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New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Tue May 19, 2015 1:19 pm

Welcome to the 159th edition of the New Zealand Aviation Threads.

Link to thread 158 New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 158 (by 777ER Apr 29 2015 in Civil Aviation)
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Tue May 19, 2015 1:27 pm

To save everyone having to read the previous thread, here are the last few replies from reply 201 onwards

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Quoting mariner (Reply 195):


Sounds Air keep on growing. Wonder if Sounds Air would show any interest in MRO-AKL or maybe even MRO-CHC?

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kiwiandrew

Apologies for asking, because I'm sure it's buried somewhere in a previous thread ( but as we know, the search function on this site couldn't find water if it fell out of a boat!). Which months are the 3 787-9s due in the financial year starting 1 July? I have the feeling they're all due in the first half FY , i. e. within the second half of this calendar year, is that correct?



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Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 202):
Which months are the 3 787-9s due in the financial year starting 1 July? I have the feeling they're all due in the first half FY , i. e. within the second half of this calendar year, is that correct?

They are due this calender year, all are accounted for in the NW schedules for SIN, PVG and additional NRT plus PER and NAN. I'm gonna say they are due in July, September and November but I could be wrong.


Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 192):

2016. Their first one is msn 049. msn 26 will go to TAM in DEC 2015. msn 28 to CX in Feb 2016. I see msn 52 going to UL is for delivery in early 2017 so I expect we might have 2-3 by Summer 2016/7. The 747s haven't been confirmed again yet but still expecting them

Right looks like it will be the second phase of A350 deliveries maybe in 2017 sometime, I initially thought they were getting more by then. Hopefully the 744s will make an appearance again.


Quoting ZKOJH (Reply 194):
Second Phase

Taipei-Taoyuan (TPE) to Auckland (AKL) via Sydney (SYD)
Taipei-Taoyuan (TPE) to Auckland (AKL) via Brisbane (BNE)



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Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 202):

Apologies for asking, because I'm sure it's buried somewhere in a previous thread ( but as we know, the search function on this site couldn't find water if it fell out of a boat!). Which months are the 3 787-9s due in the financial year starting 1 July? I have the feeling they're all due in the first half FY , i. e. within the second half of this calendar year, is that correct?



Reply 118 in thread 150 says the following (assuming no changes since then)

NZC - Jul 2015
NZD - Aug 2015
NZH - Oct 2015


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kiwiandrew



Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 204):
Reply 118 in thread 150 says the following (assuming no changes since then)

NZC - Jul 2015
NZD - Aug 2015
NZH - Oct 2015

Quoting ZK-NBT (Reply 203):
They are due this calender year, all are accounted for in the NW schedules for SIN, PVG and additional NRT plus PER and NAN. I'm gonna say they are due in July, September and November but I could be wrong.

Thank you both for getting back to me so quickly




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Quoting 777ER (Reply 201):
Sounds Air keep on growing. Wonder if Sounds Air would show any interest in MRO-AKL or maybe even MRO-CHC?

In various press articles, there have been several mentions of discussions for MRO-WLG as a possible for Sounds.

The airline itself has talked about Greymouth - GMN-WLG - and also made noises about PMR, presumably to Blenheim - BHE.

I haven't seen any mention of them serving CHC, which surprises me just a little.

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Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 204):


Dates are close, however the first two tail numbers need to change places.

NZD is first, third week in July, with NZC later in August.


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Quoting mariner (Reply 206):


Would never expect MRO-WLG as I've always thought AKL was a better destination. Would have thought a CHC - Picton - WLG route would work well for Sounds. Another option for CHC - WLG without directly competing with NZ/JQ and offering a scenic flight route. One day I'll fly to Picton with Sounds instead of taking the ferry and enjoy the view from above for a change.
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Tue May 19, 2015 3:20 pm

Quoting 777ER (Reply 1):
aotearoa

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 204):

Dates are close, however the first two tail numbers need to change places.

NZD is first, third week in July, with NZC later in August.

http://nyc787.blogspot.co.nz has had the following delivery dates for some months:

ZK-NZD 01 Jul 2015
ZK-NZC 03 Aug 2015
ZK-NZH 27 Sep 2015

'aotearoa' your dates are no doubt more up to date. Is this slippage due delays at Boeing or with the Zodiac seats.

The Air NZ representative sent to the Zodiac factory in Gainsville Texas has returned early because of a holdup in the supply of parts.

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Quoting PA515 (Reply 2):
The Air NZ representative sent to the Zodiac factory in Gainsville Texas has returned early because of a holdup in the supply of parts.

Why would NZ need to have a person on the spot?? Is something to be changed for these latest frames?? Or is it just to ensure no rogue employee at Zodiac tries to add extra cushioning, or seat width?
 
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Quoting gasman (Reply 3):
Why would NZ need to have a person on the spot??

I believe it's usual practice to have a company representative monitoring quality and accepting delivery. But no point having someone there if nothing is happening.

Quoting gasman (Reply 3):
Is something to be changed for these latest frames??

Don't think so.

Quoting gasman (Reply 3):
Or is it just to ensure no rogue employee at Zodiac tries to add extra cushioning, or seat width?

Too many passengers these days have already done that  

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Quoting 777ER (Reply 1):
Would never expect MRO-WLG as I've always thought AKL was a better destination.

Possibly AKL would, but I think MRO wants service to a big city, and Wellington is their nearest centre of business.

Sounds has based its model on short hops and may be wary of long routes - so far WLG-TUO is their longest. They also have an infrastructure at WLG that would help keep costs down.

We'll see. Right now, I don't know that they have the aircraft for too much more service?

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Tue May 19, 2015 9:21 pm

The Air NZ AKL-IAH schedule has been released

NZ028 AKL-IAH 1830/1315 77E
NZ029 IAH-AKL 2025/0555 2 77E

Tu We Th Fr Su (from 15 Dec 2015)
We Th Fr Su (from 08 Mar 2016)
We Fr Su (from 27 Mar 2016)

http://airlineroute.net/2015/05/19/nz-iah-dec15/

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Quoting PA515 (Reply 6):
NZ028 AKL-IAH 1830/1315 77E[/quote
[quote=PA515,reply=6]Tu We Th Fr Su (from 15 Dec 2015)
We Th Fr Su (from 08 Mar 2016)
We Fr Su (from 27 Mar 2016)

Reducing the frequency from five times per week down to three times per week within three months of commencing the service?? That seems bizarre. Is this because of aircraft availabilty? Or because they predict that this market, which hasn't even been tested yet, will contract by 40% between Dec 2015 and March 2016?

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Quoting gasman (Reply 7):
Reducing the frequency from five times per week down to three times per week within three months of commencing the service??

I guess April is the start of lower season for folk coming here and is a slow time in the US - after spring break and before summer.

Although I wouldn't go to Houston, by choice, in high summer.

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Quoting gasman (Reply 7):
Reducing the frequency from five times per week down to three times per week within three months of commencing the service??

Not bizarre at all, simply in line with expected demand. Same as how Vancouver, in recent years, has varied from six to three weekly depending on the time of year.
 
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Wow! MNL-CNS-AKL on an A320... and it's too late for April Fool's Day

http://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/Cor...ppine-Airlines-to-New-Zealand.aspx

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Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 10):
Wow! MNL-CNS-AKL

It'll work - I have zero doubt. Expect an increase in service frequency and/or aircraft capacity to happen within the first year.
 
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Quoting gasman (Reply 11):

Haha I have a feeling it'll work for the first people.. And they'll never repeat that experience on the A320 all the way to MNL from AKL! I'll be advising people to go via SYD or HKG over via CNS!
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Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 10):

Wow! MNL-CNS-AKL on an A320... and it's too late for April Fool's Day

Nice!! Schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday in 1600 out 1830. Pity no weekend movements for us spotting nerds.

Quoting Mr AirNZ (Reply 9):

Not bizarre at all, simply in line with expected demand. Same as how Vancouver, in recent years, has varied from six to three weekly depending on the time of year.

I'm picking you will probably no Mr AirNZ, currently the 77E schedule is showing 29 weekly long haul departures to
LAX x3, SFO x4, IAH x5, EZE x3, YVR x7, HKG x7

The way the flights are scheduled atm means those schedules could be maintained at that frequency if the LAX, SFO 77E flights were retimed as day flights on the return say LAX/SFO 1100 AKL 2100, now also with the days of operation IAH operates on the same days as EZE so with HKG, YVR departures also on those days the LAX, SFO 77E days would be the same. I'm picking NZ3/4 might only run 1 weekly with IAH coming online?

I'm picking also that next winter there will be some more aircraft changes, YVR to 789 maybe an extra frequency, SIN back to 772 then EZE to 789 mid late next year.
 
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Quoting ZK-NBT (Reply 13):
I'm picking you will probably no Mr AirNZ, currently the 77E schedule is showing 29 weekly long haul departures to
LAX x3, SFO x4, IAH x5, EZE x3, YVR x7, HKG x7

I know some things but the finer points of the NW16 schedule still currently escape me. The basis for the schedule will have initially mirrored the NW15 schedule. Whether the NZ14/15 and NZ3/4 combos will run for the same frequencies will be out soon enough. I see a daytime flight ex LAX/SFO back to AKL as extremely unlikely.
 
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Quoting Mr AirNZ (Reply 14):
I see a daytime flight ex LAX/SFO back to AKL as extremely unlikely.

Yep, it would go against what they seem to be doing, though they have changed to afternoon departures ex AKL. I'd imagine taking out 2 frequencies a week total which would give similar utilization to the 77W's with 1 down day, still no much room for something to go U/S.
 
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Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Haha I have a feeling it'll work for the first people.. And they'll never repeat that experience on the A320 all the way to MNL from AKL! I'll be advising people to go via SYD or HKG over via CNS!

That reminds me of a friend who did WLG-AKL-NAN-HNL-YVR with NZ (domestic) and FJ. 737 all the way without stopovers. It is the cheapest option she could find and she is happy with it. I wouldn't take that option though.
 
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Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Haha I have a feeling it'll work for the first people.. And they'll never repeat that experience on the A320 all the way to MNL from AKL! I'll be advising people to go via SYD or HKG over via CNS!

Why? I'd do it.

I'd have a stopover at CNS but only becasuse I don't like long flights on any aircraft. I like to take breaks.

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Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Haha I have a feeling it'll work for the first people.. And they'll never repeat that experience on the A320

I think the stop in Cairns will have two benefits:
- it'll break up the flight, making the whole trip A320 compatible (just)
- it'll open up the market for AKL-CNS.

But yes, if it was AKL-MNL on an A320 non stop (if such a thing were possible) it'd be pure hell.
 
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Quoting gasman (Reply 18):
But yes, if it was AKL-MNL on an A320 non stop (if such a thing were possible) it'd be pure hell.

I once flew MEL-GUM (with three intermediate stops) on Air Nauru's 737. It was fine.

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Quoting mariner (Reply 17):
Why? I'd do it.

I'd have a stopover at CNS but only becasuse I don't like long flights on any aircraft. I like to take breaks.

They'd have to offer it at a significant discount for me to be interested. For such distances, I'd much prefer the majority of the journey to be in a widebody.

Quoting gasman (Reply 18):

I think the stop in Cairns will have two benefits:
- it'll break up the flight, making the whole trip A320 compatible (just)
- it'll open up the market for AKL-CNS.

I don't really see how it would break the trip up too much.. I'd still prefer AKL-SYD-MNL or AKL-HKG-MNL over AKL-CNS-MNL; where there's a widebody for the majority of the journey.
Let's hope prices do come down for AKL-CNS. We'll see from the fare pricing whether it'll be more beneficial to be going to CNS or onto MNL..
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Quoting ZK-NBT (Reply 13):
Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 10):
Wow! MNL-CNS-AKL on an A320... and it's too late for April Fool's Day
Nice!! Schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday in 1600 out 1830. Pity no weekend movements for us spotting nerds.

Excellent schedule for a weekend getaway.
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The timings are:

PR218 MNL2345-0800+1CNS 6:15 1.34..7
PR218 CNS0900-1600AKL 5:00 12.45..

PR219 AKL1830-2230CNS 6:00 12.45..
PR219 CNS2330-0330+1MNL 6:00 12.45..

I expect the 5th freedom rights between AKL and CNS to help in the startup phase while traffic builds.
Should be interesting to see the progress on this route, and whether the next step for PR would be to increase frequency or change to a nonstop service.
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Quoting gasman (Reply 18):
But yes, if it was AKL-MNL on an A320 non stop (if such a thing were possible) it'd be pure hell.

What IFE do PR offer? Do they have seat-back on-demand movies for all pax? If so, I can't see it being any worse than the 3-3-3 abreast Y-class on an NZ 789 (for example) only the seats will be wider, but what's the distance between them? Last time I flew PR (admittedly a long time ago) the food was really good. And besides, I like trying new and different airlines.

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Quoting motorhussy (Reply 23):
What IFE do PR offer? Do they have seat-back on-demand movies for all pax?

Overhead monitors every few rows. AVOD only for business class.

Quoting motorhussy (Reply 23):
I can't see it being any worse than the 3-3-3 abreast Y-class on an NZ 789 (for example) only the seats will be wider, but what's the distance between them?

Pitch is roughly the same as NZ (31") but as you say wider seats. That said, these days you can't really read much into pitch as the more modern designs often have more room at knee height than older seats with the same pitch.
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Quoting SXI899 (Reply 24):
these days you can't really read much into pitch as the more modern designs often have more room at knee height than older seats with the same pitch.

That's only because the seats have so much less padding.
 
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Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Haha I have a feeling it'll work for the first people.. And they'll never repeat that experience on the A320 all the way to MNL from AKL! I'll be advising people to go via SYD or HKG over via CNS!

Can't be as the Cebu Pacific flight ex SYD, where its Y from the front door to the back door on the A330 with over 400 seats!
 
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Quoting SXI899 (Reply 22):

It's possible this route will go to an A321 once demand starts to build, a similar situation occurred on the MNL-DRW-BNE route, although I believe this route has since been suspended. Could we see the first 321 in NZ before NZ's NEO's??
 
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Quoting NZ107 (Reply 20):
They'd have to offer it at a significant discount for me to be interested. For such distances, I'd much prefer the majority of the journey to be in a widebody.

Yeah, I think everyone would prefer a twin aisle for every trip - not just medium to long haul ones. But putting this particular one in perspective - the flight time CNS-MNL would be a little over five hours. That's well within the ballpark of normality (if not acceptability) by today's standards, and no worse than a westbound transcontinental trip in the USA on an A320 - a trip I'm sure many of us here have made before.

Given that the vast majority of trans-Tasman flights are single aisle anyway, I'd prefer do this AKL-CNS-MNL route on an A320 rather than go AKL-SYD-MNL, just for the sake of getting a widebody on the second leg (which will be at least two hours longer than CNS-MNL).

I think Phillipine Airlines are on to a winner with this one. I feel far more confident about this than I do about NZ flying to EZE.
 
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Quoting Sylus (Reply 27):
A similar situation occurred on the MNL-DRW-BNE route, although I believe this route has since been suspended.

PR are definitely still flying the route - saw their flight arrive while getting some photos last week. The A321's, I understand, occasionally do fly the route - had previously been a seasonal increase in capacity but now they only sub in on flights that need it from what I understand.
 
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Quoting Bluebird191 (Reply 29):

Ahh interesting, thanks for the correction.
 
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Quoting ZK-NBT (Reply 13):
then EZE to 789 mid late next year.

Should have EDTO 330 by the middle of next year . Probably EZE will switch to the 789 when frame 7 or 8 arrives in the second half of 2016.

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Anyone know which 789 is scheduled to fly NZ289 on Mon 25th?

 
 
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Is ZK-OXJ still due in August? Any ATR deliveries in the near future? Any 777s that I will need to get photos of ASAP before they get repainted?

Quoting cchan (Reply 16):
That reminds me of a friend who did WLG-AKL-NAN-HNL-YVR with NZ (domestic) and FJ. 737 all the way without stopovers. It is the cheapest option she could find and she is happy with it. I wouldn't take that option though.
Quoting mariner (Reply 17):
Why? I'd do it.

Same! One day I plan to fly to Europe only on A320s (via Asia) and return (via North America) only on 737s. When I have some more time on my hands. 

What is PR's service like? Worth flying with them to Cairns just to log another airline?

Quoting gasman (Reply 18):
- it'll open up the market for AKL-CNS.

   I'm surprised in the less than daily with NZ.
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Quoting ZKOJQ (Reply 33):
What is PR's service like? Worth flying with them to Cairns just to log another airline?

I've always found the service very good, and the food. On one flight I had the best Szechuan chicken I've ever tasted - yummy num-nums.

I'm intrigued to see how this service goes. Living in the woop-woop, I had not realised how the community is growing in NZ:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/n...ticle.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11452408

"The gain in migrant arrivals was driven by India, with a net gain of 12,200 people in the year through April, followed by 7,800 from China, 4,600 from the UK and 4,000 from the Philippines."

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Quoting ZKOJQ (Reply 33):
Is ZK-OXJ still due in August? Any ATR deliveries in the near future?

A320
ZK-OXJ c/n 6694 Aug 2015 (late Aug?)
ZK-OXK c/n 6706 Sep 2015 (early Sep?)

ATR72-600
ZK-MVG c/n 1260? Jun 2015 (late Jun?)

And '787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 42' reports ZK-NZD moved from the EMC to the flightline today.

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Quoting zkncj (Reply 26):
Can't be as the Cebu Pacific flight ex SYD, where its Y from the front door to the back door on the A330 with over 400 seats!

Except Cebu Pacific has something like 34 inches of legroom..

Quoting gasman (Reply 28):

I've done transcons in USA in narrowbodies. But never back to back. And there has always been a prospect of an upgrade waiting in the wings too, which would be extremely unlikely in the case of PR.
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Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Except Cebu Pacific has something like 34 inches of legroom..

In an 3-3-3 configuration on an 330, so not that roomy
 
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Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):

Yeah......... and I must admit, that IFE 'aint exactly cutting edge.

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Phili...d=eaa0a87c3225a898ab204bab2a5a4ecb
 
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Thu May 21, 2015 9:12 am

Quoting gasman (Reply 38):
eah......... and I must admit, that IFE 'aint exactly cutting edge.

Maybe they'll make the pre-loaded iPads available on these flights.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Thu May 21, 2015 10:17 am

Budget day: the only thing that would appear to affect me is the new border tax. $16 per arriving pax and $6 per departing pax.  
Quoting PA515 (Reply 35):
ZK-MVG c/n 1260? Jun 2015 (late Jun?)

I had this one as December. That's good if its delivery has been brought forward.  
Quoting gasman (Reply 38):
Yeah......... and I must admit, that IFE 'aint exactly cutting edge.

That aircraft (MSN1171) is no longer in the fleet, though their newer A320s IFE system doesn't seem to be much better. At least the plane's livery is vibrant.  
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Thu May 21, 2015 7:12 pm

Quoting ZKOJQ (Reply 40):
I had this one as December. That's good if its delivery has been brought forward.

Got my info from Slide 16 of the Air NZ 2015 Interim Analyst Presentation, and Air NZ Press Releases etc.

http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/asset...5-interim-analyst-presentation.pdf

ATR72-600: FY15 (3), FY16 (5), FY17 (1)

Financial Year 2015 (01 Jul 2014 - 30 Jun 2015)
ZK-MVE (Oct 2014)
ZK-MVF (Jan 2015)
ZK-MVG (Jun 2015)

Financial Year 2016 (01 Jul 2015 - 30 Jun 2016)
ZK-MVH (Jul - Dec 2015)
ZK-MVI (Jan 2016)
ZK-MVJ (Feb? 2016)
ZK-MVK (Mar? 2016)
ZK-MVL (Apr? 2016)

Financial Year 2017 (01 Jul 2016 - 30 Jun 2017)
ZK-MVM (Jul 2016)

Any corrections or updates welcome.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Thu May 21, 2015 9:05 pm

This annoys me.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/budget-201...cfm?c_id=1503822&objectid=11452732

I couldn't care too much about the $36, although for some it will hurt and for them I sympathise. My irritation is that the bureaucracy surrounding travel in and out of NZ needs to reduce, not increase.

There was a time when to travel out of AKL you had to fill out a departure card, check in, then go somewhere else to pay a departure tax, then clear customs, then security. Arriving isn't much better. Whereas there are plenty of major first world countries where all that is required to enter or leave is a simple flash of the passport.

It's not clear whether this new tax will involve a separate payment process (heaven forbid) or simply be added to the cost of a ticket; but even if the latter I am still disappointed. Travelers already contribute a huge amount to New Zealand Inc. If there really has to be some "user pays" gesture made by the government to the travel industry, then let the costs be borne by the airport companies who can pass the costs onto the airlines who THEN can pass the costs on to the travelers if they so wish.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Thu May 21, 2015 9:24 pm

Regarding the Air NZ A320/321NEO aircraft order and ALC leases.

My impression was the ALC leases for five aircraft were a 'sale and leaseback' from Air NZ's original order for thirteen, but that's not entirely correct.

Slide 16 and Slide 17 of the Air NZ 2015 Interim Analyst Presentation.

Slide 16. Aircraft capital expenditure
A320/321NEO* --- FY18 (3), FY19 (6), FY20 (4)
* committed orders

Slide 17. Jet Fleet
A320/321NEO* --- FY18 (6), FY19 (13), FY20 (13)
* Reflects timing of aircraft expected to be sourced through operating leases that may substitute current purchase commitments

The ALC leases "may substiute current purchase commitments" or they could be additional to the original order. The first three ALC aircraft appear to be additional to the original order as they arrive in FY18 along with three committed orders, making the six aircraft in the fleet by 30 June 2018.

A321NEO's could be used on some domestic services replacing domestic 320's OAB, OJQ, OJR, OJS as well as replacing 763's on regional services.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Thu May 21, 2015 9:45 pm

Quoting PA515 (Reply 43):
A321NEO's could be used on some domestic services replacing domestic 320's OAB, OJQ, OJR, OJS

Why only replacing those certain A320?
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Fri May 22, 2015 12:14 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 44):

Quoting PA515 (Reply 43):
A321NEO's could be used on some domestic services replacing domestic 320's OAB, OJQ, OJR, OJS

Why only replacing those certain A320?


Wouldn't it just be more feasible to retrofit them with Sharklets?
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Fri May 22, 2015 12:52 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 44):
Why only replacing those certain A320?

OAB, OJQ, OJR and OJS don't have the sharklets.

Quoting ZKNCL (Reply 45):
Wouldn't it just be more feasible to retrofit them with Sharklets?

Air NZ don't appear to have ordered the sharklet retrofit. Could be a problem modifying leased aircraft or they don't plan on keeping them long enough to justify the expenditure.

OAB and OJQ are leased from ALC and were delivered in Feb 2011. OJR and OJS are leased from BOC and were delivered in Nov and Dec 2011.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Fri May 22, 2015 1:23 am

Quoting PA515 (Reply 46):

So in other words, its highly likely we'll see A321s operating domestic services during peak hour
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Fri May 22, 2015 1:52 am

Quoting gasman (Reply 42):
It's not clear whether this new tax will involve a separate payment process (heaven forbid) or simply be added to the cost of a ticket; but even if the latter I am still disappointed. Travelers already contribute a huge amount to New Zealand Inc. If there really has to be some "user pays" gesture made by the government to the travel industry, then let the costs be borne by the airport companies who can pass the costs onto the airlines who THEN can pass the costs on to the travelers if they so wish.

I just hope that we will see more customs staff for arrivals. During peak times, the amount of time that it takes in the queue for customs is unacceptably long. Even during off peak times, it's usually a real pain.

Quoting PA515 (Reply 41):

Thanks for the info!

Quoting ZKNCL (Reply 45):
Wouldn't it just be more feasible to retrofit them with Sharklets?

I would have thought so. Hope they don't get rid of ZK-OJQ.  
Quoting 777ER (Reply 47):
So in other words, its highly likely we'll see A321s operating domestic services during peak hour

But these would presumably be International A321s, right? So PTVs etc?
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 159

Fri May 22, 2015 2:11 am

Quoting gasman (Reply 42):

Especially since the dear leader of this country and Minister of Tourism went up to London to lobby for lower travel taxes when the UK increased theirs.

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