Air NZ fleet mothballed

Old Mar 17, 20, 1:56 am
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Air NZ fleet mothballed

So guys, where do you speculate Air Nz will store itís 777/787/320/321 fleet while this is all happening?

There will be some great images of large scale fleets parked up, something that we will hopefully never see again
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Old Mar 17, 20, 2:33 am
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it will be a sad but spectacular scene
its already like this at HKIA with over 40 CX planes parked up
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Old Mar 17, 20, 2:40 am
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For some just where they are now, as the gates will not be be needed.
CHC has more open space than AKL. Aircraft have been parked before at CHC
Whenuapai may be a possibility https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNZAF_Base_Auckland
Some will go the scrap yard to be recycled as Coke cans. Have little value as used aircraft.
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Old Mar 17, 20, 2:45 am
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Queenstown would be a great place. Nothing happening there for a long time.
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Old Mar 17, 20, 12:45 pm
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And to think a few months ago, Rollys Royce and a lack of availability widebodys was a pressing problem!
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Old Mar 17, 20, 12:48 pm
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Hard to speculate until Air NZ decides which fleet type its most viable to continue - you would think the 777 fleet would be more expensive to maintain (crew wise) but also more valuable - either way it will be a mixed fleet grounding.
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Old Mar 21, 20, 7:20 pm
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Wide body parking

AirNZ has 40 wide bodies and if they cut services by 80% probably will only need 6, two each for LAX,SIN and HKG with those doing trans Tasman during the day. Add two spares that leaves 32 extras where do you park them?

Maybe hard stands and taxi ways at AKL but given more domestic spares that could get tricky. Maybe Whenuapaiís old unused 12/30 Runway and maybe some at Ohakea?

No doubt we will start seeing creative Parking in the next week. One of many new challenges for them to sort.
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Old Mar 21, 20, 8:03 pm
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The A320, ATRs and Q300 could end up in Chc, the Widebodies kinda need to stay in AKL as that is where the maintenance people are. Airliners want to fly, a plane sitting on the ground needs weekly if not daily care. If put the planes too far away means needing to relocated maintenance crew to those locations for a long period of time. Whenuapai could work with crew and tools commuting daily from AKL?
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Old Mar 21, 20, 8:05 pm
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Additionally I think they will were possible want to rotate the planes, for airframe and engine hours.
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Old Mar 21, 20, 10:59 pm
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Additionally I think they will were possible want to rotate the planes, for airframe and engine hours.
They may also do early C and D checks on aircraft.
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Old Mar 21, 20, 11:27 pm
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They may also do early C and D checks on aircraft.
No airline has/will have that sort of money.
Anyway does Air NZ still do C & D checks on the wide bodies?
Some of these aircraft may not be needed for months/years when travel starts again.
World wide a lot (usable) aircraft will be recycled into aluminium Coke cans
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Old Mar 22, 20, 12:23 am
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Just retire the 772's early
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