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by kriskim
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 34684

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

I guess we are seeing a capacity correction by the ME3 in Australia, there was too much capacity and they are pulling back a little; PER has seen its frequency to the Middle East halved, seems like EK couldn't make the second daily work even with EY pulling out earlier. PER will get stronger in East...

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by kriskim
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

SCFlyer Reply 305: There is one problem with your "international adjustments" theory. The VA shareholders DO NOT hold shares in VA's International operations, they are separate airlines/companies with VA International having majority [at least] Australian shareholders. In name only. When ...

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by kriskim
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA launches NRT-PER
Replies: 63
Views: 9654

Re: ANA launches NRT-PER

After PER, I wonder if NH will look into launching more destinations in Australia, JL currently flies to both SYD and MEL and NH now flies to SYD and PER. I think BNE could probably attract more flights, could MEL be an atttactive market for NH? Considering that there are already twice daily which h...

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by kriskim
Tue Dec 25, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Kansai region mulls re-balancing its multi-airport system of KIX, UKB, ITM
Replies: 16
Views: 3791

Re: Japanese Kansai region mulls re-balancing its multi-airport system of KIX, UKB, ITM

It’ll be interesting to see whether ITM would get back its share of international flights Also it always seems absurd and foolish to me that aviation authorities step in to impose man-made restrictions on one airport in favor of another in adjacent areas just because they want to promote a chosen a...

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by kriskim
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fans buy ticket to meet their idol on airplane then request deboard, delaying everyone
Replies: 23
Views: 7393

Re: Fans buy ticket to meet their idol on airplane then request deboard, delaying everyone

Don’t underestimate K-Pop fans, these so called fans are what we in Korea call Sasaeng fans: fans who literally stalk their idols 24/7 and know about their whereabouts and schedule - it is quite scary.

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by kriskim
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia forms Vietnam unit
Replies: 13
Views: 1584

Re: Air Asia forms Vietnam unit

Actually their third time, we were suppose to see a fleet of blue AirAsia planes a fair while back. The JV was called Vina AirAsia a JV between Vinashin Group and AirAsia - this was the groups first attempt.

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by kriskim
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Those timings can't be right, are they? Maybe they're FJ934 MEL 11:50 - 18:40 NAN 737 46 FJ935 NAN 07:00 - 10:50 MEL 737 46 Yes, was in a rush, forgot to change the 06:40PM to 18:40! Are these flights in addition to FJ’s regular MEL schedule? Days 46 move to the new schedule, whilst the other days ...

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by kriskim
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

It's unlikely to be FJ930/931 as the timings do not easily integrate with the A330 schedule and the current schedule does not facilitate onward connections to anywhere other than a couple of islands. The flight is therefore almost exclusively focussed on NAN-MEL O&D which is a smaller market th...

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by kriskim
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Interesting the article also mentions FJ may send another 330 to AU. I hope we see it in Melbourne Their 11:30 departure arriving 06:30 could do with lie flat beds in business! Similar schedule to suggest QF, only QF will accommodate SYD curfew. It's unlikely to be FJ930/931 as the timings do not e...

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by kriskim
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is BA interested in non-stop flight to Australia?
Replies: 13
Views: 3080

Re: Is BA interested in non-stop flight to Australia?

Would love to see BA back at MEL, however not non-stop and probably not any time soon but atleast they are thinking about it.

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by kriskim
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why UA chose LAX-MEL over SFO-MEL?
Replies: 32
Views: 5256

Re: Why UA chose LAX-MEL over SFO-MEL?

I think if UA is to expand into Australia, it will be MEL-SFO next. UA has had an established presence in MEL for well over two decades now and will probably need to consider expanding the market beyond daily flights to LAX, with MEL-SFO starting to grow, UA might be waiting to see how well QF does...

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by kriskim
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why UA chose LAX-MEL over SFO-MEL?
Replies: 32
Views: 5256

Re: Why UA chose LAX-MEL over SFO-MEL?

I think if UA is to expand into Australia, it will be MEL-SFO next. UA has had an established presence in MEL for well over two decades now and will probably need to consider expanding the market beyond daily flights to LAX, with MEL-SFO starting to grow, UA might be waiting to see how well QF does ...

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by kriskim
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Vietjet are apparently going to open a Ho Chi Minh to Darwin route with the possibility of it connecting somewhere else in the country. Vietjet have visited Australia on a number of occasions, meeting with Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane airports. I didn't understand why they would bother with MEL &...

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by kriskim
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Hi there, I have been reading this forum for the last few months, but haven’t had the chance to post before. I was wondering if anyone knows what happened to QF27 SYD-SCL these last two days. On 6/Nov, according to FlightAware, QF27 left SYD a solid 5h late and returned to SYD at midnight (7/Nov) f...

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by kriskim
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern A350 & 787 routes
Replies: 6
Views: 2065

Re: China Eastern A350 & 787 routes

First few 789's going to FM, will be operated on PVG-SIN and PVG-MEL, flights which are currently marketed by MU and operated by FM A330's. I believe these routes will be fully handed over to FM and marketed as a FM flights later this year/early 2019.

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by kriskim
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 47042

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Today's QF10 PER-MEL is being subbed by a 738, looks like ZNF may have an issue with it though it is planned to ferried to MEL in about 40 minutes time as QF6016 Unfortunately this has cancelled tonights QF49 - a few disappointed pax at QF check-in today as the flight was initially delayed. With no...

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by kriskim
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qantas future longhaul routes
Replies: 53
Views: 8014

Re: Qantas future longhaul routes

I would love to see these route out of MEL: MEL - DFW MEL - LHR (non-stop) MEL - BKK* (replace JQ) MEL - KIX MEL - PVG* MEL - BOM MEL - EZE MEL - JNB If QF does replace JQ on MEL-BKK, maybe JQ can launch non-stop MEL-KIX. If QF ends up getting some A321NEOLR's for themselves, could we see pacific ro...

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by kriskim
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 47042

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Thai Airways BKK-BNE still at 4 weekly for NW18/19 however 788 will be replaced by 772 https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280981/malaysia-airlines-w18-international-changes-as-of-11oct18/ Significant downgrade in hard product, very disappointing. The only route in Australia that will...

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by kriskim
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 47042

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

smi0006 wrote:
Sitting on a VA flight some crew who were part of the promotional team were traveling. Sounds like there is an announcement in the lounge tomorrow, is SRB still in the country?


Maybe its a new route announcement?!!

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by kriskim
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 47042

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

I read in another discussion on here that AC will increase YVR- MEL to 4x weekly from NS19. There was no link to a source though. Is anyone able to confirm? If true, great to see AC increasing flights. Flights increase to x4 weekly from 28OCT indefinitely, days also change, flights will now operate...

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by kriskim
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Garuda Indonesia destinations?
Replies: 16
Views: 1959

Re: Possible Garuda Indonesia destinations?

I wonder why Garuda doesn't fly to ADL and BNE. They are reachable from DPS using 737-800. They tried BNE-DPS with the 737's but it was not viable for them so they axed it less than 2 years after it was re-launched. I'm not too sure about ADL. GA have a pretty good presence in MEL, SYD and PER, whi...

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by kriskim
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PR Begins Alliance Accession Talks
Replies: 19
Views: 5312

Re: PR Begins Alliance Accession Talks

The way alliances work, a member would need to help sponsor PR. If you ask me, PR is more likely to find a strategic/equity partner from a NE Asian airline like JL or KE than end up going through the whole alliance process. Rumor has it that NH was likely going to be a strategic equity partner and ...

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by kriskim
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Turkish Airlines could start flying to Australia in 2019 with B787-9
Replies: 80
Views: 11321

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

If TK wanted to fly to PER, they would have done so by now. But with only x7 weekly flights allowed to Australia's Big 4, TK wants either SYD or MEL. I'm not too sure about splitting up the frequency between the two cities, I think that it would make more sense to operate a daily service from 1 city...

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by kriskim
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Sri Lankan Airlines, J Class, CMB-MEL June 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 5634

Re: Sri Lankan Airlines, J Class, CMB-MEL June 2018

Great report, I have flown Srilankan Airlines many times, and i think their crews are the great, very friendly and personable. The lounge in CMB could certainly do with an update, but i think that will come with the airport redevelopment. Living in Melbourne myself, I haven't yet flown UL from MEL,...

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by kriskim
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 64640

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Air China's suspended BNE-PEK will only return seasonally from 18 JAN 2019 to 29 MAR 2019 per source at CA. Looks like BNE-PEK flights aren't even loaded past that date, though MEL and SYD is. Out of the Big 3 Mainland Chinese cities, PEK is the weakest performer, even CA had a little trouble out o...

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by kriskim
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 64640

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Does anybody know about how is Air Mauritius doing in Australia? Actually, only Perth is operated, with 2 base weekly flights and up to 4 weekly flights, with the new A330-900 soon coming on the route, representing an increase in capacity. However, some years back, MK also had flights to Melbourne(...

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by kriskim
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 64640

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

JQ haven’t really shown very much interest in increasing Thailand services. The routes they fly to Thailand basically haven’t changed since they were launched. As far as I know they only fly MEL/SYD-HKT and MEL-BKK, none of which are daily. Well, MEL - HKT's performance has been shocking this year ...

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by kriskim
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 64640

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Speaking of TG what happened Thai Air Asia could they strike with reduced capacity? Could also be the case there is connecting traffic just not that high for Brissy? They were supposed to be getting some more A330s if I remeber right... I wonder of they would consider BKK-BNE. I think a LCC link co...

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by kriskim
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 66083

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

double post please delete

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by kriskim
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 66083

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Yeah the Melbourne dungeon is in dire need for an upgrade, but maybe with more expansion at Melbourne international being planned they don't want to spend money on an update to then move in a couple of years time. They maybe could have mentioned if they were in discussions with Melbourne airport. I...

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by kriskim
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 66083

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

And again you can argue that JL would want to do MEL-HND over SYD-HND but if you go ask people in JAL they would tell you otherwise. (My friend working in JAL in Tokyo said his management has to be crazy to prioritize MEL over SYD to fly into HND) And BTW JAL's only Australia office is in Sydney as...

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by kriskim
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wikipedia Now Proposing & Discussing Eliminating Airport Destinations Table
Replies: 48
Views: 4377

Re: Wikipedia Now Proposing & Discussing Eliminating Airport Destinations Table

First they got rid of the Terminal column and now they want to get rid of the destinations as well. Might as well not have a page dedicated to airports at all on Wikipedia and we should create our own Airport wiki on airliners.net ! I do somewhat agree with the poster in regards to some nasty editor...

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by kriskim
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 66083

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

MEL airport is exploring the idea of swing gates https://twitter.com/AusAirports/status/1028867625957253120 Would not be surprised if they implement a few in the proposed T1/3 reconfiguration. Actually if we use foreign example, an effective layout could be a three-level terminal, with the top one ...

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by kriskim
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM adds more flights to Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 46
Views: 5903

Re: LATAM adds more flights to Melbourne, Australia

I am curious about why MEL, not SYD, is LATAM's gateway. Business ties? LA services both MEL and SYD, LA flies to SYD daily via AKL, there is currently a JV with QF in place, with QF operating non-stop SYD-SCL. It makes sense for LA to tap into MEL's growing demand for Sth America services, with th...

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by kriskim
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 66083

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Qantas PER-LHR best time so far has been recorded at 16 hours 23 minutes compared to the schedule time of 17 hours 20 minutes, in the other direction LHR-PER the best time has been 15 hours 45 minutes, exactly one hour better than published schedule. It will be interesting to see how long the fligh...

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by kriskim
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China—Australia Air Connectivity Thread
Replies: 37
Views: 2524

Re: China—Australia Air Connectivity Thread

Hainan Province is pushing for direct air service btwn Hainan and Melbourne in a bid to promote the Chinese island’s tourism appeal among Australian tourists, as per the report on a tourism presentation held by Hainan’s tourism authorities days ago in Melbourne 海南赴澳大利亚墨尔本举办旅游推介会 将开通两地直飞航线Hainan Pus...

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by kriskim
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 66083

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Lots of Brazilians In Melbourne either studying or working, it’s probably up there as one of the largest number of foreign students and workers I come in contact with, though still far behind the more obvious sources of immigration (Uk, NZ, China, India) Also a surprisingly high number of Colombian...

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by kriskim
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 66083

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

LATAM increases MEL to x5 weekly from 01JAN with new Thursday and Saturday services, the CEO hopes to make MEL-SCL daily soon, as the number of traffic between the two continents has grown by 40% since services was launched. LATAM says that there is sufficient demand to make the route daily and load...

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by kriskim
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA Operations/Network
Replies: 84
Views: 7103

Re: HA Operations/Network

HA keeps on saying that they are interested in MEL but nothing comes of it, so I won't be holding my breath seeing them fly HNL-MEL once the 787's arrive. They should probably get in before other carriers get more aggressive in the MEL-Nth America market.

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by kriskim
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 61876

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

QF29 wrote:
EK looks to be changing their flight times out of Melbourne, I'd expect an announcement very soon.


The 2 A380’s aren’t making any money sitting in MEL for half the day!

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by kriskim
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 61876

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

5J to PER would be fantastic, and probably more suited to the market than PR. A route perfect for the 321neo. I have to say, the one route that I am surprised has lasted after all these years is PER-BKI on MH. It's just such an oddball flight for an airline with financial woes. Pretty crazy to thin...

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by kriskim
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 61876

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

That's not looking good. I notice the China Eastern BNE-PVG flight sometimes reduces to 3X/week and Hainan remains at 2x/week BNE-SZX. It must be because of aircraft shortage. Passenger numbers have been pretty good for the start with 80% load factors mostly. Afraid I'm not 100% convinced suspensio...

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by kriskim
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 61876

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

China Airlines to fly the 777-300ER on TPE-BNE-AKL from December to February next year. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/279405/china-airlines-nw18-operation-changes-as-of-03jul18/ Looks like MEL gets the 77W indefinitely, quite an upgrade, proves those wrong who said that they did...

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by kriskim
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 46286

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

CI to send 77W to MEL starting 10/29, replacing A359. Frequency unchanged (3-weekly). Source: https://www.ttnmedia.com/?p=35721 That’s interesting, are they still doing the Seasonal CHC run? I wonder if the BNE-AKL run could get an up gauge? It used to see 744’s in NW. It could also get split I sup...

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by kriskim
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 46286

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

QF says PER-LHR is performing well with very high load factors particularly in premium cabins. The 787-9 is also ticking the boxes on reliability with no diversions or technical issues. PER-CDG announced by end of this year to start in 2019 https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/qantas-likely-to-launch-non...

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by kriskim
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 46286

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

PR increases MEL to daily from 28 Oct 18 https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/279260/philippine-airlines-increases-melbourne-flights-from-late-oct-2018/ From 3x weekly (I believe) in April to daily in October and all thanks to Cebu ;) PR has been too comfortable with its capacity to ME...

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by kriskim
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 46286

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

I think any flight wouldn’t be daily anyways, so they could launch maybe 3 weekly to PER, and 2 weekly (on different days to PER) to either MEL/SYD if they really wanted east coast. If they then did a codeshare deal with either QF or VA on the domestic flights for PER-MEL/SYD you would essentially ...

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by kriskim
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 46286

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

According to Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, the airline is looking at flying to MEL via BKK, SIN or SEZ. In a related news, Ethiopian is planning to connect Africa with Australia by air transport. On the sidelines of the 74th Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transpo...

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by kriskim
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 104
Views: 18011

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

According to Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, the airline is looking at flying to MEL via BKK, SIN or SEZ. In a related news, Ethiopian is planning to connect Africa with Australia by air transport. On the sidelines of the 74th Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transpo...

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