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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:54 am

Quoting zkncj (Reply 95):
When NZ talks about an year, they mean FY17 so July 2016 to June 2017

Not really. If they don't specify Financial Year then they mean Calendar Year (Jan to Dec).

Quoting zkncj (Reply 96):
Does that include the extra 1x A320CEO they ordered by the NEO's?

Yes. Last sentence, fifth paragraph says the additional 320CEO will be "delivered in early 2015".
http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/press...-a320neo-and-another-domestic-a320

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:25 am

Quoting PA515 (Reply 100):

OXG is the extra A320 and will be delivered next month. What was OXG's original slot is now OXH and so on all the way to OXK's delivery at the end of this year.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:59 pm

Have the rego's for the NEO's been decided? I was thinking maybe ZK-OZA etc.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:58 am

Quoting keen2fly (Reply 99):
The old uniforms really took me back to the days of my childhood in the early 2000's

The uniforms during the early 2000s really brought back memories of Link flying. Some of the TV ads especially the one with the Maori girl made the memories come back. The DC10 ad was very interesting

Quoting keen2fly (Reply 99):
Now, we just need a retrojet

Would be nice to have a B732 in NAC colours on display somewhere - especially one which actually had the colours flying here
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:31 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 103):
Would be nice to have a B732 in NAC colours on display somewhere - especially one which actually had the colours flying here

looks like ZK-NAC was scrapped in 1992 (http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/Boeing/737/19929,ZK-NAC-National-Airways-Corporation-%28New-Zealand%29.php)

ZK-NAJ/K - Might be still out there!

http://www.planespotters.net/Product...-Corporation-%28New-Zealand%29.php

http://www.planespotters.net/Product...-Corporation-%28New-Zealand%29.php
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:50 am

In tunring to find more information about the ex 737-219, found this one thread from 2001 to mark the end of the 732 at NZ after 33 years - Air NZ 737-200s...gone Forever! (by Boeing767-300 Dec 15 2001 in Civil Aviation)


Looks like August this year will mark 47 years of NZ flying the 737! and exit of an type they operated for 47 years!
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:20 am

I understand this is a civil thread, but as it concerns New Zealand I figure this is the best place to post this very interesting opinion article about the replacement for the RNZAF C-130 which are approaching 50 years old, from a Professor: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6492...alternatives-to-nzs-hercules-fleet
The C-17 is mentioned as an option but cost is a major factor, and the fact that it might not be suitable for tactical operations, the A400M is mentioned, but not as a safe bet. Personally agree with the author in thinking that a very small fleet of C-17's could be worthwhile, but for tactical ops I'm not really sure, anyone else have any opinions on what could/should be done here?
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:49 am

MVF is on her way: http://www.flightradar24.com/SXI1503/544f7dc
Should arrive in Christchurch on Monday.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:52 am

Quoting zkncj (Reply 105):
Looks like August this year will mark 47 years of NZ flying the 737! and exit of an type they operated for 47 years!

I'm hoping that they do a good retirement flight like QF did with the 767 last month...
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:51 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 103):
Would be nice to have a B732 in NAC colours on display somewhere - especially one which actually had the colours flying here

Your wish is sort of granted, ZK-NAV since 14 September 2014.
http://www.saamuseum.co.za/our-aircraft/102.html

Quoting SXI899 (Reply 107):
MVF is on her way: http://www.flightradar24.com/SXI1503/544f7dc
Should arrive in Christchurch on Monday.

Thanks Yorden.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:15 am

Quoting keen2fly (Reply 106):
I understand this is a civil thread, but as it concerns New Zealand I figure this is the best place to post this very interesting opinion article about the replacement for the RNZAF C-130 which are approaching 50 years old, from a Professor: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6492...fleet

I'd lean towards a fleet of A400Ms with eith C-27Js or C-130Js for more tactical stuff. Chances are the C-17 whitetails will be all gone by the time the government decides and several of the Euro Air Forces want to flog off a few of their A400Ms so we could get a good deal there. Plus some smaller ones for more day to day in country and to Aus and back stuff.

The big thing and it is kinda mentioned in the article is that the RNZAF could do a deal with the RAAF and consolidate maintainence into one. That would help reduce costs for both nations and perhaps put the C-17 within the price range for NZ.

The other big issue for the C-17 as mentioned is just how much would we be able to make use of it. It's a big plane to operate and would the NZDF be able to make use of it? The A400M just seems to be a better fit for NZ basically being a bigger C-130 that can carry a bit more a lot further. Sorta perfect for Pacific and Antarctic ops.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:30 pm

Quoting PA515 (Reply 109):
Your wish is sort of granted, ZK-NAV since 14 September 2014.
http://www.saamuseum.co.za/our-aircr....html

Did you see the fleet list for the museum? Amazing collection including a Lockheed Starliner, 747SP, 707, a couple of DC4s and a C54, Vickers Viking, 747-200, Junkers JU-52 and more. And the photo shows a Carvair in the background as well. Worth a trip to South Africa just for the museum, I reckon.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:05 pm

Quoting DavidByrne (Reply 111):

Definitely a nice collection, but out in the weather. Wonder what colour scheme ZK-NAV will get. Noticed the hushkits were missing and from airliners.net photos it looks like they were removed by AVIACSA.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:23 pm

Quoting keen2fly (Reply 106):
Personally agree with the author in thinking that a very small fleet of C-17's could be worthwhile, but for tactical ops I'm not really sure, anyone else have any opinions on what could/should be done here?

The Embraer KC390 springs to mind - effectively a twinjet version of the Hercules, but cheaper.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embraer_KC-390
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:54 pm

Quoting keen2fly (Reply 106):
The C-17 is mentioned as an option but cost is a major factor, and the fact that it might not be suitable for tactical operations, the A400M is mentioned, but not as a safe bet. Personally agree with the author in thinking that a very small fleet of C-17's could be worthwhile, but for tactical ops I'm not really sure, anyone else have any opinions on what could/should be done here?

I'd say the C-17 would have some weight behind it from the UA, If anything they might get an lease deal from the US Government on a couple of C-17. If the RNZAF had 3x C-17, it could reduce the costs for the American Air force by not having to base a couple of them down here for half a year. Which cloud lead to the US doing an very good deal on them.

With the 767 replacements, I'd say I wouldn't totally rule of them getting an couple of ex NZ A320 / 767s

Quoting PA515 (Reply 109):

Your wish is sort of granted, ZK-NAV since 14 September 2014.
http://www.saamuseum.co.za/our-aircraft/102.html

Hopefully they restore it to NZ livery and seating
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:28 am

Has NZ made any mention of the A321neoLR now that it's been announced, does anyone know?
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:39 am

Quoting zkncj (Reply 114):
I'd say the C-17 would have some weight behind it from the UA, If anything they might get an lease deal from the US Government on a couple of C-17. If the RNZAF had 3x C-17, it could reduce the costs for the American Air force by not having to base a couple of them down here for half a year. Which cloud lead to the US doing an very good deal on them.

I'd like to see RNZAF with 2x C-17 and 4x C130J. A deal with Oz for the C-17 makes sense ie if one of ours is getting fixed we can borrow one of theirs type thing if needed. You would need 4x C-130J to cover 1 being deployed, 1 on exercise, 1 in maintenance and 1 ready to go/training.
The USAF has too many C-17 they are actually mothballing some and turning others over to reserve squadrons. I don't see them doing anything like you suggest so far as Antarctica is concerned but definitely see the possibility of them helping us pick up a pair of white-tails.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:49 am

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 116):
The USAF has too many C-17 they are actually mothballing some and turning others over to reserve squadrons. I don't see them doing anything like you suggest so far as Antarctica is concerned but definitely see the possibility of them helping us pick up a pair of white-tails.

Even maybe some second hand ones that they are currently parking up?
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:08 am

Quoting zkncj (Reply 117):

This is certainly the best option as New Zealand will certainly never get a new aircraft with a purchase price of what Boeing are asking for the C-17s. If the USA is happy to off load some for a good price then we would be stupid to not accept some considering the massive loads/freight they can carry.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:11 am

Are the Orions older than the C-130s?
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:01 pm

Quoting 777ER (Reply 118):
This is certainly the best option as New Zealand will certainly never get a new aircraft with a purchase price of what Boeing are asking for the C-17s.

Er, C17 at $400m, with way more capability than the RNZAF needs, and C130Js at $67m a piece equates to... about $1.47 billion with a 3-4 fleet. Throw in the lack of fleet commonality and gone are those benefits with much smaller spares inventory... higher maintenance costs.

7 KC390s at US$50m a piece equates to about US$350m, which is, what, NZ$400m these days? Seems like a little more bang for your buck, no? New Zealand simply doesn't need the C17. And the Americans are pretty loathe to rely on other airforce fleets to do their bidding, i.e. servicing their assets in the Antarctic.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:18 pm

Quoting aerokiwi (Reply 120):
7 KC390s at US$50m a piece equates to about US$350m, which is, what, NZ$400m these days? Seems like a little more bang for your buck, no? New Zealand simply doesn't need the C17.

Agree - the KC390 seems much the best fit as a Herc replacement - though it surely has to be an option that the Hercs are replaced with . . . new Hercs. I just can't see the cost of the C17 being in any way acceptable, and their capabilty is waaaay over the capability of the current fleet. And the idea of having a fleet comprised of two types . . . Gotta be realistic here, guys!
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:08 pm

I'm also going to be naughty and post a military related thing but there's only so much civil NZ aviation stuff. :p

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/nation...7/defence-force-helicopters-arrive

The helicopters the Aussies couldn't get to work have now arrived in NZ.  
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:53 pm

Quoting ZaphodHarkonnen (Reply 122):
Vladimir Beeblebrox moniker taken was it?

On the RNZAF front, just missed flypast of the De Havilland Vampire and two Strikemasters over Wellington as part of the Wings over Wairarapa show which starts today.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:00 am

Quoting aerokiwi (Reply 120):

If mx is done by the RNZAF then yes it becomes too expensive but if NZL and the RAAF agree on shared MX in Australia then that issue is gone in terms of excess costs as we could share the costs.

Quoting motorhussy (Reply 123):

I heard the formation flying over work. There are some good photos of the formation flying low down WLG runway on WIAL FB page
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:36 pm

Quoting 777ER (Reply 124):
If mx is done by the RNZAF then yes it becomes too expensive but if NZL and the RAAF agree on shared MX in Australia then that issue is gone in terms of excess costs as we could share the costs.

Doesn't ANZES already do the air-force work? currently one of the 757s in an AKL hangar getting taped back together
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:47 am

Quoting zkncj (Reply 125):

ANZES only do the RAAF C130s at Safe Air in BHE and B737s in CHC. Surprised there is a B737 at AKL and not CHC since CHC is the B737 MX centre. Maybe it was a RAAF flight to AKL that then needed some MX done on it?
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:00 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 126):

ANZES only do the RAAF C130s at Safe Air in BHE and B737s in CHC. Surprised there is a B737 at AKL and not CHC since CHC is the B737 MX centre. Maybe it was a RAAF flight to AKL that then needed some MX done on it?

Weren't we talking about he RNZAF here, who has 757s currently. Which are currently serviced by NZ at AKL, there is currently an 757 that's been getting worked on for a couple of weeks.

ANZES in AKL pretty much does work on anything they can fit in there hanger these days. If anything I'd say CHC will slowly get scaled back once the 733s are gone.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:05 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 124):
If mx is done by the RNZAF then yes it becomes too expensive but if NZL and the RAAF agree on shared MX in Australia then that issue is gone in terms of excess costs as we could share the costs.

It would take a massive saving in maintenance costs to justify buying an aircraft that is several sizes too large for the RNZAF and up to eight times the unit cost of the other aircraft in the frame. It's the NZ government we're talking about here, guys - nice to dream big but get real!
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:30 am

Quoting zkncj (Reply 127):

Quoting 777ER (Reply 126):

ANZES only do the RAAF C130s at Safe Air in BHE and B737s in CHC. Surprised there is a B737 at AKL and not CHC since CHC is the B737 MX centre. Maybe it was a RAAF flight to AKL that then needed some MX done on it?

Weren't we talking about he RNZAF here, who has 757s currently. Which are currently serviced by NZ at AKL, there is currently an 757 that's been getting worked on for a couple of weeks.

ANZES in AKL pretty much does work on anything they can fit in there hanger these days. If anything I'd say CHC will slowly get scaled back once the 733s are gone.

The RNZAF 757 in AKL is having a full A Check. Both the 757s are due C Checks this year and these will be completed in Christchurch.

For info, CHC is not being scaled back. There are only four 733s left in the fleet with no further heavy checks due on them until they are retired. In the meantime, the ATR and A320 fleets are growing plus CHC has the full VA 737 fleet to look after. Throw in the USAF C130s that fly the Antartctic program plus a number of other customers. CHC is growing....watch this space as there should be some interesting developments this year.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:21 am

Any info from anyone at NZ on new uniforms for their team? Was chatting with some crew and they mentioned in passing, but crew are renound for their gossip? Current one is average at best.

789 in business across the Tasman was far from average! Very nice product and a very cohesive interrior! Great champers es Too   I flew out of sydney but as a melbourne boy, Id like to see an increase in afternoon wide body flight out of my home town.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:37 am

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 130):
789 in business across the Tasman was far from average! Very nice product and a very cohesive interrior! Great champers es Too I flew out of sydney but as a melbourne boy, Id like to see an increase in afternoon wide body flight out of my home town.

Sadly out side of NZ123/123 I don't think Melbourne is going to get any more regular wide-body services. If anything I'd say it would be of the main A321NEO routes.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:11 am

Quoting zkncj (Reply 127):

Sorry, thought you were talking about the RAAF
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sat Jan 17, 2015 8:49 am

Interesting article on stuff.co.nz about the new NZ/SQ partnership, benefits for both countries including exporters and customers

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/6...p-asia-as-air-nz-returns-to-heyday
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:40 pm

When is NZ going to start to add wifi to its fleet? surely they are starting to get behind in this area.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:39 pm

Quoting zkncj (Reply 134):
When is NZ going to start to add wifi to its fleet?

On overnight flights would they shut it off after dinner and turn it on again about an hour before arrival? I would hope so!
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:50 pm

Quoting zkncj (Reply 134):
When is NZ going to start to add wifi to its fleet? surely they are starting to get behind in this area.

There are lots of reasons not to go down that route.
- it's expensive
- it's cumbersome
- tends to be slow, depending how many are using it
- not guaranteed to work depending on where the aircraft is
- once you get over the "wow, internet" factor - I think you'd be surprised how little you want to actually use it when on an aircraft.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:23 am

Quoting gasman (Reply 136):
There are lots of reasons not to go down that route.
- it's expensive
- it's cumbersome
- tends to be slow, depending how many are using it
- not guaranteed to work depending on where the aircraft is
- once you get over the "wow, internet" factor - I think you'd be surprised how little you want to actually use it when on an aircraft.

I disagree on pretty much all points. If implemented properly (UA and LH are good examples) few of those issues occur, and from a usefulness perspective it's extremely helpful in keeping people productive inexpensively while burning long hours in travel every week. My team has a pretty strong preference for flying UA as a result of this (tempered by their current lack of operational reliability).
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:37 am

Quoting sunrisevalley (Reply 135):
On overnight flights would they shut it off after dinner and turn it on again about an hour before arrival? I would hope so!

Why turn it off on over night flights? me typing emails on my laptop, is no different to the person next to me watching an movie on there ptv.

Quoting BlackLabel (Reply 137):
I disagree on pretty much all points. If implemented properly (UA and LH are good examples) few of those issues occur, and from a usefulness perspective it's extremely helpful in keeping people productive inexpensively while burning long hours in travel every week. My team has a pretty strong preference for flying UA as a result of this (tempered by their current lack of operational reliability).

Agreed - inflight wifi is an valuable business expenses, its an great chance to catch up on emails etc. If they can do it in the rest of the world, don't see why they can't atleast offer it on the Tasman Pacific Fleet, and domesitc A320s. Don't EK already offer it to NZ?
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:09 am

"Air NZ passengers get unexpected night in Melbourne"

Passengers on an Air New Zealand flight to Perth spent an unscheduled night in Melbourne after pilots observed an "oil indication gauge".

The plane changed course last night over Australia, turning off its path to Perth and instead heading to Melbourne.

An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said the captain of flight NZ161 from Christchurch to Perth "elected to divert to Melbourne as a precaution after pilots observed an oil indication gauge on the flight-deck".

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel...-get-unexpected-night-in-melbourne
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:41 am

Quoting zkncj (Reply 138):
me typing emails on my laptop, is no different to the person next to me watching an movie on there ptv.

It's probably a little different. Firstly, you don't tap away on your ptv. Secondly, your laptop screen is likely to be brighter with wider flare. But of course, people have been using their laptops at night on aircraft since they were invented, and they're not exactly a menace.

Quoting BlackLabel (Reply 137):
disagree on pretty much all points. If implemented properly (UA and LH are good examples) f

My only experience has been with EK. It took ages to log on, wasn't cheap, didn't work for large segments of the flight..... and after mounting frustration, I realised both I and the world could cope with me being off-line for 13 hours. If the system in its entirety remained user-pays I wouldn't have a problem with it, but I would hate to see the cost built in to the price of a fare. It would also provide NZ with yet another parameter with which to frustrate the purchaser (seat plus bag no wi fi plus movies no fuel etc. etc.)
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:49 am

Quoting gasman (Reply 140):
It's probably a little different. Firstly, you don't tap away on your ptv. Secondly, your laptop screen is likely to be brighter with wider flare. But of course, people have been using their laptops at night on aircraft since they were invented, and they're not exactly a menace.

Totally laptops have been used way before PTV's we're the norm, don't see how the Internet is much different to an spreadsheet or document that the current laptop users use on night flights.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:21 am

Quoting gasman (Reply 140):
Quoting zkncj (Reply 138):me typing emails on my laptop, is no different to the person next to me watching an movie on there ptv. It's probably a little different. Firstly, you don't tap away on your ptv. Secondly, your laptop screen is likely to be brighter with wider flare. But of course, people have been using their laptops at night on aircraft since they were invented, and they're not exactly a menace.

If the issue of the bright screen is a problem, passengers can increase the brightness of their PTV screen also
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:33 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 142):
If the issue of the bright screen is a problem, passengers can increase the brightness of their PTV screen also

Yes, with NZ's for example you can vary the screen brightness from muddy grainy brown through to molasses black.   Unless every scene in a movie was shot outdoors in bright sunlight, preferably on a skifield, I can rarely last through a movie on one of NZs screens.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:40 am

Quoting gasman (Reply 143):
Yes, with NZ's for example you can vary the screen brightness from muddy grainy brown through to molasses black. Unless every scene in a movie was shot outdoors in bright sunlight, preferably on a skifield, I can rarely last through a movie on one of NZs screens.

And if you we're lucky enough to fly an 744 in there last year, you had the added random color lines scrolling down your srceen.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:33 am

ZK-NEP is in the new livery.

Quoting gasman (Reply 76):
Sometimes I *have* to to retain Star Alliance Gold though

Life can be tough sometimes.  
Quoting zkncj (Reply 114):
I wouldn't totally rule of them getting an couple of ex NZ A320 / 767s

I was thinking the same too. The airforce might be a good place for ANZ to offload some 767s, spare parts, other equipment, simulators etc to. And anyway, a country as awesome as NZ deserves something better than a 757 for a VIP aircraft.   A320s would be a bonus, though I don't actually know what they'd be used for (unless they were converted to an ACJ which is a waste of money, not to mention pollitically suicidial).

Quoting DavidByrne (Reply 121):
I just can't see the cost of the C17 being in any way acceptable, and their capabilty is waaaay over the capability of the current fleet.

Yup. It would be cool if we got them, but I really can't see it happening.

Quoting DavidByrne (Reply 121):
Gotta be realistic here, guys!

Well, realistically the Air Force doesn't really have the funds for any new acquisitions (bar the new Beechcraft Texans). So all speculation on here is reasonably pointless.  
Quoting NZ1 (Reply 129):
CHC is growing....watch this space as there should be some interesting developments this year.

I like the sound of this. Hope the future of ANZES at Auckland isn't bleak.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:40 am

Quoting ZKOJQ (Reply 145):
A320s would be a bonus, though I don't actually know what they'd be used for (unless they were converted to an ACJ which is a waste of money, not to mention pollitically suicidial).

Depending on if an A320 can handle it, could add an forward main deck cargo door to make them into Quick Changes. If there was an airbus militarily option to add an belly tank, they maybe could be sent way down south like Aussies a319.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:46 am

Quoting ZKOJQ (Reply 145):
A320s would be a bonus, though I don't actually know what they'd be used for (unless they were converted to an ACJ which is a waste of money, not to mention pollitically suicidial).

Just our t of interest - why politically suicidal?

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:26 am

Quoting gasman (Reply 143):
I can rarely last through a movie on one of NZs screens.

The main problem I have is trying to view the PTV during the day time when they are dull.

Quoting zkncj (Reply 144):
Quoting gasman (Reply 143): Yes, with NZ's for example you can vary the screen brightness from muddy grainy brown through to molasses black. Unless every scene in a movie was shot outdoors in bright sunlight, preferably on a skifield, I can rarely last through a movie on one of NZs screens.
And if you we're lucky enough to fly an 744 in there last year, you had the added random color lines scrolling down your srceen.

Never had that problem on my NZ B744 flights last year.

Quoting ZKOJQ (Reply 145):
Quoting gasman (Reply 76):Sometimes I *have* to to retain Star Alliance Gold though
Life can be tough sometimes.

Maybe look at LH's FF programme? Once you've earned Gold, then you've got 24 months to retain it

Quoting ZKOJQ (Reply 145):
A320s would be a bonus,

A320s would certainly be better for flights to Australia/Pacific Islands if the RNZAF got some B763s.

Yes the B757s are nice aircraft but they aren't suitable for all the missions currently being used for - especially the Monday and Friday Auckland - Ohakea - WLG - CHC - Auckland rotations
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread 151

Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:38 pm

Does anyone know which birds within AirNZ's 77E fleet have had its interior reconfigured to the new cabin (the ones featuring the Sky Couch and 3-4-3 in economy?). I understand that OKA has been done, but are there any others?

I noted that since NZ started flying the AKL-SIN route again from early this month, it appears that OKA and OKE has been operating the route. With the route being advertised as using one of the newly reconfigured 77Es, I wonder whether has OKE be done as well? Are there any others?

Thanks very much.

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