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by kriskim
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas future longhaul routes
Replies: 45
Views: 4629

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: 204
Views: 22229

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: 204
Views: 22229

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: 204
Views: 22229

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: 1643

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: 16
Views: 3918

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: 10670

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: 5042

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: 55149

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: 55149

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: 55149

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: 55149

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: 57127

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: 57127

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: 57127

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: 4012

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: 57127

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: 5574

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: 57127

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: 2432

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: 57127

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: 57127

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: 6842

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: 59375

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: 59375

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: 59375

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: 59375

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: 45064

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: 45064

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: 45064

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: 45064

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: 45064

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: 97
Views: 15793

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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by kriskim
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 45064

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

QF might be more focussed on O&D perhaps? I mean its good to have the feed to LHR, but they should have sufficient demand from both MEL and SYD to fill the A380 to LHR, since its only 1 A380 now and not 2 like before. Considering that QF just increased SYD-SIN to x17 weekly, that indicates that ...

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by kriskim
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Willie Walsh: I would like BA to return to MEL
Replies: 53
Views: 7742

Re: Willie Walsh: I would like BA to return to MEL

My bet would be on LHR-DOH-MEL Agreed , I can sort of see that happening if they really want to return to Melbourne .... but the yields to Oz are just trash at the moment , too far away , too insignificant Could it be in co-operation with QR? If they form some sort of JV, it would give QR a second ...

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by kriskim
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unbearable stench from passenger causes emergency landing
Replies: 67
Views: 15558

Re: Unbearable stench from passenger causes emergency landing

If people are vomiting and fainting, then it becomes a safety and hazard risk. The crew did the right decision in diverting the flight, period.

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by kriskim
Thu May 31, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 45064

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

June will be a robust month for MEL as new services and service increases get underway! - Air Canada will launch x3 weekly year round service, increasing to x4 weekly in December - Malindo Air will launch daily services to KUL via DPS - Qantas will launch daily services to DPS, complementing Jetstar...

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by kriskim
Wed May 23, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 44801

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

They flew to SYD, but had lousy slots- it connected with almost nothing. Even flag waving exercises need semi-decent loads. There is a reason why MEL stayed and BNE was sacrificed, but can't post here. Suffice to say, all very political. Decisions are always made for multiple reasons, but the comme...

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by kriskim
Mon May 21, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 44801

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

Well that is one out of left field VN are starting PHE PHE-SGN (from sept 2018) and PHE-AKL (from march 2019) As well as Shanghai starting in 2019! (airline to be announced) https://thewest.com.au/news/north-west-telegraph/direct-flights-to-vietnam-announced-ng-b88840296z Interesting times with Sil...

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by kriskim
Sat May 19, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS and FedEx in Australia
Replies: 12
Views: 2409

Re: UPS and FedEx in Australia

Both FedEx and UPS only operate into Sydney in Australia. If they have packages destined for, say Brisbane or Perth and so on, who do they get cargo space with to get the cargo to other locations throughout Australia? It would also depend a lot on what priority it is. High priority stuff would be b...

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by kriskim
Sat May 12, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The New Livery of PIA gets leaked
Replies: 155
Views: 31829

Re: The New Livery of PIA gets leaked

I guess something like this, I tried the monochrome and it didn't look too nice and didn't connect well with the font. I feel like the tail needs a lighter green element (previous).

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by kriskim
Sat May 12, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The New Livery of PIA gets leaked
Replies: 155
Views: 31829

Re: The New Livery of PIA gets leaked

A million fold improvement already! Do you mind if I tweet your concept ? (With Full Credit of course) Tweet away! Glad you liked it, I think that the tail was quite hard to work with in the first place, it needed some type of blend, and I think the mosaic like background ties it in nicely with the...

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by kriskim
Sat May 12, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The New Livery of PIA gets leaked
Replies: 155
Views: 31829

Re: The New Livery of PIA gets leaked

Here is my take on the livery, I agree, the right concepts and elements are there but the execution simply failed the livery. Please note that its a 10 minute job so don't be too harsh haha https://78.media.tumblr.com/bcef4804daf0ec54e887dd4ff85ade45/tumblr_p8m3vhV5ic1s12f1yo1_1280.png

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by kriskim
Thu May 10, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 44801

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

Out of curiosity what type of market, pax mix does QF get on routes like MNL and CGK?

QF seems to be making money atleast despite competition intensifying on these routes, especially MNL.

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by kriskim
Sat May 05, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 44801

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

Hey guys, Vietnam Airlines in its current (April 2018, page 155) inflight magazine features an article on the chef Luke Nguyen. At the very end of the article, it states that while currently VN flies direct routes to Sydney and Melbourne, it will be 'in the near future, increasing flight frequency ...

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by kriskim
Tue May 01, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 44801

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

A quick question that I haven’t seen covered off before. QF codeshare on CZ to CAN and on MU to PVG, is there a reason why VA don’t on HU, GS and JD flights between Australia and China? Is it because they’re to cities with little outbound market from AU, or any other reason. Just thinks it’s odd th...

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by kriskim
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 55955

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

If the JV is approved, I could see:

- AA launch MEL-LAX daily with 789
- QF95/96 replaced with AA, capacity to go into new QF MEL-DFW x3 weekly service or MEL-SFO goes daily

or would QF do a left field move and launch MEL-JNB with the 789?

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by kriskim
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh
Replies: 129
Views: 33320

Re: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh

I love what I am seeing so far, the new logo is very refined and has more of a 'premium feel', more akin with a 5 star resort seen in Bora Bora. Let's just hope that the new livery is worthy of its predecessor. I really do love the vibrant tones of blue and white of the current livery. However if th...

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by kriskim
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR next long haul type must be able to fly nonstop to Australia/NZ
Replies: 61
Views: 9400

Re: AR next long haul type must be able to fly nonstop to Australia/NZ

Why does AR need to fly to Australia when they have so many other issues. Worry about Miami and Madrid, the two most important international destinations for AR. For AR flying to Sydney is "pie in the sky" ego. AR;s mission should be to fix the airline for sale. Maybe you are right but AR...

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by kriskim
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China—Australia Air Connectivity Thread
Replies: 37
Views: 2432

Re: China—Australia Air Connectivity Thread

QF currently flies SYD-PEK daily since early 2017. PEK-MEL is only 4 weekly by CA. I just don’t understand why no one wants to add more frequency if so many second tier cities can make MEL flights work albeit with subsidy surely PEK can support at least daily if not more flights. MEL-PEK is usually ...

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