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New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:35 am

Welcome to the 174th edition of the New Zealand Aviation Threads.

Link to thread 173 New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 173 (by Zkpilot Feb 25 2016 in Civil Aviation)
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:52 am

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 209):
On a related note while boozing it up in the Koru Club on a grabaseat day trip I noticed ZK-POE was operating for Originair NSN-PMR-NSN,

Thanks for that. I've seen the pencil-plane flying into NSN many times over the last month or so, but never knew who it was flying for or where it was going, so its good to finally know   
 
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Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:08 am

http://www.ausbt.com.au/first-look-n...land-star-alliance-brisbane-lounge

NZ's new BNE lounge is to open on 16 March 2016, they had an media open day today to show it off.

Looks much better than the previous lounge, could now be the best lounge in BNE.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:13 am

And quite frankly, there is no "regional terminal" - it is the same terminal,

Quoting zkncj (Reply 2):
And quite frankly, there is no "regional terminal" - it is the same terminal,
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Well Jetstar sort just changed with there new Gate 62/63, that is an Regional Shed.

Anyone know why AIAL never took those airbridge brackets out from the early 2000s when Ansett New Zealand put it? was there plans to add an 3rd gate?
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:54 pm

Quoting Andrensn (Reply 1):
Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 209):
On a related note while boozing it up in the Koru Club on a grabaseat day trip I noticed ZK-POE was operating for Originair NSN-PMR-NSN,

Thanks for that. I've seen the pencil-plane flying into NSN many times over the last month or so, but never knew who it was flying for or where it was going, so its good to finally know

I noticed it last time I was in NSN (17 Feb), and only knew because the flight was announced - no markings on the aircraft at all, not even a sticker. And the Originair Jetstream (ECI) was sitting right next to it.

Quoting zkncj (Reply 3):
Well Jetstar sort just changed with there new Gate 62/63, that is an Regional Shed.

Yup, but funny enough they have not all prop-flights going from there - some are also from the "upstairs jet gates". I actually quite like the shed, despite it having no services other than a vending machine and toilets. But it is funky  
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:36 pm

Quoting zkncj (Reply 3):
And quite frankly, there is no "regional terminal" - it is the same terminal,

I'm old enough to remember when International and Domestic were in the same building, the same terminal - LOL.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:04 am

Quoting mariner (Reply 5):
I'm old enough to remember when International and Domestic were in the same building, the same terminal - LOL.

I envy you - especially for the TEAL flying boat experience! What would I give to experience that!!!
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:18 am

Quoting zkeoj (Reply 6):
I envy you - especially for the TEAL flying boat experience! What would I give to experience that!!!

Flying boats, yes, several times, but not TEAL - they were on Imperial Airways/BOAC.  

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Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:52 am

Quoting zkeoj (Reply 4):
Yup, but funny enough they have not all prop-flights going from there - some are also from the "upstairs jet gates". I actually quite like the shed, despite it having no services other than a vending machine and toilets. But it is funky  

Its rather entraining to see an prop parked at gate 20/21 yet an A320 at the hardstand boarding by bus, sure its done wonders for there OTP.


They really next to re-number the gates at the Domestic Terminal, since you now have 60-64 next to gate 20!
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:41 am

Has NZ reduced their IAH route, seems their Tuesday service has been absent for the last 2 weeks?
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Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:17 pm

Quoting thomasphoto60 (Reply 9):
Has NZ reduced their IAH route, seems their Tuesday service has been absent for the last 2 weeks?

NZ28 AKL-IAH and NZ29 IAH-AKL was Tu We Th Fr Su. This has changed to We Th Fr Sa Su and will be We Th Fr Su next week. After next week it's Mo Th Fr Sa Su until 28 Oct.

The AKL-IAH schedule from 29 Oct hasn't been updated on the Air NZ website. It shows We Fr Su which is just a pro forma schedule based on the original Apr-Oct schedule. Should go to six weekly or daily by 06 Dec.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:39 pm

Quoting zkncj (Reply 3):
Anyone know why AIAL never took those airbridge brackets

Does anyone know if airbridges are made in NZ, I think I remember watching a program where they were talking about NZ made airbridges.
 
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Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:26 pm

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Yes the airbridges are still made in Lower Hutt by Airport Equipment Ltd

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:03 pm

Quoting PA515 (Reply 10):

Quoting thomasphoto60 (Reply 9):
Has NZ reduced their IAH route, seems their Tuesday service has been absent for the last 2 weeks?

NZ28 AKL-IAH and NZ29 IAH-AKL was Tu We Th Fr Su. This has changed to We Th Fr Sa Su and will be We Th Fr Su next week. After next week it's Mo Th Fr Sa Su until 28 Oct.

The AKL-IAH schedule from 29 Oct hasn't been updated on the Air NZ website. It shows We Fr Su which is just a pro forma schedule based on the original Apr-Oct schedule. Should go to six weekly or daily by 06 Dec.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:09 am

Quoting PA515 (Reply 10):
The AKL-IAH schedule from 29 Oct hasn't been updated on the Air NZ website. It shows We Fr Su which is just a pro forma schedule based on the original Apr-Oct schedule. Should go to six weekly or daily by 06 Dec.

Oddly, it shows a reduction from 5x weekly in October 2016 (which is the frequency all through winter 2016) to 3x weekly in November but then back to 5x weekly from the week of 12 December and through until March 2017. No 6x or 7x weekly shown yet even though the main summer listing has been adjusted from the previous 3x weekly.

Is November a period of even less demand than the winter, or is there still more change yet to come before the published schedule becomes definitive?
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:44 am

Quoting DavidByrne (Reply 14):
then back to 5x weekly from the week of 12 December and through until March 2017

This part of the schedule is just reflecting the previous 12 months. AKL-IAH commenced Dec 2015


Quoting DavidByrne (Reply 14):
is there still more change yet to come before the published schedule becomes definitive?

Yes. For example CHC-PER, AKL-RAR-SYD and AKL-RAR-LAX are still showing as 763s. And there's one 789 and most of another not in the schedule yet.

On Sunday ZK-NZD was in CHC for eight hours. AKL-CHC NZ6231 and CHC-AKL NZ6232.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:51 am

food for thought. The quiet months at AKL as an airport this season and next are busier than the high season dec-jan just two years ago. NZ has had great growth in it's own right, but AKL has become a market capable of year round demand.

there are no doubt undisclosed announcements to come that may partially account for the IAH changes which will come out in the fullness of time.
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:42 am

Quoting PA515 (Reply 15):
And there's one 789 and most of another not in the schedule yet.

Then if I correctly understand what you are saying there is 7 and a bit 789's in the schedule.
 
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Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:51 am

"Air NZ electrifies its fleet - of cars"

Air New Zealand is buying 76 electric light vehicles, including 36 $80,000-plus BMW i3 cars for its sales force.

the airline says the switch to electric will save around 65,000 litres of fuel per year and it's creating what's believed to be the leading corporate electric vehicle fleet in New Zealand.
The BMW i3 was named New Zealand Car of the Year for 2015 and as well as being electric, it features a sustainable design with much of its interior and body made from the same carbon fibre as the fuselage of Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet. They have a sticker price of $84,000 although the airline is likely to have got a fleet discount.


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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:42 pm

Quoting sunrisevalley (Reply 17):
Then if I correctly understand what you are saying there is 7 and a bit 789's in the schedule.

Correct. Nine 789s available by 30 Oct 2016. Seven and a bit in the schedule. Varies slightly depending on the accuracy of airlineroute info that NZ176 Tu Th Sa and NZ178 We Fr Su is for the entire Northern Winter schedule. I have included PER-CHC and CHC-PER as a 789.

01. AKL-PER --- Daily

02. AKL-NRT --- Daily

03. AKL-PVG --- Daily

04. PVG-AKL --- Daily

05. AKL-SIN ---- Daily

06. AKL-HNL --- Tu Th Fr Sa (We to Th and Su to Tu not used)

07. AKL-PER --- Tu Th Sa, PER-AKL We Fr Su (seasonal 15 Sep to 00 May 17) (We to Th, Fr to Sa, Su to Tu not used) or AKL-PER --- Mo Th Fr, PER-CHC Mo Fr, CHC-PER Tu Sa, PER-AKL We Fr Su (We to Th, Su to Mo not used)

08. AKL-NRT --- Mo Th Sa (seasonal Dec? 16 to May? 17) (Tu to We not used)

09. Nothing in the schedule

Not used: Tu to We (seasonal NRT), We to Th (HNL), Su to Tu (HNL), We to Th (seasonal PER), Su to Mo (seasonal PER). Take out one or two of these days for regular 789 fleet maintenance.

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Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:53 pm

Quoting sunrisevalley (Reply 17):
the airline says the switch to electric will save around 65,000 litres of fuel per year and it's creating what's believed to be the leading corporate electric vehicle fleet in New Zealand.

The $130,000 in fuel costs is not to be taken lightly. But 130 to 160km per charge on the i3 is not going to take anyone very far. Wonder what the recharging logistics will be?
 
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Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:10 pm

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Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:19 am

Quoting ZKOJH (Reply 18):

Good on NZ for reducing its carbon anyway possible, but there are certainly better electric vehicles out there with better distance per charge and for less $$$. Wellington Free Ambulance has two electric Mitsubishi Outlanders as emergency response cars. Both vehicles have lasted multiple full shifts (12 hours) on the single charge with no chances to recharge till the end of the shift.
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:14 am

A 788 with a Middle Eastern flag similar to the UAE's flew out of WLG today. Anyone know whose it was and what it was doing here? Hot on the heels of a US C-17 with their spy boss James Clapper which overlapped with an Iranian A340 with their foreign minister, Javad Zarif.
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:05 pm

Quoting motorhussy (Reply 23):
A 788 with a Middle Eastern flag similar to the UAE's flew out of WLG today. Anyone know whose it was and what it was doing here?

A6-PFC of the Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight operated WLG-AKL as AUH4. Arrived in WLG on the evening of the 16th from CBR.
Unfortunately no idea what the reason is for the visit.
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Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:05 pm

Quoting SXI899 (Reply 24):
A6-PFC of the Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight operated WLG-AKL as AUH4. Arrived in WLG on the evening of the 16th from CBR.
Unfortunately no idea what the reason is for the visit.

This perhaps?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA160...-welcomes-uae-foreign-minister.htm

"McCully welcomes UAE Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the start of an official visit to New Zealand by the United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“The UAE is an important partner for New Zealand in the Gulf region and our 10th largest export destination,” Mr McCully says."


Although it seems a bit early to leave.

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Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:50 pm

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McCully welcomes UAE Foreign Minister

Interesting political dynamic here - the UAE and Iranian Foreign Ministers in town at almost exactly the same time. At a guess both are trying to shore up NZ support for their respective (and conflicting) positions on Syria. Doubt very much if there's any aviation component to their discussions!
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Fri Mar 18, 2016 3:25 pm

Found some Nov 2015 info on the first two Air NZ 763s to leave.
ZK-NCK goes in March 2016 and ZK-NCL in July 2016.

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ZK-NCK L/N 663 --- 1997 c/n 26971 -- 88,522 hours / 15,636 cycles -- Mar 2016
ZK-NCL L/N 677 --- 1997 c/n 28745 -- 87,235 hours / 15,613 cycles -- Jul 2016

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Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:23 pm

ZK-MVJ on delivery as SXI1614. Presently descending into AAN.

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Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:31 pm

Quoting PA515 (Reply 28):
ZK-MVJ on delivery as SXI1614

Does this one increase the fleet or is it a replacement ?
 
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Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:49 pm

Quoting sunrisevalley (Reply 29):
Does this one increase the fleet or is it a replacement ?

Replaces the TRG-CHC Q300 which replaces the TIU-WLG 1900D and WLG-BHE 1900D (eff. 28 Mar).

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Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:04 pm

And ZK-MVK is due towards the end of Apr replacing the NSN-WLG-TRG etc Q300 which replaces the BHE-CHC and HKK-CHC 1900Ds (eff. 02 May).

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Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:08 am

ZK-MVL is actually arriving before ZK-MVK, albeit by about a week. Both due for delivery mid May.

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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:17 am

Quoting PA515 (Reply 30):
Q300 which replaces the TIU-WLG 1900D

I'm sure its been discussed but does anyone know if airports like TIU who have only had 1900D's but now moving to Q300's are required to get Airport Fire vehicles?

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HKK-CHC 1900Ds (eff. 02 May)

I thought HKK got cancelled, or am I getting Westport mixed up with HKK?
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:44 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 33):
I thought HKK got cancelled, or am I getting Westport mixed up with HKK?

HKK is still going. Has had Q300s for a while now. Westport was closed by NZ and was replaced by Sounds Air

Quoting PA515 (Reply 31):
And ZK-MVK is due towards the end of Apr replacing the NSN-WLG-TRG etc Q300

Does this mean Mount Cook will now have to base new ATR pilots and F/A's out of Nelson?
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:57 am

Quoting Andrensn (Reply 34):
Quoting 777ER (Reply 33):
I thought HKK got cancelled, or am I getting Westport mixed up with HKK?

HKK is still going. Has had Q300s for a while now. Westport was closed by NZ and was replaced by Sounds Air

Thanks. Clearly got Westport mixed up

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Quoting PA515 (Reply 31):
And ZK-MVK is due towards the end of Apr replacing the NSN-WLG-TRG etc Q300

Does this mean Mount Cook will now have to base new ATR pilots and F/A's out of Nelson?

I thought Mt Cook already had a crew base at NSN due to their current ATR ops
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:16 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 35):
I thought Mt Cook already had a crew base at NSN due to their current ATR ops

I believe up until now only Q300's have overnighted with all ATR services being operated by crew who fly in and fly out on the same plane (e.g the first AKL-NSN plane is an ATR while the first NSN-AKL is a Q300). The new Wellington service in the morning would lead to the first overnighting ATR so some form of crew base would be required.
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:32 am

Quoting Andrensn (Reply 34):
Quoting 777ER (Reply 35):


They'll stay at a hotel like they do at umpteen other locations around the country. Just because an aircraft type now "lives" there doesn't mean the crew do.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:10 am

Quoting Andrensn (Reply 36):
(e.g the first AKL-NSN plane is an ATR while the first NSN-AKL is a Q300).

That aircraft typically seems to do a nice loop around the country AKL-NSN-CHC-ZQN-CHC-ZQN-CHC.

Would the crew probably need to change out by the first time they get to ZQN?
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:29 pm

Quoting PA515 (Reply 31):
And ZK-MVK is due towards the end of Apr replacing the NSN-WLG-TRG etc Q300 which replaces the BHE-CHC and HKK-CHC 1900Ds (eff. 02 May).

so how many 1900D's will be left eff. May 3rd ?
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:42 pm

Quoting NZ1 (Reply 32):
ZK-MVL is actually arriving before ZK-MVK, albeit by about a week. Both due for delivery mid May.

Thanks NZ1. Guess you can't say why.

Quoting Andrensn (Reply 36):
The new Wellington service in the morning would lead to the first overnighting ATR

Eff. 28 Mar there will be two overnighting ATRs at NSN. There's now also NSN-AKL 0640/0805, AKL-NPE 0835/0935 etc. Just noticed this has been changed in the last few months.

Quoting sunrisevalley (Reply 39):
so how many 1900D's will be left eff. May 3rd ?

Eff. 02 May only two in the schedule. GIS-WLG 0645/0800 etc until 31 Jul and HLZ-PMR 0615/0705, PMR-WLG 0720/0755 etc until 26 Aug.

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Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:03 pm

Also there's been a recent change to the eff. 02 May Q300 BHE-CHC 0720/0810, CHC-HKK 0850/0935 etc.

The aircraft now overnights in CHC and it's CHC-BHE 0610/0700, BHE-CHC 0720/0810, CHC-HKK 0840/0925 etc.

I thought it might change to overnighting in WLG and be WLG-BHE 0630/0655, BHE-CHC 0715/0805 etc and take some WLG-CHC pax if the WLG-CHC 0645/0745 ATR was full.

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Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:04 am

"Air NZ among Virgin shareholders providing A$425m loan"

Air New Zealand and its fellow airline shareholders in Virgin Australia will provide one-year funding of A$425 million (NZ$476 million), giving the Australian airline room to review its capital structure.
Melbourne-based Virgin's cornerstone shareholders - Air NZ, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Group - are each funding the new loan facility to let the airline review its mix of debt and equity capital, and consider operational initiatives to boost Virgin's cashflow and profitability, the airline said in a statement.


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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:04 am

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"Air NZ among Virgin shareholders providing A$425m loan"

I wonder if this could be the start of an take over bid and race to 51%?
 
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:18 am

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Highly doubt this will give NZ a take over chance with two other major share holders
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I wonder if this could be the start of an take over bid and race to 51%?

It has been reported that the loan agreement says that it cannot convert to equity.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:49 am

I reckon that NZ should buy out the others but keep the VA brand alive, and rationalize the fleet. Swap the VA 77W to NZ, and give VA some 789's

Possibly order more 789 to augment both fleets. Get rid of the VA Airbii.

Order some 787-10 for VA asia flying (perfect airplane for them, as is the 789)

Order some 777-9X for NZ growth and 77W displacement (note I said displacement and not replacement)

The displaced 77W allow the retiring of the 772 fleet and capacity upgrades.

Look at ordering the 737MAX for VA as a replacement for the 737NG fleet over time.

Order more A321NEO / A320NEO for both domestic and intl service.

Out of left field: VA gets some 779 to begin a decent SYD-LAX service. Or, some of the displaced 77W.

Well, that's my thoughts anyhow.
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:54 am

Quoting 77west (Reply 46):
Look at ordering the 737MAX for VA as a replacement for the 737NG fleet over time.

VA already have an order for 40 737-8 MAX.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:08 pm

A full NZ takeover of VA? Ummm, that would likely just be seen as a big mistake (Ansett??).

VA has major challenges to overcome and NZ alone just can't support that. Such an appetite to take on a bigger airline just isn't a wise move.
 
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RE: New Zealand Aviation Thread Part 174

Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:11 pm

Quoting 77west (Reply 46):
Swap the VA 77W to NZ, and give VA some 789's

Don't they have small cargo doors or some other issue like that which wouldn't make them that attractive to NZ?

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