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*A / Air NZ Mega DO - AKL and CHC 11 - 12 December 2010

*A / Air NZ Mega DO - AKL and CHC 11 - 12 December 2010

Old Aug 2, 10, 6:48 pm
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*A / Air NZ Mega DO - AKL and CHC 11 - 12 December 2010


For those of you that have already registered, the itinerary is as follows:

Saturday 11 December

0745 - 0800 - Meet at Air NZ Parking, 13 Freight Place, Auckland Airport. Complimentary parking or shuttle from the airport will be provided.
0800 - 0830 - Light breakfast will be served with barista on hand for beverage orders
0830 - 0945 - Meeting with Verity Jade, head of Lounges and Valet Parking, and Terry Baker, Manager Air NZ Parking. We are hopeful Bruce Parton, GGM Australasia will also be able to attend.
0945 - 0955 - Complimentary shuttle to Air NZ's maintenance facilities
0955 - 1125 - Tour of Air NZ's maintenance facilities and hangars
1125 - 1130 - Complimentary shuttle back to Air NZ Parking to retrieve vehicles or board bus to Kumeu
1200 - 1345 - Lunch at Allely House, Kumeu (menu below)
1345 - 1400 - Bus to RNZAF Base Auckland (Whenuapai)
1400 - 1600 - Tour of No. 40 Squadron RNZAF – including the B757 and (hopefully) the C-130 Hercules.
1600 - 1700 - Quick trip to the Officers Mess bar for liquid refreshments. Cash only, but drinks are cheap!
1700 - 1730 - Bus back to Auckland
1800 - 2000 - Dinner at Mecca, Viaduct Harbour (menu below)

NOTE: If you wish to leave your car overnight at AKL on the 11th and pick it up when we return from CHC, this is fine. Parking is complimentary on the 11th, and from the 25th hour onwards will be charged at a corporate rate of $0.45 per hour.

Sunday 12 December

0700 - Meet at the Auckland Domestic Koru Lounge
0730 - Majority of us will board NZ513 to Christchurch
0750 - NZ513 departs AKL
0910 - NZ513 arrives CHC
0930 - Tours of Air New Zealand’s narrowbody jet maintenance centre and other facilities
1130 - Bus to Christchurch CBD
1200 – Free time for lunch on your own or together as a group
1330 – Walking tour of central Christchurch locations
1645 – Depart to Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport for drinks & dinner (menu below)
2030 – Head back to CHC airport for those on NZ560
2125 – NZ560 departs back to AKL

*Please note that due to the nature of Air Force work, the RNZAF may need to call off all or part of the Air Force events at any time. There are no guarantees any particular aircraft will be at the base when we’re there, but I’m sure they’ll have some cool things in store for us.

You have provided your name, date of birth, nationality, and a few other personal details. None of this information will be shared with anyone other than Air New Zealand (and/or its subsidiaries), the Aviation Security Service, the New Zealand Police, Auckland International Airport Limited, and Christchurch International Airport Limited; and will only be used for the purposes of this event.

This week you will also undergo an Aviation Security Service background check, and will be issued with a temporary airport identity card for both Auckland and Christchurch airports.

If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, feel free to contact me by PM.

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Old Aug 2, 10, 6:49 pm
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(A) Air NZ Maintenance Tour Auckland - 11 Dec
(B) Bus Transfer Auckland - 11 Dec
(C) Lunch at Allely House - 11 Dec
(D) Tour of RNZAF Base Auckland (No. 40 Sqdn) - 11 Dec
(E) Dinner at Mecca Bar & Cafe Viaduct Harbour - 11 Dec
(F) Air NZ Maintenance Tour Christchurch - 12 Dec
(G) Bus Transfer Christchurch - 12 Dec
(H) Dinner at Sudima Hotel CHC Airport - 12 Dec

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Old Aug 2, 10, 6:50 pm
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SATURDAY 11 DECEMBER 2010, 0745 – 0955


From the city:

  • Take the Airbus Express from the Britomart (Auckland Central) railway station, Queen Street, or Mount Eden Road

  • Taxi – call Discount Taxis on 09 529 1000 – approx NZD$40 city to airport – other companies likely much more expensive

  • Driving:
    1. Auckland CBD to Airport via SH1, Epsom, and SH20: http://bit.ly/hfqw0E
    2. Auckland CBD to Airport via Sandringham Road and SH20: http://bit.ly/hHAqZ7
    3. Auckland CBD to Airport via SH1, Onehunga, and SH20: http://bit.ly/gfcIuy

    Option 1 is recommended for those coming from the central city.
    Option 2 is recommended for coming from Western suburbs of the CBD such as Kingsland, Grey Lynn, Ponsonby, etc.
    Option 3 is recommended for those coming from the South-Eastern suburbs such as Onehunga, Penrose, Mt Wellington, etc.

    Free parking will be available for the day courtesy of Air New Zealand Parking.

From the airport:
  • DO NOT TAKE A TAXI. Most will charge about NZD$30 for travel within "Airport Environments".

  • Free Air NZ Parking shuttle will take you from NZ Domestic between doors 2 and 3, JQ Domestic out the front of the terminal, or International from the left of door 9. Tell the driver your surname and that you are part of the Flyertalk group.

  • Walking is not recommended as it is a busy road, but would take approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

  • Note that the Holiday Inn Auckland Airport is just 300m (330 yards) away from 13 Freight Place.


All the FTers and guests will gather for a light breakfast before being welcomed by Verity Jade, our resident Air NZ FTer "VJKoru" who looks after all of Air New Zealand's domestic lounges and the Valet Parking service. Terry Baker, manager of Air New Zealand Parking, will also welcome you all.

We are hopeful that Bruce Parton, another NZ staffer (well, a Group General Manager!) many of you have seen around on FT, may be able to take some time to come and say hello to you all as well.

We’ll then be whisked away by the Air NZ Parking shuttles to the maintenance hangars at the airport to begin our tour there.


Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

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Auckland Buffet Lunch - Allely House, Kumeu (Buffet - $55pp)

Selection of freshly baked breads, buns and dips

Live carvery
Honey and Cointreau glazed ham on the bone
Sirloin of beef with mustard and horseradish

Hot smoked salmon
Beer battered blue cod gujons with tartare sauce

Baby potatoes with lemon and parsley butter
Baby vegetable medley

Cashew nut and cabbage slaw
Traditional Caesar salad
Mesclun salad with balsamic dressing
Smoked chicken salad

Dark chocolate and orange cheesecake
Fresh local strawberries and marshmallows with chocolate and caramel dipping sauces
Berry and vanilla Pavlova roulade
Christmas pudding log with brandy sauce
Selection of ice creams and sorbets

Auckland Dinner at Mecca - Viaduct Harbour (Set menu - $55pp)

Tasting platter with a selection of appetizersto delight the palate with marinated eggplant puree, mixed olives, thick yoghurt with feta, rocket pesto, sigara boregi, hummus and marinated mushrooms, served with warm Turkish bread

Choice of:

Baked Chicken
whole baked chicken breast filled with pinenuts, spinach and mozzarella on kumara mash with a creamy pernod sauce

Lamb Shank
slow simmered with tomato, rosemary and thyme served on
garlic mash with caramelized onion

Scotch fillet
parmesan mash, seasonal vegetables, roasted
vine tomatoes, barnaise sauce and Shiraz glaze

Spinach, creamy feta, and mushrooms
wrapped in filo parcel with rocket salad and plum chutney

Pan fried snapper
on lemon mash, rocket, lime hollandaise and red pepper & fennel salsa

Warm chicken salad
with balsamic marinated chicken strips, field mushroom, crispy bacon, brie cheese, baby cos lettuce and mustard mayonnaise

Choice of:

Chocolate Sponge
layered with Ghana chocolate mousse & vanilla bean poached pear

Traditional Tiramisu
sponge fingers soaked in espresso coffee layered with marsala and mascarpone cream

Pistachio ice-cream
smothered in chocolate sauce and pistachio crumb

Christchurch Dinner at Sudima Christchurch Airport (Set menu - $50pp)

Artisan Bread Selection

Prime Aged Porterhouse Steak
resting on pumpkin, spinach and brie tart, caramelized baby onions and kumara wafers


Pan-Seared Market Fish Fillets
crispy potato straws, green salad
and cucumber, lime, and mango salsa


Roasted vegetable & feta strudel, tomato relish & rocket mushroom & pinenut salad with basil oil

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake
beside chocolate flake ice cream


Fresh Seasonal Fruit Plate
beside feijoa sorbet

Freshly brewed Coffee & Tea

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Old Aug 2, 10, 7:06 pm
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This sounds super neat.
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Thanks I am in; sign me up.
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Thanks wijomas for organising, this sounds great! ^

If am currently scheduled to fly SYD-AKL-LAX during those dates but if I can make some changes the DUF family might join the festivities. MMMV so to speak.
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Sounds good! Will be there if I can, but currently scheduled to be working in the Middle East at that time.
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Sounds great. We're planning on heading to NZ around those dates, so hopefully we can join in.

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Sounds great wijomas

Of course I'm interested if I can make it work in my schedule.
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Definitely interested here!

If the events encroach into the weekdays, I might need to pull some strings, but otherwise I'm on board (no pun intended).

A discount code to fly across the Tasman (ex-BNE) would be great. It will be interesting in any case, because IIRC by this time the new Tasman/Pacific fare structure will be in place.
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Definitely interested. I'm ex-SYD.
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Definitely interested--sign me up!! The Queenstown area has got to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and this sounds like it will be a fanstastic event.

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Does the charter flight earn EQM?
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Sounds great! Definately something to look forward to
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