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by Toenga
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 114
Views: 5129

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

Depending on the experiences in a country, the choices to move forward are also very different. Here in Australia, the total COVID death toll is lower than Arizona's single day death toll posted above. As the PP mentioned, Victoria (pop. 6.5 million) is closed off from the rest of the country with ...

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by Toenga
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 114
Views: 5129

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

Sorry in my previous post I omitted to say our very stringent level 4 lockdown was only for one month.

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by Toenga
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 114
Views: 5129

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

I think I'm following, but that brings me to another question. If a vaccine ever exists, which it may not, this would require a dose for nearly everyone on the planet. We'll say it takes 18 months to develop a vaccine. After that, you would need billions of doses to make that work. I have no idea h...

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by Toenga
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 4886

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2020

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12345607 11 passengers offloaded from an AKL-BNE flight over the weekend, due to the aircraft being over weight! The. Offloaded passengers then were put into managed isolation in AKL, due to transit passengers being on the aircraft ...

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by Toenga
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 83
Views: 20105

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

late 70s early eighties did a few of the BA flights to Australia ( flight went onto New Zealand ) LHR-MCT-BOM-KUL-SIN-SYD-AKL LHR-BAH-AUH-BOM-SIN-ADL-SYD-AKL Tis was the days of the -100s and -200s Conversely I flew from LHR to Auckland in DC10 in 26hrs with stops in LAX and Tahiti only in 1976. Th...

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by Toenga
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?
Replies: 118
Views: 6255

Re: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?

And just what is normality? Here in NZ we have no known cases out in the general community for some weeks now, no restrictions on gatherings, no social distancing, and no masks. Only a small part of our economy and lifestyle is currently affected. But a big departure from previous normality, in that...

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by Toenga
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 16122

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

That’s a big claim. COVID-19 could be dormant somewhere, spreading asymptomatically until it hits a vulnerable population again...and BANG! Off we go! Given that noone has been diagnosed with it for twenty days now and given that you will get tested if you exhibit any of the symptoms, that would se...

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by Toenga
Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 16122

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

Covid virus has an extremly limited viability out side a host. The average normal covid infective period is about 14 days, the covid cycle. It is only a minority of people who remain asymptomatic during the whole period of their infection <10%. Lockdown controls have resulted in transmission rates o...

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by Toenga
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25562

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Unless you personally are on the board of NZ you wouldn't have a clue what agendas were at play in terms of Foran's appointment. Sure, I have no hard evidence to prove he was bought in as a hatchet man either; except for a lifetime of experience observing corporates who have employed those of a sim...

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by Toenga
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 18009

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020

They call for following onboard passenger changes as air travel resumes Good. They all seem sensible. Hopefully adopted by most countries so we can have some standardization and not each nation making up its own policies. The threat from covid transmission is vastly different in some countries the ...

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by Toenga
Sun May 31, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Scheduled long distance routes with small aircraft (incl stopovers)?
Replies: 49
Views: 4816

Re: Scheduled long distance routes with small aircraft (incl stopovers)?

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Last time I looked there were plenty of first world nations nearer to Tahiti than France with first world medical systems.
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Actually New Zealand is contracted to supply some specialist hospital care, to French Polynesian residents. Still a reasonable length flight though.

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by Toenga
Thu May 28, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 435
Views: 23713

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020

[/quote] May I ask, are the Kiwis willing not to travel abroad either for the foreseeable future, hoping for a vaccine? Any Kiwi that even dares to step foot outside of NZ, might just get it the moment they arrive to another country. Are you guys willing not to travel abroad anymore, hoping and expe...

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by Toenga
Thu May 28, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 435
Views: 23713

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020

New Zealand is now in level 2 restrictions. It's internal economy minus overseas tourism, and some social distancing restrictions is basically up and running. Our local restaurant had a lot more diners last night then normal for a Wednesday night. Tourism Holdings Ltd which is the largest RV rental ...

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by Toenga
Wed May 13, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 110
Views: 14538

Re: United DC-10's

No UA never brought their DC-10s to Australia it was all 747s right from the time United got the Pan Am Pacific routes. I want to say It Was SFO-HNL-AKL-SYD. Around the early 90’s the 744s started operating LAX-SYD and LAX-AKL non stop, 74Ls had done that in the 80’s as well, UA possibly saw the ne...

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by Toenga
Sun May 10, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 110
Views: 14538

Re: United DC-10's

.[/quote] I believe the flight route was LAX-HNL-SYD[/quote] When I bought my United ticket from Wellington to the UK return, (The flights WLG to AKL were on an Ansett BAE 146), there was a way I could redeem my points transtasman from Auckland, so it had to be a tag on on the 747 ex LAX, or the DC1...

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by Toenga
Sat May 09, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 110
Views: 14538

Re: United DC-10's

Was the HNL-AKL an early afternoon arrival with a return from SYD late evening and a midnight AKL-HNL or something? I’m sure I saw the DC-10 early afternoon on AKL? I remember the old Saul Bass livery on the 744s before the battleship grey. The flight I was on departed HNL in the middle of the nigh...

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by Toenga
Sat May 09, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 110
Views: 14538

Re: United DC-10's

I flew with United from Auckland to London return mid 1992. Auckland to Los Angeles on a 747SP with only a 40 minute transfer on to London, on a 747, one with only a few windows on the upper deck, was it Awesome, I was positive I remember seeing UA DC10s in AKL, not sure they came for very long, I ...

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by Toenga
Sat May 09, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27643

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

http://www.departedflights.com/AKL96intro.html Interesting to see NZ/AN both had prop services between AKL//CHC, don't how well an ATR would go do with the normal crowd this days if pulled up at you gate for your AKL-CHC service... Neither NZ or AN flew props direct from AKL to CHC but may have ret...

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by Toenga
Sat May 09, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 110
Views: 14538

Re: United DC-10's

I flew with United from Auckland to London return mid 1992. Auckland to Los Angeles on a 747SP with only a 40 minute transfer on to London, on a 747, one with only a few windows on the upper deck, was it a model 100 or 200? Any ideas? Something like 22hrs between Auckland and Heathrow, about 2hrs qu...

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by Toenga
Fri May 08, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No open borders for New Zealand anytime soon
Replies: 52
Views: 2173

Re: No open borders for New Zealand anytime soon

I'm 47, I don't know anyone in building or construction, although my now dead granddad was a commercial property developer and my dads extended family are filthy rich farmers. I know plenty of doctors, accountants, sales people, electrical engineers and couple of people in the army and police. I fi...

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by Toenga
Fri May 08, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No open borders for New Zealand anytime soon
Replies: 52
Views: 2173

Re: No open borders for New Zealand anytime soon

Most of the people in the company are highly skilled immigrants (either on work visas or residency - we have 3 Kiwis in the entire office of 80 people, the rest is a very broad spectrum of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas). All of them earn over $100k NZD. I get paid twice here what I would in...

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by Toenga
Wed May 06, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No open borders for New Zealand anytime soon
Replies: 52
Views: 2173

Re: No open borders for New Zealand anytime soon

What I meant to say is that it is valid here, and in every country to have a discussion about what are the objectives, skills or perspectives sought, and desired rates of immigration. I find arguments on immigration around language, religion and skin colour offensive.But immigrants must except our l...

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by Toenga
Wed May 06, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No open borders for New Zealand anytime soon
Replies: 52
Views: 2173

Re: No open borders for New Zealand anytime soon

It's more likely that Australia and New Zealand hate immigrants enough that closing the borders was a gleeful option for them. The only place in East Asia to have a lockdown before the pandemic started in Italy, was Central China. Not even the likes of South Korea, Japan or Hong Kong instituted a l...

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by Toenga
Wed May 06, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No open borders for New Zealand anytime soon
Replies: 52
Views: 2173

Re: Jacinda Ardern, economy destroyer

New Zealand has a unique situation in this pandemic as an island nation. They were able to contain infections very well very early, a culture and people who are reasonable and good governance including PM Ardern. Yes, their economy may be badly hurt for now from the pandemic, especially from sharp ...

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by Toenga
Wed May 06, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No open borders for New Zealand anytime soon
Replies: 52
Views: 2173

Re: Jacinda Ardern, economy destroyer

You want your country to lose some income or to lose lives? The foregone income that could be ascribed to closed borders, will be relatively minor. There are social costs though, as many New Zealand families are spread around the globe, so closed borders prevents family reunions, But uncontrolled s...

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by Toenga
Wed May 06, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No open borders for New Zealand anytime soon
Replies: 52
Views: 2173

Re: Jacinda Ardern, economy destroyer

The savings to our health system by building a fence at the top of the cliff, rather then a fleet of ambulances at the bottom has been immense. A lot of what we lose in overseas tourist arrivals will be offset by the gain to our economy of retaining the local spending of our own residents foregoing ...

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by Toenga
Wed May 06, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27643

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

It's time to make trans-Tasman travel domestic $204. That’s how much you pay in taxes and levies on a return flight from Auckland to Sydney. So, if you’ve bought a special $399 return flight to Sydney, more than 50 per cent of that is taxes. The fee is made up of $132.40 in passenger movement charg...

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by Toenga
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66070

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Australia and New Zealand, one has a centre right government the other has a centre left government. Total combined population is just under 30 million people. Both have adopted a science led approach to control Covid 19, starting with closing their borders to everybody other then their own citizens...

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by Toenga
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52010

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

A belated thanks, and present sympathies to those VA staff that have served me with cheerfulness and professionalism over the years. VA demise though is like so many other fatalities caused by Covid 19. "They were suffering from significant pre existing conditions" Our last flights with th...

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by Toenga
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?
Replies: 87
Views: 14478

Re: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?

I flew straight through on that service in Sept 74 LHR LAX PPT AKL. Same seat, same aircraft but two different flights. British airways staff seemed miffed to work economy, in fact seemed miffed to work at all. In those days alcoholic drinks on both legs had to be purchased in GBP or extremly reluct...

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by Toenga
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41306

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

Just having any air service in NZ and Australia in the foreseeable future is the best we can hope for. Wishing for the reestablishment of it being a competitive market is not realistic.

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