Agree no point buying a 321XLR for routes a 737 can do. Routes I could see for QF. PER - AKL, HKG (vs CX) ADL - SIN, HKG, NRT CBR - HKG, SIN (less likely) Additional frequency services to SYD, MEL, HKG, possibly on the seemingly less popular day flights back from Asia where the 330 hasn't worked. As...Jump to post
they may want to hurry up and order more aircraft. Plenty of time for that. And I suspect somewhat dependent on the Sunrise decision and timing. With last night's announcement of the 321XLR I also wonder whether a small fleet based at BNE, ADL and CBR is a possibility for flights to SIN, HKG and NRT.Jump to post
It's interesting in the press release it states 4700nm, yet includes SYD-NRT as a pair which is actually 4850m (4200nm} edit .. stupid. It's definitely an option for Qantas on thinner Asian routes SIN, HKG and NRT from BNE, ADL and possibly even CBR and SWZ (Western Sydney when it opens in 2027). Le...Jump to post
Assume by CE you mean China Eastern or MU?
If so the swallow looks nothing like the kangaroo.
Plus it's red and blue on white, not white on red.
China Easterns swallow and Austrian Airlines stylised bird are much closer.
Any idea on why this keeps getting pushed back? Don't think it's been pushed back. Articles from earlier in the year had the first one commencing in July, which would likely mean a September return to service. Think there was just some wishful thinking when the first aircraft went to DRS, seemingly...Jump to post
OEB at 26 years young having started life with Asiana.
Just having maintenance assume OEJ may be the last to retire.
Was a one-off. QF1 also operated that day.
Possibly not many global spares in the correct colour. I do like the Jetstar 'D' flights (reference to the bright orange D sticker that you get on the boarding pass). Only downside is you can't use online check-in on these flights. A number of QF Plat / Plat1s chase these flights out of SYD and MEL ...Jump to post
Sorry if it has been mentioned before, who is doing the refurb on these birds then? Reportedly contract is with Airbus (possibly related to the A380 cancellation). While I agree with the comments on maintenance v refurb, remember the refurb is mostly on the upper deck only, And two aircraft have al...Jump to post
Very similar to the sting on the far-right One Nation party in Australia by promising cash from the NRA. I agree though that Russia (and to a lesser extent China) plays on the nature of democracy to create chaos in Western economies. Middle East support results in refugees which ultimately flow to t...Jump to post
First one isn't due to go in until July, probably back early-mid August. From that diagram think 3L is still in place with a single toilet behind, although it's possibly got a false wall - maybe for self-serve refreshments Just 3R seemingly plugged which adds room for 6 PE seats and a new toilet beh...Jump to post
Jet Airways has now been declared officially Bankrupt by Dutch Court. Jet Airways shut down has reached 50 days. All those debts and now 50 days shut down. Worst business in the world and they think they will get investors. Tend to agree it's dead. Whatever liabilities were there have exploded in t...Jump to post
Qantas has been very clear that they feel they need a 4-class plane including economy Simply not the consistent demand in premium classes. Agree with the Capex comments above - that we are far more likely to get a 6-10 order plus options. Of note on narrow bodies is QFs 737 fleet is 2002-2014 so wil...Jump to post
Reportedly the new A380 upstairs layout (posted on AFF) Shows the new lounge in place of CSM station, the blocked off door 3R and an additional toilet behind 3R. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190522/2328b2753f9b99fb3f1801ab3daca542.jpg So the upstairs config has gone from 72J 32W to 64J 35W 30Y...Jump to post
Kikko19 wrote:So LH and AF or BA wouldn't have the same thoughts? or would it come to the management's mind after few years of QF monopoly?
I don't think alliances matter so much in Europe given the train networks, and even LCCs. People in Europe seem quite comfortable in booking a couple of non+connecting LCC flights (with sufficient layover) to get where they want to go. The main issue for a Euro/UK airline competing on these super-lo...Jump to post
How long would it be before the airlines who are loosing their premium traffic attempt to compete, and which frame will they use? But most can't. The ME3, SQ or the other Asian airlines or all the Chinese airlines don't have the rights to fly London - Australia direct. It totally changes the dynami...Jump to post
737 VH-VZH out of BNE maintenance today.
Assuming it's got Inflight Internet I think that makes the 80% point on the 737 fleet.
Looks like ZNA and OJU back online today.
With 380 OQB in AUH maintenance and OQJ in PUS for paint presumably the 380 fleet is pretty stretched.
Golly VAH must have terrible auditors since there : Nice selective quoting. My statement simply referred to the financials of the VAIntl business, which aren't presently disclosed, despite the different shareholding (as it has to be >50% Australian owned) (No different to QANs Jetstar affiliates)Jump to post
I've got no doubt some or all of it will be sold. Affinity by its nature is not a long term holder of things, and I can't see VAH buying back Affinity's stake, so the question simply becomes if VAH sells along side it. I simply question the $ value put on it. A few years ago Aeroplan would have been...Jump to post
The fact that VAH pays more money for brand licensing than it has ever returned as profit is just one example of all that is wrong with this group. I recall that point from I think 2015 when JB reportedly extended the deal (not sure for how long). From memory they wee paying $80-100m a year as a %g...Jump to post
Not doubting that QF won't likely order the 797 (as long as Boeing doesn't make it have too long a sweet spot mission target), but it will also likely replace some of the older (02-04) 737s. The oldest 332s are the domestic config. The 8 oldest 332s (along with all the 737s) are also getting infligh...Jump to post
musman9853 wrote:but the a330s are on their way out, to be replaced by 787s and probably the 797 if it launches.
Reviewing this, I have to favor Boeing. UA already runs a 789 LAX SYD I think. So the inclusion of the 779 as part of an overall offering provides a more complete solution for QF.
And that's one thing that advantages the A350 imho. It's likely to get a new engine earlier, so QF could then get full use of the aircraft, and shift the original 350s to shorter routes.Jump to post
Qantas operate 787's which share a type rating with the 777. Pilot training would then be cheaper with the 777X. Also operate a lot more 330s (28 in all) which have common ratings with the 350. https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/news/en/2014/10/the-common-type-rating-is-approved-for-a350-xwb-and-a330-...Jump to post
My question on that is what was the business case for the Madrid-Barcelona route and Spanish HSR in general? Even if Sydney-Melbourne is unfeasible, a small network around Syndey along the lines of Central-Chatswood-Hornsby-Gosford-Newcastle, Central-Liverpool-Campbelltown-Goulburn-Canberra, and Ce...Jump to post
Or failing to sign the check/cheque. I have seen many many posts over the years suggesting/claiming that airline ratings from skytrax and others are "bought," but where is the evidence for this?. No firsthand evidence but I've seen many secondhand references that Skytrax also runs a consu...Jump to post
4) BA and LH has a350 as well in order and might go for the a351 to explore low cost their 'sunrise project' in case QF deciedes to go 778. BA (or VS) could well pick up the same aircraft as QF, but I doubt the losing manufacturer would go forward with the design without QF. With the shorter distan...Jump to post
With all this bullet train talk around the federal election and labour now pledging $1 billion to build it - what would the impact of high speed rail between SYD/MEL/BNE have on the golden triangle air travel? not a massive difference imho The closest comparable high speed network would be in Spain...Jump to post
I think that either aircraft are wrong for this mission. I also doubt that a higher frequency would make a difference on a 20 hour route.. QF already has VLAs on the routes in A380 (with 787 LAX-JFK) and will continue to do so for many years. You might want to look at the load factors on PER-LHR to...Jump to post
Agree. I see no more than 6-8 Sunrise aircraft in an initial order with an option for additional variants in the late 2020s as the A380s likely retire. And consider timing of a 350 neo or stretched 350-1100/2000 Remember QF still has a boatload of very cheap 787 options which can replace the interna...Jump to post
OEB has been operating JQ3/4 for most of the last week
The Jetstar aircraft has now positioned back to MEL
MAY 8, A380 -OQJ ferry flight QF6021 SYD-PUS (S Korea), unconfirmed/guess it's going into paint shop there. From an October 2018 article in USA today about Korean Airs Tech Center in the port city of Busan, South Korea And on the team’s long "to do" list is a major contract inked with Qan...Jump to post
Both QF (all 12) and AF (5) have announced refurb programs and I believe own those aircraft.
So I'd say 8-10 years on these
Airbus is putting forward a 350-1000 to meet QFs pax number targets. The SQ aircraft is also only PE and J, a config that wouldn't work for QF.Jump to post
combined fleet for Project Sunrise and B744/A388 replacement. That will probably mean a total of 30+ aircraft, . Nowhere near that in the short term. The 747s (shortly 7 left) are basically being replaced by the remaining 6 787 orders albeit will leave QF a little short for the 20/21 summer season ...Jump to post