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by kriskim
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 278
Views: 25049

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: 43
Views: 4941

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: 278
Views: 25049

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: 2398

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: 278
Views: 25049

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: 278
Views: 25049

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: 6624

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 Oct 16, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

AusBT thrives on a good press junket. Just wait until Star Alliance has their next big global conference and all you'll see on the site for a week is gushing stories about LH, LX, OS etc despite those carriers having almost zero relevance to Australian travellers. Take anything they publish with a ...

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by kriskim
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

The logical thing if the QF-AA JV is approved is for AA to operate LAX-AKL year round, or maybe DFW-AKL connecting with QF in AKL. If not, then One World have to accept they don't have a viable presence in that market. Seasonal doesn't cut it for high yield travellers as we've discussed in the NZ t...

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by kriskim
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018
Replies: 67
Views: 13504

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

It hasn't really been said what great news this is for QF. With EK out of the picture on the tasman this opens the possibility for QF to build or should I say rebuild their AKL hub with onward flights to North America. With no definite announcement on what QF B787-9 frames #7 and #8 are being used ...

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by kriskim
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018
Replies: 67
Views: 13504

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

This does not add up - they are adding a 77L flight to BNE in a few months, before the A380 on BNE - AKL is cancelled. If they really wanted to, they would have replaced the A380 with the 77L on BNE - AKL - unless the 77L is destined for WLG? :stirthepot: Likewise, they have a 77W service to MEL (E...

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by kriskim
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018
Replies: 67
Views: 13504

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

Do they not fly SYD-AKL? How about SIN-MEL and BKK-SYD? Those will stay, EK has already announced earlier that they will axe SYD-AKL. This will leave SYD-CHC as the only trans-tasman service for EK. How did EKs AKL schedule look like at its peak? Found this photo of 4x EK A380s on the ground at the...

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by kriskim
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss PER, if I were you. At least one of KQ / ET is putting effort into commencing PER, with SYD and MEL only on their radar insofar as codeshares on a domestic carrier ex-PER. ET reps have stated that they are looking at MEL flights. There has been no mention of PER so...

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by kriskim
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

If this happens, I would think it's a pretty desperate sign that VA wanted to move its A330 away from Transcon routes. JQ currently flies it 4x weekly; I personally don't think the market would be big enough for two carriers. IMHO VA would have a better chance by flying to somewhere Southeast Asia ...

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by kriskim
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

BITRE for July now available VA MEL-HKG LF 8804% outbound, 61.4% inbound https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/files/International_airline_activity_1707.pdf 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 ...

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by kriskim
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: JAL considers additional A350s and int'l expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 20004

Re: Bloomberg: JAL considers additional A350s and int'l expansion

I definately think that PER could be a big contender, JL was looking at both MEL and PER seriously before choosing to launch MEL. This time round, I think that there is a strong possibility that JL will look at PER favorably.

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by kriskim
Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38104

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

At least SYD shares the 'pain' of Bus Boarding between all carriers (home & overseas) rather than adopting the standard at other international ports of subjecting the 'Home Carriers' to bus boarding whilst dedicating the jetways to international carriers Most other ports worldwide (& MEL fr...

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by kriskim
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38104

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

Does anyone know if all the JQ 787's are MEL and SYD based? I know that the maintenance base is in MEL, but are the 787's based anywhere else?

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by kriskim
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Lion Air to add A333's to its fleet by end of the year
Replies: 18
Views: 5941

Re: Thai Lion Air to add A333's to its fleet by end of the year

These three jets are new from Airbus' assembly line in Toulouse Odd, there are no A330s for Thai Lion Air in assembly. I suspect Lion Air Group will transfer the three Batik Air A330s currently in assembly to Thai Lion Air. Correct! Originally these were suppose to go to Malindo Air however these h...

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by kriskim
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38104

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

Malindo's A330's have been reallocated to Thai Lion Air so it does sounds promising that it is them

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by kriskim
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 20277

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

So with the changes we now have spare A330 capacity from: - Daily SYD-SIN and x3 weekly MEL-SIN as these frequency are now taken over by the latest changes. QF has generally allocated the capacity back to the city where the aircraft was taken out of, when the 747 was placed onto MEL-HKG, the frequen...

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by kriskim
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Somoa Airways will begin operations in November and will fly to both SYD & BNE http://australianaviation.com.au/2017/08/samoa-airways-to-take-off-in-november-with-leased-boeing-737/ Some of these airlines seriously need to hire graphic designers, and if they did, they should of be fired! The br...

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by kriskim
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Would JQ be interested in PER-NRT? Seems like a far safer route for them to go after than something like MEL-CGO. Possibly, but is JQ being offered incentives and subsidies for PER-NRT? JQ also wants a foothold in the Mainland China market, so partnering with the Henan Central Government will give ...

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by kriskim
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

https://twitter.com/winglets747/status/ ... 5534605312


MEL killing it with new long haul route this year!
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A330freak wrote:
The following tweet from an analyst at CAPA is claiming that JQ will launch twice weekly services from Melbourne to Zhengzhou in December.
https://twitter.com/winglets747/status/ ... 5534605312


MEL killing it with new long haul route this year!

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by kriskim
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Polar Air Cargo, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Atlas Air (Qantas), Qantas Freight, Australian Air Express.

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by kriskim
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

JQ benefiting from best global economy in 10 years JQ to announce a direct Australia - China route in the next couple of weeks http://www.airlineratings.com/news/1383/jetstar-benefiting-from-the-best-global-economy-for-10-years-says-ceo- Will be exMEL! So any takers for Melbourne to Shanghai Pudong...

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qf789 wrote:
JQ benefiting from best global economy in 10 years

JQ to announce a direct Australia - China route in the next couple of weeks

http://www.airlineratings.com/news/1383 ... -says-ceo-


Will be exMEL!

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by kriskim
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Malindo to launch MEL-KUL, Batik Indonesia to launch SYD-DPS in Q4 2017. Batik Indonesia to launch MEL-DPS 1H 2018.

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by kriskim
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

I just flew this route on VA last night. Some observations... 1. Checkin in HKG still needs a bit of work - they definitely need to improve the service to business pax 2. HNA staffed counters so perhaps still learning the ropes but again, far too slow 3. They were offering at-checkin upgrades to J ...

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by kriskim
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Opportunities for America and beyond
Replies: 85
Views: 14596

Re: Qantas Opps for America and beyond

JQ already serves the US, it operates both MEL-HNL and SYD-HNL. If the JV with AA is approved this is what I see happening: - AA replaces QF on QF95/96 MEL-LAX - QF opens up MEL-DFW - Possibly QF opens up MEL-SFO MEL will be the next big market where AA and QF will be targeting, there were already r...

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by kriskim
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA International routes
Replies: 67
Views: 17000

Re: New AA International routes

I can see AA jumping on LAX-MEL once the JV with QF gets approved.

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by kriskim
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VN 1440 HAN to SFO July 10
Replies: 12
Views: 3295

Re: VN 1440 HAN to SFO July 10

jeffrey1970 wrote:
Will VN ever start service to the U.S.A.?


Well Vietnam needs to get FAA 1 status first before the first VN flight can touchdown in US soil. The A350's can definately reach the east coast, they have the equipment and demand but yields is a different question.

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by kriskim
Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40090

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

When KE pulled out of MEL the market was so tiny compared to SYD or even BNE (can't remember the exact figure tho). Don't think the market has grown tremendously over the past few years. Minded when KE pulled out they were serving 3x on A332. When KE pulled out of MEL, the numbers were about the sa...

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by kriskim
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Adding Additional 77W's to Schedule
Replies: 55
Views: 15276

Re: United Adding Additional 77W's to Schedule

Would be nice if they move the 789 from SYD to SFO-MEL :)

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by kriskim
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines' order of A350s and its future fleet+growth
Replies: 32
Views: 5598

Re: Ethiopian Airlines' order of A350s and its future fleet+growth

ET is looking at ADD-MEL and talks have already begun for launching such service. So that might take 1-2 frames from expansion.

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by kriskim
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Mauritius - 50 years old
Replies: 11
Views: 2794

Re: Air Mauritius - 50 years old

Would love to see MK back in MEL, even seasonally, there is definately a market for non stop flights. They did try, however I think they will be able to capture a large VFR market operating during the December/January peak.

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by kriskim
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar
Replies: 681
Views: 147554

Re: Breaking: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar

I wonder if QR will be able to operate DOH-AKL non-stop now that UAE airspace is shut off to them.

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by kriskim
Mon May 29, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 402
Views: 42752

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017

I was hoping UL would perhaps consider PER over MEL and launch a codeshare with VA or QF to funnel pax to the Eastern states, similar to SA and MK. But I guess the O&D demand is too small to warrant this. Will be interesting to see if KQ's plans to service PER ever materialize. Perhaps ET could...

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by kriskim
Thu May 25, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL to announce new routes and medium term plan
Replies: 138
Views: 32969

Re: JAL to announce new routes and medium term plan

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Consume ... lia-Hawaii
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First destination: MEL! Flights due to begin in September

JL will also launch more Hawaii flights amid tourist numbers falling in Europe

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Consume ... lia-Hawaii

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by kriskim
Thu May 25, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 402
Views: 42752

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017

CZ opens reservations for MEL-SZX, due to begin in just a weeks time! Is this the fastest launch period for an international flight in Australia?

CZ3074 MEL 08:00 - 15:35 SZX A332 257
CZ3073 SZX 19:05 - 06:20+1 MEL A332 146

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by kriskim
Tue May 16, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 402
Views: 42752

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017

SQ to cancel 3 flights on capital express route (14 August, 5 September and 24 October) ex WLG due to weaker demand http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/92644365/singapore-airlines-trimming-several-flights-from-capital-express-service Oh wow, 3 flights! that is so much. I'm surprised this made the news ...

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by kriskim
Thu May 11, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future International Expansion
Replies: 101
Views: 17595

Re: United's future International Expansion

Would love to see SFO-MEL! I think this flight could be a winner especially with Silicon Valley tech companies setting up their Asia Pacific HQ in Melbourne.

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by kriskim
Wed May 03, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 402
Views: 42752

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017

Very exciting news! I guess I was right then! hehehe

Let's hope that bookings go through the roof and AC makes MEL permanent!

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by kriskim
Wed May 03, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 402
Views: 42752

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017

Nope this is not the announcement I flagged - so there's another one to come for MEL this week. It's seasonal, 4 x weekly. Runs over Aussie summer. Geez! How many announcements is MEL getting! :D I'm guessing AC, MEL-YVR. AC might be trialling a MEL service before fully committing to year round ser...

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by kriskim
Tue May 02, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 402
Views: 42752

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017

Was the route announcement we expected and spoken about prior? Kinda came from left field. Just a shame it's a 330. Would have to have seen a 340 come back and grace the skies of Melbourne again! Nope this is not the announcement I flagged - so there's another one to come for MEL this week. It's se...

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by kriskim
Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 402
Views: 42752

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017

Excited to hear about the new long haul service ! ;) I wonder if there are any plans to increase INTL gate capacity at MEL. T2 is bursting especially during peak times, with the airport recently investing in a large fleet of busses due to the need to park heavys at hard stands. It's even not uncommo...

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by kriskim
Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2017
Replies: 292
Views: 29829

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2017

I can read see QF doing MEL-SCL anytime soon, I think LA will have that market and QF will codeshare. Is it a 789 I heard a rumour could now be a 350? There's no chance of seeing LATAM A350's in Australia, the Australian flights are operated by LA (LATAM Chile), whilst JJ (LATAM Brazil) operates th...

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by kriskim
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF Ends MEL-DXB-LHR in Favor of MEL-PER-LHR, EK Upgrades to A380
Replies: 109
Views: 19813

Re: QF Ends MEL-DXB-LHR in Favor of MEL-PER-LHR, EK Upgrades to A380

dcajet wrote:
So where will QF fly to with the A380 that is currently used on the MEL-DXB-LHR run?


To Asia, QF states in the press release that the freed aircraft will be used on Asia services from MEL and SYD to Asian cities like HKG & SIN.

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by kriskim
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2017
Replies: 292
Views: 29829

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2017

CattleClass wrote:
Well looks like QF9 flight number is moving to the Mel-Per-LHR route.... wonder what this means for the A380's that will be freed up?


They will be used to Asia, QF states that they will be used during peak periods on routes from MEL and SYD to destinations in Asia, including HKG and SIN.

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by kriskim
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Airlines and Australia
Replies: 42
Views: 4625

Re: European Airlines and Australia

Besides BA, did any of the European airlines fly to other Australian cities outside of MEL and SYD? Who knows, we might be seeing Norwegian announcing flights to Australia. But right now, there is no need for European airlines to fly to Australia, the aircraft are better used elsewhere. However, wha...

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