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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sydney-Auckland remains #1 City Pair

The top 12 city pairs represent over 92% of all weekly seats provided between Australia and New Zealand, which has slightly increased from the 91% recorded for the same week last year. The 2,165 Kilometre sector between Sydney and Auckland has managed to maintain its top position in 2015, with weekly seat capacity between the two destinations having increased by 2%. A total of seven Airlines are serving this city pAir this January, the same number recorded in the corresponding week last year. Air New Zealand is the dominant operator serving the route, accounting for over 34% of weekly seats, followed by Qantas (25%) and Emirates (15%). Interestingly, LAN Airlines is also serving this city pAir as part of its daily Flights from Santiago to Sydney.

Overall, the 2015 ranking is relatively stable with no new entrants in the top dozen since last January, although there have been movers in that time. Notably, the 2,232-kilometre sector from Sydney to Wellington provided 7.1% less weekly capacity this January and dropped one position.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ms Cho, who is a Daughter of Korean Air Chief Executive Cho Yang-ho who went into a Rage Trial Begins

Ms Cho, who is a Daughter of Korean Air Chief Executive Cho Yang-ho who went into a Rage Trial Begins

Korean Air Korean Air executive who went into a Rage Trial Begins
The trial has opened in Seoul of the Korean Air executive who went into a rage when her macadamia nuts were served in a bag, rather than on a Plate.
Heather Cho has been accused of violating Aviation safety laws and endangering passengers by ordering the plane back to the gate in New York as it taxied for Take Off.

The "nut rage" incident occured on a Seoul-bound Flight on 5 December.

The 40-year-old, who has been in custody for three weeks, has pleaded not guilty to charges of obstructing Aviation safety.
Ms Cho will face a maximum of 10 years in jail if found guilty of diverting the Aircraft with no good reason.

She appeared in the packed courtroom wearing a green prison uniform, stood with her head lowered and answered questions in a whisper, the BBC reported.

Ms Cho's lawyers argued in the opening statement that the charges were based on "exaggerated statements" and that safety violations were minor given the plane was still on the ground and had not yet reached the runway.

Ms Cho, who is the daughter of Korean Air Chief Executive Cho Yang-ho, has also been accused of interfering in the execution of a government official's duty and coercion for allegedly exerting influence in the government investigation.
The story has been seen as an example of poor management in South Korea's family-run conglomerates that dominate the country's business landscape.

Air NZ moves to one wine supplier

Air New Zealand's Koru lounges and economy and premium economy cabins will be stocked with only Villa Maria wines, the Airline has confirmed.

Marlborough wine brands lose out in Air NZ shake-up

Air New Zealand's decision to drastically cut its wine selection for economy and premium economy classes and move to just one supplier is .

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Air NZ Decision to Ditch MOA Disappointing

Air NZ ditches MOA contract

Air New Zealand's decision to drop Kiwi craft brewer MOA and serve only foreign-owned beer is a disappointing move from the national Carrier, a marketing expert says.

Air New Zealand will stop serving beer and cider made by NZX-listed MOA on Flights and in Koru lounges just one year into a three-year contract.

MOA chief executive Geoff Ross said Air New Zealand told the company it wanted to move to one beer supplier.

With MOA being phased out by Air New Zealand, big brewer Lion Nathan - owned by Japanese beverage giant Kirin - becomes the Carrier's sole beer supplier.

Evolve Marketing managing director Brandon Wilcox said it would be disappointing if Air New Zealand was supplied solely by Lion Nathan.

"As the national Carrier I would expect Air New Zealand to support New Zealand brands rather than allowing themselves to be brought out by a multi-national brand," Willcox said.

The Air New Zealand contract would have had a positive effect on MOA's brand, which would continue into the future, just to a lesser extent, he said.

"There will be some halo effect that will persist," Wilcox said.

Ironically in Air New Zealand's 75th anniversary exhibition, on display at Te Papa, a virtual "cabin of the future" features a computer generated animation of a giant MOA walking down the Aircraft aisle as seen through Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles worn by visitors.

University of Auckland business school professor Roderick Brodie said Air New Zealand's contract with MOA would have been more valuable for the craft brewer than the Airline.

"There's only a slot for one or two beers there and so if they can be there then that is really very good exposure for them," Brodie said.

Having MOA served inFlight made international tourists aware of the brand and was likely to make them buy more MOA products, he said.

"If they enjoyed a MOA on the plane then they would certainly want to have a repeat experience."

Ross said Air New Zealand would phase MOA out of its beverage range over the next three months.

Air New Zealand would not comment on why it cancelled the contract with MOA.

Ross said the partnership had been a good brand association for MOA but financially it was not a great money-maker.

"From a business point of view it is a blessing in disguise as there was little or no margin," Ross said.

MOA had developed a lightweight aluminium bottle for its beer stocked on Air New Zealand Flights.

Society of Beer Advocates president David Wood said Air New Zealand should showcase a range of New Zealand beer.

"It would be good to have our national Carrier showcasing the huge range of beer that's now available in New Zealand rather than just a few generic international lagers," Wood said.

MOA was an innovative brewer making "brilliant beers", he said.

Air New Zealand tying itself to one brewery, Lion Nathan, was limiting variety for customers, he said.

Koru member Peter Griffin said his beer of choice in the Koru lounge was Steinlager Pure but he would also miss having MOA as an option.

"We'll be sad to see them go," Griffin said.

MOA had a prominent presence in the Koru lounge which got Griffin into trying other types of MOA beers, he said.

"They looked beautiful in the fridge."

MOA shares were up 1 cent to 42c in early afternoon trading.

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Air NZ decision to ditch MOA 'disappointing'

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Air New Zealand in Top 10 of World's Safest Airlines 2014

Air New Zealand in Top 10 of World's Safest Airlines 2014 

A 'Worst Year' For Airlines Otherwise

Top 10 of World's Safest Airlines 2014 
Air New Zealand, 
British Airways, 
Cathay Pacific, 
Etihad Airways, 
EVA Air, 
Singapore Airlines

Air New Zealand has been recognised as one of the world's safest Airlines for passengers. has recently released its list with Qantas taking the spot for the Airline with no fatalities on record.

An Air New Zealand plane flies over houses in Mount Victoria as it approaches Wellington Airport, October 7, 2011.

The Airline rating website said that Qantas has achieved several records in safety operations in its 94 years in the business. The company was lauded for being the world's most experienced Airline.

The list of world's safest Airlines was based on the site's evaluation of the Airline company's history, incident records and operational excellence. It also consults aviation watchdogs like the FAA and the ICAO to complete its top 10 safest Airlines.

The site reported there was no doubt that 2014 was a "bad year" for Airline safety with 21 fatal accidents with 986 deaths. AirlineRatings described the high number of deaths as "sickening." However, the world's Airlines carried a record-high of 3.3 billion passengers on 27 million Flights.

According to the report, the high number of deaths was recorded despite a record low number of accidents for the year, which is equivalent to one for every 1.3 million Flights. AirlineRatings said the MH370 and MH17 crashes were "unprecedented" in modern times. The Malaysian Airlines tragedies caused 537 deaths.

Qantas was praised for being a leader in the real-time monitoring of engines using satellite technology. The communications system enables the Airline to detect problems before they escalate or turn into a major safety issue. The Airline was also praised for its avionics system that links communication between the pilot and Air traffic controller.

Aside from Qantas and Air New Zealand, other Airlines included in the top 10 were British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, FinnAir, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.

Meanwhile, reported that Air New Zealand's alliance with Singapore Airlines is taking off with fares from Auckland to Singapore, Southeast Asia and Europe expected to go down. Air New Zealand has not flown to Singapore for eight years after closing the route in 2006 following heavy losses. The new alliance is expected to boost the capacity of the Airlines' Auckland/Singapore route by 30 percent. 

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

One MOre Flight Accident Near Missed

One MOre Flight Accident Near Missed

Where: At Tonga,
How:Chinese plane started to skid off a runaway.
Airlines:Prime Minister John Key,  

Olympic Athlete Valerie Adams in Aircraft Accident Near Miss in Tonga 
Olympic shot put medallist Valarie Adams has had a near miss with an Aircraft accident involving a Chinese plane that started to skid off a runaway in Tonga.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully has been warning Kiwis for the last year not to travel on the Real Tonga Airlines Xian MA60 Aircraft saying it is not safe.

Adams has been holidaying in Tonga over Christmas with partner Gabriel Price, at the family village of Houma, on Tongatapu.

Before boarding the Aircraft at Fua amotu International Airport Adams posed for photos with other Tongans travelling to Eua.

That caption says the photo was taken just before they boarded the real Tonga Airlines on their way to Eua only to find out the breaks don't work as the plane started to slide off the runway thank goodness everyone was safe and no one got hurt.

Comments from others include Our family treasures and a Tongan national treasure almost lost!! and Only in Tonga can the Olympic gold medallist go home to relax and almost ends up in a plane crash.

On her Instagram account Adams said she was back in Tonga cause problems with the brakes haha so waiting on eta for our flight zzzzz.

She also offers a negative comment about the Airline.

Last year McCully issued a warning saying that MA60 planes had been involved in several rece 
New Zealand also withheld aid.

At the time, Prime Minister John Key defended the warning saying New Zealand could not just sit back and say it was okay.

The just departed Tongan Government began to address the concerns late last year and in the latest New Zealand travel advisory, Wellington advises the Tongan Government "is working closely with the Pacific Aviation Safety Office on a major overhaul of aviation safety".

Details were still being worked through but "New Zealanders should expect changes to services as the authorities address safety issues and take this background into consideration when making their travel arrangements".

Adams could not be reached today for comment on her Aviation experience, but she has made no secret of the grand time she has had in Tonga.

As it was no secret, and she frequently posted pictures on social media, word reached the Royal Palace where King Tupou VI had the Lord Chamberlain summon her to a reception on New Year's Day.

Posting the invitations on Instagram, she described it as a great honour, while a New Zealand friend quickly put it in perspective: The King of Tonga having the Queen of NZ at his reception.

News outlet Matangi Tonga said Adams was the star of the reception, which included 200 guests and the new Prime Minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva. 

The noble of Houma, Lord Vaea, accompanied them to the reception.

Adams might well be a multi Olympic medal winner and IAAF Athlete of the Year, but her postings show a delighted Tongan touching base with the people of the home of her mother, Liklika Ngauamo.

Her pride in being there is evident from her hashtags
One striking photo shows her with my grandma Popua who is barely half Adam's height.

Olympic Athlete Valerie Adams

Valerie Kasanita Adams, 
She is a four-time World champion,
three time World Indoor champion and two-time Olympic and three-time Commonwealth champion. 
Born: October 6, 1984 (age 30), Rotorua, New Zealand
Height: 1.93 m
Nationality: New Zealand
Spouse: Bertrand Vili
Parents: Sid Adams
Siblings: Steven Adams, Warren Adams

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Trainee News Editor
New Zealand Aviation News Editor

Monday, January 5, 2015

AirAsia's Plane Turned Back Before Takeoff In Indonesia

AirAsia's Plane Turned Back Before Takeoff In Indonesia

AirAsia has downplayed an incident that saw one of its planes turned back before takeoff in Indonesia, a week after another of its Jets crashed into the Java Sea with 162 on board.

Indonesia AirAsia Flight 7633 was taxiing in preparation for takeoff on Saturday at Surabaya Airport where last week's doomed Flight also took off when a power unit used to start the plane shut down, an Airline official said.

As a result, the Pilot turned back to the gate, Raden Achmad Sadikin, director of Safety and Security at Indonesia AirAsia, told reporters.

Local media in Indonesia and Malaysia had reported the Bandung bound plane's engine had cut out after emitting a loud bang that terrified passengers,but AirAsia stressed it was a minor incident.

Silly headlines in Malaysia. AirAsia Indonesia aircraft did not have a stalled engine. An APU, which is ground power, had to be restarted.

Fernandes urged staff to remain strong.

Facts will come out. As I have said we are calm, will take the hits now as our focus is families. But time will show what AirAsia is all about,he tweeted.

Meanwhile,Indonesian officials said weather was the triggering factor in last week's crash of AirAsia Flight 8501, with icing likely causing engine damage after it flew into a storm.

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Trainee News Editor

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wreckage of Missing AirAsia Airbus A 320 Flight # QZ 8501 Jet Found by Searchers in the Java Sea

Wreckage and several bodies from the missing AirAsia Airbus A 320 jet were last night found by searchers in the Java Sea - but there were no reports of survivors.

"God blessed us today," National Search and Rescue Agency chief Bambang Soelistyo told a press conference.

"At 12.50 the Air Force Hercules found an object described as a shadow at the bottom of the sea in the form of a Aircraft," he said.

But hopes of finding survivors were dashed.

At least three bodies had been recovered from the ocean last night, and others were seen near floating debris, some of which resembled an Aircraft door and emergency slide.

The bodies had been taken to an Indonesian navy ship, the Associated Press reported.

Air Force Hercules C130 co-Pilot Lieutenant Tri Wibowo, who flew on a search mission over the area, told he saw dozens of floating bodies as well as passenger luggage and Aircraft debris.

"We thought that the passengers were still alive and waved at us for help. But when we approached closer [we saw] they were already dead," he said.

Some 21 divers had been sent to retrieve debris and bodies from the water.

AirAsia founder and group chief executive Tony Fernandes tweeted shortly after the news broke: "My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences."

Indonesia's civil aviation chief confirmed the debris found in the search area was from missing Flight QZ8501, which disappeared on Sunday in a storm over the Java Sea with 162 people on board.  "For the time being it can be confirmed that it's the AirAsia Aircraft and the transport minister will depart soon to Pangkalan Bun," Djoko Murjatmodjo said.

Reports from Crews suggested as many as 10 items may have been located, including what might be a life raft, life jackets and long orange tubes.  "Based on the observation by search and rescue personnel, significant things have been found such as a passenger door and cargo door. It's in the sea, 160km southwest of Pangkalan Bun," Mr Djoko said.

Pangkalan Bun is in central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.  Indonesian officials coming off a helicopter in Pangkalan Bun said they spotted several bodies floating in the water.

"There was a man swaying on the waves.

"After I looked at the photo carefully on my laptop, I understood it was a human body," a lieutenant of the Indonesian Air Force told local media.  There were no reports of any survivors, although the presence of a life raft gave initial hope people might have survived the crash.

The chances of the objects in the Java Sea being from the AirAsia jet increased dramatically after it was revealed some of the pieces were red and white - the Airline's colours. 

The debris is red and white," said Mr Djoko.

It's likely from the body of the Aircraft.

While officials greeted the news with cautious enthusiasm, the suggestion that a portion of the body of the Aircraft had been found was greeted with dismay by families of those on board.

Does this mean the Aircraft has broken up completely ? Asked a distressed man at Singapore Airport, where police were guarding a room set aside for family members to receive briefings.

The news of the sighting of the debris came within two hours of it being revealed that family members were intending to fly over the search area so they could pray for those who were missing.

It was not immediately clear whether that charter Flight will now go ahead as officials said that viewing the debris would be likely to cause great anxiety.

The Airbus A320-200 lost contact about 6.17am local time on Sunday en route from Surabaya, in Indonesia's east Java, to Singapore after the Crew requested a change of Flight plan due to stormy weather.

Aviation experts have revealed veteran Pilots usually avoid the area known as the "thunderstorm factory", where the Flight went missing, because of its catastrophic storms.

Strategic Aviation Solutions chAirman Neil Hansford told Australia's Today show on Channel Nine that most Flights went around the area and somebody "dropped the ball" when they made the Flight plan for QZ8501.

Earlier yesterday, New Zealand sent a military Aircraft to help in the search.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign AffAirs and Trade said a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion had been sent to join the international search mission.

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AirAsia disaster: Wreckage, bodies found

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AirAsia Flight: teams retrieve bodies from Java Sea

Missing AirAsia Aircraft: NZ sends help 

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