Gravações da novela A Terra prometida poderão começar em janeiro

 

E não sabe…

Porque as gravações de “A Terra Prometida”, na melhor das hipóteses, só devem começar em janeiro.

Portanto, entre o fim de uma e o começo da outra, serão aproximados quatro ou cinco meses. Um pouco demais, não acha?

 

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Falta de planejamento da TV Record irrita até quem não gosta da emisoora

 

A verdade é…

Que na Record só existe a decisão que, após o encerramento de “Os Dez Mandamentos”, serão reprisadas séries bíblicas, começando com “Rei Davi” e “José do Egito”.

Quais virão depois e quanto tempo isso vai durar ninguém sabe.

 

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Rede Record bem que tentou, mas não conseguiu consertar o erro cometido

A direção da Record, alertada pela necessidade, até chegou a cogitar a imediata substituição de “Os Dez Mandamentos” por “A Terra Prometida”, mas no instante em que não havia mais como fazer isso.
A ficha demorou a cair. Melhor do que ninguém, mesmo porque muitos da sua direção mexem diretamente com isso, seria uma substituição lógica, natural, consequente e com todos os benefícios possíveis.

“Os Dez Mandamentos” está muito bem de audiência – já pode ser considerado o maior sucesso da Record na teledramaturgia, e o que se esperava, como único caminho lógico possível, era só um trabalho de simples continuidade. Inclusive histórica. Mas não. Como um curativo, meio que “band-aid” à bobagem feita, foi inventado e solicitado a autora Vivian de Oliveira que outros 20 capítulos antecedam a estreia de “A Terra Prometida”. Talvez nem Deus saiba de onde ela poderá tirar essa história.

Falta de planejamento dá nisso.

 

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Oscar Magrini é chamado para um novo romance em “A Regra do Jogo”

Oscar Magrini será um segurança em "A Regra do Jogo"

Oscar Magrini será um segurança em “A Regra do Jogo”

Oscar Magrini vai entrar em “A Regra do Jogo”, na Globo, como um segurança, Régis, que vai atuar no núcleo da Renata Sorrah – Nora.

Está previsto inclusive um envolvimento de seus personagens.

Magrini começa a gravar agora e sua participação irá se estender até o final da novela, em março. Depois disso, o ator voltará suas atenções para a próxima temporada da série “Chapa Quente”.

 

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Desenho do SBT ajeitou a vida do Geraldo Luís na Record

Geraldo Luís

 

A redução de tempo do “Domingo Legal”, de Celso Portiolli, no SBT, ajeitou ainda mais a vida do “Domingo Show”, da Record.

Depois dessa mudança e da entrada dos desenhos da Disney, Geraldo Luís avançou novos pontos na audiência no Ibope da Grande São Paulo.

A programação “Mundo Disney” estreou em setembro e o consolidado ficou assim: “Domingo Show” – 8.1 pontos de média e 18.3% de share (participação na audiência) ante 6.6 de média e 14.9% do “Domingo Legal”.

Em outubro, foram 9.3 pontos com 20.7% para Geraldo Luís e 6.0 com 13.3, para Portiolli.

Além do segundo lugar isolado, o “DS” tem ficado vários minutos à frente do “Esquenta”, da Regina Casé.

 

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Air New Zealand buys 15 ATR 72-600s, shows strategic regional hand

An Air NZ ATR 72-600. (ATR)

Air New Zealand will become the world’s third largest ATR operator after placing a fresh order for 15 additional ATR 72-600 aircraft for delivery from late 2016.

Eleven aircraft are earmarked to replace the airline’s nine- to 15-year-old ATR 72-500 fleet, while the remaining four are to enable expansion within regional New Zealand, Air NZ said on Thursday.

The new aircraft are in addition to Air NZ’s existing ATR 72-600 order, which sees seven due for delivery between now and mid-2016.

Replacing the -500 series aircraft — which are very similar in passenger experience terms to the -600 apart from the slightly larger bins on the newer turboprops — will be an advantage for fleet commonality reasons, as well as the markedly upgraded avionics featured in the -600 models.

Air NZ’s Christchurch-based subsidiary Mount Cook Airline operates the aircraft on both regional routes and on some off-peak flights on the mainline trunk from Wellington to Christchurch. The slower speed of the ATR 72, compared with the similarly-sized Q400 turboprops from Bombardier, is not a marked disadvantage for the Star Alliance member given the small size of the country, the distance between regional hubs and regional airports, and the clearly attractive economics of one of the world’s most efficient aircraft.

“The extra four 68-seat ATR 72-600a that we are adding to our fleet will enable us to operate up to an additional 600,000 seats into the New Zealand regional market annually. This latest investment will further allow us to maintain our low fare price and high frequency leadership,” Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said in a statement.

The reference to price and frequency would seem to point to the airline’s market positioning, defending itself against Jetstar’s inaugural regional turboprop services, which start in December.

Air NZ’s yield management is impressive, and by carefully walking the line between lead-in fare prices and availability windows, the airline may well be able to defend its pricing against frequent (and often valid) criticism from regional New Zealanders.

Frequency, however, is certainly a point in Air NZ’s favour, which will be important for the corporate market in New Zealand’s regions. Despite a 2015 average 15-minute departure time performance of just under 90 per cent, mainline Jetstar NZ still has a reputation for delays and cancellations, and the high utilisation of the low-cost carrier’s Airbus A320 fleet has proven a problem in the past. The issue for Jetstar in terms of passenger perception is not so much that many flights are delayed, but that when the schedule is affected the capacity to return to normal operations is less than Air NZ’s.

“Once these new aircraft arrive we will operate a fleet of 29 ATR aircraft, the third largest ATR fleet in the world, which is testament to the breadth and depth of our regional network,” Luxon said.

Given the airline’s focus in recent years on creating a young and efficient fleet, it is perhaps unsurprising that Air NZ is replacing these older ATR 72-500s. Yet while the airline’s 68-seater -500 fleet has an average age of 14.7 years, it is notable that the airline is replacing these aircraft before the slightly younger but arguably less economical 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turboprops (operated by Air Nelson, based at the eponymous South Island airport). Air NZ is also phasing out the 19-seater Beechcraft 1900D turboprops and ending services to three smaller regional airports.

Speaking to Australian Aviation in October, Air NZ’s chief sales and commercial officer Cam Wallace summed up the economics of the airline’s regional fleet plans: “We think the Q300s and the ATRs will be the core components of the regional fleet for the medium to long term. Our focus on new aircraft is the ATR 72-600, so generally speaking those are the new aircraft we are investing in. Between the ATR and the Q300 we think the ATR has better operating economics.”

In practical terms, however, the 109nm increase in range of the ATR 72-600 (825nm) over the -500 model (716 nm) is unlikely to make a significant difference to Air NZ, as this map drawing the two range circles from Auckland shows. (Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper at gcmap.com.) Yet if Air NZ did want to operate turboprop aircraft in strong Roaring Forties headwinds between, say, Auckland and Invercargill at the southern tip of the South Island, the additional range could prove useful.

Range maps of the ATR 72-500 and ATR 72-600 from Auckland. (gcmap.com)

Meanwhile, in other ATR news, the turboprop manufacturer has signed a 12-year global maintenance agreement with PNG Air, formerly Airlines PNG, that provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the airline’s ATR 72-600 fleet.

PNG Air has recently taken delivery of its first aircraft, with a further six to come over the next couple of years.

Read an in-depth analysis on the changing dynamics of New Zealand regional commercial aviation market in the November edition of Australian Aviation, on sale now.

 

Australian Aviation

Qantas to go daily on Perth-Singapore

Qantas's Boeing 737-800 VH-XZP prepares to depart Perth for the resumption of the airline's Perth-Singapore service. (Chris Frame)

Qantas will boost its Perth-Singapore flights to daily and add extra services between Sydney and Hong Kong over summer as the airline continues its Asian expansion with increased fleet utilisation and a flexible schedule designed to cater to peak demand.

Launched with five services a week in June, Qantas will add an extra two flights a week on the Singapore-Perth route from December 1 to offer a daily service that will operate year round.

Qantas exited year-round Perth-Singapore service with Airbus A330 aircraft in May 2014, but resumed flights between the West Australian capital and Singapore with smaller Boeing 737-800s.

“Perth-Singapore has been a success story since Qantas flights resumed in June,” Qantas International chief executive Gareth Evans said in a statement on Friday.

“We’ve had fantastic backing from the community and the time is right to go daily all year round.”

Meanwhile, Qantas said it would offer 12 flights a week between Hong Kong and Sydney from December 11 2015 to March 23 2016, with two services a day on weekdays and one flight a day on the weekend.

The increases come on top of recent announcements covering seasonal increase to Manila, Jakarta and Hong Kong.

The oneworld alliance member recently went to 11 flights a week on the Sydney-Hong Kong route and Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce indicated when the announcement was made in September he was looking to add more flights to Hong Kong if additional takeoff and landing slots could be found at the busy Chek Lap Kok Airport.

“Unfortunately until the third runway is built in Hong Kong it means there is limited growth opportunities for Australian carriers compared to Hong Kong-based carriers and that needs to be recognised in any bilateral discussions,” Joyce told reporters on September 9.

“We’ve got plenty of room to grow in the current bilateral, the trouble is we can’t get the slots to grow.”

Evans said there was good demand on Asian routes, given more Australian businesses were expanding their operations in the Asia-Pacific, while a lower Australian dollar had made it more affordable for tourists to head Down Under.

“It’s about being agile to adjust to changes in the market where it’s needed – and we’re able to do that by maximising the utilisation of our large, varied fleet,” Evans said.

“Because this growth is coming from increased fleet utilisation, it is a very cost efficient way to meet that rising demand.”

 

Australian Aviation