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    Seeking advice: US ESTA for transit

    This. I applied for one recently and from memory got an instant email from them confirming my application but after a few more days with no communication I logged into their site to check on progress and found it was approved. It may have been approved after 1 minute for all I knew. Strange...
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    Wellington Apprehension

    Made it home. As predicted by the pilot it was a very smooth flight after first few minutes. I took a video. Coming in this morning was a lot more sporty but didn't video that.
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    Wellington Apprehension

    So sat in AirNZ A320 about to leave WLG. Captain just gave PA to inform that they will be doing a full power take off so they can "punch through turbulence" on way out. That's another PA first for me!
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    Wellington Apprehension

    An update. Just landed in Wellington. A bit of a 7/10 rollercoaster (10/10 being worse I have experienced coming in to land - at Bilbao) but final 30s was pretty smooth as is often the case in Wellington. All AirNZ flights to/from WLG remain grounded. No PA from from Captain until after...
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    Wellington Apprehension

    I am scheduled to fly from AKL to WLG at 7am tomorrow morning on Jetstar. There have been a few news reports today about an incoming "big storm" with mentions of 140km/h gusts expected in Wellington area. Now as I am about to go to bed I see that AirNZ have already cancelled all their AKL-WLG...
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    Jetstar Fare Classes for NZ domestic

    I don't have option of adding bundles through corporate TA system. However sometimes I book, I get benefits (like free in flight $10 meal voucher) and sometimes I don't, so the fare classes do make a difference.
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    Jetstar Fare Classes for NZ domestic

    Hi, Sorry if there is a separate Jetstar forum for such questions: I use Jetstar for a lot of my domestic flights within New Zealand as I find they are often 1/3rd the price of AirNZ (AirNZ seem to apply a pretty big "avoid flying with Australian airline" tax to their fares) and in my...
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    Auckland QF J lounge is disgustingly filthy, worn out, and with s*^t food. Get it remodelled now Qantas!

    I have had the exact opposite experience. I am flying out of Auckland every week at the moment and I think the new security scanning machines are excellent. Each machine gives about 5 separate people their own space to load up trays (nice big trays - take not some other airports!) and proceed...
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    Ask The Pilot

    I think it has been mentioned recently, that to engage Auto pilot you have to have the aircraft in trim and no control inputs. As such, when taking off on a bumpy day (i.e. with lots of turbulence and seat belt sign stays on longer than normal) is it possible to easily get to a zero control...
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    AirNZ Industrial Action

    Great news (although this was hardly mentioned in the news today - which was strange). One less thing to worry about!
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    AirNZ Industrial Action

    The problem is that there is only 1 other carrier (Jetstar) and I don't know if they use the same maintenance staff at Queenstown. They also don't offer fully refundable fares (only vouchers and I don't have any other planned personal intra-NZ travel in next 12 months).
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    AirNZ Industrial Action

    Exactly. Given it appears that this is the first time they have striked like this, it seems 3 days at this time of year where a lot of travel is family related rather than for business, is really over the top. Hopefully sense will prevail. Apparently one of the things they are demanding is...
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    AirNZ Industrial Action

    Hi All, I can't find another thread about this already. The union representing the AirNZ jet fleet hanger/line maintenance staff is planning to strike for 3 days from 21st December. This presents a risk to me, as if they can't agree a way forward during mediation, it could leave me stuck in...
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    VA AKL-HKG NZD545 return

    This seems like very good value. How do I find out how long this sale is on for? I can't see any details about it on their website.
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    Banned from QF (for a few months)

    This thread reminds me a bit of something I witnessed at MEL a few months ago. It was the day of the big storms in Auckland (that ended up cutting power to 33% of Auckland houses). I was due to fly MEL->AKL that afternoon, but had seen weather reports saying the worst of the storm would...
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    QF94 Qantas wake turbulence incident

    jb747 - silly question.... is it possible to draft one plane behind another to save fuel - like cyclists do? Not passenger but maybe military fast jets to increase range?
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    Qatar baggage dimension calculations for multiple bags

    Hi All. I have done a bit of googling, but can't find an answer to this anywhere, so thought the brains on here might know.... I am flying LHR -> AKL next week on Qatar in business class. As such, their website tells me I am allowed a baggage allowance of 40kg with a 'Maximum Dimension' of...
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    Qantas replaces Emirates on most Trans Tasman flights

    Last paragraph in the NZ Herald article: "Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said the partnership was being enhanced to reflect customer demand, new aircraft technology and the airlines' respective network strengths." So now he is enhancing other airlines level of service as well...
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    What's your Uber experience?

    But SkyRing says that Uber take 30% of the fare to cover their costs. That is a lot of money to maintain an app, pay some insurance and pay a few staff, regardless of how low the fares are (and they aren't that much cheaper than cabs in my very limited experience). If fares are low, surely it...
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    What's your Uber experience?

    Yes, I should have said that my list of things I like about them was not exhaustive, rather than just what I could think of at the time of writing a quick post. I agree with all of you points.