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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:06 am

Inaugural QR920 is on its way, operated by A7-BBB

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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:01 am

I just got back from two days in the US, and just want to share a few observations (partly related to the previous discussons here):

* I flew UA on the outbound AKL-SFO, and I was impressed! I had paid extra for the Economy Plus, and it was great. It felt spacious and even had old style seats, and not the hard slimline cr*p. And, best of all, it was 9 abreast. And man, after having done 10 abreast many times now, you immediately felt the difference - it even looked so much more spacious, and it sure was. Also, in regular Y it was 9 abreast. Service was great - small meals, but a number of services. Even a drinks trolley shortly after take-off, prior to the meal. I also liked the times, since AKL was not over crowded (I breezed through immigration and security) and getting to SFO at 6:30am allowed me to connect to RDU (via ORD) without an overnight stay. I loved it!
* UA domestic was pretty good, too. The B777-200 was also 9 abreast, but in the old 2-5-2 configuration. With a window seat that felt good as well. I also got my first 757-300 ever ;-) All flights were packed to the rafters, and flight attendants were very pleasant (was that really the UA I always read about on Anet???). The only really annoying thing was that the B757-300 still had seat-back screens, and you had to pay for ANY content, even the flight map!
* Flight back on NZ001 was nice. NZ messed up my booking, so they pre-approved my recognition upgrade request (nice and friendly customer service agents!). BP was good as always, but the first time for me the food disappointed. The crew were lovely. My bag didn't make it, and they paged me at the caroussel and told me it would come on NZ005, so I had to wait for that flight to come in. It was only 20ish minutes, since my flight (NZ001) was late, but after 27 hours of travelling it was annoying. The advantage: MPI queues were VERY short (maybe 5 people in front of me), so that made up for the wait for NZ005.
* Overall, not a bad experience for AKL-SFO-ORD-RDU-ORD-LAX-AKL, and only 2 days in the US.

Regarding some other comments:

* I was wondering how the border in SFO would look like now. Fact was: Not any different at all! No massive queues - just the normal amount of people. There was a bit of a wait after you have done the machine scans, but mostly because a flight from Asia was there just before us, and they took a long time to go through (from oberserving I assume, not the least due to language problems). The immigration officer was pleasant, and nothing was any different. The only difference was that already at check-in in AKL they asked for an address in the USA, which they usually only do at entry via arrival card.
* At the airports you would not have noticed any difference in security. ORD was extremely busy, but it always is, especially on a Friday afternoon/evening.

* Regarding the comment "I feel sorry for people who have to go there for business...". The first thing my colleagues in North Carolina (and that is Trumpland!) apologised for their president! As if it was their fault - they sure didn't vote for him. They were utterly embarrassed, and I felt sorry for them. But my visit was a nice one, and their hospitality was outstanding.

* If it stays at it is now, and not worsens significantly, it is bad, but I see little (if any) drop in tourism to the USA. It does not affect people while they are travelling to/in the US, except for those from certain countries. And I don't think there are too many of those on AKL-USA services. Don't get me wrong, I don't say it is ok that way (at all!), but I do not foresee a major impact on NZ, AA, UA, HA...

Just a few observations/experiences
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:53 pm

zkeoj wrote:
I just got back from two days in the US, and just want to share a few observations (partly related to the previous discussons here):

Regarding some other comments:


* Regarding the comment "I feel sorry for people who have to go there for business...". The first thing my colleagues in North Carolina (and that is Trumpland!) apologised for their president! As if it was their fault - they sure didn't vote for him. They were utterly embarrassed, and I felt sorry for them. But my visit was a nice one, and their hospitality was outstanding.


Just a few observations/experiences
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Why bring politics into an otherwise informative post? No all of us in the USA hate Trump. Lets keep it aviation oriented.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:03 pm

QR920 inaugural arrived 15 minutes early. Anyone know what welcome they got in AKL?
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:17 pm

LamboAston wrote:
QR920 inaugural arrived 15 minutes early. Anyone know what welcome they got in AKL?


Here:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news ... d=11795048

"Qatar Airways' longest flight lands in Auckland"

And here:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news ... d=11795259

"Qatar Airways commits to NZ after longest flight in the world lands ahead of schedule"

I'm sure there are others.

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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:51 pm

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Anyone know what happened at AKL today? Before lunch the runway was closed for 10 minutes and then just before 2pm SQ286 did a low speed abort, vacated and ended up holding on taixiway B. Doesn't seem to have departed yet.


This happpened again? It happened the week before last, are you sure it's not the same incident?
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:08 am

ZKSUJ wrote:
SelandiaBaru wrote:
Anyone know what happened at AKL today? Before lunch the runway was closed for 10 minutes and then just before 2pm SQ286 did a low speed abort, vacated and ended up holding on taixiway B. Doesn't seem to have departed yet.


This happpened again? It happened the week before last, are you sure it's not the same incident?


I've not seen a report, but apprantly did happen again, it left 3 hours later. 9V-SKJ A388.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:43 am

Apparently (according to FR24) NZ540 from CHC to AKL is being operated by an AT76, which diverted to Wellington. Not sure if this is actually the case or if just a FR24 glitch.
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:44 am

LamboAston wrote:
Apparently (according to FR24) NZ540 from CHC to AKL is being operated by an AT76, which diverted to Wellington. Not sure if this is actually the case or if just a FR24 glitch.

According to the history of the flight this has been the case for most of the last week.
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:54 am

LamboAston wrote:
Apparently (according to FR24) NZ540 from CHC to AKL is being operated by an AT76, which diverted to Wellington. Not sure if this is actually the case or if just a FR24 glitch.


It's a glitch, the flight is actually NZM040 or NZ5040, FR24 sees the 540 and assumes it's NZ540 from Christchurch to Auckland, not NZ5040 which is Christchurch to Wellington.

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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:32 am

LamboAston wrote:
QR920 inaugural arrived 15 minutes early. Anyone know what welcome they got in AKL?

the usual palaver with water arch, chase helicopter on landing roll out and kapa haka with default inaugural arrival on gate 6. Nothing special.
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:50 am

aerorobnz wrote:
LamboAston wrote:
QR920 inaugural arrived 15 minutes early. Anyone know what welcome they got in AKL?

the usual palaver with water arch, chase helicopter on landing roll out and kapa haka with default inaugural arrival on gate 6. Nothing special.


Aww come on, let them have a bit of fun. They should probably have bussed the pax from a remote gate though, for that authentic AKL experience... LOL
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread 185

Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:37 am

77west wrote:
aerorobnz wrote:
LamboAston wrote:
QR920 inaugural arrived 15 minutes early. Anyone know what welcome they got in AKL?

the usual palaver with water arch, chase helicopter on landing roll out and kapa haka with default inaugural arrival on gate 6. Nothing special.


Aww come on, let them have a bit of fun. They should probably have bussed the pax from a remote gate though, for that authentic AKL experience... LOL

At least they got it a gate, unlike certain other QR inaugurals.
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