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by axio
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 5768

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2020

Originair touches down to reconnect North Island's two river cities ... https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/123137447/originair-touches-down-to-reconnect-north-islands-two-river-cities Good to see regional services expanding just hope it is a success for them. Another ex Air NZ route taken up. I admit...

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by axio
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 26176

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Curious as to what it might be given they are getting someone from Boeing over. It’s not that hard to remove the seats and use nets. https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/121966703/exemption-for-essential-boeing-expert-converting-air-nz-aircraft-to-freighters indicates "The family have l...

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by axio
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 26176

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Has anyone tried using NZ credits yet? I got the email about them this morning and had a read through the FAQs and I remain a bit confused about how I might select the flights/options I want, especially when the site says it might be up to 14 days until they get back to me if I use the form - fares...

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by axio
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 26176

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

NZ6 wrote:
It seems like a very amateur way of conducting market research.


Or a bit of cunning free marketing: 1. reminding people they still exist and to consider them (for travel they can do), and 2. that they're interesting in expanding in a down-turn and thereby trying to generate some goodwill.

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by axio
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 26176

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Has anyone tried using NZ credits yet? I got the email about them this morning and had a read through the FAQs and I remain a bit confused about how I might select the flights/options I want, especially when the site says it might be up to 14 days until they get back to me if I use the form - fares ...

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by axio
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39504

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

Does anyone know what's happening with air traffic control with so few flights about? I'm thinking particularly airports like HLZ, PMR, and IVC with no passenger flights left (although they may have a few freight and private flights). It'd be quite weird sitting in the tower all day doing absolutely...

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by axio
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41738

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

So what's left of the NZ long-haul network? Just AKL-LAX and AKL-SIN (HKG and PVG were already gone?)?

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by axio
Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fokker 100 Crashes in Kazakstan
Replies: 99
Views: 27420

Re: Fokker 100 Crashes in Kazakstan

glideslope900 wrote:
Current weather showing mist and visibility of 1000m. Temperature -11C.

First flight of the morning - ice perhaps?

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by axio
Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29817

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

With respect to the QF diversion to OHA - it sounds like a lot of mixed decisions, and differing accounts from QF, Customs, and MPI: https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/117496461/no-clear-answers-about-decision-to-leave-qantas-passengers-in-a-plane-for-hours None of the organisations cont...

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by axio
Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29817

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

With all this talk of NZ leasing extra aircraft this summer I started thinking about airlines in the Northern hemisphere whose prime season is their summer. Are there any airlines anywhere who have a regular program of sharing and/or leasing aircraft during their annual slack season? I have a vague...

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by axio
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29817

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

Surely its time that some base staff get basic customs training, to at-least be able allow passengers off the aircraft (based on remote assitaintance from New Zealand Customs) :checkmark: This or having a customs 'go team' ready to position to non international airports (DUD, OKA, TRG and NPE would...

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by axio
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

Let's hope there is some aggressive pricing. Just came back to New Zealand for the first time this year. Good god this place has got expensive! Throw in the extra $45pp the government now charges for the eTA - expect a reciprocal response by other countries by the way - and wow, you gotta wonder wh...

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by axio
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 58954

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

Wow - LAX/LHR was often touted as the highest yielding route on the network.
Having done AKL-LHR via LAX a couple of times though I can safely say it was a horrible way to travel as transit at LAX is annoying (thanks to immigration queues) compared to going via SIN or HKG.

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by axio
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

Devil's advocate is that you have a choice to pay via a method that has no additional fees... Poli is against bank rules: https://www.asb.co.nz/help/Poli-account2account-asb-support.html Whether the banks are worried enough to take steps to restrict it is another issue, although I can imagine it ma...

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by axio
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

Any idea why Air New Zealand's credit card policy is "Card payment fee of $4.00 per person per one way journey may apply."? I understand covering merchant fees, but why per person - it's a single transaction - so surely a percentage added to the final total would do this. When we're booki...

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by axio
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

aerohottie wrote:
Agree. Make a complaint to the Commerce Commission


I may just do that. Have asked the Commerce Commission to point me in the direction of relevant legislation.
I guess the other approach is media shaming...

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by axio
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

Any idea why Air New Zealand's credit card policy is "Card payment fee of $4.00 per person per one way journey may apply."? I understand covering merchant fees, but why per person - it's a single transaction - so surely a percentage added to the final total would do this. When we're bookin...

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by axio
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/commen ... ealand_by/
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Someone on reddit has produced an interesting graphic of passenger numbers to/from New Zealand airports in 2018:
https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/commen ... ealand_by/

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by axio
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AMS introduces automated passenger bridge
Replies: 69
Views: 12597

Re: AMS introduces automated passenger bridge

Karlsands wrote:
bluefltspecial wrote:
UARNO88 wrote:
Sounds like just another way to eliminate jobs.


and eliminate aircraft damage...

Or create damage in the event of sensor failure


I imagine it'll still have the good old 'tennis ball on a stick' as an emergency cut-off (at least that's what I've always assumed it does).

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by axio
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 260
Views: 37778

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

DavidByrne wrote:
Does anyone remember when HLZ-NSN was operated?

Not sure when it started, but like PMR-NSN, it ended with the GFC in 2008.

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by axio
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 260
Views: 37778

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C24vrbrKxo
Should be massively less controversial than the last one :)
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Air All Blacks is out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C24vrbrKxo
Should be massively less controversial than the last one :)

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by axio
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?
Replies: 369
Views: 50383

Re: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?

Big government is a bad thing. Government is necessary but only if it is completely accountable to citizens. The problem with increasingly large government, is that it begins to exempt itself from citizen oversight. Right now, you can't really do anything against the FAA if their actions cause harm...

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by axio
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 374
Views: 46937

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

Further issues today at WLG due to the weather with reported windsheer at 500ft above Evans Bay. Both international and domestic flights diverting. QF171 again from MEL attempted x2 landings before heading to CHC and JQ261 attempted landing twice before returning to AKL. NZ5370 CHC to WLG didn't ev...

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by axio
Wed May 22, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents
Replies: 105
Views: 14981

Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

We had friends experience something similar with United from SFO-AKL where, because they hadn't paid to seat select, they had three random seats and their seven year-old was thus separated until other passengers offered to make swaps. To me this kind of behavior from the airline is tantamount to bla...

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by axio
Sun May 12, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?
Replies: 369
Views: 50383

Re: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?

And, assuming there were software problems in the future, is the FAA really set up to regulate a high technology industry such as software? One day the problem really will be software and the FAA will not be adequate to regulate something it has no idea about. This isn't about just the FAA. We have...

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by axio
Fri May 03, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 419316

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Something that puzzles me in the preliminary report is: "At 05:43:11, about 32 seconds before the end of the recording, at approximately 13,4002ft, two momentary manual electric trim inputs are recorded in the ANU (aircraft nose up) direction. The stabilizer moved in the ANU direction from 2.1 ...

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by axio
Fri May 03, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 419316

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

For the folks who are asking whether X happened, the preliminary report is available here: http://www.ecaa.gov.et/documents/20435/0/Preliminary+Report+B737-800MAX+%2C(ET-AVJ).pdf It includes a number of FDR parameters and a timeline. In response to a recent post, the report does not mention the auto...

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by axio
Fri May 03, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 374
Views: 46937

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

Ilyushin Il-96 all the way, what with Winston and his determination for trade deals with Russia :D Failing that.... I'd like the 359 just for the little bit extra space as really I don't enjoy the 787. So I'm going with 359 and 35J to replace the 772 and 773 respectively, and 787 to continue on eith...

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by axio
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 198
Views: 27779

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2019

My recent NZ flight (PVG-AKL, 787-9) differed somewhat in service quality to what I recall from when I used to do a lot of flying on NZ (2014-16), albeit typically on US routes, and I'm wondering whether this is the new normal or unusual and therefore worth passing onto Air NZ. These were my concern...

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by axio
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 33759

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

Could the fleet review include any hints of the Q300s which are now approaching the 10 year old mark... I'd imagine they'll want to keep the Q300s for as long as possible given the lack of alternatives out there. Do they have a longer lifetime given they're presumably designed with short trips in m...

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by axio
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 752780

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Ethiopia wanted to send the flight-data and cockpit-voice recorders to the U.K.’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch to recover the data, causing U.S. investigators to hold intense behind-the-scenes talks to bring the remains to America, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with...

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by axio
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 36092

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

PMR-HLZ That is the only route in the NZ domestic network not connected to one of the hubs (AKL, WLG or CHC), right? I wonder if a) the route will last, and/or b) other non-hub routes may develop (e.g. ROT - ZQN or HLZ - DUD)? It's been going since the Eagle Air days (earliest I have a timetable fo...

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by axio
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 36092

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

https://p-airnz.com/cms/assets/NZ/airnz-press-release-domestic-fares-table-nzonly-ptpo-2100x1100__ScaleMaxWidthWzIwODBd.jpg https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/press-release-2019-airnz-shrinks-some-domestic-fares-half Awww.. Little ole PMR-HLZ doesn't make the chart. Although if WLG/PMR is $49 and WLG/...

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by axio
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 36092

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

We were once threatened with a bus replacement from CHC-DUD due to various wind related delays. It was just before Christmas so I'm guessing not a lot of spare capacity to handle all the cancellations. Thankfully, the bus capacity was less than the ATR it replaced, and handily my wife was seven mont...

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by axio
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38244

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainmen ... d=12199374
It seems the rap 'safety' video is gone. Personally I'm thrilled I won't be subjected to that on a forthcoming flight.
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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainmen ... d=12199374
It seems the rap 'safety' video is gone. Personally I'm thrilled I won't be subjected to that on a forthcoming flight.

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by axio
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 449
Views: 80760

Re: Updated: VS To Be Largest Shareholder In New Airline Group Comprising BE And RE

Is that really only GBP 2.2 million? That's like buying a country house or something! I haven't been following, but something must have gone down since their half-year report from 30 September, because that has net assets at 118m and some profitability, albeit in the summer months. Market cap of 35m...

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by axio
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 27775

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

Looks like the strike is called off https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/109310141/air-nz-says-strike-action-called-off-negotiations-were-successful Jacinda and Labour getting involved in non-political matters again I see - their job is to balance the govt ledger, manage national debt and state-owned A...

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by axio
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Earthquake in Anchorage (PANC)
Replies: 40
Views: 10994

Re: Earthquake PANC

What does PANC mean? Its the ICAO code for Ancorage's airport. I initially wondered if an 'I' had been missed out, as panic doesn't seem like an unreasonable reaction in a severe earthquake. VAS was up with ATC pretty quick - https://youtu.be/o80cNJ_XhX0 - sounds like the folks in the tower did a s...

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by axio
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 344
Views: 35517

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

New NZ safety video is out https://youtu.be/dYu8kkD0Gy4 I couldn't get through a minute of that. I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable being subjected to that on a flight, and I'm not sure it clearly communicates the safety messages (at least in the first minute before I couldn't stand it any more) - b...

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by axio
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 344
Views: 35517

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/zk-nna
Was there any snaps of its late night arrival into AKL?
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I'm assuming NZ's first A321 made it safe and sound: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/zk-nna
Was there any snaps of its late night arrival into AKL?

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by axio
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 28074

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Air NZ would know exactly how many people are already doing IVC/AKL via intermediate points, and it would certainly fend off any moves by Propstar to enter the market. I imagine it would also allow some IVC ATRs to be pulled and put onto shorter routes. If they've got the A320 capacity it may end up...

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by axio
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 33588

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Could you imagine if NZ demanded Australian airlines started labelling the Antarctic Ross Dependency as part of New Zealand in their in-flight magazine and/or website route maps? At least Australia and NZ mutually recognise each others' Antarctic claims. The real problem would come where Britain, C...

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by axio
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 33588

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

... especially if Singapore does send down a bunch of fighters for training. Yeah - I didn't realize that the Singaporeans were actually " in talks with the New Zealand Government about setting up a permanent training base at Ōhakea ." See: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/105405775/mayor...

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by axio
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 33588

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Wellington Airport has begun preliminary demolition work ahead of a $15 million upgrade of the airport’s main terminal building - the largest upgrade since 1999! The work will be carried out progressively over the next 12 months. Once completed, visitors will have expansive views across the termina...

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by axio
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 44077

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

My only concern is the gap between Jets and regional is growing. I agree. New Zealand's biggest airports outside of the existing ports served by jets are NSN, NPE, PMR and NPL - looking at NZ at each: AKL - NSN: 7 to 10 daily frequencies AKL - NPE: 8 to 10 daily frequencies AKL - PMR: 7 to 10 daily...

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by axio
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 44077

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

NZ6 wrote:
... all I can really say is it's ex AKL with a foreign carrier to a long haul destination.


Since it's Friday, I'm going with some left-field speculation:
- DL to SEA or ATL
- OZ to ICN
- VN to SGN
- AI to BOM

:)

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by axio
Tue May 08, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 39752

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

Air NZ is adding five DUD-AKL flights eff. 29 Oct 2018. The new flights are timed to help Dunedin business travellers get more out of their day in Auckland as well as enable connections via Auckland to Air New Zealand international destinations including Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Fiji....

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by axio
Tue May 08, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 39752

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

Dupe.

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by axio
Wed May 02, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 39752

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

They also flew with children on a NZ 77W. They were horrified with the seating capacity of the departure lounge given the size of the plane. Hard to argue with that point either. To be fair, I don't think I've been to any airport where departure lounges have enough seating capacity for wide-bodies,...

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