AirNZ T-80 equivalent?

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DrSK

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 08 Jul 2014

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Is anyone aware of an AirNZ equivalent of QF's T-80 for seat selection? I can't find this mentioned anywhere.

henrus

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Member since 23 Oct 2013

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There is really no equivalent. If you're looking at getting further forward seats then you're out of luck...


Seats that are reserved for "HVC" also listed online as "Frequent Flyer Seating" (High Value Customers as Air NZ calls them) will always be reserved for HVC's that's unless the airport staff overrides it or the flight is very full, forcing the seating team to put non status passengers into those seats.

On International flights anyone without a seat assignment gets one somewhere between 48-72 hours prior to departure. They'll only put non-status travelers in HVC seats if all other non-HVC seats are full. On the day of the flight or ~3 hours before departure depending on the airport, the flight goes to airport control. Once in airport control the managers supposedly are the only one who can authorise for non status passengers to be seated in HVC seats at this time.

On Domestic flights, seat assignments don't happen until check in, at which points the system randomly assigns you a seat (so if you only check in 45 minutes prior to departure and haven't selected a seat you'll get what ever is left. For passengers with no status, If there are only HVC seats then it'll randomly assign one however it can only be changed with a managers approval.


DrSK

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Thanks henrus, that's extremely helpful.

watson374

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It is also worth noting that T-80 on QF is just a unique accidental benefit from what is literally a production defect.

CBR boy

Member since 12 Feb 2015

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It is also worth noting that T-80 on QF is just a unique accidental benefit from what is literally a production defect.

Watson why do you say it's a production defect?

watson374

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It is also worth noting that T-80 on QF is just a unique accidental benefit from what is literally a production defect.

Watson why do you say it's a production defect?

Based on my layman's understanding, T-80 is when the seat maps go to airport control, which removes the status barriers on the forward rows; because this comes about from the production software doing something unexpected that goes against the original design intent, I referred to it as a 'production defect'.

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