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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:12 am

https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300044184/coronavirus-border-bungle-review-finds-system-was-under-extreme-stress

Apparently the JQ Terminal in AKL, will be used for managed isolation domestic departures. Does anyone more about this? Assume they mean the old JQ Regional terminal and not the main JQ gates?

JQ starts flying again this week, unless they are planning bus ops for this.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:23 am

zkncj wrote:
https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300044184/coronavirus-border-bungle-review-finds-system-was-under-extreme-stress

Apparently the JQ Terminal in AKL, will be used for managed isolation domestic departures. Does anyone more about this? Assume they mean the old JQ Regional terminal and not the main JQ gates?

JQ starts flying again this week, unless they are planning bus ops for this.


That article is factually incorrect on several things. We can discuss if anyone wants to but who is paying stuff? Though it’s mostly political rather than aviation so probably best not to go there.

On JQ 3 A320s arrived overnight ready for domestic flying resumption joining the 2 already here since services stopped.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:52 am

ZK-NBT wrote:
On JQ 3 A320s arrived overnight ready for domestic flying resumption joining the 2 already here since services stopped.


5x a320s is an pretty good amount for operating at 60% capacity, they have obviously learnt there lessons from the early days now. But then again they have an a lot of spare a320s at the moment so probably doesn’t hurt to have some slack in New Zealand.

It would be good to see them send some of the a321s over that are current parked up across the ditch. They would be great into ZQN to compete with NZ, and really give NZ an run for there money.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:56 am

Airline says airport company should approve Wanaka flights

The Sounds Air proposal for a Wanaka-Christchurch air service has already been delayed by more than two years.
Managing director Andrew Crawford confirmed yesterday an "ongoing discussion" with the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) — which runs Wanaka Airport for the Queenstown Lakes District Council — began two and a-half years ago.

Mr Crawford said he had no idea why the QAC was unwilling to give approval.

"It’s bewildering."

Sounds Air wanted to add Wanaka to its network with 15 return flights to Christchurch per week, and could be operating within six weeks of being given approval.

It would use a nine-seat turbo-prop Pilatus PC12 aircraft.

more:
https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/wanaka/ai ... ka-flights

Very disappointing ! I would expect the airport would prefer the higher landing fees from larger aircraft than they can get from Sounds Air's tiny PC12. But they may not get a better offer for a while.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:07 am

Air NZ CEO Greg Foran says 100 jobs saved, domestic demand rises

About 100 planned cabin crew redundancies have been reversed as domestic demand bounces back, says Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran.

The airline has already made 4000 workers redundant, and has said it expected its original workforce of 12,500 to halve.

Business travellers were slow to return to the skies, but the airline was increasing its domestic schedule to about 65 per cent of pre-coronavirus levels heading into the winter school holidays, Foran said in a message to staff on Friday.

There had been more bookings and more capacity available to Queenstown than the same time last year.

more:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/indust ... mand-rises

This is great news with a start to the recovery with crew now rehired hopefully more will follow!
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:12 am

https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/industri ... freighters

This article mentions the possibility of NZ still looking at converting some wide bodies to Freighters. Who knows?
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:33 am

ZK-NBT wrote:
https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/121966703/exemption-for-essential-boeing-expert-converting-air-nz-aircraft-to-freighters

This article mentions the possibility of NZ still looking at converting some wide bodies to Freighters. Who knows?


Well this is unexpected thought they gave up on that plan originally. Wonder which frame will be chosen for the conversion. Most likely one that is owned and not a leased 777. Could the job be done in house to provide work for the existing staff.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:36 am

ZK-NBT wrote:
https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/121966703/exemption-for-essential-boeing-expert-converting-air-nz-aircraft-to-freighters

This article mentions the possibility of NZ still looking at converting some wide bodies to Freighters. Who knows?

Sounds like its just seats out and some modifications to allow for netting/restraints...

Air New Zealand chief operating officer Cam Wallace in late March said its engineers were looking at modifying its Boeing 777 aircraft so it could get more cargo onto the passenger deck.

Air Canada has already achieved this, reconfiguring a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the largest in Air Canada's fleet, to transport cargo in the passenger cabin, doubling cargo capacity.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:40 am

torin wrote:
ZK-NBT wrote:
https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/121966703/exemption-for-essential-boeing-expert-converting-air-nz-aircraft-to-freighters

This article mentions the possibility of NZ still looking at converting some wide bodies to Freighters. Who knows?

Sounds like its just seats out and some modifications to allow for netting/restraints...

Air New Zealand chief operating officer Cam Wallace in late March said its engineers were looking at modifying its Boeing 777 aircraft so it could get more cargo onto the passenger deck.

Air Canada has already achieved this, reconfiguring a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the largest in Air Canada's fleet, to transport cargo in the passenger cabin, doubling cargo capacity.


I can’t see it being anymore than that given the 77E doesn’t have a full P2F conversion and it would take to long to convert and cost to much.

Curious as to what it might be given they are getting someone from Boeing over. It’s not that hard to remove the seats and use nets.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:01 pm

ZK-NBT wrote:
Curious as to what it might be given they are getting someone from Boeing over. It’s not that hard to remove the seats and use nets.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/indust ... freighters indicates "The family have lived in New Zealand since 2017 and Wellington is now their home", so I guess they were unlucky enough to be out of the country at the wrong time. It also says "He provides specialised oversight of topics that only he has knowledge of within the CAA, including fatigue of transport aircraft structures, alternate means of compliance, crashworthiness, and Boeing structures."
Time for a new viewing deck at AKL!
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:16 pm

ZK-NBT wrote:
I can’t see it being anymore than that given the 77E doesn’t have a full P2F conversion and it would take to long to convert and cost to much.

Curious as to what it might be given they are getting someone from Boeing over. It’s not that hard to remove the seats and use nets.


And it's not as simple as removing a few seats and using couple of nets. You've made it sound like they're throwing the camping gear in the boat to save boot space.

Using just that example, here's an early question. What are you tying the net to? How much weight can that point hold under various conditions.

But I'm sure there's more complex issues to consider, do you remove toilets,overhead bins, electronic equipment, what impact if any does that have to weight and balance.

Then there's the safety/dangerous goods perspective, what are you carrying upstairs vs downstairs and how's it being secured... there is a big fat manual on this topic. There's the floor structure to consider and so much more.

Obviously small, light and non DG "Cargo" can be loaded manually into the passenger cabin and secured easily enough. There's been a number of examples of that during COVID. But if you're looking at a more comprehensive solution there's a lot to consider.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:32 pm

Will be interesting to see what Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk does today with her border.

I've been hearing there's a strong appetite for a NZ-QLD bubble over that side of the ditch. They know how many Kiwis will be itching to travel and see family or take their winter/spring holiday over there in the warmer dryer climate.

Their tourism industry needs visitors just as much as we do.

Obviously this isn't fact and is more than likely coming out of groups who have a self interest (tourism/aviation sector) but where their's smoke there's fire.

I imagine QLD will also want to consider W.A and S.A at some point too If/When and how QLD opens to other stats may be and handbrake should NZ be willing to work with QLD. Although QLD has held a very firm stance to date which should provide some confidence.

Provided QLD remains closed to NSW/VIC I believe we're starving our tourism sector of potential visitors where there's virtually no risk. I can't see why August isn't a realistic start date.

Just my opintion..

The aviation questions then becomes, what opportunities present themselves.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:01 am

NZ6 wrote:
Will be interesting to see what Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk does today with her border.

I've been hearing there's a strong appetite for a NZ-QLD bubble over that side of the ditch. They know how many Kiwis will be itching to travel and see family or take their winter/spring holiday over there in the warmer dryer climate.

Their tourism industry needs visitors just as much as we do.

Obviously this isn't fact and is more than likely coming out of groups who have a self interest (tourism/aviation sector) but where their's smoke there's fire.

I imagine QLD will also want to consider W.A and S.A at some point too If/When and how QLD opens to other stats may be and handbrake should NZ be willing to work with QLD. Although QLD has held a very firm stance to date which should provide some confidence.

Provided QLD remains closed to NSW/VIC I believe we're starving our tourism sector of potential visitors where there's virtually no risk. I can't see why August isn't a realistic start date.

Just my opintion..

The aviation questions then becomes, what opportunities present themselves.


Seems like an common goal, can’t see NZ/QLD wanting any travels from VIC in the next 1-2months.

If there was an QLD/NZ buble it would be an massive win for NZ/VA MK2.
 
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Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:55 am

Anyone gotten a look at the An-124 currently on the ground at AKL?

Volga-Dnepr Airlines RA-82078, delivering RR Trent engines for NZ's 787s.
 
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