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by vhqpa
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best airline call signs
Replies: 80
Views: 5715

Re: Best airline call signs

No longer in use but I liked

Pacific Blue (NZ) - "Bluebird"

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by vhqpa
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities known mainly for Airports
Replies: 72
Views: 2850

Re: Cities known mainly for Airports

Narita's an easy one

Not so much now but Anchorage would've been one for sure a few decades ago.

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by vhqpa
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 292
Views: 25779

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

EK have announced changes to MEL and BNE DXB-SIN-BNE will now leave at 2115 with a day flight SIN-BNE 1030ish - 1930 arrival in BNE The 2nd direct flight will now leave at around 0100 for a 2130. Cant remember the MEL flight change completely aside from that the SIN-MEL will now arrive MEL just aft...

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by vhqpa
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with funny names
Replies: 24
Views: 1755

Re: Airports with funny names

K48U. Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport. A favourite of mine. Quite ironic that it's a dirt strip in an isolated part of Wyoming. Apparently the story behind it is in the mid 90s there was asteroid discovered that was thought to be in a collision course to Jupiter. The residents decided t...

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by vhqpa
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which plane to bring back to production?
Replies: 38
Views: 1089

Re: Which plane to bring back to production?

Vickers Vanguard

Chuck on some slightly uprated PW150s and new avionics and you have fast 100-120 pax shorthaul propliner.

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by vhqpa
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Qatar Airways didn't get slot increase in Canada like Emirates and Etihad?
Replies: 18
Views: 2883

Re: Why Qatar Airways didn't get slot increase in Canada like Emirates and Etihad?

I still don't understand why QR doesn't use the open skies with the US to Target Canadians. Namely using Detroit and Seattle. And what about Buffalo, can it handle a wide body. Agree, i have always wondered why they havent launched Buffalo flights yet. Could sustain at least 1 X 380 Daily, maybe a ...

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by vhqpa
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways mulls widebody fleet renewal options
Replies: 44
Views: 12163

Re: Fiji Airways mulls widebody fleet renewal options

Don't forget we're talking about an airline with a jet fleet you can count on two hands and even have a finger to spare! There is no way they can sustain odd engined subfleets or an additional widebody type. Part of this makes me think it's just the Fiji govt. having a look at their options for the ...

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by vhqpa
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft types airlines never got to fly despite livery applied
Replies: 49
Views: 6603

Re: Aircraft types airlines never got to fly despite livery applied

1328595 As far as I know it never operated a revenue service. British Caledonian also had their first A320 in their colours. The airline was bought by BA prior to EIS. 0354206 Maybe not what the OP had in mind but SQ had concor... , sorry half of concorde in their colours but never operated one. On...

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by vhqpa
Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Go-Around at LAX today
Replies: 12
Views: 4499

Re: Fiji Go-Around at LAX today

Please elucidate... is the undercurrent an FJ/SQ issue, or AU vs. SG "love"? Are SQ known as runway hogs generally? Did SQ simply have a late touchdown? Would pilot landing know who was in queue on approach... like a Flightradar24 app on his unmentionable in the cockpit? Listening to the ...

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by vhqpa
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners look shorter in real life
Replies: 38
Views: 6112

Re: Airliners look shorter in real life

I remember when Airbus sent the A380 prototype to BNE in 2005. I first saw it from a 45° forward port angle. I remember being surprised how much smaller it appeared to be. I think I remember describing it as an A310 on steroids. The other thing I remember is how silent it was taking off. Especially ...

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by vhqpa
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coke with coffee sugar free
Replies: 14
Views: 832

Re: Coke with coffee sugar free

I tried coca cola no sugar w/ coffee the other day at work. I wasn't a fan. I couldn't taste the coke at all. To me it tasted like a cheap coffee that had been left out a couple of hours (Yes I am a coffee snob). I like no sugar it's my go to variant even though the name is a bit clunky. When it fir...

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by vhqpa
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 206731

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

Anyone like these concepts? http://www.wings900.com/vb/1-1-civil-aviation/131441-if-lufthansa-would-decide-change-livery.html Here's my take on those three linked. #1 - Pretty clearly the best of the three. Not sure about the straight line separating the blue from the yellow tailcone. Either make i...

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by vhqpa
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737-300 retirement
Replies: 205
Views: 33095

Re: Southwest 737-300 retirement

Last revenue pax flight airborne WN68 HOU-DAL N632SW https://www.flightradar24.com/SWA68/f0caf27 Looks like WN195 HOU-AUS N637SW took a 45 min delay making it the last revenue departure. It appears the last three flights WN68 HOU-DAL N632SW WN195 HOU-AUS N637SW WN6049 ATL-MCI N386SW will all arrive...

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by vhqpa
Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737-300 retirement
Replies: 205
Views: 33095

Re: Southwest 737-300 retirement

Last revenue pax flight airborne

WN68 HOU-DAL N632SW

https://www.flightradar24.com/SWA68/f0caf27

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by vhqpa
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 5th Freedom Rights
Replies: 7
Views: 874

Re: 5th Freedom Rights

The Australian ones I can think of

EK BNE-AKL 380
EK MEL-AKL 380
EK SYD-CHC 380
EK BNE-SIN 77W
EK MEL-SIN 380
EK SYD-BKK 380
OD BNE-DPS 73H
CI BNE-AKL 333
CI SYD-CHC 333 (?) Think they used to do SYD-AKL too
LA SYD-AKL 789
BA SYD-SIN 77W
D7 OOL-AKL 333

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by vhqpa
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: low cost USA mainland/Australia ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1970

Re: low cost USA mainland/Australia ?

I've thought about the feasibility of JQ flying CNS/LAX/CNS during the dry season (Northern Summer). I came to the conclusion that in order to slot in with the current CNS-NRT/KIX schedule would require a long ground time (12 hours+) in either the LAX or CNS end. You would also sacrifice two Japan r...

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by vhqpa
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What new routes do you want from your home airport?
Replies: 125
Views: 7082

Re: What new routes do you want from your home airport?

BNE Domestic wise I think we're pretty good. Can't think of anything else to add. International SFO (Think UA 787-8 could work even if it's 4/5 weekly seasonally I'd be happy. But realistically I think SFO-MEL will happen first.) WLG (QF return or even NZ put their own metal on the route. Basically ...

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by vhqpa
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The best/worst looking airliner?
Replies: 55
Views: 3622

Re: The best/worst looking airliner?

Good:

Boeing 747-100/200
Airbus A330/A340-300
Douglas DC-8-62
Douglas DC-9-41
Boeing 727-200

Not so good:

A380-800
ATR42/72
A318-100
737-600
MD-81/82/83/88/90

Not bad but boring:

A320-200 (especially those without sharklets)
737-800
767-300ER
777-200ER

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by vhqpa
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 184
Views: 27377

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc

According to another forum TQZ has been named "Bundaberg"

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by vhqpa
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?
Replies: 125
Views: 4587

Re: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?

AN DRW-(ASP?)-ADL Dec 1989 Not sure about type but my father seemed to think it was a 727. I was only 18 months old. Earliest I can remember QF 767 DRW-SIN Feb 1994. I always thought it was a -300ER but I recently found a timetable from six months after which says it was scheduled as a -200ER. Earli...

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by vhqpa
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List
Replies: 243
Views: 16377

Re: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List

Flown

06MAR QF1593 BNE-ADL 717-2BD VH-YQW
10MAR VA1393 ADL-BNE 737-8FE VH-YVD

Booked

04DEC EK434 BNE-AKL A380
09DEC NZ5351 WLG-CHC ATR72
17DEC NZ805 CHC-BNE A320

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by vhqpa
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When did you fly on your first 737 and A320?
Replies: 67
Views: 2193

Re: When did you fly on your first 737 and A320?

Earliest I can remember*

First 737 - Feb 1994 Silkair 737-300 SIN-HKT
First A320 - Jun 2005 Jetstar A320-200 SYD-OOL

* Did fly DRW-ADL-DRW on AN in Dec 1989 which had both types in their fleet then was was too young to remember.

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by vhqpa
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas' ex European Network
Replies: 30
Views: 6892

Re: Qantas' ex European Network

I just found a list of QF International routes as of NS 1994. http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/257534/1994-qantas-international-network/ DIRECT FLIGHTS TO EUROPE MEL-SYD-BKK-LHR D 744 SYD-MEL-SIN-LHR D 744 SYD-SIN-BKK-FRA 2Wk 744 SYD-SIN-BKK-FRA-CDG 3Wk 744 SYD-SIN-BKK-FCO 2Wk 744 LH...

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by vhqpa
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas' ex European Network
Replies: 30
Views: 6892

Re: Qantas' ex European Network

Some that come to mind. Early-Mid 2000s QF17/18 Ran 3 weekly PER-SIN-CDG 744 after CDG was dropped this briefly became PER-SIN-LHR With I think a flight number change to QF15/16. QF29/30 started off SYD-HKG-LHR (could have been 27/28). Not long after it started it was changed to MEL-HKG-LHR. BA15/16...

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by vhqpa
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German registration question
Replies: 30
Views: 3620

Re: German registration question

With this system they can only have 26 units of each type. How do they handle fleets over 26 units? 25 actually. In the UK "Q" cannot be used. If they have more than 25 they usually start a new sequence. For instance on the 744 they started with BNLx then moved onto BYGx and CIVx. BA is k...

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by vhqpa
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Changing airline code
Replies: 23
Views: 2959

Re: Changing airline code

Happened plenty of times. VA used to be Viasa of Venezuela, then Virgin Blue picked up for it's V Australia subsidiary before it carried over to Virgin Australia. The old TAA/Australian Airlines of TN is now used for Air Tahiti Nui. Also TZ was ATA before coming Scoot. I believe JQ was a Jamaican ai...

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by vhqpa
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Word Game Q3 2017
Replies: 591
Views: 8935

Re: Word Game Q3 2017

Right

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by vhqpa
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54616

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Also hearing rumours through the industry that VA are keeping a close eye on the A350-1000, with the airline monitoring production and potentially close to ordering for 777 replacement. I may be an armchair fleet manager but given they've had apparent problems filling 77Ws at meaningful yields as w...

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by vhqpa
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Closest Flying Aircraft To You At This Moment: Flightradar24
Replies: 85
Views: 3247

Re: Closest Flying Aircraft To You At This Moment: Flightradar24

QF594 73H VH-VZM from PER on final RWY 19 at BNE

Next up is
VA1405 73H VH-VOO from ADL Left base RWY 19 at BNE

Then a Toll metroliner freighter VH-UZP from MKY

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by vhqpa
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How many aircraft/departures are affected when RWY 27 is in use?
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: How many aircraft/departures are affected when RWY 27 is in use?

I'm going to guess KSAN. But yes it would help if you tell us where!

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by vhqpa
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Extremely rare runway configurations
Replies: 99
Views: 11831

Re: Extremely rare runway configurations

Best example in Australia is RWY 09 at MEL. Extremely rare for take off or landing from that runway end. At SYD 07/25 was mentioned earlier. About 12 years ago it wasn't that uncommon to see it used for landings even in light wind conditions. In BNE it's quite rare for commercial av. to use 14/32. I...

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by vhqpa
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can anyone identify this aircraft?
Replies: 4
Views: 1100

Re: Please identify

Antonov An-12

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by vhqpa
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any Airports with 3+ degrees approach
Replies: 23
Views: 4019

Re: Any Airports with 3+ degrees approach

Several airports in Norway have greater than 3° approaches especially in the north. From the top of my head Tromsø has 4° on both RNAV and ILS approaches to each runway end.

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by vhqpa
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - Repaint, WIFI, refurbs etc
Replies: 184
Views: 27377

Re: Qantas Fleet Repaint Thread

NHP has also been christened "Paraburdoo". I hope the rest of the Qlink fleet get named as they receive new paint. Previously only a few Q400s got named.

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by vhqpa
Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A Netters: Rank Your Most Revolutionary Commerical Aircraft.
Replies: 14
Views: 878

Re: A Netters: Rank Your Most Revolutionary Commerical Aircraft.

fabian9 wrote:
PatrickZ80 wrote:
The 757 / 767, first glass cockpit.


Wasn't the MD-80 the first to have a glass cockpit?


Not until the introduction of the MD-87 around the 1986 timeframe. Earlier frames were delivered with analogue gauges. Some eventually got upgraded with EADI/EHSI but the 757/767 had it from the get go.

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by vhqpa
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A Netters: Rank Your Most Revolutionary Commerical Aircraft.
Replies: 14
Views: 878

Re: A Netters: Rank Your Most Revolutionary Commerical Aircraft.

Hard to rank them but off the top of my head. 1. Boeing 247 - The blueprint for the modern airliner big advances in technology (All Metal design, cantilever wing, autopilot, deicing, retractable gear) 2. Boeing 707 (And to a degree Douglas DC-8 also) - First mass produced jets. Huge advances in comf...

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by vhqpa
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40102

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

Anyone know what the go is with VH-OJT? It operated QF6037 SYD-HNL 3 days ago (14/07) and has been sitting in HNL since.

*EDIT - Apparently a charter. Wouldn't be a bad flight to work.

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by vhqpa
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finding the whereabouts/status of specific aircraft
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Finding the whereabouts/status of specific aircraft

Not sure about free FR24. But I have a gold subscription and it works a treat for the purpose of following aircraft. You can also set alerts with conditionals if you want a notification when a certain airframe is flying to a specific airport.

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by vhqpa
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40102

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

Agreed, the livery looks stunning on the B737 it's just the position of the Q A N T A S belly titles just look out of place. EK413 Agreed. Should of done it more like Delta, having it so far forward looks really odd. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7554/27674577220_67c55e795c_b.jpg Don't forget the ...

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by vhqpa
Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40102

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

Looks good on the 737, only thing that puts me off at the belly titles. Agreed, the livery looks stunning on the B737 it's just the position of the Q A N T A S belly titles just look out of place. EK413 Agreed. Should of done it more like Delta, having it so far forward looks really odd. https://fa...

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by vhqpa
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40102

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

4. But all the information is there at the time of booking and I'm sure the average frequent flyer who flies east-west would know the difference between a B737 and an A330. No one is forced to pay $2k to fly PER-MEL on the 737. Even then just because it says "Airbus A330-200" on the booki...

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by vhqpa
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest Operator of Each Type?
Replies: 11
Views: 3856

Re: Largest Operator of Each Type?

According to airfleets.net http://www.airfleets.net/exploit/exploitation.htm A300 - FedEx (68) A310 - Air Transat (9) A318 - Air France (18) A319 - Easyjet (132) A320 - China Eastern (169) A321 - American Airlines (213) A330 - Turkish Airlines (59) A340 - Lufthansa (31) A350 - Qatar Airways (19) A38...

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by vhqpa
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40102

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

ben175 wrote:
When is QF getting around to painting more planes into the revised livery? They're awfully slow at this.


VH-VXM has been in SIN since working QF77 on Friday. There is speculation on another site this was for a repaint.

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by vhqpa
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR Offers STOL Version of 42-600 Turboprop
Replies: 39
Views: 8167

Re: ATR Offers STOL Version of 42-600 Turboprop

Interesting. Providing it has sufficient range it could be an option for Qantaslink as a DH8B replacement on LDH ops.

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by vhqpa
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airlines have you flown on?
Replies: 76
Views: 2898

Re: What airlines have you flown on?

Aeropelican Air National Air New Zealand Alliance Airlines (AU) Ansett Australia Brindabella Airlines Eagle Airways (Air New Zealand Link) Eastern Australia Airlines (Qantaslink) Jetstar (AU) Mount Cook Airline (Air New Zealand Link) National Jet Systems (Qantaslink) Lan (CL) Pacific Blue (NZ) Qanta...

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by vhqpa
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Current Airlines with Cities in their Title
Replies: 48
Views: 4087

Re: Current Airlines with Cities in their Title

Air Nelson (NZ)

[Pedantic mode]

blueflyer wrote:
Kuwait Airways


In that case you can also add Aeromexico.

[/Pedantic mode]

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by vhqpa
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Closest Flying Aircraft To You At This Moment: Flightradar24
Replies: 85
Views: 3247

Re: Closest Flying Aircraft To You At This Moment: Flightradar24

Just had an interesting one

Qantas A380 VH-OQB
QF8 DFW-(BNE)-SYD (Diversion)
Climbing about 1,000' right in front of my car!

Image

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by vhqpa
Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Closest Flying Aircraft To You At This Moment: Flightradar24
Replies: 85
Views: 3247

Re: Closest Flying Aircraft To You At This Moment: Flightradar24

My turn again

Alliance Fokker 100 VH-XWO
VA613 BNE-MKY
Climbing 9,000' 3 NM to the east

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by vhqpa
Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Australia Domestic: TT, JQ or VA
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: Australia Domestic: TT, JQ or VA

I definitely echo that QF are superior to the other options. If QF isn't option then it's a toss up between JQ and TT. Just keep in mind they both pretty strict at enforcing cabin bag. I've seen both weighing bags at the boarding gate. But if you do the right thing you'll be fine. Re. TT My first ex...

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by vhqpa
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017
Replies: 292
Views: 39186

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017

Re: 40 pax "kicked off" QF flight SYD-PER Non story the media has latched onto. Must be a slow news day in the west!!!!! Agreed. According to flightaware the later flight (QF571) actually left the gate 3 minutes before the delayed QF569. And similarly arrived in PER a few minutes beforehan...

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