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by smi0006
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin Australia Business class between Hong Kong and Melbourne January 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1325

Re: Virgin Australia Business class between Hong Kong and Melbourne January 2018

Looks like a great poruct, hopefully VA are able to carve out a niche for themselves. In fairness to VA, the bussing and gate situation sadly sits with Melbourne airport entirely. Bay allocations are based on aircraft size and if the flight is on schedule, slip and the contact gate gets allocated to...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Uniforms for AS
Replies: 62
Views: 7321

Re: New Uniforms for AS

Huge improvement!! Looks great, and should comfortable fit all shapes and sizes. Nice professional splash of colour!! Real test though is grooming, always amazes me US airlines let cabin crew wear their hair down! As food handlers I find this rather disgusting after my last UA flight the crews hair...

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by smi0006
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA IAH-SYD starts 18 January 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 8221

Re: IAH-SYD began yesterday.

What a fantastic route to see! Great work from UA, feels like only yesterday they announced the route! Impressive to see three UA 789 in Sydney (scheduled!) at once. Wouldn't surprise me if the QF / AA JV gets up, if NZ and UA apply to have New Zealand and Australia included as one market for their ...

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by smi0006
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia
Replies: 65
Views: 11118

Re: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia

Interesting move by PR I’m sure there are benefits to daily frequency over their current three weekly, and this frees up the 330s to go else where. But they mustn’t be hauling much cargo, and market growth for them just be sluggish if they can boost the 330 frequency SYD is already daily however is...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Today's Newcastle clue is a NEW vibrant bar scene. So sunshine, beaches and a new vibrant bar scene. Leaning towards Perth. Their FB post says no-one has guessed it yet so that would defo knock out ADL, DPS and NAN. Not sure of the significance of NEW being capitalised. SWZ is not open yet, so that...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia
Replies: 65
Views: 11118

Re: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia

Interesting move by PR I’m sure there are benefits to daily frequency over their current three weekly, and this frees up the 330s to go else where. But they mustn’t be hauling much cargo, and market growth for them just be sluggish if they can boost the 330 frequency

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Uniforms for AS
Replies: 62
Views: 7321

Re: New Uniforms for AS

Huge improvement!! Looks great, and should comfortable fit all shapes and sizes. Nice professional splash of colour!! Real test though is grooming, always amazes me US airlines let cabin crew wear their hair down! As food handlers I find this rather disgusting after my last UA flight the crews hair ...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces MEL-SFO starting late 2018
Replies: 41
Views: 8955

Re: Qantas announces MEL-SFO starting late 2018

I thought there was meant to be a new route from BNE? Someone created a thread yesterday linking to a rumor that BNE-SEA was going to be announced today on the 787. Seems the thread was quickly deleted. Not sure if there's any veracity to that. I'd have to imagine that if QF wanted to dip their toe...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

qf2220 wrote:
https://twitter.com/NTLairport/status/954103649495547904

Not sure if this contains the clue or not....


Maybe I’m seeing things - the image looks to be in the shape of a Kiwi birds head...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces MEL-SFO starting late 2018
Replies: 41
Views: 8955

Re: Qantas announces MEL-SFO starting late 2018

[twoid][/twoid] QF press release https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-melbourne-san-francisco-flights-open-for-business/ Effective September 1, 2018 QF49 MEL-SFO 2140-1900 WeThSaSu QF50 SFO-MEL 2200-0630+2 WeThSaSu If the QF AA JV is approved I could see this increase in frequency...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Expanded Network for 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 634

Re: American's Expanded Network for 2018

I’m still waiting to see the outcome of the AA/QF JV - I could see AA adding another AU route in 2018: LAX/DFW-MEL would be my tip, if the JV goes through

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

I’d love it to be AKL! I assume that JQ or NZ would be the operator, and not QF or VA? IMO, NZ would be the most likely contender. NZ might be beefing up its Australian presence, to prepare for an ending of the VA alliance, and less VA feed? Another potential destination could be NAN - FJ has beefe...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

[url][/url]

planemanofnz wrote:
qf2220 wrote:
Is the direction of the a clue at all do we think?

Potentially! Could it be AKL? :stirthepot:

Cheers,

C.


I’d love it to be AKL! Hopefully something more interesting than a return of NLK....

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Indigenous Art - hints new aircraft
Replies: 6
Views: 1574

Re: Qantas Indigenous Art - hints new aircraft

I wonder how much of an advance in paint technology there has been- I’ll have to do a search but i recall an article around weight savings

Glad to see it’s a widebody! Hopefully covering most of the fueselage

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Indigenous Art - hints new aircraft
Replies: 6
Views: 1574

Qantas Indigenous Art - hints new aircraft

Given the global popularity of Wunala and Nalanji dreaming I thought this was worthy of its own thread. Qantas official Instagram story today had a short history on their Balariji art organisation collaboration art series on their aircraft - with the final tile ; ‘wait to see what we have planned ne...

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QantasLink to receive 2 A320s
Replies: 15
Views: 3394

Re: QantasLink to receive 2 A320's

Also interesting- why so little growth planned for Jetstar Asia. They have been adding destination but their fleet size hasn’t changed in years, now orders are being diverted to regional WA? I’d hope the displaced 738 replace 330s on transcon which can be moved to international. I’d imagine if the P...

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QantasLink to receive 2 A320s
Replies: 15
Views: 3394

Re: QantasLink to receive 2 A320's

Will this cause difficulties with the pilots' union at QF proper? It's one thing for Network to fly the F100 and Cobham the B712 (which no US airline would be able to do), but A320s are unquestionably mainline territory. (I also remember it being said a long time ago that part of the rationale for ...

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: THAI 737-400 Finally All Gone?
Replies: 4
Views: 1576

Re: THAI 737-400 Finally All Gone?

Would it not make sense for Thai Smile to pick up a couple of second hand A319s for this route? Commonality for labour and parts with their 320s? Is the TG734 pilot pool all on holidays atm? Seems a lot of infrastructure and training for two aircraft a short mid to low yield route. I also noticed la...

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by smi0006
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al 747-400 JFK-TLV Diverts to Goose Bay
Replies: 13
Views: 4866

Re: El Al 747-400 JFK-TLV Diverts to Goose Bay

I love this beautiful picture. Credit: Quality Photography +1-845-354-4347 http://www.shmuelheinemannphoto.com https://cdn.theyeshivaworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_20180114_193537-1.jpg Hahaha EL AL group security would be having a canniption over this! What do they normally do security w...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

One of the QF SYD-PER flights this morning left SYD with no bags on board https://twitter.com/vanOnselenP/status/952705132285739008 Astonishing how people are so quick to jump onto social media. Surely there’s a reason behind it! EK413 Question being, did they tell passengers before take off and le...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Lets be balanced and add in the latest tweet from Peter: https://twitter.com/vanOnselenP/status/952709648565456896 "Actually I have to admit @Qantas has handled this debacle pretty well. Bags due shortly and I'll make my lectures, just!" Social media has sadly provided many with a platfor...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

This is good news and gives me hope that they'll be launching MEL soon. Ever since VA handed DPS flying to Tiger and the debacle that followed, and apart from the short-lived IndoAirAsia on DPS-MEL I feel there is room for some more competition on this route. Both JQ (11 weekly) and GA (daily) seem...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FA merger integration complaint
Replies: 64
Views: 7697

Re: UA FA merger integration complaint

Why not make the ‘lead flight attendant/pursuer role’ a management role? As I understand it this isn’t the case in the US where the role goes to someone trained and senior on the day. Next week they work economy galley on a 737. In AU/NZ with NZ,QF,VA the Customer Service Manager/Inflight Service Di...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

angusjt wrote:
Apparently VH-VQU & VH-VQS are the Jetstar A320s set to be repainted into the QLink livery .


Exciting looking forward to seeing this!

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Malindo Air has received traffic rights for daily KUL-DPS-MEL from April 18 https://twitter.com/airlineroute/status/951656090407546880 This is good news and gives me hope that they'll be launching MEL soon. Ever since VA handed DPS flying to Tiger and the debacle that followed, and apart from the s...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FA merger integration complaint
Replies: 64
Views: 7697

Re: UA FA merger integration complaint

That reserve system sounds horrific! Why not give everyone one months of reserve a year, then everyone could hold a line from the start 11months of the year- seems to work well from the airlines I have experience with QF,VA,NZ, most senior and junior still get their 1 month reserve.

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 6150

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

Sources have indicated 1st A380 will enter paint facilities this year in DXB. EK413 That would explain why they haven't announced another route (existing) for the second frame that will be freed up from MEL-DXB-LHR Was the 380 reconfigure to occurs in FY19 or Calendar19? That’s going to be a signif...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Upcoming operators of Airbus A350-1000XWB
Replies: 80
Views: 13835

Re: Upcoming operators of Airbus A350-1000XWB

I’d also add NZ into the mix for 1000/900/ULR allows them to grow Asia with the 900, North America with the 1000 with JFK,ORD,GRU as ULR. NZ use their 777s on short hops to the pacific island and Trans Tasman to AU where the lighter A350 could be if benefit. Decision is to be made on 777 replacement...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018a

JB is still there because the board has no other choice. There are plenty of other choices. There is a whole world of halfway decent airline executives out there and many of them would jump at the opportunity to come in and rebuild a carrier like VA. Either the Board is as halfwitted as JB, or the ...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Fleet Repaint Updates
Replies: 40
Views: 5808

Re: LATAM Fleet Repaint Updates

Whats going on with the 777? any painted? One of the 777s, PT-MUA, recently had a check and interior retrofit at Abu Dhabi. It was much speculated that this one would return sporting the LATAM livery... but it came back still in TAM colors. At the moment, all of the 777s still have JJ colors. What ...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Hypotheticall would it be worthwhile keeping a 744 in mid term storage in Alice for additionally flying/slack over New Years period until the 744ER are retired? They already essentially have this buffer built in due to the A380 maintenance programme which has 1 frame out of service for 10 months of...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Seeing QF NAM network is struggling atm right now, due to high utilisation, lack of recovery space in the schedule and NAM network. This would incur significant additional costs, hotels, crew hours, connection costs to other carriers, plus brand damage. Hypotheticall would it be worthwhile keeping a...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Same station manager working multiple cities for an airline?
Replies: 9
Views: 1279

Re: Same station manager working multiple cities for an airline?

Depends on the airlines structure - happens all over the world all the time carriers have no station managers. Others cover entire regions.

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 739
Views: 48809

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

MEL-SAN with a 788 is completely out of the question. Even BNE-SAN would be a stretch with Jetstar’s high density configuration. Perhaps JQ could use an AKL stop (MEL - AKL - SAN) - this would be able to get feed from JQ's domestic New Zealand network, as well as the likes of SYD. Cheers, C. I don’...

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by smi0006
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing charges for diverted planes?
Replies: 50
Views: 7896

Re: Landing charges for diverted planes?

Many airports charge to be held as an alternative, of course in an emergency they will accept you. But if you don’t pay the yearly fee you can’t file them as an alternate for flight planning purposes - so the airport gets paid even if you never land there. I know one airport which charges 300k AUD a...

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by smi0006
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: EK to launch West Coast US flight from MXP
Replies: 58
Views: 8866

Re: Rumour: EK to launch West Coast US flight from MXP

Interesting, I wonder how this impacts IGs/QRs plans to start MXP as a hub for them? EK trying to shaft QRs plans before the demise of AZ?

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by smi0006
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A Dash 8 to Kangaroo Island with QantasLink
Replies: 10
Views: 3647

Re: A Dash 8 to Kangaroo Island with QantasLink

A nice report sadly spoiled by poor and inappropriate atempt at humour around your cockpit visit. Casual racism is sadly too widely accepted in Australia. Perhaps the crew were simply busy, doing their job and didn’t want you in their office?

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by smi0006
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG purchases NIKI
Replies: 144
Views: 26854

Re: Updated: IAG purchases NIKI

Brand consolidation with level make sense. Still not a fan of the level brand but I’m a fan of ensuring maximum leverage off brands. Can I ask an embarrassing question - we don’t have leisure/ charter airlines in Australia. We just have full service and LCC, what’s the difference between an LCC, and...

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by smi0006
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Lion Air to add A333's to its fleet by end of the year
Replies: 18
Views: 5547

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

[photoid]j[/photoid] And now the first a/c has been painted: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4511/37690008146_e87cb1dac8_c.jpg Airbus A330 Thai Lion Air HS-LAH by Jujug Spotting , on Flickr Looks great, but I do wish like the HNA group they’d have a more structured approach to branding, hybrid Batik/...

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by smi0006
Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Korean Air to store first A380 due to low demand, interested in A350
Replies: 57
Views: 12217

Re: Korean Air to store first A380 due to low demand, interested in A350

I would have thought they have their configuration wrong. 94 J seats is too many, plus a heavy bar and duty free store. Does anyone have this many J seats? Be interesting to see the loads via Cabin, which cabin can’t they fill? To save parking a frame as an armchair CEO I’d remove the bar, move F up...

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by smi0006
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia first A350 destinations?
Replies: 81
Views: 13103

Re: Iberia first A350 destinations?

Will IB be introducing a new J product or will it remain the same? Maybe time for new uniforms too! Yeah

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by smi0006
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the status of Qantas'/Jetstars A230neo and Virgin Australia's 737 MAX order?
Replies: 12
Views: 2850

Re: What's the status of Qantas'/Jetstars A230neo and Virgin Australia's 737 MAX order?

How big does a fleet need to be for economies of scale to kick in? Is the QF fleet big enough that it has scale or does a QFgroup order add the scale with Jetstar aircraft as well. Does QF need a MOM for AU? If twin aisle it would speed up turn times over a 321/737MAX which over Domestic sectors cou...

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by smi0006
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 38057

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

Speaking of on time record... QF12 has to be one of the worst performers internationally. It's more shocking to see JFK-LAX leave on time than delayed! Is it not feasible for QF to push back the departures to SYD & MEL from LAX back an hour to avoid the constant knock on effect that happens? It...

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by smi0006
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Hawaiian Airlines ever expand to include more destinations in the eastern US?
Replies: 69
Views: 7229

Re: Will Hawaiian Airlines ever expand to include more destinations in the eastern US?

PER? I highly doubt it, Perth has multiple flights a day to DPS almost a shuttle service, very minimal market to HNL which is far more expensive and more tiring to travel too. What traffic their would be to the US mainland would be tough to win from the loyal QF, VA FF base, not to mention NZ,CX, an...

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by smi0006
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 38057

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

China Airlines moves Australia to all-A350 service: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/276309/china-airlines-moves-australianz-to-all-a350-service-from-mar-2018/ Interesting, I would have thought they would have wanted to move to Daily in first before increasing capacity. It’s really...

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by smi0006
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop multiple routes
Replies: 61
Views: 17787

Re: Etihad drops Entebbe

It’s a shame, EY seemed to have aignificabt potential and EY and EK could hub with in the same region and still coexist- however threes a crowd and EYs poor investment strategy seems to have worked in QRs favour. I just hope QR doesn’t face the same fate with IG, but they have chosen LA and IAG whic...

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by smi0006
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana starting MXP-JFK/MIA
Replies: 40
Views: 6322

Re: Meridiana starting MXP-JFK/MIA

Exciting to see IG grow, hope we see them join Oneworld.

I wonder if their 330s will have the BEDiamknd product - from QR? Looking forward to see their bew brand!!

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by smi0006
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 38057

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

Current Qantas --> LAX sales around the traps have significantly lower fares out of MEL compared to other cities. Might point to over capacity on the route, just publicising the 789 debut, or trying to "win back" the VIC / TAS flying public. I'm curious as to which one it is. Airfares ex-...

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by smi0006
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces MEL-SFO starting late 2018
Replies: 41
Views: 8955

Re: Qantas announces MEL-SFO starting late 2018

A route I didn’t see coming, I thought UA would jump on it and QF wouldn’t be adventurous enough. This will make things challenging for NZ I feel. Their big markets ex-MEL have all received a direct competitor this season - LA,AC,QF Can’t wait for the new BNE route!! [list=]h[/list] with more and mo...

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by smi0006
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Austral deploys new uniform
Replies: 12
Views: 2722

Re: Air Austral deploys new uniform

I really like them! Professional yet fun! Men’s hats are nice, I do broadly like the trend of cabin crew hats returning; QF,NZ,BA, Rouge. Bit if retro glamour.

Also nice to see shorts for the ladies!

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