Change to AKL-WLG flight time

Old Jun 24, 19, 8:53 pm
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Change to AKL-WLG flight time

Just got an email for a flight in Nov for AKL-WLG and they have changed it from 65min to 70min. A flight a week later is still 65min. Looking at the seat map it is still a Domestic CEO.

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Old Jun 24, 19, 9:00 pm
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Maybe NIWA have forecast very strong southerlies for the beginning of November?
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Old Jun 25, 19, 12:56 am
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I guess if you consistently fail in on time performance, one solution is to extend the time for the journey.
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Old Jun 25, 19, 1:02 am
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I guess if you consistently fail in on time performance, one solution is to extend the time for the journey.
Wouldn’t be the first time they have done that, a years back the block time was 60min.

Does anyone remember what the block used to be in the 80s/90s.
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Old Jun 25, 19, 1:14 am
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Seems to affect only some flights.
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Old Jun 25, 19, 2:39 am
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Originally Posted by Bub001 View Post
I guess if you consistently fail in on time performance, one solution is to extend the time for the journey.
Worked for JQ when they moved to 65 mins!
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Old Jun 25, 19, 2:56 am
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Wouldn’t be the first time they have done that, a years back the block time was 60min.

Does anyone remember what the block used to be in the 80s/90s.
Wasn't the change from 60 to 65 the 733 to A320 change?

Is this in prep for the NEOs? Haven't been on one yet but heard they are slower to board because the overhead bins hang down and makes it hard for people to walk down?
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Neo bins are closed by default now when you board (which is stupid because people then just open them and don't close them again). Too many people banging their heads.
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Old Jun 25, 19, 12:45 pm
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Ok overnight got the email which says the south bound a week later go to 70 min. The two northbound are still 65min

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Old Jun 25, 19, 2:20 pm
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I got the same email last night for my flight in November, AKL-WLG
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Old Jun 25, 19, 2:31 pm
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The reality is flight times are routinely taking longer due to increased air traffic.

My flight last week pushed back 5 mins early from AKL. There were no particular delays during push back but we did have to wait quite a while for other aircraft on 05.

Was a 34 approach into WLG and we arrived at the gate exactly on time - so it really was a 70 min flight.
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Old Jun 25, 19, 2:39 pm
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The reality is flight times are routinely taking longer due to increased air traffic.

My flight last week pushed back 5 mins early from AKL. There were no particular delays during push back but we did have to wait quite a while for other aircraft on 05.

Was a 34 approach into WLG and we arrived at the gate exactly on time - so it really was a 70 min flight.
All over the world flights are taking longer due to congestion on the ground.
Aircraft are not flying slower or faster, than the same type of aircraft a decade ago (or 2 - 3 decades ago). Speed at cruise has not changed that much, for the same basic aircraft type (B737, A320, B747 etc).
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Old Jun 25, 19, 2:58 pm
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Yeah it just odd only the southbound flight is being change not the northbound.
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Old Jun 25, 19, 4:06 pm
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AKL has high speed exits on the runway and WLG does not so that may account for something. I guess if JQ does like wise with its flights it may be a WLG issue. It is strange WLG is really not that busy but I am surprised at how many NZ A320 are at the gates when the vast majority of those flights are just to AKL.
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Old Jun 25, 19, 4:51 pm
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Looking at the schedule the Wellington departure times are still the same so doing 35min turn around in Wellington and 40 in Auckland (when the plane is doing the direct turn.
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