Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ash Clouds Were Kind

Last week I was bringing a surprise 70th for my best friend together.
On Thursday morning with key participants coming from Hawkes Bay (solvable) and Canberra (very unsolvable), it was more than a little fraught.

We got away with it and they were able to get home Monday to Aussie and Tuesday to HB
Now the Ash has returned again, were we lucky or what?

Good old Air New Zealand, thankyou very much, you made a lady very very happy. What is it with Qantas and Jetstar, are Air NZ being reckless or are the others being over cautious. Sure it will cost more to fly under the ash but isn't that what "service" is all about. Many people dealing with really important stuff rather than my minor problem, were seriously inconvenienced as they tried to carry on with that really important stuff.

Too often following a disaster caused by atrocious weather, I, with my very rudimentary flying skills, wonder why would they continue to fly but this is safe, just more expensive.
Is that the whole story encapsulated?

4 comments:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Qantas at last has admitted the real reason for the cancellations was profit. Of course you realise what they did with all their customers whose flights were cancelled?

Rebooked them on Air New Zealand and then spread rumours about Air New Zealand's aircraft being unsafe due to ash damage.

gravedodger said...

Those facts emerged over the weekend Adolf.

showmethetaxcut said...

I flew from Napier to Auckland to Brisbane on Air NZ on Saturday. No problems. No fuss. All Qantas and Jet Star flights the same day were cancelled as far as I could see. Morons.

I think Qantas and Jet Star have fucked their brands in NZ. Qantas has seemingly endless mechanical problems even if their planes don't actually fall out of the sky. Jet Star's customer relations are appalling as Farrar has blogged on so many occasions.

showmethetaxcut said...

Correction. On Sunday.