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by aerorobnz
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Socialist Democrats of America - Cringeworthy
Replies: 52
Views: 4784

Re: Socialist Democrats of America - Cringeworthy

You can only laugh at the absurdity, which reminds me of the scenes in The Life of Brian with the People's front of Judea meetings. Hilarious.

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by aerorobnz
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 260
Views: 39048

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2019

Polo5959 wrote:
is the time right for NZ to start expanding into secondary AUS cities?


Yes. They need A220s for that though IMO. HBA and TSV should be first

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by aerorobnz
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs
Replies: 90
Views: 13939

Re: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs

They are also based in a region that is increasingly hostile towards their very existence as an airline. I'm not sure about their long term strategy, but I'm sure this will become more and more of an issue for any EU airlines that are struggling.

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by aerorobnz
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which hotel has the best view on planes at LAX?
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Re: Which hotel has the best view on planes at LAX?

I had a pretty good room at Crown Plaza which overlooked runway 25L/25R.

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by aerorobnz
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Federal moratorium on the death penalty has been lifted
Replies: 36
Views: 2988

Re: Federal moratorium on the death penalty has been lifted

It should be stated that as per the Pew study of 2018, 54% of Americans support the death penalty for murder vs 39% against. The reinstatement seems to be in keeping with what the majority wants, even if over a third find it distasteful.

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 296
Views: 85647

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

I booked and travelled over the last 10 days. AKL-LAX NZ 777-300ER (was actually BR ZK-OKT) LAX-LAS UA 737-800 LAS-LAX UA 737-800 LAX-EWR UA 777-200 EWR-ORD UA 737-900ER ORD-AKL NZ 787-9 I also booked for August/Sep AKL-BKK TG 789 BKK-FRA TG 388 FRA-BKK TG 359 BKK-AKL TG 789 I will likely book tomo...

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Reveals Hybrid-Electric 'Bird Of Prey' Airliner Concept
Replies: 98
Views: 15143

Re: Airbus Reveals Hybrid-Electric 'Bird Of Prey' Airliner Concept

sibibom wrote:
I can see all the "inspired by nature" stuff transferred from A380 to A350 as the flagship has been passed down :stirthepot:

Is this concept even feasible?


A380 inspired by nature. Shaped like a Hippopotamus with wings and a tail?

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair / Air Iceland Connect using Dash 8 "transatlantic"
Replies: 54
Views: 12021

Re: Icelandair / Air Iceland Connect using Dash 8 "transatlantic"

It would be a great trip if they flew the other way to North America too, Any flights beyond greenland to Canada??

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 39367

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

CHC has to make money. and enough money to justify the aircraft, which could probably make more operating out of AKL. Evidently, CHC isn't the market we seem to think it is.

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by aerorobnz
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why was there an innovation drought during the 1990's and 2000's?
Replies: 14
Views: 2710

Re: Why was there an innovation drought during the 1990's and 2000's?

I see the perceived lack of innovation from manufacturers caused by the industry rationalizing down to basically just Airbus and Boeing with longhaul offerings after having so many manufacturers like Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas and others. reduce the companies and reduce the need to be competitive, ...

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by aerorobnz
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will be the next revolution in air travel?
Replies: 13
Views: 1631

Re: What will be the next revolution in air travel?

Technology will have not made the necessary leap in the next 15 years before Air Travel will be banned/heavily restricted in some countries to lower their emissions and those who do like to fly will be bullied and harassed by protestors outside airports in countries where it will still be possible. ...

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 28496

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

Go woke go broke, Someone will fill the space left by KLM when they go bankrupt. Point to Point and Transit yields are closely linked - if you fill up more with one type, it affects the other, Someone from GVA/MXP may connect through AMS to fly onward to anywhere KL flies. If point to point traffic ...

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by aerorobnz
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America
Replies: 118
Views: 25857

Re: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America

Crew rest seats may be the last row of Y, technically on a flight that length crew don't need a lay flat rest area for a lot of airlines, besides with the crew count on the A321they won't get an opportunity to rest anyway...:-P

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America
Replies: 118
Views: 25857

Re: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America

It should be raised that the flight is still only 8h. That is far less than long-haul, hell it is about the same as HNL-ORD. Anyone who has flown a NEO knows that the engine noise is easily as quiet as an A350 or 787 onboard and has more seat width than a 787 so I definitely don't understand the his...

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 39367

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

NZF will also be first 787 with wifi.

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by aerorobnz
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 39367

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

A handful a day. between LA/CX LA/NZ NZ/NZ and NZ/SQ. Single digits per day probably, maybe low double digits transit to Asia and often redemption tickets. It isn't priced competitively for one thing (except occasionally LA) and for 2, the connections are currently long and arduous and any people wh...

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by aerorobnz
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Antifa Violence
Replies: 167
Views: 20857

Re: Antifa Violence

I have a couple of honest questions for the right: Why are you against free speech? I see several right wingers calling for the counter protesters to be banned and listed as a terrorist organization knowing full well the terrorist activities of neo Nazis. Why do you support the neo Nazis? Do not de...

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by aerorobnz
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NBC Presidential Democratic Debate
Replies: 84
Views: 6291

Re: NBC Presidential Democratic Debate

I wanted to see a whole lot more from them and I think it has been damaging to the democratic party, they all came off as insincere patronizing hypocirites who have all learned nothing since 2016. Outside of the debates I prefer Buttigieg and Gabbard as candidates but they or any other are going to ...

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by aerorobnz
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Antifa Violence
Replies: 167
Views: 20857

Re: Antifa Violence

They should be added to every terrorist organization/organized criminal watch list in any credible country to eradicate their funding and prosecute members accordingly if they commit/advocate violence to their fellow citizens. One day soon they will become like the IRA was in London.

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by aerorobnz
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Inflight Movies on Flights that Crashed
Replies: 44
Views: 8324

Re: The Inflight Movies on Flights that Crashed

It may seem morbid, but sometimes wonder about passenger last words to family and conversations to other passengers, last meals or if someone was in the toilet at the precise moment an aeroplane crashes (not on takeoff or landing of course). The mundane minutiae of the flight that never gets brought...

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by aerorobnz
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 39367

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

ZK-NBT wrote:

I did just have a quick look and it did as you say, say 777-200ER as opposed to the usual 777-200, also said 77S.


77S is ZK-OKJ. I see on the 23rd and 31st it is operating (No premium economy for sale is big clue too)
ZK-OKJ currently due back in service on about the 15th to SYD

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by aerorobnz
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is it necessary for 5-star airlines to have first class?
Replies: 11
Views: 2287

Re: Is it necessary for 5-star airlines to have first class?

If you're only providing high-quality service, on-time performance, and quality price-point-appropriate food and beverage options to the passengers in F you're doing it wrong. I agree, but soft product is not quantifiable, it varies flight to flight and person to person. Of course a good airline ha...

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by aerorobnz
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I admit it - I stereotype rude travellers
Replies: 12
Views: 1997

Re: I admit it - I stereotype rude travellers

Yep it's a knack. After many years in the industry and regular passenger flying I can do the same kind of 'accurate profiling' (rather than stereotyping..;-))I have played such games as - spot the last passenger to the gate at the check-in area - guess what the drunk on the inbound arrival looks lik...

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by aerorobnz
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is it necessary for 5-star airlines to have first class?
Replies: 11
Views: 2287

Re: Is it necessary for 5-star airlines to have first class?

To me it needs 3 separate classes with minimum 3 different seat products and that can be F/J/Y or C/U/Y. That offers the most product to the most people and the most quantifiable hard product data. 5 star to me is measured solely on hard product, nothing else. I think criteria would be something lik...

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by aerorobnz
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Booking Strategy to Avoid Equipment Changes
Replies: 8
Views: 1498

Re: Booking Strategy to Avoid Equipment Changes

There is only one way to effectively combat changes. Buy a fully changeable refundable ticket, then monitor the schedules, and change as you need to the schedules which maintain the right aircraft for your needs.

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by aerorobnz
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: There’s something special about XXX plane
Replies: 18
Views: 2070

Re: There’s something special about XXX plane

Anything old and not homogenized by modern economics is all good with me. Modern commercial aircraft (and cars) are all de-rated, fuel efficient and boring and not engineered to be the best, safest design they can be, just the cheapest to develop, buy and operate. Of the modern era I appreciate the ...

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by aerorobnz
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will we ever see CEB-USA again?
Replies: 11
Views: 3617

Re: Will we ever see CEB-USA again?

I like to use CEB as my entry point to the Philippines where possible, and there is certainly a market but it is long and thin one its own. Even LAX-MNL can boost loads and yield with connecting traffic, which of course CEB doesn't really have by comparison. PR is certainly getting more global brand...

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who will be running for the next UK prime minister?
Replies: 65
Views: 8487

Re: Who will be running for the next UK prime minister?

Hoping for a clean brexit with no additional negotiation. Not optimistic with either of the two candidates as they are both inadequate for the job. No referendum necessary, as they already had one. No point trying to negotiate with the EU, they got all they could already.. The sad thing is Jeremey C...

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by aerorobnz
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Poll: Have You Flown on 737MAX?
Replies: 37
Views: 2789

Re: Poll: Have You Flown on 737MAX?

Not yet, I have a flight that should originally have been a MAX booked. I am in no real hurry as they will be around for decades. Better to focus on the "classics" or something a little more rare in the meantime.

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by aerorobnz
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 296
Views: 85647

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

I booked and travelled over the last 10 days. AKL-LAX NZ 777-300ER (was actually BR ZK-OKT) LAX-LAS UA 737-800 LAS-LAX UA 737-800 LAX-EWR UA 777-200 EWR-ORD UA 737-900ER ORD-AKL NZ 787-9 I also booked for August/Sep AKL-BKK TG 789 BKK-FRA TG 388 FRA-BKK TG 359 BKK-AKL TG 789 I will likely book tomo...

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by aerorobnz
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SN flightnumber, EW flight, OK aircraft...
Replies: 14
Views: 3482

Re: SN flightnumber, EW flight, OK aircraft...

I'm booked on OK BRU-TLS in September. I'm quite looking forward to a new carrier.

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by aerorobnz
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What do you expect from Lounge staff?
Replies: 17
Views: 1592

Re: What do you expect from Lounge staff?

You need to know your job inside out because there are many different ways to skin a cat, and the same options don't suit everyone. You will need to be up to date with company policies. I expect you to be able to answer standard airport related queries AND be able to action them autonomously and wit...

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by aerorobnz
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 33644

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Alan Joyce perhaps ?? haha. I have a feeling it will be internal appointment again, Avi Golan possibly?

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by aerorobnz
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cape air to order and be launch customer of all-electric aircraft
Replies: 84
Views: 11315

Re: Cape air to order and be launch customer of all-electric aircraft

Not keen to fly one, for like the first time in my aviation history. It makes me very nervous.

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by aerorobnz
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 33644

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

PER: Yes, an A321 could work nicely on this, but is there a requirement for 3x AKL on top of daily from CHC? How does the economics of say 14 per week using a 787 compare to 28x A321 services? . The frequencies I mentioned are purely speculative to illustrate that effectively you could have a morni...

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 33644

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Going back to the 4700nm A321XLR. I think it could be an interesting vehicle for both freeing up Widebodies for the long haul growth and boosting frequency on flights like PER/PPT/HNL as well as replacing short-haul widebodies on certain routes. The important thing is that it should allow for more c...

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 397476

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

I saw the 737-800 taxiing at EWR as my flight arrived in the other direction on the adjacent taxiway . One thing I will say is that it doesn't hold up well in a sea of the other livery., which surprised me. because I thought I quite liked it in photos. Of course, once it gains a foothold in the repa...

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 6445

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

Nanaimo Harbour-Richmond Harbour. 55km/15min
ORD-AKL 789 16h10/13182km
I was booked AKL-DOH which is 14,535km and sector time of 17h40min. However, we ended up stopping in MEL
due a fuel crisis in AKL

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by aerorobnz
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 296
Views: 85647

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

I booked and travelled over the last 10 days. AKL-LAX NZ 777-300ER (was actually BR ZK-OKT) LAX-LAS UA 737-800 LAS-LAX UA 737-800 LAX-EWR UA 777-200 EWR-ORD UA 737-900ER ORD-AKL NZ 787-9 I also booked for August/Sep AKL-BKK TG 789 BKK-FRA TG 388 FRA-BKK TG 359 BKK-AKL TG 789 I will likely book tomor...

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by aerorobnz
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 24344

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

The old 777s, for example, had reduced range, therefore they are better on shorter routes like LHR-DXB, LHR-BOS etc. Also, the savings on fuel burn are increased the longer the sector you are flying.

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by aerorobnz
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 33644

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

My luggage is almost always within the first round of bags to come out on the carousel, this applies across the airlines. (I had 5 different tags this trip and it applied to all) In fact, I arrived from ORD this morning on NZ27 and by the time I arrived there I was just in time to see it going out t...

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by aerorobnz
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta saves the day with free charter
Replies: 113
Views: 21597

Re: Delta saves the day with free charter

FIMs are still issued at the airline I work for, we regularly use other airlines to uplift our disrupted passengers. We also lease aircraft to another airline if we have spare capacity and crew resource to, it's actually very profitable to do so. The airline that cancels pays all the operating costs...

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by aerorobnz
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 33644

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Just wondering if anyone flown Premium Economy on the leased Eva Air 77W? As per an email received from the airline, seems that NZ have changed one of my flights from to the leased Eva Air plane and just wondering how it compares to the NZ 77W PE seat. Also, has anyone flown into IAH on an internat...

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by aerorobnz
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 33644

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

They should split the transport plane from the VIP. Just get a second-hand Global express ot G550 for around 15mill and configure it to your own requirements. If they still want a second use of the VIP, make it configurable as a MediVac aircraft at short notice

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by aerorobnz
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gender Wage Gap in Airlines
Replies: 48
Views: 3136

Re: Gender Wage Gap in Airlines

Also bear in mind that no company in their right mind would say they didn't have a wage gap to a media reporter (who are largely identitarian activists these days) for fear of retribution, boycotts, bad press and more from the identitarian bullies on the left. Also, bear in mind that both PR and HR ...

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by aerorobnz
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gender Wage Gap in Airlines
Replies: 48
Views: 3136

Re: Gender Wage Gap in Airlines

I work for an airline, and the collective contract is identical for male and female and is dependent on the roles you perform within that collective agreement and the set rates within it . As a collective agreement, the rates are set not by gender but by hours worked. so effectively if you choose to...

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Evektor EV-55 Outback - New plane coming on the market soon
Replies: 33
Views: 6584

Re: Evektor EV-55 Outback - New plane coming on the market soon

I really like it, I see it as a BN Islander kind of aircraft, but with more range. I hope it comes to New Zealand as it seems a market that might have plenty of suitability

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by aerorobnz
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Which city you prefer? San Francisco or Los Angeles?
Replies: 71
Views: 7614

Re: Which city you prefer? San Francisco or Los Angeles?

SF is way more "beautiful" topographically. However..You can't walk a city block in SF without seeing needles and human shit on the sidewalk from all the scores of homeless. It actually put me off going there this trip (I went to LA instead). I have visited LA many more times than SF, but ...

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by aerorobnz
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 33644

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Does anybody know what config PR are using on the A330 to AKL? Is it the 9-abreast or 8-abreast economy? Actually, I am hunting business class config but it seams the two are linked. Any help gratefully received. After Sam Chui's review I am keen to try but only in the new config. It's the 8 across...

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by aerorobnz
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airlines "pay" for each others lounges?
Replies: 11
Views: 3713

Re: How do airlines "pay" for each others lounges?

All I know is they must really hate people like me who like to try them all. Start in the UA lounge, then go to the SQ lounge, then go to the TG lounge etc..:-D

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