Welcome to the NZ forum. Yet another user with and Air NZ registration as their username!
CA784 is on the 789 today instead of the A332
I caught its arrival:
The Crew Rest area in the most recent (and future) deliveries is now below the main deck, allowing 429 seats in Y
Which delivery was this started from? In the past it has been the easiest way to differentiate a regular and ULH configured EK A380.
The Mayhem begins...
Fortunately, AAIL has done all the forward planning and infrastructure is well in place, so the average pax at AKL won't even notice the congestion....
Forward planning and infrastructure are not terms I would associate with AIAL, certainly not on a scale that matches reality. All of my regular touch points with AIAL from air traffic, apron, terminal through to parking show both a distinct lack of planning and infrastructure that has really surprised this returning expat.
AIAL is hopeless.
I can't find much to complain about with the airport.
The lack of gate space in the international terminal meaning that bus gates are frequently in use and delays on arrival for widebodies are a normal occurance.
The incredibly overcrowded check in area at International.
The way the bag conveyor seems to regularly breakdown at International.
The regular fire alarms/evacuations at International.
The disconnect between gates 15/16 and the rest of the International terminal.
The drab interior and low ceilings on the lower level of gates 1-10.
The way that the airport's design makes it impossible for enthusiasts to see just about anything that's parked at the international terminal.
The massive queue that there always is at MPI (some of this is no doubt MPI's fault, but the lack of space in their hall surely contributes).
The lack of non-airside viewing decks at either terminal.
The fact that there is no covered walkway between the Domestic and International terminals (let alone an internal connection so that one doesn't have to go outside).
The filthiness of the windows at International (especially the ones facing gate 15....its beyond disgusting - I don't think they ever get washed).
The way that the airbridge for gate 33 completely obscures that view from the Domestic Koru Lounge. It would be an excellent view if it wasn't being blocked.
The 'regional terminal' which is quite frankly agricultural. The few times I've used it would indicate that my grandfather's shed (built in the 1940s) has more insulation in its walls than the regional terminal does. It's certainly less draughty.
The lack of rail to the airport.
The constant traffic jams getting there.
The fact that the airport's location means that those of us living on the Shore have a 50 minute drive to get there (assuming minimal traffic....good luck if 0700-1000 or 1500-1900!)
The way that, despite all the problems I've listed, AIAL is spending lots of $$$$ redeveloping the airport's shopping center. Management genuinely seems to believe that everything is going hunky dory.
...is that enough?
Thanks for the help, semis odd from AVV though does it not?
AVV will have cheaper landing fees than MEL.
And the last two ex Air NZ Beech 1900D's ZK-EAH and ZK-EAN went AKL-NLK-SYD-BWU today.
When EAH was arriving at AKL on sunday ATC vectored them in incredibly tightly to slot them in ahead of other traffic. They were still rolling out of a turn at was must have been 100-120ft. No pax aboard so I guess that's allowed.
I have plenty of the international ones still to go though (having only flown OJA,OJD,OJI) so it is unlikely I will get them all before they retire.
I'm also hopelessly behind in my quest to log as many international A320s as possible before they leave. Would be nice if they flew some domestic sectors more regularly. I was wondering a few days ago that, given the significant growth that Air New Zealand has made on domestic routes in the past couple of years, is there a chance of them hanging into a couple of International A320s and converting them to a similar spec as ZK-OAB/OJQ/OJR/OJS to add further capacity?
could NZ possibly be interested in some of their ATRs?
Could be an excellent opportunity for the carrier to boost the ATR fleet. VA's recent troubles really do vindicate Luxton and his moves to get out of VA.
A facebook page for JQ to Northland is gaining in strength each day with now over 100,000 likes, wonder where this will lead?
I don't see how there is much money to be made on 20 minute flights to/from places like WRE.