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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: 32058

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: 32058

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: 32058

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: 28419

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: 28419

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: 26292

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: 26292

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: 31220

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: 2124

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: 4393

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: 33825

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: 36287

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: 26136

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: 9684

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: 3195

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: 33689

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: 10375

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: 33689

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: 37794

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: 37794

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: 37794

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: 37794

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: 95473

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: 37794

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: 32583

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: 95473

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: 32583

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: 15963

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: 31381

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: 26554

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: 26554

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: 26554

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: 26554

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: 26554

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: 26554

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: 26554

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: 499
Views: 95473

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: 41739

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: 41739

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: 41739

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: 41739

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: 499
Views: 95473

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: 36936

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: 40556

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: 58723

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: 37323

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: 37323

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: 37323

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: 37323

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: 499
Views: 95473

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

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

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