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by vhqpa
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 98
Views: 4009

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

Australian airports are quite poor in this regard. Almost always they're privatised, and in the case of SYD and BNE they're ran on public rolling stock. In BNE the 16km trip to the CBD costs the same as a ~250km trip from Gold Coast to Gympie on the exact same rolling stock. In SYD the rail link con...

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by vhqpa
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Opposite Direction Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2040

Re: Opposite Direction Runway Operations

Interesting I haven't heard of that combination being used at SYD before. I know they have noise abatement procedure when conditions allow which is 16L for departures (34L for flights which require the longer runway) and 34L for arrivals. This keeps most aircraft over Botany bay.

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by vhqpa
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qantas future longhaul routes
Replies: 51
Views: 6408

Re: Qantas future longhaul routes

BNE-WLG nonstop would be good too. Is there scope to link a BNE-WLG service with the new B787 base in BNE to provide connectivity QF doesnt currently provide on the 2 x daily SYD-WLG or daily MEL-WLG? Definitely not a 787. If it happens it will be a 73H or JQ 320. But then again it's not a long hau...

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by vhqpa
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qantas future longhaul routes
Replies: 51
Views: 6408

Re: Qantas future longhaul routes

I believe BNE-DFW is next on the radar in addition to SYD-YVR. MEL-DFW is too far for even the 789 I was told so it will have to wait until the A350ULR or B777X arrive... MEL-DFW is roughly the same distance as PER-LHR, a tiny bit shorter in fact. Should the QF/AA JV get approved I could see QF lau...

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by vhqpa
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 263
Views: 30059

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Wednesday's QF50 SFO-MEL (VH-ZNC) didnt leave SFO and is now scheduled to depart at 2000 local on Thursday as QF50D, nearly 22 hours behind schedule. As a result QF9 today has been cancelled. Is this just the PER-MEL-PER legs of QF10/QF9 cancelled with tonight's QF9 still operating the PER-LHR sect...

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by vhqpa
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance
Replies: 55
Views: 12678

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

I doubt Alan Joyce and Doug Parker would lose any sleep if QR up and left Oneworld.

I wasn't aware QF a private entity was blocking QR access to Australia. Last time I checked the Australian government decided when they want to renegotiate bilaterals, not Qantas.

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by vhqpa
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was 1st type of aircraft to offer regular Non Stop passenger service across the Atlantic?
Replies: 49
Views: 9895

Re: What was 1st type of aircraft to offer regular Non Stop passenger service across the Atlantic?

Having a quick look at propliners I can't find anything conclusive but did find this on the wiki page for DC-7 Since the late 1940s Pan Am and other airlines had scheduled a few non-stop flights from New York to Europe, but westward non-stops against the prevailing wind were rarely possible with an ...

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by vhqpa
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Hero-to-Zero aviation company?
Replies: 21
Views: 1041

Re: Most Hero-to-Zero aviation company?

Alongside Pan Am (The obvious answer for me, they were a global icon), and TWA (Got ran to ground literally), Braniff also get an honorable mention for me. They were one of the most profitable airlines in US for years, and collapsed quick after deregulation. May I add, Trans-Australia Airlines And ...

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by vhqpa
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can a 747-400 fly JFK-HKG non-stop
Replies: 35
Views: 11364

Re: Can a 747-400 fly JFK-HKG non-stop

I guess longest scheduled 747-400 was SYD DFW (which was weight-restricted, and only nonstop in one direction)? I think that was a 74E route. The regular 744 never did SYD-DFW. However, a 744 VH-OJA pulled of LHR-SYD nonstop for a VIP flight. Not never, only once. QF sent in the last minute VH-OJC ...

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by vhqpa
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Fleet Strategy by Manufacturer
Replies: 6
Views: 833

Re: Airline Fleet Strategy by Manufacturer

If an airline has a fleet consisting of more than one manufacturer it gives the airline more leverage negotiating future aircraft deals as the order has a better chance of going to the other manufacturer if a particular manufacturer isn't competitive enough.

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by vhqpa
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can a 747-400 fly JFK-HKG non-stop
Replies: 35
Views: 11364

Re: Can a 747-400 fly JFK-HKG non-stop

I seem to remember that there were in fact some days when SYD-DFW ran with a normal 744 in place of the ER. Dont quote me on it, but seem to remember reading that somewhere. As far as I know there was one off substitution with standard 744 VH-OJC (?) flew the route. It did the northeast bound SYD-D...

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by vhqpa
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55364

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I flew on a 2 class 717 BNE-ADL (in Y) in March 2017 and I'm pretty sure there wasn't an ipad then.

To be honest I'd rather take my personal android tablet with my own content. I have an ipad at work and I can never figure out how to use it.

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by vhqpa
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the most 5th freedom routes
Replies: 33
Views: 4341

Re: Airports with the most 5th freedom routes

While not so much anymore for a while AKL used to see a fair amount of fifth freedom. Now it's just EK AKL-DPS; CI AKL-BNE; D7 AKL-OOL and LA AKL-SYD. But BI/TG/GA/UA/AR/QF have had fifth freedom flights passing through AKL in the last 20 years. It wasn't that long ago that EK used to fly AKL-SYD/ME...

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by vhqpa
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55364

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

It’s not school holidays for another week in NSW/ACT, at this stage it’s only QLD and VIC on holiday. This has very little to do with schools though, more that Qantas is rapdily running out of 737 pilots. 747s are replacing A330s on SYD-PER, which (along with crazy high fleet utilisation) frees up ...

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by vhqpa
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55364

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

VH-OJT has had its QF markings painted over and will make her last flight tomorrow to the desert Thanks for the photo. Although not specifically related to Australia, was curious about the following. It's occasionally discussed on A.Net whether the average citizen notice subtle changes in airline l...

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by vhqpa
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Turkish Airlines could start flying to Australia in 2019 with B787-9
Replies: 80
Views: 10682

Re: Turkish Airlines could start flying to Australia in 2019 with B787-9

How many years has TK been planning to fly to Australia? Although with EY retreating it might not be such a bad time.

At this point i'll believe it when I open up FR24 and see a THY callsign tracking southeast over the Kimberley.

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by vhqpa
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Boeing 747 history
Replies: 85
Views: 2342

Re: Your Boeing 747 history

Mines pretty boring

JUL 2004 QF BNE-SYD Y 747-438 VH-OJD
DEC 2006 QF BNE-SYD Y 747-338 VH-EBT
MAY 2012 QF BNE-SYD Y 747-438ER VH-OEE
SEP 2014 QF BNE-SYD J 747-438ER VH-OEG

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by vhqpa
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SAS experience question
Replies: 24
Views: 1240

Re: SAS experience question

That A319 is in the older viking ship from the DC-6/7 era. My favourite was the later viking ship design with the lighter blue and "Scandinavian" titles particularly on longer types such as the DC-8-60. 0109783 1811634,1231493 I haven't flown SK before so I don't have any experiences but I...

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by vhqpa
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Post a pic of your passport cover!
Replies: 25
Views: 1256

Re: Post a pic of your passport cover!

^ I have to admit the current NZ passport is the most attractive passport I've seen. I like that the design carries onto the back cover. I've got the same Australian N series passport that XAM2175 posted although it expires in nine months so I'll have a P series soon. Which has a similar design but ...

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by vhqpa
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest flight from your airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 2446

Re: Longest flight from your airport?

Top 3

1. BNE-AUH EY 789 6,485 nm
2. BNE-DXB EK 380/77W 6,467 nm
3. BNE-LAX QF 789/744 VA 77W 6,223 nm

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by vhqpa
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55364

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I doubt QF would launch BNE-ICN when KAL can only make it work 4 weekly with no nonstop competition, and that's feeding a hub in ICN.

If they do put a 789 on BNE-Asia I can only see it replacing an existing A330 to SIN or HKG.

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by vhqpa
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Route with larger yield
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: Route with larger yield

Well duh, obviously GFK-ULN...

What next!

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by vhqpa
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55364

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Just noticed it appears QF have quietly axed the QF836/837 BNE/DRW/BNE redeye service. I'm guessing this is a seasonal change and frequency may return for the next dry season.

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by vhqpa
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Manufacture test flights?
Replies: 15
Views: 2355

Re: Manufacture test flights?

Boeing sent a 787-9 to ASP for hot weather testing back in 2014.

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by vhqpa
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct Australian city
Replies: 34
Views: 1279

Re: The correct Australian city

As a visitor I'm partial to Adelaide. Good food, good wine, good weather most of the time.

To live Brisbane suits me fine. The only thing I don't like are the humid summers.

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by vhqpa
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The last time you looked at someone with incredulity
Replies: 39
Views: 1103

Re: The last time you looked at someone with incredulity

Last year I was flying home from Christchurch. Just before the emigration control point there was about five of us at the desk filling out our departure cards. One middle aged woman blurts out "does anyone know how to spell Australia?" At that moment everyone stopped filling out their card...

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by vhqpa
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57285

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

https://twitter.com/airlineroute/status ... 15489?s=21


It appears to be a tag on to BNE-LAX-BNE

27SEP QF55 SYD-BNE 1345 1520
27SEP QF55 BNE-LAX 1750 1330

29SEP QF56 LAX-BNE 2215 0500+2
01OCT QF56 BNE-SYD 0730 0910
-->

qf789 wrote:
Qantas to operate one time SYD-BNE 744 service

https://twitter.com/airlineroute/status ... 15489?s=21


It appears to be a tag on to BNE-LAX-BNE

27SEP QF55 SYD-BNE 1345 1520
27SEP QF55 BNE-LAX 1750 1330

29SEP QF56 LAX-BNE 2215 0500+2
01OCT QF56 BNE-SYD 0730 0910

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by vhqpa
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57285

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Separately, I wonder if the QF Group would ever re-start ADL - SIN, to connect to SIN - LHR, as well as 3K's SIN hub? A 321NEO could do it (on JQ), but for QF metal, a 330 would be needed, and I don't think there are many of those spare. Perhaps EK could add an ADL - SIN sector? Cheers, C. RE:QF Ma...

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by vhqpa
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Help me understand codesharing...
Replies: 31
Views: 4649

Re: Help me understand codesharing...

How does interlining work? As I understand it there are two different kinds of interlining. A ticketing interline which allows a combination of more than one carrier on a single ticket. The other is a baggage interline which allows checked baggage to be transferred between different carriers withou...

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by vhqpa
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you have NOT been on
Replies: 32
Views: 1477

Re: Aircraft you have NOT been on

Strictly meeting the criteria that (a) I personally remember seeing said aircraft in pax service, (b) they are now retired/rare, and (c) impossible/not likely to fly in the future. Airbus A300/A310 (All variants) Airbus A340-200/500 Avro RJ70/RJ85/RJ100 Boeing 737-200 Boeing 747-200/SP. (Technically...

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by vhqpa
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best airline call signs
Replies: 84
Views: 6457

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: 3124

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: 660
Views: 57285

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: 1930

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: 45
Views: 1834

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: 2944

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
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

I wonder if EK is also looking at reshuffling the BNE schedule. At the moment their three daily departures from BNE are at 2100, 2250 and 0235.

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by vhqpa
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United 747-100/200 Routes
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Re: United 747-100/200 Routes

I know they had a pair of late build JT9D-7R4G2 powered -222Bs delivered around 86/87 that spent the majority of their lives on the JFK-NRT route.

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by vhqpa
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

A couple of diversions for flights inbound to ADL

JQ963 from CNS diverted to BNE
QF663 from BNE diverted to MEL
JQ782 from BNE diverted to MEL

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by vhqpa
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 303
Views: 17385

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

Since last update I have booked a daytrip to Bergen and upgraded my SAS ALF-LHR flight to SAS Plus opting for a later flight on the OSL-LHR leg which logs me an A320 neo and a longer lounge stay in OSL. 13NOV // QF51 // BNE-SIN // A330-300 13NOV // QF1 // SIN-LHR // A380-800 17NOV // AF1381 // LHR-C...

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by vhqpa
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E195-E2 vs. 737MAX7
Replies: 89
Views: 9024

Re: E195-E2 vs. 737MAX7

It's worth remembering that the 737 MAX 7 got a stretch over the 737-700 making it bigger than an A319 neo. As far as I recall the MAX 7 is roughly the same size as the old 737-400. If anything the MAX 7 sits nicely between an E195E2 and the MAX 8.

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by vhqpa
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you were to re-use an airline name
Replies: 21
Views: 1092

Re: If you were to re-use an airline name

Compass Airlines :duck: Slogan would be "We'll get you there... Third time lucky!" Just kidding. While I certainly don't like it when upstarts resurrect old airline names especially when they also take on their old branding. As much as I liked the old Ansett, if were to resurrect an old na...

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by vhqpa
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

I wouldn't discount a scenario where QF takes around 10-15 A321neo from the group order as interim solution for relieving congestion on trunk routes and incremental capacity increases on domestic and short haul international. Then as the 797 enters the fleet these A321s can get transfered to one of ...

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by vhqpa
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330-800 status
Replies: 62
Views: 10747

Re: A330-800 status

Yes, and the MRTT too. But what will they do with MSN1888? Wait until someone orders if not a 338, at least a 330neo-based freighter or MRTT? Is it even possible to convert an already built passenger 330 to a freighter or an MRTT? There seems to be quite a bit of structural differences between them...

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by vhqpa
Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Is 'Shippy' going to be based in BNE exclusively or will she rotate through the current Dreamliner destinations and network like -ZNA and co? I've heard the PER B744 flights will be loaded into GDS early this week, it'll be interesting to see what seating plans accompany them with -OEB having F and...

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by vhqpa
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 45081

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

As far as the Qantaslink fleet goes all DHC8-300 are Q300s I believe the earliest is a 2000 model. With the DHC8-200 TQS is a '95 delivery making it a non Q. TQG and TQX are an early and late '96 delivery so depending on when exactly the NVS system became standard they may or not be Q200s. There are...

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by vhqpa
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next time we think that flying used to be so much better…
Replies: 8
Views: 2152

Re: Next time we think that flying used to be so much better…

If it was today Fred could've taken Dino on board as an emotional support animal...

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by vhqpa
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline's first pure-jet routes
Replies: 26
Views: 1276

Re: Airline's first pure-jet routes

QF: SYD-NAN-HNL-SFO
AN and TN: MEB-SYD

For PA I think it might have actually been IDL-YQX-ORY (or LBG?)

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by vhqpa
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand new expectations
Replies: 53
Views: 7177

Re: Air New Zealand new expectations

I'm not sure about India. Too far and I doubt the yields make it worthwhile. Much better off flying to SIN and using the SQ network to get passengers to a number of destinations rather than choosing one or in this case having one chosen for you (BOM). As for fleet I see an A350-900 order to replace ...

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by vhqpa
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 303
Views: 17385

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

A couple of equip/sched changes and new flights. 13NOV // QF51 // BNE-SIN // A330-300 13NOV // QF1 // SIN-LHR // A380-800 17NOV // AF1381 // LHR-CDG // A319-100 17NOV // AF1740 // CDG-AMS // A318-100 18NOV // KL1233 // AMS-CDG // B737-800 (WL) 21NOV // FI543 // CDG-KEF // B767-300ER (WL) 23NOV // NY...

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