OKT LAX-AKL in August

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by LamboAston
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 31928

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Air Chathams said somewhere that they had 3-4 more ATR on order

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by LamboAston
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 27676

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

ZK-OJA has left the country as F-WTDG

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by LamboAston
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 27676

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

Don’t thay have a hanger that could fit a 747? Wouldn’t that also fit a 777 or 787. Yes. “A” being the operative word. In terms of peaks and troughs Air New Zealand’s widebody fleet has been: ⋅ High: 25 (5 742s, 7 744s, 4 762s, 9 763s) between the delivery of ZK-NBV on 31 October 1998 and...

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by LamboAston
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 33582

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

Air NZ A320-271N ZK-NHC (msn 8833) F-WWDE had it's first flight at TLS on 12 Mar 2019. Two photos: https://aibfamily.flights/A320/8833 About to be ex Air NZ, A320-232 ZK-OJA (msn 2085) is TSV-CHC today as NZ6002. And Air NZ A320-232 ZK-OJD (msn 2130) has not flown since 10 Mar 2019. PA515 What happ...

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by LamboAston
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some Statistics for Boeing and Airbus, NB and WB
Replies: 8
Views: 2306

Re: Some Statistics for Boeing and Airbus, NB and WB

BWIAirport wrote:
The images aren't working for me

Fine for me

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by LamboAston
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dar Es Salaam (DAR) New Terminal 3
Replies: 3
Views: 4627

Re: Dar Es Salaam (DAR) New Terminal 3

That's one hell of a lot nicer than the old terminal

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by LamboAston
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 35865

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Talking about the issue of bussing passengers to Queenstown, I was at Dunedin airport last year when JQ diverted an A320 from ZQN due to high temperatures, and they had buses here within 90 minutes, even though its a 25 minute drive to the airport. I believe it was about 60 minutes after when they a...

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by LamboAston
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38067

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

NZ6 wrote:
It's interesting when I see a widebody offshore, I don't mind the livery as much. It certainly stands out and looks like a modern stylish design. When I see a row of A320/ATR/Q300 at AKL, WLG or even CHC it becomes overkill very quickly.

I definitely agree there.

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by LamboAston
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 27648

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

A note from one of the NZ A320 pilots I was recently talking to - OAB has had more cycles now than OJA, due to the short domestic hops it does.

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by LamboAston
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Pilots Planing Christmas Strike
Replies: 59
Views: 10027

Re: Virgin Atlantic Pilots Planing Christmas Strike

Air NZ's christmas strike was called off after the airline cooperated, so it's the perfect time of year to force the airline to cooperate.

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by LamboAston
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas recovering Constellation from Kuwait desert
Replies: 5
Views: 3318

Re: Qantas recovering Constellation from Kuwait desert

Probably on a delivery flight after repainting into the new livery

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by LamboAston
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 344
Views: 35383

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

NZ321 wrote:
On a separate note it's nice to see Sichuan Airlines bringing the A350 to Auckland from December 3x per week replacing A330.

22nd December, 11 days after I'm there annoyingly

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by LamboAston
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 5Y-SAZ oldest jet airliner still used for PAX service?
Replies: 28
Views: 10723

Re: 5Y-SAZ oldest jet airliner still used for PAX service?

Air Chathams in NZ operated a DC3 on ordinary scheduled services until last year. They still operate 3 Convair 580s on pax services

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by LamboAston
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 344
Views: 35383

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

New NZ safety video is out https://youtu.be/dYu8kkD0Gy4 maybe I'm just a fuddy-duddy now and this is a more universal form of communication than I think it is.... You're not, and it isn't. There are only two possible explanations for this abortive attempt at infotainment: - It accurately represents...

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by LamboAston
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42458

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Another note, first A321 flight is now BNE on November 26th from the info I've got. I'm on it hopefully to SYD on the 28th

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by LamboAston
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42458

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Over the last 5 or so years, NZ has invested somewhere over $150m in lounges. Eh, it's about quality - not quantity, and arguably even on quantity, they could/should have done a lot more (WLG - anyone?). They've been caught out, and they admit this. The AKL debacle was their mistake (either alone, ...

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by LamboAston
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42458

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

1) 1-3 aircraft with IFE (enough to cycle WLG) - Admittingly, this isn't an overnight thing and could take some time to firstly, tender to systems but then also install them. Is IFE even that much of a thing anymore? I can imagine it still is for families travelling with kids; but personally I'm ha...

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by LamboAston
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 42458

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Will quietly mention re lounges that Koru is only $484 (and able to be paid with 484 airpoints dollars) a year for those with an Airpoints platinum or business credit card, which waives the joining fee and gives a $145 discount on the annual membership, which makes it reasonably attainable for thos...

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by LamboAston
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 499
Views: 99192

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: 474
Views: 42458

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
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 34371

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: 499
Views: 99192

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: 34371

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: 16463

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: 31878

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: 27931

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: 27931

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: 27931

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: 27931

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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