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Posted By DCF

The problem is that WA, SA and Queensland are...

The problem is that WA, SA and Queensland are safe - and ready for entry into the bubble - but Melbourne and Sydney have not extinguished community transmission.

Itís hard to see how those two...
Mar 6, 20, 11:17 pm
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Posted By DCF

Iím limited with what I can post because of where...

Iím limited with what I can post because of where my information comes from, but there are clearly identified cases in which people have caught the virus on flights from Singapore to their home, when...
Mar 6, 20, 9:11 pm
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Posted By DCF

Because I like my Star Alliance status and...

Because I like my Star Alliance status and benefits.

If I fly VS I earn zero Status Points.

To get to the UK from the USA I have a choice between United or United.
Mar 6, 20, 5:15 pm
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Posted By DCF

It was hard enough on NZ1/2. Now if we want...

It was hard enough on NZ1/2.

Now if we want to fly to London we are going to have to change to United at LAX or SFO or ORD or EWR.

In the case of LAX it will involve reclaiming baggage,...
Mar 6, 20, 5:11 pm
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Posted By DCF

The route was never about through traffic. ...

The route was never about through traffic.

It was about traffic rights between two huge rich cities, whose west/east separation makes one daily frequency competitive and viable.

But Air NZ has...
Mar 6, 20, 4:59 pm
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Posted By DCF

No, it hasnít. Not according to the...

No, it hasnít.

Not according to the airlineís published financials each year.
Mar 6, 20, 4:58 pm
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Posted By DCF

Nobody has EVER claimed that LAX-LHR was...

Nobody has EVER claimed that LAX-LHR was unprofitable: it has always been one of the most profitable long-haul sectors in the network.

Your comments probably apply to Auckland-Shanghai, which has...
Mar 5, 20, 7:50 pm
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Posted By DCF

I stand by my earlier comments. Singapore...

I stand by my earlier comments.

Singapore and Hong Kong are now transit ports which lead to self-quarantine.

Most of the recent Australian cases involve passengers returning from Iran on the...
Feb 20, 20, 6:10 pm
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Posted By DCF

Cancelling LAX-LHR no longer makes any sense at...

Cancelling LAX-LHR no longer makes any sense at all.

Firstly, too many eggs are in an Asian basket which may not recover.

Secondly, the idea of passengers to Europe flying on other carriers...
Feb 1, 20, 6:55 am
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Posted By DCF

Has the airline already sold its London slot...

Has the airline already sold its London slot pair?

Much of the rationale for cancelling LAX-LHR was that there were easier pickings available in Asia. But what if the Coronavirus outbreak doesnít...
Dec 15, 19, 1:04 am
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Posted By DCF

Upgrade LAX-LHR so that you have slept in the...

Upgrade LAX-LHR so that you have slept in the right time zone and you minimise jetlag.

On AKL-LAX you need to stay awake for as long as you possibly can.
Oct 22, 19, 7:20 pm
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Posted By DCF

Extraordinary really that the two highest...

Extraordinary really that the two highest yielding sectors on the network were LHR-LAX and LAX-PPT and both get axed in favour of monopoly and duopoly routes and subsidised sectors.
Apr 7, 19, 2:19 pm
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Posted By DCF

I flew it recently to HNL - the mattress was...

I flew it recently to HNL - the mattress was lumpy and the IFE failed, but it was much more comfortable than the 789.

Surely NZ must still have the brown first generation 744/772 Business Premier...
Nov 12, 18, 3:26 pm
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Posted By DCF

Isnít the Strata Lounge the former Air NZ Lounge...

Isnít the Strata Lounge the former Air NZ Lounge anyway?

i canít stand the new lounge - itís far too small for the actual demand.

Air NZ needs two lounges in the international terminal, and the...
Nov 4, 18, 8:09 am
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Posted By DCF

Itís great that Iíve just been able to qualify to...

Itís great that Iíve just been able to qualify to have an Ambassador (after 20 months without).

Just a shame that 1 week into my 59 weeks with an Ambassador, they still havenít allocated me one!
...
Oct 19, 18, 7:20 am
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Posted By DCF

Can you two get into the AMEX Centurion Lounge? ...

Can you two get into the AMEX Centurion Lounge?

Itís close by, behind security, and is better than a domestic US airline lounge.
Sep 23, 18, 2:23 am
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Posted By DCF

Sounds to me like the new pier is going to become...

Sounds to me like the new pier is going to become a US Pre-Clearance facility.
Sep 2, 18, 7:24 am
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Posted By DCF

Donít risk a long-haul flight with a dollar value...

Donít risk a long-haul flight with a dollar value of around $3,000 for the sake of a cheap same-day domestic flight.

Itís madness.

Make sure you fly up to Auckland the night before and stay at...
Aug 22, 18, 6:01 am
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Posted By DCF

On the new SPG app I show as Lifetime Platinum...

On the new SPG app I show as Lifetime Platinum but 1047 Nights and 14 years Platinum.

So shouldnít I be Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite?
Aug 17, 18, 3:38 am
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Posted By DCF

Me too - itís an absolute No Brainer. Quebec...

Me too - itís an absolute No Brainer.

Quebec City = Fairmont Chateau Frontenac!
Jul 16, 18, 9:17 pm
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Posted By DCF

The OP is travelling in August, meaning a risk of...

The OP is travelling in August, meaning a risk of summer storms.

i wouldnt even think of risking a 1 hour 55 connection. Too many things could go wrong.

i wouldnít do 3 hours either of he had...
Oct 12, 17, 5:27 am
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Posted By DCF

An ABTC gets you into the crew line for...

An ABTC gets you into the crew line for immigration and customs in the USA, but you still need an ESTA.
Aug 30, 17, 6:51 pm
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Posted By DCF

Definitely the Sheraton.

Definitely the Sheraton.
Jul 15, 17, 5:47 am
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Posted By DCF

I love TBIT, but I had a remote stand on Friday 7...

I love TBIT, but I had a remote stand on Friday 7 July.

The bus departs from the remains of the old TBIT, which is a zoo. And of course they have no way to separate the status or Business Premier...
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Posted By DCF

Unless I'm mistaken, this is not a rebuild but a...

Unless I'm mistaken, this is not a rebuild but a new build on the other side of Victoria Square.

It's only one block away, but instead of it occupying a full block surrounded by a park it is now...
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