? I do think NZ will beat them to the punch first. Without feed from either AS or DL that sounds like a tall order. Is there any sort of robust local demand to speak of? Nothing to stop NZ doing a codeshare with AS at SEA. They have gone outside of traditional alliance structures to get feed - e.g....Jump to post
Would think there will be slowly bringing in more 789s in to Sydney to do the Chile & South Africa legs when the 744s head to the graveyard Or if the QF/AA joint venture gets up maybe LAX goes all 787 and Chile and JNB get the A380. It'll be interesting to see what they do. I doubt JNB & SC...Jump to post
The problem is NZ is an confused ex-full service airline who is trying to be an LCC and streaming for attention in the process.
If anything its working for them - as they convinced people that you should expect food or drink on the Tasman.
QF has just bought a 19.99% stake in QQ for $60m. Apparently they want to take a majority stake long term. interesting to see if this impacts QQ's regional flying for VA. So an combined fleet of 53 F70/F100 (If QF was to become an major shareholder) that would be an reasonable amount of capital to ...Jump to post
165 if correct is 3 less than the current A320Rs have (and 6 less than the A320D) which does seem a bit strange. Probably means they are going with an bulkhead at 1ABC (like they have with the A321N) unlike the 320D/R which have no bulkhead at 1ABC. With the A320NEO's mainly being for the non-ex AK...Jump to post
Spat between PAPL and QF continues Interesting "Qantas group executive for government affairs Andrew Parker told an inquiry into the economic regulation of airports that “no one benefits” from the dispute over aeronautical fees. He said Perth Airport’s actions last year had “already put WA’s t...Jump to post
A post on the NZ Aviation Group on Facebook shows ZK-MCO painted with a green tail. Seems to be going to Air Chathams. Air Chathams are taking over the Alliance Airways F50 operations for Taurick Tours. -MCO will operate those services An ATR 72-500 could enable there AKL-NLK service to happen too....Jump to post
aviationaware wrote:With the A321LR replacing the 788 on some routes for JQ, where will the resulting slack be scheduled to? Are any details known yet?
[quote="NTLDaz" I'm interested to know why they are in Nelson. As in I know they are surplus to VA requirements but why choose Nelson ?[/quote] NZ has the heavy maintenance contract for VA's ATR fleet, hence why the withdrawn ATR's are sitting at one stage there was about 7 of them parked ...Jump to post
Shame BA couldn't have sold a few tickets for the hop from LHR to LGW , that would have been something, one of the shortest A380 revenue flights ever... But oh well.. SYD-CHC-SYD on EK would be one of the shortest at around 3hours, before that SYD-AKL-SYD, BNE-AKL-BNE and MEL-AKL-MEL too which we'r...Jump to post
Alliances aren’t an end all, and if people wouldn’t travel some were they couldn’t get an flight on there preferred Alliance that is pretty sad, and probably missing the whole point about being able to travel. For example my Primary FF programme is *A and followed by Onewolrd, but I’m not going to l...Jump to post
2- A220's to service NZ (by anyone, especially domestically!!! - OMG The A220-300 might have an chance once they look at replacing the ZK-OX* A320 fleet in a couple of years time, the recent additional 7x 321NEO’s that we’re added to the order for Domestic could signal an change long time in the do...Jump to post
 This is intriguing- I took RE to possibly mean Regional Express. Bit extreme but they need to start thinking of SAAB replacements soon I fly ZL regularly and the 340's are getting old. An E-jet may work on their heavier trafficked routes. I fly them to ONG 5 or 6 times a year. Has anyone else on...Jump to post
pbm wrote:aldrigsomandre wrote:zkncj wrote:Shorttest: WLG-BHE 87km (Q300)
It’s between two islands
Obzerva wrote:VA to announce a new route to take advantage of the MAX capabilities (I’ll go out on a massive limb - a 2/3 days a week seasonal DRW-HKG - so long as the HX agreement stay in place)
Has anyone heard how Auckland to Newcastle is going on VA? Most of the flights I have seen have been light with between 30 and 60 passengers, I did see them climb to around 100-120 for a couple of flights just before Christmas. Make what you will from that. Sounds like we probably wont see if retur...Jump to post
.. And waiting until the mid 2020s for a new J product is a serious mistake, though wouldn't surprise me from a monopsonistic carrier like NZ. They've sown up the domestic market and frequent flyer base that will tolerate for the time being. But that's the kind of complacency that sees you relegate...Jump to post
Yes, NZ's fleet is in need of a refresh and has been for some time - both in terms of contemporary functionality and wear & tear; but if you're going to be loyal to any particular carrier you'll discover that over your traveling lifetime you'll regularly be sitting in a seat that seems well pas...Jump to post
For NZ it is currently: ZK-NZF del - Sept 2014 ZK-NZJ del - Sept 2017 ZK-NZC del - Aug 2015 Its typically 3-5 787-9's out of service at time for NZ, the bigger issue is the 789 current is unable to operate some key routes its meant to be on like AKL-EZE. Hence they have currently dry-leased 2x 77Es ...Jump to post
How does LH make an A320 last 29 years? Which surely allot of that must of been short-haul high flying cycles? They must have to invest allot on up keep Maitiance to keep them going?
When you get some airlines that are already replacing A320CEO’s that are only 8-9 years old for new A320s
LamboAston wrote:A note from one of the NZ A320 pilots I was recently talking to - OAB has had more cycles now than OJA, due to the short domestic hops it does.
https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/experience/service-experience/compensation/ $220 per night for accom + $50 for meals + reasonable personal items (I assume jocks and socks) Sounds quite reasonable, but in extreme weather events thousands are scrambling for rooms and hotels will charge rack rat...Jump to post
I don't recall seeing this mentioned - SQ downgauging one MEL service: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/282006/singapore-airlines-s19-a380-service-adjustment-as-of-13dec18/ Hadn’t even realised the SQ 380 had come back to MEL. Doesn’t this happen every year? The A380 flies during N...Jump to post
https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/281938/air-new-zealand-ns19-san-francisco-frequency-changes/ Most likely due to UA going year round, albeit 3 weekly with a 772 in NS. Could be NZ are short of capacity aswell, although for NS I’d say they are ok for the most part. The 77W/77E fleet...Jump to post
Didn't see that you had posted this as I hadn't refreshed my page. My apologies. All good. I can’t say I saw that coming but it will replace the second seasonal SQ service that is 3 weekly, so a 5 weekly 789 is a nice little increase, looks like a code 2? Certainly not where i expected those to go....Jump to post
This part of the world lurching to far to the right for my liking and the workers are not getting fair compensation and conditions. How? NZ's line engineers are already some of the most expensive in the world. You have an lone engineer on around $100,000NZD/year so approximately $54/hour, so they a...Jump to post
I guess that is always possible, though the focus seems to be on AKL. Despite what NZ has said I think the main focus may be FIFO traffic, there is a definite increase in mining traffic out of PER in recent months, new projects are coming online while there are others in construction mode, there is...Jump to post
I'd be disappointed if they can't attract JQ and VA, capturing not just HLZ but people from around the wider Bay of Plenty & Waikato area (TRG/ROT etc)... as long as it can compete with AKL on fares. HLZ used to have VA services to either BNE or SYD? can't remember what it was. In the past HLZ ...Jump to post
NZ used to be pretty bad (although they have just broken up with VA, but replaced that with QF).
They have an pretty tight partnership with CX on AKL-HKG, then of course they are friends with FJ,TN,VS. Also they website is happy to book you onto AF,KL,VS,BA etc between Europe and Asia.
flyingdoc787 wrote:Would AKL ever consider having a USCIS Pre-clearance facility? If they do, then connecting in ORD (or any other US gateway) would become a breeze!
I was surprised with the SQ premium eco, seat pitch did not seem as good as NZ and some garish colours, the large IFE screen was pretty good though. The food wasn't bad but came on plastic plates so again the quality of the experience did not stack up to NZ. The small drinks ledge was annoying by n...Jump to post
Steve Biddle of traveltalk.nz is suggesting Air NZ could order the 787-10 "before Christmas". https://traveltalk.nz/news-opinion/are-air-new-zealand-about-to-announce-theyre-purchasing-the-boeing-787-10/ Steve is usually well informed, but sometimes not fully informed. Three months ago Ai...Jump to post
I have doubts about their use of the LA Boeing 787 have too much and are used in few routes, I do not understand because they were in need of leasing other aircraft with the problems they had with the engines of the B787, if they do not use their B787 maximum as airlines such as Air New Zealand and...Jump to post
For those in the previous thread who stated that the QF J hard product in the 738 is not up to standard, I offer a different opinion. For three hour Trans Tasman flights, much like the NZ 767s, the recliner seat is actually quite comfortable (I prefer it to the hearing bone if I'm not sleeping) and...Jump to post
Just saw on FB that Newcastle Airport won the Major Airport of the Year Award from Australian Airports Association. Not sure what it means - maybe everyone gets a turn :) They must be seriously widening the goal posts for "major airport" if an airport only handles 1.25million pax a year. ...Jump to post
Seems like half of Melbourne is covered in Virgin AUS -> NZ advertisements promoting their trans-tasman all inclusive offering. Sydney as well. In saying that there's a few marketing campaigns going at the moment, namely NZ, EY and UA however not as prominent as VA, especially with that ugly font t...Jump to post
aerorobnz wrote:ZK-OKM by the look of it on flight radar. This will have an impact on the operation for at least the time until it is fixed
c933103 wrote:For $1000 return that probably mean it's even more expensive than trans-pacific flights?
... when you've got full service Chineses based airlines constantly offering AKL-Asia for around $600 return, is there really the need for an AKL-Asia LCC market? China is very different to SE Asia - and yes, I believe there is a market for an LCC to SE Asia, as fares on most carriers for AKL - SE ...Jump to post
You have to wonder why they didn't drop it down to 3x or 4x weekly from daily, or make it seasonal (NW), before deciding to axe AKL completely? Cheers, C. Or even replace it with a direct AKL service? although guess there crammed in A330s don't have the legs to make AKL with an decent passenger loa...Jump to post
If OOL needs the extra capacity, the all Y A321neo with the LCC BoB service may suffice. And if OOL-AKL really needs extra seats - theres nothing to stop JQ upgrading OOL-AKL to an A321. If say in an years time you had NZ,VA,JQ all operating the below daily - NZ A321NEO - 214Y JQ A221 - 220U VA 738...Jump to post
Why? AKL-PER loads has been on steady decline since Sep 2016 despite a significant reduction in capacity over that period. Its a very soft market at the moment so I dont know why people are obsessed that QF or VA should fly it. It's still flown daily by NZ with an 789, thats up from an few years ba...Jump to post
D7 dropping OOL - AKL from February, in what should be a boost to NZ, JQ and VA who operate the route. Time for NZ to introduce WB jets on AKL-OOL (as they have with ADL) in order to offer an all-the-way wide-body service from OOL to North and South America. Would OOL-AKL really have much demand fo...Jump to post
I have also been keeping an eye out on the numbers on PER-AKL and would say they are a bit lower now than what they were before with VA codesharing on the route. I do not think it is all one way as some suggest. Could maybe see VA start PER-AKL with the 737-8MAX? if they do go with an configuration...Jump to post