When are the A380s due to be replaced now that they're back in the fleet? From the initial x12 A35K or are these purely growth aircraft?
Or will it take a top up order for A35K to replace the A380s in 5-10 years time?
Personally doubt it. They were always trying to find routes for the last two frames. It never really worked on DFW-SYD due to limitations (and that effectively used two frames). Using dual 787s on SYD/MEL-DFW is much better. And I'm not sure if HKG will develop the need for holiday 380 services eve...Jump to post
Here is a Video from AKL last Night from the gate lounge of NZ24 to YVR being cancelled, if what the NZ gate agent is saying about Airport Company is true that is pretty shocking. AIAL does seem to have gone in near silent mode very little information has come out from them. https://www.tiktok.com/...Jump to post
I also believe so too. It appears to me that this is just a knee-jerk reaction in believe that COVID was going to last forever (clearly that's not the case, and was never going to be the case) Couldn't they score a bargain by picking up a few on the second hand market ? Given the different layout e...Jump to post
QF A380 VH-OQI is on its way from VCV to LAX. This is the last QF A380 to leave VCV and rejoin the fleet (excluding the ill-fated OQE and OQF). QF6023 from Victorville to Los Angeles https://fr24.com/QFA6023/2efe2e3a Does anyone think QF will regret getting rid of both or at least 1 of these frames...Jump to post
That's correct, it would be a separate crew doing those turns. But the same crew from SCL would have continued to SYD. I'd presume that the return flight would directly go from SYD to SCL with AKL still closed for internationals until tomorrow morning There were a lot of diversions last night in AK...Jump to post
LAN801 diverted to WLG, but then continued to SYD a few hours later. Would that have been flown by the same crew that flew the 12 hour SCL-WLG flight? I’d have figured normally a separate crew flies the AKL-SYD-AKL legs, but obviously they wouldn’t have been in WLG. That's correct, it would be a se...Jump to post
Something is clearly wrong in AKL. Every domestic flight to AKL just turned around. Yes it seems more than just a runway light issue? it seems the flights later on tonight from SYD/MEL are still in eroute to AKL. Going to be a busy night for WLG/CHC - im guessing OHA is still out of the picture? No...Jump to post
https://twitter.com/search?q=auckland+airport&ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Esearch A search of Auckland Airport on twitter makes the flood look pretty bad though out the ground floor, they also have now put a post up saying do not travel to the international at this time. Look...Jump to post
zkncj wrote:NZ801 wrote:Something is clearly wrong in AKL. Every domestic flight to AKL just turned around.
Yes it seems more than just a runway light issue? it seems the flights later on tonight from SYD/MEL are still in eroute to AKL.
Something is clearly wrong in AKL. Every domestic flight to AKL just turned around. It appears the international terminal has flooded. https://twitter.com/william__bp/status/1618880627838959617?s=46&t=NmR5Dyj0geLDo8XIjwZKng Oh wow that is crazy to see that! Wonder how long the damage will take ...Jump to post
Why would NZ9 have done a few loop-de-loops near Auckland instead of going straight to CHC? It seems they may have actually touched down, then perhaps held to asses damage before continuing. Could be the case. It seems a lot of flights have done holding patterns for a while. NZ192 ADL-AKL held for ...Jump to post
Apparently someone skidded on landing and took out some runway lights. What a mess Auckland in general is tonight. Elton cancelled as well. https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/300794246/auckland-flights-delayed-after-runway-lights-damaged NZ9 apparently. Was not NZ9. Was a NZ flight from...Jump to post
Looks like the last flight to land was D7 at 1731. NZ9 went to CHC? although looks like it did a go around? NZ124 landed about 10mins after the D7 flight so that seems to be the last to have landed. The NZ9 got as low as about 500ft from the ground attempting to land in AKL before diverting. Wonder...Jump to post
Apparently someone skidded on landing and took out some runway lights. What a mess Auckland in general is tonight. Elton cancelled as well. https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/300794246/auckland-flights-delayed-after-runway-lights-damaged NZ9 apparently. Looks like the last flight to lan...Jump to post
Poor weather in Auckland is making a lot of flights divert to CHC and WLG just now. The internationals seem to be diverting to CHC and domestic flights to WLG. Would have been cool seeing more of the widebody aircraft going to WLG but understandable they're notJump to post
Whether SQ were able to make it work without the subsidies, no one will know as yes they most likely won't return, well not for a few more years at least. I think it was a good testament to them that they went from a regional 777 to the long haul configured A350 just prior to covid and they increas...Jump to post
Is it usual for aircraft to go through 7+ test flights before delivery as per some of the above frames?Jump to post
Would the x10 A380 be able to cover SYD-LAX/LHR/DFW and MEL-LAX/DFW? No, SYD will remain B789 with MEL-DFW now operating doesn’t warrant A380 equipment on the route. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk The above would need 11 to run all daily. I agree DFW probably won’t see the A380 again with MEL n...Jump to post
For Qantas when they get more 380s back into service they will be in a better position to open new routes. If all of the MEL LAX flying is all switched to 380 it will free up two 787s. So with the other 3 787s coming from Boeing it's equivalent of 5 787s joining the fleet this year. Perhaps DFW cou...Jump to post
On QFs A321XLRs, is there any view on whether these might see a presence in NZ for long distance routes? Are any of them high yield enough to compete with current options? Something that comes to mind (as example only) is AKL-SIN to connect to the QF1/2 (LHR) flight bank. I know SQ has a solid pres...Jump to post
QF fly to WLG via MEL and SYD only. Sorry if I was confusing but I was meaning a BNE to WLG tag with EK (even if not daily) as currently Air NZ are the only ones who fly it that route. I don't believe QF have ever flown it or if they have, it hasn't been flown for some time. Previously QF flew 767s...Jump to post
The reality is that SQ could not make WLG work despite the airport subsidies. Can't see EK attempting it in the forseeable future. What makes you think it didnt work? Increase in frequency and introduction of A350-900 just prior to Covid doesnt suggest it didnt work... ;-) WLG City Council was subs...Jump to post
What is the possibility of an Air India service from Auckland to New Delhi or Mumbai? Or an Etihad service from Abu Dhabi to Auckland through Australia? Also, what's the possibility of Emirates starting a Dubai to Wellington service through Australia once they get their A350s or 787s? Unsure on the...Jump to post
They are certainly a massive airline for sure and the scale of them compared to NZ is staggering. I have an old colleague of mine who works as an airline consultant in the US who specialises in network and fleet management. He's convinced that DL is also looking at ATL-AKL, and the potential of ext...Jump to post
Do you think, even further down the road, EK would look to do any tags to the new 77W BNE flight to NZ? For instance onto WLG seeing as NZ is the only carrier there as no QF or VA, or even to CHC instead? Or aside from the A380 SYD-CHC tag, EK isn't really interested in tag on flights? Whether EK e...Jump to post
Do you think, even further down the road, EK would look to do any tags to the new 77W BNE flight to NZ? For instance onto WLG seeing as NZ is the only carrier there as no QF or VA, or even to CHC instead?
Or aside from the A380 SYD-CHC tag, EK isn't really interested in tag on flights?
Probably a simple answer to this question but here it goes anyway. Looking at booking a trip from Sydney to Charleston, SC later in the year on Qantas - my wife has $1900 in travel credits. How are the flights on QF website nearly $3000 but on Expedia the same flights are just over $2000. Also, it'...Jump to post
A proper regional rail service in NZ could have worked if they got onto that game many years ago and could well work as you note between those airports/cities. It would also help with reducing the amount of planes in the sky having a proper decent rail network and also help towards climate goals An...Jump to post
[quote="As for capacity? Invest in regional rail. We should be using regional rail to feed into fewer larger airports that can then have larger and higher frequency services. There's no reason in my mind why Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranaga can't share one large airport. Or Wellington, Palmers...Jump to post
WLG runway should have happened and being in the process of being built if not built by now. Runway at current length seems perfectly adequate. Certainly supports large volume of domestic traffic and we're returning to higher frequency of 737/A320 services to Australian destinations. And it's now e...Jump to post
We just need to look at Western Sydney airport and how fast that is coming together. To see how slow airport development is in New Zealand..... Western Sydney (Badgery's Creek) has not come together quickly. It has been talked about for over 30 years and was a political football. While it took a wh...Jump to post
Runway extension for WLG is probably a no-go. Otherwise I think they're just ticking along with the other changes. In the 2040 plan the runway was listed a potential, but not part of the plan. The new firestation is meant to commence early this year which enables next steps at WLG. CHC airport had ...Jump to post
Jetstar has been pretty stagnant with their A320 operation in the NZ market for 5 + years. They don't see it as any growth potential here unlike Air NZ. It's a bit of a shame as in my opinion I'm sure if they could add extra flights to have a better schedule, then there would be bums on seats. To y...Jump to post
Some QF Link Q400s or E190s would probably be better suited, than JQ's 180 seater A320s that have to run min frequencies. Wouldn't those be more expensive to run, leading to higher fares in what is already a very price sensitive market? I wouldn't say the market is over price sensitive, there is a ...Jump to post
Looking at JQ’s Domestic operations for the first week of July on the Monday. Really looks like JQ has scaled it self back? Surely there would be room for more capacity on those routes. Example: AKL-WLG 3x AKL-CHC 5x AKL-ZQN 3x AKL-DUD 1x WLG-CHC 1x Jetstar has been pretty stagnant with their A320 ...Jump to post
miegapele wrote:Full video from inside here. Warning: might be disturbing.
EK448 DXB-AKL is coming in his KUL today, still operated by the A380. This weather related stopover or other means? I see tomorrow’s EK448 is en route and diverting to KUL as well. Bad luck if weather related again. It seems OHA not available as alternate so have to use CHC, not enough fuel to reac...Jump to post
EK448 DXB-AKL is coming in his KUL today, still operated by the A380.
This weather related stopover or other means?
On a different topic of airline loungs, I was just thinking with the lounges across the world getting so jammed packed with the available methods of getting into them, do you think in the future airlines will look to reduce access or increase additional lounges? As an example, say QF business class ...Jump to post
Looking at Flightradar24 just before, saw QF123 SYD-ZQN has diverted back to SYD after over an hour into the flight and due to land anytime now.
Anyone know why it went back to SYD?
Here is the 77W and 789 schedules for the week starting 3 July 2023. SFO is still 5 per week and SIN has the most it's ever been was 12 pw before I think. The fleet is busy with only a few days free with both the 789s and the 77Ws. AKL SIN 14 pw 789 AKL HKG D 789 AKL PVG D 789 AKL NRT D 789 AKL DPS...Jump to post
Of course the airline had to say it was a long-term prospect Not necessarily. True, but I can just see the reaction that would have occurred had they originally announced it as a stopgap measure. If you're advertising something shiny and new you absolutely do not want to tarnish it from the outset....Jump to post
]Qantas currently operates six daily services to Auckland from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne which will increase to 11 daily services when the new flight to New York launches. My initial reaction to that was that QF obviously had major expansion plans in the short-term for Auckland, but actually, tha...Jump to post
I saw a sponsored ad from QF on Facebook yesterday looking to hire more international cabin crew for Jetconnect. I'm sure most of their Tasman services are back to capacity pee covid levels and I'm aware they cover long haul routes ex Australia too. Personally I see this as QF looking to hire more J...Jump to post
QF1 SIN-LHR on VHOQJ 3rd of January has diverted ATH due to medical reasons not engineering issues according to news reports. It was due to a critical medical issue with a passenger. Crew hours timed out unfortunately. A very unfortunate event where hopefully the passengers health improves It notes...Jump to post
Given what NZ are doing and sending the 77W to SIN and the way they are filling them, then some talk of adding a leased 1-2 makes me wonder what they will do, IAH will get them back in March to, the 781ER would need to be a hell of a plane to match the range of the 77W, the 789 can do IAH easily bu...Jump to post
If NZ had the aircraft, I feel they would probably look at it being a Star connection. However, it will probably be EK (by end of next year perhaps when all their A380s are back in service)Jump to post
From what I gather QR can add PER-ADL or any other regional city in Australia via SYD/MEL/BNE/PER, I don’t think a Tasman leg cuts it, it would use up landing rights still in the main Australian cities and effectively halve the capacity on the city it’s tagged to if that make sense. I’m not sure if...Jump to post
Re QF to HKG I think they should leave it to CX with codeshares on all their flights to AU. CX have a better coverage of Australian ports (pre COVID) to HKG anyway. I don't think, sadly, HKG will be what it once was. QF lounge also, permanently closed in HKG with their PAX using CX's lounges anyway...Jump to post