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by smi0006
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 439
Views: 37834

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Is the new runway parallel? The last plans I saw some years ago, the runway wasn’t 100% parallel and there would be a traffic convergence point at a not to far off point The new runway will be parallel to existing 09/27. Existing 09/27 will be extended to 3400m whilst new runway will be 3000m. Than...

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by smi0006
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 439
Views: 37834

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Bit of movement on MEL's third runway with Commonwealth announcing compulsory land acquisitions in weekend papers. These acquisitions which covers both the new runway as well as the extension of the existing 09-27 runway is land which is all currently farming as it has been part of the airport plan...

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by smi0006
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Sichuan Airlines LAX-HGH-LAX A330-200 Long Haul Business Class
Replies: 12
Views: 2530

Re: Sichuan Airlines LAX-HGH-LAX A330-200 Long Haul Business Class

Kinda endearing if not bizzare service!

Chinese tea pregame off is unique too- service procedure card looks as if it should be given to the crews they don’t forgeta step. Why not simply offer a menu?

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by smi0006
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian´s old longhaul fleet
Replies: 39
Views: 8195

Re: Austrian´s old longhaul fleet

Would there not be significant advantage to a common fleet interchangeable with demand? Just swap out the seat covers, quick repaint and move the fleet between group carriers?

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by smi0006
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 439
Views: 37834

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

HBA-AKL. I think that this just became a whole lot more likely, for two reasons: 1. If NTL - AKL goes well, VA will have more confidence to launch more secondary routes (either itself, or with its TT subsidiary) 2. NZ will not be happy with this, and may want to stop VA from further undermining con...

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by smi0006
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 439
Views: 37834

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-austral ... nd-flights


3weekly, and seasonal- nice nimble move by VA. Why not try before they commit. Well done to VA for thinking outside of the box.
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CraigAnderson wrote:
NTL-AKL 3xweekly but only a seasonal service to Feb 2019
https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-austral ... nd-flights


3weekly, and seasonal- nice nimble move by VA. Why not try before they commit. Well done to VA for thinking outside of the box.

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 439
Views: 37834

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Newcastle media announcement tomorrow will include Virgin Australia. There was mention in the NZ thread of VA increasing flights to NZ above what has already been announced- I can’t foresee anymore capacity on existing markets. Super long shot - but could this be for VA, or TT to beat NZ to the pun...

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 439
Views: 37834

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Newcastle media announcement tomorrow will include Virgin Australia. There was mention in the NZ thread of VA increasing flights to NZ above what has already been announced- I can’t foresee anymore capacity on existing markets. Super long shot - but could this be for VA, or TT to beat NZ to the pun...

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 439
Views: 37834

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

6x weekly 789 on AKL-ADL is pretty good, NZ must be thinking they can get allot of connections via AKL from ADL? Surely there isn't 300 passengers a day that want to travel between just AKL and ADL? If ADL is going so strong, could we see JQ or QF try it again? or even post the NZ/VA breakup VA giv...

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by smi0006
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern explores JV with BA
Replies: 9
Views: 2392

Re: China Southern explores JV with BA

I think the CZ/AA codeshare agmt (http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1375001) and now negotiations for a CZ/BA JV mean that CZ is headed from ST into OW. ST permits a certain number of "non-ST codeshares" (e.g., NH and VN) ... but a "non-ST JV" probably means a pink ...

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by smi0006
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 439
Views: 37834

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Another note, not sure if mentioned yet but last Saturday QF started 2x daily MEL-BNE runs with the 789. VH-ZNE also operated first commericial flight to BNE on saturday. A past user Eaglefarm 4 took the following photo of -ZNE. https://www.flickr.com/photos/79487691@N07/42343927465/in/dateposted-p...

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by smi0006
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IBERIA´s New Cabin and Ground Crew Uniform (2019)
Replies: 38
Views: 6123

Re: IBERIA´s New Cabin and Ground Crew Uniform (2019)

There will be an option for women to wear pants, that's out of discussion, for sure. Many of the airlines we all tend to love (i.e Emirates) are exactly the ones who do not allow female-crews to wear pants. Notice I said "we". No it’s not- it’s only in the last two years BA have allowed a...

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by smi0006
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IBERIA´s New Cabin and Ground Crew Uniform (2019)
Replies: 38
Views: 6123

Re: IBERIA´s New Cabin and Ground Crew Uniform (2019)

It looks too gender stereotyped, like out of 1992. We are in 2018; they should design more gender-neutral uniforms. What??? I do think female staff have the right to wear pants-I think we’ve moved beyond the point of expecting female flight attendants to show their legs and skin. I believe IB curre...

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by smi0006
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IBERIA´s New Cabin and Ground Crew Uniform (2019)
Replies: 38
Views: 6123

Re: IBERIA´s New Cabin and Ground Crew Uniform (2019)

That’s hideous and dull. Have to wait and see the real thing of course. Looks almost retro- I don’t agree with the stereotype, so long as female staff have a pants options, but agree looks very 90s.

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by smi0006
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta’s IFE situation
Replies: 21
Views: 5211

Re: Delta’s IFE situation

I believe compensateme is speaking of the new AVOD system to be rolled out in the CS100. I don't believe Delta has committed to it for ongoing 739 nor A321ceo deliveries. I don't think they've mentioned it publicly for the 321neos, either. IFE tablets, like QFs iPads they have on their domestic 330...

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by smi0006
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: British Airways cancelled my flight because holes in plane after lightning strike
Replies: 24
Views: 4168

Re: British airways cancelled my fligh because holes in plane after lightning strike !

This happened to DL 77L in Sydney recently - 50 odd holes, the flight was cancelled for three days, in the end they ferried the aircraft to SIN for repairs.

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by smi0006
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PanAm #50, 747SP flying over both poles
Replies: 37
Views: 5762

Re: PanAm #50, 747SP flying over both poles

Who else ordered to SP? QF for WLG and later LAX, IR, PA, SA - hard to tell who they were originally delivered to as they were handed around a fair bit.

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by smi0006
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 439
Views: 37834

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Regarding rear door boarding, correct me if I’m wrong but VA no longer schedule any 30 minute turns. Maybe they do at the likes of HTI and PPP, but not in SYD, MEL, BNE etc. Therefore given that QF routinely turn a 737 in 40 minutes with just 1 door I can’t see why this would be an issue if they ar...

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by smi0006
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will all Air Tahiti Nui A340s be withdrawn?
Replies: 24
Views: 4725

Re: When will all Air Tahiti Nui A340s be withdrawn?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't PH serve AKL - PPT with 738's, back in the early-mid 2000's? If they did - most likely it would of been via APW, thus reducing the the amount of fuel taken up allow for extra fuel for diversion to say RAR. No, it was non-stop. See: https://www.pinterest.nz/pin/51...

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by smi0006
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does CDG have flights to PPT but not NOU?
Replies: 13
Views: 2394

Re: Why does CDG have flights to PPT but not NOU?

Wasn’t there a few strange routes over the years to NOU?

Didn’t AOM fly ORY-CMB-SYD-NOU ? In the 90s
Even Weirder Air Austral - RUN-SYD-NOU in the 00s!

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by smi0006
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QantasLink refurbishing fleet of Q300 and Q400
Replies: 11
Views: 1491

Re: QuantasLink refurbishing fleet of Q300 and Q400

Ten days seems a lot to me to replace seat covers and carpets.....

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by smi0006
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly takes delivery of first A380
Replies: 111
Views: 21882

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

Oh wow! Hope they paint it into some Hi-Fly branding. Who will use this mostly Haj charters?

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI to Launch new premium service - Maharajah direct
Replies: 8
Views: 1687

AI to Launch new premium service - Maharajah direct

Forgive me if this has been posted elsewhere - AI is to rebrand and relaunch its F and J product as Maharajah direct. Key features; - New J seats on 777s and 787 -New meals - New sleepwear, bedding and amenities - New uniforms I was unable to find a press release on the AI website, sadly no images- ...

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by smi0006
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ to increase EZE flights from Dec. '18
Replies: 24
Views: 2674

Re: NZ to increase EZE flights from Dec. '18

Anyway....... back to NZ and EZE increasing frequency! Hope this goes daily soon, followed by another South American route. Should build AKL into a comfortable little hub.

How much of NZ Asia network connect to EZE? PVG? SIN?

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by smi0006
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Sri Lankan Airlines, J Class, CMB-MEL June 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 3044

Re: Sri Lankan Airlines, J Class, CMB-MEL June 2018

Fantastic report! I have worked with a number of ex-UL staff over the years, many working in MEL airport today. Can honestly say they have been the kindest, most gentle beautiful souled people I have ever had the pleasure to work with - I miss them dearly, and would hire any ex-UL staff in an instan...

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by smi0006
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 263
Views: 44683

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

The config for the new A330-200L will be 27J 224Y (a loss of 15Y seats when operating in a long-haul configuration). It's already showing up in the GDS if you look up the seat maps for QF107/108 (SYD-PEK-SYD) in October 2018 on certain days. I’m not familiar- why the lose of those seats? Due to ext...

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by smi0006
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 263
Views: 44683

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

The config for the new A330-200L will be 27J 224Y (a loss of 15Y seats when operating in a long-haul configuration). It's already showing up in the GDS if you look up the seat maps for QF107/108 (SYD-PEK-SYD) in October 2018 on certain days. I’m not familiar- why the lose of those seats? Due to ext...

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 44312

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

I’m still confused as to how QF will replace the 744 capacity to a degree to Asia, JNB/SCL/YVR, but I’m sure all will be revealed in time. YVR is only an very limited short seasonal service, it probably would be much be suited to an year round service operated by the 789 rather than the current att...

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 44312

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

QF is going to use the 747 on SYD-PER services, replacing an A330 which will in turn replace the 737 on PER-SIN but it will reduce to 1 per day. Looks like the 747 will also be going to Hawaii sooner than expected and the 787 will be used on BNE-MEL returns. 717’s will also get an increase, althoug...

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by smi0006
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First look: United Premium Plus
Replies: 24
Views: 4587

Re: First look: United Premium Plus

Purple is a weird choice - at least for DL red plus blue = purple, no idea where UA pulled that from.

Looks like MH seat to me.

Now if only one day they’d install proper curtains!!

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad is offering its pilots to work for Emirates
Replies: 80
Views: 17561

Re: Etihad is offering its pilots to work for Emirates

Did QF, not offer a similar option years ago also? I believe they had deals with EK and CX when flying reduced. But was years ago during their rough patch. Makes sense and seems a logical thing to do given the cost and duration of training.

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines A330 damages Korean Air B777
Replies: 7
Views: 2226

Re: Asiana Airlines A330 damages Korean Air B777

Wow - not long after IST too! Not the best track record, but perhaps unrelated. I am curious, I assume to cause this much damage a fair amount of force is needed- don’t the tech crew feel this and jump on the breaks- seems after I act they traveled a couple of meters, same in IST. Or are they taxing...

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 44312

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

The first Q300 has been refurbished https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantaslink-to-upgrade-q200-q300-q400-aircraft-seating?utm_source=grid Minor point, but just out of curiosity, the article refers to the Q-200, Q-300 and Q-400. My understanding is that only the Q-400 model carries the Q prefix, which desi...

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways orders 75 Boeing 737 Max - yes again and again. Total now 225 MAX on order.
Replies: 79
Views: 11104

Re: Jet Airways orders 75 Boeing 737 Max - yes again and again. Total now 225 MAX on order.

BOM still has one runway. Does DEL have a parallel 2nd runaway. Where are they going to fly these aircraft ? Agreed- unless we see some serious investment and market fragmentation, I feel a lot of these Indian narrow body orders should have been for larger wide bodies to upgage congested domestic a...

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by smi0006
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crash Truck Dash Cam Video....AA 767
Replies: 19
Views: 7059

Re: Crash Truck Dash Cam Video....AA 767

I’ve watched that evacuation video several times and the cabin crew in my opinion where no where near forceful or urgent enough in their commands. The FA at 1L is telling the passengers to stay seated and slide- he should have been yelling at them and pushing them when they hesitated. The commands s...

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's up with LAN's 787-8 reg. CC-BBG ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2376

Re: What's up with LAN's 787-8 reg. CC-BBG ?

12 is a lot to have grounded, how are they managing? Wet/dry lease?

How is it that NZ had four grounded, but seem to have theirs back in the air?

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by smi0006
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM collective agreement: one fewer cabin crew member on intercontinental flights, new Y catering
Replies: 3
Views: 1418

Re: KLM collective agreement: one fewer cabin crew member on intercontinental flights, new Y catering

I think QF did the same with their meals several years ago, people complained about the lack of tray, despite the food being much more varied, nice presented on a semi plate and larger serves. Agree I’d have a healthier meal any day when flying hard to stay hydrated with so much salt in airline cate...

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!
Replies: 240
Views: 65366

Re: THE Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!

Did the United social media team ever reply?

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!
Replies: 240
Views: 65366

Re: THE Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!

I think this highlights why US carriers need an onboard manager role FA- CSM,ISN,FSM,ISD,Purser someone who permanently operates in the role, who leads the team, ensures service standards are adheared too, and has additional training to act as an escalation point in case of any customer recovery/man...

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand new expectations
Replies: 53
Views: 7096

Re: Air New Zealand new expectations

Isn’t NZ taking delivery of two new 789 this year? Will TPE and ORD absorb these frames?

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 6817

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

The mistakes VA have made have been well documented, especially on these forums. A couple of things I think they have done well, have been, as mentioned earlier, the brand unification. It was a complete shambles before, now there is a single brand - it’s just working out what it stands for. Another...

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: future AZ uniforms revealed when?
Replies: 24
Views: 2539

Re: future AZ uniforms revealed when?

I think they are hideous! That belt looks like someone has fastened a branded seat belt around their waste. Such a massive massive step backwards from the current.. [mquote="Chelsearose"]I actually think their current red/green uniforms are better/attractive/chic. The new ones are just bla...

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by smi0006
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 6817

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

You can't blame JB for all of VA's woes!\ Who else will you blame? JB said "yes" and "no" - just as AJ did at Qantas, and whose shoes would you rather be in now? Borghetti was a disaster at Virgin. He took a small, cheerful, generally profitable airline and tried to turn into a ...

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by smi0006
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA and QF re-file for Joint Venture
Replies: 67
Views: 11050

Re: AA and QF re-file for Joint Venture

DOT is back to the applicants today with long request for additional information as it cannot establish a procedural schedule to review the application at this time. DOT says, applicants have not supplied sufficient "information required to evaluate the Joint Applicants’ claims that their immu...

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by smi0006
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy launches Delhi
Replies: 32
Views: 3908

Re: Air Italy launches Delhi

Exciting!! So excited to see IG grow, where is next? Hope we see some more expansion into Asia! NRT, SIN, HKG- capture some of the higher yield traffic ex-EU! Shame to read they had their first strike recently, I thought being smaller and younger than AZ with lots of growth ahead those unions would ...

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by smi0006
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 6817

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

I think we focus a lot on the challenges VA have had with a lot of the cutomer experience touch points(checkin, lounge etc), and operational elements (fleet types and size). But I feel VA has done little in the marketing space. They started Viegin Australia with a retro glam feel, cheeky yet classy....

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non airline businesses owned by airlines
Replies: 54
Views: 4531

Re: Non airline businesses owned by airlines

Not sure if it counts, QF owned a number of different business, a lot of the normal catering and handling ones, but also some unusual ones or partnered around them: -Jetpets transporting animals around AU - Star Track express, a parcel delivery service around AU (a JV with Auspost) - QANTAS Defence ...

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non airline businesses owned by airlines
Replies: 54
Views: 4531

Re: Non airline businesses owned by airlines

Emirates Leisure Retail Australia (ELRA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Emirates Group and is now one of Australian largest hospitality companies. They own Hudson’s Coffee which has over 70 cafes across the country, plus a plethora of food and beverage concessions at Australian airports which ...

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 263
Views: 44683

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

RE the A332 'rejiigs' of VH-EBO/P/Q/R/S/V. J/C will physically lose 1 J/C seat. The actual seat count will be 27J. various Google searches confirms this :) 1 J/C loo added, galley space increased/rejigged. Also Y/C will lose some seats. I dont know how many, as there are various numbers floating ar...

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 44312

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

https://australianaviation.com.au/ties-are-on-at-virgin-blue/ An article written 8 years ago, and worth a reflection, I think. cheers While I thought the VA transition to a Qantas competitor was at it's base a good idea, I'm fairly sure I was wrong (or more realistically, I think VA botched the exe...

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