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NZ looking at merging turboprop and jet fleets

Old 30th Mar 2019, 05:12
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NZ looking at merging turboprop and jet fleets

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/ind...h-jet-business

Air New Zealand is considering merging its two regional subsidiaries with its main jet business to save costs. But one travel agent thinks it could be part of a plan to introduce jet services to some regions.

In a written statement Air New Zealand said it was exploring whether there were efficiencies that could be gained by integrating its turbo prop operators Air Nelson and Mount Cook with its jet operation.

"To be clear there is no plan to close these regional turbo prop airlines, or to stop flying to any of our current regional destinations, or to stop operating the Q300 and ATR turboprop fleets."

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Old 30th Mar 2019, 08:25
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Jets into Nelson? Clearly the travel expert is a little off song? Haven’t been there in awhile but they’ll need about another 600m. Then it would capable of international and half the turboprop fleet could be culled.
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Old 30th Mar 2019, 10:26
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There is an element of truth to this.. they have been looking at a merger of some kind. Not sure exactly what the latest proposal is, but there was talk of merging the seniority lists and making Air NZ the sole employer of all Pilots while still keeping Cook/Nelson intact. Was mostly a response to Link Pilots leaving I suspect, and was proposed about the same as the SO Cadetship which has since gone quiet.

As for Jets into the regions, it's obviously possible at a few ports while impossible at others. Hamilton and Palmy for example have both had Jets in the past, and can still be used as Alternates. Nelson on the other hand, is just too short so no idea where that idea came from.
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Old 31st Mar 2019, 01:07
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Originally Posted by ADFUS View Post
Is the pilot hiring reducing this year due to the recent airframe deferral?
Nothing has been announced but that would be the logical conclusion yes. Last course planner was issued in October last year.

Crystal ball stuff... with 100 or so Link Pilots holding LWOP positions to Jets, ageing Q300’s/ATR72-500’s and the possibility of Jets into some of the larger regions, we could be on the verge of a major internal re-shuffle.
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Allegedly 110 pilots to be hired this year - doesn't look like much of a reduction if it holds up. (Worth noting: Seoul, plus increases to Taipei and ORD)
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Old 31st Mar 2019, 08:42
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The hiring this year is to some extent, continuing to fill a deficit that had been neglected for some time. Catching up so to speak..
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Old 31st Mar 2019, 12:25
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In a written statement Air New Zealand said it was exploring whether there were efficiencies that could be gained by integrating its turbo prop operators Air Nelson and Mount Cook with its jet operation.
Has it seriously taken Air NZ management circa 30+ years to 'explore' this question?
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Old 31st Mar 2019, 13:32
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Originally Posted by big buddah View Post
Jets into Nelson? Clearly the travel expert is a little off song? Haven’t been there in awhile but they’ll need about another 600m. Then it would capable of international and half the turboprop fleet could be culled.
And then there's the samll matter of airport security (startingwith a robust perimter fence and a massive increae in staff numbers, redersigning the terminals for biosecurity, Immigration and Customs.
Oh, and demand. Easy enough to say that you want to fly international, more difficult to gather 130 bums daily to fly to a given destination....

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Old 1st Apr 2019, 01:10
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Plans to extend the runway in NSN have been on the plans for quite some time with the land to the north already purchased.
I doubt you would see NSN as an international airport but once the runway/taxiways were extended and screening in place which has also been taken into account with the new terminal currently under construction there would be no reason why AKL/NSN/AKL jet ops could not take place .
The pay off would be frequency 1x jet at the expense of 2 x ATR flights so not as many flights per day to and from AKL/NSN, WLG and CHC would stay turboprop routes?
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