|Quoting SXI899 (Reply 73):|
Would be interesting to work out how much spare capacity NZ would have in their B772 fleet to be able to operate a potential new route, and at what sort of frequency.
Did a spreadsheet for the Air NZ schedule 15 Jan 2015 (peak season with AKL-SIN operating). Eight 77E's but quite a bit of slack. Eight aircraft are only in use Mon 2350 to Tue 0530 and Fri 2350 to Sun 0530, and only seven aircraft from some time in February when OKG is taken out for the upgrade treatment.
Three 789's arrive in the second half of 2015 (NZC Jul 15, NZD Aug 15 and NZH Oct 15) and three 763's leave in the second half of 2015.
What has been announced is that AKL-PVG goes to a daily 789 from 25 Oct 15 and AKL-NRT a daily 789 from 23 Oct 15. That uses three 789's daily, and AKL-PER makes four daily but with no down time.
AKL-PER could revert to daily 77E's. The Mon and Fri AKL-PVG 77E replaced is Mon 2355 to Wed 0650 and Fri 2355 to Sun 0650. In the second half of 2015 AKL-RAR-LAX changes from 763 to 77E. Presently AKL-RAR-LAX-RAR-AKL is Sun 1730 to Tue 1150.
It's complicated, but enough 789 or 77E should be available for daily to a new US destination that displaces some of the present extra LAX or SFO 77E peak season services. But Air NZ would probably not start with daily flights.