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by qf002
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018
Replies: 156
Views: 35322

Re: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018

airbazar wrote:
The last thing they want is to show empty seats.


A few empty seats is better than diverting for fuel!!

Not that I think either measure will be necessary.

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by qf002
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 22228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

None too impressed, so I've asked for all future work domestic flights to be on Virgin (currently about 70 per cent Virgin anyway, but still) and I'm looking into a status match with VA. They probably have the same restrictions, but I figure I should flex my consumer muscle once in a while. I'd tak...

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by qf002
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance
Replies: 55
Views: 12592

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

What incentive is there for QF to clear the way for major growth of a competitor? Why should AA set aside its financial interests to further QR's ambitions? I think it's hard to argue that partnering with QR is the best outcome in either of these examples. In any case, I doubt there would be too man...

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by qf002
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 22228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

NZ doesn’t have the capacity available to open a new route like PER-JNB in the short term, do they? And if we are looking longer term then chances are QF will have already entered the market so it will be a simple ramp up for them if SA were to bow out (which I think is probably unlikely to happen a...

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by qf002
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 22228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

It does seem odd timing given a 2003 delivery, a 744 D check is every 6 years give or take. Are we sure it’s not a C check which is every 2 years? Maybe it’s out of sink with this aircraft atleast? My understanding is that they brought a whole bunch of maintenance work forward to coincide with the ...

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by qf002
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 22228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

getluv wrote:
This increase is probably targeted at DPS which doesn't surprise me. QF are getting strong loads and the upgauge will probably lead to better economics, considering QF block as many as 35 seats on the westbound leg.


Might also be related to 737 pilot issues given the fairly late notice.

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by qf002
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Etihad closes down its premium lounges at LHR
Replies: 14
Views: 4866

Re: Etihad closes down its premium lounges at LHR

smi0006 wrote:
If LHR is closing being such a high yielding route I’d say the MEL and maybe SYD days are not long.


It will depend on the individual leases that are place.

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by qf002
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 204
Views: 22228

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 qf002
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 111
Views: 21302

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

CarbonFibre wrote:
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Aaand we have a winner, though probably with an updated typeface.

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by qf002
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 28617

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

ojjunior wrote:
it's such an achievement but I do not get tired of feeling bad for the poor souls flying economy... no matter how new, modern or good IFE the plane has, no one deserves it.


Yes, nobody...except airline executives!

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by qf002
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 28617

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

That would make sense of the centre block narrowed from 4 to 3. Doesn't make sense narrowing the side blocks to 1 when a standard Y configuration would have 3 seats on each side. There are multiple galley options to chose from. The narrower four cart option which is designed to fit behind 3 Y seats...

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by qf002
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 28617

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

The whole cabin is premium economy though, so the rows ahead of those would have the same seats. The question was about figuring out why they removed 2 seats per row at the back for the last few rows when there is no tapering that would require it. Because, as I said upthread, they have to work aro...

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by qf002
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.
Replies: 62
Views: 8915

Re: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.

Reasonable speculation, but I doubt it, there is just not the population to support it. NSW has a population of about 6 million of which about 5 million live within about 150 km of the centre of Sydney and a fair part of the rest live closer to MEL & BNE than SYD. Your numbers are a bit old! NS...

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by qf002
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 28617

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

I’m thinking it’s cart stowage, on the -900 they have the toilets forward of the aft door, on the ULR they are aft of the door. That would eat into the stowage space in the galley My guess is that it's much simpler than that -- the single seats are probably there because they need space to align th...

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by qf002
Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did QF purchase two 747-400s from MH and one from OZ
Replies: 36
Views: 10819

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

Does anyone remember what configuration it had? Did it have cradle seats or the original New Club World Ying/Yang beds? (The current Next Generation Club World seats were not introduced until 2006) It might be very confusing if a passenger was expecting a Qantas Mk1 Skybed and ended up getting a Yi...

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by qf002
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 28617

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

eamondzhang wrote:
QF gives 1 toilet for 28J going 8hrs


Yeah, which they quickly realised wasn't enough so are adding a second (at the cost of one seat).

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by qf002
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55149

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

QF could announce PER-CDG by March 19 https://twitter.com/ausbt/status/1042968619859075072?s=21 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 do...

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by qf002
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Red and green lights on ocean when flying over North Pacific
Replies: 24
Views: 5869

Re: Red and green lights on ocean when flying over North Pacific

I imagine this is similar to what you saw?

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If so then they were squid fishers. The green light attracts them to the surface where they can easily be scooped up by the boats, I imagine the red lights were the boats themselves.

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by qf002
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa reveals new Business Class seats for the 737 MAX
Replies: 26
Views: 5257

Re: Copa reveals new Business Class seats for the 737 MAX

jmmadrid wrote:
I think COPA's new seats are fine for 6/7 hour flights. They don't need flatbeds such as FlyDubai's.


The new Copa seats are flat beds...

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by qf002
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus 380 crew rests
Replies: 10
Views: 1978

Re: Airbus 380 crew rests

Just to add Emirates have two separate locations. The aircraft capable of ULR flying have the mentioned rear of main cabin at Economy level. However some of the fleet is setup just for short/mid haul flying and these don not have this configuration. EK actually has three configurations - mid-haul a...

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by qf002
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019
Replies: 264
Views: 37419

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

They cancelled the 35 787-9 they had on firm order in August 2012 and received their deposits back from Boeing on them. They did keep their 50 options and eventually negotiated new purchase contracts with Boeing first for Jetstar (787-8) and later for Qantas (787-9). https://www.nytimes.com/2012/08...

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by qf002
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55149

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I don't remember Alan Joyce ever talking about BNE - YVR being a possibility for QF? It seems strange to me - why YVR, when you could fly to SEA and have 1) no competition, and 2) a hub to feed you, through AS? The quote in the link is almost identical to the one QF provided over a year ago when th...

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by qf002
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 27340

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

There's a large immigrant greek population in Melbourne. Good luck convincing 15,000 of them to drop $10k+ on a nonstop J flight to ATH each year. You also need another 10,000 willing to spend $5k for a W seat and 85,000 willing to pay a premium in Y in a market that is saturated with bargain fares...

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by qf002
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QANTAS' Very last 747 "domestic" flight between LAX and JFK today
Replies: 43
Views: 10129

Re: QANTAS' Very last 747 "domestic" flight between LAX and JFK today

As of the end of 2017 I know all crew had a 24 hour stop in New York, I don’t know if they may have changed with the 789 coming onto the route (ie new contracts compared to the legacy 744).

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by qf002
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019
Replies: 264
Views: 37419

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

The 330 minute ETOPS for B787 is not large enough for direct routes between SYD and CPT. It just slightly out of reach, I think they could do it with A350's 370 minute ETOPS, but I'm not sure, since they don't have the options for that simulation yet on this website. Same for the SYD-GIG routes, it...

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by qf002
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019
Replies: 264
Views: 37419

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

Well of course it was, but I don't think they could sustain Rio and Capetown with B778 don't you think. In fact, I would dare to say they would prefer B789 capacity instead of A359 or A351. Otherwise they have to sacrifice frequency or offer discounted ticket to fill up the demand. SYD-CPT is only ...

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by qf002
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

downdata wrote:
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.

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by qf002
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

[With Alaska Airlines on board QF could make it work. If the AA JV isn’t approved I could see it happening on a QF 787. It would be less risky IMHO than ORD if he JV isn’t in place. QF and AS already have a large codeshare partnership. Alan Joyce confirmed as much last week, if the JV doesn’t get a...

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by qf002
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

suddenly the proposition isn't so ridiculous anymore. I’m all aboard with a SYD-SEA service but VA doesn’t have a snowflakes chance in hell of being the ones to pull it off. They can’t even fill flights to LAX and you think they’ll be able to sell 300+ seats a day into SEA? It’s a route for a QF 78...

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by qf002
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

- Wouldn't the 77W's size be less of an issue if all operations were hubbed through one airport? - Wouldn't hubbing through one airport allow VA to operate higher frequencies than otherwise? All 77W operations are hubbed through one airport, it’s just that hub is in the US rather than being in Aust...

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by qf002
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 394
Views: 68078

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

sixfootscream wrote:
So which aircraft will replace the SYD-JNB-SYD flight? Boeing 787?


It’s either that or A380s initially.

Long term it probably makes sense as an A350 or 777 route if they order some extra aircraft for flights outside Project Sunrise.

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by qf002
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

In addition, the plan to move VA from T2 to T1 has been abandoned in latest SACL plan. Any move to swing gates in T2 or T3 will rely on extensions as current gates are all fully utilised and not configured in such a way as to allow customs and immigration segregation. The most cost effective soluti...

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by qf002
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 27340

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

Has Perth-LAX been announced yet? It is only 300miles further than PER-LHR according to GCMAP. After London, Los Angeles must be the next most demanded long distance route from Perth. PER doesn’t fill the LHR flight by itself, a quarter of the traffic comes from MEL and there are other connections ...

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by qf002
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019
Replies: 264
Views: 37419

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

keesje wrote:
All because everybody is stumbling over each other to pay a fortune to sit 20 hours & save 2 hours over 1-2 days travel days spent anyway.


Not "everybody", QF is only targeting the top few percent of the market with these flights.

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by qf002
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 27340

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

50%? how about less than 30% which is still quite high at 42J 28W 166Y compared to their 744 fleet they are replacing with 58J 36W 270Y, quite premium but less than 25%. Cabin area, mate. Cabin area. Check for yourself - https://www.qantas.com/content/dam/qantas/pdfs/qantas-experience/at-the-airpor...

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by qf002
Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

The new Delta One Suite with a door looks remarkable, makes the QF A380 Skybed look poor and probably out guns the Sky Suite too. DL and new QF J are both the Vantage XL so basically the same seat. Don't be fooled by DL's "door", it's a flimsy piece of plastic that doesn't reach the floor...

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by qf002
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 27340

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

You’re missing my point which is why would people NOT go through HKG as it’s a shorter flight from the east coast of Australia Connecting through Perth is a longer routing 99.9% of the travelling public would have no idea which routing is longer or shorter and even if they did I doubt they would ca...

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by qf002
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019
Replies: 264
Views: 37419

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

I think QF are going to use the 787-9 as an A330 replacement, just in a regional/shorter-haul configuration. If they invest in A350s, it'll be the A350-1000ULR (presuming the A350-1000ULR is capable of performing the Project Sunrise flights), and perhaps some standard-issue A350-1000s for the highe...

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by qf002
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019
Replies: 264
Views: 37419

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2

I don't see this being the case simply because QF already operates the 787. It'd be very easy for Boeing to tout the flexibility of a fleet of 787-9/10 and 777-9 alongside the 777-8. If QF didn't have the 787 then I'd tip it to Airbus for the simplified fleet -- but as things stand, QF would operat...

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by qf002
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Passengers from AA could theoretically connect onto QF LAX-JFK now. Qantas chooses to only carry on-line connex/stopover passengers as it makes their reporting so much easier and it’s a lot less likely that they inadvertently carry a domestic only passsenger due to some oversight or other. That’s o...

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by qf002
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

planemanofnz wrote:
What about if it's on AA metal ex-AKL (or ex-SYD for that matter), but in a metal-neutral JV with QF?


I don’t think the JV would be relevant, the terms of the air service agreement remain the same.

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by qf002
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Hi all, I have some questions on QF's JFK service - can anyone help? - Will the tag last until and/or after Project Sunrise delivers non-stop SYD - JFK services? - What effect will the 789's have on JFK, with things like losing F Class and cargo space? - Does one crew set fly a same-day LAX - JFK -...

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by qf002
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

I do think as more 789 are delivered we’ll more fragmentation of QF markets, as the 744 capacity is replaced, and growth continues in markets. Fragmentation is all well and good but where do the aircraft come from? The current order book has 10x 789s to replace 10x 744s with little slack left elsew...

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by qf002
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Hey Obzerva, My mum, who lives very close to Badgerys Creek and thus follows developments there carefully, insists that she heard a radio report that Alan Joyce said that Qantas would NOT Mainline flights to SWZ and maybe not fly into SWZ at all for the foreseeable future but Jetstar would. No idea...

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by qf002
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA line up at JFK photo.
Replies: 127
Views: 27489

Re: BA line up at JFK photo.

SRQKEF wrote:
Don't they operate a 738 there as well?


Yes, usually 2 a day from PER but they have replaced them with a single daily A330 for the next little while due to 737 pilot shortages.

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by qf002
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA line up at JFK photo.
Replies: 127
Views: 27489

Re: BA line up at JFK photo.

No but I'd say 4 QF tails at a foreign airport is as overwhelming as 4 BA tails at JFK which is how this thread was started, so it's worth a mention. Of all the airline/airport combinations mentioned in this thread the most so far is 6 with the majority at 4 or 5. The LAX operation is impressive bu...

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by qf002
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57127

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

No changes to outbound from what I saw. I thought it would be changes to get rid of the excessive time on the ground, but it doesnt seem that way. At least not yet perhaps. EK is stuck with too many planes at the moment, maximising utilisation is clearly not a priority. SYD has a 77W sat on the tar...

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by qf002
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Norwegian fly to Australia?
Replies: 33
Views: 5539

Re: Norwegian to Australia

Forget Australia-Asia/Europe, the opportunity for DY is in Australia-North America. There is a big gap in the market for a leisure-focused carrier to launch flights to cities like SAN, LAS, SEA etc while also serving the core markets like LAX and SFO. Cities at this end like CNS and ADL could also s...

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by qf002
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the possibility that HA joins Oneworld Connect?
Replies: 12
Views: 2356

Re: What is the possibility that HA joins Oneworld Connect?

I would have thought AS would be a better bet among unaligned US carriers?

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by qf002
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar A330 flying for BA?
Replies: 5
Views: 1607

Re: Qatar A330 flying for BA?

Related to 787 engine issues from memory.

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