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by DavidByrne
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 32391

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

Interesting opinion piece suggesting there could possibly be a market for direct AKL-BOB flights given the recent news Air Tahiti was looking at acquiring jet aircraft. https://simpleflying.com/auckland-to-borabora-direct/ Granted, the author is using a very rudimental method of calculating potenti...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 66875

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I'm getting more and more worried for VA as the break with NZ gets closer next month. I really can't see how VA is going to compete on the Tasman, and to the lesser extent, to the Pacific Islands from New Zealand. It's going to be a bloodbath for VA from what I can tell. What can VA do? What can th...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 66875

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I'm getting more and more worried for VA as the break with NZ gets closer next month. I really can't see how VA is going to compete on the Tasman, and to the lesser extent, to the Pacific Islands from New Zealand. It's going to be a bloodbath for VA from what I can tell. What can VA do? They have r...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 32391

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

I ask, because if they wanted to boost WLG to daily, could one option be a triangular SIN - CHC / AKL - WIN - SIN service, given that's what SQ did for CBR, with SIN - SYD - CBR - SIN? Just a thought - not sure if it'd be viable. Triangular services are a nightmare when it comes to keeping the load...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 32391

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

Fly My Sky have announced scheduled flights between Auckland and Whangarei. The scheduled service will start on 23 October 2018, and will operate twice daily Monday to Friday. Could this be the start of the end for Air New Zealand's Auckland - Whangarei service? Hmm, I really don’t think that FMS’s...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 66875

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Brisbane ... Samoa needs the link, profitability is probably not the most important factor. APW already has a link to BNE on VA - this adds nothing. Further, profitability most definitely is important, as PH nearly bankrupted Samoa in the 2000's. If they want a new port, I would've suggested WLG - ...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mariner has passed away
Replies: 82
Views: 9039

Re: Mariner has passed away

Very sad news. Mariner was a voice of sanity in many fractious discussions, and his contribution will be seriously missed. I doubt there are many other contributors who can trace their personal flying history back to the flying boat era. RIP Mariner - but your contributions will live on in the A-net...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26318

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

NZ321 wrote:
Is there any information about what if anything Wanaka are planning?

There’s resource consent for a runway extension to around 7,000 ft plus but I’ve seen nothing about if/when that will actually happen.

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by DavidByrne
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA brand overhaul
Replies: 134
Views: 22416

Re: Report: SQ brand set for major overhaul

Planemanofnz - I suggest you quit before you dig an even bigger hole for yourself!

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by DavidByrne
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA brand overhaul
Replies: 134
Views: 22416

Re: Report: SQ brand set for major overhaul

Hmmm, the Singapore Girl image is also very sexist, not appropriate any more, if it ever was. And let’s not be ageist about older flight attendants either. I frankly don’t care how old my flight attendant is, or what gender, as long as they do their job professionally.

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by DavidByrne
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26318

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

The NZHerald as a serious news source really has gone down hill. Was it ever serious? Just a tabloid these days mainly full of nothing. The Herald just loves to bag transport generally. In the same edition, there were stories about • How NZTA is crap because the Southern Motorway widening is taking...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 68045

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

There’s a lot of talk about Luxon making demands of VA to shut down its international division and put traffic onto NZ, but is there any substance to this? Or is it perhaps just an A-Net rumour, like so many others, that has become almost fact by repetition? Just curious . . . We honestly don't kno...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 68045

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

There’s a lot of talk about Luxon making demands of VA to shut down its international division and put traffic onto NZ, but is there any substance to this? Or is it perhaps just an A-Net rumour, like so many others, that has become almost fact by repetition? Just curious . . .

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by DavidByrne
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26318

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Based on Mon 10 Dec to Sun 16 Dec 2018 from the 'Book' function of the Air NZ website. NZ used to publish a planner that showed how aircraft were utilised, and this made “gaps” in utilisation instantly obvious. Would be keen to know how you got this info from the “Book” function on NZ’s website - c...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26318

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Based on Mon 10 Dec to Sun 16 Dec 2018 from the 'Book' function of the Air NZ website. NZ used to publish a planner that showed how aircraft were utilised, and this made “gaps” in utilisation instantly obvious. Would be keen to know how you got this info from the “Book” function on NZ’s website - c...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 68045

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

With 0020 arrival from SIN either EK407 or EK405 has to have a schedule change or otherwise the plane will be parked for a whooping 18 hours (assuming EK408/9 arrives/departs at the same time). I think I understand the strategy. EK is perfectly placed to operate services from the East Coast to NLK....

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by DavidByrne
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26318

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Yes and this QF pilot shortage on the 737 fleet is having an impact across their network. I notice that Air New Zealand has 9 flights per week between AKL and Perth scheduled for the summer season this year, is this lower than in previous years or similar? My memory (and it could be incorrect) is t...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26318

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

QF used to fly SYD-AKL-PPT-LAX, then later SYD-AKL-PPT with a 767 terminator, so yes the rights exist. And many, many years ago, QF used to fly SYD-AKL/NAN-PPT-ACA-MEX-NAS-BDA-LHR with 707s, and carried pax to and from PPT then, though IIRC the weekly flight via AKL was a MEX terminator and AKL was...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 68045

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

In an article from The Australian today, JB said that he hoped to add one more domestic route before he leaves VA. Any predictions? Dare I suggest NLK from SYD or BNE, just to give one final jab to NZ? I can't imagine that VA is going to add another loss-making route like one to NLK just to "g...

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by DavidByrne
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26318

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Just as an aside, didn't Air Chats run charters to the Chathams from TEU also last year or the year before?

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realm_of_New_Zealand

Thanks - that explanation makes a lot of sense.
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axio wrote:
My understanding is you are leaving the country, just not the realm. In theory it's the same as going to the Cook Islands: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realm_of_New_Zealand

Thanks - that explanation makes a lot of sense.

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

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 DavidByrne
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Checked out the VA fares from AKL to NTL over the weekend in anticipation of visiting family on the Central Coast. Return trip in Feb: $747. Return on JQ to SYD at the same time: $205. Hmmm - maybe JQ isn’t so bad an option after all . . . Seriously - how do VA expect to get customers at this price...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Checked out the VA fares from AKL to NTL over the weekend in anticipation of visiting family on the Central Coast. Return trip in Feb: $747. Return on JQ to SYD at the same time: $205. Hmmm - maybe JQ isn’t so bad an option after all . . . Seriously - how do VA expect to get customers at this price?...

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

And I would absolutely argue that there is no unofficial restriction on NZ launching secondary routes. Not sure how you can "absolutely argue" this - we just don't know what went on behind closed doors between NZ and QF in the lead-up to their agreement on the domestic codeshares. I certa...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

I'd have thought that NTL (and CBR and HBA) are NZ's markets to cede to their competitors. NZ has a significant advantage over VA with its connections at AKL to the Americas and the Pacific, and that has to be worth a good few more bums on seats in these markets than VA could manage, surely? So what...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Don't know what they're planning to use for WKA before it's A320 capable, but assuming CHC-WKA rather than AKL-WKA. I've heard no suggestion that they'll do anything at all prior to introducing A320s on AKL-WKA, and I doubt that's imminent given the need for a serious runway upgrade. As for CHC-WKA...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

While never say never, it was my understanding that those 3 ATR's are for growth and not Q300 replacement. It's not inconsistent for the three ATRs to be for growth and that they might replace three Q300s if that is what transpires. In effect, it's still upsizing the capacity of the provincial flee...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

zkojq wrote:
I honestly doubt that QF was considering adding any additional NZ destinations anyway, regardless of any "understanding".

Exactly - the "understanding" (if indeed one occurred) would have been a very one-sided affair in which NZ's concession would have exceeded QF's.

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by DavidByrne
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Tasmania is targeting AKL flights now, after VA launched HBA - PER yesterday. ... flights to Auckland are next on the tourism industry’s agenda ... Would NZ's new QF deal act as a large barrier to such a flight being launched? I would not mind betting that this is so. What would the point be for QF...

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by DavidByrne
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Tasmania is targeting AKL flights now, after VA launched HBA - PER yesterday. ... flights to Auckland are next on the tourism industry’s agenda ... Would NZ's new QF deal act as a large barrier to such a flight being launched? I would not mind betting that this is so. What would the point be for QF...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

NZ6 wrote:
This is very very basic but take a look at the fuel burn rate of a ATR-500 vs 737-300 which is exacerbated if not managed well.

Fascinating web site - I'll certainly bookmark that one! Thanks.

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

DavidByrne QF is having problems with a lack of 737 pilots due to pi$$ poor planning on their part. There had been no recruitment for years and suddenly they find they need people. Problem is, they are having to increase the training infrastructure to cope with the shortage which takes time. Plenty...

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

DavidByrne QF is having problems with a lack of 737 pilots due to pi$$ poor planning on their part. There had been no recruitment for years and suddenly they find they need people. Problem is, they are having to increase the training infrastructure to cope with the shortage which takes time. Plenty...

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Re 3C and the Chathams: I think we're assuming that what's good for Air Chathams is also good for the Chatham Islands and New Zealand as a whole. It may be that an ATR doesn't have as good economics as a 734 hauling cargo over the range that CHT involves - I think I'd expect that. But whether it's g...

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

For those who are put off by the lack of job certainty and the costs associated with being a pilot... boo hoo. I paid for it on my own back (worked 3 jobs) and knocked on countless doors until I got my first paid flying job. I then moved my way up in the traditional manner and had a great deal of f...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

I find it really sad when people not only hold a grudge, but then verbalize it on the forum through repetitive and over-personalized comments. Can we stop this mentality of demeaning, punishing and shaming other users? I hold no grudges, it's just that I'm not going to participate in the ongoing di...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

My view of "retaliation" is that it is somewhat more knee-jerk and malevolent ... Well, your so-called " view " is actually incorrect - I suggest you read the Oxford dictionary definition of retaliation, which will inform you that there is no time-related aspect to the definitio...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

An airline whose business model is based on "retaliation" will not stay in business long. Every airline does it? For example, NZ did it when JQ entered the domestic market by reducing its prices, and QF and VA did it with each other during their domestic price war in Australia. That's cal...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

China Airlines to fly the 777-300ER on TPE-BNE-AKL from December to February next year. 2. AKL seems to not be getting a non-stop flight, in retaliation against NZ going to TPE. An airline whose business model is based on "retaliation" will not stay in business long. I assume they did the...

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by DavidByrne
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 63325

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

WHK (Wanaka) would be best option if they wanted to get TT into the region, WHK is all ready planning to be able to offer services for larger aircraft in the future. Wanaka (actually WKA) has a runway length of just 3,900 ft. Yes, NZ has expressed interest in operating an A320 to AKL, and yes, ther...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

Does anyone know why todays NZ175/176 AKL-PER was cancelled? It’s due to NZJ being on the ground in AKL with engine issues For NZ management, the knee-jerk response must surely be to never deal with RR again. But the knee-jerk response might not be the correct one, if RR have identified and openly ...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

planemanofnz wrote:
3C will start 36x weekly AKL - PPQ flights on 20 August 2018.

Surely that's 18 flights a week each way, no? The schedule I saw was between 2-3 flights each way per day.

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by DavidByrne
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41499

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

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by DavidByrne
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41499

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

In terms of regional airports how about AKL-IVC maybe an A320 at each end of the day? I’m not sure how many people go between the 2 though. It will be interesting to see what might replace the Q300 in a few years, more ATR 72’s? Or ATR42’s? I could see a domestic fleet of just A321 A320 ATR72 I wou...

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by DavidByrne
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Continental DC-10 routes to Hawaii in the 80's
Replies: 75
Views: 7336

Re: Continental DC-10 routes to Hawaii in the 80's

IIRC the DEN service at one stage effectively flew LGW-DEN-HNL-AKL with the same aircraft. Wonderful for getting those FF miles on my regular London-Auckland jaunts. I remember I once cashed in some FF miles for a pure indulgence trip London-Auckland-London for a friend's birthday. Somehow, when I p...

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by DavidByrne
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41499

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

7 A321s would be quite an injection of capacity into the domestic fleet. Not holding my breath for C series, sorry. Even though I'd love to see it come to fruition. Yes, it's a big injection of capacity, but the domestic A321s are not all delivered until 2024, six years away. Then again, it does re...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41499

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

I can't fathom how, with that option on the table, NZ determined that ZQN should be the main reason to modify a commercial decision worth < NZD 1 billion?! That's possibly because the other factors, to which we are not privy, were less significant that the ZQN factor, which may have been the "...

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by DavidByrne
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41499

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

ZQN being the main reason for this fleet decision, as you say it is, just doesn't make sense. I think that you ARE over-thinking: it's entirely plausible to me that ZQN was the main reason, but that there were other factors that also influenced NZ against an all-A321 order. As a general suggestion ...

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by DavidByrne
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41499

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

My recollection of earlier discussions about ICN was that the Korean market was seriously favourable toward Korean carriers, and that it was a very tough act for a foreign carrier to break into it. Yes, I know, there are many foreign carriers that do serve Korea, but I'm just repeating what I recall...

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