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What's happening to the seat arrangement on inaugural NZ699?

What's happening to the seat arrangement on inaugural NZ699?

Old Jul 13, 19, 11:52 pm
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What's happening to the seat arrangement on inaugural NZ699?

Rows before 10 are blocked, FF seats are from 10-16.
Are they separating the area for some celebrities or important figures? or are they not sure with the aircraft at the moment?
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Old Jul 14, 19, 12:14 am
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I'd expect a huge number of dignitaries on a flight such as that .
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Old Jul 14, 19, 2:35 am
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Is Shadbolt providing the drinks for the parties in row 1-10?
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Old Jul 14, 19, 4:14 am
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Would be blocked for politicians, media and probably local business leaders. The usual thing. PM plus diplomatic protection is usually a whole row then add in all the others.

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Old Jul 14, 19, 5:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Noobmaster69 View Post
Rows before 10 are blocked, FF seats are from 10-16.
Are they separating the area for some celebrities or important figures? or are they not sure with the aircraft at the moment?
What is special about this flight?
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Old Jul 14, 19, 7:47 pm
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Originally Posted by taupo View Post
What is special about this flight?
First non stop IVC-AKL
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Old Jul 15, 19, 2:07 am
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Probably been a decade or two since they've had their own jet flights too....anyone know what routes the jet aircraft use to fly out of IVC?
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Old Jul 15, 19, 2:27 am
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Originally Posted by brenrox View Post
Probably been a decade or two since they've had their own jet flights too....anyone know what routes the jet aircraft use to fly out of IVC?
I remember flying IVC-DUD-WLG, must have been sometime in the late nineties, on the 737. I remember they did a drinks service between IVC-DUD, and a full meal service between DUD and WLG.
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Old Jul 15, 19, 3:20 am
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I just dragged out some of my old timetables from the '90s

In the 14th Oct 1995 timetable they're flying 737s from IVC to AKL, DUN, CHC and WLG. AKL had one direct flight daily.

Next timetable I have is 1st Sept 1996 where jet services have all been swapped out for ATRs

Cheapest super thrifty fare on the 737 between CHC and AKL was $249
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Originally Posted by sbiddle View Post
I just dragged out some of my old timetables from the '90s

In the 14th Oct 1995 timetable they're flying 737s from IVC to AKL, DUN, CHC and WLG. AKL had one direct flight daily.

Next timetable I have is 1st Sept 1996 where jet services have all been swapped out for ATRs

Cheapest super thrifty fare on the 737 between CHC and AKL was $249
Cheers for that - incidentally, one of the few memories from primary school in Southland was from around 1995/1996 and talking in class about a newspaper article on the ATR coming to IVC, which marries up with your timetable. I seem to remember the old airbridge sitting dormant there for a a few years before they did some modification so it could be used with the ATR
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IVC 1985 - source: https://business.facebook.com/pg/OldInvercargill/posts/
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Old Jul 15, 19, 4:34 am
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I used to love watching the stairs coming out! Iíve currently got seat 4A on the inaugural NZ698 flight, but all other seats around me are blocked back to row 10. Not sure I fit the VIP category...
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Old Jul 16, 19, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by NZ_Flyer View Post
Would be blocked for politicians, media and probably local business leaders. The usual thing. PM plus diplomatic protection is usually a whole row then add in all the others.
you must be joking? I assume, the NZ PM is really nothing more than a mayor of a medium sized city? ( no insult meant) So does NZ really provide that type of security or were you joking?
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Old Jul 16, 19, 12:31 pm
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For many years the PM has always been allocated 2A. Typically 2B will be empty and DPS will sit in 2C.

I try and avoid booking 2A - 2C as I've been bumped numerous times from these seats for VIP pax.
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Old Jul 16, 19, 2:42 pm
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Originally Posted by mellon View Post
you must be joking? I assume, the NZ PM is really nothing more than a mayor of a medium sized city? ( no insult meant) So does NZ really provide that type of security or were you joking?
Why would I be joking? Protection level is commensurate with threat level so I believe the standard detail for a PM 3x DPS officers. More or less if required. Compared with leaders of major countries itís a very small protection detail.
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