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by aerokiwi
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 36064

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Has anyone heard how AAX are doing out of Avalon compared to MEL? I'm curious to see how this one works out as it could really shape the future of Melbourne's airport developments. Might we see an AVV-Bangkok service in 2019? And has anyone had to shlepp it out to AVV on the Skybus? Looks to be a s...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 292
Views: 36064

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Has anyone heard how AAX are doing out of Avalon compared to MEL? I'm curious to see how this one works out as it could really shape the future of Melbourne's airport developments. Might we see an AVV-Bangkok service in 2019? And has anyone had to shlepp it out to AVV on the Skybus? Looks to be a su...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45372

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Actually, genuine question... how does a minority shareholding give you more access to a frequent flyer base over a simple airline-to-airline alliance/codeshare/JV? Are SQ, EY or HNA somehow tapping into data and information that a non-shareholding partner airline can't access? Minority shareholding...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45372

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

In name only. When VA Int has separate management and publishes separate financials I'll believe that statement. The network changes as various shareholders have moved in and out of VAH has been fairly informative. I think people get carried away by this. VA went to AUH in a similar way to QF going...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45372

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

SCFlyer Reply 305: There is one problem with your "international adjustments" theory. The VA shareholders DO NOT hold shares in VA's International operations, they are separate airlines/companies with VA International having majority [at least] Australian shareholders. In name only. When ...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45372

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Virgin Australia will also reveal its east-west 'Perth Product', a lie-flat B737 business class seat. This is unlikely to happen next year and I think you will find that the 737-10's are more likely to have such a product. The initial 737MAX8's will likely replace 737-800's of which will replace A3...

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by aerokiwi
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

NZ's J cabin isn't world leading, nor are they trying to lead the market with it, remember NZ is a very small carrier on the global scale and this country isn't exactly bursting at the seems with Business/First class demand. Early to mid-2020s is when the next widebody aircraft will arrive and a ne...

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by aerokiwi
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

On the 77X vs A350 selection - not too fussed myself, assuming the internal cabin carve-outs on the 77X go some way in alleviating the 10-abreast Y class issue Is there an "issue" to resolve in the eyes of the airlines? Is this something they're demanding to be resolved or just an av-geek...

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by aerokiwi
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

1. Correct to assume the all-black version is considerably more expensive to maintain, incl impact on other operating costs e.g. aircon? Most likely wrong, but I've got a feeling I've heard before this actually adds weight too. I could very well be wrong on that though. On the 77X vs A350 selection...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

As much as I'm not a fan of NZ's standard livery, I'm looking at the all-black version on a 772 at MEL right now and it looks pretty great. A few questuons, if anyone knows the answers: 1. Correct to assume the all-black version is considerably more expensive to maintain, incl impact on other operat...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24850

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

As much as I'm not a fan of NZ's standard livery, I'm looking at the all-black version on a 772 at MEL right now and it looks pretty great. A few questuons, if anyone knows the answers: 1. Correct to assume the all-black version is considerably more expensive to maintain, incl impact on other operat...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 68005

Re: Gatwick drone closures

Ah yes, drones. You can fly them over private property and crowded areas, invading privacy and threatening safety, with zero consequences. No matter what the laws say in a respective jurisdiction, enforcement is usually zero. I watched a drone swoop and film over Bondi Beach in Sydney earlier this y...

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by aerokiwi
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VLM airlines goes into liquidation
Replies: 23
Views: 5981

Re: VLM airlines goes into liquidation

juliuswong wrote:
Kiss of death by AirlinerWorld magazine strikes again.


And that livery design company that used to post on this forum. I forget their name but I think about four of their clients went belly up.

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by aerokiwi
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines profit sinks 81% on fuel costs, Virgin Australia losses
Replies: 31
Views: 6155

Re: Singapore Airlines profit sinks 81% on fuel costs, Virgin Australia losses

Are you saying that one virgin isn’t enough for Delta? Can VA be saved? What would it take? VA's domestic operations are very profitable. Its int'l operations are more break even but valuable given the approved JV with DL; the Asian services are still in start-up; the status of Tasman services is u...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45372

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

I got caught up in Friday's weather chaos trying to shlepp from Melbourne to Sydney on VA. Apparently one plane went tech too, compounding the problem. The delays were so great that at about 930pm Friday night there were 4 scheduled Sydney flights boarding at once. I got on the earliest and we just ...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the 737 MAX go one step too far?
Replies: 232
Views: 31741

Re: Did the 737 MAX go one step too far?

I’m unclear on how a 70’s 737 Classic like the ones I regularly flew on were an example of “a manufacturer focused on the quality of flight” but a much improved 737 MAX is an example of “a manufacturer that made flying uncomfortable”? If you are referring to seats, pitch, etc then blame the airline...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45372

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

The Bendigo service is fantastic news - congrats to QF for seizingthe initiative, though utilisation seems ultra low if they leave a D8 overnight from an afternoon service. I love these types of services to the larger regional centres - Wollongong (no more, sadly, but surely potential), Toowomba, Mi...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread
Replies: 215
Views: 22123

Re: First Lufthansa A380 in New Livery Rolled Out

a) no one booking a ticket cares b) it safes money So, if that were true, what was the reason for changing the livery then at all in the first place? Because it is easier to maintain and cheaper to change when transferring aircraft from one airline in the group to another. , there is absolutely no ...

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by aerokiwi
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread
Replies: 215
Views: 22123

Re: First Lufthansa A380 in New Livery Rolled Out

How could someone, as the lead project member at a design firm, look at this abomination of a livery that their team came up with and not feel anything but pure embarrassment? Some half-asleep airline execs being talked into adopting it by some marketing smooth talker is one thing, but how can anyo...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46229

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

I do imagine like DPS, and HNL this route will be a FF redemption route making the schedule more appealing when you aren’t paying directly but using points... and makes sense from a frame usage perspective. I wonder if like DPS we could see a service ex MEL post launch, really challenge and dilute ...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46229

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

So, are we anticipating QF going airbus (or am I sticking my neck out)?? Until 3 days ago I was convinced that this was Boeing's to loose regardless of what anyone else thought. The requirement for 300 pax in a four class configuration meant that the 77X was the only viable option. With the recent ...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46229

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Seems like half of Melbourne is covered in Virgin AUS -> NZ advertisements promoting their trans-tasman all inclusive offering. Sydney as well. In saying that there's a few marketing campaigns going at the moment, namely NZ, EY and UA however not as prominent as VA, especially with that ugly font t...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance
Replies: 130
Views: 32358

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

You mean, just like AA, BA and QF will be just fine without QR? I'm sure if AA, BA and QF didn't have to make a profit and had the money to throw around I'm sure you couple compare apples with apples. Yes, actually. They'll all do just fine if and when these alliances split. Dunno why ownership is ...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46229

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Is anyone familiar or heard any scuttlebutt on a potential Tiger rebrand? Have a vague recollection from an article somewhere that the brand is licenced and there was potential for it to be reconsidered by VA. I ask because if there is a plan to expand Tiger to, say, the Tasman (big IF), I'd imagin...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46229

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Is anyone familiar or heard any scuttlebutt on a potential Tiger rebrand? Have a vague recollection from an article somewhere that the brand is licenced and there was potential for it to be reconsidered by VA. I ask because if there is a plan to expand Tiger to, say, the Tasman (big IF), I'd imagine...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance
Replies: 130
Views: 32358

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

"Alliances"... what a waste of time. The whole concept should be ditched. It's usefulness from a marketing perspective must surely be close to an end. Recent long haul travels on Oneworld carriers showed what a jip the whole thing is. Given how mediocre AA, BA and QF inflight services are...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance
Replies: 130
Views: 32358

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

"Alliances"... what a waste of time. The whole concept should be ditched. It's usefulness from a marketing perspective must surely be close to an end. Recent long haul travels on Oneworld carriers showed what a jip the whole thing is. Given how mediocre AA, BA and QF inflight services are ...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46229

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

VA getting grilled today on Social Media over an announced policy to give veterans priority boarding and thank them for their service over the PA. Qantas have refused to do similar simply stating it carried "exceptional people every day", and singling a group out as part of the boarding p...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 34799

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Why is there such inconsistency across the 321NEO seating with seat pitch? Cheers, C. Good question. Meanwhile, VA and QF are now offering all inclusive (meal, IFE, luggage) base fares - how exactly is NZ upping its game here? They complained that VA was a substandard offering on the Tasman. And......

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by aerokiwi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 34799

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Don't let facts get in the way of your prejudice. The A321NEO seats are a different type and provide more space. 56 (26.2%) are 74cm (29") 98 (45.8%) are 76cm (30") 9 (4.2%) are 81cm (32") 33 (15.4%) are 83cm (33") 12 (5.6%) are Exit Row seats 6 (2.8%) are Front Row seats Total ...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight canceled for commercial reasons?
Replies: 31
Views: 5792

Re: Flight canceled for commercial reasons?

I am quite certain Qantas do this on their weekday peak time SYD MEL flights, although i have no evidence to back this up. Almost every day they seem to cancel and combine 1-2 such flights. It’s not a huge deal as they operate every 15-30 minutes although it means losing pre assigned seats. I'm pre...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet Repaint Status?
Replies: 22
Views: 2794

Re: Westjet Repaint Status?

Yes an improvement but a bit of a mess, the tail is confusing and the logo unrecognizable although more colourful and pops a bit more. The new logotype is weaker than the previous. Totally agree, though I'm ok with the font. The former tail design was pretty generic but the new one is a totally inc...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet Repaint Status?
Replies: 22
Views: 2794

Re: Westjet Repaint Status?

Yes an improvement but a bit of a mess, the tail is confusing and the logo unrecognizable although more colourful and pops a bit more. The new logotype is weaker than the previous. Totally agree, though I'm ok with the font. The former tail design was pretty generic but the new one is a totally inc...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 47044

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Hey people, You might remember back in June I posted on the Australian Aviation June thread that I was doing my Master's thesis at Cranfield University for my Air Transport Management degree. I was asking for people who flew in Australia for business purposes to do a survey. The purpose of the surv...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 47044

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Hey people, You might remember back in June I posted on the Australian Aviation June thread that I was doing my Master's thesis at Cranfield University for my Air Transport Management degree. I was asking for people who flew in Australia for business purposes to do a survey. The purpose of the surv...

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by aerokiwi
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 34799

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

I believe the general public perception of VA is that they are still the old DJ / Low-Cost JQ competitor. Absolutely. The perception is of an airline which is a hangover from Pacific Blue, an airline with a bland, if basically competent product and also a LCC subsidiary of NZ without actually being...

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by aerokiwi
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 34799

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Deepinsider... fantastic Twitter thread for Airbus delivery pics. Thanks! A shame NZ ended up with the high density door config for the 321. Much prefer the existing door layout. Also find high density 32x series virtually impossible for my height (6'3) compared to 737s, so I hope NZ has a good slim...

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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: 82
Views: 14616

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: 6392

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: 75
Views: 16292

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: 352
Views: 47044

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: 352
Views: 47044

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: 6869

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: 6869

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 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 47044

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: 471
Views: 34799

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: 64643

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: 29
Views: 6574

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: 29
Views: 6574

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: 64643

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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