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by redroo
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Domestic 777 Replacment
Replies: 102
Views: 13649

Re: UA Domestic 777 Replacment

Apologies you are so tired of it but clearly the American public at large disagrees with you as the airlines have fallen inline with consumer demand. How is frequency easier to do than upgauging? Paying additional employees to work flights, paying additional user fees, paying higher rents for more ...

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by redroo
Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 255
Views: 23770

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

The price difference between tickets bough in the UK and those in AUS is strange. I just booked a one way from LHR to MEL next month for £430 with EY the cheapest was around £360, returns with EY can be had for around £530 which is less than AUD,1000! It’s always been this way and essentially it’s ...

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by redroo
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada prepares Rouge for ULCC competition
Replies: 55
Views: 8334

Re: Air Canada prepares Rouge for ULCC competition

The two brand strategy can work and does work for Qantas - though they are the exception to the rule. The higher yielding trunk routes get the QF product and the lower yielding routes get JQ. There is a bit of overlap to cater to the markets but it works well and people understand the difference. Th...

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by redroo
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 58385

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Ahh thanks for that much appreciated. The lease reversion issue for T1 probably explains the lack of investment by QF. At MEL T1, QF is actually still investing in the property. - Charlie concourse (gates 1-12) is currently receiving an entire suite of updated gate lounge seating. The replacement p...

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by redroo
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: how many hours QF/VA aircraft parked at LAX not maintenance ?
Replies: 87
Views: 11294

Re: how many hours QF/VA aircraft parked at LAX not maintenance ?

The qantas schedule is designed around their Australian customers and the challenges of flying long sectors day in and day out across many time zones. For LHR you either leave in the morning and spend the whole day in the air to arrive in the evening. Or you fly overnight and sleep the whole way. Bu...

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by redroo
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 184822

Re: Boeing pitches B778 to QF

It's been known for some time now that QF is trying to make LHR and the JFK reachable with nonstop service. Boeing and Airbus are in a highly contested arena as the two OEM's to offer QF the best plane for the missions requested from QF. However, what stood out to me the most was when QF CEO was qu...

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by redroo
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to take delivery of 1st 787-9 this Tuesday (17 Oct), next route for 787-9 may be announced this week
Replies: 158
Views: 19307

Re: Qantas to take delivery of 1st 787-9 this Tuesday (17 Oct), next route for 787-9 may be announced this week

Some interesting comments from EK's Tim Clark on QF and the 787 “I think its trip economics, its bottom line, is going to be fantastic,” said Emirates president Tim Clark. “I’m sure Alan and his planner know exactly (what they will be able to do with the plane).” Sir Tim said the non-stop Perth-to-...

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by redroo
Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?
Replies: 26
Views: 3530

Re: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?

I'd suggest the core route network would be a very profitable standalone business for Virgin Australia. The issues probably stem from the regional and wide body networks that are a significant drain on company profits. Once VirgIn Australia has completed its restructure (making itself something lik...

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by redroo
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?
Replies: 26
Views: 3530

Re: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?

Putting aside the issue that Virgin isn't making money and needs to focus on that. I struggle to see the 737MAX or the A321LR opening up all the routes that have been suggested for any airline. The Australian airlines are focused on getting Aussies where they need to go. There is little demand outsi...

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by redroo
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could BMI have survived?
Replies: 53
Views: 7813

Re: Could BMI have survived?

BMI became obsessed with opening up LHR and using their sizeable slot holding to fly to the USA. Where they should have been focused was on Manchester. But they went downhill very quickly. Baby was silly. They killed MME. They downsized aircraft and made flights more expensive. They got into mid hau...

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by redroo
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018
Replies: 67
Views: 13500

Re: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018

Could it be that EK has finally stopped burning money by flying all those empty A380s every day to NZ?

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by redroo
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54925

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Odd design. Another bolt on here. Another bolt on there. Wouldn't it have been better to just extend (and widen) the terminal round into a horse shoe shape? Instead we're going to end up with the shed, the old international, the virgin pier bolt on, the new pier bolt on... and probably a few more b...

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by redroo
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54925

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Perth Airport announces $2.5 Billion expansion Includes Consolidated terminals 3rd Runway International Expansion At current rates the terminals will not meet demand First part of the expansion is an extension to the international with 70,000 sqm addition and an additional 9 Gates http://www.perthn...

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by redroo
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54925

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

https://thewest.com.au/news/north-west- ... b88621738z



That's bad ! It's not like there are many options in the Pilbara.
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qf789 wrote:
VA has cancelled this weekend's weekly PHE-DPS flight, passengers not happy

https://thewest.com.au/news/north-west- ... b88621738z



That's bad ! It's not like there are many options in the Pilbara.

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by redroo
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54925

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

The Aussie market is hard because you need to offer service from most of the capital cities. The point with Melbourne is that if Virgin really wants to be a premium airline and have a long haul operation then it may make sense to focus the majority of the fleet on one market going forward. Brisbane ...

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by redroo
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54925

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Random rumour I heard today is VA 330 pilots have been conducting sim session landing into HNL in preparation for launch ex-MEL. It was a case of a ‘friend heard’, not sure on the requirement for sim session prior to a new route - however there is no full service airline on the route, and I’m not s...

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by redroo
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54925

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

VA checkin system suffers a meltdown, flights are currently delayed/grounded http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/nationwide-virgin-checkin-meltdown-grounds-luckless-crows/news-story/803e130308dc944883568456739bc8a9 Anyone got any idea what the cause of the meltdown was? Virgin are citing a...

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by redroo
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54925

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-up ... 56739bc8a9


Anyone got any idea what the cause of the meltdown was?
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qf789 wrote:
VA checkin system suffers a meltdown, flights are currently delayed/grounded

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-up ... 56739bc8a9


Anyone got any idea what the cause of the meltdown was?

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by redroo
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 184822

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

Choosing frequency over capacity could be the way to go in regards to the 747 replacement could be the way to go. absolutely resolutely not! frequency has nothing to do with this purchase... ultra long haul is NEVER about frequency. This is about economy, costs, price, risk, but certainly not frequ...

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by redroo
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin noise comparision A330 / B787 / B777
Replies: 52
Views: 7739

Re: Cabin noise comparision A330 / B787 / B777

Why is the 777 noisier than other aircraft?

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by redroo
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next in line with the "hip" airlines trend.. "Swoop"
Replies: 88
Views: 9197

Re: Next in line with the "hip" airlines trend.. "Swoop"

I don't know why these companies just don't licence the Jetstar brand from QF.

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by redroo
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38080

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

That is a good looking bird !!

The new livery is growing on me.

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by redroo
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38080

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

I'll weigh in on Virgin vs Qantas again. Virgin charge almost the same as qantas yet their product is perceived to be inferior to the qantas product. Having experienced some shocking meals and "you need to pay for a lemonade because it's not 4pm" I hold the same perception. To go from low ...

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by redroo
Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38080

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

Perth isn't a traditional inbound tourist destination. You really need to be into the beach, nature and food/wine to get the most of my home town.

The city does need to do more to attract tourists IMHO.

Not too many though :-)

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by redroo
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the A360, the next big Airbus-project, an A310-class-plane?
Replies: 97
Views: 41700

Re: Is the A360, the next big Airbus-project, an A310-class-plane?

What would it take to give the A321LR some serious range? Thinking 10,000km to connect anywhere in Asia to anywhere in Oz and NZ.

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by redroo
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38080

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

VA chairperson says its 3 year transformation program is yielding positive result and is ahead of schedule http://australianaviation.com.au/2017/09/virgin-australia-chairman-says-good-progress-being-made-on-transformation-program/ The irony of needing a transformation program to transform your busi...

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by redroo
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 184822

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

You'd be surprised at the number of people that step off the QF1 and go straight to work. Have done it myself a few times. Five days in Europe then back on the QF2 on Friday night. That would be tiring It is tiring, but its what Australian executives need to do. When you need to spend 24 hours on a...

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by redroo
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 184822

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

It's going to be a VERY interesting flight. Through the typhoons of Southeast asia over to the huge winds of Himalayas, up to the Polar downwinds over Kazakhstan and into Europe. They'll have to re-introduce the sickness bags. :-) Given the great circle route SYD-LHR is practically the same as SYD-...

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by redroo
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 184822

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

You'd be surprised at the number of people that step off the QF1 and go straight to work. Have done it myself a few times.

Five days in Europe then back on the QF2 on Friday night.

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by redroo
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 184822

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

ORD to be announced in the next 3 years, based on reliable sources. When SYD-ORD does start, highly doubtful that it'll be in the next 3 years cause they'll go JFK nonstop first, what connections are available over ORD that aren't available out of QF's SYD-DFW or rival UA's SYD-IAH? The QF strategy...

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by redroo
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?
Replies: 87
Views: 10979

Re: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?

In defence of poor Hawaii.

I live on kms of empty, white sandy beaches with 300 days of sunshine a year in Perth and I flew all the way to Hawaii and had a great time. Great fun and from an Aussies perspective the flight was 'short' and the jet lag easy.

Its not just for Americans :-)

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by redroo
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38080

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

Is the A321LR going to open up more routes from Perth in the future? It has more legs than the 737 and A320 but is there anything in range worth while?

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by redroo
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38080

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

QF PER to NRT would be nice. Even JAL or ANA would do.

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by redroo
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 20268

Re: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018

Re the dislike for Dubai. Aussies have long transmitted through Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong. By comparison Dubai is busy, congested and devoid of anywhere to sit between midnight and 3am. And don't get me started on the price of a flat white. The Aussies I've spoken to over the last 24 hours a...

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by redroo
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 20268

Re: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018

For sand gropers in Perth it finally gives us the ability to fly QF metal to London without having to back track. We will be able to catch the direct flight or pick up the Singapore flight. This is great news. I am still excited a couple of days after the announcement. Emirates is a fine airline but...

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by redroo
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 20268

Re: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018

Overall, QF now has a comprehensive network. After a few years of doom and gloom, it has re-invented itself, opening new routes, being more agile and finally listening to customers. I think it is a pity that it will not now fly its own metal through a port in the Middle East. For all the bizarre di...

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by redroo
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38080

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

It will be interesting to see what QF does with the current QF51/52 BNE-SIN timetable. As it currently stands, the QF timetable in April next year to SIN will be: SYD-SIN-LHR QF001 SYD1555 – 2215SIN2355 – 0650+1LHR 388 D QF002 LHR2115 – 1725+1SIN1930+1 – 0510+2SYD 388 D MEL-SIN QF035 MEL1155 – 1755...

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by redroo
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 20268

Re: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from April 2018

This is great news. There are significantly more business relationship between Oz and Singapore than there are between Oz and Dubai. The ability to connect through Dubai on a QF ticket still remains if you want to go to Prague but the high yielding business passenger can return to doing a Sydney Sin...

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by redroo
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

It makes much more sense from a business traveller. I used to stop in the office in Singapore on the way back from London and kill two birds with one trip. Dubai never gave this option.

Excited !!!! Great news.

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by redroo
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

This is amazing news.

Give me a non stop or a connection in Singapore any day over Dubai.

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by redroo
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 20268

Re: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from April 2018

A great start to the day !!!!

This is great news.

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by redroo
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 316
Views: 40633

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

Qantas may be wary of buying RR again. They were not happy with the A380 incident.

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Maybe it's time for QF to launch PER-JNB

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Yes!

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by redroo
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

They were never meant to go international but they quickly did. There's only one toilet for a whole J cabin on the new J config. Bad enough for domestic. Very poor for international. Whilst it is impossible to predict the future one should hedge ones bets. I single config would have been more flexib...

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by redroo
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Re QFA330 I will never understand why they went for a domestic and an international configuration. Having a consistent product, seating, galleys, etc across the fleet would have simplified operations and enabled the aircraft to switch seamlessly from a domestic to an international flight.

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by redroo
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 316
Views: 40633

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

JFK and ORD will happen nonstop in some form. Outside if that, only OneWorld hubs make sense, and CLT, MIA, PHL, and PHX seem like a stretch. the challenge of QF is that it needs to fly to where Australian business want to fly. That narrows it down to the worlds major financial centres. Beyond that...

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by redroo
Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 316
Views: 40633

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

How would a possible schedule for SYD – LHR – SYD and SYD – JFK – SYD look like? For the LHR – SYD leg, assuming 20 hours of block time and 9 hours of time difference between LHR and SYD, the current QF2 morning arrival in SYD would not be possible due to the curfew at LHR. So how would Qantas best...

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by redroo
Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 316
Views: 40633

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

How would a possible schedule for SYD – LHR – SYD and SYD – JFK – SYD look like? For the LHR – SYD leg, assuming 20 hours of block time and 9 hours of time difference between LHR and SYD, the current QF2 morning arrival in SYD would not be possible due to the curfew at LHR. So how would Qantas best...

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by redroo
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 316
Views: 40633

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

Regional ! LOL qf789. That's what we call anything in Asia too.

Speaking of HBA. Now there's a "ULH" route from PER we need. :-)

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