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by LamboAston
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery
Replies: 107
Views: 22993

Re: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery

rikkus67 wrote:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155518014213633&set=g.158623457582715&type=1&theater&ifg=1

It's a thought...

If only. Then again, NZ did change their original black livery to the current one.

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by LamboAston
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 29312

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

I just received notification that my AKL-DOH has been rescheduled to depart 12:55 tomorrow via MEL. Bugger, I hate transiting Australia, the Security staff are always such arrogant pricks even compared to the TSA. At least it is MEL, not SYD I guess. Are you going to have to get off the aircraft, a...

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by LamboAston
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations
Replies: 147
Views: 20739

Re: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations

I have two questions. One. How damn big is that digger to sever a steel pipe? Or how small is that pipeline to be severed by a digger? And whose brilliant idea was it to not build a backup? And two. How hard can it be to deliver fuel by trucks? The fuel line starts somewhere, right? Load it onto tr...

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by LamboAston
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations
Replies: 147
Views: 20739

Re: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations

joffie wrote:
NZ6 to LAX has literally just landed at Nadi for their fuel stop. NZ24 to YVR and NZ8 to SFO have not stopped.. so maybe these 2 flights have enough fuel, but not the LAX one, unless they will stop at HNL?

NZ8 did stop in Nadi

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by LamboAston
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 29312

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

Jet fuel availability at AKL causes cancellations and delays. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11923141 QR have obviously trucked it in by road tanker because it left direct for DOH. They have the luxury of a very long layover because this is a very slow process. CZ...

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by LamboAston
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations
Replies: 147
Views: 20739

Re: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations

That doesn't say both directions it just says all flights between AKL-HKG, it may well be both directions however. NZ 6/8 to LAX/SFO are scheduled to stop on NAN so far while the inbound NZ5 from LAX is also listed as via NAN. TG stopped in BNE today on the AKL-BKK sector. LATAM looks like direct f...

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by LamboAston
Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery
Replies: 107
Views: 22993

Re: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery

Makes it look more like a 767. I like it. Probably the best plane for the livery so far

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by LamboAston
Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 42499

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

Air China is launching PEK-BNE from December 11. CA795 PEK/BNE CA796 BNE/PEK The flights will arrive from Beijing at 3.10pm and depart Brisbane at 7.30pm, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/brisbanebeijing-direct-flights-coup-in-air-china-deal/news-s...

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by LamboAston
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 191556

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

I think there are three major problems. One, is it even technically possible to fly 300 people that far in one go? Especially against the wind. Two, ticket price. I remember back in the day when Singapore was flying A340-500 SIN-EWR, I went to their website to "book a flight". The quote I...

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by LamboAston
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will the Boeing MOM do for the industry?
Replies: 78
Views: 11007

Re: What will the Boeing MOM do for the industry?

Now, children, stop arguing. Whether the MOM is built or not is not the point of this discussion.

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by LamboAston
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese domestic aviation: complete lack of ATRs and DHCs
Replies: 12
Views: 1808

Re: Chinese domestic aviation: complete lack of ATRs and DHCs

c933103 wrote:
itisi wrote:
Why fly a prop when you can fill a 737?

So, A 737-sized prop?

Nothing anything like that in production in the last 40 years

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by LamboAston
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese domestic aviation: complete lack of ATRs and DHCs
Replies: 12
Views: 1808

Re: Chinese domestic aviation: complete lack of ATRs and DHCs

What I had read previously, is that places large enough to get an airport had enough demand for jets, and airports just weren't built when there is only demand for props.

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by LamboAston
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 29312

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

Air NZ's Q300 ZK-NEM is AKL-NLK-BNE-TSV today as SXI1730 for a repaint. I expected NEC to be next as NEA and NEB were the last two. It looks like ZK-NEM will be getting an all black paint job. There's a photo of it at BNE with a black nose cone and black protective strip by the prop. http://www.fli...

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by LamboAston
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will the Boeing MOM do for the industry?
Replies: 78
Views: 11007

Re: What will the Boeing MOM do for the industry?

Boeing did say that it would be a twin aisle, a few months ago.

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by LamboAston
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation
Replies: 391
Views: 57479

Re: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation

tp1040 wrote:
Out of curiosity. Today, did NSP8 really fly GSO SXM SJU and back to GSO. Flightaware was tracking it.

As best I can tell it is the Samaritans Purse DC87?? Actually reg is N782SP

Yes, it did.

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by LamboAston
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 29312

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

http://nyc787.blogspot.com has updated the 787 delivery schedule to L/N 769 The two Air NZ 789s for 2018 delivery and the first for Air Tahiti Nui are: L/N 749 (ZB012 c/n 38182) Everett -- due 10 Sep 2018 -- ZK-NZN? -- owned L/N 750 (ZB908 c/n 39297) Charleston -- due 18 Sep 2018 -- F-O??? -- lease...

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by LamboAston
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The next phase of airline liveries
Replies: 58
Views: 10475

Re: The next phase of airline liveries

matthew11 wrote:
Could vehicle "wraps" that are becoming more common on cars could be applied to aircraft instead of paint? Probably more expensive and labour intensive?

That is often used for short term decals, like Air New Zealand's LOTR and Hobbit liveries

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by LamboAston
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global Ghana Airlines
Replies: 34
Views: 7454

Re: Global Ghana Airlines

https://twitter.com/GlobalGhanaAir ?

A321/A320
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c933103 wrote:
What's the aircraft model on their twitter homepage https://twitter.com/GlobalGhanaAir ?

A321/A320

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by LamboAston
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there a database to find registrations for past flights?
Replies: 144
Views: 33781

Re: Is there a database to find registrations for past flights?

Anyone have EY485 from the 28th of June 2015? I remember 789, but not registration.

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by LamboAston
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there a database to find registrations for past flights?
Replies: 144
Views: 33781

Re: Is there a database to find registrations for past flights?

https://wandr.me/bts/

Doesn't let you do international flights.
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ytib wrote:
There is also the following website which probably just uses an API to the BTS website and is quite easy to use...

https://wandr.me/bts/

Doesn't let you do international flights.

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by LamboAston
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

Queenstown Airport is seeking public feedback on options for its master plan. The three options are: ⋅ Expand the existing terminal to cater for up to 3.2 million passenger movements per annum (up from approximately 2 million at present) ⋅ A new terminal to the south of the runw...

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gippsland GA8 operators in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 2411

Re: Gippsland GA8 operators in Europe

I note that the plane has been renamed the "Mahindra Airvan 8" I assume the huge Indian Conglomerate now has a controlling interest in the company? Actually, they probably bought the design rights, and are making it themselves. I haven't checked this, but that is likely. I wouldn't fly on...

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s
Replies: 229
Views: 10283

Re: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s

SQ may not be the source. Could it be MH? Or EK quitting owned or leased aircraft earlier than planned to take delivery of new stored aircraft with the company's new layout and interior fittings? Or QF doing an SQ, replacing their earliest build aircraft with two of those still subject to firm orde...

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s
Replies: 229
Views: 10283

Re: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s

qf789 wrote:
LamboAston wrote:
Maybe QF could find a use for a spare based in Australia, with these weekly failures at the moment.


They have had 3 go tech this week alone

Maybe even both then

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 60485

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

qf789 wrote:
VA24 LAX-MEL has diverted to HNL (VH-VPE). From what I can work out it arrived in HNL just after midnight. According to FR24 there is a 18 hour delay, expected to depart HNL at 1830 local time

Medical or mechanical?

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

sunrisevalley wrote:
PA515 wrote:
ZK-OKC as NZ28 AKL-IAH has just done a U turn over northern Mexico and is now heading for LAX. IAH appears to have been closed for some time, so a bit strange they left it so late to divert.

PA515

I agree. It is at least two hours ago that FAA closed IAH till noon Monday.

Why is it closed?

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 184
Views: 31340

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc

Looks like all the QantasLink aircraft will have no belly titles

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s
Replies: 229
Views: 10283

Re: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s

Maybe QF could find a use for a spare based in Australia, with these weekly failures at the moment.

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by LamboAston
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gippsland GA8 operators in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 2411

Re: Gippsland GA8 operators in Europe

I note that the plane has been renamed the "Mahindra Airvan 8" I assume the huge Indian Conglomerate now has a controlling interest in the company? Actually, they probably bought the design rights, and are making it themselves. I haven't checked this, but that is likely. I wouldn't fly on...

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by LamboAston
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gippsland GA8 operators in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 2411

Re: Gippsland GA8 operators in Europe

Not in Europe, but a few operated by Air Safaris in New Zealand

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by LamboAston
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

Somoa Airways will start flights to AKL from November http://australianaviation.com.au/2017/08/samoa-airways-to-take-off-in-november-with-leased-boeing-737/ Hmmm, with a 737 leased from Icelandair. Last time I checked, they had no 737s apart from some MAXs on order. Actually Loftleidir Icelandic wh...

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by LamboAston
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

I have a view from the air, but not ground. I didn't go over that way on the way to RAR. Sorry about the image being that way around, it is right where I uploaded it. If you click on it, it goes the right way around. That's brilliant - thanks so much. It's a pretty massive apron now. Is that some k...

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by LamboAston
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

http://australianaviation.com.au/2017/0 ... oeing-737/

Hmmm, with a 737 leased from Icelandair. Last time I checked, they had no 737s apart from some MAXs on order.
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qf789 wrote:
Somoa Airways will start flights to AKL from November

http://australianaviation.com.au/2017/0 ... oeing-737/

Hmmm, with a 737 leased from Icelandair. Last time I checked, they had no 737s apart from some MAXs on order.

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by LamboAston
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

Has anybody travelled through AKL's international terminal recently? I'd be grateful for an update on the construction work being undertaken at the moment - i.e. the Pier 2 extension and international departures expansion. AKL is pretty slow when it comes to posting updates on their website. Here's...

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by LamboAston
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Qantas to convert remaining A380 order to A350-900ULR
Replies: 157
Views: 33581

Re: Qantas to convert remaining A380 order to A350-900ULR (rumor)

Boeing778X wrote:
QF doesn't need the seats. The aircraft will be used for ULH flights, therefore, a lower density cabin will be needed, and on a flight that long, I seriously doubt QF would use 10Y.

Look at their 789s - 9Y

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM bought a 747!
Replies: 26
Views: 19616

Re: KLM bought a 747!

747classic wrote:
The "black swan" of the KLM 744 fleet, the only one powered by PW4000's ( type not serviced by the AF/KL engineshop ) .

Is it an option to swap the engines to the other ones used by KL?

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 60485

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

There was a comment on Austbt that caught my attention. While this probably is no more than a rumour at this stage but QF management are in discussions with Airbus about converting the 8 388's not taken up into A359ULR's. While QF is probably talking to Boeing as well about the 778/779 it will be i...

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

Unfortunately, I just discovered the tickets are being booked for me, with little or no input from me. Bugger. The cheapest options I could find included 6.5 hours on an Oman Air 738, something which I don't exactly want to do. I'll swap with you. I haven't flown Oman Air pretty much since it start...

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by LamboAston
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

Unfortunately, I just discovered the tickets are being booked for me, with little or no input from me. Bugger. The cheapest options I could find included 6.5 hours on an Oman Air 738, something which I don't exactly want to do. Ah yes, I would to prefer to pick a non-737 for a flight that long. .In...

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by LamboAston
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 60485

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

USAOZ wrote:
aborted take off at SYD in last 30 mins. QF again. Was a SYD/joburg flight apparently. Engine died on takeoff run. Apparently they need to change an engine. How long will that take ?

6-24 hours.

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by LamboAston
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

I was looking at flights from DUD to AKL next June to catch TG492, and the only options were 6:25, 6:35, or 10am departures. Seems like a big gap at a peak time out of Dunedin, but I could be wrong. I think 1:40 in AKL from domestic to international should be enough though. It is due to the fact th...

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by LamboAston
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

I was looking at flights from DUD to AKL next June to catch TG492, and the only options were 6:25, 6:35, or 10am departures. Seems like a big gap at a peak time out of Dunedin, but I could be wrong. I think 1:40 in AKL from domestic to international should be enough though.

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by LamboAston
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 767-300 Last Flight Date?
Replies: 95
Views: 36910

Re: Delta 767-300 Last Flight Date?

A380MSN004 wrote:
Someone knows the TSN and YOM of each frame?

??? serial # and year of manufacture? Look on planespotters.net

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by LamboAston
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1371251&p=19749045#p19749045
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On another thread, there is a discussion about SAS coming to AKL.
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1371251&p=19749045#p19749045

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by LamboAston
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: SAS to fly to AKL ?!
Replies: 70
Views: 10608

Re: Rumour: SAS to fly to AKL ?!

So far as great circle distances go, the third closest major European airport, and closest European Star Alliance hub, to Auckland is... Stockholm, at 9178nm. http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=AKL-SVO%2FHEL%2FARN%2FIST%2FOSL%2FWAW%2FCPH%2FVIE%2FAMS%2FMUC%2FMAN%2FFRA%2FLHR%2FZRH%2FFCO%2FMXP%2FCDG%2FBCN%2...

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by LamboAston
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 60485

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

I don't see why one fleet of 789s isn't the VA preferred. Even with 2 configs, having one fleet would be far cheaper for fleet maintenance purposes. Australia-US flights would all be on the table, as would all of Asia and of course domestics. From what I'm reading here, the 789 is superior to the 7...

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by LamboAston
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 60485

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

ZK-NBT wrote:
Surely it would make sense for VA to go to one manufacturer atleast for the long haul fleet, 77W is to big so keep the A332 and add some A359 to replace the 77W.

And the A332s are only a few years old. Lots of life in them yet.

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by LamboAston
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 60485

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

What do they think about the 787? Some 787-8's for Asia and some 787-10's for LAX/US? I see a possible Airbus deal being with some A330neo's for Asian expansion (to add to the current A330's which are still quite new) and the aforementioned A350-1000 for a 777 replacement. The 787-10 probably won't...

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by LamboAston
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 250
Views: 29575

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2017

I'd like to see a coordinated response from the smaller independents to better serve the regions with minimal service. . As I've posted before, fingers crossed that the reported dreams of Sounds Air come true: https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/95111909/sounds-air-investigates-larger-planes-betwee...

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