Daddy1 From Australia, joined Apr 2000, 57 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1092 times:
Good evening guys its been a while, I was wondering if Continental still flys to Australia, if not when did they drop this service. If they still do can you tell me where they still fly into the frequency and what aircraft.cheers daddy1..............
Al From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 973 times:
CO dropped it's D10 USA West Coast to East Coast Oz and N.Z. routes in the very early 90's - about 1993. Since then they have made two returns - one very short lived D10 service to SYD in about 1996-1997 and then another return which they currently still fly. Both returns, however, were made via Air Mike - GUM-SYD and now GUM-CNS (Cairns). I know it's not USA to Oz direct, but they *do* still fly here. According to Houston, Oz is very low on priority at the moment for any sort of return to service from Mainland USA as EWR is the priority these days. To run via HNL means junk yields and junk traffic and as CO these days has it's eyes firmly on the ball, it won't return unless it has equipment that can run non-stop - something that is likely to be well into the future given their current route network. Makes no sense for them to obtain a sub fleet specifically for one route. Cheers 'n Regards. Al.
Klwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 1952 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 943 times:
Good post. However, I think that Air Mike really doesn't exist anymore. It's all CO now (I think). GUM-CNS does well for them. It was sad to see CO leave OZ. CO ran full flights there until the day they stopped operating it. I know though the yields weren't good.
Ryanair From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 654 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 920 times:
I think it was 1992 they left, about the same time Compass II went under in oz? At the time all the yields were awful between US and NZ/Australia because there were so many airlines (AA, CO, NW, UA, QF, NZ) all chasing what was then an under developed market at a time of general recession (92 was a record bad year for airlines, the first time the industry actually shrunk as a whole).
I don't remember the name, but I remember the guy who ran the CO Show in NZ/Au tried very hard to keep it going, putting together an alternate schedule (D Syd-Hnl and D Mel-AKL-HNL) with DC10's, but CO HQ didn't want to know. The old schedule was pretty big, even Brisbane - which then had almost no international traffic (not now)- got regular 747 flights.
Klwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 1952 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 906 times:
No, CO pulled out after 92. I was still working for CO in 92 and they were still flying down under. AA pulled out of Australia long before CO. CO was still there a few more years after AA was gone. Yes, CO tried very hard to maintain it. I remember CO pulled out about the time they were getting underway with CALited. If memory serves correctly, Northwest had a very, very limited schedule to Australia unlike CO and UA and Qantas.
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2457 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 894 times:
Continental must've pulled out of Australia at least by late 1993. I definitely remember seeing Continental DC-10s(in the old meatball colors!) at SYD, including one at takeoff, back when my brother and I was in Sydney in July, 1993.
Tanguy From Australia, joined Sep 1999, 154 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 889 times:
Al, good to hear that CO ("Air Mike") is still flying into CNS. For some reason I had thought that the service had been discontinued. Does the fact that it's still operating mean that CO's all-pax B727's are continuing to grace the North Queensland skies or has some other equipment been placed on the route? I'm hoping to head 'home' to CNS in October and if a pax B727 is flying in, will definitely be making a trip to the airport to see one!
Al From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 873 times:
They are now using the 738 on the route. They did have a 757 on it for a while, but am pretty sure it's still now the 73. They pulled out of NOU not too long ago - maybe that's where the confusion lies!
Klwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 1952 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 862 times:
They pulled out of NOU?? Really?? I'm disappointed, it was probably the most exotic destination that any US carrier has ever gone to. I know, all of CO's 727s are gone. I think all the ones in the Pacific ops are gone too.