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by tullamarine
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34502

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

The only way VA is ever going to be truly successful is when only one airline owns it because there’s too many conflicting interests. DL buying HNA’s share won’t solve VA’s problems, it’ll just create new ones. Perhaps it will, perhaps it won't - on the one hand it's replacing one airline sharehold...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34502

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Latest on WIFI on both QF & VA https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-virgin-australia-stream-ahead-with-domestic-wifi-in-2019?utm_source=hero Both have 42 737's with WIFI installed, however I am pretty sure VA have more than 42 As at 20 December, 56 VA B737’s are fitted with wifi (rego’s if anyone is...

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by tullamarine
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34502

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

zkncj wrote:
Qantas737 wrote:
JQ 788s don't have crew rests and as far as I know are quite unique as a result.


What does JQ do for crew resets on MEL-HNL then?


I believe they block out seats in the last row of J class which actually have a greater recline than the other 2 rows.

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by tullamarine
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34502

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Looks like QF and CX will be expanding their code sharing agreement in a few months. QF has just filed a notice for CX to codeshare on QF services to Hong Kong from 31 March. I guess QF will also be code sharing on CX services. Further to this, QF has also filed a notice requesting 400 seats to Kor...

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by tullamarine
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI Disappointed with NZ Skycouch (Family Couch)
Replies: 38
Views: 15363

Re: CI Disappointed with NZ Skycouch (Family Couch)

On a full flight, is it possible to get such seats for free? Like economy plus, you get assigned those seats if everything else is taken. What if not everyone wanted the couch? Skycouch is basically 3 Y seats sold and allocated to 2 pax and then, the seat converting into a small (and quite narrow) ...

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by tullamarine
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34502

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

There isn't really room for automated bag drops. They have to share the terminal with Jetstar, Tiger, Rex and Fly Pelican. They really need their own terminal like QF has. SYD T2 is operating way above the capacity it wa designed for when AN opened it nearly 20 years ago. It is felt most acutely at...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 232
Views: 32273

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

I can see QF, KE, NZ, AA, and a mix of Chinese carriers. Once the plane enters service I can see more orders. There are still a ton of young 77W out there which undoubtedly impacts 777X sales as well. QF are definitiely a chance if the 778 wins the Sunrise ULR competition, otherwise no hope as the ...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34502

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Was it CPT? Or JNB? I think there is a lot more to this story that both sides aren’t will to publically discuss. Curious how it all comes out in the wash. When in the integrated Perth terminals due to be completed? I think it was JNB Naturally there is more to the story and I think the dispute rega...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34502

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

TasFlyer wrote:
HBA highlights:
  • Fastest growing airport passenger-wise of the top 10 in the country




This is in percentage terms only ; MEL's growth in absolute pax terms far exceeds the growth in HBA.

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by tullamarine
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34502

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

AJ has said SIN-LHR would remain once the direct SYD and MEL to LHR begin, basically for those pax who will never consider flying non stop to Europe. There is also the issue that the non-stop birds will be premium heavy. Unless QF are prepared to give up a significant Y market, they need to keep th...

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by tullamarine
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34502

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Having been in Perth for the first time for New year break I’ve to say Perth is probably the most underrated city in Australia. The beach there is the phenomenal with brilliant sunshine like you see in LA. I guess the problem is the beauty isn't well known overseas and people still see Perth as a s...

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by tullamarine
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24847

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

Yes, NZ's fleet is in need of a refresh and has been for some time - both in terms of contemporary functionality and wear & tear; but if you're going to be loyal to any particular carrier you'll discover that over your traveling lifetime you'll regularly be sitting in a seat that seems well pas...

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by tullamarine
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Virgin Australia is starting seasonally DRW - DPS flights from April 10 to October 20 three times a week. Flight times are: DRW 2100- DPS 2220 DPS 1535 - DRW 2000 Not sure what days of the week. Source (behind paywall) https://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/travel/virgin-airlines-launches-new-threetim...

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by tullamarine
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Minivan behind a 789 at about 5pm will get the chequebook out quick and fast... On a serious note, seems like a bit of corporate bullying on QF's behalf, given the similar situations at ASP & DRW. Reports elsewhere show that Austrlaias airports are some of the most profitable in the world. So m...

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by tullamarine
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines profit sinks 81% on fuel costs, Virgin Australia losses
Replies: 31
Views: 6155

Re: Singapore Airlines profit sinks 81% on fuel costs, Virgin Australia losses

Will be interesting to see if this is the moment that DL has been waiting for. Are you saying that one virgin isn’t enough for Delta? Can VA be saved? What would it take? VA's domestic operations are very profitable. Its int'l operations are more break even but valuable given the approved JV with D...

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by tullamarine
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

The first SQ A350 Regional Service arrived in ADL today https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Duq3UlrV4AEjec_.jpg https://twitter.com/AdelaideAirport/status/1074873047838973952 It seems strange to do the water cannon salute when the plane is just about stopped at the terminal; maybe it is the perspective of ...

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by tullamarine
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

The ATSB has launched an investigation after a VA ATR lost all engine power on descent into CBR last Thursday in heavy rain https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/virgin-atr72-investigation-launched-into-flight-that-lost-power-in-both-engines/news-story/813faaf4f6b3cab51f7d49da8f213129?...

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by tullamarine
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

I think QF owes a few airports money for price increases they’ve refused to pay. Given it’s taken a long time for one of them to take QF to court, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Airlines and airports are the ultimate symbiotic relationships; they both need each other or they die. T...

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by tullamarine
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Agreed. $220 is a very reasonable budget for a decent hotel if booking in advance, but I've seen Ibis Budgets go for more than that last minute in a period of high demand. Although the $220 should increase with service class booked, e.g. If I've paid for an full fare J (Business Class) I should be ...

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by tullamarine
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Agreed. $220 is a very reasonable budget for a decent hotel if booking in advance, but I've seen Ibis Budgets go for more than that last minute in a period of high demand. Interestingly QF policy is $200 and no additional amount for meals and nothing for transfers whereas VA will pay reasonable tax...

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by tullamarine
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/experience/service-experience/compensation/ $220 per night for accom + $50 for meals + reasonable personal items (I assume jocks and socks) Sounds quite reasonable, but in extreme weather events thousands are scrambling for rooms and hotels will charge rack rat...

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by tullamarine
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

instead offering to reimburse the additional accomodation/meal expenses. Is there a limit on the amount of reimbursement? Otherwise i might go have a night on the town and stay at the Intercon or something... https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/experience/service-experience/compensation/ $220 per...

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by tullamarine
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Another day, another round of delays at both Sydney and Melbourne. The weird inclement weather the South East has been experiencing over the past 4-6 weeks have wreaked havoc at both airports, but is there any solution? If it was fog you could argue that there was a case for Cat III but with slow m...

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by tullamarine
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Addition of A332s is a bit strange; I thought the A330 fleet was fully utilised. I can't imagine the J demand for CNS is huge so the A330 services may be a great opportunity for J reward flights to CNS though, for a 3 hour daylight flight, the A330 seat is a bit pointless. A330s have been semi-regu...

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by tullamarine
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Weather having significant impacts today, big delays into Sydney due to storms, was a similar story earlier in Melbourne - plenty track changes to thanks to storms. Issues now appear to revolve around SYD with numerous diversions. I have seen a JQ flight return to AVV, VA 737 from MEL and SQ77W div...

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by tullamarine
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

jrfspa320 wrote:
Does anyone know why yesterdays (12/12) QF42 CGK-SYD diverted to PER? Seems a long way to divert from a point very close to DRW

I would assume it was a mechanical issue and PER was chosen as it holds spares for A330s and has available A330 crew if necessary whereas DRW doesn't.

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by tullamarine
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Qantas expands flights to Queensland from 31 March 2019 BNE-CNS will see an additional 11 weekly services added Selected services from both SYD & MEL will be upgraded to A332 SYD-MCY will increase from daily to 13 weekly BNE-ISA weekday services will return to double daily, overall increase 9 t...

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by tullamarine
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Qantas has backed down on its plan to use volunteer staff in customer service positions over the Christmas/New Year period admitting they went too far this year with their plans. Some management will still be around over the peak period handing out free bottles of water within the international term...

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by tullamarine
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

One of the biggest losers from the growth in direct services from MEL is NZ who used to advertise transitting in AKL as preferential to SYD. This ongoing direct growth means the need for transitting anywhere continues to reduce. Query this. If you're going to somewhere like IAH or ORD, I still thin...

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by tullamarine
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

About time UA jumped on MEL-SFO! Great news! It’s amazing how much MEL- North America has grown in the last few years. It wasn’t long ago that the only non stop service were a daily UA and QF to LAX. Now we have QF 13 weekly to LAX/SFO, UA 10 weekly to LAX/SFO, VA 5 weekly to LAX and AC 4 weekly to...

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by tullamarine
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Sir Angus Houston joins VA board https://www.afr.com/business/transport/aviation/sir-angus-houston-joins-virgin-board-20181212-h190kr He is a good acquisition given his extensive management experience in Defence as well as his chairmanship of Air Services Australia for the past 5 or so years which ...

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by tullamarine
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Is it April 1? Surely this can't be serious. QF is apparently asking its head office staff to volunteer to man various airport roles as volunteers over Christmas/New Year period. I realise executives occasionally work in front-line roles to see how the systems really work but a business making over...

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by tullamarine
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Is it April 1? Surely this can't be serious. QF is apparently asking its head office staff to volunteer to man various airport roles as volunteers over Christmas/New Year period. I realise executives occasionally work in front-line roles to see how the systems really work but a business making over ...

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by tullamarine
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

AirAsia X moves to AVV today, with the first flight being airborne https://www.flightradar24.com/XAX218/1ec299d5 Official opening of the terminal at AVV was on Sunday http://australianaviation.com.au/2018/12/melbourne-avalon-cuts-ribbon-on-new-international-terminal/ I’m very interested to see how ...

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by tullamarine
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

D7A330 wrote:
Not sure if already posted, but another TT A320 has made the jump to VARA - this time it's VH-VNP.


The A320 is the creeping F100 replacement in the WA mining sector. What is its key attributes that make it a better candidate for this role than 73H?

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by tullamarine
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:25 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 tullamarine
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

12 minutes before curfew and JQ610 from AVV still just passing Wollongong. I assume they are asking for dispensation.

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by tullamarine
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Still it will attract a lot of indifferent flyers who would only prefer to choose between QF or VA. I doubt everyone on a VA flight is that fanatical about VA. I'm not sure anyone here gets the Fiji market. If you were on the mainland, you'd be paying an extra night's accomodation for not much of a...

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by tullamarine
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of QF 744 Routes after 747 retirement?
Replies: 29
Views: 5126

Re: Future of QF 744 Routes after 747 retirement?

I don't know if SCL can accommodate the A380, so probably it will see the 789, but JNB already accommodates the A380 of other airlines, BA, AF and LH, and maybe SQ, as far as I know, so JNB might as well accommodate the A380 of QF. JNB has more chances to see the QF A380 than SCL has. LAX and LHR w...

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by tullamarine
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

I do imagine like DPS, and HNL this route will be a FF redemption route making the schedule more appealing when you aren’t paying directly but using points... and makes sense from a frame usage perspective. I wonder if like DPS we could see a service ex MEL post launch, really challenge and dilute ...

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by tullamarine
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Just noticed on FR24 VH-OEB has done a SYD-MEL-SYD rotation today This is the third day in November with significant network delays due to weather, principally SYD but also a day where MEL was also affected. I imagine the on-time statistics for November will be the worst we have seen for a few years.

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by tullamarine
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Sounds a pretty unattractive schedule as the SYD-NAN flight would arrive into Fiji around 3AM. Hardly enticing if you are travelling with children. Likewise the return flight would leave NAN at about 5AM meaning you'd be checking out of your hotel at 12:30AM!!!. Unattractive to passengers yes. But ...

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by tullamarine
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Surely QF will retime the QF118 HKG-SYD to an AM departure rather than leaving the aircraft on the ground in HKG for 17hrs? Whats the chances the new SYD-NAN-SYD will be an overnight flight using s B73H that would usually be on the ground? Leaving SYD at around 9pm back at 7am would work? Sounds a ...

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by tullamarine
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

It seems strange that they would delay a flight because of a possible weather issue 17 hours in the future. Weather forecasting is not so accurate as to determine that there is no possibility of a plane landing that far ahead. Maybe I'm a cynic but there seems to be something else behind the delay....

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by tullamarine
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Last night’s QF9 has been delayed by 25 hours due to bad weather in London, crew timed out hence the delay, I have read elsewhere that they were going to off load 40 passengers to take on extra fuel, can anyone confirm this? The delayed QF10 will depart LHR tomorrow at 8am for an 830am arrival into...

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by tullamarine
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Last night’s QF9 has been delayed by 25 hours due to bad weather in London, crew timed out hence the delay, I have read elsewhere that they were going to off load 40 passengers to take on extra fuel, can anyone confirm this? The delayed QF10 will depart LHR tomorrow at 8am for an 830am arrival into...

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by tullamarine
Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

QF15 is being operated by a 744 today, looks like the onward JFK leg will be operated by a 787 originating from MEL which strangely has had its A380 subbed to a 787 on QF93 today. Sounds like the delays experienced in MEL and SYD knocked onto the LAX flights. QF94 is being operated by 789 tonight. ...

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by tullamarine
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

MEL as well I believe. Going to be a chaotic day across the network. NTL have advised people to leave early to get to the Airport due to traffic chaos due to the bushfires. Big day for NTL yesterday- Renee Lawrence coming home into a media scrum, people arriving for the car races and first internat...

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by tullamarine
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Local media are reporting SYD is down to one runway due to the strong winds, with significant delays. I've just watched QF12 / A380 on FR24 land on the east/west runway. That runway is 2530m according to the SYD website, compared to the main north/south runway's 3960m. Quite a few lined up for the ...

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