Hey VapourTrails, To contrast with your experience, I had to completely change the travel plans of three family members when Qantas changed the departure time of the second leg of a journey from Sydney. The earlier departure time of the flight made a connection impossible with the first leg arriving...Jump to post
Very interesting, thanks for sharing. I love that museum and am impressed with the contents and friendly, knowledgeable staff I have encountered there.
Are any of the models yours?
Approx how many modellers displayed models?
Hey guys, As for fleet purchases, I USED to think a decade or so ago that SAA would've been a natural fit for a small fleet of 747-8s for LHR and US routes (and maybe even Australian routes too), with a similarly small fleet of either A350s or Dreamliners in support. Now I think that A350s/A330neos/...Jump to post
Wonder if an attrition replacement will be ordered sooner rather than later? Makes sense to buy now rather than wait and risk the end of SH production...
Perhaps some kind of deal with Boeing may be in the works...?
Hey guys, I agree with sq256's analysis. It's what I imagine happening too. Delta buys out Etihad and At least some of HNA's shares in VA, with HNA keeping a toehold (for a long term future return to VA ownership? Prestige? Maintaining links and rights ?). I can also see the other Chinese shareholde...Jump to post
Hey guys, The Lima-Australia flight has been hinted at by Avianca in the past according to an old a.net thread. I also remember LATAM and Air NZ were speculated to have had some interest in Lima-Australia/NZ respectively. I know a few people who have flown LATAM transtasman due to the cheapness of t...Jump to post
Hey guys, I also predict a 767 selection here, but could the US choose second-hand ones? I suspect that they wouldn't WANT to, but maybe stretched military budgets might necessitate it. I agree that versions of the KC-46 would seem perfect for the roles suggested.... But $$$$ would be an issue! Chee...Jump to post
Hey MooLor, I totally agree with what you say. I have heard that a large international hotel chain has rights to a big area near the SWZ site with plans to develop a golf resort and premium airport hotel. Accor has opened a premium hotel at Warwick Farm (the William Inglis - and it's truly magnifice...Jump to post
Hey Ozair, Thanks for your explanation. I see what you mean. Perhaps a converted 767-200ER or two would be best, as I just cannot see RNZAF purchasing any brand new big planes besides whatever replaces the C-130s : and I am increasingly sure that they can't replace both the 757 and the Hercs with th...Jump to post
Hey guys, I doubt that NZ can afford nor have the desire to purchase expensive fleets of brand new 'big' planes. That's why I suggested 737s, which have a good range available on the second hand market. The 757s were of course second hand and then modified for RNZAF service, and I thought that the 7...Jump to post
Hey planemanofnz, I haven't seen any reports about any lounges/premium facilities being designed into SWZ. I'm very sure that there would be consideration given, under the watchful eyes of QF and VA, and I agree with you that for QR and EK (and any other network/legacy/full service carrier) to use S...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
Hey guys, I am in the process of moving house. I have many many boxes of photos I have taken spanning a period of over over four decades that have moved with me. When moving boxes, one was damaged and opened. Inside it, I found a photo of VH-UUX, a Jetcraft Dash 7 parked at Adelaide Airport. The pho...Jump to post
Hey mate, I don't remember specific details but Northwest flew 747-200s and at least some DC-10s into Sydney. I can't remember details about 747-400 flights, sorry. Around the time of Northwest's Osaka-Sydney flights, I believe JAL was flying the route. I flew them Osaka-Brisbane-Sydney in 2006 on a...Jump to post
Sydney needing a second airport? Absolutely. As long as it doesn't turn out to be another under-used Avalon... Hopefully small fleets of Jetstar and Tigerair planes will be based at SWZ for leisure and capital city flights, with a few QF and VA mainline ('premium') flights to and from MEL and BNE da...Jump to post
chepos wrote:Well, that took a whole lot of effort.
Hey XAM2175, Yes the old story about 'the first 15'... The QF 737-800s actually ordered by AA but taken over by QF. I didn't actually mind the cross-hatching ! Back on topic.... I actually will miss the use of the Boeing customer code system. It really appealed to avgeeks with OCD like me, lol! Chee...Jump to post
Hey guys, I too have heard that NZ may buy a few smaller MPA/SAR type aircraft for close-in work to complement the Poseidons. Next on the shopping list : new transports to replace the C-130s and 757s... Does anyone think that the order of 4 X Poseidons increases the chances of a few 737-700Cs/-700Fs...Jump to post
Hey guys, A nonstop YYZ-SYD service would require a Project Sunrise-type airliner, wouldn't it? I can't see there being enough demand for such a service and think that flights via Vancouver would be sufficient to satiate the market. But it would be a cool connection to have : eastern Canada to easte...Jump to post
Hey guys, Just wish that Ethiopian would hurry up and announce the speculated Australian service. They then MIGHT get a small market of Australians travelling to Madrid and Lisbon one stop Australia-ADD-Lisbon/Madrid... Yes I did state a SMALL market! There are certain other airlines offering simila...Jump to post
Hey guys, I have to admit that the new Lufthansa livery is growing on me... But I would love to see a bit more silver and/or yellow introduced. The A340-600 looks fabulous in that video clip. Personally I think the title placement is perfect as is the strip of white on the tail. I definitely will bu...Jump to post
Hey guys, The Brazilian speculation is new to me but it's definitely an untapped market. The extra Melbourne flights are no surprise as I believe that the Melbourne-South America market is booming. One little note slightly associated with this topic : Aerolineas Argentinas is supposedly looking at r...Jump to post
Hey guys, All the best wishes from Downunder to a true music icon. Aretha's duet with George Michael, 'I Knew You Were Waiting For Me' is set to be he theme song for my next huge life milestone. I heard a rumour that Aretha had recorded 'recently' a new album of duets for release later this year.......Jump to post
I feel quite strongly about this.
A 15 year old girl alone overnight in a strange city versus a cat?!?!
This has totally changed my perception of Alaska Airlines.
Hey guys, A passenger in business class passed away on a Qantas flight I was on between Honolulu and Sydney twenty years ago. Some of the details I remember are as follows: The passengers around the deceased were moved. We were the closest left in the original seats in business class. The flight cre...Jump to post
Hey guys, I applaud the tinkering with the colour palette but agree with many upthread that a new livery is needed. I love the colour purple and wish it could be used somehow with rhapsody blue (and maybe gold, but silver would look better In my opinion) for a new livery. I loved the last United blu...Jump to post
It will mostly about underwear: AussieBum, Andrew Christian, 2(X)IST, ES Collection / Addicted... those cater almost exclusively to the gay community. That reminds me what a gay friend told me once.... If you see a guy with an AussieBum waistline showing, he's definitely gay. 'Advertising space' is...Jump to post
Hey guys, I believe that a Chinese route into Canberra is inevitable. It would capture the Chinese diplomatic market from their embassy and to and from Australian government departments, plus the increasing number of Chinese students studying at places like ANU and UC. Tourism would also be an incre...Jump to post
Hey guys, I've heard that Turkish will announce Australian services when the new Istanbul airport is opened, as part of the publicity push for the new airport and Turkish itself: it's 'last frontier' of continents to add to its route map apparently. Again, the flights will initially be through an As...Jump to post
Hey mate, Could it be cost? The Chinook is so much cheaper to buy, maintain and operate than the King Stallion. I read somewhere that the Germans are looking favourably on the former as a replacement for their CH-56s as they can buy more for the fixed budgetary amount and don't consider the Chinook'...Jump to post
Hey guys, Yes, Norwegian did apply for routes between Argentina and Australia. I can see them happening, a d am intrigued to see if their application for Brazilian authority covers Australian destinations as well (though I think that would be highly unlikely). I've always thought that if Norwegian s...Jump to post
It could open the C100 up to NZ, who currently have an massive jump between the 68 seat 72-600 and the 171 seat A320 since the 133 seat 733 left the fleet an a couple of years ago. Hey mate, I agree. I think it would be a great aircraft for secondary and off-peak transtasman (eg. Canberra and Hobar...Jump to post
Penang is my favourite Asian 'island' destination, especially compared to Phuket. While I would never use Qatar Airways to get to it, with me living in Australia, its great to see the island getting some attention.
Hey guys, How about the new North American route being MEL-BNE-??? wherever in the US or Canada is finally chosen? That would allow crossover between the two initial Dreamliner bases for whatever reason (maintenance, rotation etc) if that kind of thing is required or desirable ... And wasn't Melbour...Jump to post
Hey lightsaber, Qantas hasn't requested a formal RFP yet but Alan Joyce just this week in Seattle mentioned it's highly anticipated MAX versus neo decision to replace (at least) 75 x 737-800s.... It will probably start off as a smaller order but I reckon over time over one hundred of the winning jet...Jump to post
Hey guys, Once upon a time I could see Etihad opening more Australian services using the Dreamliner but only Brisbane and Perth (I am right about Perth, aren't I?) received the Dream-love! Can't see any additional Dreamliner services now to Australia, unless they are replacing A380/777 services. Che...Jump to post
Re: future of the A319neo....
Isn't it still needed as the basis for the ACJ319neo?
Will there be a renewed focus on a bizjet version of the CSeries now, leveraging off Bombardier's long-term experience, customer-base and perceived success in the bizjet market?
Hey mate, Lived in and around Sydney all of my life and truly believe that it's the greatest city in the world, but never been to a Mardi Gras. I have been in Sydney's CBD a few times in the night of the parade for other reasons.... A wedding reception, a harbour cruise birthday party etc .... And t...Jump to post
Hey guys, I am sure that both Airbus and Bombardier will make a big splash with whomever the next new customer is, to publicise further this partnership and declare to the world that 'business is open, come on in!' For that reason alone, I am sure that they will be trying to reel in a 'big fish' as ...Jump to post
Hey guys, I can see a fleet of about six Dreamliners at Fiji Airways.... Three each of the -9 and -10 models. The -10s could operate prime Australian and NZ routes with the -9s operating longer routes to the US and Asia. An expanded fleet of MAXs including -10s could cover the Pacific plus secondary...Jump to post
Hey guys, Despite Alan Joyce's comments in Seattle this week of the replacement of QF's 737-800s being a MAX versus Neo duel, I think that converting the eight deferred A380 orders to CSeries just may be considered..... And free up QF to order 777-8s and possibly -9s without taking the hit of possib...Jump to post
Hey guys, As a child just getting into planespotting, I remember seeing and photographing the QF 747 that was painted in full Eastern 'hockey stick' colours at Sydney for months before the sale fell through and it was repainted into standard QF colours. I also saw and photographed the ex-Hazelton B1...Jump to post
Hey guys, So happy that Seattle is being mentioned as a possible QF port... my dream destination from Australia! As for -ZNA's name, I believe that someone has confirmed somewhere else on the web that it will be 'Great Southern Land'... I still prefer 'Dreamtime' however for the initial delivery. 'Q...Jump to post
Hey guys, ZK-NQC provided one of my most memorable flights, back in the mid-90s during my first ever planespotting trip to NZ .... Christchurch-Wellington-Auckland, sitting right next to the huge cargo door! Loved every minute of it! This is a fantastic endeavour and I wished that someone would do t...Jump to post
Count me in to be there on Friday morning ... looking good to spend Thursday night at the Rydges to celebrate and be ready!
Hey guys, Yes I agree that China would seem to be the most likely buyer of Bombardier whole or parts... I think that with Airbus' successful move to assemble in Mobile it too may look closely at the CSeries again as a differentiator between it and Boeing. I can imagine the 'package deals' on offer f...Jump to post