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Friday, February 5, 2016

Wine flight charters

While its Sounds Air who have the scheduled wine flights (BHE-NPE) it has been Air New Zealand who has been making all the noise with two BHE-GIS charter flights for delegates at recent wine conferences.
Following the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough, more than 60 top international wine writers, sommeliers and buyers were flown to Gisborne to attend the inaugural Chardonnay and Sparkling Symposium.
Air New Zealand operated two Air Nelson Q300 aircraft on these flights which operated on Thursday 04-February-2016;

ZK-NEQ operated NZ8902 which departed BHE at 13:59 and after its leisurely flight across New Zealand's wine growing regions landed in GIS at 15:43

ZK-NFA operated NZ8904 which departed BHE at 14:16 and followed the same path landing in GIS at 16:14

Radar track of the leisurely flight path of NZ8902 ZK-NEQ BHE-GIS
Read the story and see video from the flight via the Marlborough Express HERE

Thursday, February 4, 2016

OOL & CNS take a win

Gold Coast (OOL) & Cairns (CNS) airports have had a win with Hong Kong Airlines announcing that they will continue their service to the Queensland airports year round.

The news comes just one month into the three month temporary Chinese New Year charter flights HX are operating from January to March.

Hong Kong Airways a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines currently operates these services 3x weekly from Hong Kong to the glitter strip, then back to HKG via CNS, using an Airbus A330

The new permanent service will operate twice weekly on the circular HKG-OOL-CNS-HKG route, and will now be open to local travellers.  Honk Kong Airlines is limited to secondary ports like OOL & CNS, due to the bilateral between Australia and Hong Kong, which restricts the number of flights into major airports, that each country is allowed and national carrier Cathay Pacific utilises all the HK rights.

Read the Gold Coast Airport media release HERE or the story via the Gold Coast Bulletin HERE or Australian Aviation HERE

Monday, February 1, 2016

Jetstar's 'propstar' service up to full strength

Today saw Jetstar start its full compliment of regional New Zealand routes, with the launch the three remaining services.

Jetstar now has 6 regional ports on its services, Auckland through which all but one of the services fly, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Wellington.

AKL-NSN services debuted on 01-December-2016 as did AKL-NPE while today 01-February-2016 saw the launch of the remaining services AKL-NPL*, AKL-PMR* & WLG-NSN.
* Full AKL-NPE & AKL-PMR services will start in March, JQ is running reduced services in February

VH-TQD in New Plymouth - photo via stuff.co.nz (Charlotte Curd/Fairfax Media)

The regional JQ fleet in NZ sits at 5 with QantasLink subsidiary Eastern Australia Airlines operating the following Q300VH-TQDVH-TQKVH-TQLVH-TQM & VH-SBI on behalf of JQ.

Here is a run down of the fleet arrivals into NZ and their first flights

VH-TQD positioned BNE-NLK-AKL 15-January-2016 and entered service as JQ355 AKL-NPE on 19-January-2016

VH-TQK positioned BNE-NLK-AKL 25-January-2016 and entered service as JQ375 AKL-NSN on 26-January -2016 and flew the inaugural JQ365 AKL-PMR today 01-February-2016

VH-TQL positioned BNE-NLK-AKL 23-November-2015 and entered service as JQ355 AKL-NPE on 01-December-2015

VH-TQM positioned BNE-NLK-AKL 06-November-2015 and entered service as JQ371 on 02-December-2015 and flew the inaugural JQ391 NSN-WLG today 01-February-2016 

VH-SBI positioned BNE-NLK-AKL 21-November-2015 and entered service as JQ350 NPE-AKL on 01-December-2015 and flew the inaugural JQ361 AKL-NPL today 01-February-2016

With the launch of todays services JQ will fly 129 weekly services 27 each on the AKL routes with 21 on NSN-WLG

Read the story from the first New Plymouth arrival via stuff HERE or the Jetstar press release HERE

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