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by tullamarine
Sat May 26, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 364
Views: 35605

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

VH-EBB 1st WiFi equipped A332 rolls out Monday & will undergo test and certification flights. EK413 I assume that since this is EBB that it is the domestic WiFi solution using the SkyMuster NBN satellite which can easily be incorporated in the 4 original Cityflyer A332s which basically only do ...

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by tullamarine
Thu May 17, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit
Replies: 14
Views: 3038

Re: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit

Whilst only experiencing their ground operations. I have no idea how they make any money, incredibly overstaffed and inefficient in airports. They could so the same job if not better with half the staff - any problem, simply throw some head count at it. They need to start to address this to get the...

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by tullamarine
Fri May 11, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 364
Views: 35605

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

Can someone educate me on why Townsville has no real internal service? Saludos, Alex Do you mean international? If so, the reason is TSV is a regional town. Its tourist industry is much smaller than CNS which is only 300kms away and it attracts most of the international flights for Nth Queensland.

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by tullamarine
Fri May 04, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 364
Views: 35605

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

BITRE figures for February are out. https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/international_airline_activity-monthly_publications.aspx Some really high load factors out there for what is meant to be a quiet month. The figures really underscore that: - QR's SYD-CBR-SYD flights probably only have 20-...

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by tullamarine
Wed May 02, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date
Replies: 135
Views: 23712

Re: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date

QF sets a new date for 744 retirements every other week, I'm not holding my breath. They have built lots of flexibility into their plans -- if oil prices go up then the 744s can be parked and replaced with incoming 789s, if they stay steady then those 789s can be used for growth. The only considera...

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by tullamarine
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

QF10 has taken a different flight path today, normally it flies SE over Europe, flies over Turkey than down into Iran to the Middle East, todays departure has seen it depart east over Poland, Belarus then into Russia and looks like it will be flying into Pakistan and northern India, south of the Hi...

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by tullamarine
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

VA has benefited more from the HKG situation in recent years than QF. Allowing CX to saturate the market with more and more frequencies only makes it harder for new competitors to enter How has VA benefited from the lack of slots in HKG? It has meant that it has not been able to get daily slots for...

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by tullamarine
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

usssla wrote: Australia and Hong Kong are negotiating free trade agreement. Open-sky agreement maybe part of that. Thx, wasn't aware of that but it could certainly be part of the package. Open skies arrangement would be of little value to AU airlines currently. They can't get additional slots in HK...

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by tullamarine
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Guangzhou is China’s largest city with a metropolitan area population of almost 45 million people. Guangzhou is China’s largest hub airport, China Southern is China’s largest airline, and Guangzhou is perfectly located as a transit point between Australia and China (along with HKG of course). CAN i...

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by tullamarine
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Guangzhou is China’s largest city with a metropolitan area population of almost 45 million people. Guangzhou is China’s largest hub airport, China Southern is China’s largest airline, and Guangzhou is perfectly located as a transit point between Australia and China (along with HKG of course). CAN i...

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by tullamarine
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Average aircraft size (seats per trip): PER-BNE: Down 1.7%. Feb18: 197.8 vs Feb 17: 201.3. Highest since July 2004: 249.4 (Jul 2014) PER-SYD: Down 4.7%. Feb18: 228.7 vs Feb 17: 239.9. Highest since July 2004: 276.5 (Mar 2008) PER-MEL: Down 1.9%. Feb18: 213.5 vs Feb 17: 217.7. Highest since July 200...

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by tullamarine
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

LF's are also reflective of VA redeploying A330 capacity to International. ASKs on MEL-PER (-8.5%) and SYD-PER (-5.4%) reflect reduction of A330 ops by VA and QF on transcontinental routes. Total number of trips are also down but not as much. Reduced aircraft size has seen significant improvement i...

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by tullamarine
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Another really strong set of Domestic Data for February: https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/files/Domestic_aviation_February_2018.pdf Total Market ( FEB 18 vs FEB 17) Passanger Numbers: +4.1% Seats: +1.1% Load Factor: +2.7% This is the best single month performance in a number of years, and ...

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by tullamarine
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

"And Australia's most loved brand is... Air New Zealand" quoted from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12035690 Given about 15% of all NZ'ers live in Australia they must have been the most surveyed. A seriously flawed and non scientific survey if ever...

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by tullamarine
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Is this still the Australian Aviation thread? Most of the last 30 posts seem to be about NZ!!!

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by tullamarine
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-temasek-holdings-hna-group-airlines-e/exclusive-singapores-temasek-interested-in-buying-into-hnas-hong-kong-airlines-source-idUSKBN1HO0IX Interesting potential here. SQ are reportedly doing due diligence on HNA with a view in taking a significant though not majori...

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by tullamarine
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign
Replies: 28
Views: 8846

Re: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign

Apparently, the privacy on SQ's new suites on the A380 is considered insufficient by some passengers, especially when the doors are open.


You could say the same about public toilets. #closethedoor

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by tullamarine
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

VA to increase flights to NZ SYD-AKL to go 3 daily on weekdays, 2 daily on weekends MEL-AKL increases from 11 weekly to double daily BNE-AKL 2 daily except Saturday’s, third flight will operate Monday mornings one way and Friday evenings the other way MEL-CHC goes from 4 weekly to a daily service M...

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by tullamarine
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

The lack of points-earning will not act as that big of a disincentive to time-conscious premium passengers from using NZ's services over VA's. QF has about 12 M members, Velocity has about 8M members. Many of this is people with memberships in both. If VA doesn't offer suitable times, many Australi...

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by tullamarine
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Point - VA needs to do some hard work to restore there own brand image in the New Zealand, they want to keep the current service levels maybe TT would be an better option an target the passengers that would of flown JQ. ..as do NZ in AU. Once there are no Velocity points to be earned on NZ flights,...

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by tullamarine
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

The average New Zealander that has flown VA under the Tasman, has often perceived that Virgin is horrible and outdate product which they happily with share with friends when they get home. The alliance also probably didn't help that oneway passengers would get an VA 738 with no seat back tvs, then ...

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by tullamarine
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Also QF and VA (along with their LCC siblings) would ensure NZ either doesn't get SYD slots, or get the less ideal SYD slots (e.g late evening before curfew), also complicating any slot applications on the FRA end. Yet how was NZ able to get additional peak hour slots for there additional services ...

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by tullamarine
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

I'm thinking an LH/NZ joint venture, could be the way to go? With an FRA-PER on LH connecting to PER-AKL on NZ? Then NZ could always run tag flights between PER-MEL or SYD to help feed it. Tag flights are notoriously low yielding. I can't imagine NZ would want to enter domestic flying in AU on such...

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by tullamarine
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which are the most underserved or unserved routes from India?
Replies: 164
Views: 11323

Re: Which are the most underserved or unserved routes from India?

India - Australia market is fragmented at both ends. Australians travel from a number of capital cites (MEL/SYD/BNE/PER etc) and head to various Indian ports (BOM/DEL/HYD/BLR etc). Direct routes make no sense because over half the pax will have to transfer onto India's often chaotic domestic network...

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by tullamarine
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is NZ flying from LHR-LAX? Is it a connection?
Replies: 57
Views: 8793

Re: Why is NZ flying from LHR-LAX? Is it a connection?

AKL is about half way around the world from LHR so it really makes no difference in flight times if NZ flies via the US or Asia. It chooses US.

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by tullamarine
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Ultimate scenario would be a 4 x weekly PER-JNB accompanied by a 3 x weekly PER-CPT, but one can dream. I mean, it would be possible with 1 aircraft. Yea, it'd be great to see the ambition at PER continue, with the likes of: http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=PER+-+CPT%0d%0aPER+-+BOM%0d%0aPER+-+JNB%0d%0aPE...

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by tullamarine
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Not sure you can judge one flight on a saturday night. Also havent you thought many passengers might be either stopping over for the weekend and are actually booked on alternate services Believe me I wasn’t judging - I haven’t been on a PER-MEL flight that empty in nearly 5 years! It was fantastic ...

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by tullamarine
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54509

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

How's the PER-LHR nonstop flight doing since it's launch last week? By all accounts it seems to be going well, it went out with 235 passengers on Thursday ex PER I flew out of MEL to DXB on Thursday night and it seemed just about everything was full. Display in Lounge showed pax numbers and it seem...

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by tullamarine
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

I assume QF’s plan to operate BNE-ORD is because of range; that gives NZ a significant advantage in the SYD and MEL markets. Sure, NZ might get some discounted transfer traffic, but I doubt AKL's same-terminal transit offering would be a "significant" enough advantage to sway QF's huge FF...

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by tullamarine
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

Meantime Australia-AKL-ORD available 3x weekly on NZ from November. Australians already have plenty of one-stop options to ORD on a daily basis through LAX, SFO, IAH and DFW. NZ's participation doesn't really advance the availability too much except that it would all be on NZ (could also be VA) met...

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by tullamarine
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

VA looking at different 737MAX variants that will form its current order of 40 aircraft, first delivery end of 2019 I wonder if the MAX10 is more likely at VA than QF given its more prolific use of front and rear door boarding. Turnaround times can be tight and I'm assuming this speeds things up. O...

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by tullamarine
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

VA looking at different 737MAX variants that will form its current order of 40 aircraft, first delivery end of 2019 https://twitter.com/AusAviation/status/975518430731186177 This was always a big chance. The MAX-10 will be ideal for VA on its trans-continental services if it wants to add better J c...

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by tullamarine
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

But it also is a question as to how confident QF is with the ULR aircraft. If you can fly SYD/MEL-LHR/FRA/CDG/JFK direct Do you need the PER hub and/or do you have too many 789s (if you go above 8) given QF have seemingly decided they are the wrong aircraft for domestic and medium hall Asian routes...

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by tullamarine
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

Thanks Boof and RyanairGuru for taking the time to help me answer my little query :) I reckon there is an Australian regulation 'somewhere' regarding the restriction, but sifting through the reams of pages of regulations does my head in lol Although it does highlight the volume of rules/regs airlin...

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by tullamarine
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to retire 45 737-800's
Replies: 112
Views: 24823

Re: AA to retire 45 737-800's

All of these are pre 9/11 737-800 then soon after AA stopped getting 737-800 so there was a LONG time by the time the next one came. Really find it odd considering QF took on the deferred AA B738’s & don’t plan on retiring their 1st B738 until mid 2020! EK413 Australian 738s tend to have a very...

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by tullamarine
Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

Story on 16 potential new routes for JQ A321LR's https://blueswandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Capture.png https://blueswandaily.com/16-potential-new-long-haul-narrowbody-routes-jetstar-may-launch-with-its-new-a321neolrs/ This is pretty much a list of routes that are theoretically in range; ...

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by tullamarine
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

It looks like Virgin has quietly axed its PER-KGI-MEL route. Disappointing! It was pretty cool seeing a Fokker 100 on the tarmac at MEL on a Sunday night. I assume this route was in support of a particular contract which guaranteed a certain number of seats purchased on the KGI-MEL sector. If that ...

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by tullamarine
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53645

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

I doubt even the 77W ever made sense for them. At the time the 77W was ordered, there wasn't anything much smaller than could do SYD-LAX. They could have taken the 77L but its trip costs are pretty simiar to the 77W. Likewise the A346 was cheaper upfront but had higher trip costs. Were they making ...

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by tullamarine
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

I also had the option of a points upgrade to W but turned it down. I think the extra legroom in Y will be a whole lot better than the "revolutionary" W class seat!!!

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by tullamarine
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

I'm booked on LHR-PER-MEL (QF10)about a week after the service starts. No hassle getting availability in all classes even though it is the end of school holidays. I got an extra legroom seat in Y without any dramas also. Hard to say how full the flight is overall because lots won't have attempted se...

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by tullamarine
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

2-5-2 is arguably better for more pax than 3-3-3; only one passenger per row has to clamber past two others to get in and out of their seat, compared with two in a 3-3-3 configuration. Just sayin’ I flew 2-5-2 on MH 772s and it was fine. I was in Y on window seat and only had to pass one person to ...

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by tullamarine
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

ZND on a C1 flight today https://twitter.com/787Blogger/status/965986126640156674 What does C1, C2, B1, B2 etc mean with regards to test flights? B1 etc are Boeing test flights before delivery to customer for acceptance testing. C1 etc are the customer acceptance flights before formally accepting d...

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by tullamarine
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350-1000 Customer Orders and Routes
Replies: 38
Views: 6496

Re: A350-1000 Customer Orders and Routes

Cathay has also indicated that it will replace its sole remaining A333 service to SYD with an A35J. All other remaining A333 routes to AU ports will eventually be replaced by A359s or 77Ws.

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by tullamarine
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL
Replies: 84
Views: 9992

Re: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL

Direct services from Australia to India are of limited value because typically pax between the 2 are travelling to a number of cities in each country. That is why the scissor hub operation by both QF/9W and SQ in SIN works so well. Flights from MEL/SYD/PER/BNE land into SIN with convenient connectio...

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by tullamarine
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

Analysts are questiioning QANTAS's current CAPEX spending QF did slow down their capex in recent years as they recovered from their well publicised financial woes. Their fleet age now sits at 10.5 years which is at the upper end of their stated desired range but it is not particularly old by world ...

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by tullamarine
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

The point about a hub is that it’s not reliant on point to point traffic! Successful hubs rely on both connecting and O&D passengers. DRW does not have sufficient O&D to be successful. A hub operation is expensive; you need a lot of airport capacity for a very brief point of time each day. ...

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by tullamarine
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

Qantas' new Indigenous livery aircraft has been unveiled: https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-unveils-special-indigenous-aircraft-livery/ https://www.qantas.com/in/en/about-us/our-company/fleet/emily.html The 787-9 is named "Emily Kame Kngwarreye" after the artist who ...

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by tullamarine
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

We were talking about DRW - and now Darwin is talking to AJ at Qantas: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-13/darwin-must-be-more-competitive-against-bali/9443486 "Darwin must be more competitive against Bali, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says" The NT seems ready to spend a fair amount of money. ...

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by tullamarine
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56578

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

An interesting piece by CAPA on the recent loss of various international flights to DRW, and what's next. See: https://blueswandaily.com/darwin-airport-works-to-fill-the-void-left-by-philippine-airlines-malaysia-airlines-and-airasia/. I have often wondered about a DRW - HKG link - the CX Group is g...

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by tullamarine
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would the B747-400ER Have Been a Success if Launched Earlier?
Replies: 18
Views: 5260

Re: Would the B747-400ER Have Been a Success if Launched Earlier?

744ER was not ULH. It only has range of 14019km. Putting this into perspective, the A380 has range of 14800km and the 77L is 16420km.

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