From the last thread:
Back in the day when I was till something of a dreamy NZ loyalist, I suddenly woke up to Bradley when he completely failed to call NZ to task on going 10 abreast in the 777 - at a time when it was far from the norm amongst 777 operators. Notwithstanding today's article - which is still something of a whitewash - as far as NZ is concerned he is simply a mouthpiece for their spin. The bias of the Herald doesn't stop with Bradley - whenever some entitled loudmouth isn't given a refund by JQ for example, the Herald is all over it - dripping with faux outrage. As they were last week when JQ got Canterbury mixed up with Nelson or whatever (tsk tsk - "our" airline wouldn't do that......).
It's a shame. If Bradley was seen as the objective arbiter for air travel in New Zealand, instead of NZ's rent boy, airlines might sit up and take notice.
I noticed exactly the same. I would love to have it on record the number of free upgrades Bradley has received in the last year from Air New Zealand (as well as their value) and the number of times he has "travelled to XYZ as a guest of Air New Zealand". I'm actually very tempted to email the Herald and ask.
Personal opinion, QF has made some real bad purchasing decisions over the years. They kept the 763's around far too long then replaced them with A330's meaning they couldn't be used on some 744 routes (North American) and also purchased the A380 which left the 744's having to remain in the fleet 10 years beyond what they should have, based on cost to operate not age, QF should have gone 777/A380
A 777 is far too much plane for transcon Australia flights.
Maybe for you, but not for the people who fly it and for me it remains an defining moment in NZ's change of direction in terms of pax comfort.
I agree. Their reputation before that was fantastic. I've argued many times that, when the (9 abreast) 77E's were delivered in 2005/6/7 they had the most comfortable economy cabin in the world. Comfortable seat, decent pitch + width, aisles that weren't too narrow and a very good IFE system (for the time). Additionally, not having black seat covers does wonders for promoting a light and spacious cabin ambience.
Sure, but if it was actually as bad as you continuously say it is, the passenger feedback / passengers choosing to fly other airlines would lead to NZ changing back to 9-abreast.
Management admitting that they were wrong and making an expensive u-turn? More likely that they would blame people switching to other carriers on external factors.
As a consumer I'm more concerned about the QF and their mid-2000s IFE (read: tiny screen, no USB power) in the A330-200 I spent some 14 hours in last week (of which 2.5 hours was a ground delay at the gate in PEK due to an engineering issue), and will probably avoid their PEK service (which is run with the same two A330-200 with outdated furnishings 5-6 days a week) in future.
QF announced recently that these aircraft (VH-EBG and VH-EBL) will be refitted and brought up to the standard of the other A330-200s. No timeline yet though.
Kormuan's constant ramblings about Hong Kong hubs and compalining that NZ didn't start direct flights to wherever he wanted to go won't be missed though.
I miss his blue sky thinking.