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by smi0006
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Airlines to get new visual identity
Replies: 46
Views: 12244

Re: Philippine Airlines to get new visual identity

New delivery doesn’t always mean it’s perfectly timed with the new branding.... although this is PR.

Did the 77W come with the new seats fitted?

PR has so much potential, I hope they can pull this off and come through.

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by smi0006
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada new livery update
Replies: 87
Views: 13292

Re: Air Canada new livery update

Wow - love the 777! Looks amazing!

How much of the their fleet has been repainted thus far?

With the uniforms being launched at some point, is there a program to refresh the cabin interiors inline with the new branding? New seat covers and curtains?

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by smi0006
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Bringing Lie-Flat Narrowbodies To MIA-LAX?
Replies: 24
Views: 4648

Re: AA Bringing Lie-Flat Narrowbodies To MIA-LAX?

How long does this flight normally block? Could AA reconfigure some 321s with no F, but lie flat J? Seems they need a domestic aircraft beyond the 757 with a lie flat but not a full F product.

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by smi0006
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures
Replies: 51
Views: 12507

Re: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures

Amazing progress - and a beautiful building, such progress so fast! I do have to wonder if any environmental considerations were taken. Excited to see the new IST open, and the new MCT terminal too! I can’t but be jealous; even with a new airport in Sydney, we’ll never have such beautiful or practic...

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by smi0006
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX to CHC
Replies: 13
Views: 4531

Re: LAX to CHC

It could work, but would be lean, only a maybe but I feel NZ could make more money sending a frame to Asia or NA ex-AKL. So why rick the route. NZ is focused on building AKL into a pacific hub. NZ O&D, Australia to north and South America and the PI, Asia to South America - they still don’t have...

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by smi0006
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OZ to launch flights to BCN and VCE next S18
Replies: 10
Views: 3247

Re: OZ to launch flights to BCN and VCE next S18

Nice to see some expabsionout of OZ! Hope to see some more soon!

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by smi0006
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus announce Dublin - Seattle
Replies: 110
Views: 14773

Re: Aer Lingus announce Dublin - Seattle

How is the fleet tracking? Do they have much slack for any more routes? Or will they need additional frames for further expansion?

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by smi0006
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana closes LIN "hub"
Replies: 4
Views: 1230

Re: Meridiana closes LIN "hub"

Interesting move, have we seen a firm business plan come out of IG? Be interesting to see what they plan, MXP is more suited to long haul, LIN is more preferred by local Milan business traffic is this correct?

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by smi0006
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR announces Thessaloniki (SKG)
Replies: 12
Views: 2981

Re: QR announces Thessaloniki (SKG)

This will be very popular ex-MEL with a large Greek population who often travel home - some innovative thinking well done QR!

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by smi0006
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Airlines to get new visual identity
Replies: 46
Views: 12244

Re: Philippine Airlines to get new visual identity

Any updates on this new visual identity? Well their next 77W should roll out in a few days so I guess we won't have to wait long! I hope it’s revealed on their new aircraft; maybe too late depends when it was finalised. Any word on uniforms or seats? Side note: where do they send their 77W? Do they...

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by smi0006
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Miami - Tokyo announcement soon
Replies: 55
Views: 8855

Re: Possible Miami - Tokyo announcement soon

:checkmark: :thumbsup: And 64 nmi shorter than SYD-LAX. Is there terrain challenges? SYD-LAX has been flown nonstop for decades since the SP days with 744, 772ER, 77W, 789- why is equipment a concern? You haven’t been to Florida much? ;) The highest point in the entire state is like as high as a fr...

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by smi0006
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 10792

Re: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy

Maybe I am the odd one out here, but originally from Europe, very well aware of who Meridiana is along with Air Italy, however... I have no idea what the link between Meridiana as a name and Italy as a country is? Even using translate it comes back with Meridiana in English means Sundial, if someon...

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by smi0006
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian to launch Chicago O'Hare service
Replies: 54
Views: 7364

Re: Ethiopian to launch Chicago O'Hare service

I would have rather have them do ADD-LOS-IAH 3-4 weekly on the B787/A359 as its way higher yielding + bigger demand. ORD most likely will also end up being operated via DUB but I reckon it will be on the B789 or A359 as the B788 may not be able to operate with a full payload nonstop from ORD to ADD...

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by smi0006
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways exepcts losses for the financial year
Replies: 16
Views: 3199

Re: Qatar Airways exepcts losses for the financial year

Fair Call, hard to make profits its such a blockade in place. I’m sure some people will say they were never going to make a profit - I don’t agree, but in the world of accounting where true magic is possible we’ll never know.... Interesting contrasting QR and EY with their stakes in carriers - Air I...

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by smi0006
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 10792

Re: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy

Quite confusing, as Meridiana integrated Air Italy's operations a number of years ago! - a semi-merger of sorts that produced a confusing double fleet (and double liveries!) with aircrafts randomly flying each other routes. I think there might still be random aircrafts flying in hybrid liveries, or...

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by smi0006
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian to launch Chicago O'Hare service
Replies: 54
Views: 7364

Re: Ethiopian to launch Chicago O'Hare service

izbtmnhd wrote:
Is this direct both ways? No fuel stop in FCO? Or has the 788 ended the need for that?


What is their fleet plan? Wiki seems a bit out of date? 359 for long haul? 788/789 for midhaul and 77W& L fo high density?

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by smi0006
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian to launch Chicago O'Hare service
Replies: 54
Views: 7364

Re: Ethiopian to launch Chicago O'Hare service

Always exciting to see ET expand. Hoping to see them in AU/MEL one day! Wishing them the best of luck!

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by smi0006
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 156
Views: 18258

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

I flew through SYD last night on QF, and noticed that a lot of the old QF branding is still yet to be updated - this particularly struck me on the screens throughout the terminal (like at boarding gates), which should have been easy to re-program, from day one. I wonder what is taking QF so long wi...

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by smi0006
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 10792

Re: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy

[list=][/list] Maybe it's this new Air Italy that orders 30 Bombardier CSeries? That would be a diverse fleet for such a small carrier. But would give them a very effective ability to network throughout Europe, Africa and Middle East. Looking forward to seeing the brand, product and livery reveal. A...

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by smi0006
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?
Replies: 28
Views: 3940

Re: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?

United Airline wrote:
Not very smart to sell their HKG-LHR-HKG right which NZ obtained since the 60s.


Why not? I don’t think airlines are allowed to lease them for ever. At some point they loose the slots. If they aren’t making money on the route? And they still have their HKG slots, they fly there daily.

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by smi0006
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 156
Views: 18258

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

Has anyone flown on the QF789 yet? Be keen to hear reviews on a normal standard flight not a delivery flight. When is from two due?

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by smi0006
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 9879

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

lavalampluva wrote:
An airline doesn't need to fly everywhere from everywhere. :roll:


Some common sense - Airlines need to make profits not cover the map with dots. Does AS need another hub to make money? Doubtful, they should work on what they have.

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by smi0006
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?
Replies: 28
Views: 3940

Re: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?

I'm actually surprised that VS has lasted this long. I imagine HKG is right up there as one of the most important business routes ex. LHR, with the likes of JFK and LAX so if VS were to drop it it would come as a shock to me. If VS can't make LHR-HKG work, they may as well shut down the company. Ag...

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by smi0006
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which city may become JAL’s next international destination?
Replies: 181
Views: 19559

Re: Which city may become JAL’s next international destination?

Back in the day when QF flew PER-NRT, what was the frequency? I think PER could be a goer as I see PER and WA government subsidising the route a wee bit as they are no doubt supporting QF PER-LHR. As I also suspect MEL airport is supporting the route development of NRT-MEL.

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by smi0006
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Slot congested airports
Replies: 19
Views: 3131

Re: Slot congested airports

Slot-controlled is not the same as slot-constrained/congested. I believe LHR is the only airport where slots are sold. IATA facilitates most slot bidding and swapping. Slots are based not only on runway capacity but also terminal capacity. And there are set windows for slot bidding, swapping and th...

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by smi0006
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK new F cabin to debut on BRU and GVA routes
Replies: 7
Views: 3176

Re: EK new F cabin to debut on BRU and GVA routes

New features in business? Is this just their new seat? Or further changes? Has the new business seat been installed yet at all?

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by smi0006
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?
Replies: 28
Views: 3940

Re: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?

Wasn’t this question asked not that long ago by you? NZ sold its slots, unless they ditch their currently profitable LAX-LHR service or buy more slots then no. Unlikely to take the expensive gamble either way. QF? Any remain slots they have leased to BA will be used for AU-LHR nonstops. Ex-MEL/SYD. ...

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by smi0006
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner at LHR G-VWHO
Replies: 7
Views: 2080

Re: Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner at LHR G-VWHO

I did notice three 789 parked at LHR one night earlier in the week, seemed odd thought they would have been flying and back in the morning. One did have plastic covering its engines.

How is this impacting the VS route network? Or delayed a retirement?

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by smi0006
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 156
Views: 18258

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

Does anyone know which cabin crew group will work the 787? I assume QAAC was wondering if anyone could confirm? QCCA MEL, QCCUK and eventually QAL/QCCA BNE. I believe also a domestic mixture of workgroups for MEL-PER-MEL. ThomasCook I think it’s all a bit more mixed now, less fleet based and more A...

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by smi0006
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier announces LoI for 31 (+30 Options) CSeries from an unnamed European Customer
Replies: 271
Views: 44030

Re: Bombardier announces LoI for 31 (+30 Options) CSeries from an unnamed European Customer

angelopga wrote:
Maybe it's Finnair. Or Meridiana :)


Meridiana would be a fun choice! Love to see them expand. With all the maxes coming though... uncle QR could bankroll them.

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by smi0006
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Miami - Tokyo announcement soon
Replies: 55
Views: 8855

Re: Possible Miami - Tokyo announcement soon

DocLightning wrote:
FoxtrotSierra wrote:
ordell wrote:
My God, how long would that flight be?


23 miles shorter than ATL-DOH


:checkmark: :thumbsup: And 64 nmi shorter than SYD-LAX.


Is there terrain challenges? SYD-LAX has been flown nonstop for decades since the SP days with 744, 772ER, 77W, 789- why is equipment a concern?

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by smi0006
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VN A321 : is this...allowed and safe ?
Replies: 23
Views: 6198

Re: VN A321 : is this...allowed and safe ?

Does the seat collapse forward if need be? Maybe legal, but surely gotta be pushing the limits.

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by smi0006
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms
Replies: 106
Views: 9898

Re: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms

[twoid][/twoid] As a DL mechanic, I hate the new maintenance uniforms. At least we got the shirts toned down. Our primary shirts were to be purple with grey/black accents. For the polo shirts that has been reversed. My other complaint is the polo style has a zipper instead of proper buttons. They lo...

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by smi0006
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 9688

Re: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017

I quite like this, it seems to balance the needs for additional revenue and comfort for all passengers. I like that the premium economy cabin will be fairly standalone compared to other carriers so that will enhance the exclusivity. Interesting that there are only 44 W seats. Compared to the planne...

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by smi0006
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms
Replies: 106
Views: 9898

Re: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms

I like them, American Airlines are not renowned for being stylish and modern- but these uniforms look rather stylish, chic whilst practical and uniform . DL bucks the trend. I think they look fantastic on all body sizes, which is not easy. And it looks like all pieces for all sizes, if I remember co...

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by smi0006
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 9688

Re: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017

Looks amazing to me! Stylish and simple. Not sure on the usage of space in f having the bed made up the hole time. However much nicer than their old mini rail cabin F seats.

The J seats look like the old JL Skypod F seats.

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by smi0006
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 51185

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Only real security concern is someone stealing someone else’s ticket - I suppose a two step process requiring a PNR would help aliviate this. Challenge is travel agent, and online booking agent PNRs often dont match airline ones.

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by smi0006
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do all WN stations have the new kiosks?
Replies: 18
Views: 2428

Re: Do all WN stations have the new kiosks?

Is there a plan to rollout - auto bag drops (ABDs) at any ports for WN or any other airlines? Slight Segway - can I ask why at LAX, and maybe at other US airports, the agent has to lift the bags from the scales to the Baggage belt? I noticed this for all airlines at LAX. Doesn’t this present manual ...

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by smi0006
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines takes delivery of first A321neo
Replies: 95
Views: 18194

Re: Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines takes delivery of first A321neo

Mahalo , MO'. So next year looks to be the big expansion year for HA, and continuing on into 2019. The big expansion is more likely in 2019. Remember that HA is retiring 7x 763ERs in Q3-2018/Q1-2019 which are being replaced by A321Neos so although next year sees a larger number of deliveries. Net a...

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by smi0006
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL - Mood lighting procedures and usage.
Replies: 15
Views: 2837

Re: DL - Mood lighting procedures and usage.

Mood lighting in my opinion is a huge branding and customer experience tool that is cheap, but sadly under used. NZ, QR, VX seem to use it consistently and well. QF,CX, and UA poorly. Moodlighting for me, makes the cabin more relaxed and welcoming, as a poster above mentioned you can see a differenc...

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by smi0006
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 51185

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Any update on the next OZ-USA route? Speculation is that it’s BNE - ..., but what are the dots? DFW, ORD, PHX, SEA? As has already been said about 17 times in this thread, announcement due by the end of the year. I’m worndering, when is the AA/QF JV decision round two to be made? The end of 2017 do...

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by smi0006
Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA has bed bugs, and who else?
Replies: 23
Views: 5959

Re: BA has bed bugs, and who else?

For countries that require quarantine sprays at top of decent, or residual sprays done during maintenance- eg NZ and Australia, do these sprays and the residual treatments not kill them? Those sprays have the effect of holy water. They cannot possibly reach and penetrate even a small portion of all...

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by smi0006
Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA has bed bugs, and who else?
Replies: 23
Views: 5959

Re: BA has bed bugs, and who else?

For countries that require quarantine sprays at top of decent, or residual sprays done during maintenance- eg NZ and Australia, do these sprays and the residual treatments not kill them?

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by smi0006
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: how many hours QF/VA aircraft parked at LAX not maintenance ?
Replies: 87
Views: 10706

Re: how many hours QF/VA aircraft parked at LAX not maintenance ?

Maybe you're not aware, but Australian summer school holidays this year run from 17NOV to around 1FEB & it might be the only time long haul divisions make any money. http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/special-dates-and-events/school-term-dates Only students out of the classroom in Nove...

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by smi0006
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: International Main Cabin dining reinvented
Replies: 60
Views: 7805

Re: Delta: International Main Cabin dining reinvented

A real revolution of the economy meal service was if followed QF and removed the tray - which at the same time increased portion sizes, choice and quality. It’s now served on a mini tray in a casorole dish bigger than many see in some short haul business class. Odly a lot of Pax missed the tray and ...

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by smi0006
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Media Day
Replies: 83
Views: 12251

Re: Delta A350 Media Day

I think the finishes in the J cabin are nice, the shelf is a bit pokey on the arm rest, and takes up some space. Premium economy looks good - the lack of a proper bulkhead and curtains is appalling, meal services will be conducted at different speeds, allowing light and sound to flow through the cab...

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by smi0006
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: how many hours QF/VA aircraft parked at LAX not maintenance ?
Replies: 87
Views: 10706

Re: how many hours QF/VA aircraft parked at LAX not maintenance ?

do any LCC's or ULCC's with new & expensive fleets, leave aircraft parked for long periods ? (know Allegiant used to park many of their mad dogs on tuesdays, as quietest day of the week) If you paying a leasing fee by the month, not by the hour, you ideally want to fly the aircraft as many hour...

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by smi0006
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 51185

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Premium economy looks very tight. Not sure how someone at the window seat is expected to get out of their seat when the people in front are reclined. I watched the walk through of the cabin. No curtains around the lavatories down the back in economy, so the light will spread through the cabin. The ...

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by smi0006
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 51185

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Cabin looks great - is there a bar/snack station for economy? Any difference is the bathroom? Or Boeing standard. That W seat pitch does look tight, be interesting to sit in it and see. Amazing to see how far PTVs have come from the old postcard sizes! Looking forward to a trip report with the new c...

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by smi0006
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to take delivery of 1st 787-9 this Tuesday (17 Oct), next route for 787-9 may be announced this week
Replies: 158
Views: 18585

Re: Qantas to take delivery of 1st 787-9 this Tuesday (17 Oct), next route for 787-9 may be announced this week

That’s cabin is very classy looking. I do like the dark features on those seats over the 330 seats - will look great with the mood lighting I hope QF uses it to the full extent like NZ/QR, and doesn’t ignore its potential like other carriers. Pity they didn’t manage a roo on a couple of the bulkhead...

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