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by smi0006
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA set to sell Beijing Capital Airlines and Lucky Air
Replies: 4
Views: 1950

Re: HNA set to sell Beijing Capital Airlines and Lucky Air

Rumours are they are also looking to offload their share in VA too! And Swissport....

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by smi0006
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

QF16 LAX-BNE diverted to APW earlier this morning http://theqantassource.com/qantas-b787-9-vh-znf-qf16-apia-diversion/ Presume medical. Interesting diversion point as NAN and NOU are the usuals (and HNL and AKL depending on nature of issue and how long into the flight)... Whilst the runway is likel...

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by smi0006
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France and 5 unions agree on new pay deal
Replies: 14
Views: 2591

Re: Air France and 5 unions agree on new pay deal

I wonder how much likely strike action, and the threat there of was costing - and brand damage. 4% may still be cheaper! Sounds like a good call!

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by smi0006
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways expected to order 23 aircraft soon.
Replies: 58
Views: 11996

Re: Thai Airways on the market for jets, looking at 777X, A350

Perhaps an opportunity to start some fleet consolidation around a particular family.... but I’m cynical.

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by smi0006
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR1303 MIA-EZE hits severe turbulence, 10-15 hurt
Replies: 32
Views: 6117

Re: AR1303 MIA-EZE hits severe turbulence, 10-15 hurt

Francoflier wrote:
And this is why you keep your seatbelts on regardless of the signs...

No help for the cabin crew doing the service, however, or whoever was using the loo.


A reminder for crew though to secure and stow all items when not in use - catering units and carts with all locks and latches in place!

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by smi0006
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

HNA trying to offload its 19.8 per cent stake in Virgin Australia but has rejected offer of 17.5c/share from US body, according to The Australian, article behind paywall sorry https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/dataroom/hna-seeks-to-offload-its-virgin-stake-but-rejects-175c-offer/news-story/...

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by smi0006
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India flight attendant falls from plane at Mumbai airport.
Replies: 6
Views: 1626

Re: Air India flight attendant falls from plane at Mumbai airport.

I hope she gets well soon. But I find this incident bizarre yet all too common. In Australia a cabin door may not be opened unless mobile stairs or an aerobridge are in place. And the cabin door must be closer before they are removed - yet even Instagram shows us this isn’t common practice globally ...

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by smi0006
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Livery question
Replies: 4
Views: 949

Re: Air New Zealand Livery question

Despite very hot weather in Melbourne and Perth I’ve been on the black 789 and 777 a couple times - Aussie and Kiwi airlines don’t seem to have too many challenges with hot aircraft that other countries do. I suspect due to APU policies.

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by smi0006
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Sitting on a VA flight some crew who were part of the promotional team were traveling. Sounds like there is an announcement in the lounge tomorrow, is SRB still in the country? Maybe its a new route announcement?!! I think they said Melbourne. Tricky to hear, and talk of yoga - maybe a partnership ...

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by smi0006
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Sitting on a VA flight some crew who were part of the promotional team were traveling. Sounds like there is an announcement in the lounge tomorrow, is SRB still in the country?

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by smi0006
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways 747 involved in runway excursion at BKK
Replies: 5
Views: 2749

Re: Thai Airways 747 involved in runway excursion at BKK

It can probably be tow off the grass and back in air soon. But yeah, 97 pax with 18 crews? No wonder TG is losing money :scratchchin: :scratchchin: (Well, unless the BKK->CAN leg is filled with Chinese tourists returning after the golden week holiday). Or Cargo. Oddly reminds me of the Qantas fligh...

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by smi0006
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance
Replies: 55
Views: 12665

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

Ahhh yes best way to work with your partners, publicly slag them off and threaten to walk away. Certainly not how I’d operate.... the man has no leadership simply realise on hierarchy- he’ll learn the hard way AA and QF won’t cave. He thinks they were blockers before this statement... wait until now.

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by smi0006
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Qatar CEO is threatening to leave OneWorld Alliance and has taken a direct swipe at Qantas Al Baker is also unhappy with Qantas’s behaviour, which has an extensive tie-up with Gulf rival Emirates while its relationship with Qatar is “trivial”, he says. “And it is blocking us getting rights into Aus...

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by smi0006
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Interesting, maybe a bit of a push along by the state government? https://thewest.com.au/news/qantas/qantas-row-risks-perth-airport-rail-viability-ng-b88984671z I’m sorry am I missing something, where is the investment to bring the long promised QF domestic terminal over to a single precinct? Sorry...

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by smi0006
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Interesting, maybe a bit of a push along by the state government? https://thewest.com.au/news/qantas/qantas-row-risks-perth-airport-rail-viability-ng-b88984671z I’m sorry am I missing something, where is the investment to bring the long promised QF domestic terminal over to a single precinct? Sorry...

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by smi0006
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tough day in the office for AA at LHR today ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4224

Re: Tough day in the office for AA at LHR today ?

Looks like AA are having a rough day at LHR today.....outbound AA99 ORD Cancelled, inbound AA174 from RDU diverted to JFK, and AA 46 ORD running nearly 7 hours late. Good luck guys in dealing with the passenger rebooking ! Must be a nightmare -at least LHR would have lots of options, depending on P...

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by smi0006
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Fundamentally there isn’t the space on the T1 side of PER for all of qantas operations. So until PAPL build a new terminal there isn’t much that can be done... unless they’re trying to get qantas to pay for it, which wouldn’t surprise me. I doubt PER are wanting QF to pay for their new terminal in ...

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by smi0006
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Surely Qantas only has a long term lease on T4 and not T3 which they run international services out of. After VA left T3 the airport must have more control, I think the airport is just trying to get consolidated terminals which you cannot blame them. With a new train line being built outside intern...

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by smi0006
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Forget about PER-CDG, if SAA goes bankrupt QF needs to be ready to step in with PER-JNB right away. Which they won’t do with a 789, they would use an A332, if PER sorts itself out there’s probably a few routes QF could add there. It's already been reported how close QF came to launching PER-JB with...

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by smi0006
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Seems Perth Airport and Qantas are talking again. https://thewest.com.au/business/aviation/paris-nonstop-flight-on-perth-airport-agenda-ng-b88981686z I think the fact that their renegotiating the T3/T4 domestic terminal lease is critical - and it certainly puts all the recent blustery headlines int...

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by smi0006
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Australia and Fiji are renegotiating their ASA, and there will be a 20% increase in designated capacity. Really interesting. Could this pave the way for FJ to launch PER? Or maybe a SUV - MEL service? I assume this is more of an FJ thing rather than a VA/JQ thing, given that Fiji previously said it...

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by smi0006
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: $10 Billion JFK Airport Renovation
Replies: 121
Views: 17295

Re: B6 selected to rebuilt T6/T7 at JFK

How much more buildout of T8 would there really need to be? AA's factsheet from when T8 opened lists 8 jumbo gates and 16 widebody gates. No idea what the size cutoff is between them, but it sounds like gates wouldn't really be much of an issue. Lounges could be solved by removing gate 7 and buildi...

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by smi0006
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

QF has applied to the IASC for an additional 1250 seats to Indonesia. Coming from the upgauging of aircraft (B737 > A330) and additional services by QF or JQ. http://iasc.gov.au/applications/index.aspx#Indo1 This increase is probably targeted at DPS which doesn't surprise me. QF are getting strong ...

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by smi0006
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

All depends on contracts and if anyone is willing to take it over as seemingly has happened in MAN and LHR. Doubt SYD needs another third party lounge with Amex and Skyteam, unless VA takes it. For MEL even tougher though a great location. Could QF convince EK to give up their adjacent spot and mak...

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by smi0006
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Etihad closes down its premium lounges at LHR
Replies: 14
Views: 4875

Re: Etihad closes down its premium lounges at LHR

If LHR is closing being such a high yielding route I’d say the MEL and maybe SYD days are not long.

QF would be salivating at the EY lounge space in MEL, if big enough. Or VA could finally get a lounge of their own!

The nails do seem to be setting in the coffin, EY is really the new GF!

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by smi0006
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 28647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

I assume SYD is slot restricted, if so, what impact does a new local airport have on the sale price of slots?. Any examples from around the world to compare? I realize that Western Sydney may not decrease demand at SYD and may be a target for LCC and limited QF/VA operations to begin with so might ...

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Garuda Indonesia destinations?
Replies: 16
Views: 1649

Re: Possible Garuda Indonesia destinations?

I wonder if they would consider a CGK - BNE - AKL service with a MAX, and kill two birds with one stone (sort of). Indeed, they used to fly DPS - BNE - AKL. I even think DPS - AKL could be possible on a MAX, but not sure they'd do that given stiff competition from EK and NZ. Cheers, C. With EK and ...

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Garuda Indonesia destinations?
Replies: 16
Views: 1649

Re: Possible Garuda Indonesia destinations?

I wonder why Garuda doesn't fly to ADL and BNE. They are reachable from DPS using 737-800. They tried BNE-DPS with the 737's but it was not viable for them so they axed it less than 2 years after it was re-launched. I'm not too sure about ADL. GA have a pretty good presence in MEL, SYD and PER, whi...

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA New Uniforms Revealed
Replies: 80
Views: 8366

Re: AA New Uniforms Revealed

Wow these are awful. In contrast, check out BA’s new design. So much classier. https://thepointsguy.com/news/british-airways-new-uniforms/ BA haven’t got new uniforms yet. That’s the designer who’s been selected. In fairness though BA have hired a designer, did AA? For this round or the last- doesn...

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by smi0006
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA New Uniforms Revealed
Replies: 80
Views: 8366

Re: AA New Uniforms Revealed

That’s a really ugly uniform!

Way to many options, combined with the very poor grooming AA has it’s going to look a mess.

Curious to see if the new ‘bold signature items’ yet to be revealed make an improvement- doubtful

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by smi0006
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no US carriers fly to BNE from mainland?
Replies: 30
Views: 3208

Re: Why no US carriers in BNE?

Not to be pedantic, but HA does offer 3x weekly service on HNL-BNE. Not to be picky, but the AA QF JV hasn’t been approved by the DOT yet I love this forum Ha this forums gotten so cold and brutal recently I was trying to be polite, but highlight things may change when the approval comes through. H...

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by smi0006
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55326

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I think VA are still daily into Mildura from Melbourne with a 738. My preferred option when heading up (mid morning, jet service with IFE) and usually Qantas it back. REX offers nothing to appeal - no catering, no onboard service, no lounges, no ff, only sometimes competitive fares. It's always the...

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by smi0006
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55326

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

SYD, MEL and OOL will see A321neo services from Air New Zealand from November https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280685/air-new-zealand-outlines-a321neo-network-in-4q18/ Whilst not hugely different a bit of variety never hurts the Aussie skies!! Although SYD/MEL do see good variety f...

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by smi0006
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55326

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Pretty sure VA's ATR fleet was reduced, not removed. It was the QLD routes that were handed over to QQ, otherwise they're still buzzing around NSW and on CBR routes. They are indeed. I think VA are still daily into Mildura from Melbourne with a 738. My preferred option when heading up (mid morning,...

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by smi0006
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no US carriers fly to BNE from mainland?
Replies: 30
Views: 3208

Re: Why no US carriers in BNE?

Not to be pedantic, but HA does offer 3x weekly service on HNL-BNE. But the point largely stands ... BNE is not well served by U.S. carriers in general. I would imagine it's not as much of a tourist destination as MEL/SYD for U.S. point of origin traffic, so for carriers with the J.V. (DL/VA and AA...

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by smi0006
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no US carriers fly to BNE from mainland?
Replies: 30
Views: 3208

Re: Why no US carriers in BNE?

QF will fly 11 times per week with a 789 to LAX, 7 services continue on to JFK, four turning around. I could see AA in BNE along with even MEL, if the JV is approved with QF. AA would take over the four QF flights, and QF would launch BNE-ORD, or SYD-ORD, and if AA take over the 787 on MEL-LAX QF co...

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by smi0006
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Introduces New A330 Cabins
Replies: 14
Views: 4435

Re: Air France Introduces New A330 Cabins

Very nice light and bright cabin! Surprised they aren’t simply fitting the same new J seat across the rest of the fleet, or these new economy seats to their 777s or 380s!

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by smi0006
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55326

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Question - does REX have a new livery? I noticed taxing out from SYD ZXG I think it was had a blue engines, blue belly, with a small orange cheatline, and a grey swoosh (reminded me of old US livery). Is this new, or simply a carry over from a prior carrier?

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by smi0006
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55326

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Cairns has seen QF flying A330s from both SYD and MEL due to the peak school holiday season, has this happened in the past? I haven't noticed it before It’s not school holidays for another week in NSW/ACT, at this stage it’s only QLD and VIC on holiday. This has very little to do with schools thoug...

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.
Replies: 62
Views: 8948

Re: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.

UA really needs a codeshare partner in Australia for this to work. Id be amazed if IAH-SYD wasn't a giant flop outside the Northern Winter. Agreed! NZ make IAH work as they have their own feed from 8 Aussie ports!! I do think though that resources traffic could support this route. Whilst not a dire...

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy discussion thread
Replies: 74
Views: 12560

Re: Air Italy discussion thread

Will the 788 that’s IG recieve from QR be fitted with crew rest I wonder? I don’t believe so, but this could limit potential LR routes? Do they have their own lounges in italy yet? I hope to see them succeed! QRs strategy thus far or investment in LATAM and IG has proven a stronger strategy than EY...

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy discussion thread
Replies: 74
Views: 12560

Re: Air Italy discussion thread

Will the 788 that’s IG recieve from QR be fitted with crew rest I wonder? I don’t believe so, but this could limit potential LR routes? Do they have their own lounges in italy yet? I hope to see them succeed! QRs strategy thus far or investment in LATAM and IG has proven a stronger strategy than EYs.

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did QF purchase two 747-400s from MH and one from OZ
Replies: 36
Views: 10823

Re: Why did QF purchase two 747-400s from MH and one from OZ

QF also leased a BA 744 at this time also VH-NLH (never leaves the hangar) - operated in a hybrid livery with BA config. Then of course they also inherited/leases the BA ACE 767s too

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF 747 Retirement
Replies: 52
Views: 10300

Re: QF 747 Retirement

VH-OJT has just completed her last commercial flight as QF55 into LAX. This brings the Qantas 747 fleet down to 9 (6 ER’s, JS, JU, EB). Notably, JT was the first QF747 with the “new” A380 configuration to be retired (VH-OEB, the only 747 with the old first class configuration, still remains in the ...

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by smi0006
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did QF purchase two 747-400s from MH and one from OZ
Replies: 36
Views: 10823

Re: Why did QF purchase two 747-400s from MH and one from OZ

The three ugly sisters. I vaguely recall the MH bird maybe had a significant corrosion/cracking issue at one point. It was discovered that during a MH repaint a spatula had been used to scrape paint off near the tail and had caused a scratch, then being painted over incorrectly. I’ll try doing some...

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by smi0006
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Qantas A330-200 Melbourne to Sydney - end of a cold day
Replies: 6
Views: 2980

Re: Qantas A330-200 Melbourne to Sydney - end of a cold day

Nice trip report! Being served a meal in a cardboard box weirds me out for some reason, but the fact that they serve a hot meal on a 2 hour domestic flight is so good I wouldn't mind if they served it in a plastic ziploc bag. Amusing label https://i.imgur.com/6mIVT8V.jpg Ok, what on earth is a Choo...

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by smi0006
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55326

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I have been trying to wrap my head around how QF plans to pull this off and am left wondering if they intend to drop SIN-LHR and just have a single daily to both LHR and CDG (and maybe FRA) via PER. I don’t necessarily think this would be a good idea for various reasons but even with increased util...

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55326

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Is QF been a bit light on A330s at the moment? I notice QF37/38 (MEL-SIN-MEL) rotations have been cancelled for the past 2 days. Of course, it could be that bookings were a bit light and QF have shifted pax onto the codeshared EK405 ,an A380 which departs about 90 minutes after the scheduled QF37. ...

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by smi0006
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oman Air adds ATH with the 737 MAX
Replies: 14
Views: 1788

Re: Oman Air adds ATH with the 737 MAX

Great to see WY expand! They are a great airline to fly with and now they have a decent terminal in MCT they off a far better transfer experience! I hope they continue to add smaller routes to expand at an appropriate scale

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by smi0006
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Turkish Airlines could start flying to Australia in 2019 with B787-9
Replies: 80
Views: 10681

Re: Turkish Airlines to Australia in 2019 with B787-9

I hate to be a cynic- I’ll believe it when I see the TK aircraft on the ground here!! AU -IST has been mentioned by TK management several times over the past 8yrs, intially via Asia, then more recently non-stop. I believe at one point they started recruiting for airport managers... I do hope this ti...

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