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by planemanofnz
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 116
Views: 13133

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CA to launch PEK - BOG?
Replies: 26
Views: 3494

CA to launch PEK - BOG?

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 ...

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31460

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

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. ...

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by planemanofnz
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31460

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

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?

Sometimes online schedules aren't always accurately and/or timely uploaded/updated, and can change.

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31460

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31460

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31460

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31460

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

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 ...

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31460

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

ZK-NBT wrote:
I’d imagine CI will up gauge to the 77W as usual.

CI intrigues me. Even after nearly 10 years at AKL, they're still doing the BNE tag. You'd imagine they'd either try to move to non-stop flights (at a reduced frequency), or drop AKL completely?

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31460

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31460

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27204

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

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...

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by planemanofnz
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27204

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

With HU gone from BJS - DUB, one alternative option could be CZ launching BJS - DUB, not out of PEK, but from the new Daxing Airport?

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28210

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28210

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

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. ...

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by planemanofnz
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61381

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

jimmyah wrote:
Could we see some XLRs based in NZ? Maybe AKL-HNL or AKL-PER?

I could see that - also doing the likes of AKL - DPS, on top of AKL - HNL and AKL - PER.

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28210

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Speaking of 321NEO's and XLR's, I know it's a long shot, but wouldn't it be interesting if NZ did more at WLG with the 321NEO's, like seasonal WLG - DPS / PER / RAR flights? Would the former two require 321XLR's, given WLG's runway?

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas confirms 3 weekly BNE-SFO and 4 weekly BNE-ORD to start by late April 2020
Replies: 84
Views: 12620

Re: Qantas plans to launch BNE-SFO and BNE-ORD one QF/AA final approval is granted

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...

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28210

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

ZK-NBT wrote:
AA don’t have any other reasonable international hubs.

AKL - MIA? It would be shorter than AKL - ORD.

:lol: :lol:

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28210

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

ZK-NBT wrote:
AA service AKL-DFW is quite likely.

Agree - this has to be the front-runner for any new AA service here. The connections through DFW are growing - like with AA's new DFW - DUB flight, launching this week.

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28210

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28210

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.

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27204

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

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 ...

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by planemanofnz
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas confirms 3 weekly BNE-SFO and 4 weekly BNE-ORD to start by late April 2020
Replies: 84
Views: 12620

Re: Qantas plans to launch BNE-SFO and BNE-ORD one QF/AA final approval is granted

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.

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by planemanofnz
Mon May 27, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43644

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/new ... d=12234189.

Cheers,

C.
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x1234 wrote:
I see the addition of EWR & GRU in their network with the GE powered 789's. No other expansion.

Reports saying they are considering Toronto (YYZ) too.

See: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/new ... d=12234189.

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Sun May 26, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does UA need some premium heavy configuration aircrafts?
Replies: 33
Views: 4022

Re: Does UA need some premium heavy configuration aircrafts?

A more premium 789 could also possibly open up new routes, such as EWR - AKL, given the lower weight and greater range?

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Mon May 20, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines 2020 Fleet Plans
Replies: 21
Views: 7719

Re: Singapore Airlines 2020 Fleet Plans

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 -...

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by planemanofnz
Mon May 20, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 54042

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

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, ...

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by planemanofnz
Mon May 20, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 54042

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

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...

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by planemanofnz
Mon May 20, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43644

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

... 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 - ...

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by planemanofnz
Mon May 20, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43644

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Sun May 19, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43644

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

Interested to hear whether people think Sounds Air could expand further north than TUO?

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans
Replies: 131
Views: 23676

Re: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans

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 ...

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by planemanofnz
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 26224

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 26224

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread = April 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 26224

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

NPL8800 wrote:
Interesting that Munda airport in the Solomon Islands is looking to add AKL flights.

You would imagine we would see Port Moresby and/or Honiara, before we see Munda.

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 26224

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread = April 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 26224

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread = April 2019

... 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...

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by planemanofnz
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 26224

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread = April 2019

thekorean wrote:
Very excited about ICN.

Me too. :bouncy:

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ launches AKL - ICN
Replies: 4
Views: 1459

Re: NZ launches AKL - ICN

hoons90 wrote:
This will be a year-round service, correct?

Yes - 3x weekly low season, 5x weekly high season.

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ launches AKL - ICN
Replies: 4
Views: 1459

Re: NZ launches AKL - ICN

Armaghman wrote:
No mention of code share with Asians?

I expect that will come, eventually. When NZ launched AKL - TPE last year, a codeshare deal with *A partner BR wasn't announced until after the launch.

I could also see codesharing on this route with a few LH Group carriers.

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ launches AKL - ICN
Replies: 4
Views: 1459

NZ launches AKL - ICN

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...

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by planemanofnz
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31106

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

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-...

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by planemanofnz
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United future Asia / Pacific and European routes from SFO
Replies: 10
Views: 2412

Re: United future Asia / Pacific and European routes from SFO

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...

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by planemanofnz
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31106

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31106

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

zkncj wrote:
Could the fleet review include any hints of the Q300s which are now approaching the 10 year old mark...

Crazy how a few of the Q300's still carry the old livery, IMO - what's the reasoning behind that?

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United future Asia / Pacific and European routes from SFO
Replies: 10
Views: 2412

Re: United future Asia / Pacific and European routes from SFO

I wonder if they would consider taking on EI on SFO - DUB, getting some of the tech contracts/traffic?

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will UA relaunch LAX-AKL/HKG with 787.
Replies: 7
Views: 1842

Re: Will UA relaunch LAX-AKL/HKG with 787.

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.

Or maybe LAX - CHC, similar to how the CX-NZ JV launched HKG - CHC?

Cheers,

C.

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by planemanofnz
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31106

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

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...

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by planemanofnz
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 31106

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

NZ6 wrote:
2x 789 Code 3 (NYC/GIG)

They'll go to GRU first - not GIG.

Cheers,

C.

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