“Sometimes what a pilot sees in a day, people won’t see in their lifetimes.” That’s the caption on a brief new video clip that shows a pilots-eye view of an aircraft landing in Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island, one of the world’s most scenic resort destinations.
The plane traverses phenomenal mountain scenery, then dips through a layer of fleecy low cloud to emerge over Lake Wakatipu’s Frankton Arm and land at Queenstown Airport, located between Coronet Peak and Double Cone.
You can watch the four-minute video here: http://www.chonday.com/Videos/pilotnewzdalnd1
Coincidentally, Air New Zealand will later this month, on 23 May 2016, begin the first commercial evening service into Queenstown.
Not that the Air New Zealand development has anything to do with the video. The type of aircraft in the video, or who owns it, is not identified.
From 23 May 2016, Air New Zealand will operate a partial evening schedule between Auckland and Queenstown with the last flight arriving in Queenstown at 6.15pm before departing for Auckland at 6.50pm. The airline’s full evening schedule will take effect from 3 July 2016 when the last departure from Queenstown will be 7.30pm and the last arrival at 9.35pm.
Air New Zealand Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer Captain David Morgan says the implementation of evening flights has involved significant collaboration across multiple stakeholders.
“We’ve been working hard alongside the Queenstown Airport Corporation, New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Airways New Zealand to prepare for night operations. Extensive work has been done to upgrade the runway, airfield lighting and airline procedures and training.”
The airline has invested in the latest technology to enable it to operate evening flights in Queenstown under NZ Civil Aviation Authority requirements.
The full schedule will allow new and increased same-day connections, as well as reduced connection times both to and from destinations across Air New Zealand’s network – including Australia. The schedule will also see the airline grow capacity between Auckland and Queenstown by 15% in financial year 2017 with an extra 100,000 seats.
Written by Peter Needham