Bostrom wrote:Zkpilot wrote:I am actually starting to think that NZ might skip the 779 and just have a 787 fleet (789+7810). My previous thinking was that they would want the big bird for LHR however I think perhaps they could operate a 2nd UK/EU service from either LAX or SFO (maybe ORD) so they wouldn't be losing any capacity (and actually grow). This could have some decent cost savings by just having one aircraft type.
LAX capacity would itself decrease however with an increase of flights to other destinations that would make more space on those flights for O&D traffic.
Why not a resumed AKL-HKG-LHR route instead? 450 km shorter than via LAX and avoids the trouble with a US stop.
If they went double daily 789 to HKG, and one continued to LHR, that could work (if there was demand, now with HX serving the route as well as the CX A359 and summer 77W)