NZ/SQ to maintain x3 daily AKL-SIN thru the NS season with SQ to also operate the A380 during the Easter period for the first time. Impressive, particularly given tourism to New Zealand is slowing, and there have already been increases announced for CHC - SIN and WLG - SIN. I wonder if they are for...Jump to post
Hi all I just saw online that: Air China reportedly plans to launch service to Bogota from Shanghai or Beijing in 2020 (Reportur, 04-Aug-2019). Colombia Aerocivil DG Juan Carlos Salazar confirmed President Ivan Duque held discussions with the Chinese government and private companies on establishing ...Jump to post
Can't wait for the new hotel at AKL, which will start construction next week. "The new Pullman will have a top-floor restaurant and bar will have views across the Manukau Harbour and Waitakere Ranges." See: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12251884. ...Jump to post
DavidByrne wrote:planemanofnz wrote:A shame, if true re NZ and BNE/MEL.
Not quite sure what you mean by "if true"? Do you doubt the published timetable?
CHC, seems the city has had a few hits lately. A shame, if true re NZ and BNE/MEL. Though there were rumours in another forum that as part of the AA-QF JV approval, AA is going to launch CHC - LAX. CX is also expanding its capacity this summer, and with NZ's return, there will be a boost to SIN too...Jump to post
I just saw a trip report (LHR - LAX) on YouTube from earlier this month, and see that while NZ doesn't give out an amenity kit per se in Y on long-haul flights, you can get a toothbrush, toothpaste, eyeshade and earplugs for free through the online IFE ordering system. Is this new? I didn't see it o...Jump to post
It was year round in 2007, went back to a 763 before being dropped and then came back seasonally around 2016, so better loads given its seasonal. Everything else over NRT. We've seen NZ dump seasonal Asian routes (SGN), while expanding the season of others (DPS) - it will be interesting to see whic...Jump to post
KIX Speaking of KIX, does anyone know how it is going for NZ - or have any speculations on this? Japanese visitor arrivals to New Zealand are down about 1% in the past 12 months. However, inbound tourism to KIX is booming; it surged five-fold between 2012 and 2017 - for TYO, it was only three-fold ...Jump to post
ZK-NBT wrote:I’d imagine CI will up gauge to the 77W as usual.
NZ don’t need to serve SCL when they have EZE For now, they may not need to, but I could see it becoming viable in the future. After all, of all the markets in South America that AKL can serve as a hub to/from Asia through, AKL has the biggest advantage to/from SCL, over other ports in South Americ...Jump to post
With LA's AKL - SCL flight dropping from 7x to 4x weekly from October, how much will this positively impact on NZ's AKL - EZE flight? For the first time, NZ will have the lead on frequencies between New Zealand and South America (5x weekly, versus LA's 4x weekly), helping boost attractiveness to cor...Jump to post
If Dublin looses Hainan, wouldn't another airline have to apply for a licence to operate from China? I can't see anyone else giving it a go, if the loads are as bad as reported. Someone might be more willing to give it a go with a direct routing or to a more desirable city, maybe even just seasonal...Jump to post
An intriguing suggestion; one that goes against the grain of funnelling services through Auckland (and a lesser extent Christchurch), but which would connect the Cook Islands with New Zealand’s captital, and also connect Wellington with the movie-making capital of the world without requiring an int...Jump to post
Over the last few years I’ve wondered if BKK will ever show up again on NZ’s radar, especially in the expansion mode we’ve seen of late. IIRC it flew to the now-superseded Don Mueang airport in the early-to-late 90’s. Bangkok is one of the world’s most visited cities, if not THE most visited city. ...Jump to post
Interesting to see SEA not featuring in QF US expansion plans now - I wonder how the AA JV will impact on QF's codesharing with AS. Cheers, C. The previous JV applications would have killed any AS codesharing (although perhaps not interlining or single-fare-component mixed-carrier journeys). The re...Jump to post
Not AKL-DFW? How about something left field like CHC-LAX? That was my thinking as well actually as I have heard rumblings about something like that in the works for CHC. A 3-4/weekly 788 summer seasonal wouldn't be the most high risk option out there. Add the increased likelihood of AKL-LAX going y...Jump to post
Does anybody have any idea on how HU’s doing on the SZX route? I remember one Weibo user reporting the route reaching a sub-10% LF around March...... I really doubt it will ever yield profit. If they were smart, they would try to time the flight to connect with HU's SZX - Australia and New Zealand ...Jump to post
Interesting to see SEA not featuring in QF US expansion plans now - I wonder how the AA JV will impact on QF's codesharing with AS.
x1234 wrote:I see the addition of EWR & GRU in their network with the GE powered 789's. No other expansion.
A more premium 789 could also possibly open up new routes, such as EWR - AKL, given the lower weight and greater range?
Looks like they will have to find a replacement quick for WLG-MEL-SIN as they will only have 1x B777-200 left by end of march 2020. ... and there's still that tantalising question of whether they could/will shift to a non-stop 359 service to Wellington when they replace the 77E A 359 could do MEL -...Jump to post
NZ may prefer to start using smaller jets to more cities at higher frequencies. As a longer-term model. That may not work work longer term, as many of the ports are more and more slot restricted - HKG, PVG, HND - LAX also isn't easy to optimise. They can mitigate some of this by using JV partners, ...Jump to post
We're really only talking about EWR and GRU for the ULH plane being needed. But, what if NZ has a strategy to deal with that, which doesn't require getting a dedicated ULH sub-fleet? Think NZ's JVs. Could they get UA to fly their more premium 789s on EWR - AKL, and maybe SQ, CA, CX or someone else t...Jump to post
... rapid transit in Wellington. On a slightly related note, have heard a rumour that the Airport Flyer bus will be discontinued. The cost from the CBD is something like NZD 12, when you can often get an Uber for something like NZD 17-18, so it wouldn't surprise me. Also - relating to Wellington - ...Jump to post
For a country with the population New Zealand the 787 makes perfect sense. 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 frequen...Jump to post
The problem with Wellington is its runway restriction which can only be overcome by launching a 5th freedom flight from a nearby city that also has open sky agreement with Hong Kong (like SQ did with CBR and now MEL). WLG could also be done in a triangular, with CHC. Take-off is the main issue for ...Jump to post
Actually, Munda will be the route that will start AKL. The airline and country are investing heavily in tourism which is HQ’d in their Western Province. Much of the rest of the country has been devastated by forestry and mining. A Solomon Airlines route will likely start as a triangular one AKL-MUA...Jump to post
What I do think will be interesting is, down the line, whether we see NZ start to develop JVs with BR to TPE, and OZ to ICN, with BR and OZ 'topping-up' NZ capacity (like UA does on the AKL-SFO route). Agreed, and I think this is a strategically sound approach, particularly for destinations with si...Jump to post
OZ had been mentioned recently about an ICN-AKL flight, which made sense, I’m not sure it does now, maybe a codeshare with NZ, I expected the other way around. OZ has had a shortage of suitable long-haul planes, with its 359s only now coming online. OZ has also had financial issues, and scandals. N...Jump to post
... given KE’s dominance in the market. Market growth in recent years has come through the one-stop options (e.g. via China), and not through the non-stop KE option. KE is increasingly less dominant, and facing scandal after scandal. Now, more than ever, NZ is in a solid position to take on KE. Che...Jump to post
Armaghman wrote:No mention of code share with Asians?
The new direct service between Auckland and Seoul will be launched in late November with three flights per week to Seoul's Incheon International Airport from November 23 and up to five flights a week during the peak holiday period from late December to mid-February. The proposed schedule would depar...Jump to post
I don't see the Q300s going anywhere for at least another 7-8 years. In that regard, they probably won't be replaced by anything currently available. It's been 6 years already, and there are still so many with the teal scheme. If they're sticking around for another 8 years, you'd imagine they'd re-...Jump to post
Christchurch, even seasonally is also very unlikely. More likely a "seasonal" candidate for NZ on their 789s as part of the UA/NZ JV. In NZ's JV's it tends to be the foreign carrier that serves CHC - like in the NZ-SQ JV, and the NZ-CX JV - so I see SFO-CHC (or LAX-CHC) as more of a UA me...Jump to post
I'd imagine they'll want to keep the Q300s for as long as possible given the lack of alternatives out there. Unless they dump the ~50 seat market, and just keep the ATR 72's for key regional centres (like HLZ, TRG, NSN, etc). 3C or someone else could pick up the more minor ports (like GIS, HKK, TIU...Jump to post
I wonder if they would consider taking on EI on SFO - DUB, getting some of the tech contracts/traffic?
ZK-NBT wrote:I could see LAX-AKL at some point depending on which way partner NZ go with a 77W replacement, I could potentially see a seasonal UA service to top up NZ’s as part of their JV.
It’d be good to know if the 78X could uplift significant enough cargo to Asia as well as pax/bags to make it worthwhile. Hmm, the way I see it is that yes, the airline has mentioned the 78J as a possibility, but I don't think it's a realistic one for Asia because the airline has also made clear tha...Jump to post