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Cowpatz, what's the deal with the fuel leak?

Postby NZ255 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:02 pm

Can you guys make it to your destinations? Or are you having to break out the coral route?
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Re: Cowpatz, what's the deal with the fuel leak?

Postby cowpatz » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:59 pm

At this stage it is "tech stop out and tanker in" although some inbound longhaul flights are tech stopping at places like Nadi on the way back to Auckland.
Where possible we tanker in to max landing weight. Not sure how long places like Nadi can continue to provide fuel like this as their own stocks are usually limited.
As time goes on there will be more and more disruption.
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Re: Cowpatz, what's the deal with the fuel leak?

Postby Naki » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:56 pm

My girlfriend flew out tonight to San Fran. by Air NZ 777. They are stopping at Nadi for a fuel stop which is normally a non stop flight
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Re: Cowpatz, what's the deal with the fuel leak?

Postby cowpatz » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:32 am

To appreciate the enormity of the problem on a normal day we go through about 1.65 million litres of Jet A1. We are now restricted to 0.5 million.
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Re: Cowpatz, what's the deal with the fuel leak?

Postby Lindstrim » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:35 pm

The turboprops seem to be ok at the moment, as we can uplift from the regional destinations. But in some places we are weight limited such as New Plymouth, Nelson etc

I think the trouble will come is when the regional ports that get their Jet fuel from Auckland start to run out.

Latest rumor is that some of the A320's will be flying to Tauranga or Rotorua to fill up on fuel and then back to Auckland to depart.
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Re: Cowpatz, what's the deal with the fuel leak?

Postby cowpatz » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:44 pm

Lindstrim wrote:Latest rumor is that some of the A320's will be flying to Tauranga or Rotorua to fill up on fuel and then back to Auckland to depart.


Probably not so much a rumour. A 787 is flying empty to Wellington and back to pick up fuel for Buenos Aires.
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Re: Cowpatz, what's the deal with the fuel leak?

Postby SA227 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:44 am

We were restricted to a 1900kg uplift at NZPM the other night. Wasn't going to get the 737 very far if we arrived min gas from a diversion
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Re: Cowpatz, what's the deal with the fuel leak?

Postby cowpatz » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:53 pm

You need to take a siphoning hose with you Andrew :)
Taming the beast are we?
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Re: Cowpatz, what's the deal with the fuel leak?

Postby SA227 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:59 pm

We have had our fuel restrictions lifted for the week as we are apparently well ahead of our allocation.

As for the taming the beast, I wish! Sometimes it seems I'm just along for the ride :blink:
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Re: Cowpatz, what's the deal with the fuel leak?

Postby cowpatz » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:25 pm

Things are still chaotic for us.
Yesterday's flight from RAR to SYD had to go thru TBU for fuel only to be told when they got there that there wasn't enough fuel so they had to go to AKL.
Our flight tonight from RAR to LAX is planned via PPT to refuel. Hope we get some. Wouldn't it be terrible to be stranded in Tahiti :D
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