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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Schedule changes for the period 27-31 March

As reported in the previous post there have been multiple schedule and route changes, this is a summary of the Pacific Blue and Jetstar ones that have occured over the weekend.

Pacific Blue

27/03 CHC-BNE 
DJ81/80/83 CHC-BNE-CHC-BNE service operated by ZK-PBA.  Replacing DJ4080/4081 BNE-CHC

28/03 CHC-SYD
Extra DJ70/73 SYD-CHC-SYD operated by ZK-PBG

27/03 WLG-BNE
Final DJ4069 operated by VH-VOX, initial DJ68 operated by ZK-PBM

28/03 WLG-BNE
Initial DJ69 operated by ZK-PBL - replaces DJ4069

29/03 BNE-HLZ
First Monday DJ86 BNE-HLZ operated by ZK-PBA - replaces Monday SYD-HLZ

29/03 CHC-BNE
First Monday DJ80 CHC-BNE operated by ZK-PBG
First Monday DJ81 BNE-CHC operated by ZK-PBM

29/03 CHC-SYD
First afternoon DJ73 CHC-SYD operated by ZK-PBI

30/03 CHC-SYD
First Tuesday DJ71 CHC-SYD operated by ZK-PBI

30/03 HLZ-BNE
First Tuesday DJ87 HLZ-BNE operated by ZK-PBA

27/03 CHC-OOL
Last Saturday CHC-OOL return flight operated by VH-VQC

28/03 CHC-OOL
First Sunday CHC-OOL return flight operated by VH-VQD

First service to Nadi and change to CHC timetable operated by VH-VQC

Jetstar trans tasman schedule changes Apr-Jun

And finally I am able to report on the JQ trans tasman changes for the period April to June.

No changes to schedules out of Auckland

The Gold Coast flight continues to operate twice weekly with the second weekly flight changing from Saturday to Sunday from 28-March-2010.

The Sydney flight drops from the current 9x weekly flight to a daily flight.  An AM departure from CHC Mo, We, Th, Fr, Sa, Su and an afternoon departure on Tu.
Return flights are AM departures Th, Sa, Su and PM departures Mo, Tu, We, Fr

Melbourne flights decrease from 9x weekly to 8x weekly with AM return flights Mo, Tu, Th, Sa, Su and PM return flights We, Th, Fr

Although not strictly a trans tasman flight the introduction of the 4x weekly SYD-NAN flight from Monday 29-March-2010 has impacted the schedule with the aircraft operating from the CHC base on a CHC-SYD-NAN-SYD-CHC pattern Mo, We, Fr, Sa

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A few notes for March 24-27

Air New Zealand
The proving flights with A320s on domestic routes continues with AKL-CHC returns being added over the period.  Thursday 25-March-2010 & Friday 26-March-2010 ZK-OJB was noted operating selected AKL-CHC-AKL & AKL-WLG-AKL sectors.

Wednesday 24-March-2010 saw Boeing 737-476 ZK-JTS operating QF125 BNE-AKL return to BNE.  It then overnighted before positioning to AKL as QF6171 on Thursday 25-March-2010.

Thursday 25-March-2010 saw disruptions at MEL due to overcrowding after fog disruption.  This resulted in Boeing 737-476 ZK-JTR operating QF132 AKL-MEL divert to HBA (Hobart) until it was able to continue onto MEL.

Pacific Blue
Pacific Blue were also disrupted by the fog/overcrowding issues at MEL on Thursday 25-March-2010  with Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBD operating DJ165 AKL-MEL diverting to ADLZK-PBD departed ADL direct for AKL as DJ9164.

Pacific Blue's 10th Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBL returned to Pacific Blue (NZ) service today Saturday 27-March-2010 as DJ61/164 CHC-MEL-AKL

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Notes for March 24

Air New Zealand
Saturday 13-March-2010 saw Airbus A320 ZK-OJO operating NZ144 SYD-WLG divert to AKL with front undercarriage hydraulic issues.

Sunday 14-March-2010 saw Airbus A320 ZK-OJB position AKL-WLG as NZ6729 before entering scheduled trans tasman services to SYD as NZ143.

Monday 15-March-2010 saw Airbus A320 ZK-OJH finish its spell of scheduled maintenance with ZK-OJA the next to enter maintenance after completing a scheduled NZ270/273 AKL-TBU-AKL.

Tuesday 16-March-2010 saw ZK-OJH return to trans tasman service as NZ939/936 AKL-OOL-AKL

The Tuesday NZ619/620/457/442/463/476 AKL-ZQN-AKL-WLG-AKL-WLG-AKL services, as previously recorded, continued over the period.  It is believed the AKL-WLG-AKL sectors are being used as testing/proving flights in preparation for the retirement of the Boeing 737-300s and introduction of the A320 to domestic service from 2011.

Pacific Blue
Monday 15-March-2010 saw DJ177/178 BNE-NAN-BNE canceled as a result of tropical cyclone Tomas, which was battering Fiji.  As a result Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBG arrived HLZ-BNE as DJ85 then remained on the ground during the day, before departing that evening as scheduled as DJ188 to AKL.

The early hours of Thursday 18-March-2010  saw Pacific Blue (Aust) Boeing 737-8FE VH-VUQ position MEL-CHC.  This brings VH-VUQ's Australian service to an end, as in CHC she will undergo maintenance to return her to NZCAA standards so she can return to Pacific Blue (NZ) service as ZK-PBL, a rego she is familiar with but hasn't worn in 15 months.

Monday 22-March-2010 weather issues in WLG (what a surprise) caused ZK-PBK operating DJ56 SYD-WLG to divert to AKL.  After a 2 hour delay it continued on its way.

Monday 22-March-2010 & Tuesday 23-March-2010 saw some confusion in PER.  Logs for Monday show VH-VUF operating PER-MEL-PER-{DJ9065}-PER with DJ9065 being only a 33 minute flight.  And VH-VUG is shown as arriving as DJ4173 DPS-PER.  While the Tuesday logs show VH-VUF as departing as DJ7172 a delayed PER-DPS service, while VH-VUG is shown as arriving as DJ9064 before operating the scheduled DJ4149 PER-HKT
(Any help to clarify these flights would be appreciated.  Please email me nzom_pilot at hotmail dot com or by twitter @nzompilot)

Tuesday 23-March-2010 saw the inaugural DJ117/118 AKL-CNS-AKL service.  Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBK took the honours of the first flight.

Boeing 737-476 ZK-JTP completed its scheduled maintenance in CHC and positioned back to AKL as QF6172 on Friday 19-March-2010.  It returned to service as QF132 AKL-MEL on Saturday 20-March-2010

Sunday 21-March-2010 saw Qantas Mainline Boeing 737-838 VH-VXQ operate QF25/26 AKL-MEL-AKL in lieu of Jetconnect Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQA which remained on the ground in MEL during the day before operating QF131 MEL-AKL in the evening.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Air New Zealand new service video

Air New Zealand have released a video to explain their new trans tasman and pacific islands fare/service options, as mentioned in this earlier post.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Qantas International changes

Not meeting the criteria for the Apr-Jun changes and deserving of a thread of its own is the changes Qantas are making to their "international" services to/from AKL.

Monday 05-July-2010 sees QF141 SYD-AKL change from the scheduled Jetconnect operated Boeing 737-800 to a Qantas Mainline Airbus A330-200.  This change is effective Mo-Sa with the Sunday flight still operated by a Boeing 737-800.

Monday 05-July-2010 and Tuesday 06-July-2010 see QF114 AKL-SYD operated by Boeing 747-400 aircraft as they are phased out of operations.  QF114 will then be operated by Airbus A330-200 aircraft Mo-Sa, with the Sunday flight remaining a Boeing 737-800.

These changes are in order to facilitate the aircraft changes required for QF25/26 AKL-LAX-AKL that will from Monday 05-July-2010 be operated by the Airbus A330-200 replacing the incumbent Boeing 747-400.

Aircraft will operate the following routing SYD-AKL-LAX//LAX-AKL-SYD  QF141/25//26/114 - 5 days per week the aircraft will operate LAX-JFK-LAX as QF108/107 giving those days/aircraft a QF141/25/108/107/26/114 round trip.

It appears with the exception of Sundays that the Jetconnect operated Boeing 737-800 that arrives in SYD as QF44 overnights as currently, then remains in SYD all day before operating QF113 back to AKL.

Qantas/Jetconnect trans tasman changes Apr-Jun

Qantas/Jetconnect changes for the coming quarter April-June

From Saturday 01-May-2010 QF56/55 & QF49/50 will be operated by a Boeing 737-800 replacing the current Boeing 767-300.
QF49 doesn't operate on the following dates in May 03/04/05/12/18/19/20/26.  With QF50 not operating on May 04/05/06/13/19/20/21/27.

From Sunday 28-March-2010 QF45/46 moves to a departure time 2hrs earlier than its current time.
Friday 30-April-2010 sees the last Boeing 767-300 service to CHC.
Saturday 01-May-2010 sees the 1st Boeing 737-800 service on QF45/46.

Air New Zealand trans tasman schedule changes Apr-Jun

Second up in the series looking at trans tasman schedule changes for the next quarter April-June, is Air New Zealand

Addition of 1 weekly return flight on Tuesday 01-June-2010, taking the total to 4x weekly.
Change to aircraft on friday flights from Friday 04-June-2010 from an A320 to a Boeing 767-300ER.

flights vary greatly over the period; noteable changes include: 
The standardisation of NZ135/136 to all Boeing 777-200ER, while remaining a daily flight.
Boeing 767-300 aircraft being added to selected NZ139/138 flights, up to 4x weekly.

Sunday 19-June-2010 and Sunday 27-June-2010 see a Boeing 777-200ER operating on NZ139/138

Currently operates 4x weekly Tu, Fr, Sa, Su.  From week starting 29-March-2010 increase to 5x weekly operating We-Su.
From 29-April-2010 reduction to 4x weekly with the loss of the Thursday service.
17-June-2010 sees reintroduction of Thursday service and return to 5x weekly schedule.

From week commencing 26-April-2010 reduction of NZ107/100 service from 5x weekly to 2 or 3x weekly
From Saturday 08-May-2010 reduction of NZ105/106 from daily to 6x weekly with removal of Saturday service.

Thursday 25-March-2010 sees the last NZ129/128 return service.
By week commencing 12-April-2010 all NZ123/124 service standardised to Boeing 777-200ER equipment, operating a daily return service.
By week commencing 31-May-2010 all NZ125/126 services standardised to A320 aircraft.
Friday 23-April-2010 see the NZ121/122 service dropped from 2x weekly to 1x weekly with the removal of the friday flight.

Increases to 5x weekly with the addition of a tuesday service from Tuesday 30-March-2010.
Reduces to 4x weekly with removal of monday service effective Monday 26-April-2010.
Additional Monday service operates on Monday 24-May-2010 and Monday 14-June-2010.

From Tuesday 30-March-2010 flights operate daily.
Thursday 6-May-2010 one off loss of service.
From Tuesday 01-May-2010 reduction to 6x weekly with loss of tuesday service.
From Thursday June-01-2010 reduction to 5x weekly with loss of thursday service.

currently operates 6x weekly with no thursday service.
Increase to daily service from Monday 29-March-2010 to Wednesday 28-April-2010.
Reduction to 6x weekly with loss of thursday service effective Thursday 29-April-2010.

Currently operates 10x weekly.
Reduction to 8x weekly from week commencing 29-March-2010 with removal of Wednesday and Friday afternoon flights.
From week commencing 26-April-2010 reduced to a daily service.

currently operates daily.
From Tuesday 27-April-2010 and Saturday 01-May-2010 reduced to 5x weekly with loss of tues and sat services.

currently operates 7x weekly with no tuesday service and 2x service on saturday.
For period Monday 29-March-2010 to Sunday 18-April-2010 flights operate 8x weekly with daily service and 2nd monday flight.
From Monday 19-April-2010 reduces to a daily service.

service reduction to 1x weekly from week commencing 03-May-2010.

service currently operates 13x weekly.
Reduction to 11x weekly from week commencing 29-March-2010 with loss of tuesday afternoon and wednesday morning flights.
From week commencing 26-April-2010 reduction in service to 9x weekly with loss of monday and thursday afternoon flights.

From week commencing 19-April-2010 reduction in service to a daily flight with the loss of sunday afternoon flight.

Resumption of seasonal service 2x weekly Wednesday 22-March-2010 and Saturday 27-March-2010.
Reducing to 1x weekly with removal of wednesday service effective 28-April-2010.

Introduction of seasonal service Thursday, Sunday, Monday 24/27/28-June-2010

Extra service added Friday 02-April-2010 and Monday 05-April-2010.
Last service operates Saturday 24-April-2010 before a break in service.
Service resumes Monday 21-June-2010 operating on Mo, Fr-Su.
Increasing to 5x weekly with the addition of a tuesday service from Tuesday 29-June-2010

Last service operates Saturday 03-April-2010 before a service break.
Service resumes on Saturday 26-June-2010.  The up to 2x weekly with addition of a tuesday flight from Tuesday 29-June-2010.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pacific Blue trans tasman schedule changes Apr-Jun

Over the next few days I'll post up the schedule changes for trans tasman flights for the next quarter April-June.

First up Pacific Blue

Some Pacific Blue schedules change this/next week and have been included here.
Also VH-VUQ has arrived back in CHC for re-integration into the Pacific Blue (NZ) fleet and is set to resume her old registration of ZK-PBL, hence a few Pacific Blue (Aust) flights DJ40** have reverted to Pacific Blue (NZ) DJ** flights

2x Weekly return DJ117/118 begins Tuesday 23-March-2010  & Saturday 27-March-2010
Additional flight Thursday 01-April-2010.

Change in time of the Wednesday flight yesterday 17-March-2010 from PM to AM flight.
Change in time of Saturday flight on Saturday 03-April-2010 moving from AM to PM flight

Reduction in service to daily return with the loss of 2nd Friday service

Change in time to Saturday flight on Saturday 03-April-2010 from PM to AM flight and routing now AKL-MEL-AKL replacing current MEL-AKL-MEL

Currently inbound BNE-HLZ on Th, Sa, Su. Change Monday 29-March-2010 to inbound BNE-HLZ Mo, Sa, Su
Currently outbound HLZ-BNE Sa, Su, Mo.  Change Tuesday 30-March-2010 to outbound Su, Mo, Tu.

Currently inbound SYD-HLZ on Mo, We, Fr and outbound HLZ-SYD on Tu, Th, Fr.
From week commencing 29-March-2010 reduction in service to 2x weekly We, Fr and change from overnighting in HLZ to a day flight SYD-HLZ-SYD.

Changes on Sunday 28-March-2010 from DJ4068/4069 to DJ68/67

Currently operating SYD-WLG-SYD on Mo, We, Fr
From Monday 29-March-2010 increasing to 4x weekly and changing to an overnight stay in WLG inbound SYD-WLG Mo, Tu, We, Fr and outbound WLG-SYD on Tu, We, Th, Sa

Currently operating 1x daily.
Saturday 27-March-2010 DJ4080/4081 changes to DJ80/81
From Sunday 28-March-2010 & Monday 29-March-2010 increase to 2x daily on Su, Mo
From Friday 02-April-2010 one additional flight inbound BNE-CHC Fr PM, overnighting then outbound CHC-BNE Sa AM

Currently 5x weekly flight AM outbound, PM inbound
Change in timing on Sunday outbound flight from Sunday 28-March-2010 from AM to PM
Change in timing on Monday outbound flight from Monday 29-March-2010 from AM to PM
Change in timing on Wednesday inbound flight from Wednesday 31-March-2010 from PM to AM

Currently daily flight.
From Wednesday 31-March-2010 reduction to 6x weekly with loss of Wednesday flight
From Saturday 03-April-2010 change in timing of Saturday inbound flight from PM to AM

Air New Zealand's BIG trans tasman changes

Air New Zealand plans to slash fares between Australia and New Zealand and move to a new way of selling seats on its new 171-seat trans-Tasman Airbus A320s.
Full report from The Australian

Key changes
  • axing business class into CHC and WLG (AKL business class will only be available on wide-body flights)
  • fare discounts - to be revealed on April 29th
  • airport waiting times cut to 45 mins by use of kiosks and streamlined check-in procedures
  • new ticket options from a simple almost LCC type to a delux package

The new services will be introduced onto CHC routes from August and roll out on other parts of the network from late November.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Air NZ to increase domestic capacity

Air New Zealand has announced that it will add capacity to its domestic network from January next year due to growing demand and an expected surge in traffic due to the Rubgy World Cup.
Reports Australian Aviation

With the introduction of the first of the new domestic A320 fleet, and a "stay of execution" on one of the leased 733s.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Notes for March 13

Thursday 18-February-2010 saw inclement weather in ZQN effect services, with VH-VQC scheduled to operate  the scheduled CHC-ZQN JST277 instead position to AKL as JST7986VH-VQR scheduled for JST279 AKL-ZQN positioned to CHC as JST2792.  Later in the day VH-VQC operated an extra AKL-CHC-AKL rotation as JST7985/7702

Friday 26-February-2010 saw VH-VQU operating JST238/239 AKL-OOL-AKL go unserviceable in OOL.  It positioned back to AKL later in the day as JST7991VH-VQE replaced it on JST204/205 AKL-SYD-AKL albeit a very delayed service that operated overnight.

Saturday 27-February-2010 saw JST253/258 AKL-CHC and CHC-AKL sectors canceled.

Sunday 28-February-2010 saw VH-VQE position from AKL to CHC as JST7983 before commencing regular scheduled operations.

Wednesday 10-March-2010 saw the unusual event of an aircraft change in Brisbane, with VH-VQR arriving as JST172 from CHC and VH-VQF departing to CHC as JST175 (tasman aircraft usually swap in MEL)

The last two weeks have seen JST254/255 a CHC-AKL-CHC rotation not operated on  Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays - no change has been noted as yet on the Jetstar online timetable but the flights have not been operated and do not show up in their Arrivals/Departure Flight Status search.

Air New Zealand
Thursday 18-February-2010 saw some A320 positioning flights within NZ.  ZK-OJA positioned from WLG to CHC as NZ6501 after completing its scheduled WLG-MEL-WLG run.  ZK-OJC completed its scheduled CHC-BNE-CHC run before positioning to WLG as NZ6502ZK-OJB operated the scheduled NZ619 AKL-ZQN before operating back to AKL via WLG as NZ6502/6722

Saturday 20-February-2010 saw the completion of maintenance on ZK-OJG which then positioned form CHC to AKL as NZ6504.

Monday 22-February-2010 saw ZK-OJH enter scheduled maintenance.

Saturday 06-March-2010 saw ZK-OJM remain in MEL overnight instead of operating the scheduled NZ158 return to WLGZK-OJM operating NZ158 finally arrived back into WLG mid afternoon on Sunday 07-March-2010.

Tuesday 02-March-2010 saw ZK-OJG operate double AKL-WLG-AKL sectors today as NZ457/442/463/476, with ZK-OJB operating these sectors on Tuesday 09-March-2010

Thursday 11-March-2010 saw ZK-OJA operate an AKL-CHC-AKL sector as NZ527/520 and ZK-OJM operate a WLG-AKL-WLG sector as NZ464/467

Pacific Blue
Monday 15-February-2010 saw ZK-PBJ operate an additional overnight service BNE-APW as DJ9093.  It returned to BNE early on Tuesday 16-February-2010 as DJ9090ZK-PBF operated AKL-APW-AKL as DJ8091/8096 instead of the scheduled AKL-TBU-SYD-TBU-AKL service.  These additional flights were to cope with demand after the passing of tropical cyclone Rene.

Monday 15-February-2010 saw ZK-JTQ operate its scheduled WLG-SYD-WLG service before positioning to AKL as QF6172ZK-JTS positioned AKL-WLG as QF6171 before operating the scheduled WLG-MEL-AKL service.

Monday 22-February-2010 saw ZK-JTP position AKL-CHC as QF6171 before entering the ANZES hangar for scheduled maintenance.

Tuesday 02-March-2010 saw the first visit to WLG of a Jetconnect Boeing 737-838 with ZK-ZQC arriving from SYD as QF117.

Tuesday 09-March-2010 saw Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQB make its first visit to WLG  arriving from MEL as QF37

As previously mentioned Qantas Mainline's Sunday flights SYD-ZQN-SYD QF183/184 were scheduled to end on Sunday 21-March-2010 which they duely did.  After a one week break the Sunday service has returned under the standard SYD-ZQN-SYD flight number QF121/122 with VH-VXK operating the flight on Sunday 07-March-2010.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Vincent Aviation Expansion

Flight global reports big news for Wellington based Vincent Aviation, with their Darwin base set to grow with the addition of two Saab SF340B aircraft, and with interest being shown in operating ATR42s.

Vincent Aviation, a New Zealand-based carrier with operations overseas, has signed a dry-lease for Saab 340Bs and has longer-term plans to buy or lease an ATR 42.
Full report

Vincent's Wellington based ZK registered fleet consists of  1 of each of the following B1900C, B1900D, DHC-8-102, C402C, BAe J31.

Pacific Blue Notes

Pacific Blue launch Seasonal Brisbane-Queenstown flights
Pacific Blue will be flying Queensland skiers straight to the slopes this winter with two direct flights a week from Brisbane to New Zealand's ski capital of Queenstown from the end of June.
News Article

DJ110 BNE-ZQN 1015-1535 Fr
DJ110 BNE-ZQN 0940-1500 Su

DJ113 ZQN-BNE 1630-1815 Fr
DJ113 ZQN-BNE 1600-1745 Su

The seasonal flights will operate twice weekly from 25-June-2010 until 12 September-2010.

Pacific Blue have also announced that Corporate Plus guests and Velocity Gold members will have complimentary use of Wellington Airport's new lounge from 16-February-2010.
The airline and the airport have signed an agreement that allows the two groups of Guests to enjoy the airport-operated Wild at Heart Lounge free of charge when they are traveling on Pacific Blue international or domestic flights from Wellington*.

Press Release

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mixed news this week for Marlborough's Aviation Industry

Firstly good news for the training industry, with the opening of the new workshops at Woodbourne, for the joint NMIT/RNZAF aviation engineering training facility.

The partnership between NMIT and the Royal New Zealand Air Force is away flying with the opening of an aviation engineering facility at Base Woodbourne.
The building was to be officially opened by Defence Minister Wayne Mapp this afternoon.
Report from the Marlborough Express
Secondly a delay in news on the possible saving of the 100 jobs at Safe Air
It will be two to three weeks before Safe Air staff know whether extra Royal New Zealand Air Force work will be injected into the company to save their jobs, as the axe hovers over more than 100 positions at the Woodbourne aircraft engineering firm.
 Marlborough Express Report

Finally a feel good story on the visit to Woodbourne of the Southern DC3 trust's DC3 ZK-AMY, as part of its DC3 Heartland Tour.
Blenheim brothers Rob and Tony Grigg were going up in the DC3 for a birthday treat yesterday.
The historic plane, owned by the Southern DC3 Trust, arrived at Woodbourne Air Base to take Marlburians for a spin as part of the DC3 Heartland Tour of the country.
From Marlborough Express

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