Cxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2140 times:
I am planning to visit Australia next year but as, in the past, the majority of my long hauls have been on Boeing family aircraft, I'd like to try the whole trip by Airbus. One option is EK on the A345 but even that looks like it's sometimes a B773.
I'd like to do a stopover in either the US or Far East depending on which way I go) and happy to mix my airlines so does anyone have any suggestions for getting there on a selection of A330, A340 families (had hoped I might go A380 but looks like that'll have to be a 2007 trip!).
Also, when I'm there, going to do plenty of internal travel; anyone know what longer routes the QF B717's operate?
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 18813 posts, RR: 54 Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2038 times:
I would fly LHR-DAC-BKK-SIN on BG and their 310 and DC10 machines, then fly SIN-Australia with another airline. You could then have a stopover in SIN. It would end up costing between 600 and 700 GBP. OK, so it would be longer and more tiring, but hey - certainly more interesting than, say, QF/BA and LHR-SIN/BKK-SIN. So, you could fly:
LHR-DAC-BKK-SIN-SYD, then SYD-SIN-BKK-DAC-DXB-LHR.
If you'd prefer A330/340 machines, then you could fly LHR-MLE*-CMB-KUL-SIN-SYD on UL 340/330 machines and then GF 340. This should cost a similar price as my BG option. * Only stops in MLE enroute to CMB on certain days.
[Edited 2005-06-16 09:49:27]
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Avalon From Australia, joined May 2005, 87 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2007 times:
Once the B717s are transferred to Qantas Link (their regional subsidiary - regional being within Australia), there will be some very long routes flown by them (Qantas Link) in WA (Western Australia) that are currently operated by BAe 146s.
The Perth to Kununurra route is really long - even by Australian standards. The problem is the tourist appeal of Kununurra is not immediatley obvious - but West Aussies might know more about what to do there.
Even if this route is too long for a B717, there are a number of other long-haul routes in WA coming up for the B717 - which may be longer than the B717 routes on the East Coast.
Right now, the only B717 routes are with Jetstar & the longest is probably Hobart to Brisbane non-stop. But they could use an A320 on this sector instead (A320s & B717s are the only planes they have & next year, all the B717s will have been removed from their fleet - some to QF & some elsewhere).
Note that all the B717s going to Qantas are going to Qantas Link (their regional subsidiary), none to Qantas (proper).
EK412 DXB SYD A345 Departs 1015 daily arrives SYD 0605+1
EK420 DXB PER A343 Departs 0235 daily arrives PER 1725
Coming back you should consider the new 77W from SYD via BKK. I flew it a couple of weeks ago and is a very comfortable a/c.
EK419 SYD BKK B77W Departs 1845 (except saturday) arrives BKK 0100+1
From BKK you can pick up either B773, B77W or TG codeshare A332.
Should be a good mix for you... enjoy the trip down under
Cxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1910 times:
Thanks for your suggestions so far guys.
Quoting EKGOLD (Reply 9): Coming back you should consider the new 77W from SYD via BKK. I flew it a couple of weeks ago and is a very comfortable a/c.
I have flown the AF 77W and it too was quite a pleasant trip; I am thinking at the moment about the 'via DXB' option with EK to try out the A345. But, do AC use, or intend to use their A345's down under or do CX use their A346?
So many options .... perhaps I'll have to go twice! And desperate to get a trip on the QF (link) 717's.
OzGuy From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 389 posts, RR: 15 Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1871 times:
I'm don't really follow the 'who flies what where' side of the aviation scene but I know that Qantas has it's new A333s on the Brisbane-Singapore and Brisbane-HongKong routes. I think (pretty sure) there's still some 743s on the route to but the Qantas site makes finding out which craft is flying the route pretty simple and I guess you'd just have to be really unlucky (I wouldn't mind though, specially if it's Nalaji dreaming) if one of the 743s pulled up to the gate.
Going into Brisbane would put you in a really good position to catch one of the 717s, If they're in service with QFlink by the time you come, because from Brisbane sunshine coast is only about an hours drive away (correct me if I'm wrong, It's been three years since I moved). I also want to fly the 717s, They've had a pretty eventful life so far. At Avalon, I really enjoyed the fighter jets but they've got nothing on commercial airliners so the thing I liked most was how when there was a scheduled Jet* flight coming in everything would stop and we'd all just wait for it to appear out on the horizon...
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 11948 posts, RR: 37 Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1712 times:
How about VS via HKG?
If you want variety, go for CX - you can take the A343 from LHR, then A330 to Aus; sometimes they get 346s on the SYD route.
However, as a further solution, if you want a real enthusiasts' experience, try JAL. OK, it's an Airbus free zone, but if you're into photography, Japanese airports are superb ... out via NRT (with JAL 777), back via KIX. JAL's a superb airline as well. It's certainly what I'd chose.
As a last suggestion, how about EVA Air? Currently 744s from LHR (but 332s from TPE to SYD), BUT 773ERs coming onstream from October.
6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3265 posts, RR: 22 Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1632 times:
Quoting Cxsjr (Reply 10): But, do AC use, or intend to use their A345's down under or do CX use their A346?
AC add supp A343 services to SYD from YVR from Nov to March.
The rest of the year they operate a dailt B763 YVR-HNL-SYD vv.
Plans are to operate SYD-YVR non-stop with an A345, but no date has been set for this.
CX no longer operate the A346 to Australia, although they did fly it occasionally a year ago.
all services now are A333 and the occasional A343.
OzLAME From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 338 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1600 times:
To be really adventurous you could go via Chile and stop off at Easter Island and Tahiti. A friend of mine went around the world almost three years ago (flying oneworld carriers) for AUD $200.00 more than the cost of SYD-LHR return and had a couple of days at both places. Or Santiago-Sydney direct with LAN Chile is an A340 service, as is Aerolineas Argentinas from Buenos Aires. These might involve some compromises on your Airbus-only policy however; you could probably take an Iberia A320 to Madrid, but I don't know what is used for services from there to South America.
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B787 From Australia, joined May 2005, 152 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1574 times:
At the end of the day EK is your best bet as you can fly into Melbourne, Perth, Sydney or Brisbane and out of Melbourne, Perth, Sydney or Brisbane. As for flying on a A340 a lot of Dubai/Australia legs have non-stop A345s on them so take a look at their website. It's pretty clear. The rest of the options, VS, AC etc only give you the option of in and out of Sydney.
As for the 717, it depends on timing. They are being transferred to Qantas Link, in addition to the Western Australia and Queensland operations there will be some 717 flights into and out of Canberra. When it gets closer to your trip let us know and between us all I'm sure we can tell you what sectors the 717 is operating on. It is a great aircraft to fly on.