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Old January 5th, 2007, 08:20 AM   #61
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Ditto - Dido - what comes next?
Air NZ is ok but my fav airlines are Singapore, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates.

And the crappiest are Air Zimbabwe, Polynesian and Delta!
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Old January 5th, 2007, 10:09 PM   #62
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Just my experience -

My favorite are:

Norwegean No
SAS
Varig
Singapore Airlines
Austrian

OK:

EasyJet
Qantas
Air New Zealand (International)
Air France
BMI

The Worst:

Ryan Air
Continetal
Jamaican Air
British Airways
Air New Zealand (Domestic)
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Old January 6th, 2007, 11:45 AM   #63
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I'll be flying KLM and Air New Zealand for the first time in 10 years.
Really curious to see the new AirNZ interiors. I'll be flying the 777 from Osaka to Christchurch and the 747-400 from Auckland to Hong Kong.
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Old January 6th, 2007, 01:28 PM   #64
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I'll be flying KLM and Air New Zealand for the first time in 10 years.
Really curious to see the new AirNZ interiors. I'll be flying the 777 from Osaka to Christchurch and the 747-400 from Auckland to Hong Kong.
The new 777-200ERs are really nice - great leg room, excellent inflight entertainment. They are much much better than the 747s.
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Old January 28th, 2007, 05:39 AM   #65
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It's been reported that Qantas is replacing its WLG-MEL & WLG-BNE services with JetStar. The article is supposedly in Saturday's NZ Herald, but seemingly not in the online edition:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions...=wlg#ID3225174
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Old January 28th, 2007, 10:38 AM   #66
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It's been reported that Qantas is replacing its WLG-MEL & WLG-BNE services with JetStar. The article is supposedly in Saturday's NZ Herald, but seemingly not in the online edition:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions...=wlg#ID3225174
I saw an article in the Press a while ago saying that QANTAS was cutting back on it's flights to CHC and flying more Jetstar aircraft instead. I don't know if AKL is going to have the same thing happen.
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Old February 2nd, 2007, 01:43 PM   #67
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It's too soon to tell, but...

Aust class action alleges Air NZ price-fixing
By MARTA STEEMAN and DENISE MCNABB - The Press | Friday, 2 February 2007

Hundreds of exporters could be adversely affected by alleged international price-fixing claimed in a suit against Air New Zealand and six other airlines.

Yesterday, Australian law firm Maurice Blackburn Cashman said it would file a $A200 million ($NZ224m) cartel class action against Air NZ, Qantas, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines (SAL), Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines (JAL) and British Airways (BA).

The action claims an alleged secret arrangement to lift prices on international freight using surcharges, including on fuel attributed to higher fuel costs, for security attributed to extra measures after the September 11 attacks, and insurance costs linked to the Iraq war.

Maurice Blackburn Cashman principal Kim Parker said firms and individuals who bought more than $A20,000 of air freight services in the last seven years are affected by the alleged cartel. If the case was successful, victims of the cartel would be able to claim back losses.

It is claimed the surcharges were used to lift prices by secret arrangement between the airlines, and that they were not linked to higher operations costs as represented by the airlines.

Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend said a lot of New Zealand firms would have spent more than $A20,000 on international air freight in the last seven years. "All the meat exporters, the cherry exporters, the asparagus exporters, fresh chilled fish exporters, guys who are selling high-value componentry like Taits. They would all be well above $20,000 a year.

"It's yet to go through the court process. At the moment, it is just an alleged charge. We will wait to see what unfolds."

Christchurch freight company Cameron Global Express said any number of firms would fit that level of international air freight spending. Company head Ron Cameron said surcharges took off after September 11 and went on for too long.

"You didn't actually see any real capital expenditure going in to increasing that surveillance. You didn't see X-ray machines or a lot of hi-tech implementation within the airline facilities themselves," he said. "Where you did see the capital spend was at the customs service."

Air NZ chief executive Rob Fyfe said yesterday it had clearly become evident that the timing of travel agent and cargo action cases against a group of airlines was not coincidental. He believed both class actions had everything to do with the Qantas consortium transaction going through. Qantas accepted an $A11.1 billion takeover bid from an Australian and international consortium in mid-December.

Fyfe believed Air NZ was caught in the middle of parties wanting to get their cases lodged before the airline changed hands. "I am a little bit cynical about this," he said.

Law firm Slater & Gordon filed a statement of claim in the Federal Court in Australia shortly before Christmas against Qantas, Air NZ and other airlines on behalf of 1450 travel agents seeking $A80m in unpaid commissions back to May 2004.

Tait Electronics chief executive Michael Chick said costs of air freight were significant because New Zealand was a long way from its markets.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 04:59 AM   #68
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DomPost: Air NZ to fly direct to Vancouver

Air NZ to fly direct to Vancouver
NZPA | Friday, 23 February 2007

UP, UP, AND EH: Air New Zealand is set to open a direct link from Auckland to Vancouver in November.

Air New Zealand said today it would open a direct link from Auckland to Vancouver in November.

Group general manager international Ed Sims said Canada had always been an extremely popular destination for New Zealanders.

The route would significantly grow tourism numbers between the two countries which already sees 46,000 Canadians visit New Zealand and 16,000 New Zealanders visit Canada annually, he said.

The reinstatement of the Vancouver link restores a route canned in the 90s.

The services will initially operate three times a week between November and March to coincide with the peak travel season between the two destinations, as Canadians escape winter and New Zealand skiers head to the Canadian slopes.

Mr Sims said Vancouver is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that provides a convenient gateway to popular destinations such as Whistler, Calgary and the Canadian Rockies.

He said the new service was a significant undertaking for Air New Zealand.

The airline plans to open at least one new long haul international route each year.

Already it has added daily San Francisco flights, a second daily London service via Hong Kong, and a Shanghai service, all possible through the addition of new 777 aircraft.

Last year, Air NZ stopped direct flights to Singapore and cut back on flights to Los Angeles.

The new non-stop route will take 13 hours on a new Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

Air NZ is planning to attract Australian customers.

Air NZ has spent $1.7 billion on its 777 fleet and the new route is ideally suited to these aircraft, Mr Sims said.

Flights to Vancouver will begin on November 2 and run through until March 28, 2008. Return tickets from Auckland will cost from $2289.

Shares in Air NZ have doubled since last September as fuel prices drop and its business case improves.

The airline is nearing the end of a three-year overhaul of its fleet and operations, cutting unprofitable routes, costs, and jobs.

Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe said the new service was expected to be profitable in its first season.

"We are pretty confident we will make money in our first season. There is already very strong demand and we have found from other markets as soon as you set up a direct service people gravitate towards it very quickly."

Mr Fyfe said the service would attract some new customers but many would be passengers transitting through Hawaii, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

He said a direct service would also motivate people to travel specifically to New Zealand.

The new service on the airline's new Boeing 777 aircraft would begin in the first week in November.

Mr Fyfe said the airline planned to announce a new international route every year.

Conservation Minister Chris Carter, who represented the Government as a major stakeholder in the airline, said the Canadian market had not been properly developed in the past, although there was a direct service for a short time in the early 1990s.

"Canadians are very interested in coming to New Zealand. We have got a really growing tourism market there.

"We are also looking at trying to recruit more and more skilled migrants from North America and while we have traditionally looked at California and the west coast of the United States, I think we have got an opportunity in Canada as well," Mr Carter said.

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Old February 23rd, 2007, 09:18 AM   #69
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Fantastic!

That 777 is probably the most amazing plane out now!



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Old February 23rd, 2007, 09:20 AM   #70
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 09:50 AM   #71
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Travelled on the 777 from Osaka to Auckland.

Only thing. They had what is seriously the UGLIEST hostess I have EVER seen. Around 50 and FAT. I mean really fat. I'm all for equal opportunity but this past all reasonable boundries. If she must fly then just keep her in the galley and spare us poor passengers the sight.
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Old February 24th, 2007, 07:28 PM   #72
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Lovely, Lovely aircraft.

I think the uniforms are mingering!!
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Old February 24th, 2007, 07:29 PM   #73
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I'm disapointed that CHC is not featuring in any of the new routes. Our flights from London at Christmas were a nightmare trying to get to CHC via LA with Air NZ - such a pity - even worse trying to get out of NZ for the return flight.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 03:00 AM   #74
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I'm disapointed that CHC is not featuring in any of the new routes. Our flights from London at Christmas were a nightmare trying to get to CHC via LA with Air NZ - such a pity - even worse trying to get out of NZ for the return flight.
It's AirNZ being Auckland-centric again. And it's not just us - even Melbourne & Brisbane feel that Qantas is too Sydney-centric.

In fairness though, it's a whole lot cheaper for AirNZ to have just one NZ hub, especially where marginal routes are conceened.
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Yea make sure you look at the reasoning being purely economic, nothing to do with the city.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 03:16 AM   #76
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What airport is that shot of urs (ben) above taken at?
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Old February 25th, 2007, 03:35 AM   #77
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Here are the stats, i got the pic from www.plane-spotters.net

Air New Zealand [Fleet Info]
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ZK-OKD (cn 29401/ln 550) [Airframe Info]

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Old February 25th, 2007, 05:55 PM   #78
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It's AirNZ being Auckland-centric again. And it's not just us - even Melbourne & Brisbane feel that Qantas is too Sydney-centric.

In fairness though, it's a whole lot cheaper for AirNZ to have just one NZ hub, especially where marginal routes are conceened.
According to the Air New Zealand staff in the South Island head office when we went in to see them, and complain about the mess that the airline had made to our flight schedules - straight from the horses mouth - Air NZ had played dirty with it's LA route - all flights to the CHC were fully booked over Christmas and the whole of the session. However, because of the delays to the new aircraft for the also profitable Shanghi route, they to make the route look not profitable, altered the London - LAX connection time with the LAX - CHC time, so anyone transiting to CHC had to spend the night in LA - this made the route "unpopular" - perfect for axing. This is a common "trick" airlines play we were told - Qantas is ment to be good at playing it as well. The very nice lady at Air New Zealand told us that the upset to travellers and exporters has been devestating for the airlines South Island patronage and image. Singapore airlines (being the most direct link to Europe) bookings are way up, you can't get a seat with them on the sper of the moment, and they are fully aware of plans by other airlines to start North American and other routes. She even said they were worried that Air NZ would become purely Auckland focused with the rest of the country, including CHC and Wellington being served domestically by the "national" airline only. She also said that they had more complaints about the airlines service and attiude to South Island and lower North Island customers than letters of thanks and praise. When we asked her why she and others still worked for the airline, she told us that it was a job she enjoyed doing, but she just couldn't tell us a fob of story and that the staff in the SI had been devestated by the airlines more agressive bussiness approach.

I know it's probably about their bussiness plans, but it still sucks
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Old February 26th, 2007, 05:40 AM   #79
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Yea make sure you look at the reasoning being purely economic, nothing to do with the city.
Mate make sure you look at the reasoning, and please don't try to act like you know a whole lot more than you actually do, or anyone else here for that matter, because that's how you come off.

David, I have heard similar stories about their trickery and indeed experienced it first hand especially when it came to CHC/LAX.

Good news for Auckland though, and Air Auckland.
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any excuse to hate on auckland...

im pretty sure air nz would give christchurch and wellington flights if they were as profitable as you make out david
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