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by Zkpilot
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 147
Views: 16706

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

Any information of monthly one way passenger movement from Wellington to Singapore taking SQ 247/248? Sadly this information is next to impossible to gather as I don't believe New Zealand does certain airport to airport movements compared to Australia (via BITRE) which lists load factors for every ...

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by Zkpilot
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 147
Views: 16706

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: Not sure why it's so funny! If the airport is capable then given the crush of flights in the afternoons putting pressure on gate space it may be a logical option. Already there are more than daily flights some days to SYD at winter peak, operating less than an hour a...

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by Zkpilot
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 147
Views: 16706

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

That’s true and I was one that didn’t expect to see ICN or TPE, however they are star hubs where KUL isn’t, maybe NZ could work closer with TG and add BKK at some point? I'd be less confident about BKK as an NZ destination given that any connection traffic would be at the expense of the close partn...

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by Zkpilot
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 147
Views: 16706

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

Bit of a reshuffle going on at NZ. Both Air Nelson and Mt Cook are going to be folded into NZ properly. Makes sense from a streamlining point of view, less overheads.

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by Zkpilot
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 147
Views: 16706

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

Having readily removable battery packs means pulling multiple tons out of likely the wings. Fuel is already likely the heaviest thing on the plane, and batteries are less energy dense. There is work being done on flow cells, where you have liquid components allowing very fast recharging (cycle old ...

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by Zkpilot
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 147
Views: 16706

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

Having readily removable battery packs means pulling multiple tons out of likely the wings. Fuel is already likely the heaviest thing on the plane, and batteries are less energy dense. There is work being done on flow cells, where you have liquid components allowing very fast recharging (cycle old ...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 147
Views: 16706

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

Well the Q300's aren't getting any newer.... An electric ATR 72-XXX would be interesting, but do wonder how long the aircraft would have to be on the ground to charge between services. I’d imagine any aircraft would have multiple chargers plugged in so 30 mins should be possible to give 2 hours fly...

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by Zkpilot
Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 147
Views: 16706

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

I looked at NZ both in September and early December and the business cabin was already full on a number of dates. Seems they don't have the fleet mix quite right. I would suggest that SIN warrants code 2 in that instance. But it wasn't showing. Let's hope. Which route? Just SIN? NZ283/284 is 5 week...

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by Zkpilot
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 147
Views: 16706

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/business/395714/air-nz-boss-flags-flying-guilt-as-challenge-to-be-more-carbon-neutral Electric Turbo Props within the decade. Well the Q300's aren't getting any newer.... An electric ATR 72-XXX would be interesting, but do wonder how long the aircraft would have to be on ...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

Not sure I can see more aircraft long haul before 2022 given the new product will be introduced then, doesn’t seem an efficient use of the seats to replace them so quickly. I think with adjusting of the schedules and use of alliances and a slight down turn currently they will get by. I can’t rememb...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

Not sure I can see more aircraft long haul before 2022 given the new product will be introduced then, doesn’t seem an efficient use of the seats to replace them so quickly. I think with adjusting of the schedules and use of alliances and a slight down turn currently they will get by. I can’t rememb...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

Pier B is a prime example of AIALs cheap approach, it’s a tin shed, it’s cheap construction, there’s nothing nice about it all. On the subject of pier b in AKL, does any know why there is an weird kink between gates 15/16 and gates 17/18 Gate 15/16 seem to be stepped forward of 17/18, seems pretty ...

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by Zkpilot
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

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 Zkpilot
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

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?

That’s no secret. Z owns Caltex so just bringing it into line.

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by Zkpilot
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/285385/air-new-zealand-nw19-vancouver-aircraft-changes/ 789 to YVR from NW schedule. Unsure where the 772 goes and if it’s a code 1 or code 2, I’m picking it may be code 2, there are some AKL-CHC 789s to position them for CHC-SIN which is odd given ...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/285385/air-new-zealand-nw19-vancouver-aircraft-changes/ 789 to YVR from NW schedule. Unsure where the 772 goes and if it’s a code 1 or code 2, I’m picking it may be code 2, there are some AKL-CHC 789s to position them for CHC-SIN which is odd given ...

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by Zkpilot
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Ireland needs airspace defence capability
Replies: 146
Views: 6933

Re: Ireland needs airspace defence capability

We are even further away from any Islamic country (which is the most likely source). Domestic is of course possible but highly unlikely. Compare this to Ireland where it has dozens of countries within an hour or so flight including parts of Africa. A short look at the map suggests that there are on...

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by Zkpilot
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Ireland needs airspace defence capability
Replies: 146
Views: 6933

Re: Ireland needs airspace defence capability

Yes, I get that the threat has lessened post-9/11, what with increased security and all, but you can't rule it out. Agree you can’t rule it out but the likelihood of an incident occurring is low, so that creates a strong argument about whether the investment in a jet capability solely for intercept...

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by Zkpilot
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

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 co...

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by Zkpilot
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

Your thoughts are actually very common. As someone who travels a lot , you deserve a place where you can relax, do some work and enjoy some complimentary food and beverages before your flight. Unfortunately, in my opinion , Koru has become too affordable and it should cost a few hundred more than i...

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by Zkpilot
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

Um no I haven’t overlooked that Westpac (or the others) are creaming it (as mentioned they are all almost singlehandedly responsible for our current account deficit due to sending outrageous profit levels offshore). Nor do I think the “standards” as you put it are down as a result of platinum card ...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

A year ago we were complaining the airline's lounges were too full, now the 'free vouchers' you get for spending money on everyday items through a credit card which is giving people this access is too ' tight '? What option would you prefer.. I mean the only other option is a bigger lounge or more ...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

So you get effectively $120 worth of lounge passes for every $30,000 you spend capped at $60,000 (4x passes). Does seem a little tight considering that many are already frequent flyers or koru members and those passes effectively go to waste. The old amount was simply 2x passes for each $20k spent....

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by Zkpilot
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31594

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

Does anyone know what the new guidelines around lounge access for Air NZ are? I gather they were released today but I haven't heard anything from AirNZ yet. “Your ******* Airpoints ****** Platinum card is one of the fastest ways to earn Airpoints Dollars™. Members have told us the lounge eVouchers ...

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by Zkpilot
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28239

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

It's that kind of thinking that limits options. It won't be renationalised. But the right private owner can make all the difference. The Canadian pension fund (Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board) that was on the verge of scooping it up would have been the ideal owner. But short sighted locals b...

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by Zkpilot
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28239

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Half ass is completely what's happening, I recall around the birth of 'express' AIAL and Air NZ spent something like $50m to get the terminal through the next 5-10 years, was that 2001 or 2002? well, it's safe to say we'll blow that timeframe out of the water and has there been 2-3 more attempts at...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28239

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Half ass is completely what's happening, I recall around the birth of 'express' AIAL and Air NZ spent something like $50m to get the terminal through the next 5-10 years, was that 2001 or 2002? well, it's safe to say we'll blow that timeframe out of the water and has there been 2-3 more attempts at...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28239

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

An A320 connected? This happens multiple times daily via AKL albeit with a change of terminal which I’m aware you are well aware of, it’s where the whole idea falls over tbh when NZ has a main hub in AKL, connecting via anywhere else doesn’t really make much sense especially a small Island like RAR...

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by Zkpilot
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28239

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

For NYC it is possible that NZ could start off with existing 789 just reconfigured to a lower density config (code 3) earlier and simply block off some seats as needed. When routes first start up they are usually lighter loads for the first year anyway so that would give them a year or so breathing ...

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by Zkpilot
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs
Replies: 29
Views: 2694

Re: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs

Yes so would I if they went with a commercial again for strategic. I only suggested the 777 if they wanted a mix of options across a broad spectrum of operation and wanted to save on the Initial up front costs, NZG has a large stake in A-NZ which could in theory lease VIP aircraft from A-NZ in a si...

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by Zkpilot
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs
Replies: 29
Views: 2694

RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs

https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics ... and-drones

5x C130J to go with 4x P-8 and a blueprint for other purchases.
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https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics ... and-drones

5x C130J to go with 4x P-8 and a blueprint for other purchases.

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by Zkpilot
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28239

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

I doubt it. Unfortunately its a fact of life for a hub and spoke carrier that other airlines will come in over time to your spokes (as they become bigger) and continually erode your hub. Its the price you pay for operating that model but of course there is significant upside from that model as well...

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by Zkpilot
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 291
Views: 28239

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

I think NZ would want to compete on the potential.CHC - LAX is AA start this. Cant see them just sitting there and now with 787 the have a better aircraft. Just my 2 cents I doubt it. Unfortunately its a fact of life for a hub and spoke carrier that other airlines will come in over time to your spo...

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by Zkpilot
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much smaller is the B777-300ER/B777-9 compare to the B747-400?
Replies: 23
Views: 3797

Re: How much smaller is the B777-300ER/B777-9 compare to the B747-400?

Weight wise they are a lot less. Floor area, not much of a difference, 77W has bigger hold space.
Amongst other reasons this is why the 77W killed the 747.

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by Zkpilot
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does NZ offer free meals/alcohol on domestic/trans-tasman flights?
Replies: 7
Views: 1255

Re: Does NZ offer free meals/alcohol on domestic/trans-tasman flights?

Domestically on NZ you get water, tea, coffee, cookie/chips free. They do have a “koru hour” service where you get a muffin in the morning while in the evening cheese & crackers are offered alongside beer, wine, soft drinks. Trans Tasman it is Seats to Suit - Seat/Seat+Bag/Works/Works Deluxe. On...

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by Zkpilot
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 54065

Re: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order

What does the improvement of the MTOW to 260T bring in additional range? About an extra hour (so about 900km). Couple that with any other weight reduction (rumoured to be about 1t) and a lower density configuration (could save another 3t) then you end up with about 1500km more range - so AKL-LAX/SF...

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by Zkpilot
Wed May 29, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43676

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

An issue which I don't think has yet been explored about NZ's re-equipment decision is the possibility of the 787-8. Various reports, including Flight Global's, have mentioned specifically that the -8 is included as a possible choice for the exercise of the options NZ has taken on the 787. From wha...

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by Zkpilot
Mon May 27, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 54065

Re: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order

So if the B789 will be the aircraft for Auckland to New York, and if these birds get the rumored 2.5T MTOW increase, what type of seat capacity would Air New Zealand have? Currently they have two type of seat layout in the B789 C18W21Y263 and C27W33Y215 I would guess something like C36W40Y+36Y134 =...

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by Zkpilot
Mon May 27, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43676

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

I must admit I didn't see the 787-10 coming. I supported the A350-900 on the basis that it was closer in size to the 777-200 being replaced, but didn't think the 787-10 would have the range NZ desired. (I did suspect GE engines would've been chosen, though, given the RR-engine grief.) I've found NZ...

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by Zkpilot
Sun May 26, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ orders 8x 78J (GE) with options for 12x 787
Replies: 38
Views: 5991

NZ orders 8x 78J (GE) with options for 12x 787

As has been rumoured NZ is going with the 78J to replace its 77E. 8x ordered and options for another 12x 789/78J. All GE powered due to issues with RR, improved fuel burn, and probably to provide some diversity rather than all eggs in one basket. https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/112988652/a...

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by Zkpilot
Sun May 26, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43676

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

With the huge TOW increase, I’m running with mostly 787-10s. Maybe a couple of HGW (if that is what this version is called) 787-9s for EWR ops. GE for sure, as these engines currently burn a little less than the RR. The TOW increase will make this a/c a true West Coast USA to AKL payload lifter. Am...

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by Zkpilot
Thu May 23, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43676

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

tealnz wrote:
We haven't so far heard any solid rumours of anything more than a 1% MTOW increase for the 789.

Yeah I’m not saying they have, just saying if they did then NZ would love it.

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by Zkpilot
Thu May 23, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43676

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

PER-LHR is further than AKL-EWR so we know a 789 can do the distance. Question is what type of load NZ needs to make it viable. Is there a case for a more premium configured 789 for NZ ? Project Sunrise may dilute NZ loads due to diluting connection traffic advantage. QF also has more premium traff...

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by Zkpilot
Tue May 21, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 54065

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

You can all stop wringing your hands with worry on USA West Coast to NZ 787-10 capacity. A decent MTOW increase, combined with additional engine thrust, will make this a/c a pretty universal Pacific rim winner. According to more knowledgeable members here on a.net, a 787 MTOW increase will be quite...

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by Zkpilot
Mon May 20, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 54065

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

I’ll wait for firm confirmation but I won’t be surprised at all by this decision. What do you mean they want the A359? I mean they want a plane that can fly AKL-EWR/GRU/ORD without having to block off seats and without compromising revenue by leaving the belly mostly empty. ummmmm.... isn't the nam...

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by Zkpilot
Sun May 19, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43676

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business-video/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503079&gal_cid=1503079&gallery_id=206822 For anyone who was expecting the 77X to replace the 772. This video will disappoint you. So will it be a 787 package or an A350 package... either one, loaded with 'Options' for more aircr...

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by Zkpilot
Wed May 15, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43676

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

This in the NZ Herald at 1830 today. Air New Zealand reveals plans to change the shape of its economy cabin. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12230900 Cam Wallace said they are planning on 30 to 40 extra legroom economy seats in widebody aircraft and compares...

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by Zkpilot
Mon May 13, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Closing and Opening of Aircraft Doors
Replies: 14
Views: 3329

Re: Closing and Opening of Aircraft Doors

Many airlines have the seal check as a procedure to confirm that there is nothing stuck in the door seal and that the door is correctly sealed. It’s one of those things that helps the whole routine.

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by Zkpilot
Mon May 13, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43676

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

Does anyone know whats NZ's max range is for their A321NEO's with their configuration? Airbus publishes it as 7,400km with an 2 class 206 seat configuration. 214 pax in NZ's configuration. No idea on range sorry. Likely less than others due to all Y configuration (more weight). Currently AKL-CNS is...

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by Zkpilot
Fri May 10, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43676

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

Something to think about... The A359-900 aircraft isn't some super machine that can connect places like AKL-NYC without some sacrifices. While it's very similar to the 772 with regards to the passenger capacity and while it does offer superior legs to the 772 you won't see it reach NYC with a full ...

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