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Monday, January 26, 2009

26 January update

Omaka Update
For those interested in the Harvard mentioned in Saturdays post, it is based in Motueka NZ but retains its US registration N4269P, It is a T-6G model s/n 51-17355 c/n 195-2, originally delivered to the Portuguese Air Force. More pics of Saturdays visit can be found on Gavin's blog HERE.

Qantas/Jetconnect Update
Qantas have made a few changes to their Wellington-Sydney return flights. The flight operates double daily and had been a double daily Boeing 737-400. It has now moved to complete opposite ends of the scale with the morning flights QF118/47 now being operated by the old 737-300 while the afternoon flights QF48/117 are now operated by the new 737-800, although both flights on Saturdays and Sundays are operated by the 738.
The change occurred yesterday Sunday 25-Jan-2009 with QF118 being canceled, then VH-VXD operating QF47/48 and VH-VXF operating QF117.
The 738 is scheduled to operate on this route until Saturday 07-Mar-2009.

On Saturday 24-Jan-2009 QF57 Brisbane-Wellington operated by ZK-JNN diverted to Auckland landing around 0330 (25/01/09) local. This departed Brisbane 4hrs late at 2130 local, and due to the curfew at Wellington was forced to divert to Auckland. It positioned to Wellington later in the day before operating Sundays QF58/57.

Yesterday Sunday 25-Jan-2009 QF6171 a repositioning flight was scheduled from Wellington-Christchurch. This was supposed to depart Wellington at 0600 but was delayed until 1700. This flight was to move ZK-JTP which had just come off the Sydney route as discussed above. Due to ZK-JNN having to divert to Auckland, ZK-JTP was pressed into service on the Melbourne route QF38/37 hence the delay in the repositioning flight until 1700.

Pacific Blue Update
Due to an over supply of Virgin Blue crew, Pacific Blue are returning one 737-800 to the Virgin Blue fleet, they will then wet lease it back to operate their services. It is not yet known which bird this will be.

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