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Direct Auckland to Invercargill announced.

Direct Auckland to Invercargill announced.

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Old Dec 15, 18, 11:36 pm
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Originally Posted by sbiddle View Post
I had recollections of it being a non stop 737 service in the '90s so dug out some of my old timetables to look.

I can't find my earlier ones but looking at the 1995 and 1996 timetables there were 2 x daily 737 services NZ416 and NZ530 with NZ416 stopping at WLG on the way and NZ530 stopping at CHC.

Yip , used to fly it regularly in the late 80's and through the 90's, with the option of domestic J also with its big armchairs and sheepskin covers. They also used to fit in a cup of tea to Dunedin, and a meal (yes, meal) on the next leg to either CHC or AKL. .... and remember Ansett added more flights when they started their 146 service too (late 80's?). IVC was a busy little airport at times, although some flights were a bit of a 'milk run'.

Thanks Sbiddle, remember those timetables well, and we had the big IAG guides at work as well which we used for planning our marketing trips and freight options to overseas customers. Then the freight forwarders got more switched on dealing with fresh and live product, and along came the internet!

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Old Dec 18, 18, 2:23 pm
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Great news!

I wonder though: Is there a particular reason NZ isn't using the ATR72 for this new route?

1. The ATR72 has the range to operate the flight.
2. It wouldn't require IVC to add security screening checkpoints
3. Filling a 68 seater is much easier than filling a 320 with 150+ seats, and the economic feasibility would likely be guaranteed
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Old Dec 18, 18, 3:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Jasper2009 View Post
Great news!

I wonder though: Is there a particular reason NZ isn't using the ATR72 for this new route?

1. The ATR72 has the range to operate the flight.
2. It wouldn't require IVC to add security screening checkpoints
3. Filling a 68 seater is much easier than filling a 320 with 150+ seats, and the economic feasibility would likely be guaranteed
1. Mt Cook has had Pilot shortages recently so may be don't want to add more ATR flights particularly ones that tie up crew and a plane for such a long time. Could also free up some turbo props which were flying to IVC - Dunedin or CHC during the peak which could be used elsewhere on the network.
1. How long would the ATR flight be would it still be faster to ATR to Dunedin and then A320? May be also if longer ATR flight might also be fuel constraints as needs to make it to IVC then fly to the furthest of two alternative airports and still be above minimum fuel
3. AirNZ would know the number of peak IVC to AKL journeys and feel the A320 is right
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Old Dec 18, 18, 4:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Jasper2009 View Post
Great news!

I wonder though: Is there a particular reason NZ isn't using the ATR72 for this new route?

1. The ATR72 has the range to operate the flight.
2. It wouldn't require IVC to add security screening checkpoints
3. Filling a 68 seater is much easier than filling a 320 with 150+ seats, and the economic feasibility would likely be guaranteed

Demand warrants a A320. They will have no problems filling those seats. Plus it looks like the times are very business friendly. And I mean who would want to fly IVC-AKL on a ATR. And also they are a bit short of ATRs at the moment. ZK-MCB was retired, but they have dragged it back into service over the holiday period. It's been stripped of its livery and decals.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 2:17 pm
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$59 o.w on Grabaseat today...listed as 1hr 55min flight time.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 2:32 pm
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Originally Posted by brenrox View Post
$59 o.w on Grabaseat today...listed as 1hr 55min flight time.
I'm all set for the IVC-AKL flight on the 26th of August, in conjunction with my 20th Air New Zealand domestic destination (WRE).
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:29 pm
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Booked and confirmed on 26th also.......
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:48 pm
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What prices did they offer during the domestic sale?
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:50 pm
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What prices did they offer during the domestic sale?
NZ$59 for seat one way today - was $141 during last week's sale

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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by SilverTP View Post
NZ$59 for seat one way today - was $141 during last week's sale
My return trip only came to that ($59 northbound, $83 southbound) - bargain to get a days work done in the big city.

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Old Jan 24, 19, 6:45 pm
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Originally Posted by sbiddle View Post
What prices did they offer during the domestic sale?
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NZ$59 for seat one way today - was $141 during last week's sale
The service didn't go on sale until this morning, so any price offered during last week's sale was via Christchurch or Wellington.
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Old Jan 25, 19, 4:55 pm
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Originally Posted by WLG Base View Post
It used to be the "fun" alternative to ZQN if you missed the curfew!!

I remember the 737 service to IVC from WLG in the 1980's. The return flight stopped in DUD on the way back.
IVC/DUD ? That would be an incredibly short flight. 15 mins actual flying ? Aircraft wouldn't gain much altitude before it had to descend
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Old Jan 25, 19, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by OZFLYER86 View Post
IVC/DUD ? That would be an incredibly short flight. 15 mins actual flying ? Aircraft wouldn't gain much altitude before it had to descend
Back in then a lot the directs were milk runs, stopping in at each airport along the way. It was the normal thing.
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Old Jan 25, 19, 5:46 pm
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Originally Posted by OZFLYER86 View Post
IVC/DUD ? That would be an incredibly short flight. 15 mins actual flying ? Aircraft wouldn't gain much altitude before it had to descend
.... and it was a jet service, and the flight attendants used to manage to serve a cup of tea as well, with food served also on the DUD-CHC leg.
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