You raise some valid points. It will be interesting to see how the premium market rebounds post COVID. America is key to NZ returning to good health so I fully expect both ORD, EWR to open, although we're a long way away from our next peak season. That'll be NW21/22.
The issue with code-3 will be cost, can NZ afford to refit any -9's? or are they better off using the code-2 with a mask overlay restricting sales for the lighter load. Obviously without additional premium seats that's flushing potential revenue down the drain and increasing your operating cost.
Cost also raises the question around -10 payments and can NZ afford the delivery timeline they currently have or will they need to be deferred.
In my mind the 787-10 is somewhat of a natural replacement for much of the Code1 787 flying (PER, HNL, SIN). So as they are delivered, Code 1 aircraft could be converted to the rumored Code 3. Of course that does assume that the airline plans to take them as scheduled.
nz2 wrote:The "New" Mangere Bridge was built with capability for heavy rail to be installed later
Well that was foresightful!
DavidByrne wrote:But I personally prefer the LR option to the city for the added benefits it offers to non-airport patrons and for the "net"work as a whole.
Honestly, I feel that LR along Dominion Road is probably something that will have to happen anyway, simply because the bus corridor is going to reach peak capacity in a few years time. People talk about LR "killing two birds with one stone" in this regard, but I feel that having traffic between the airport and city on the same LR line will just lead to un-needed congestion, especially at rush hour.
Ideally it should be HR, underground, but obviously that's not going to happen in NZ.
DavidByrne wrote:Absolutely. We have enough problem guaranteeing that our own quarantine facilities are secure. The idea of passing responsibility to another country (with a far higher number of cases and lots of community transmission) without the ability to monitor the process fills me with dread.
Especially considering how many of our cases in isolation are people who transited Doha on the way back from Europe/Pakistan/India yet didn't have it on departure.....
Kiwirob wrote:If the Avondale to Southdown line was built then you could presumably run trains from West Auckland to the airport bypassing the CRL or going into to Mt Eden/Newmarket.
It's crazy how someone going between Manukau and Glen Eden has to go via Newmarket.