April 19, 2018 at 9:13 am NZST #4421Steve BiddleKeymaster
Air NZ have just updated their schedules for the next week or so due to the disruptions from their 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft being taken out of service for checks.
The following page lists flight cancellations, schedule changes and aircraft changes –April 19, 2018 at 2:28 pm NZST #4423KiwiwingsParticipant
Haven’t looked through all of that in detail but the pattern of changes seems to be as expected.
Chop the routes where there’s other alternatives (Perth seems to be the go to for chopping dammit!), preserve the American market even if involves rescheduling which obviously affects other routes with widebodies. The A320s have been brought back to the shorter routes to help out on AKL – SYD & Adelaide.
I find economy pretty much same same across the aircraft which is good although yeah there are some subtle differences like 787 economy. A320 seating I don’t mind although I suspect it’s a little bit tighter down the back.
PE and BP are pretty consistent across the aircraft as well. I guess you have to look at the different capacities on the planes. If it’s an upgrade in capacity no worries your seat is safe. If you’re switching to an aircraft with smaller capacity then I might be inclined to place a call or enquire as to what is on offer with the downgrade.
So I pulled some numbers from the NZ website to compare seat capacity as I’ve never bothered to count myself:
777-300ER Business 44 PE 54 https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/seat-map-boeing-777-300
777-200ER Business 26 PE 40 https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/seat-map-boeing-777-200
789 Version 1 Business 18 PE 21 https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/seat-map-boeing-787-9
789 Version 2 Business 27 PE 33 https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/seat-map-boeing-787-9-2
Maybe that will help someone figure out if they need to be making alternative plans ie those now flying the A320s if they’ve booked PE or Business or those with a downgrade in capacity. Although it’s hard to tell if you will be one of the unlucky downgrades.
I wouldn’t get my hopes up for upgrades clearing etc if there’s a downgrade in capacity.
Question: Will this affect the launch date of Chicago & Taipei? Suspect the answer is ‘watch this space’April 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm NZST #4424Steve BiddleKeymaster
It’s really too early to know much until aircraft checks are complete.April 19, 2018 at 3:34 pm NZST #4425
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