Ronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 52 Posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3094 times:
Why did that 345 direct flight to Melbourne suddenly start a temp stop at SIN?
I saw a picture in the database and the comment noted that the runway at melbourne is too short for the aircraft to depart safely.
How come this happened all of a sudden? and if thats the case, then why did EK assign a 345 for that route? wouldn't such an issue appear during the planning stages? i dont know!
I have searched the forum database for this topic and found nothing, so if i missed something, i am sorry
A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
Tsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3062 times:
Melbourne's main runway was undergoing some repair works, hence it was closed. The shorter runway was used for takeoff and landing, and EK felt that the A345 could not depart safely using the shorter runway for a direct DXB flight, hence the stopover for fuel.
Flyinghighboy From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 749 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2923 times:
the 744 flight from MEL-LAX had to go via SYD during the runway works as well.
All i can think of right now is the A345 service from EK to DXB and the QF service from MEL to LAX were effected by the runway works in Melbourne.
Airsnaps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2711 times:
I flew the same pictured aircraft A6-ERH on the EK407 SIN-DXB sector in late April. Boarded at the same gate as seen actually!
I learnt onboard in conversation to passengers and crew that in some circumstances not even EK cabin crew were aware of the fuel stop-over in SIN until during the pre-flight briefing in Melbourne. It was good to hear the flight crew knew though!
Excellent service onboard and the in-flight entertainment was out of this world. Hundreds of films, music albums, documentaries, e-mail, SMS and information channels all on demand. The flight was in complete darkness and departure out of SIN and arrival into DXB in the early hours, but service throughout was impeccable.
A good temporary move by EK which suited my travel arrangements perfectly!