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by aerorobnz
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most overrated aircraft?
Replies: 63
Views: 5679

Re: Most overrated aircraft?

Boeing 787. It is gimmicky with useless stuff like the window shades and toilets, and not as comfortable as the competition when it comes to personal space. It has been an unreliable thing from the outset with umpteen groundings, restrictions and delays. I still fly them, but if I have an option and...

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by aerorobnz
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 32588

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

What is in favour for the A350 is the fact that it isn't the 787, which means it is unaffected by the ongoing defects and operational restrictions that have snowed in NZ with delays and cancellations and other major planning issues. There is more than just fleet commonality at stake, however, NZ doe...

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by aerorobnz
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 32588

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

At the very least, IMO: 1) The 380's should be guaranteed the bridges, given the amount of people they carry - time and security issues are less risky with 150 - 200 passengers on a 320, versus 500 passengers on a 380. 2) All of the boarding stairs should have roof and side coverings to protect pas...

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by aerorobnz
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26554

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Does anyone think VA will invest in its own lounge at AKL, with its frequency growth here, as well as its move towards a more premium in-flight product? The Strata lounge (which they currently use for TBU and RAR, and I assume will use for Australian flights post-October) is not really ideal? It's ...

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by aerorobnz
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26554

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Has anyone flown the EVA 773 in PE as yet? Curious to know how the cabin and seats stack up against NZ and what is loaded on the IFE system. Cheers No, because they took it off the AKL-CHC sector I had booked it for :-). As it stands, It has the basic BR IFE, but NZ safety videos, The seat is very ...

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by aerorobnz
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26554

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

The 788 (24/240) is insufficient for the cargo demand (fresh flowers, produce and other perishables) of AKL and smaller in passenger count than the preceding 772 (30/262) which is basically the same as the 789 ((30/268), yet the 77W (42/306) and A359 (32/289) are too big for daily year-round service...

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by aerorobnz
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26554

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Airlines who want to send their own A350s will either have to hire their own engineers ( a huge additional cost most are not prepared to do) or find maintenance from a provider who offers it. TG has a maintenance contract with Air New Zealand. CX does their own A350s and CI is done by CX. So TG's A...

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by aerorobnz
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26554

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

So NZ hasn’t started training any yet since so many are so confident they will order it. Given that an order won't have any arrivals until at least 2022-3 they wouldn't consider training until an order is signed (training is usually part of a new type delivery package as well as parts etc) It's a m...

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by aerorobnz
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26554

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Just an update re TG A350s, TG have indeed changed their minds due to A350 engineering requirements (NZ doesn't yet do engineering for A350s) I don't quite get this. CX and CI fly 359's here too - do they have different engineering requirements to TG's 359's? Will NZ's lack of a 359 engineering fac...

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by aerorobnz
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26554

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

It will be ZK-OKJ. The individual aircraft will be ex SQ and be identical interior spec to ZK-OKI. Not sure on the airframe though.

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by aerorobnz
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26554

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

NZ has posted a profit of 390 million net (540 pre-tax). Given the issues they have had with 787s this year that is a great result.

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by aerorobnz
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA
Replies: 108
Views: 20297

Re: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA

If the crew didn't know that doesn't stop the OCC or AOC from knowing. They are the nerve centre of the airline and that's exactly the kind of thing we know about and deal with. . It sounds like a straight case of the processes not being followed in the sequence they require to be followed and as a ...

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by aerorobnz
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26554

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Just an update re TG A350s, TG have indeed changed their minds due to A350 engineering requirements (NZ doesn't yet do engineering for A350s). The 789 is back daily now (barring AOG subs). I'm sure the A321 flights will firm up 1) once the confirmed delivery date is set and 2) once the 78Ns are also...

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by aerorobnz
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France re-opens MH370 investigation amid claims of a Malaysian coverup
Replies: 131
Views: 30300

Re: France re-opens MH370 investigation amid claims of a Malaysian coverup

Oh good, here we go again. I bet nothing beneficial comes of it before they turn it back into a cold case, and there are plenty of more constructive things France could be occupying their time with. They still don't have the key pieces of wreckage, they don't have the cause or any real evidence to s...

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly takes delivery of first A380
Replies: 179
Views: 53094

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

They got the A380 with the intention of using it at certain times of the year for their Hajj flights they do for Garuda, Saudia, Air Algerie and others. That came from the HiFly guys I had the pleasure of dealing with here in AKL for 3 months, who had previously done a number of these flights from I...

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31998

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

An anecdotal observation though it is, It would appear VA is struggling at AKL. Even in these school holidays their load factors have been chronically low even to staple markets like SYD, BNE, MEL (based on the airport figures, even with figures below half what NZ, QF, JQ, CI have,at the same time o...

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31998

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

I think it is safe to assume that IAH will be the BR 77W based on the YVR/ORD schedule that has been published for the 78N.

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by aerorobnz
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31998

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

In context with the airlines around them, I'm not sure 17 can be considered 'bad' as it gained 2 places on the board, QF gained 4 and VA lost 9. In saying that NZ will go backwards very soon if they don't change it up a bit in J and Y. They made good with world's best PE, but they haven't developed ...

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by aerorobnz
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: are 737-200 still safe to travel in
Replies: 35
Views: 7134

Re: are 737-200 still safe to travel in

I have flown 732s in Canada, Peru, Zimbabwe within the last 3-4 years, with the age of them being between 28-36 years old at the time of flying. I really don't think flying them elevates your risk of dying in a plane crash. The fact is they are more comfortable to fly than modern narrowbodies, with ...

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by aerorobnz
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM's first pax 77E on its way to SCL
Replies: 52
Views: 12913

Re: LATAM's first pax 77E on its way to SCL

That will mean three ex SQ hacks operating into AKL with ZK-OKI doing the same kind of thing for NZ.

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by aerorobnz
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly takes delivery of first A380
Replies: 179
Views: 53094

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

Buyantukhaa wrote:
aerorobnz wrote:
Also if it parks up between times they basically have their own airport at Lajes they share with the military.

They actually use Beja, which is even emptier.

quite correct. That was the one I was thinking of on the mainland

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31998

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

The 732C could be configured as below, I'm not sure the 733C is as flexible. As far as 3C they could operate a full Convair load of passengers with 3 pallets. All this talk of fuel burn is irrelevant if you can uplift that much additional revenue to compensate. There are not many options here to cho...

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by aerorobnz
Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31998

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

I just did a one-off search for Aug AKL-LAX and got $793 on VA, $1000QF $1500 on NZ. JFK has 1750 on VA/QF. $1795 HA. It seems like there are still options for less than 2k.

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by aerorobnz
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly takes delivery of first A380
Replies: 179
Views: 53094

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

They have guaranteed Hajj market ex Indonesia and other places every year. 1.5 billion Muslims and all of them supposed to visit Saudi Arabia in their lifetime. Also if it parks up between times they basically have their own airport at Lajes they share with the military.

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by aerorobnz
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 31998

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

I think of Air Chathams very much in the same ilk as Air North, Canadian North and Nolinor, all of which have 737 combis. It is logical for 3C to want a 737C. Then they have the bonus that every flight can take cargo and passengers and lower the fares as a result with the much better economics.

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?
Replies: 236
Views: 39795

Re: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?

... but as you can see it is pretty close To be honest there is not much to be seen in those numbers. Apparently they are not "dB" as you wrote, but "dB(A)" (which is a huge difference). And how can you have 20 dB diffence between "high" and "low" on the A350...

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?
Replies: 236
Views: 39795

Re: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?

I recorded noise recently on my flights in May-June on a phone app. A350 High 78db Low 58db 787 High 78dB Low 66dB and second flight and Max 75dB min 65dB A320 NEO High 75dB Low 67dB 738 High 83dB Low 79dB 764 High 82dB Low 70dB. Yes in all cases except the 764 I was ahead of the engine. It does als...

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41746

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

TG is going A350 to AKL It has already been approved. I actually thought it was supposedly to start at the end of the month, but I will have to check the paperwork as I haven't seen anything further publicised. I wouldn't worry about TG, even though I was negatively affected by their aircraft change...

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by aerorobnz
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41746

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

Regardless of 787-10 spec, I would hope that NZ has been burned by the whole 787 grounding thing and want to have a fleet where the eggs aren't all in the same basket for operational integrity. Imagine the chaos if the 772s had already been replaced by 787s when this grounding occurred, Imagine agai...

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 217
Views: 51874

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

FX/UP and an -F program would be an important order for the aircraft longevity and might assist in gaining additional passenger orders, It's a good aircraft, but if there is a buyer further down the track for parts then a few more airlines will jump,

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41746

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

NZ6, UI agree with your last post. I think most New Zealand routes are not high rankers in the global passenger yield charts of the airlines that fly here (although the premium economy has help made those airlines who have it a bit more dense on yield). Even the "high yield routes that get ment...

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ET upgauges GRU/EZE, increases flights to daily
Replies: 42
Views: 5660

Re: ET upgauges GRU/EZE, increases flights to daily

Does the ET 772 have the revised business class of the newer 787s and A350s or any plan to refit?? That's a product quality downgauge otherwise. Last time I checked it was still 2-3-2

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by aerorobnz
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41746

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

NZ never meant the "Pacific Rim" strategy to be interpreted literally as only cities bordering the Pacific Ocean - and has stated as much on occasion. It's a loose description that effectively means nonstop services only. The only people who appear to be (wilfully?) misinterpreting it are...

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by aerorobnz
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 118
Views: 21196

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

I think Australia would be logical, plenty of cash up Ockers waiting to have a Safari in Africa. For PER they would also pick up YYZ, ORD, EWR.JFK traffic

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by aerorobnz
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Long Have You Been On A.net?
Replies: 81
Views: 3521

Re: How Long Have You Been On A.net?

Just the 17 years, or half my life. . Feb 2001. Aviation changed shortly after.

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by aerorobnz
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far out of the way will people connect?
Replies: 104
Views: 5832

Re: How far out of the way will people connect?

As far as I possibly can if it is an airline/type I want to fly. A few years ago I flew PTY-EWR-LAX when I could have flown direct and I flew LAX-NRT-SIN-AKL instead of LAX-AKL direct.

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41746

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

It makes sense, the best schedule in one country makes the best connections with the other. I fail to see how that will be a bad thing -QF passengers can use the lounge domestically here, and NZ can use the Qantas Club in Australia -Both airline's passengers can get boarding passes at the origin whi...

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by aerorobnz
Thu May 31, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41746

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

OKI will have kiwi crew and SQ seats. A winning combo!

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by aerorobnz
Thu May 31, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37789

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

word on the street is an interesting announcement coming tomorrow I'm going to take a stab at a really interesting announcement scenario (dreams are free) It's for an NZ order for 20 A350-900s (inc 8 ULR) and 10 A350-1000s to replace the entire long-haul fleet and that they have configured the new ...

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by aerorobnz
Tue May 29, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tupelo Airport Stored Planes
Replies: 13
Views: 3027

Re: Tupelo Airport Stored Planes

When I was there years back they had quite a bit, UA 757 FJ 744, NH 744s inc Pokemon and a heap if UA 733/735s in various bits. A LH343 had just landed.
Silver Airways was also serving tthere

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by aerorobnz
Mon May 28, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37789

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

Can I defend the domestic terminal at AKL? I really like the layout, I like what they have painted with a limited canvas and I find it a pleasant terminal with good window views and quite good food options compared to international. In fact, it is actually far more user-friendly than International a...

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by aerorobnz
Sat May 26, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 605
Views: 86358

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

The analogy may not be perfect, I agree, but there are elements that parallel. The 77W took orders from plenty of existing 747-400 customers as well as the M11/742/A340s it was designed to replace. There were many 744 operators that should have been natural 748 customers (JL, NH, NZ, to name but a f...

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by aerorobnz
Sat May 26, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37789

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

If I were you, I'd send an email to Singapore Changi airport and ask the question from their perspective. Then, if they reply that there is no issue with home printed/mobile boarding passes you should submit that to Air New Zealand for their rebuttal. As for SYD, I had a home printed boarding pass a...

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by aerorobnz
Sat May 26, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37789

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

What is with NZ not offering Online Check-in ex-SIN? they seem to offer it just about everywhere apart from SIN,IUE,NLK? I did not realise this was the case. As per their website "You are departing from an airport where home printed or mobile boarding passes are not accepted, such as Norfolk I...

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by aerorobnz
Sat May 26, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 605
Views: 86358

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

Boeing will protect the 77X for some time yet by not updating the 787-10 because it will adversely affect sales in the same way that the 77W did the 748. There are many airlines that need more capability from the 787 to replace 777s, but Boeing wants them to buy the 77X which already has the range a...

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by aerorobnz
Fri May 25, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37789

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

There are many here who are NZ staff, or who are unashamed apologists for the company. And then there are those of us with our own minds, and a wealth of their own travel experiences to fall back on, who realise and understand life as a passenger is not always as great as the marketing spin says an...

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by aerorobnz
Thu May 24, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37789

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

The crux of the matter is that if you don't like it you have a choice for your business. You can fly any airline you like if you don't like NZ fly one of the 29 other airlines that have international service. If it is a market that has no direct competition you can still fly via somewhere else if yo...

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by aerorobnz
Tue May 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37789

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

An op-ed today has slammed the Koru Lounge at AKL for being too crowded - I personally haven't used it before, so what do you all think? Is there merit in this? See: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/opinion/kate-haywood-air-nzs-koru-lounge-has-become-a-crowded-house/. Separately, has there been a develo...

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by aerorobnz
Tue May 22, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37789

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

NY will happen but not until they have the right aircraft so it’s at least 2 years away. If oil keeps going the way it is, I see NYC being pushed back for quite a while, tbh. I’d love to see a 3 pronged Sth America approach - EZE, LIM, GRU/BUE. GRU - yes. LIM - no. LIM doesn't work for the Asian co...

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by aerorobnz
Tue May 22, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37789

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

If I am honest, I am not convinced the US will be the next destination after ORD. They need to diversify, spread the risk of new routes out to different regions IMO. It would be prudent to launch somewhere in Asia or Latin America. In other words, ORD might struggle if they started yet another US al...

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