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by mariner
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

It can be. They did a pretty good job of removing another marketing-foot-in-mouth - ie. Ricco. I think you didn't read my post properly. I said: "Even if some mysterious body (who?) caused the video never to be shown again, its tough to not remember the two million (and counting) hits on Youtu...

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by mariner
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Yes, true - it's definitely sad that, despite its successes at AKL through the two crashes, MH here has done a 180 The question is, who are the "optimistic cheapskates" flying now, if not Malaysian? They must be getting something they consider to be of greater value which suggests that no...

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by mariner
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

The new NZ safety video has been criticized yet again - this time, by Deborah Hill Cone in the New Zealand Herald, who gives four critiques Whatever Ms. Hill Cone thinks of the video, it's done now and cannot be undone. Even if some mysterious body (who?) caused the video never to be shown again, i...

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by mariner
Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Origin of Airline Names
Replies: 170
Views: 14362

Re: Origin of Airline Names

Of course they are all dead, so you will need a Ouija board, although Princess Alia bint Hussein is still alive even though the airline named after her isn't......: Queen Alia (King Hussein's third wife) is dead, killed in a helicopter crash in 1977. The airline and eventually the airport were name...

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by mariner
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Neither Air France nor Malaysia stopped flying and Kiwi bookings on Malaysian flights we're a bight spot for the airline. Whatever the fortunes of Malaysia now, because of Emirates and Qatar, not too long after the twin tragedies this appeared: https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/68910878/Malaysia-...

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by mariner
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA's financial woes
Replies: 98
Views: 26736

Re: HNA's airlines miss lease payments

One of the main reasons NZ should there shareholding to HNA was that they didn't want to poor any more cash into an failing airline that keeps bleeding money. Air NZ didn't sell to HNA. The Virgin shares were sold to Nanshan Group. https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/chinas-nanshan-group-to-b...

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by mariner
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Origin of Airline Names
Replies: 170
Views: 14362

Re: Origin of Airline Names

Of course they are all dead, so you will need a Ouija board, although Princess Alia bint Hussein is still alive even though the airline named after her isn't......: Queen Alia (King Hussein's third wife) is dead, killed in a helicopter crash in 1977. The airline and eventually the airport were name...

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by mariner
Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

@Kiwirob - some family members who lost loved ones in the Erebus crash - rightly or wrongly - believe that Air NZ actively had a role in the deaths. To go to Antarctica to make this video without actively engaging with family that the airline is inextricably linked with through tragedy and misadven...

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by mariner
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

It seems that there were deficiencies on NZ PR's part, in that NZ contacted the Erebus families for their concerns, but such concerns were ignored (NZ didn't even respond to follow-up emails). I wonder why NZ didn't work harder with the Erebus families to incorporate some sort of compromise into th...

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by mariner
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

I note that the critical journalism of the video has gone global - one article in particular was re-published many times across Australia: - http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/outrage-at-air-new-zealand-over-tone-deaf-safety-video/news-story/67d678d9705b8af1199a17dcc964cae3. - h...

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by mariner
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Interesting article on what the Concorde was like
Replies: 16
Views: 3194

Re: Interesting article on what the Concorde was like

Now this was 40+ years ago, but I vaguely remember walking through Concorde when it was in Boston (probably to try to convince MassPort to let it land there). I can't imagine an airline letting the public roam through one of their aircraft today, but that was another era. I was surprised at how sma...

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by mariner
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Mr. Pugh would be better shouting at Qantas who actually have tourist flights over Antarctica ... As VirginFlyer pointed out previously, the flights from Australia are marketed by a travel agency from Victoria, Croydon Travel, under a brand-name "Antarctica Flights". They charter each fli...

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by mariner
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Ironically, while the video attempts to promote conservation efforts, it may only encourage more people to visit there. "This video is very poor taste and it sends the worst message about protecting Antarctica. It's a unique continent, and its not the next recreational playground." Mr. Pu...

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by mariner
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

I'm all in favour of locals being employed, but - for my money - the fact that Mr. Grenier is a UN Ambassador for the Environment adds to his credentials for this video in this location. Perhaps, but he's done no work in Antarctica or New Zealand, so to hold up his credentials for a video set in &q...

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by mariner
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Then find another New Zealander fit to feature in the video - there are heaps who have been involved in environmentalism, like Cliff Curtis, Keisha Castle Hughes, Lucy Lawless, and various others. I'm all in favour of locals being employed, but - for my money - the fact that Mr. Grenier is a UN Amb...

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by mariner
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

If I were to pick out something with the video that I think could be changed, it would be the lacking of 'Brand New Zealand': - Actor : Why Adrian Grenier, and not one of our own local New Zealander actors-turned-environmentalists, like Sam Neil? Perhaps Sam Neil was busy? https://www.stuff.co.nz/b...

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by mariner
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

I assume you mean no longer off-limits in terms of discourse, as opposed to anything further, like commercialised flights? Whichever context you want to put on it, remembering that Air France, for example, did not exclude the South Atlantic from all its forward schedules and planning because of fli...

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by mariner
Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Any criticism re the use of Antarctica now the video is published? Oh, some, yes. the people who were outraged by the idea of it and now feel that others aren't as outraged as they should be. The media is trying to whip up a controversy, of course, but they haven't got a lot to work with. I'm pleas...

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by mariner
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 58625

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

I think it's simple Mariner and explains why they aren't going private as well. It's that 7% free float that owns the 100% of Virgin Australia International (VAI) which is the holding company that owns the international traffic rights. If VAH went private they would need a 51% Australian investor t...

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by mariner
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 58625

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

I don't understand what's happening at Virgin - not that that's new. They have said they're not taking the company private, but effectively, it is - only about 7% of the airline is available to the public, that is can be bought and/or sold on the open market. The rest is held by the airlines (includ...

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by mariner
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40466

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

NZ1 wrote:
Here’s the link to the new Air NZ Antarctic safety video:


I think it's a good one, a return to the more serious nature of safety videos without in any way getting heavy. And of course, it looks beautiful.

mariner

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by mariner
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Interesting proposition. When ON terminated AKL though, they said that " The direct Auckland service proved to be unprofitable, due to increased charges applied to the route after the decision was made to commence operations " - CV would no doubt suffer from the same so-called charges, to...

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by mariner
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

I'm not interested in finding out why they have been deleted. It's about whether the contributors and or moderators want more active participation. I very much hope you stay. In the meantime, here's an interesting article that doesn't involve NZ the country, only NZ the airline - from BNE to Norfol...

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by mariner
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

... without accountability This is the problem - the media is not holding NZ to account, when it should be. So far, the response here has been to say that there's simply no point for Grant Bradley to ask Christopher Luxon sensitive questions, because 1) - "You would get ... stock standard corp...

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by mariner
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 60264

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

I agree, a great livery on the A320, a shame the A320 is otherwise such a stubby-nosed ungainly-looking aircraft. I think the only time Airbus made better-looking frame than Boeing was the A350 vs the 787, for everything else Airbus jets look so chubby! Despite the fact that the 737 was nick-named ...

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by mariner
Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

You mean to say we shouldn't expect there to be pages upon pages of posts here when Barrier Air eventually retires its last BN Islander and moves to an all-Caravan fleet, with users complaining about losing direct-to-seat access doors, and how they will be taking all their business to FlyMySky as a...

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by mariner
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

There are quite a few of us regional av-geeks on here - mariner is one too (AFAIK). It's a shame that regional is barely talked about here. I actually prefer the comings and goings of the small fry to the big airlines. They attract less attention and people get less het-up about them. https://s31.p...

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by mariner
Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

coolian2 wrote:
Thanks for that. I should have said "issues" since it was practically a managed loss in the first place. But we digress


No, you're quite right, it was a "managed loss" - and it sure tidied up the books.

mariner

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by mariner
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Didn't Qantas cite fleet age as an issue/reason when they were in that big mess a few years ago? If you're talking about the $2.8 billion loss in 2014, then yes, but it was a write down of the value of the international fleet and it did wonders for the stock price. I'm hesitant to post any airline ...

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by mariner
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

We don't know this at all. How can we be sure that the media barrage, while not achieving his resignation did not affect Joyce's behaviour in some tangible way that positively affected the direction of the company? We do know. We know because Joyce - AJ - did what he said he was going to do when he...

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by mariner
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Most Australian news websites feature an anti-QF article on any day. I suppose would you see NZ media s**t-can Air NZ over a delayed flight that was beyond their control? My impression is that NZ media regularly bags airlines for things beyond their control. I can’t prove it but my feeling is that ...

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by mariner
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger
Replies: 60
Views: 6671

Re: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger

I don't post that much on this site but why is it if anyone has a differing opinion that even SUGGESTS the airline might not be totally at fault they're immediately labeled an apologist? Feel free to read through every post I've ever written on this site and you will not find any defending Southwes...

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by mariner
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger
Replies: 60
Views: 6671

Re: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger

I read another article on this which mentions that it was another passenger that alerted the flight crew that he spoke Arabic and noticed some concerning language the man was using. If that’s the case, that completely changes the story in my view. I wouldn’t blame the WN crew for at least reporting...

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by mariner
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger
Replies: 60
Views: 6671

Re: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger

Arabic has a certain set of linguistic features that make it easy to distinguish from other languages. Examples of this are frequent glottal stops and the preposition "al-", which is visible in English words like algebra and alcohol. I speak three languages, all Latin based, but I don't f...

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by mariner
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger
Replies: 60
Views: 6671

Re: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger

Not that he should have been chucked off the plane for it, but how did they know he was speaking Arabic?

mariner

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by mariner
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Do trump supporters travel overseas? ;) https://s32.postimg.org/b6wzkd32d/checkmark.gif Having raised the prospect of the wrath of some Trump supporters, Dr. Lee immediately shoots it down: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/351060/obama-s-nz-visit-could-rile-trump-supporters "Obama's NZ ...

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by mariner
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "support dog" bites child on Southwest Airlines
Replies: 66
Views: 8979

Re: "support dog" bites child on Southwest Airlines

What do I do, tell me. If it's a serious question there are plenty of cargo boats that take passengers - here's one: https://www.freightercruises.com/voyages.php There are agencies devoted to just this, a Google search lists them. For people, it's a wonderful way to travel, but I don't know how dog...

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by mariner
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 60264

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

redroo wrote:
The people at qantas I know don’t love it..


Oh, sure. There are people at Qantas who won't be happy until the fleet is all-Boeing, all-the-time, whether the aircraft is best for the job or not. LOL. Given the way AJ seems to be heading, they may get their wish.

mariner

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by mariner
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 60264

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

It is not loved and it’s not aligned to strategy. You mean you don't love it? Or this board, perhaps? Some at Qantas, maybe? AJ may not "love" the aircraft but he isn't looking for an early opportunity to ditch it and he's surely shovelling a lot of Qantas pax on to it through Dubai. This...

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by mariner
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

The Antarctic safety video - seen in a different light? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11999935 "Adrian Grenier's cool new role in Air New Zealand's upcoming Antarctic safety video A Hollywood environmentalist best known for his role as Vincent Chase in the TV...

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by mariner
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

My bets would be on that NZ has secured an block booking yet TPE with an local travel provide e.g. tour groups that will guarantee x amount of traffic for the contracted period, then anything else on top of that is profit. There may be something in that (as at PVG), and not may not just be a "...

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by mariner
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

An interesting interview (or I think so) with Mr. Luxon about recent events, including the damaged engines of the 787's and the wet-leased aircraft. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11999442 "Air NZ's Luxon on soaring revenue, Dreamliner issues and patient...

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by mariner
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

DavidByrne wrote:
It’s Taipei! Wasn’t expecting that.


Good one. Image

mariner

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by mariner
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: Nejw Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

(1) Air services to India are not a priority for NZ, and so to write a story castigating the government for failing to advance air rights is a bit of a non-story. Especially when the majority of VFR traffic would be to the Maharashtra region anyway from my understanding. Besides, do we know that th...

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by mariner
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: Nejw Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Oh, on the recent NZ 787 fiasco, my main gripe was that it took him several months after the Hi-Fly arrangement started, to actually review the product offering - IMO, that is something that the general public would be very keen to be aware of. I assume that the specifics of the fiasco are subject ...

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by mariner
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: Nejw Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

- Massive construction pitfalls at AKL, such as the partial flooding of the recently opened gate 17 only a few months ago, as well as general delays - Lack of progress by successive governments on certain bilateral air rights re-negotiations, like with India (where NZ is being limited to BOM only) ...

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by mariner
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37236

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Not for a second do I believe that email has anything to do with this thread. I mean there's about a dozen or so contributors, here.. not sure how many local readers there are, maybe 50? https://s32.postimg.org/b6wzkd32d/checkmark.gif Grant Bradl;ey writes for his masters, the NZ Herald, which is a...

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by mariner
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 10112

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

I am also baffled by this insistence of Jakarta? Last time I looked its not exactly a route with heaps pf daily passengers? I mean induced demand and all but the numbers are not enough to fill a ATR so why are we discussing this route so seriously? I don't see any "insistence" on Jakarta,...

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by mariner
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 10112

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

I can see a case for dropping DPS for HKT but not so sure about CGK. You wouldn't get me voting for HKT - not that its a democracy - LOL. I would be very unhappy with NZ backing away from DPS because it would tell Emirates that it can shove the smaller airline around as much as it wants, So I'll le...

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by mariner
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 10112

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

Now it will be really interesting to see how NZ react to yet another S2S route with full service competition. Time to be a little bit more innovative than pulling out of DPS. What about year round AKL-DPS-CGK with full service offering? https://s32.postimg.org/b6wzkd32d/checkmark.gif Somewhere, cer...

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