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by ThunderB
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54426

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

I flew a QantasLink 717 from ADL to PER today, and it got me thinking how the route has seen regional jets become more and more common - VA fly in a F100 and the all economy 320. What’s the reason for this? Have passenger numbers declined? Its all about resource usage. The VARA planes and crew are ...

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by ThunderB
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017
Replies: 292
Views: 39011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017

"Apparently it was John Thomas who flew to Cancun for the IATA AGM and it was John Thomas who signed the Hong Kong Airlines codeshare agreement today. I don't know why John Borghetti is still CEO" Thomas is General Manager of a division, that is why Borghetti is CEO. The CEO would be the o...

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by ThunderB
Fri May 05, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Virgin Australia Tells Woman to Pay $6350+Fees for Change to Married Name
Replies: 27
Views: 3010

Re: Virgin Australia Tells Woman to Pay $6350+Fees for Change to Married Name

Also the ticket was not only just with VA, it was combined with SQ. Sadly they chose to book under the wrong name and it was not the name for the booking on the day. VA did re ticket her via EY with only the difference of the tax component. So they were lucky for that to happen. Airlines have T&...

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by ThunderB
Fri May 05, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 402
Views: 42560

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017

I don't think TT want the 737s anymore, last time I checked there is only 1 737 still operating for TT , VH-VUD It is not that they don't want them, they are over capacity and understaffed using the 737. They will return once they have the crew and aircraft capacity for it. For now the 4 DPS aircra...

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by ThunderB
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane In Background Of This Picture?
Replies: 10
Views: 15861

RE: Plane In Background Of This Picture?

A few years back you would see US Airways and other liveries around the hangers there, from Fokker to 717s.

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by ThunderB
Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread # 115
Replies: 218
Views: 25150

RE: Australian Aviation Thread # 115

Depending of the time of day you can have up to a 737 land on that runway. We use to land with VA in the early <acronym title="Aeromexico">AM</acronym>, and now with the slot times it would be easier to manage these arrivals, of course this would factor on favourable winds. In the 8 years of flying ...

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by ThunderB
Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread # 115
Replies: 218
Views: 25150

RE: Australian Aviation Thread # 115

VA International only hold 738 & 77W on their register. They are not permitted to operate any other aircraft past Australian borders for revenue. The cost and amount of work to set up a 73G, E90 or any other aircraft for that matter cost $$ to maintain to the international standard. The 738 (44 ...

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by ThunderB
Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lavatory Smoke Detectors- Noise?
Replies: 9
Views: 5559

RE: Lavatory Smoke Detectors- Noise?

The EJET test alarm is deafening. Once it goes off you know that the person in the toilet will struggle to hear you give them the riot act.

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by ThunderB
Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Have QF & VA Ignored The 739-ER?
Replies: 16
Views: 7030

RE: Why Have QF & VA Ignored The 739-ER?

DJ were looking at the 739, splitting the cabin into J, Regular Y and Low cost Y. The additional seating was not considered good enough to take up the aircraft when they could increase the yield in J (still lower than the competitors) and make money on less weight, fuel and pax at the same $$. Also ...

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by ThunderB
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia Zest Z2272 MNL-KLO Overshoots Runway
Replies: 19
Views: 20035

RE: AirAsia Zest Z2272 MNL-KLO Overshoots Runway

All crew require to remove show when going down a slide in case of popping the slide and or raft.

The airline I worked at the crew commands stated ' unfasten seat belts, high heels off, leave everything behind, get out'

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by ThunderB
Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112
Replies: 202
Views: 27873

RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/TruemanQLD" class="quote" target="_blank">TruemanQLD</a> (<a href="#37" class="quote">Reply 37</a>):<br/><i>It has been tried before and wasnt s...

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by ThunderB
Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread 110
Replies: 204
Views: 27926

RE: Australian Aviation Thread 110

forgot to add.... When aircraft are on the ground, flight plans are confirmed when dealing with Ground and Departures which correlate with the aircraft rego/flight number and its destination. Controllers are very well versed in using this info to manage ground traffic. SSR codes are only good for po...

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by ThunderB
Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread 110
Replies: 204
Views: 27926

RE: Australian Aviation Thread 110

Standard practice for most aircraft that are running RPT services will use their company identifier, QLink, Velocity, TopEnd, when the aircraft is not registered or leaving the registry for that company they will use the rego.... Companies that provide primary charter services use aircraft regos. Of...

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by ThunderB
Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread 110
Replies: 204
Views: 27926

RE: Australian Aviation Thread 110

Deadheading crew usage of the Lounge is apart of their entitlements. The biggest reason is that the crew facilities in all the airports do not provide the best are for rest. The lounge provides those needs perfectly.

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by ThunderB
Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread 109
Replies: 204
Views: 21864

RE: Australian Aviation Thread 109

The only reason I can see why the <acronym title="Alice Springs (ASP / YBAS), Australia - Northern Territory">ASP</acronym>-<acronym title="Darwin - International (DRW / YPDN), Australia - Northern Territory">DRW</acronym> service is possible is that a 737 is on the ground from early <acronym title=...

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by ThunderB
Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread 107
Replies: 201
Views: 19987

RE: Australian Aviation Thread 107

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/777ER" class="quote" target="_blank">777ER</a> (<a href="#21" class="quote">Reply 21</a>):<br/><i>I'm curious as to why 4 <acronym title="Air Li...

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by ThunderB
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread 105
Replies: 203
Views: 18173

RE: Australian Aviation Thread 105

Its amazing how many codeshares are shown on FIDS per a flight, sometimes it take 5 turns to get back to the originating service provider...

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by ThunderB
Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread 105
Replies: 203
Views: 18173

RE: Australian Aviation Thread 105

There is no extension with the VA733 to SIN when operating for EY, it most likely was an SQ flight that VA codeshare on.

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by ThunderB
Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread 105
Replies: 203
Views: 18173

RE: Australian Aviation Thread 105

From the last check the A320 was apart of Virgin fleet.

Nothing stops the A320 doing any of the runs that the other aircraft do?

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by ThunderB
Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines New Livery Pictures
Replies: 211
Views: 54263

Southwest Airlines New Livery Pictures

The best thing about this new look is that you will know and not be mistaken it's a SWA flight!

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by ThunderB
Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread # 83
Replies: 218
Views: 21514

RE: Australian Aviation Thread # 83

So on off peak times, flights aren't full. I wouldn't believe it? Just like saying that the availability of Australian grown mangos in winter are far and few between, its a crisis! Hence why we have seasonal shoulders on all our travel related industry groups. A half full <acronym title="Qantas (Aus...

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by ThunderB
Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread # 83
Replies: 218
Views: 21514

RE: Australian Aviation Thread # 83

It is a big news story in relation to a new TT base being created. 150+ jobs is pretty good. The flow ons from that alone is good news for the industry.

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by ThunderB
Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread # 83
Replies: 218
Views: 21514

RE: Australian Aviation Thread # 83

The DRWBNE been retimed for VA to the early <acronym title="Aeromexico">AM</acronym> and <acronym title="Air Lithuania">TT</acronym> replacing that service. The SYDADL flight for VA removed to be replaced by <acronym title="Air Lithuania">TT</acronym> at similar time. The BNECNS flight for VA remove...

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by ThunderB
Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread #81
Replies: 243
Views: 23112

RE: Australian Aviation Thread #81

Yes certification of an aircraft is one thing, the second is the proving flight of said aircraft for crew operational purposes. <acronym title="Kingfisher Airlines (India) AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT</acronym> can take a few goes if the airline doesn't show that their SOP's etc need changes or ...

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by ThunderB
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread #81
Replies: 243
Views: 23112

RE: Australian Aviation Thread #81

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It sounds like their proving flights are not going to their plans due to CASA requirements to ensure all the T's are crossed and I's are dotted.

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by ThunderB
Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread #81
Replies: 243
Views: 23112

RE: Australian Aviation Thread #81

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/AeroplaneFreak" class="quote" target="_blank">AeroplaneFreak</a> (<a href="#9" class="quote">Reply 9</a>):<br/><i>shift them a day earlier or la...

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by ThunderB
Mon May 21, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF Maintaince Cut From MEL, Moved To BNE
Replies: 21
Views: 3543

RE: QF Maintaince Cut From MEL, Moved To BNE

JHAS cant maintain what they have contract wise. They dont have the man power to expand let alone increase the workload. <acronym title="Jetstar (Australia)">JQ</acronym> will most probably build their own maintenance and provide <acronym title="Qantas (Australia)">QF</acronym> support as well. Befo...

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by ThunderB
Mon May 21, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF Maintaince Cut From MEL, Moved To BNE
Replies: 21
Views: 3543

RE: QF Maintaince Cut From MEL, Moved To BNE

Goodbye Qantas maintenance Melbourne.......



Hello Jestar maintenance Melbourne............


As if QF as an organisation give up the hangers and space on their lease..... ha!

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by ThunderB
Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Australia Suspended All Flights
Replies: 38
Views: 17315

RE: Air Australia Suspended All Flights

Strategic has been under the spotlight for not paying bills for a long time. Their Airbus contract for services werent being paid for the last 6 months. There oldest A320 was in the process of reposession by the lessors, the company apparently chose not to pay the bills on it as it was coming to the...

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by ThunderB
Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread #53
Replies: 221
Views: 21685

RE: Australian Aviation Thread #53

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/jetfuel" class="quote" target="_blank">jetfuel</a> (<a href="#203" class="quote">Reply 203</a>):<br/><i>I dont know what school of economics you...

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by ThunderB
Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread #53
Replies: 221
Views: 21685

RE: Australian Aviation Thread #53

Also dont forget Load factor doesnt include the no shows. The one thing about Tiger is that you may sell a full aircraft at $X, thou the no shows could be ten pax ($50-100 sydmel) and that money directly goes into the company surplus/expenditure. No burning of extra fuel, aircraft wear and tear etc....

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by ThunderB
Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: QF32 Operated By 744 Today, Why?
Replies: 2
Views: 5218

RE: QF32 Operated By 744 Today, Why?

most probably is the a/c doing the Cairo charter returns. I gather A380 wouldnt be not be overly supported tech wise especially and you wouldnt want to get stuck with the uncertain nature of the political scene.

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by ThunderB
Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non Rev Making A Scene!
Replies: 51
Views: 12437

RE: Non Rev Making A Scene!

Airlines take this type of behaviour seriously. When I crewed, such behaviour was recorded on an incident report and it was quickly and professionally dealt with. Loss of priveleges can be a result, thou its never been more than 6 months.

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