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by tullamarine
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 278
Views: 25048

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

I don't really think the QF/NZ relationship can go any further than what it is now. How many of you really think QF/NZ partnership makes any sense? Maybe after JB is gone, all parties could go back to more rational thinking. NZ and QF can't go any further because of massive competition issues. Any ...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 278
Views: 25048

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

And JAL has also signed a new agreement with MU. https://blueswandaily.com/japan-airlines-and-china-eastern-airlines-sign-mou-to-apply-for-joint-business-agreement/ Still don't see either MU or CZ shifting from skyteam to oneworld given CX likely vote against it. Though the big Chinese airlines hav...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 278
Views: 25048

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Yes QF says that now but once VA goes out there QF will follow. They won't want to see VA get an edge. An 1.5 or 2 hourly service to MEL and/or BNE would probably generate a bit of traffic. Agreed! Seems like a good base for some 717s with Cobham Crew shouldn’t be too far off the JQ cost base but w...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 278
Views: 25048

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

And JAL has also signed a new agreement with MU. https://blueswandaily.com/japan-airlines-and-china-eastern-airlines-sign-mou-to-apply-for-joint-business-agreement/ Still don't see either MU or CZ shifting from skyteam to oneworld given CX likely vote against it. Though the big Chinese airlines hav...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 278
Views: 25048

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Would BNE, that opened in 1988, be considered 'greenfields'? Regardless, airport design has come along way in even 30 years! It is quite impressive how some airports have just nailed the design elements and made arriving, departing or transiting such a pleasure. ZRH is one of my all time favourites...

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by tullamarine
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 278
Views: 25048

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 tullamarine
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 278
Views: 25048

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

It seems that Melbourne might get a direct flight to Hainan in China (either Sanya or Haikou) - though, nothing confirmed at this stage. See: http://m.hinews.cn/news/show.php?url=http://www.hinews.cn/news/system/2018/08/07/031491033.shtml (only in Chinese). MEL is on fire of late, with double digit...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 278
Views: 25048

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

When I flew KUL-SIN-SYD with JQ on a QF ticket I certainly got free bags, with interline baggage through to SYD. Free meal, drink and amenities as well. That’s 3K, not JQ. 3K and GK interline luggage to Qantas (and many other airlines) over SIN and NRT/KIX. JQ doesn’t for flights touching Australia...

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by tullamarine
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 278
Views: 25048

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

So Just A quick Question Where do you guys think the Qantas school will go The Short List Alice Springs, Northern Territory Bendigo, Victoria Busselton, Western Australia Dubbo, New South Wales Launceston, Tasmania Mackay, Queensland Tamworth, New South Wales Toowoomba, Queensland Wagga Wagga, New ...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 29658

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

NZ's 'dated' J product, NZ's already been public with the fact they are in the process of replacing this product, given this discussion is in regards to short 3-4 hour flights (with the exemption of PER) the product globally for this sector length is actually above the average. It's only 'dated' in...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 58459

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Appreciate that there are relatively minor touch ups here and there, but none of that is going to upgrade the terminal to a first class facility. It needs a more substantial overhaul than what's described above. I can't imagine how crowded it must have been when JQ was still there - wasn't really t...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 29658

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

VA has announced codeshare with SQ on WLG-MEL and new all-inclusive meal and baggage products (similar to QF offering). Plus 15mins free wifi https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2018/08/virgin-australia-offering-free-burgers-wi-fi-to-lure-kiwi-travellers.html A good offering. Of course I'd be mor...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 58459

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

The MEL situation has always intrigued me. Landside, QF has a lot of space and rarely feels cluttered, dare I say, even nice? VA is more restricted with some annoying pressure points and a ridiculous security setup prior to the new foodhall, which now serves Tiger and Jetstar pax too. I believe VA ...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 58459

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Does anyone have any thoughts on when will QF start finding successors for 717? Some of them are almost reaching 20yrs mark and I wonder how long does QF plan on keeping them. No doubt 717 is great for QF and they probably want to keep it as long as possible but I assume new generation planes would...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 58459

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Flew through SYD the other day and just as a bit of casual observation I compared the VA and QF check in halls. First was QF. Big open space, check in kiosks and bag drop stations plentiful and majority free late morning on a Saturday. Walked over to T2 and what a different feel. The T2 check in ha...

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by tullamarine
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

As excited as I am the media hype train (plane) has become ridiculous, 7 News Melbourne has now had a story on it for 4 nights running and its not even in the country! Qantas sure know how to draw the media in! Free business class seats along with hotels and booze provides lots of favourable covera...

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by tullamarine
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

It would be a real shame if QF went for the 777x, 737MAX and 797 combo. I really like the mixed Airbus and Boeing fleet and I actually found the A320neo and A321neo a lot more comfortable than the 737MAX I was on a few days ago. I can't judge the 777x yet as no one has been in it but the A350 is al...

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by tullamarine
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Does QF have the rights (or reason) to make MEL-PER-LHR into a round the world flight, similar to what NZ offer? Perhaps MEL-PER-LHR-LAX-MEL? You'd have to wonder why they'd bother. NZ get away with it because LHR-LAX-AKL and LHR-HKG-AKL are similar distances. LHR-LAX-MEL is a lot further than LHR-...

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by tullamarine
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

the new A332 configuration is not suitable I'm not sure why you would say this. The A332 has an excellent business class seat and the Y class seat is more spacious than QF could offer with a 789. Yes, but what it doesn't (yet) have is a crew rest facility suitable for such a long stage length. How ...

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by tullamarine
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Or what about the possibility of JQ if they had some spare 788 capacity? Maybe 3K can start the route with timings to connect onwards to QF’s flights to/from Australia? JQ could do the flights direct with 788s but for the route to be attractive to business travellers, I think a full-service offerin...

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by tullamarine
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

With QF gaining the 789s and reducing the use of A330s on domestic routes, do you believe it may be a time for it to reconsider services to India? I've recently been to India for work and, along with myself, there were quite a number of Australians transferring in SIN onto 9W services to India. SQ a...

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by tullamarine
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

As for EY plenty a negative and neutral reviews http://www.airlinequality.com/seat-revi ... d-airways/ many favouring the retired A346 fleet. This is fairly consistent over a lot of airlines. Many Y class customers see a 77W or 789 as an effective downgrade from the product offered by the 8 abreast...

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by tullamarine
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:19 pm
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 tullamarine
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

TT's second HBA route announced, direct OOL-HBA flights from December 7. http://www.themercury.com.au/lifestyle/direct-hobartgold-coast-flights-to-take-off-from-december-7/news-story/48f7224d91c23b5364b71305ffe9503a I'm all for new routes to be launched but do wonder about this one. Will be interes...

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by tullamarine
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

In relation to the late night banks to Europe, it will be interesting to see what the ME3 do along with carriers like MH who would all like later departure times for their last flights out from SYD. To my mind the logical International Carriers to have service out of SWZ are NZ, SQ and EK. I think ...

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by tullamarine
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

It is important to remember that a lot of the comments coming from SAC regarding increasing caps, new terminals etc are rather poorly hidden attempts by them to muddy the waters in an attempt to get SWZ deferred or, even better, cancelled. They hope to get politicians to get nervous about SWZ and lo...

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by tullamarine
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL unveils 787 retro livery
Replies: 12
Views: 4065

Re: JAL unveils 787 retro livery

Prost wrote:
I thought their current livery WAS a retro scheme.

Their current livery is barely a livery.

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by tullamarine
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

VA has taken delivery of another 738


I assume that, as VA have said that they are not currently planing to grow the mainline fleet, that this new arrival will be matched with another older VO* or VU* series 738 heading to Tiger.

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by tullamarine
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

JQ TSV-DPS flights not performing up to expectations- no surprise given the current economic conditions in TSV. JQ threatening to cut the route early next year- suspect looking for a local govt. subsidy, but doubt that would past the pub test in present environment. As well as the TSV economy being...

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by tullamarine
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

If QF were to order the ULH aircraft, how long could it be before it is in country and flying? As their proposed flights from Sydney to London direct or to New York is only 4 years away, is QF chomping at the bit a tad too early? Also would the A321NEO be a suitable aircraft for some of the heavier...

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

But if the low wages should start to tread on the toes of Qantas, say, I'd like to hear AJ, and I think it is incumbent on Bill Shorten, in his current mode, to make a fuss. I can't imagine AJ saying anything except "bring it on." He would love to have an excuse to drive down legacy wages...

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by tullamarine
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

It would be a bit of a slippery slope if we started excluding airlines because we didn't like the work practices of the airline. We'd probably exclude the ME3, some Asian airlines (including China!!) and potentially even NZ.

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by tullamarine
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysian A380's
Replies: 26
Views: 6983

Re: Malaysian A380's

MH has started to use the A380 to ICN. It will be on and off until late September. Afterwards it becomes 10x weekly 333. Must be one of the few routes that are doing okay for them? MH's routes to MEL and SYD are booming. They were planning to use A380s but both MEL's and SYD's A380 capable gates ar...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Qantas to deploy 717's from BNE to ADL and CNS from November Two 717's will be withdrawn from WA to service the new flights. Both aircraft will be reconfigured from all economy to 2 class jets F100's will see increased utilisation The 737's that are freed up on these routes will be redeployed on ex...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

If VA are making a real play for HKG to bolster their own network and tap into the corporate market then as a minimum they need SYD-HKG, and probably BNE-HKG as well. One flight from MEL is not going to cut it by itself. VA agree with you 100%. As they have stated, they have applied to have a total...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

No A388 service on the cards for either SYD/MEL Interesting to note that the choice to not fly the A380 to MEL and SYD was allegedly based on availability of A380 gates rather than ability to fill the aircraft. Having flown them in January, I have no doubt the A330s are too small for the demand but...

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - 2016-2017 (Part 17)
Replies: 4438
Views: 1519052

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

Did Azul completely give up on the A350?


I think the parlous state of Brazilian economy meant they couldn't afford them or profitably use them.

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Qantas FIRST CLASS with Wine Tasting A380
Replies: 5
Views: 6416

Re: Qantas FIRST CLASS with Wine Tasting A380

That upstairs lounge on the QF A380 is a terribly depressing space. No wonder no-one uses it. Hopefully when QF updates its A380s and moves First Class upstairs, it can come up with something a bit more inspiring.

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54601

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Update on the Etihad terrorist plot, note that it was originally planned for July 15 and some of the details known now are extremely disturbing It is expected that domestic flights will now have similar security checks to international flights A dramatic security clampdown will be imposed at domest...

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Austral will replace their E-190 with 737s
Replies: 28
Views: 4458

Re: AR mulls retiring entire E190 fleet

VA is retiring its E190s for the same reason. They are a very comfortable plane to fly on but their trip costs are not sufficiently less than a 738 to justify the costs of keeping an additional type in the fleet.

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by tullamarine
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific and OneWorld?
Replies: 11
Views: 3892

Re: Cathay Pacific and OneWorld?

. I know QF and CX are frenemies but I could actually see both airlines benefiting from a JV for Hong Kong and AU flights. Any thoughts? CX and QF will never get a JV approved by competition authorities They dominate AU-HKG routes with only VA's few flights being competitors. There is no way a JV c...

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by tullamarine
Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 22299

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

Guess that means Richard Branson is more or less out of vakling any shots at Virgin Atlantic anymore as Virgin Group now 20% share is more or less a financial investment It means Richard Branson is essentially no longer in the airline industry... Virgin Group remains heavily invested in the airline...

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40090

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

Except these are ER birds which are basically a 744ERF without the nose door and with the larger hump. They also have a lot of cycles life left in them due to the long sectors QF flies them on whereas freighters tend to operate shorter hops. Would hours come in as a restriction? What is the hour li...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40090

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

They'd make good candidates for BCF as they can take more payload and have more powerful engines IIRC. Replacements for the Atlas contracts perhaps? How would they compare to a 748F? Still lower payload, and no nose door. All depends on whether they need volume or payload, and budget. Spare parts m...

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by tullamarine
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40090

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

DavidByrne wrote:
luftaom wrote:
There's quite a turnaround time in CBR - that won't be fun for the crew doing the SYD-CBR-SYD sectors.

I don't think that crew "fun" is usually a factor in deciding schedules!


I don't think "fun" ever belongs with Canberra :stirthepot:

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by tullamarine
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40090

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

Will cabotage be permitted SYD-CBR? In a word, NO There is no way VA or QF would accept it. I thought cabotage was generally permitted in Australia? Didn't United used to carry passengers between Sydney and Melbourne? V/F UA was only able to carry pax holding onward international tickets with UA. T...

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by tullamarine
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40090

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

Will cabotage be permitted SYD-CBR?


In a word, NO

There is no way VA or QF would accept it.

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40090

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

VA offering fares on MEL-HKG for under $400 return http://australianaviation.com.au/2017/07/virgin-australia-offers-eye-catching-sub-400-fare-to-hong-kong/ Already? does that kind of hint its not doing as well as expected? Availability is quite restricted. Usually these types of fares are to increa...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40090

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

Wow! Just Wow! Have you got anything to back that up with?? Unfortunately I am unable to give any more info as it would betray a source but trust me, the US services were a major sticking point in how the various shareholders saw VA going forward. I'm guessing you still hold an AN grudge against NZ...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 40090

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

I think the VA/NZ issue has the potential to hurt NZ more. A lot of VA FFlyers preferred transitting through AKL because NZ was always cheaper to get too the US and Canada, especially in premium classes. In Economy , NZ has been very cheap out of AU lately, though, admittedly, you could argue the c...

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