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by axio
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 153
Views: 16758

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: 153
Views: 16758

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: 153
Views: 16758

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: 153
Views: 16758

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: 153
Views: 16758

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: 68
Views: 9765

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: 31055

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: 31055

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: 291
Views: 36138

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: 44150

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: 13619

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: 291
Views: 36138

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: 391157

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: 391157

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: 44150

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: 26407

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: 31414

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: 721908

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: 33953

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: 33953

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: 33953

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: 36461

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: 78144

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: 26273

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: 10670

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: 33847

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: 33847

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: 26740

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: 32159

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: 32159

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: 32159

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: 41900

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: 41900

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: 37904

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: 37904

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: 37904

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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by axio
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 548
Views: 37070

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

I give it till 2040 still. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12031322 ... Completely agree, trams to the airport is daft especially when the train already goes half way there. At the risk of going non-av, it's not just about the airport. It's about relieving a corrid...

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by axio
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 548
Views: 37070

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

Two regional NZ flights that stick out somewhat as being ripe for cutting are PMR-HLZ and PMR-WLG. I don’t know the loads on these sectors but PMR-HLZ is fairly unique being non-hub at either end, and PMR-WLG, while further distance and not as well served by road is ‘similar’ to the old HLZ-AKL. Pa...

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by axio
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 14225

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

AFAIK, there is no international-international transit in the United States. Everyone must clear Customs and Immigration before continuing their travels, whether it is LA as their destination, another US city or an international connection. To change it would take, as they say, an act of Congress. ...

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by axio
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 14225

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

I had a look through various documents talking about sterile and secured - but it left me still wondering if the new concourse will allow international to international transit without going through immigration? I don't know numbers, but between East Asia/Central & South America, and Oceania/Eur...

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by axio
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40697

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Close PPQ. There are houses a few hundred metres from each end of the runway and it's not big enough to serve as a diversionary airport for WLG (unlike PMR which has both the apron and terminal space). Greater Wellington needs somewhere for new houses and that's a nice big flat area, close to a nice...

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by axio
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 10148

Re: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W

What are transit arrangements like at DPS? Visas required? Stay on the plane?

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by axio
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Air New Zealand to announce Chicago
Replies: 48
Views: 9412

Re: Rumor: Air New Zealand to announce Chicago

qf002 wrote:
I'm not sure I get the whole Obama angle though. Seems like a very strange marketing strategy for an airline to pursue.

The hypothesis I've seen elsewhere is that his mate, former PM John Key, is now on the NZ board, and might have been able to swing such an arrangement.

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by axio
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37426

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Looks like NZ put on a WLG-HKK-WLG this evening (outward: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/NZM975/history/20180202/0800Z/NZWN/NZHK), presumably to get help in and people out following the storm on the West Coast. I imagine it's not very often HKK sees an ATR. Flightaware also lists NSN-HKK-CHC an...

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by axio
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 28817

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

NZ is filming its newest safety video in Antarctica, which is causing backlash. It is scheduled to be released in full, in March, but a teaser was released today. See: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11983505. Should NZ have featured one of its own destinations, ra...

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by axio
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 28817

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

https://www.flightradar24.com/CPA123/102b60d6 it looks like two missed approaches - a bit cloudy this morning in CHC perhaps?
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My son got quite excited seeing a CX A350 descending over Palmerston North this morning, on its way to OHA. From https://www.flightradar24.com/CPA123/102b60d6 it looks like two missed approaches - a bit cloudy this morning in CHC perhaps?

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by axio
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 28817

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

Jetstar Group signs interline agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, will benefit passengers travelling from both New Zealand and Japan https://www.airlineratings.com/news/hawaiian-jetstar-sign-interline-deal/ Hard to see how useful that is with Hawaiian's flight arriving at 10pm, well past any domestic...

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by axio
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order
Replies: 198
Views: 44736

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

FedEx also has no loaders capable of moving LD-3s in and out of these types of aircraft. Purchase of these planes will necessitate new ground equipment. I'll be interested to see what the plan ends up being. The new ATR model FX just ordered will also need this new loader. They're buying up to 100 ...

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by axio
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 26089

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

In other news....... does anyone know the history of why DUD is at Momona? I heard that it was put there to cope with anticipated urban sprawl that never happened; but that sounds like the stuff of urban legend. It definitely *could* have been situated closer to Dunedin city. Anyone know? It used t...

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