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by smi0006
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2-for-1 Virgin Australia Business: MEL-ADL-SYD (738)+ VA/QF lounges
Replies: 1
Views: 922

Re: 2-for-1 Virgin Australia Business: MEL-ADL-SYD (738)+ VA/QF lounges

Thanks for the report interesting to read.

For my the automated PAs sum up the difference I find VA crew very very robotic, whist QF Crew show a polished old school personality- they are comfortable and confident in their roles. As someone who’s flies VA 1-2 a week the PAs drive me nuts so annoying.

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 309
Views: 28680

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

At least SYD shares the 'pain' of Bus Boarding between all carriers (home & overseas) rather than adopting the standard at other international ports of subjecting the 'Home Carriers' to bus boarding whilst dedicating the jetways to international carriers Most other ports worldwide (& MEL fr...

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by smi0006
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 61
Views: 8517

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

I'm a little confused. In the various "Hawaii" threads we've been hearing that Hawaii-Europe non-stop will never work because it's too far, no one wants to visit Hawaii, there's no market, Europeans have many more closer and better options, etc, etc. And here's NZ stating that they want t...

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by smi0006
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 61
Views: 8517

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

I think we’ll hear ORD launched in Q1 calendar year next year - 7months seems reasonable sales for a new route. The lighter 350 makes sense to me, when considering the dual nature of the role at NZ. A 777 across the Tasman is a lot of weight... a 359 would also work for them on shorter NA (YVR) rout...

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by smi0006
Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sichuan Airlines unveils special A350 livery
Replies: 3
Views: 1514

Re: Sichuan Airlines unveils special A350 livery

Well that’s different..... Still better than the normal ugly 3U livery promoting their local beer. A quick search reveals major owners - Sichuan provincial government, China Southern, Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines (in turn owned by China Eastern) and Gingko restaurants...how complicated! Wher...

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines to purchase up to 40 787-9 aircraft
Replies: 151
Views: 19941

Re: Turkish Orders 40 787 Dreamliners

Great order and allows TK to tidy up and standardise their fleet slightly.

Hope we finally after decades of talking see TK down under :)

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 309
Views: 28680

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

QF 744/ER VH-OEG refueling QF 738 and JQ 320 in AKL http://australianaviation.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Qantas747Refuel_027_olliedale_750.jpg http://australianaviation.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Qantas747Refuel_031_olliedale_750.jpg http://australianaviation.com.au/wp-content/uploads...

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying Qantas across the Tasman SYD-AKL in International Economy Class
Replies: 1
Views: 2048

Re: Flying Qantas across the Tasman SYD-AKL in International Economy Class

Thank you for sharing! Interesting to note the meal boxes for an international service- I thought they were confined to domestic only. However I suppose they are competing with hybrid NZ/VA who offer a unbundled product so this is a good in between.

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Pictures of First Qantas 787
Replies: 65
Views: 22681

Re: First Pictures of First Qantas 787

Looks phenomenal - can't wait to see inside the cabin. As a design nerd it's the small things not shown in the press images that I'm looking forward to see. Considering the ups and downs for QF over the last 2Decades this is truly an exciting day for Qantas employees and the Australian aviation indu...

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways unveils new Q Suite business class seat
Replies: 95
Views: 23975

Re: Qatar Airways unveils new Q Suite business class seat

The attention to detail and design is superb! Be amazing to see regardless of the airline the next generation of business and first class seats after the current generation! We are often negative on this site - but I truly believe with cabin architecture, P2P routes and ULH we are in the golden age ...

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United new safety video!
Replies: 35
Views: 4505

Re: United new safety video!

Do they have a uniform? Almost every FA is wearing something different? Guys and girls all seem different.

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by smi0006
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines to expand AKL service
Replies: 10
Views: 2317

Re: Hawaiian Airlines to expand AKL service

Awesome! Thank you - love to see them in MEL one day. Just a shame baggage has to be cleared at the first point of entry into the US; otherwise HA would be far more competitive connecting the pacific. 24 is a far bigger fleet than I realised! Impressive - and how many 767 do they plan on keeping? Fe...

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by smi0006
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines to expand AKL service
Replies: 10
Views: 2317

Re: Hawaiian Airlines to expand AKL service

Does HA have any more 330s to be delivered? Will the 321NEO shift some 330 capacity to long haul.

Seems like the have played their niche perfectly, and developed a strong market. Certainly a well run airline!

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by smi0006
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery
Replies: 107
Views: 16011

Re: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery

I think it looks great, but think some red on the winglets would have looked good too.

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by smi0006
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery
Replies: 107
Views: 16011

Re: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery

I think it looks great, but think a roon the winglets

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by smi0006
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 134
Views: 15223

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc

Any word on EBG/EBL reconfigs? Ive heard rumours of new subfleet of 6 of the newer A332s that would have additional crew work areas and likely another lav in J I have heard anecdotal feedback from crew the ratio of pax to toilets in business on the aircraft has been an issue. Doesn't appear it was ...

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by smi0006
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 134
Views: 15223

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc

[twoid][/twoid] There's a whisper on a respectable pilots forum that -OJS/T and U will stay around till at least 2020. With the amount of $$$ that was spent on reconfiguring their cabins a number of years back, it makes sense to keep them especially as QF seems to be in a 'growing' phase and fuel pr...

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by smi0006
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 744 utilization with full fleet
Replies: 21
Views: 2773

Re: United 744 utilization with full fleet

ZK-NBT wrote:
There was also briefly

LAX-MEL DEC 99 APRIL 01 via AKL for years
LAX-HKG various times was tried


LAX-MEL later became LAX-SYD-MEL up until a few years ago. Shame one couldn't fly on the domestic tag!

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by smi0006
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 309
Views: 28680

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

I would certainly back that idea as long as the runway capacity is there. Those man-made restrictions are just ridiculous IMO. Michael They're not so ridiculous when you live right under the flightpath and you can vote. & I'm sure residents living under the flight paths knew there was an airpor...

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 309
Views: 28680

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

Effective 2 Feb 18 to 24 Mar 18 JQ will increase MEL-DPS from 10 weekly to a double daily service JQ043 MEL1005 – 1255DPS 788 D JQ035 MEL1855 – 2145DPS 788 D JQ044 DPS1425 – 2300MEL 788 D JQ036 DPS2315 – 0750+1MEL 788 D http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/274755/jetstar-1q18-melbourne-...

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 309
Views: 28680

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media ... ear-round/


Wow! That was quick! Is this the missing 330?
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qf789 wrote:
Qantas press release regarding SYD-KIX

https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media ... ear-round/


Wow! That was quick! Is this the missing 330?

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 309
Views: 28680

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

[twoid][/twoid] Stunned by this one! As I posted in the other thread fully expected SFO-MEL first, kudos to UA for holding their own in AU with no star feed, NZ won't be impressed! I'm not surprised. UA would have a good knowledge of how NZ is doing on IAH-AKL and reasonable knowledge of QF's DFW s...

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 134
Views: 15223

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc

I wonder/hope with airbus doing the 380 reconfigure if there is a chance some of the 380 plus changes will be available as a retrofit by the time the mods start. QF roo on 380 workers would look phenomenal- not to mention be handy for the long haul routes, especially DFW and LAX! Airbus have held t...

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 134
Views: 15223

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc

I wonder/hope with airbus doing the 380 reconfigure if there is a chance some of the 380 plus changes will be available as a retrofit by the time the mods start. QF roo on 380 workers would look phenomenal- not to mention be handy for the long haul routes, especially DFW and LAX!

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by smi0006
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018
Replies: 155
Views: 24666

Re: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018

I wonder how this will impact the QF/AA JV that is in the pipelines, this to me would highlight conpetition is live and well, and the DOT should not be worried about AA/QF, and would look to approve NZ/UA as pacific JV. It also highlights to me, VA have once again chosen a the wrong partner. UA and ...

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by smi0006
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787-10 and United Airlines
Replies: 51
Views: 7699

Re: 787-10 and United Airlines

I would have thought the 787-10 would have been perfect for Trans Atlantic from the east coast, and maybe South America. Routes where size is needed, but not range.

A350 would replace pacific routes where size and range are needed.

789 is long and thin...

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by smi0006
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018
Replies: 155
Views: 24666

Re: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018

I expect this is to compete/beat QF to the punch announcing their new 789 routes ex-BNE. I'm expecting BNE-DFW and BNE-LAX-JFK to be announced in October with the first delivery. Great to have more connections to hubs out of AU and more competition. Kudos to UA for seizing the moment, late announcem...

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 309
Views: 28680

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

[twoid][/twoid] UA to start IAH-SYD from 18 Jan 18, first SYD departure 20 Jan UA101 IAH2000-630+2SYD 789 D UA100 SYD1150-1035IAH 789 D http://newsroom.united.com/2017-09-07-United-Airlines-Strengthens-Commitment-to-Houston-with-Nonstop-Service-Between-Houston-and-Sydney Stunned by this one! As I po...

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018
Replies: 155
Views: 24666

Re: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018

In no way was I expecting in this, I was expecting:
NZ AKL-ORD
UA SFO-MEL
QF SYD-ORD

Will be great to see three UA tails in SYD, with no star alliance feed in AU, kudos to UA for holding their own!

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by smi0006
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Lion Air to add A333's to its fleet by end of the year
Replies: 9
Views: 1666

Re: Thai Lion Air to add A333's to its fleet by end of the year

Interesting, I wonder if these will be one or two class. What would business have looked like for Batik?

The lion air group does seem to change strategy a lot, not sure if that is agile and nimble or a lack of structure. Is Malindo still being rebranded Batik Air Malaysia?

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by smi0006
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines unveils Negaraku livery
Replies: 38
Views: 11726

Re: Malaysia Airlines unveils Negaraku livery

MH needs to rebuild its brand badly. An ad campaign coupled with a strong and *consistent* look and feel across the fleet is a must. The current mish mash of liveries that look like they were designed by 5-year-olds on bring your kids to work day are bad. This latest special livery is fine/inoffens...

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thai 789 seat map
Replies: 14
Views: 4137

Re: Thai 789 seat map

Does TG almost have a different Business seat on every fleet?

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Fleet Repaint Updates
Replies: 29
Views: 4333

Re: LATAM Group painting?

Are there any plans to standardised the wide body interiors - more thinking Business seats?

Are all staff in the new uniforms also?

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by smi0006
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 19063

Re: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from April 2018

I highly doubt 787's to be used to DXB, there are a number of routes they could start without wasting them on DXB, EK will have that covered It does not take 4 frames to do an east coast Australia Europe round trip. A SYD-SIN-LHR-SIN-SYD will take 3 frames, currently it uses for 5 frames for SYD-DX...

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by smi0006
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 19063

Re: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from April 2018

Firstly I fully expect a few 787s to eventually turn up at DXB. That's just not currently a priority. Next it takes 4 widebodies to do an east coast australia europe roundtrip. We know there is about to be a new interior installed. By reverting to SIN, 4 QF still ties up 4 388s between SYD and LHR....

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by smi0006
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 19063

Re: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from April 2018

QF5/6 has been axed. QF81/82 remains although QF82 will leave an hour later than it currently does QF1 will depart SYD at 1550 and will arrive at LHR 655 the next day QF2 will depart LHR 2135 and in arrive in SYD 510 2 days later I was wondering when we would see SIN-LHR return. There is only so mu...

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by smi0006
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 19063

Re: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from April 2018

[twoid][/twoid] The QF/EK deal is no where near dead The JV certainly is, moving forward they will just be codeshare partners. It will be interesting to see the changes this triggers on the EK side. Was quite stunned to read this news but it is really fantastic to see. What about the Tasman? I think...

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by smi0006
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 50500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

"Improvements in aircraft technology mean the Qantas network will eventually feature a handful of direct routes between Australia and Europe, but this will never overtake the sheer number of destinations served by Emirates and that’s why Dubai will remain an important hub for our customers.” - ...

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by smi0006
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL outlines A350 strategy, to launch MNL-NYC
Replies: 56
Views: 7169

Re: PAl outlines A350 strategy, to launch MNL-NYC

We will see. This airline doesn't have a good rep with frequent flyers and has always opted for budget product. If this marks the start of a step change then this is indeed worth watching. Seems a lot of opportunity for growth for Philippines carriers these days. Be nice to see a slight rebranding ...

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by smi0006
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 50500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

[twoid][/twoid] My guess for the 4 BNE based B789s: The first 2: BNE-LAX-JFK-LAX-BNE will switch from B744 to B789, this will also enable aircraft rotation on the return through LAX with the MEL based B789s (QF96) The second 2: BNE-DFW-BNE, this will pick up some of the capacity short fall by the re...

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by smi0006
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Pictures of First Qantas 787
Replies: 65
Views: 22681

Re: First Pictures of First Qantas 787

A couple more things have been released today Firstly domestic routes due to start 6 November and run through to 14 December 17 Initial routes are as follows though Sat schedule is incorrect and all schedules are subject to change. First commercial flight scheduled (at the moment) will be QF775 MEL...

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by smi0006
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?
Replies: 43
Views: 6665

Re: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?

I think NZ is the only carrier with a viable Asia pacific hub. They connect - PER,ADL,MEL,SYD,OOL,CNS,MCY,SYD (some seasonal) to LAX,SFO,IAH,YVR,EZE. Their next phase will see them add a new US route (rumour to be ORD) and see them try and get slots for HKG,SIN,NRT,HND,KIX,DPS,SGN to connect to EZE,...

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by smi0006
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gate or Stand?
Replies: 16
Views: 2714

Re: Gate or Stand?

Also depends on region. A gate to me is a hard stand with an aerobridge- but there may also be a bus gate- used for remote departures. A bus bay, a remote stand, or remote bay is a bussing ops with no bridge.

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by smi0006
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 50500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Maybe it's time for QF to launch PER-JNB http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1372315&p=19775931#p19775931 Couldn't rely on VA to do it But QF or NZ should give it a go, doesn't NZ get a lot of passengers transit through on to SAA flights? Tho with flights moving over from int...

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by smi0006
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 50500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Re QFA330 I will never understand why they went for a domestic and an international configuration. Having a consistent product, seating, galleys, etc across the fleet would have simplified operations and enabled the aircraft to switch seamlessly from a domestic to an international flight. They do o...

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by smi0006
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 liveries
Replies: 10
Views: 2243

Re: A380 liveries

Didn't AF change their livery also?

EY certainly have.

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by smi0006
Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 50500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

My prediction.... EBG/EBL will be upgraded to domestic config with existing IFE ripped out and ipads in Y. Simply to expensive to fit new Y seats/IFE and crew rest etc. The 2 spare A380s will operate SYD-HKG and MEL-HKG daily, thus freeing up an A333 to take over the PEK flying from EBG/EBL, even w...

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by smi0006
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 321
Views: 38567

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

Good post Enzo.Perhaps it is the key question IMHO.What would happen to their existing Emirates relationship?Cant see it staying the same.One imagines it has been discussed as it is a critical part of the jigsaw.Does. Anyone know the duration the relationship was signed up for? Furthermore from a Q...

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by smi0006
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 50500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

New MEL lounge renders look great. 10% capacity for QF club seems small though. I'd imagine SYD domestic will come in FY19. I believe international airports are negotiating ageeements with international airlines perhaps whilst no new for the internationals in SYD/MEL, AKL is under going significant ...

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