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Sunday, February 22, 2009

19-21 February

Thursday 19-Feb-2009
RNZAF B200 King Air NZ1883 made an early morning arrival and departure at Woodbourne. It operated to and from Ohakea.

Friday 20-Feb-2009
Air Chathams Convair ZK-CIB departed Woodbourne for Wellington, once again as CVA580, after its 4 day stay at Safe Air.

Saturday 21-Feb-2009
Pionair Convair VH-PAL arrived at Woodbourne this afternoon from Christchurch.

Pacific Blue
After the spate of cancelled flights, a reprieve was had on 19-Feb-2009 with no evening departures from Brisbane cancelled. This was short lived though as 20-Feb-2009 DJ175 to Nadi was cancelled and on 21-Feb-2009 DJ188 to Auckland was cancelled.

Blog Updates
Marlborough Aviation Scene may be off line until 12-March-2009 as I will be away. I may still be able to post NZ Airline news during this time, but there will be no Marlborough updates.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

16-18 February news

Marlborough Scene
Monday 16-Feb-2009
Arriving into Woodbourne early afternoon (shortly after the previous post including 16-Feb-2009) from Wellington was Air Chathams CV580 ZK-CIB as CVA580. The crew were noted following Safe Air staff into the #1 hanger indicating CIB had arrived for maintenance work with Safe Air.

A couple of lighties noted operating IFR during the afternoon, the first was Cessna 182Q ZK-CJM registered locally to The Dorset Trust, heading south via the dashwood pass.
Also arriving into then later departing from Omaka was Bulls Flying Doctor Service Cessna R172K ZK-RJG. This was flown by owner Dr Dave Baldwin who was undertaking his renowned flying doctor pilot medical service.

Wednesday 18-Feb-2009
Noted departing Woodbourne late in the evening heading for Timaru was Helicopter Services (BOP) Ltd's Piper PA-31-350 ZK-NSP. I am unsure as to whether this was operating a medical, freight or charter service, but it was an unusually late departure, which would've resulted in a really late arrival into Timaru, more than likely in the early hours of 19-Feb-2009.

Pacific Blue
Pacific Blue seem to be canceling a lot of evening departures (and subsequent next morning arrivals) from Brisbane. Since the previously reported cancelling of the BNE-NAN flights, the following have also been cancelled.
16-Feb-2009 DJ82 BNE-CHC
17-Feb-2009 (DJ81 CHC-BNE) DJ188 BNE-AKL
18-Feb-2009 (DJ187 AKL-BNE) DJ188 BNE-AKL

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Qantas Jetconnect & Jetstar

As forecast yesterday there has been an announcement from Jetstar and Qantas Jetconnect.

From 10 June 2009 Jetstar will begin flying domestically in NZ with two 177 seat A230s. They will begin to replace Qantas Jetconnect services. From 24 June 2009 they will add a 3rd A320 and completely replace Qantas on domestic services.

The new Jetstar operating will be as follows

From 10 June 2009
Auckland – Christchurch 5 times daily
Auckland – Wellington 2 times daily
Auckland – Queenstown Daily
Christchurch – Queenstown Daily

From 24 June 2009
Auckland – Christchurch 6 times daily
Auckland – Wellington 3 times daily
Auckland – Queenstown Daily
Christchurch – Wellington Daily
Christchurch – Queenstown Daily

This marks some change to Qantas group domestic services. June 24 sees the reintroduction of services between CHC and WLG albeit 1x daily. It also sees the end of Jet services into Rotorua, with JQ stating its A320s are too large to be operated safely into ROT. Wellington will also loose two daily return flights to Auckland.

It is also noted that currently QF operate 13 daily return flights on the domestic network and when JQ is fully operational from 24 June it will only operate 12 daily return flights. But it should also be noted that with the change to 177 seat A320s there will be an increase in capacity of 43%.

Passengers with bookings on Qantas services after 10 June will be accommodated on the new Jetstar services. All Trans-Tasman and Domestic services will be code shared allowing seamless transfers. Passengers will also be able to earn and use QF Frequent Flyer points on JQ domestic services.

Qantas Jetconnect will solely focus on Trans-Tasman services. Its fleet of Boeing 733 and 734 aircraft will be replaced by 738s between September and November. It is expected that the 733s will be retired immediately with the 734s continuing to operate the Trans-Tasman services until the 738s are introduced.

Qantas have also announced that the WLG-BNE return weekend flights will be ended, meaning QF will no longer connect WLG and BNE direct. They will also increase AKL-MEL return flights to 3x daily and AKL-SYD return to 5x daily. They will also alter the timing of the MEL-AKL-LAX QF25 service to offer better connections to QF107 LAX-JFK.

Trans-Tasman services will look like this:

Operated by Qantas
SYD 5x daily, BNE 2x daily, MEL 3x daily, LAX 1x daily
Operated by Jetstar
SYD 1x daily, OOL 1x daily
Operated by Qantas
SYD 1x daily
Operated by Jetstar
SYD 10x weekly, MEL 9x weekly, BNE 1x daily, OOL 2x weekly
Operated by Qantas
SYD 2x daily, MEL 1x daily
Operated by Qantas
SYD 2x weekly, MEL 2x weekly, BNE (Seasonal)

A full copy of the Qantas/Jetstar press release can be obtained from the ASX site HERE or visit the Jetstar website or the Qantas website

AKL: Auckland
BNE: Brisbane
CHC: Christchurch
MEL: Melbourne
OOL: Coolangatta/Gold Coast
ROT: Rotorua
SYD: Sydney
ZQN: Queenstown
JQ: Jetstar
QF: Qantas & Qanats Jetconnect

Monday, February 16, 2009

13-16 February

Marlborough Scene
Friday 13-Feb-2009
Arriving into Woodbourne today was RNZAF B200 King Air NZ1887

Saturday 14-Feb-2009
Once again Pionair Convair VH-PAL operated a tour flight through Woodbourne arriving late morning from Mount Cook then departing during the afternoon to Wellington.

Also arriving into Woodbourne and Omaka was Nelson based Cessna TU206G ZK-EOP arriving from Nelson under the callsign Survey2. EOP c/n U20604697 was first registered in NZ in 1979 and is owned by Air Logistics (Nelson) which operate the business Aerial Surveys.

Monday 16-Feb-2009
Arriving into Woodbourne during the morning was RNZAF B200 King Air NZ1884. Also operating around Woodbourne were two RNZAF UH-1H Iroquoi's NZ3809 and NZ3816.

Pacific Blue
Once again the Friday/Saturday and Sunday/Monday overnight DJ175/174 BNE-NAN-BNE were cancelled this weekend 13/14 & 15/16-Feb-2009.

Jetstar operate two aircraft from their Christchurch base, on services to Sydney(10x/wk), Melbourne(9x/wk), Brisbane(7x/wk) and Gold Coast(2x/wk).

All JQ aircraft are able to operate on the Short Haul International, Australian Domestic and Trans-Tasman fleets. The aircraft in the Trans-Tasman fleet usually swap in MEL but can also swap in SYD.

On Saturday 14-Feb-2009 VH-VQS was operating JQ190/191 CHC-OOL-CHC when it was struck on the ground in OOL by a loader, which caused the return JQ191 to be cancelled. The follow on effect was JQ140/143 CHC-SYD-CHC & JQ166 CHC-MEL were cancelled on Sunday 15-Feb-2009. The aircraft was replaced on the Tasman run by VH-VQC which slotted into the schedule operating JQ171 MEL-BNE. VQS re-entered Jetstar service the same day operating JQ447 OOL-MEL.

Jetstar are set to add a 3rd A320 to its Trans-Tasman fleet with the addition of an AKL base at the end of March. It will operate a daily AKL-SYD-AKL-OOL-AKL routing.

There is also scheduled to be an announcement from Jetstar this week, which is believed to be introducing off peak domestic services to the NZ market. This will help in fleet rotation between the AKL and CHC bases, and also enable easy rotation between the Australian domestic and Trans-Tasman fleets.

There is speculation as to if the domestic services will just be AKL-CHC or whether WLG, DUD and ZQN will also gain services, but all will be reveled at the press conference during the week.

Air New Zealand
The newest destination in the Domestic network is Masterton (MRO) with 7x/wk services to AKL being operated by Eagle Air's B1900D's.

The schedule is:
AKL-MRO NZ2223 Su-Th 1830-1945
MRO-AKL NZ2224 Mo-Fr 0705-0820
AKL-MRO NZ2223 Fr 1900-2015
MRO-AKL NZ2226 Fr 2030-2145

The inaugural AKL-MRO service arrived into Masterton yesterday Sunday 15-Feb-2009 with ZK-EAI having the honour. The inaugural MRO-AKL service departed this morning Monday 16-Feb-2009.

Codes Used
AKL: Auckland, NZ
BHE: Blenheim/Woodbourne, NZ
BNE: Brisbane, AU
DUD: Dunedin, NZ
MEL: Melbourne, AU
MRO: Masterton, NZ
NAN: Nadi, Fiji
OOL: Gold Coast/Coolangatta, AU
SYD: Sydney, AU
WLG: Wellington, NZ
ZQN: Queenstown, NZ


DJ: Pacific Blue/Virgin Blue
JQ: Jetstar
NZ: Air New Zealand

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Movements + Weather Chaos

Monday 09-Feb-2009
Ardmore based National Business Review C501 N800DT operated through Woodbourne today arriving from Dunedin around 1220 and departing home to Ardmore around 2115.

Wednesday 11-Feb-2009
RNZAF Airtrainer NZ1997 was noted arriving into Woodbourne. Also noted was RNZAF Iroquoi NZ3816 which has been operating above Woodbourne all week.

Weather woes
Some troubles with the weather in central NZ this afternoon. SPAR's (Special Aerodrome Report) were issued for both Wellington and Christchurch, and problems were also noted at Woodbourne and Nelson.

NZ2445 WLG-BHE was cancelled and NZ8227 AKL-BHE diverted to Nelson, - NZ8227 was then noted diverting again from NSN to WLG! Meaning the poor passengers were couped up in the Q300 for well over two hours, by the time it finally made a successful approach into WLG.

NZ2448 BHE-WLG managed to depart and noted they entered the cloud base at only 450ft!!!

Also noted on the Air New Zealand site were the unusual flight numbers NZ2946 & NZ2947 BHE-WLG and WLG-BHE. NZ2946 operated and reported the cloud base to be at 480ft

Numerous flights into WLG and NSN were noted circling and making multiple missed approach/go around's until they were able to land.

Qantas Update
Jetconnect once again operated a non business class bird on QF126/125 AKL-BNE-AKL on Tuesday 10-Feb-2009 with ZK-JNB operating the flight.

On Wednesday 11-Feb-2009 Boeing 737-476 ZK-JTR was parked up for maintenance - the second Wednesday in a row that the QF fleet has been down more than one bird.

Pacific Blue Update
Pacific Blue has been noted cancelling the evening DJ175/174 BNE-NAN-BNE flight on 16 & 23 Jan and 6 & 8 Feb.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Saturday 7 February

The first few notable happenings around Marlborough today were RNZAF display teams heading south to farewell Wigram.

Unfortunately Wigram airfield the home of the RNZAF will close for the last time on Monday, with a farewell airshow tribute being paid tomorrow. A lot has been written about the closure of Wigram by the owners of the airfield, the local Iwi and the loss of this historic aerodrome is a huge tragedy for the nation, but unfortunately money hungry losers are more interested in housing developments rather than an important piece of historical land, that gave birth to the RNZAF. It also isolates the RNZAF museum and means any future additions cannot be flown to the museum, or maintained airworthy. And not to mention the fact that general aviation business are being forced to either shift to Christchurch international, which will have a detrimental effect on their business, or out of town to either Rangiora or down to Asburton.**

The first of the RNZAF display teams passing by this morning was the Red Chequers, noted tracking through the Cook Straight region heading south.

The second team was Sioux Blue which staged through Woodbourne.

Also noted today was Pionair Convair VH-PAL which arrived into Woodbourne direct from Mount Cook. It later departed to Wellington - this was another of the regular Tauck World Discovery tours.

Arriving at Omaka during the morning was Canterbury Aviation Ltd's Maule M-6-235 ZK-MTP

** DISCLAIMER: Comments have been toned down for publication

Friday, February 6, 2009

Movements since the last update

Tuesday 27-Jan-2009
Noted flying in tandem, transiting the Woodbourne control zone, routing from the west, passing south of Woodbourne, north of Omaka and then exiting towards the south via the ponds and white bluffs were two Nelson/Motueka based helicopters. ZK-HEX an Aerospatiale AS350BA of Reid Heslop Helicopters of Wakefield, and ZK-HEC a Eurocopter EC130 B4, operated by Tasman Helicopters Above & Beyond Ltd, of Motueka.

RNZAF B200 King Air NZ1883 was noted making an approach and overshoot at Woodbourne, before continuing on towards the west and then south.

Friday 30-Jan-2009
Arriving into Woodbourne was RNZAF C130 Hercules NZ7001

Waitangi Day Friday 06-Feb-2009
A nice change today with approaches to Woodbourne by two Cessna Citation Mustangs. Three approaches were noted with visual confirmation that the last two were operated by Napier/Hastings based N2243W. I have since been informed that Wellington based ZK-MUS was also out operating at Wellington, Blenheim and Paraparaumu today - so believe this to have been the first approach noted today. (Thanks to D Campbell for the info on ZK-MUS)

Qantas/Jetconnect News
As noted previously Qantas have withdrawn middle of the day services between Auckland and Wellington to enable maintenance on one of their fleet. This is Boeing 737-476 ZK-JTP which as noted in the last post positioned from Wellington to Christchurch on Sunday 25-Jan-2009.

Almost everyday this week QF126/125 AKL-BNE-AKL has been delayed by up to three hours. With Thursday 05-Jan-2009's flight being operated by non business class equipt B737 ZK-JNC.

(For those who are unaware trans-tasman flights are normally operated by the business class seat equipt Boeings - B733s JND and JNN and B734s JTP, JTQ and JTR. - JNB and JNC do not have business class seats and are generally only used on domestic routes)

On Weds 04-Feb-2009 Qantas operated with only 4 of their fleet of 7 aircraft active. This resulted in the cancellation of 6 services with 2 other services not scheduled. JNB and JNC were parked up, in addition to JTP

Also there is no sign yet of the former mainline B734 ZK-JTS which is set to join Jetconnect this month.

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