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flight NZ5, somewhere between Los Angeles and Auckland - Mark Atwood — LiveJournal
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flight NZ5, somewhere between Los Angeles and Auckland
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zsero From: zsero Date: January 16th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
In 1960 there would definitely have been refuelling stops. My first transpacific flight was in 1970, on a B-707, and between LAX and SYD we stopped in HNL and NAN.

Special meal orders must be made at least 24 hours before the flight.

Routing you through NZ may simply have been a matter of Air NZ having a better fare. In any case, they're a much better airline than United, so if that was your alternative you're far better off. UAL crew on the Australia run are the ones with the most seniority, only a few years from retirement, and they're not very nice to the passengers - and that's especially true in business class.
errolwi From: errolwi Date: January 16th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
United and AirNZ are in the same Alliance, and code-share. I'm fairly sure that United don't service NZ directly. SYD-LAX is a bit of a stretch range-wise, I'm not sure how many direct flights there are.
zsero From: zsero Date: January 16th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, they're in the same alliance, which is why I assume that United was the alternative. UAL does fly both LAX-SYD and SFO-SYD direct, and have been doing so for decades. It's well within range. Either one would have made Mark's total travel time shorter, so why was he booked on ANZ, which means a stop at AKL, which is out of the way and makes the trip longer? My assumption is price, but it's also a more pleasant experience because you're dealing with ANZ's crew and equipment instead of UAL's.
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