17 April 2016

The Changing Faces of Q300s

Disappearing from NZ skies is the old Air NZ Link colour scheme while more of Jetstars Q300s are taking to the sky...

The disappearing face of the Air New Zealand's old colour scheme. - Bombardier Q300 ZK-NEA  awaiting an early start from Napier on 25 March 2016
Arriving into Wellington on 1 April 2016 was the new face of Jetstar's Bomardier Q300 VH-TQD. I was waiting for it to arrive but as it was late I had to leave to catch my flight... Thanks to Greg from work who was catching another flight who took these pics

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  1. Q300s look neat in Air NZ black and white...But Air Nelson have never done a "one off" All Black livery. The rest of the fleet members had one each, even Eagle.
    Jetstar colours look good as well...and even better on a Q400 (hint).

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    1. Q400 would look awesome in either operators livery, but way too large for the current operating environment.
      JQ gets the loads during the summer and the school holidays but I've seen some very very small loadings go out right next to full Air NZ flights during the week. Q4 at this stage would make 10-20 pax look rediculous.

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  2. Aww little NEA, she's the original and still has, the pacific wave, the web address and the grab a seat titles by the door. The rest of the fleet has had this removed as they go through ANZRML in Nelson.
    The pacific wave must have been reapplied within the last couple of years as the rest of the fleet, prior to removal were very faded.
    Perhaps she's gonna rock the retro look.
    It was a massive day for Nelson when that aircraft arrived, pretty much the whole city came to the open day.

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    1. I would personally love that to happen

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  3. Has anybody kept tabs on which Air Nelson Q300's are in the new colours?

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    1. NEA to NEO still in old colours

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    2. Thank You! Glad to hear that NEO is still in old colours - seem to end up flying on NEO every other time I'm booked on Link - good memories.

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    3. NEM is still in the teal livery also.

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    4. Does anyone know when Air Nelson Q300s NEA to NEO are getting repainted into the new scheme and also when ATR 72S MCW, MCX AND MCY are also getting repainted into the new scheme

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  4. NEA may be being/have been painted into the new scheme. The last flight she took was to Nelson on the 3rd of April and hasn't left since.

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    1. Probably a C check or something and there's no large paint shop in NSN, they are probably headed to Townsville.

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  5. The 2 Q300's from Eastern Australian Airlines that are suppose to be coming to New Zealand some time this year, are they being leased by Air Nelson or being added to Jetstar NZ regional fleet?

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    1. They are supposed to be added to the Jetstar Regional fleet, or so i've heard.

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  6. NEK is in Pacific wave scheme.
    Repaints done in HLZ.

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    1. All Q's done so far have been done in Christchurch, the next tranche will be done in Townsville. The paint company in Hamilton went bust over a year ago. The only Air NZ group aircraft they ever did were a couple of black 1900s.

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  7. Flew Air NZ AKL-TUO 1615-1700 ZK-NEC today. Not very full at 22 but return flight looked packed with the terminal full to the brim.

    Steve, here is a link to an article that made the front page of the Taupo Times on Friday:
    http://www.taupotimes.co.nz/global/mobilesite/mobilearticle.aspx?iid=140414#story-item

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  8. Hi Steve. Thanks For using my picture of NEA in NPE, I appreciate it :)

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  9. I have noticed a reduction in Sounds Air services from Taupo to Wellington.

    The 2nd late morning return service on Tuesday and Wednesday has been dropped.

    The late afternoon/early evening Saturday return service has also been dropped.

    The morning return service on Sunday is another flight gone.

    This is a reduction from 19 return flights per week to 15 return flights per week - 342 seats per week to 270 per week or about 3,600 per year.

    I'm not suprised though and it's a positive change.

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  10. Also New Plymouth - Wellington flights have been cut on certain days from October

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  11. Some major Air New Zealand regional schedule changes happening from end of October 2016:

    ATR 72's being removed from certain routes - AKL-TRG, AKL-BHE, CHC-TRG while every AKL-PMR, AKL-NPE, CHC-IVC and all but one daily AKL-NSN flights are going straight ATR 72. CHC-NSN also sees Mount Cook increase.

    Bit disappointing for TRG and BHE as they could have seen more ATR increases but instead Mount Cook flights are being pulled out. Two ATR's per day on WLG-TRG still.

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    1. Number of ATR 72 arrivals into NZ regional airports on 3 NOV 16:

      NSN = 14
      PMR = 13
      NPE = 13
      HLZ = 9
      DUD = 9
      IVC = 8
      NPL = 5
      ZQN = 4
      ROT = 3
      TRG = 3

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    3. Not much news for Napier as 8/10 Flights on a weekday are run by ATR 72-500/600s only have 2 daily Q300 flights out of the region.

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    4. all CHC-NPE services are also gonna be ATR 72, but I think most are at this stage anyway.

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    5. CHC-NPE is already ATR only one that isn't is the one afternoon flight :)

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    6. AKL/TRG is only a 40 minute flight hence the use of Q300's on this sector which is okay for flights under 1 hour in duration.

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    7. I do wonder if Jetstar will take on Air NZ on the TRG - AKL route? This sector is the next busiest route to Auckland. This seems the most logical choice if they continue to use AKL as their main base.

      It also seems odd that TRG lose their early morning CHC departure? The fastest way to get to CHC now via AKL. Not arriving till 9.45ish. They will from May start upgrading the WLG - TRG with some days seeing 4xATR. Seems weird to upgrade the route with this much additional capacity and then drop it again? The route drops back to 3xQ300 and 1xATR?

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  12. Lots of changes after October....


    Whangarei looses it's overnighter aircraft.

    Taupo seems to gain a extra flight around midday on some days

    Tauranga gains a extra pm flight on certain days. Also appears to loose it's Christchurch overnighting aircraft. No direct flight in the morning, and no direct flight back at night. However there is a 6am departure BACK to Christchurch direct.... Also seems to be more direct CHC flights on the Weekends.

    Hamilton to Palmerston North direct goes back to 2 daily flights instead of 1

    Gisborne gets another flight to Auckland, up to 5 daily.

    Rotorua also gets a extra flight, now up to 4 (Back to when the Beechs were running the show)

    Whanganui has its flights changed slightly. Earliest arriving flight now not until after 10

    Blenheim looses it's Christchurch overnighter, early am, and late pm services ex CHC now. Now 5 Q300 WLG flights instead of 4.

    New Plymouth to Wellington drop a flight



    There seems to be some really odd flight departure times too. How successful will a 6.10am departure from Christchurch to Blenheim be??

    All these centres loosing Overnighters makes me think Air NZ are wanting to steer away from overnighting crew at the Regional Ports, and mostly base it out of AKL, WLG and CHC as much as possible

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    1. Whilst you seem passionate about the subject, you are I think ttrying to glem too much information out of the changes come October. Even when a schedule is active, you should see the pages and pages of schedule advice notices that are issued adding services, removing services, regauging services and retiming services. Some change mere weeks prior to the flights. What is published now might not reflect what actually gets flown in 10 months time. That's the nature of the business now, being dynamic and responding accordingly to market demand.

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    2. Its probably to do with keeping operating costs down by removing overnight crew food/accommodation.

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    3. I'm not a complete idiot... I have worked in Aviation a long time. Merely listing what changes are in affect come October. I know enough to know that things/schedule can change in a instance.

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    4. "I'm not a complete idiot"

      Do you know the difference between "loose" and "lose"?

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  13. And also ROT looses it's WLG overnighter

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  14. Also TRG-WLG goes down to 5x week AT7 in March 2017, and NSN-WLG loses it's 3x daily AT7 services. In fact, the number of NSN-WLG flights drops to 9 max per day, all DH3, compared to the 12-13 sometimes on peak days currently. Must be Jetstar and it's apparently great loads on that routes.

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    1. JQ left nelson for auckland this morning with no more than 20 passengers. That early morning flight has proven really unpopular.
      Their Nelson to wellington sectors also terrible loadings, coupled with unsustainable fares. There's lots of hype, but I highly doubt any of this set up is profitable.

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    2. JQ should ditch NSN-WLG tbh. Routes that are working well have been NPL-AKL NPE-AKL not sure how well PMR is doing but I'm sure it's going very well

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  15. No overnightong Q300 in Wre will likely mean an early akl-wre sector. They must be worried about the treat of Barrier Airs new service...

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