I see EK 418 terminated at SYD this morning instead of going on to Auckland and EK 432 via BNE had another stop in SYD before going onto Auckland. Not sure if this was fuel related though... Anybody know?
EKGOLD From Australia, joined May 2005, 207 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1731 times:
Quoting PurpleBox (Reply 1): I don't know, but it sounds as if EK432 stopped off to pick up the PAX from EK418. The B777-300 is bigger than the A340-500 so they may have had space as the Tasman sectors are hardly ever full.
EK418 is the 773 ER and travels DXB BKK SYD AKL and return...
United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9498 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1624 times:
I had that problem once. I travelled on SQ from SYD to HKG via SIN back in 2003 and there was a fuel shortage problem and all flights were given 30% fuel. Our flight, SQ 220 had to go through Melbourne to add more fuel. Took a few extra hours.
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1405 times:
Quoting 777ER (Reply 7): Heard on the radio today that fuel shortages is due to contamination of fuel supplies.
Apparently the issue is with the anti-static additive - there is a significant ammount of fuel which doesn't contain enough of it. Goodness knows how it managed to avoid quality control, and end up at the JUHI.
Quoting United Airline (Reply 5): I travelled on SQ from SYD to HKG via SIN back in 2003 and there was a fuel shortage problem and all flights were given 30% fuel.
Yes, this is the second time in recent years that Sydney has had a serious preoblem with fuel supply. From memory, the 2003 situation wasn't to do with contamination, but with a lack of actual supply.
It is really quite ridiculous that the largest airport in this country could suffer from this problem, and even worse that it is the second time that fuel supply has been compromised there in 3 years...
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