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by Obzerva
Wed May 23, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas - Cathay Pacific. No codeshare agreement?
Replies: 15
Views: 1656

Re: Qantas - Cathay Pacific. No codeshare agreement?

Ignoring the fact that QF and CX are both in oneworld, the Australian competition authorities would never approve that codeshare as that’s the two biggest players on HKG-AU working together which would be anti competive and drive prices insane. HX, and more recently VA are only newish players in thi...

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by Obzerva
Sat May 19, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 326
Views: 31510

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

RyanairGuru wrote:
Vietnam e-Visa was launched earlier this year. Until January it was a visa that still required your passport making a trip to the embassy.


Not 100% sure that’s correct. I did visa on arrival at SGN in March last year with an AU passport. No sending of passports or embassy trip.

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by Obzerva
Wed May 09, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 326
Views: 31510

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

This was posted in the Philippine Aviation thread: https://preview.ibb.co/nMB567/img.jpg Already announced for BNE from the 2nd of July and shows that PR plans to launch PER with the A321neo and will look to introduce the aircraft to SYD (though MEL must be too far). Apparently PR has been performi...

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by Obzerva
Tue May 08, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 326
Views: 31510

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

This was posted in the Philippine Aviation thread: https://preview.ibb.co/nMB567/img.jpg Already announced for BNE from the 2nd of July and shows that PR plans to launch PER with the A321neo and will look to introduce the aircraft to SYD (though MEL must be too far). Apparently PR has been performi...

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by Obzerva
Tue May 08, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.
Replies: 138
Views: 27800

Re: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.

Etihad seems to be growing once again but they seem to being more cautious this time around. A few weeks ago they increased BEG from 7 to 10 and then yesterday they added another 2 flights to make it 12. Baku got extra flights while Nairobi was upgauged from an A320 to an A330. I think Rome was als...

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by Obzerva
Mon May 07, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 326
Views: 31510

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

TG as usual are an odd airline when it comes to fleet planning. Some of the 744’s aren’t that old while 1-2 are getting towards 25. SYD and MUC are the last long haul routes for the type otherwise just used regionally now. They have an F cabin which only the A380 does so weather they want F to SYD ...

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by Obzerva
Fri May 04, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 326
Views: 31510

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

I really think that Air NZ would be able to develop quite a good market if it launched reasonable AKL-CBR services. The transfer market alone in Auckland to the Americas would be good, I believe, on top of the AKL market itself. Cheers, Bunumuring I think that NZ's biggest issue with being able to ...

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by Obzerva
Thu May 03, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 326
Views: 31510

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 Obzerva
Tue May 01, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 326
Views: 31510

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

QF have ordered 6 more B787-9s and will accelerate the retirement of the final B747s. All 747s to be retired by the end of 2020. First of the new 787-9s is expected to arrive from late-2019. https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-orders-more-dreamliners-sets-date-to-farewell-jumbos...

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by Obzerva
Tue May 01, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 326
Views: 31510

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

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

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by Obzerva
Tue May 01, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 326
Views: 31510

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

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

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation
Replies: 60
Views: 8983

Re: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation

I think it is time. Perhaps V Atlantic. The Virgin fees are too high for a low margin business. [/quote] He would probably file suit anyways. V is for Virgin.[/quote] Not 100% sure on that, Virgin Blue in its infancy wasn’t allowed to use the Virgin name outside of Australia, so they used their long...

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by Obzerva
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DY honour Avicii ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1473

Re: Will DY honour Avicii ?

zkojq wrote:
This would be great! He completely deserves this. Hopefully Kygo will have one also some day (though i don't want him to die).


Completely agree, on both points

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by Obzerva
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM wet-leases a 747.
Replies: 83
Views: 16057

Re: LATAM wet-leases a 747.

What are they going to use on SCL-AKL It will be 788 until further notice I believe Using 787 on SCL - AKL / SYD is a disaster waiting to happen. Really no place to land anywhere if something goes wrong (engine/batteries/etc). I will not set foot on a two-holer on Deep South Pacific routes. Don’t t...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

There is a pay-walled local newspaper article on terminal works at HBA <here> . Summary: Interim works to be completed before 2018-19 peak summer season, including: ⋅ Changes to the apron providing larger aircraft with space to park ⋅ Extending the QF lounge ⋅ More foo...

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by Obzerva
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join
Replies: 65
Views: 5536

Re: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join

I think a better question would be if ANY airline is going to join an alliance, it’s been a over 3 years since any of the 3 major alliance had a new member. The fact that EI isn’t joining OW is just one sign suggesting that alliance membership has peaked, and once you’ve reached the peak, there’s on...

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by Obzerva
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport
Replies: 79
Views: 6669

Re: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport

My local airport is BNE, and whilst it's not long-haul at all, we have the pleasure of hosting the only scheduled 767 passenger service to Australia since QF/NZ retired their's (PX from POM). As for long-haul, we are also the only BR served destination in Australia/New Zealand. Doesn't BNE-LAX on Q...

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by Obzerva
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Things are starting to unravel for Virgin but there may be a bright side to this. It may force virgin to concentrate on its own business and not being a virtual network carrier (or whatever it was). I do think they need to join an alliance - be that skyteam or star. They are always going to struggl...

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by Obzerva
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

So predictions? NZ to open up one or two regional Australian locations with a direct flight to AKL to feel in to their eastbound bank. Possibly CBR, HBA, NTL or pick your Qld airport. They’ll use displaced A320s from when the A321s come online. VA will need to put TT across the ditch, they can’t com...

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by Obzerva
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct
Replies: 48
Views: 5059

Re: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct

^^ Another note, just did a dummy booking on NZ's website. Some regional AU ports e.g. Bundaberg and Alice Springs on NZ's website already sells interlines with QF. So some smaller AU regional cities that are currently served by VA via codeshare may likely see a switch from VA to QF for interlining...

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by Obzerva
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways seeks increased presence in China via mainland airline deals to keep pace with European rivals
Replies: 28
Views: 4375

Re: British Airways seeks increased presence in China via mainland airline deals to keep pace with European rivals

When did BA stop CTU? That one was short lived. Also, not all that impactful, but the IAG map is missing MAD-PVG. I would think that the best method here would be an IAG purchase of AY, but I can't see them spending any large amount of cash until there is clarity about Brexit. It’s been rumored tha...

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by Obzerva
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Wouldn’t HNA exit impact VA recent entry to the MEL-HKG & (soon) SYD-HKG services?!? I’m pretty sure HNA aren’t going to hand over those HKG slots over and pack their bags. EK413 If HNA sold out of VA and the HKG routes did get pulled and VA needed a quick solution as to where to send some A330...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

The best outcome for VA would be to have SQ take a larger interest, with EY and HNA exiting. HNA have some significant issues they are trying to manage, which also makes it likely they could be seriously considering selling their stake. Wouldn’t HNA exit impact VA recent entry to the MEL-HKG & ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Thanks everyone, very interesting. Certainly some issues I hadn't considered - e.g. pilot training, group bookings, infant travel. Clearly Kendal/Ansett management hadn't either! :) I’ve thought of a couple of other points since my original post. Originally the CRJs were loaded with KD numbers rath...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific
Replies: 50
Views: 11746

Re: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific

Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur and Manila must return! and another route that should return is Munich - Bangkok is another route with high demand, Lufthansa must regain its leadership in Southeast Asia Why “must”, if you’re comparing against European airlines then Finnair would have a few things to say ab...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

^^Kendell and the CRJ's. Kendall were acqired by TNT-News Jun 1990, the name was retained. The CRJ's were leased and brought into service between Sep 99 and Jun 01, and were on the inventory when AN went belly up. All ac were repossessed by the lessor early 2003. There is a photo of some of the CRJ...

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by Obzerva
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

I flew a QantasLink 717 from ADL to PER today, and it got me thinking how the route has seen regional jets become more and more common - VA fly in a F100 and the all economy 320. What’s the reason for this? Have passenger numbers declined? I think VA use the F100 through the centre, ie ADL-ASP-DRW ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

Tonight's news reports that tourist operators in WA are starting to see an increase in activity as a result of PER-LHR https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth/status/978219949184270341 Also Quokka (ZNC) has just departed PER for her first trip to LHR, I'm starting to think this should be called the Quokka r...

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by Obzerva
Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

Shame QF hasnt started a HBA-PER to get you guys one stop to London. I would love a PER HBA service. In a local newspaper paywalled article today, http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/hobart-international-airports-big-plans-are-still-waiting-to-take-off/news-story/794bd7c719d8dd9bf8065b162e733...

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by Obzerva
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

With the new QF Melbourne-Perth- Heathrow starting, I wonder if successful for Qantas, could that encourage British Airways to make a comeback to Perth using their 787s to? I am sure they would be watching Qantas to see how this route will preform and considering there is a large English diaspora l...

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by Obzerva
Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years
Replies: 38
Views: 8392

Re: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years

Their fundamental problems are that they have no European feed onto their transatlantic services and a very poor route network. International businesses negotiating staff travel will generally be looking for a deal to cover the majority of their needs, VS can't provide that unless you only require ...

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by Obzerva
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

Just did a fake search for sydney-haikou on 11 APR and return on 10 July. Fares are riddiculously cheap almost as if they are a mistake. Outbound SYD-HAK: Economy Saver - $128.98 AUD Inbound HAK-SYD: Economy Saver - $86.28 This is amazing for someone that wants a quick flight to Haikou. Loads must ...

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by Obzerva
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The loneliest flight in the world?
Replies: 51
Views: 11458

Re: The loneliest flight in the world?

Even though the actual flight distance is nowhere near ultra-long haul, US West Coast to Hawaii flights are relatively lonely. Joking yeah? But to answer the question that was posed initially. Yes, having flown on AKL-EZE return and checking the flight progress map midflight, I did get a slightly u...

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by Obzerva
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH CEO: A321LR Range Not Enough
Replies: 101
Views: 17597

Re: LH CEO: A321LR Range Not Enough

Kikko19 wrote:
a321lr is good for TP/BA/IE/SK/DY/IB/AF westward ...eastward would be good for AY/LO/SU/TK/... LH is in the middle so will have to buy a330neos and 797 as Mom...


Just wondering, would A3 be a chance to open up some new markets

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by Obzerva
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Announces 12 new destinations
Replies: 80
Views: 15570

Re: Qatar Airways Announces 12 new destinations

I expected to see Riga before Tallinn, even though AirBaltic serves Abu Dhabi and has a codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways. Like you said, TLL doesn't have any routes to the ME or Asia, RIX has the AUH flight. Also Estonia is wealthier and Tallinn has more tourist draw than Riga. Also kind of ...

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by Obzerva
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 385
Views: 66688

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

One issue with used frames is the very high cost of overhaul and interior refit. I know a client that looked at MH 380 frames and the cost was found simply too prohibitive to pencil out when added to the acquisition cost. If EK can send 6 A380's a day to LHR then BA can send all A380's to JFK. That...

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by Obzerva
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot to cancel premium frequent flyer status of unruly passengers
Replies: 5
Views: 838

Re: Aeroflot to cancel premium frequent flyer status of unruly passengers

I like the idea, however I'd like to see how they'd apply it if example the high tier disruptive pax was a key decision maker in having a corporate contract, not sure it would happen in reality. Also, what would happen if the passenger simply joined another SkyTeam program and racked up the status a...

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by Obzerva
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA and QF re-file for Joint Venture
Replies: 57
Views: 8193

Re: AA and QF re-file for Joint Venture

They better approve this. It will be extremely disappointing if QF cuts DFW-SYD if they don't get the JV. If QF can't survive without a JV dumping all of their customers in to their partners hub, then that says more about QF than anything. The fact they have done this for several years now, without...

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by Obzerva
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks
Replies: 154
Views: 36138

Re: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks

I'm more of a fan of version 1.

Yes the blue bordered on black, but at the same black is rarer than blue, so it still made it's own.

They've gone from making something more generic, to subtley even more generic.

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by Obzerva
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can anyone please give me the list of A380 flights to/from MEL?
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Can anyone please give me the list of A380 flights to/from MEL?

Etihad Airways (EY) Qatar Airways (QR) Emirates (EK) Malaysia Airlines (MH) Qantas (QF) Singapore Airlines (SQ) coming soon No longer EY, they shifted the MEL A380 to SYD so SYD became double daily A380. MEL now gets a 777 and a 787, squeezy seating all around for down the back. MH’s A380 is usuall...

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by Obzerva
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

REX is predicting a 20% improvement in financials for FY18 https://blueswandaily.com/rex-projects-20-overall-improvement-in-results-in-fy2018/ Good to hear they're profitable. Has the question of ZL's fleet replacement come up, the average age of their fleet is over the 20+ years mark, or can they ...

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by Obzerva
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA's financial woes
Replies: 98
Views: 26047

Re: HNA's airlines miss lease payments

RickNRoll wrote:
zizou wrote:
How will this affect Virgin Australia? they are part owned by HNA

Since Virgin Australia is always losing money I don't think it will be good.


Virgin announced a profit yesterday.

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by Obzerva
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56532

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

JB says VA’s performance on MEL-HKG is an indicator on the success on how SYD-HKG will perform Still planning on having a flight to China https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-australia-takes-aim-at-qantas-cathay-pacific-monopoly?utm_source=hero Well MEL-HKG can't be that successful if they scale it back...

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by Obzerva
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56532

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

Virgin Australia to launch daily SYD-HKG A330 flights from mid-2018 https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-australia-to-launch-sydney-hong-kong-flights-mid-2018?utm_source=hero this is again going to have VA caught between two different masters to a degree. the connection outbound from Australia on VA's f...

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by Obzerva
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA and QF re-file for Joint Venture
Replies: 57
Views: 8193

Re: AA and QF re-file for Joint Venture

I recall they were suggesting last year they were going to re submit the application, did AA and QF deliberately wait until UA launched IAH, so they could argue that there was an extra flight from a competitor to point to as part of “we’re not going to be too big” argument?

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by Obzerva
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56532

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

QF and AA have re-filed for a joint business venture with the US Department of Transport, claiming that QF may pull SYD-DFW if not approved, anyone else call BS on this? http://traveldaily.com.au/news/td-breaking-news-qantas-american-airlines-lodge-new-joint-business-application/304157 The talk has ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian planning Buenos Aires to Asia flights via Perth
Replies: 120
Views: 15719

Re: Norwegian planning Buenos Aires to Asia flights via Perth

MaverickM11 wrote:
They really want to lose all the money


Agreed, they couldn't NOK out a plan for a faster way to burn money than this.

the demand just isn't there.

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by Obzerva
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would Virgin Australia expand its current network to places as South America, Canada or JNB in the near future?
Replies: 48
Views: 3824

Re: Would Virgin Australia expand its current network to places as South America, Canada or JNB in the near future?

Virgin Australia should join the Star alliance. The Star alliance would help them in the USA, Japan and many Asian nations. Star has members in almost every country there. Virgin Aussie's hodgepoge of alliances and code shares don't serve it well. Historically in Australia, having an airline withou...

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