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Monday, October 26, 2009

26 october Notes

Qantas Jetconnect

Jetconnect's third Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQC Katherine Mansfield entered service on Thursday 22-October-2009 as QF25 MEL-AKL.

Flight changes/notables during the period include:
  • Saturday 10-October-2009 Boeing 737-838 VH-VXG BNE-ZQN-BNE QF6031/6032
  • Tuesday 13-October-2009 Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQA AKL-dvtOOL-BNE as QF126 due storms in BNE
  • Saturday 17-October-2009 Boeing 737-476 ZK-JTP AKL-WLG QF6171
  • Saturday 17-October-2009 Boeing 737-476 ZK-JTR WLG-CHC QF6019 to C-check
  • Wednesday 21-October-2009 QF142 AKL-MEL not flown due EIS of ZK-ZQC following morning
  • Thursday 22-October-2009 Boeing 737-376 ZK-JNC AKL-WLG QF6071
  • Thursday 22-October-2009 Boeing 737-476 VH-TJW QF47/48 SYD-WLG-SYD
  • Friday 23-October-2009 Boeing 737-476 ZK-JTP WLG-AKL QF6172
  • Saturday 24-October Boeing 737-838 VH-VXN operated QF6601/6602 SYD-ZQN-SYD, for info on this Charity flight see HERE
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Air New Zealand

Flight changes/notables during the period include:
  • Thursday 08-October-2009 saw ZK-OJE operating the NLK flight return to AKL due strong cross winds.
  • Friday 09-October-2009 ZK-OJB BNE-AKL NZ6849 due crew illness
  • Friday 09-October-2009 ZK-OJF again attempted the NLK flight as NZ6840, also resulting in a return to AKL
  • Tuesday 13-October-2009 ZK-OJF returned to service after maintenance
  • Tuesday 13-October-2009 ZK-OJM entered maintenance
The airbus A320 routes, (Trans Tasman and Pacific Islands) which have been flown by Zeal320 Ltd have been operating under the NZ7XX/8XX codes a throw back to the Zeal/Freedom Air days/codes. Air New Zealand have now reverted back to the NZ1XX/2XX codes, inline with their other international codes.

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Pacific Blue

Flight changes/notables during the period include:
  • Monday 19-October-2009 Boeing 737-8FE VH-VUF operated a charter flight from/to Townsville as DJ9003/9004
Pacific Blue (Aust) have changed their flight codes from VBH0XX/1XX to VBH40XX/41XX, this change only applies to flights operated by VH registered aircraft and not ZK registered ones. Hence BNE-WLG-BNE is now DJ4068/4069 instead of DJ68/69, while CHC-BNE-CHC DJ83/84 remains unchanged.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Brisbane 13-10-09

I finally managed to spend some time this morning at Brisbane doing some spotting.

Here are the pics relating to airlines covered by this blog.

Jetstar A320 VH-VQC departing as JQ175 to CHC

Air New Zealand Airbus A320 ZK-OJI operating NZ764 to WLG

Air New Zealand Airbus A320 ZK-OJC operating NZ732 to AKL

Qantas Jetconnect Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQA "Jean Batten" operating QF115 to AKL

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBA operating DJ64 to DUD

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM operating DJ177 to NAN

Pacific Blue Boeing 73708FE VH-VOQ operating DJ169 to HIR

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE VH-VUG operating DJ197 to DPS

Saturday, October 10, 2009

ANZ response to Pacific Quake

As most are aware Samoa and the surrounding South Pacific was hit by a large earthquake and resulting tsunami on Wednesday 30-September-2009.

There were and continue to be multiple aid, support and medical flights to the South Pacific region by, international airlines, freight airlines, private jets, medical jets, and military's. In keeping with this blogs NZ Civil Airlines theme, this post will only cover the additional response by Air New Zealand to this disaster
  • Wednesday 30-September-2009 Boeing 777-219ER ZK-OKE AKL-APW-AKL NZ862/863 in lieu of scheduled A320
  • Thursday 01-October-2009 Boeing 777-219ER ZK-OKF AKL-APW-AKL NZ60/61 in lieu scheduled 763
  • Saturday 04-September-2009 Airbus A320-232 ZK-OJD AKL-RAR-NAN-AKL NZ848/1485/853
  • Saturday 04-September-2009 Boeing 767-319ER/W ZK-NCI AKL-APW-AKL NZ1068/1069
  • Wednesday 07-September-2009 Boeing 777-219ER ZK-OKG AKL-APW-AKL NZ862/863 in lieu of scheduled A320

Notes for 10-October

Air New Zealand

Period 15-August-2009 to 09-October-2009

During the period since my last post Air New Zealand have been noted making a large number of positioning flights between Auckland and Christchurch with their A320 fleet, some have been done with scheduled services, while others have been straight relocation flights. I wont list them all here as they aren't all that interesting.

However on Wednesday 09-September-2009 ZK-OJM operated a charter flight AKL-WLG as NZ1911, then positioned to CHC as NZ6611, Friday 11-September-2009 saw ZK-OJH also operate a positioning flight AKL-WLG as NZ6613 and charter back to AKL as NZ1912. These charters were associated with the General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party's visit to NZ

Trans-Tasman relocation/positioning flights noted during the period were as follows:
  • Saturday 22-August-2009 ZK-OJB SYD-AKL NZ6314
  • Friday 09-October-2009 ZK-OJB operated NZ769 WLG-BNE then went u/s before ferrying to AKL later that evening as NZ6849
  • Friday 09-October-2009 ZK-OJC was noted operating to/from AKL as NZ6840
Maintenance was undertaken on ZK-OJE from Monday 31-August-2009 until Monday 21-September-2009. This was to correct the wing fairing issue, previously noted in several A320 aircraft worldwide.

Tuesday 22-September-2009 saw ZK-OJF enter maintenance for the same issue.
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Pacific Blue

  • Tuesday 15-September-2009 saw VH-VUM position from MEL to PER as DJ9033
  • Wednesday 16-September-2009 saw VH-VUM operate a charter PER-XCH (Christmas Island) and return XCH-PER-MEL as DJ9001/9002.
  • Saturday 19-September-2009 saw the inaugural weekend DJ3252/3255 AKL-ZQN-AKL service operated by ZK-PBD, which also operated the second flight on Sunday 20-September-2009
  • Sunday 20-September-2009 saw VH-VOQ go unserviceable in DenpasarTuesday 22-September-2009 saw the inaugural DJ98/97 APW-BNE-APW service, operated by ZK-PBM, this replaces one of the APW-SYD-APW services.
  • Tuesday 22-September-2009 also saw VH-VOQ return to service after its repair in Denpasar
  • Wednesday 23-September saw disruptions due to the dust storms in SYD, with ZK-PBD operating DJ71 CHC-SYD diverting to BNE before continuing its schedules service by operating DJ7155 to NAN.
  • Monday 28-September-2009 saw ZK-PBG enter the maintenance hanger in CHC for scheduled maintenance.
  • Monday 28-September-2009 also saw VH-VOX arrive into CHC from MEL to cover the maintenance period of PBG
  • Sunday 04-October-2009 saw ZK-PBG operate a test flight CHC-test-CHC as DJ9040 at completion of its maintenance.
  • Monday 05-October-2009 saw VH-VOX return to MEL from CHC and ZK-PBG re-enter service after its maintenance period.
  • Thursday 08-October-2009 saw VH-VUF on the scheduled DJ156 NAN-ADL divert to BNE as DJ7156
  • Friday 09-October-2009 saw VH-VUF continue to ADL from BNE as DJ7158

Pacific Blue have also increased their Australia to Denpasar Bali flights. Flights operate from SYD, BNE, MEL, ADL and PER.
SYD-DPS is now 3x weekly Mo, Tu, Fr
MEL-DPS is now 4x weekly Mo, Tu, Th, Su
ADL-DPS is now 3x weekly Mo, We, Fr
BNE-DPS is 6x weekly Mo, Tu, We, Th, Sa, Su
PER-DPS is daily
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Jetstar

Not much to report for JQ in this period the rotation of its fleet between Australian domestic, New Zealand domestic and Trans-Tasman flights continued.

The only change was in the usage of aircraft in the NZ domestic schedule.

The original useage had the 3 aircraft operating the following pattern
  • aircraft 1; CHC-AKL-CHC-AKL-CHC-WLG-CHC-AKL-CHC
  • aircraft 2; AKL-WLG-AKL-ZQN-CHC-AKL-CHC-AKL-CHC-AKL
  • aircraft 3; AKL-CHC-ZQN-AKL-WLG-AKL-WLG-AKL
this has recently been changed to the following pattern
  • aircraft 1; CHC-AKL-CHC-AKL-CHC-WLG-CHC-AKL-CHC
  • aircraft 2; AKL-WLG-AKL-ZQN-CHC-AKL-WLG-AKL
  • aircraft 3; AKL-CHC-ZQN-AKL-WLG-AKL-CHC-AKL-CHC-AKL
since the change to the patterns the final AKL-CHC-AKL flight of the day JQ257/258 has operated on time most days, this had been regularly delayed under the previous pattern.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Qantas/Jetconnect Update

There has been a lot of action in and around the Jetconnect fleet since my last post.

Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQA crossed the tasman as QF6021 MEL-AKL on Wednesday 16-September-2009. It then entered Jetconnect service as QF116/115 AKL-BNE-AKL on Thursday 17-September-2009.

Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQB was noted making a test flight MEL-test-MEL on Monday 21 September-2009, before positioning MEL-AKL as QF6021 on Wednesday 23-September-2009. It then entered Jetconnect service as QF142/43 AKL-SYD-AKL on Thursday 24-September-2009.

Boeing 737-376 ZK-JNC underwent unplanned maintenance from Saturday 19-September-2009 until Wednesday 30-September-2009 when it was noted making a test flight AKL-test-AKL as QF6003. It then re-entered Jetconnect service as QF142/47 AKL-MEL-WLG on Friday 02-October-2009

Boeing 737-376 ZK-JND flew its last revenue service as QF131 MEL-AKL on Monday 28-September-2009. It has since remained parked in AKL but is scheduled to fly AKL-APW-HNL Saturday 10-October-2009 as QF6024 on the first leg of its trip to storage in the Californian desert.

Boeing 737-878 VH-VZH arrived into MEL as QF6020 from NOU 08-September-2009 and was noted operating QF6020 BFI-HNL-NOU 06/07-September-2009. It will become ZK-ZQC and is scheduled to enter service as QF25 MEL-AKL on 22-October-2009. The entry of ZQC into service will hopefully see ZK-JNC retired.

The following flight changes have been noted during this period.
  • Sunday 20-September-2009 Boeing 737-838 VH-VXR QF47/48 MEL-WLG-MEL
  • Tuesday 22-September-2009 QF142/43/117 canceled
  • Tuesday 22-September-2009 QF48 WLG-SYD (ZK-JTS) diverted to BNE due dust storms in SYD
  • Wednesday 23-September-2009 QF142/47/43/38/133 canceled - due dust storms in SYD
  • Monday 05-October-2009 ZK-ZQB went unserviceable in SYD
  • Tuesday 06-October-2009 Boeing 737-838 VH-VXQ QF141/26 SYD-AKL-MEL
  • Tuesday 06-October-2009 QF133 MEL-AKL canceled
  • Wednesday 07-October-2009 Boeing 737-838 VH-VXR QF115/126 BNE-AKL-BNE
  • Wednesday 07-October-2009 QF116 AKL-BNE canceled, ZK-JNC AKL-BNE as QF6018
  • Thursday 08-September-2009 ZK-ZQB SYD-AKL as QF6018
ZK-JTR is scheduled to operate AKL-CHC as QF6019 Saturday 18-October-2009 to enter scheduled maintenance.

Airport Codes used in this post
AKL: Auckland, New Zealand
APW: Apia, Samoa
BFI: Boeing Field, USA
BNE: Brisbane, Australia
CHC: Christchurch, New Zealand
HNL: Honolulu, Hawaii
MEL: Melbourne, Australia
NOU: Noumea
SYD: Sydney, Australia
WLG: Wellington, New Zealand

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