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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Air Freight New Zealand to dispose of Convair 580 fleet

Air Freight NZ (Auckland Int'l) will replace its fleet of five CV-580(F)s with B737-400(F)s between February and May 2016 parent firm Freightways has disclosed. In a statement, the New Zealand logistics firm said the trio of jets would be dry-leased from Airwork (PST, Auckland Int'l) whose parent, Airwork Holdings Limited (AWK), will form a joint-venture company with Air Freight NZ's parent, Fieldair Holdings Limited (FAH).
"Customers of the JV company will be Freightways' express package businesses and NZ Post’s Express Couriers (ECL) business. If demand warrants it, capacity will be made available to other freight operators," the firm said.

The fleet of five Convairs will be put up for sale once the B737s arrive.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Start up OriginAir to serve New Zealand Domestic Market

Start up OriginAir  to serve New Zealand Domestic Market

Air Nelson (RLK, Nelson) founder Robert Inglis has announced plans to re-enter the New Zealand Aviation Market with the  launch of his latest start-up, Originair, in August this year. The announcement comes days after Kiwi Regional Airlines (Hamilton) announced it too would be making its Local Market Debut, during September.

Based in Nelson, Originair plans to offer double-daily return flights to Palmerston North beginning August 12. A Nelson-Wellington return route has also been added, with flights commencing on September 10 this year.Operations are on-board a pair of Jetstream 31s.“We are experienced Airline operators and have the Aircraft and systems to service these routes,” Inglis said. “We have been working hard since December to be ready to fly between Nelson and Palmerston North by August 12, 2015."
Aside from Air Nelson, Inglis also founded Origin Pacific Airways (QO, Nelson) and an Aircraft leasing company, Inglis Aircraft Ltd.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

New Zealand Grounds All Flights After National Radar Outage

All scheduled flights were prevented briefly from taking off in New Zealand on Tuesday after a Radar fault struck.

Airways New Zealand, which manages Air Traffic Control, grounded all Commercial Airlines at Airports across the country.

The fault struck at 2.48pm and led to delays, with passengers sitting on planes on the tarmac.

A spokesman for the Aviation Authority said the fault was eventually rectified and services resumed about 4.20pm. A statement from Airways New Zealand said: “At no point was the safety of any Airport operations compromised.”

Delays were expected to continue throughout the afternoon.

Earlier, after the grounding order was put out, a spokesman said: “There has been a radar failure that has occurred at 2.48pm [02.48 GMT] this afternoon; we are working on the issue at the moment.

“The impact is that all Aircraft have been held on the ground. There are no Aircraft taking off across the country. The Aircraft that are in the air have been cleared to land.”


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Air New Zealand Earnings to Fall due to Qantas Airlines

Air New Zealand Earnings to Fall due to Qantas Airlines. Air New Zealand's earnings are poised to come under significant pressure as a result of Qantas Airways' strategy of launching regional Jetstar flights in New Zealand and threatening to enter the monopoly New Zealand-mainland North America market in partnership with American Airlines, analysts say.

A Credit Suisse analysis has revealed Kiwi passengers in economy class are paying on average 38 per cent more per kilometre on non-stop flights between New Zealand the mainland US compared with what Australian passengers on Qantas pay per kilometre on the longer flights between Sydney and Melbourne and Los Angeles.

The Qantas figures were translated to New Zealand dollars to conduct the exercise. The overall premium of 15.4 per cent received by Air NZ on trans-Pacific flights is lower in part because the Kiwi carrier's flights have a smaller proportion of business-class seats than Qantas. 

Qantas and American have flagged the potential to enter the Auckland-Los Angeles route as early as next year, in a move that could place significant pressure on Airfares on trans-Pacific routes from New Zealand.

Credit Suisse said the negative impact on Air NZ's earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) could initially exceed $NZ50 million ($44.4 million) a year. Overall, as a result of the trans-Pacific threat and the entry of Jetstar onto regional NZ routes, the broker has slashed its 2016-17 EBIT forecast for Air NZ by 16 per cent, or $NZ90 million, to $NZ464 million.

There has been industry speculation that Air NZ could strengthen its trans-Pacific relationship with United Airlines – currently limited to codesharing – to a deeper revenue-sharing alliance. This would have anti-trust immunity as Qantas and American and rival partners Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines have done as a result of the new competitive threat.

At present, Air NZ and United compete fiercely for Australian traffic on city pairs like Melbourne-San Francisco and Adelaide-Los Angeles despite their codesharing relationship.

But Air NZ chief sales and commercial officer Cam Wallace said there were no plans to deepen the relationship with United at present. "At the moment, we are confident with the network and the structure of the relationship with United," he said.

On regional New Zealand routes, Mr Wallace said he was confident Air NZ was prepared for the competition from Jetstar because it had restructured its network over the last year in anticipation of a rival entering the market.

Forsyth Barr analyst Andy Bowley said he expected the first four routes to be targeted by Jetstar would include Auckland-Nelson, Auckland-Palmerston North, Nelson-Wellington and Auckland-Napier, based on revenue potential. He said the Jetstar revenue objective would be around $NZ60 million, which is 4 per cent of Air NZ's domestic revenue base.

Craigs Investment Partners said it was not unreasonable to expect Air NZ would lose between $NZ30 million and $NZ50 million in revenue – or 4 to 7 per cent of EBIT – as a result of Jetstar's entry on the monopoly routes.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Jetstar Plans Shakeup Of Regional New Zealand Aviation

Air New Zealand looks set to receive some new competition on Regional Routes with Jetstar announcing plans to launch turboprop operations from December.

The Qantas-owned low-cost carrier said on Thursday it would introduce five 50-seat Bombardier Q300s to connect yet-to-be 
determined regional NZ centres to its current domestic NZ network of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.
QantasLink’s Eastern Airlines Australia will operate and manage the Q300 fleet in NZ, Jetstar said. Routes and frequencies 
are expected to be announced in September after consultations with Regional Airports, Governments and Business Groups.
Hamilton, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill are listed as potential new destinations.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, who made the announcement in Auckland alongside NZ Prime Minister John Key, said regional communities were “calling out for more choice and lower fares on Regional Routes in New Zealand because there’s a lack of competition”.

“We’re answering that call by launching Jetstar flights to regional New Zealand, making air travel more affordable for 
people who live outside the main centres and boosting tourism and the economies of these areas,” Joyce said in a statement.

“These new Regional Destinations will connect with the broader Qantas Group network, including both Qantas and Jetstar flying across the Tasman, to make these parts of New Zealand more accessible to International Travellers.”

Jetstar currently has nine Airbus A320s flying domestically within NZ, across the Tasman and to the Pacific Islands. The 
first trans-Tasman flights started in 2005, while domestic services began in 2009. Currently, Jetstar has crew bases in at 
Auckland and Christchurch.

Jetstar group chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka promised fares would “drop considerably on the Regional Routes where we’ll 

“We have made travel more affordable for New Zealanders flying between the main centres. Now we’re bringing our passion for affordable travel to thousands of new Jetstar travellers in the regions, whether they are flying for leisure or business,” Hrdlicka said.
Prime Minister Key said Jetstar’s announcement was good news.

“This will create jobs, mean cheaper fares and more choice for New Zealanders and our international visitors, and will provide a welcome boost to Regional Economies,” Key said in a statement.

“Extra air links will help connect Regional New Zealand with the world and the main centres, making it easier to do business and for Kiwis and tourists to get around the country.”

Currently, Air NZ dominates NZ regional routes with its fleet of 17 Beechcraft 1900Ds, 11 ATR 72-500s, seven ATR 72-600s 
and 23 Bombardier Q300s.

In November 2014, Air NZ said it would move all Regional Flying to either 50-seat Dash 8 or 68-seat ATR 72 Aircraft and withdraw all its 19-seat Beechcraft aircraft by August 2016 as part of a restructure of its Regional Operations.

The airline also introduced from February 2015 a new Regional Gotta Go domestic fare in response to concerns about the high price of last minute fares on Regional Services.
Available for purchase 90 minutes prior to departure, tickets on a regional route were available for a fixed price of NZ $169 for a single one-way sector and $249 for two or more one-way sectors.

Air NZ chief executive Christopher Luxon said in November the Airline’s Average Rregional Airfare had fallen by two per  cent over the past five years and the changes would keep further downward pressure on Regional Ticket Prices.

Jetstar will join low-cost carriers such as Malindo in Malaysia, Nok Air in Thailand, Lion Group’s Wings Air in Indonesia 
and WestJet in Canada with turboprop operations. And Cebu Pacific Air in the Philippines announced an order for 16 ATR 72
-600s and options for 10 more at the Paris Airshow to add to the eight of the type already in its fleet.

In November 2014, Qantas said it would shed four Q300s from its Australian Operations as part of a Cost-Cutting move.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Aireon And Airways New Zealand Sign Agreement

Aireon And Airways New Zealand Sign Agreement to Investigate Improvements to Aviation Operations in the South Pacific Agreement represents another important step in the planned deployment of Aireon’s space-based Air Traffic surveillance in the Asia Pacific region
Aireon LLC, developer of the world’s first space-based Global Air Traffic surveillance system, announces today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airways New Zealand, New Zealand’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), to collaborate on the investigation of the potential to deploy space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) services in New Zealand Domestic and South Pacific Airspace. Airways New Zealand’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and low-cost air navigation services to their Airline customers, on a long-term, sustainable basis.

Under the terms of this agreement, Airways New Zealand and Aireon will work together to investigate and potentially develop applicable regulations, standards and procedures for space-based ADS-B surveillance in the New Zealand Domestic Flight Information Region (FIR) and the oceanic Auckland FIR. The investigation will also involve a concept of operations for 100 percent surveillance coverage over remote, terrestrial and oceanic regions in both FIRs and international harmonization with neighboring ANSPs.

“This MOU is yet another important milestone in the growing worldwide cooperation to transform the future of Aviation surveillance,” said Cyriel Kronenburg, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Aireon. “Airways New Zealand controls more than 

30 million square kilometers of Airspace and has over one million Aircraft movements annually, connecting to the FAA's pacific Airspace. With such a large amount to cover, they are looking for cost-effective advancements in technology to 

improve business operations and safety, while bringing their customers the best service possible. Space-based ADS-B will not only improve operations, but will allow for 100 percent visibility into all aspects of their Airspace,” adds Kronenburg.

Airways New Zealand Chief Operating Officer Pauline Lamb says Airways New Zealand is continuously looking for ways to improve service and efficiency for its Airline customers.

“It is clear that satellite technology provides good opportunities and efficiencies for Aviation, and Airways is pleased 

to be at the forefront in investigating the future of satellite surveillance,” she says.

In addition to signing an MOU with Airways New Zealand, Aireon is building its customer base while also making major 

technical milestones and accomplishments. Aireon recently announced that its investor and partner, Iridium Communications 

Inc., has completed the first successful integration of the AireonSM payload on an Iridium NEXT satellite. This is a key 

technical milestone toward the first launch of Iridium NEXT and the first demonstration of the Aireon Air Traffic 

surveillance capability. Iridium NEXT is scheduled to launch between 2015 and 2017, with full Aireon service expected to 

be available in 2018.



Sunday, June 14, 2015

Passengers should be worried Pilots call for Greater security on Domestic Flights

Airline staff are calling for greater security at New Zealand's domestic Airports amid fears of a possible terror attack.
New Zealand has one of the most relaxed Domestic Aviation Security Systems with passengers able to use a self-check-in 
kiosk, don't require documentation and aren't searched by security.

Airlines Pilot Association Alpa Union security expert Dave Reynolds said pilots don't see the current system as one that 
protects them in the air.
"They do not know who's flying in the Aircraft they do not know what's in their cargo, that in itself is a very dangerous 
situation. It's not just pilots that I say should be worried, it's passengers."

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the western world that doesn't require passengers to provide identification when they check-in, and unless the Aircraft has more than 90 seats passengers won't pass through metal detectors and luggage screening.

"We are at threat here, we already know there are 40 people being watched very closely by the Government. These are the people they know about, I suspect there are many more. Something needs to be done," Mr Reynolds said.

Last year New Zealand's National Security terrorist threat level went from very low to low, but the Domestic Aviation Security hasn't been reviewed in six years.

The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Authority said it is currently considering the risk to Domestic Aviation Security, with a report due back at the end of the year.