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User currently offlineBoston From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 53 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2905 times:

Does anyone know why QFA has flown DFW-AKL twice this week? My only guess would be really bad winds, but I thought that's why they were doing the stop in BNE enroute to SYD. I checked on Qantas website last night and it showed DFW-BNE was cancelled and was changed to DFW-AKL. If I hadn't found that I was thinking that flightaware.com had this as an error.



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2792 times:

Yes. High winds this time of year. DFW-BNE is still at the absolute limits for a 747-400ER (after all BNE-SYD isn't that far).

This will happen a number of times throughout the Northern summer.


User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 3392 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

The winds are particularly bad at this time of year (there's a pretty clear pattern of diversions when you look at the diversions across 12 months). The flights still go via BNE (so final routing is DFW-AKL-BNE-SYD), but passengers travelling to SYD/MEL generally seem to be accommodated on alternative flights from AKL rather than having to make the additional stop in BNE.

As a side note, QF seems far happier to fly via AKL this year than they have been in the past. We've seen far more diversions over the last few months than in previous years, which suggests to me that they're less willing to offload revenue from the flight in order to get into BNE than they used to be.

User currently offlineBoston From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2441 times:

That seems to be a good strategy for QF; I just hadn't paid close enough attention to the routing until now. Thanks for the info!

User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8316 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

AKL is the diversion point of choice because it is only a little further than NAN/NOU in terms of diversion points but it allows them to source and replace crew who run out of hours quickly and easily. It is often the way that AKL bound passengers offload here rather than fly DFW-AKL-BNE-AKL.

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