23 July 2016

Quiet Tauranga

With sea mist rolling in and out and the sun coming out there was not a lot going on at Tauranga this morning. Kiwi Regional's Saab 340 ZK-KRA arrived from Nelson on 23 July 2016

Cessna 172 ZK-EFA was tied down but going nowhere.


  1. I see the Saab diverted from Nelson to Blenheim after leaving Tauranga

  2. Given Air NZ's recent increase in flights on the TRG - AKL route. I wonder how long it will take Jetstar to jump on this route. AIR NZ are up to 8x daily now.

    1. I reckon it won't be long once JQ get more Q300S and if TRG-AKL is profitable to Air NZ you can be sure they will jump on it it. I have had the opportunity to fly to AKL so much now since JQ went regional

    2. 8x daily brings TRG into line with the other main regional cities served.
      BHE and GIS are also getting increases in frequencies.. Does that also indicate the Australians might be keen to give them a go?

    3. It will be interesting as the TRG-AKL sector is Air NZ's next busiest route to Auckland not served by Jetstar. Are Jetstar already planning more Q300's?

    4. QF group have 16 Q300 aircraft in their possession.
      Several of the 5 already in NZ were laid up for some time in external storage.
      Increased utilisation, upguaging to Q400 and 717 QLink services as well as exiting some provincial east coast routes freed up the aircraft for the NZ eastern au expansion.

      It is simply an excersise to make waves, build brand awareness, stimulate connecting traffic and make a half hearted attempt at establishing a network here with the spare assets doing nothing in Australia. New Zealand is not the be all or end all, otherwise they'd never have left the gap after the QFNZ franchise collapsed.

      Any asset deployed to New Zealand would have to be after a sound business case that that asset could not earn higher returns in the home market.

    5. MEL-CFS and SYD-HVB are the latest routes to go at Qantas within domestic Australia.

      Despite the connections and the local populations of MEL and SYD, QF could not sustain or grow these direct air routes.

      Hervey Bay has a population of nearly 50,000
      Coffs Harbour has nearly 70,000