Direct Flights AKL/Perth

Old Jul 30, 19, 5:55 pm
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Direct Flights AKL/Perth

Two questions really.

First: is AirNZ the only airline that flies Auckland to Perth direct?

Will be needing to book in a hurry for a funeral but flights in BP looking very difficult in both directions.

Second: How difficult is it to get those seats that are blanked out for 'operational reasons' and often allocated to staff or upgrades 'unblanked' to enable someone to book for urgent, compassionate reasons?

Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 6:04 pm
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Answer to your first question - according to the Auckland Airport departures for the next week (until Tuesday 6 August), the only direct flight to Perth is NZ175. I will let others with more experience answer your second question.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 6:13 pm
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If you purchase a ticket in J, and the travel is urgent (sorry to hear that), then does it really matter if the blocked seats are not available? You’ll have a seat even if you cannot preselect one at time of booking. You can always just call ask ask NZ staff to make a note in your PNR, but no guarantees.

Actually, I’m not sure that compassionate travel is a reason for Airport Control to allocate these seats prior to OLCI opening.....if there was a medical requirement or some such reason, that would different.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 6:21 pm
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Thanks to both of you for those replies.

We're not that young and it would really be better if we could sit close to one another.

But on some flights BP (and also PE) are not even shown as available so one can't see the seating plan. Is there no way to find out if those seats are blocked out and could be unblocked for people wanting to book.

But I guess we'll just have to wait until confirmation of death/funeral and try and get flights at that stage.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 6:27 pm
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Yes, only NZ offers non stop AKL - PER

So are you saying J is sold out on the non stop service for the dates you want to travel and you can only see Y / PE fares on the non stop ?
If so, I guess your next best alternative is a NZ / QF connection via MEL or SYD in Y (which you can book on the NZ website) but of course this will add 2 + hours to your journey and of course you won't get any SPs for the domestic leg from MEL / SYD to PER.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 6:34 pm
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I'm pretty sure if you mention that travel is for a funeral and you would like to sit together, they will make a note and try their very best to ensure happens.

Have seen a situation TT with a family trying to make it to the hospital in time, and cabin crew and ground staff helping them by moving to front of cabin to be first off and escorting them through the crew lanes (in Wellington).
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Old Jul 30, 19, 6:39 pm
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Thanks again.

Yes, it seems on the dates I'm looking at so far only Y is available - not even PE. And as for coming back home again (a night flight) things are looking even more bleak although things could free up by then.

Unfortunately it's a waiting game currently before we can lock in flights, cats to cattery and all those other things.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 7:34 pm
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Yes, only NZ offers non stop AKL - PER
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If so, I guess your next best alternative is a NZ / QF connection via MEL or SYD in Y (which you can book on the NZ website) but of course this will add 2 + hours to your journey...
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Or AKL-ADL(NZ) and ADL-PER(QF)
But schedule/availability/price may dictate.

QF have run AKL-PER non stop a few days a week in the summer months, but did not last year (18/19). AKL PER is listed in a Jan 2017 pdf timetable
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Old Jul 30, 19, 7:41 pm
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Originally Posted by nzlilibet View Post
Thanks to both of you for those replies.

We're not that young and it would really be better if we could sit close to one another.

But on some flights BP (and also PE) are not even shown as available so one can't see the seating plan. Is there no way to find out if those seats are blocked out and could be unblocked for people wanting to book.

But I guess we'll just have to wait until confirmation of death/funeral and try and get flights at that stage.
For flights that show Business as sold out, there are no seats to "unblock". The only way to book those flights in that cabin would be convincing NZ to overbook the cabin. Seats blocked on the seat map (meaning you can't select them) does not mean those seats are blocked from sale.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 8:41 pm
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Thanks, guys.

croberts - that's interesting to know. I didn't know that if it shows business as sold out it means they really are sold out.

Those flights to and from Perth are really popular being the only direct flights currently.

Am still waiting on news, but it looks as if (at this stage anyway) there is one seat in business class available on Saturday with another 3 'blocked off'. So maybe once I know what's happening I can try and get one of them for my husband.

I may have to book one-way flights and risk becoming a NZ overstayer if I can't get a return flight. LOL
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Old Jul 30, 19, 10:54 pm
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....Those flights to and from Perth are really popular being the only direct flights currently...
FIFO workers for the mining industry. Demand depends on the shift roster change
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FIFO workers for the mining industry. Demand depends on the shift roster change
And BP and PE are always chokka during these times.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 4:33 am
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And BP and PE are always chokka during these times.
Also All Blacks playing in Perth for the first time ever next wknd, I know several who are travelling over well prior the match. Demand is super high - sorry to learn of your unfortunate situation
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Old Jul 31, 19, 7:24 pm
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Originally Posted by nzlilibet View Post
Thanks, guys.

croberts - that's interesting to know. I didn't know that if it shows business as sold out it means they really are sold out.

Those flights to and from Perth are really popular being the only direct flights currently.

Am still waiting on news, but it looks as if (at this stage anyway) there is one seat in business class available on Saturday with another 3 'blocked off'. So maybe once I know what's happening I can try and get one of them for my husband.

I may have to book one-way flights and risk becoming a NZ overstayer if I can't get a return flight. LOL
If you can only buy 1 seat in business class, that means there is only 1 seat in business class. The ‘blocked off’ / “blacked out” seats you are referring to does not mean those seats are available and just not being sold. It just means those seats are unavailable for seat selection and are reserved for airport control to release for seat selection on the day, eg so they can move people around to sit them together if necessary. Just book two economy tickets and add a skycouch or two to get more room, especially for flight back. Its only 6 hrs back to AKL so you don’t actually get that much sleep when you factor in take-off, meal service (if ‘the works’ purchased in economy), waking up to prepare for landing. Sorry to hear of your loss.
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Old Aug 1, 19, 5:48 pm
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Thanks everyone for your help and sympathy.

In the end we didn't have to travel as we were told it was a private funeral and we were not invited. Very sad.

But it certainly seems as though those flights can be a problem. It seems that another airline offering some direct flights could also be successful.

Thanks again for your time.
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