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by aerokiwi
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's
Replies: 81
Views: 12153

Re: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's

The 764/753 of the day. Like them, it's going to sell in low numbers. The 797 is on its way, Airbus keeps improving 321 performance and the 339 isn't that much bigger. This puppy will be lucky to make 100 frames. I don't see why that's so controversial. If any other type had 10 orders at EIS in tota...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Windows in the 787
Replies: 38
Views: 6003

Re: Windows in the 787

I love the 787 windows and being able to still look out the window without being “that guy” that illuminates the entire cabin while everyone is trying to sleep. Exactly. I think the 787 windows are fantastic. Their size and shape too, so you don't have to have a window seat to see the outside world...

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by aerokiwi
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First plane painted in Sun Country’s new livery
Replies: 69
Views: 12000

Re: First plane painted in Sun Country’s new livery

It's the font of the main titles. They're completely incongruous with the rest of it. Weird outcome.

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by aerokiwi
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 207
Views: 22645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Makes perfect sense. But we're never going to agree so no point in making incredibly valid and witty points. Lesson learnt though - don't be lured in by the false economies of any ff scheme.

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by aerokiwi
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 207
Views: 22645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

The whole global alliance thing is a bit of a fraud and has offered nothing to travelling pax and is only used by airlines when it suits their interests. The future is in bilateral alliances like EK/QF, DL/VA etc. I doubt QR are going to leave Oneworld but probably couldn't care either way if they ...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work
Replies: 48
Views: 6385

Re: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work

Well the Airways Mag article states it is the busiest time of year for Linate, so go figure. Of course it's maximum disruption. As others have stated, ops at LIN are capped. That means that PAX count is not very seasonal at LIN. So there might be slightly more PAX in August, but those are mostly VF...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work
Replies: 48
Views: 6385

Re: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work

I understand MXP is a business center and not a leisure market, but closing in the middle of summer for 90 days? WX is not an issue the majority of the year given its physical location. No wonder Italy is in the shape its in with decisions such as this. In Madrid, the busiest metro line was closed ...

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by aerokiwi
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 180
Views: 13288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

I thought this was the aviation thread, not the AT thread. At the moment this thread is all bickering about something better discussed elsewhere. He says, before double posting. Access to the country's largest airport is pretty important. And let's face it, so very very little happens in New Zealan...

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by aerokiwi
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 207
Views: 22645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Was just looking at the QF and VA loads in the BITRE charts - can anyone explain why outbound flights for both carriers have substantially less pax than for inbound? What would cause this? Notably QF's Japan flights and VA's Hong Kong services. Seems an odd outcome.

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by aerokiwi
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 180
Views: 13288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

While I support trams in Auckland, it's not an airport transport option for an airport catering for more than 40m passengers in just over 20 years. We need to think long-term on this one. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/airports/news/article.cfm?c_id=114&objectid=12135694&ref=rss Every airport s...

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by aerokiwi
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55155

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Can someone explain to me the protocol for iPads in Business on QF domestic? I flew BNE-CNS on a 712 and had an iPad in the seat pocket, but not on my 738 CNS-MEL service. You’d think it would be the other way around... iPads are in all seats (J and Y) in the 717 and 332s without Seatback IFE. No 7...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS 787 MOU with Boeing lapses
Replies: 28
Views: 5676

Re: MAS 787 MOU with Boeing lapses

Never understood the 787 order. A330neo seems like a natural extension of their existing fleet. The only way a 787 made sense in my mind would be Trent 1000 powered 787s. That plus a 330NEO gives you the same engine different airframe (vs same engine different airframe of the 350/330N). Depending u...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS 787 MOU with Boeing lapses
Replies: 28
Views: 5676

Re: MAS 787 MOU with Boeing lapses

Never understood the 787 order. A330neo seems like a natural extension of their existing fleet. Seems to make perfect sense to me, replace two types - A330 and A350 - with one, essentially the 787-9. This isn't a commentary on the attributes of each type, but a fleet revolving around 737s and 787s ...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55155

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

They are indeed. 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...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55155

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I think the end of VA's ATR and E190 fleet was the end of VA at MQL, are they down to less than one B738 flight a day between MQL and MEL now? Rex of course still have flights to MEL, BHQ and ADL to/from MQL if I'm not mistaken? If Rex left completely Mildura then it would be a QF Link monopoly - i...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55155

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

A real shame about REX ending Mildura-Sydney. Suggests any REX route without a local "arrangement" or subsidy is ripe for cuts. Could VA or QF step in?

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by aerokiwi
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55155

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I'm getting more and more worried for VA as the break with NZ gets closer next month. I really can't see how VA is going to compete on the Tasman, and to the lesser extent, to the Pacific Islands from New Zealand. It's going to be a bloodbath for VA from what I can tell. What can VA do? Out of inte...

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by aerokiwi
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55155

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

CX and QF announce a new codeshare covering Perth and Cairns Cathay flights, Cathay Pacific South East Asia and Subcontinent flights and Qantas domestic. https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/cathay-pacific-and-qantas-codeshare-to-bring-australia-and-asia-closer/ Is this another slap in ...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55155

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I'm getting more and more worried for VA as the break with NZ gets closer next month. I really can't see how VA is going to compete on the Tasman, and to the lesser extent, to the Pacific Islands from New Zealand. It's going to be a bloodbath for VA from what I can tell. What can VA do? What can th...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mariner has passed away
Replies: 79
Views: 3907

Re: Mariner has passed away

I first read Mariner when he posted about Frontier Airlines. I never quite understood his interest in that particular airline though suspected he had invested. Very informed and insightful posts. We butted heads a lot but I'll always remember his approach to travel. He really was a "It's the jo...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 24816

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2018

Very sad about Mariner. A really interesting guy who had some strong beliefs and had obviously lived a very interesting life. Shrug in peace, buddy.

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by aerokiwi
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57130

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

I presume you are going to fund the couple of billions to acquire said fleet after they spent all their free cash on stock repurchases? Well I figured they could just find another gullible state-backed international airline and pull the same scam that they’ve spent a decade perfecting. Well that pu...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57130

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

VA has just released their 2018 results. As expected domestic airlines is booming though headline profit is a huge loss as they have written off the deferred tax asset. (For non-accountants, you can't keep tax losses on your books if auditors do not believe they will be useable in a reasonable time...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57130

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

VA has just released their 2018 results. As expected domestic airlines is booming though headline profit is a huge loss as they have written off the deferred tax asset. (For non-accountants, you can't keep tax losses on your books if auditors do not believe they will be useable in a reasonable time...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United updating brand with new colors
Replies: 128
Views: 24761

Re: United updating brand with new colors

Can I ask, is the 787 style UA livery with the swoosh style cheatline being applied to any other fleet? A subtle but modern change. It would be nice to have that with blue on the belly. Kinda wondered why Continental never had a blue belly and/or engines in the first place. I think a blue belly wou...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q400: the underrated aircraft type?
Replies: 107
Views: 13263

Re: Q400: the underrated aircraft type?

If anything the Q400 has always seemed a little OVERrated. The speed premium just isn't worth the added expense and weight in most markets. Comfort is very, ermmm, rudimentary as well. This incident in particular sticks out... I remember posting about it only to have the moderators move it to Polls ...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57130

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Yep, but NZ does have a stake in the flights though. C. NZ's only stake is if the A320 assigned to fly the route on the day can be used elsewhere at a higher rate of return. The distances involved aren't that great and if somebody else is picking up the tab... If NZ ever lost interest can imagine t...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57130

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Disappointing loads from VA for sure. How do they compare to previous years? While May is clearly a very slow month, with CX and QF dipping into the mid-ish 70s, I wonder if VA's switch to less desirable times on the MEL-HKG route had an impact? A shame because the onboard product is getting rave re...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30166

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

NZ6 - yup S2S is bloody terrible. Always hated it. It's why I went with Qantas and EK on the Tasman with a better offering and similar/same fares. Seat 2 Suit don't suit my needs at all. If you're going to do Seats 2 Suit then go the full hog and give me true choice and prices that reflect that. Not...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59378

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Ahh thanks for that much appreciated. The lease reversion issue for T1 probably explains the lack of investment by QF. At MEL T1, QF is actually still investing in the property. - Charlie concourse (gates 1-12) is currently receiving an entire suite of updated gate lounge seating. The replacement p...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 30166

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

VA has announced codeshare with SQ on WLG-MEL and new all-inclusive meal and baggage products (similar to QF offering). Plus 15mins free wifi https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2018/08/virgin-australia-offering-free-burgers-wi-fi-to-lure-kiwi-travellers.html A good offering. Of course I'd be mor...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59378

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

The MEL situation has always intrigued me. Landside, QF has a lot of space and rarely feels cluttered, dare I say, even nice? VA is more restricted with some annoying pressure points and a ridiculous security setup prior to the new foodhall, which now serves Tiger and Jetstar pax too. I believe VA ...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59378

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Flew through SYD the other day and just as a bit of casual observation I compared the VA and QF check in halls. First was QF. Big open space, check in kiosks and bag drop stations plentiful and majority free late morning on a Saturday. Walked over to T2 and what a different feel. The T2 check in ha...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Adds MAX Routes to Hawaii
Replies: 66
Views: 10934

Re: UA Adds MAX Routes to Hawaii

3) Numbers don't lie. The wider cabin of the A320 feels positively and distinctively more spacious that that of the 737. Placebo effect. At shoulder height, both A320 and 737 are essentially identical. The width difference is mostly at floor level. This is due to different fuse shapes and relative ...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 62
Views: 6068

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2018

Sure. But I'm talking about improving their quality of life. So access to medical treatment, regular and faster delivery of all manner of goods, faster assistance following storms etc. An airstrip would be very handy for that. And besides, what you or I want doesn't really factor here. If the locals...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 62
Views: 6068

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2018

Tokelau's government is again identifying a location for an airstrip for a commercial air service - this was revealed in correspondence involving New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister in June. What do people think about the viability of air services to Tokelau? Would New Zealand subsidize them? Where...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59378

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Has Cathay given any indication it plans to use the A350-1000 into Australia in the near future? I think they've taken delivery of 2 (?) and they're using them on short haul regional before launching Washington in September. Any prospect they could rotate them through MEL or SYD?

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by aerokiwi
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Adds MAX Routes to Hawaii
Replies: 66
Views: 10934

Re: UA Adds MAX Routes to Hawaii

I wonder if we'll keep seeing new MAX delivery allocated primarily to the routes where the NGs struggle – the remaining rotations for LAX/SFO to Hawai'i, then maybe ORD/IAH to Alaska and IAH to near South America – before we see them elsewhere in the system. Makes sense to fly 'em where they're nee...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59378

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Thanks Moo and qf789. Maybe the same weather front that went through Victoria Tuesday.

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by aerokiwi
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59378

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

What caused the cancellations into Sydney last night? Was it weather? A lot of colleagues affected and apparently spilled over into pretty much all flights MEL-SYD today, on Virgin at least.

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by aerokiwi
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59378

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 aerokiwi
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59378

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Interesting points, thanks everyone. I guess the drivers for each of QF and VA are different. QF: The NEO order, the 797, an aging(ish) fleet of 738s, close to maxing out frequencies on some trunk routes. VA: likely shift to simplify fleet (combine 330/77W), potential subfleet of 737s for transcons ...

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by aerokiwi
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59378

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

The 321neo/Max10 with an angled lie-flat J product, but similar 12/162 seatcount would be a good addition. Could be used on the narrower Asian routes and Perth flights. The 797/MoM I see as a likely order and will be better suited to shorter domestic flights than the 330 or 787, which Qantas has fl...

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by aerokiwi
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59378

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Curious as to peoples' thoughts on the 737-800 replacement cycle that will be coming up for both Virgin and Qantas. I don't think Qantas has taken delivery of a new 737 since about 2013 but Vrigin has been gradually rotating its fleet with newer types and has the MAX on order. Given the ever-improvi...

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by aerokiwi
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59378

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Melbourne already has a Cat3B ILS, the issue is not the category of ILS in most cases (only the worst fog, where visibility is literally 0 needs cat3), for example aircraft were having no issues getting in on the ILS today at Syndey - any that did would have been REX saab 340s or QLink Dash 8s whic...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 45066

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

Well, you're a VA apologist so maybe you should have a breath and not let facts get in the way of reality. It's been mentioned countless times, there's no approval needed. As you said, this is a simple codesharing arrangement on domestic services in their respective domestic network. For your infor...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 45066

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

So NZ ends the relationship with VA, VA responds by substantially upping its presence on the Tasman. Oops. NZ has no Australian feed and no option but QF, putting QF in the better bargaining position - who knows what they extracted for this deal? New Zealand consumer is worse off as domestic heads ...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 45066

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

Compared to Melbourne where you have to queue for several buses sometimes and you're at the mercy of the Tullamarine traffic gods...Sydney definitely comes out on top on this one. I've never waited long for a SkyBus in Melbourne. You also have the cheaper option of 901 bus and train from Broadmeado...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 45066

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

So NZ ends the relationship with VA, VA responds by substantially upping its presence on the Tasman. Oops. NZ has no Australian feed and no option but QF, putting QF in the better bargaining position - who knows what they extracted for this deal? New Zealand consumer is worse off as domestic heads ...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 45066

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

So NZ ends the relationship with VA, VA responds by substantially upping its presence on the Tasman. Oops. NZ has no Australian feed and no option but QF, putting QF in the better bargaining position - who knows what they extracted for this deal? Agree - if I was QF I'd have been strong on Air NZ N...

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