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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 229
Views: 22157

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Sydney needing a second airport? Absolutely. As long as it doesn't turn out to be another under-used Avalon... Hopefully small fleets of Jetstar and Tigerair planes will be based at SWZ for leisure and capital city flights, with a few QF and VA mainline ('premium') flights to and from MEL and BNE d...

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by Obzerva
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 334
Views: 91731

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Must airBaltic, SWISS and Korean rebrand their in-service aircraft and all manuals etc or can they be stubborn and say "we bought CSeries and they're gonna stay that way!"? The FAA/EASA type certificate and pilot type ratings will always say BD-500 (1A10 for CS100 and 1A11 for CS300). Tha...

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by Obzerva
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 229
Views: 22157

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Bali is popular with many different groups of pax. But curious they don't do the interlines with QF...[/quote] Probably because QF will not play ball or gave TK an overpriced SPA rate on AU-Asia fares that it's not worth it. And yes I can confirm OD does carry some good TK transit traffic from AU t...

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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Route Maps and Flying/Hubbing Strategies for CN4——CA, CZ, MU, HU
Replies: 5
Views: 762

Re: Route Maps and Flying/Hubbing Strategies for CN4——CA, CZ, MU, HU

I dunno if proximity to CAN would make that difficult for SZX. I don't see why it would, based on population size - don't SZX and CAN have 10-20 million people, each ? Add to that the fact that SZX is arguably a back-door into HKG, which is increasingly capacity restricted. That being said, maybe I...

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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 229
Views: 22157

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

RE: TK to DPS. Bali is a popular destination with Europeans and the EPL types. I'm sure transits to Australia will be minimal at best considering TK have SQ for all of that. RE: WA Gov/India - The WA Government should stop throwing good money after bad and instead use that money to market WA as a d...

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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 229
Views: 22157

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

RE: TK to DPS. Bali is a popular destination with Europeans and the EPL types. I'm sure transits to Australia will be minimal at best considering TK have SQ for all of that. RE: WA Gov/India - The WA Government should stop throwing good money after bad and instead use that money to market WA as a d...

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by Obzerva
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BCN: Europe's black hole (El País Newspaper)
Replies: 21
Views: 6511

Re: BCN: Europe's black hole (El País Newspaper)

I have no issues with BCN airport, but my most recent experience from there, and to date my only one on VY, on a BCN-BIO flight on a standoff bay, they were obviously running a little bit tight on their schedule, so in order to depart on time, they left everyone’s checked baggage behind. It arrived ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 229
Views: 22157

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

I also suspect QRs oneworld status helps against EY given the high proportion of QFF membership (And a bunch of Gold Plat FIFO workers) I'm not 100% sure if this is a reason by itself or not, theoretically EK (booked as QF) and QR, along with QF itself are grabbing QF's flyer base. EY has all of VA...

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PUS - why not more short-haul carriers?
Replies: 13
Views: 1597

Re: PUS - why not more short-haul carriers?

[photoid][/photoid] The S. Korea - Singapore ASA was just amended a few days ago to allow for each side to add a daily frequency from PUS to SIN. Expect this route to be added soon. Do you have a source? I'm surprised that there was even a restriction to start with, considering carriers from similar...

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.
Replies: 28
Views: 1767

Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

BENAir01 wrote:
There are a huge number of airlines in this world, I would say most, that don't have a retro jet.


There is no world outside the USA, how could you forget this?

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 229
Views: 22157

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

I thought NLK was a govt subsidy route ... Yep, but NZ does have a stake in the flights though. C. NZ's only stake is if the A320 assigned to fly the route on the day can be used elsewhere at a higher rate of return. The distances involved aren't that great and if somebody else is picking up the ta...

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 229
Views: 22157

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

In an article from The Australian today, JB said that he hoped to add one more domestic route before he leaves VA. Any predictions? Dare I suggest NLK from SYD or BNE, just to give one final jab to NZ? :lol: See: - https://issuu.com/queenslandairports.com.au/docs/3august2018. - https://www.theaustr...

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Turkish Airlines' new safety video be the most amazing safety video yet
Replies: 36
Views: 4649

Re: Could Turkish Airlines' new safety video be the most amazing safety video yet

I like the fact that it's different, and agree it'll get children attention.

Boring safety videos are actually self defeating, if passengers are bored by it, they won't be paying attention.

NZ does have some good ones, and I quite like VS' current one that covers different film genres.

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 229
Views: 22157

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Why do the ME3 have mixed results when it comes to PER? Some make it work, some don't. Always a curious case for me. It'd be very much appreciated if anyone can shed light on this. I only fly to JNB from from SYD through PER, so I don't have much PER knowledge. Please note that this is not a why do...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Norwegian fly to Australia?
Replies: 33
Views: 5386

Re: Norwegian to Australia

It'd be race between Norwegian and Turkish to Australia then ;) For Norwegian to fly to Australia they'll need to fly a route that none of the Air Asia franchises nor Jetstar or Scoot are interested in. I think by the time they announce anything and we see any real action, IAG will have had a few mo...

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by Obzerva
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: how many hours QF/VA aircraft parked at LAX not maintenance ?
Replies: 87
Views: 11291

Re: how many hours QF/VA aircraft parked at LAX not maintenance ?

Let’s not forget one of the key reasons for the departure times ex the west coast of US, is so the maximum number of connections can be picked up from the east coast, Canada and Mexico, arrival time in to AU is early morning, again allowing maximum connections to the rest of AU. Similarly the mid la...

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by Obzerva
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

QF's public relations department has built this up a lot, and I believe it has engaged well with the Australian public. However, I don't mean to put a dampener on all the QF 787 excitement, but the cynic in me says this a lot of excitement for an airline playing catchup. QF could have had the 787s s...

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by Obzerva
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antarctica - Aviation and Tourism
Replies: 70
Views: 5638

Re: Antarctica - Aviation and Tourism

Do Skytraders still operate the A319s from HBA to Wilkins?
Wasn't sure if they were still operating, I imagine it would be seasonal.

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by Obzerva
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?
Replies: 26
Views: 3530

Re: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?

Please, no - VA do not need yet another sub-type in their fleet! I agree VA should remove the EJets and rapidly consolidate to 1 narrowbody and 1 widebody... but isn't the 737-7 basically just a simple shrink? It wouldn't have any additional staff costs/training costs and would have very high commo...

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by Obzerva
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?
Replies: 26
Views: 3530

Re: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?

Here's hoping VA's new focus on Asia will bear fruit. I flew them once and enjoyed it. Would be a shame to see them meet AB's fate. Is there any idea how MEL-HKG is doing? I understand the bookings were a bit light on initially, however there would a few factors associated with this sporadic slot t...

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by Obzerva
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?
Replies: 26
Views: 3530

Re: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?

VA won't be acquiring any more 777 to expand to the US. Keep in mind they only have 5 in their fleet, and are running services from MEL/SYD/BNE to LAX. The next aircraft order would be a single replacement aircraft family for consolidation of the A330s and 777s. Virgin Australia have said their next...

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by Obzerva
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018
Replies: 67
Views: 13499

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

PR has its CNS-AKL but that's going in December. LA has its daily SYD-AKL CI has its 4 days a week BNE-AKL, and a seasonal few days a week BNE-CHC SQ has CBR-WLG Would anyone else be tempted to jump in, or would the QF upgauges off any new entrants. I think CI would soak up the the bottom end of the...

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by Obzerva
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

qf789 wrote:
I have heard a rumour that an airline servicing PER in considering upgrading equipment


That would time in with the rumoured upgrade to a new business class for a subset of the 737 fleet, similar to Jetblue’s Mint product

Assuming the a330s would launch SYD/BNE to HKG and mystery Chinese city

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by Obzerva
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Police blitz on taxi drivers refusing short fares at Melbourne Airport - a big problem for those who live in or have to travel to surrounding suburbs (and these can include some not so close suburbs as well). Didn't realise it was a $396 fine for a taxi driver to refuse a fare once hailed! http://w...

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by Obzerva
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Noticed that MI has picked up it's first 737 MAX, how long until we see them operating in CNS or DRW?

Will they be the first operator in to AU, or has one of the budget carriers in to PER already done this?

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by Obzerva
Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Tasmania may be home to 500,000 people but I’m pretty sure it is the only state in AU where more people live outside the capital than inside it, so the actual catchment is less than half that size for an international flight from Hobart. Queensland is as well, and af 2h30m drive between Launceston ...

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by Obzerva
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 54913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Does anyone know more about the XCH - CGK and XCH - KUL charter flights? Do they operate year-round, and are they subsidised by the Australian government? There is also talk of Silkair starting both BME-SIN and KTA-SIN That is so interesting - why are these cities subsidising 'scheduled charter fli...

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by Obzerva
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38077

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

TT are making some changes to the 737s they operate:
new slimline seats with IFE, deal with Fox, will be pay per view
extra row added
seat pitch remains the same as the seats are slimmer

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by Obzerva
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018
Replies: 155
Views: 26434

Re: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018

Good to see United back up to 3 destinations to AU. Would have expected a slightly longer lead time from announcement to launch given it's such a surprise route. UA must be confident.

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by Obzerva
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan vs. OneWorld
Replies: 54
Views: 9907

Re: Hainan vs. OneWorld

I have always been wondering why there are three Chinese airlines (mainland China) in SkyTeam (MU, CZ and MF) but zero in Oneworld. China Southern would be cool to see as a member of OW, Hainan as well. MF is 55% owned by CZ so that's why MF is in Skyteam. While MF has separate management and brand...

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by Obzerva
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 38077

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

I have heard on the grapevine that an airline (from Asia) that currently does not fly to PER yet has been in town evaluating the airport over the past week or so I know who it is- a little out of left field and not that exciting, but I guess it's an extra notch in the PER belt. The monopoly carrier...

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by Obzerva
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The next phase of airline liveries
Replies: 58
Views: 9425

Re: The next phase of airline liveries

Right now minimalism is trendy so I think we'll continue to see many airlines going with the "less is more" philosophy. I think most airlines will focus on small tweaks to their fonts and logos to make them appear more modern rather than using tons of color. This has worked well for airli...

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by Obzerva
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The next phase of airline liveries
Replies: 58
Views: 9425

Re: The next phase of airline liveries

Right now minimalism is trendy so I think we'll continue to see many airlines going with the "less is more" philosophy. I think most airlines will focus on small tweaks to their fonts and logos to make them appear more modern rather than using tons of color. This has worked well for airli...

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by Obzerva
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 20266

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

The daily QF37 ex MEL will now provide a very quick connection in SIN on to AY's flight to HEL now as well.

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54572

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

QF5/6 has been axed. QF81/82 remains although QF82 will leave an hour later than it currently does QF1 will depart SYD at 1550 and will arrive at LHR 655 the next day QF2 will depart LHR 2135 and in arrive in SYD 510 2 days later not sure how QF is going to fill the A380 ex SIN to LHR the connectio...

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54572

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

QF5/6 has been axed. QF81/82 remains although QF82 will leave an hour later than it currently does QF1 will depart SYD at 1550 and will arrive at LHR 655 the next day QF2 will depart LHR 2135 and in arrive in SYD 510 2 days later not sure how QF is going to fill the A380 ex SIN to LHR the connectio...

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al's First Dreamliner Lands at Ben Gurion Airport, TLV
Replies: 15
Views: 5214

Re: El Al's First Dreamliner Lands at Ben Gurion Airport, TLV

LY777 wrote:
Obzerva, El Al is now private and can now buy what they want. The fact is the 787 meets their needs better than the A350 which is too big for some of their missions.
Israir only operates Airbus for medium haul, and Arkia has ordered both A321NEO and A330NEO


Noted, I stand corrected

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al's First Dreamliner Lands at Ben Gurion Airport, TLV
Replies: 15
Views: 5214

Re: El Al's First Dreamliner Lands at Ben Gurion Airport, TLV

The Dreamliner is an amazing aircraft, and it looks nice in the El Al livery. Why has El Al never cared about it's fleet for so long until now? It has never cared to refresh it's old cabin for years now. That has made it an un-competitive airline that is losing market share at TLV. Also, why hasn't...

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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss studies A321LR business case
Replies: 59
Views: 13801

Re: Swiss studies A321LR business case

Would be a handy aircraft for LX to have in its fleet to test the waters on some African routes if the economics ever turned against SN's A330s and SN became a little more EW...

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by Obzerva
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54572

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Sources have indicated QF JFK services will be relocating from Terminal 7 to Terminal 8 towards the end of September. I ain't sure if Terminal 8 is A380 equiped, however certainly makes a lot of sense considering Terminal 8 is owned by American Airlines (AA). EK413 Probably wouldn't mater if it's n...

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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17
Replies: 103
Views: 10678

Re: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17

RyanairGuru - spot on! QF isn't old and boring anymore and Virgin isn't young, hip and cheap anymore. When you look for flights between any of the capital cities and the price comes out the same people are picking QF because Virgin isn't commanding the fare premium that they want/need. You have got...

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54572

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Purely from the point of view of an economy customer, VA would have a great point of difference if they went A350 over the QF/JQ 787s, just from the comfort aspect. and agree with other posters, the A35K is too much plane for VA, they're need to carve out a niche of being a comfortable second player...

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airliners That Didn't Work In Australia
Replies: 38
Views: 5935

Re: Airliners That Didn't Work In Australia

has anyone mentioned the A319 yet? Not that I've seen, it didn't take off but what would it have been good at? The 757 could have been good for Tasman and domestic but I guess that's where the 762 came in around the same era. I was thinking it'd be ideal for thinner routes that the A320 just wouldn...

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54572

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

As for the Virgin branded airlines, there are essentially only going to be 2 left in the next few years, once VX is absorbed into AS. Overall, the remaining airlines (VA and VS) have very different ownership structures, with the politics and strategic decision making issues that come with that. At ...

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airliners That Didn't Work In Australia
Replies: 38
Views: 5935

Re: Airliners That Didn't Work In Australia

has anyone mentioned the A319 yet?

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54572

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

"The 717 is well suited to serving regional routes from cities to smaller towns like CNS and ADL. Domestic travel remains in a bit of a funk with only minimal growth. QF will also be looking to put more 737s on trans-continental services to PER releasing A330s onto more regional int'l ops and ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why 'One World' titles only on a few BA 747-400s
Replies: 16
Views: 4702

Re: Why 'One World' titles only on a few BA 747-400s

maybe KA should join the party, the last A330 out of Dragonair colours would make sense given they've increased the size of the KA fleet, and they've taken over some of CX's regional flying. KA is an affiliate member of OW, I don't think other OW affiliates have OW liveries painted. CX will have a ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 54572

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

What restrictions are there with MEB? Assuming that it couldn't take an A320/738 service? If it could would an LCC be allow to operate from there, rather an AVV? 08/26 is 1921x45m which is more than enough to handle an A320/738 going domestically, however, it would require expanded terminal facilit...

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by Obzerva
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why 'One World' titles only on a few BA 747-400s
Replies: 16
Views: 4702

Re: Why 'One World' titles only on a few BA 747-400s

I always wondered why just the 747s too. Sadly, and in my opinion, the oneworld liveries are a bit of an eyesore. Either go all in like Skyteam or Star Alliance, or do nothing. BA has such a great livery, that seeing the "One World" titles on the 744 kind of ruins it. Again, just my opini...

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by Obzerva
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why 'One World' titles only on a few BA 747-400s
Replies: 16
Views: 4702

Re: Why 'One World' titles only on a few BA 747-400s

if you're looking for an airline that puts the absolute minimum in to oneworld liveries, look no further than QF...

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