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Qantas Increases MEL-LAX Flights  
User currently offlineQF744 From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4063 times:

This is nothing but great news!

A slight but important increase....

QF744


Qantas said today it would increase its non-stop services between Melbourne
and Los Angeles from seven to nine flights each week.
Qantas Airlines Executive General Manager John Borghetti said the first of
the new services would commence on 6 November, 2004 and the second on 7 February, 2005.
"Under the new schedule, Qantas will operate 37 flights per week between
Australia and the USA - 30 of which will be non-stop services," Mr
Borghetti said.
"Qantas commenced services between Melbourne and Los Angeles (via Auckland) in October 1994, and has been offering non-stop services since October 1999. We are committed to continuing our substantial investment in this important market.



IT'S ALL ABOUT THE UPPER DECK
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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4030 times:

In the future, which market will be bigger for Qantas, the US or UK?

Horus




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User currently offlineQF744 From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4001 times:

the would almost be exact now, but I imagine the USA will take the lead in the future...

otherwise, China, Japan/SE Asia

QF744



IT'S ALL ABOUT THE UPPER DECK
User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5621 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

OK so what is this going to do to reports of incresed and increasing use of the 744ER's to Europe?

Makes it seem even more unlikely or can we expect more 744ER orders?

Gemuser



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User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5297 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3745 times:

OK so what is this going to do to reports of incresed and increasing use of the 744ER's to Europe?

As far as i'm aware the only reason the 744ER's have been going LHR lately is because they have had skybeds fitted in them and thats only 2 of the 6 aircraft VH-OEF and VH-OEJ. Once all the 744's including the ER's have been refitted, they will go back on the LAX run.

I am guessing that they are dropping the second AKL-LAX service QF155/156 as this new service QF103/104 will operate on the same days Saturday and Monday. Though the AKL-LAX flights are run by 2 class aircraft.

Schedule is

MEL 1150 LAX 0700
LAX 2355 MEL 1005+2


User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3667 times:

All QF GE-Pacific 744s will be fitted with 64J skybeds instead of the normal 50 from now on so chances of seeing them in LHR will be very slim in the future.

OEJ/OEF will eventually be refitted with an extra 14 J seats.

So the 3 class 744s will be split once again all GEs to the USA and all RR to Asia/Europe.

Hope this helps.


User currently offlineCragley From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3661 times:



Great news!

Those flights from MEL to LAX are always full or close to. That flights not only carries pax from Victoria, but also Tasmania and South Australia. So I can see why they would be full. It also means there is less chance of having to transit sydney  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3648 times:


This is great news. I think the timing of these flights have been carefully scheduled to appeal to business travellers. MORE capacity is needed on this route as well as competition-airfares AUS-US are creeping up and are almost at an all-time-high as Qantas is raking it in.
When I say competition-i mean DECENT competition like VS or SQ. (NOT UA)



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7088 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3570 times:

Cleary to keep out competition as well as increase capacity on the route.
I know that QF serves LAX and JFK, do they serve any other US ports besides HNL?


User currently offlineMELflyer From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 9 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3548 times:

Given that the MEL-LAX flights are nearly always close to capacity, this increase is certainly welcome and needed. Most pax from ADL/HBA/PER etc would more prefer to transfer through MEL given the shorter and easier transfer time. I wouldnt think that QF would have much trouble operating double daily flights out of MEL at a profitiable level.

Cheers


User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3536 times:

It says QF will go double daily MEL-LAX within 12 months as well as daily on the HKG-LHR route by next year. QF would also like to add to the new BNE-LAX services in the future.

It looks like a 744ER order is the only option.

How many and how long???

Also will QF ever go back to daily LAX-JFK services as it used to be prior to 9/11?

Thanks


User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3470 times:

Yes, great news for Melbourne, this airport goes from strength to strength - with a huge increase in passenger numbers its great to see QF once again showing some (international) faith in the southern city!

I have also heard that Qantas is desperately looking for atleast 4 used B747-400's for immediate delivery, but is really struggling to find ones that suit! They desperately need them for their 11% increase in international operations over the next 12 months!

Cheers - BZF  Smile/happy/getting dizzy




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User currently offline9V-SPJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3360 times:

Why does QF not send the RR powered 744s to the US? Is it because of the higher thrust rating of the GEs?

9V-SPJ


User currently offlineQantaspower From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 516 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3263 times:

Beno,

Where does it say QF will go daily double in 2 months from MEL - LAX?

Thanks


User currently offlineMELflyer From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 9 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3204 times:

The QF site is showing the new 103/104 service as being operated by 2 class 744's. Obvioulsy demand is there for a second service, but this demand doesnt carry across to the F cabin. It will be good to see some different QF 744's in MEL.

Cheers


User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3197 times:

How about BNE - LAX routes? Errr

User currently offlinePER744 From Australia, joined Mar 2003, 405 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

Being from PER i prefer to go via MEL when flying to LAX, but always via SYD on the way home, purely to avoid TBIT.

User currently offlineJupiter2 From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

9V-SPJ The RR machines do go to LAX, simply because they don't have enough GE machines to take care of all the flights !! So unless they get some more GE powered machines then no matter what layout they are in you will get a mix of RR and GE machines on most routes, even though the GE's may be intended solely for the U.S.
RL


User currently offlineMELflyer From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 9 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3097 times:

How about BNE - LAX routes? Errr

The BNE services have recently been upgraded as well. Along with the daily one stop (AKL) service on this route, a 3 x weekly direct service has also been added.

Cheers


User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3077 times:


Qantas said today it would increase its non-stop services between Melbourne and Los Angeles from seven to nine flights each week, and eventually to double daily within 12 MONTHS.

Qantas Airlines Executive General Manager John Borghetti said the first of
the new services would commence on 6 November, 2004 and the second on 7 February, 2005.

"Under the new schedule, Qantas will operate 37 flights per week between
Australia and the USA - 30 of which will be non-stop services," Mr
Borghetti said.
"Qantas commenced services between Melbourne and Los Angeles (via Auckland) in October 1994, and has been offering non-stop services since October 1999.

We are committed to continuing our substantial investment in this important market.

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QF have updated the online timetable QF155/156 AKL-LAX-AKL dissapears.

And QF103/104 operates the same days as 155/156 SYD-MEL-LAX-MEL-SYD.

So it looks like QF103/104 will operate as a 2 class service and arrive and depart within a half hour of QF93/94.

This goes to show QF will need more 744s if they plan to make HKG-LHR daily and the new MEL-LAX daily all within 12 months.

Hope this helps.


User currently offlineQANTAS747 From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

I fail to see why QF schedules the flights within 30mins of each other... They do the same at SYD. Why not create a evening departure arriving at LAX mid afternoon. I understand Aircraft numbers and utilisation is a problem, but why put everybody out on flights withing a couple of hours of each other. Does it not make sense to anybody else??

On the otherhand, great to see QF expanding this popular service, now all they need is to have new destinations instead of just adding frequencies( I mean in the US and EU, as I am fully aware that they have been reinstating flights to Asian destinations)

Regards,

QANTAS747


User currently offlineQantasflyer From Australia, joined Mar 2004, 396 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

This is great news for both Melbourne and Qantas! So the aircraft will be a 2 class 744?


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User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3001 times:

How is UA doing on the route? They have been doing a single daily MEL service for a long time now.
I wonder if they would consider extending the SFO-SYD service down to MEL as well.


User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5297 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2998 times:

How is UA doing on the route? They have been doing a single daily MEL service for a long time now.
I wonder if they would consider extending the SFO-SYD service down to MEL as well.

No way would they do that, the service to LAX has convienient connections to SFO, from what I have heard the loads aren't great and they can't pick up pax anyway in SYD to go to MEL except if they come off the other UA flight.


User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

Gardermoen wrote: How is UA doing on the route? They have been doing a single daily MEL service for a long time now.
I wonder if they would consider extending the SFO-SYD service down to MEL as well.


The UA839/UA840 both hub at Sydney, so Melbourne pax can connect at Sydney, staying on the same aircraft if they are going onto LAX and v.v. & it allows SFO pax to join UA839 in Syd & continue to Mel or use UA840 from Mel to Syd to join UA862? to SFO.

hope that clears it up? Also United have a very long association with both Melbourne & Sydney and are happy with loads from Melbourne. There is a great deal of business/high yield to/from the southern city.


BZF



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25 Aa767400 : Do QF's 744ERs have the new 777 style interior, Or do they still have the older look?
26 Gemuser : The 777 style interior is standard on a 744ER (Pax) Gemuser
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