QF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 599 posts, RR: 2 Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 21056 times:
In thread # 57, the following points were discussed.
* Air New Zealand sends 777 equipment to Perth
* Qantas possibly reintroducing services to the Gold Coast
* Industrial harmony at Qantas
* Air Australia (VC) has confirmed its eyeing Vietnam and China from mid-2012
* Perth Airport opens a dedicated aircraft viewing area
* Various schedule increases and changes, including MH confirming its cancelling PER-BKI
* Virgin Australia announced SYD-DRW and SilkAir DRW-SIN
* Malaysia Airlines PER aircraft changes
* QR confirms its PER schedule - evening arrival into PER
* Schedule increases at Brisbane Airport
* Parallel runway at Brisbane Airport - ever increasing aircraft movements
* Air India - SYD and MEL services (on again, off again)
* NorfolkAir suspending BNE/MEL/NTL/SYD-NLK in MAR - Air NZ commencing BNE/SYD-NLK in MAR
* Qantas and its European operations
* DRW-SGN getting the chop and being replaced with a DRW-MNL-NRT (same flight number)
* Air Asia finally confirms SYD services from mid-2012
* Discussion about possible new services from QF and EK at Adelaide
* Virgin Australia to deploy A330s MEL-PER/SYD
* Qantas crewing companies - differences
* Rumour that Japan Airlines will suspend Sydney services mid-2012
* Virgin Australia's first 737-700 painted in the new livery (VH-VBY)
* Qantas has begun trialling it's 'Q Streaming' IFE system on 767-300 VH-OGH
QF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 599 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 20998 times:
Brisbane Airport News
Many may be unaware, however Brisbane Airport is seeing some of the biggest Domestic capacity growth in recent times. QantasLink and Virgin Australia are the key contributors of this growth in Domestic capacity at Brisbane Airport.
Services will be increased to 34 weekly in February with a new Sunday ATR turboprop service. Just recently the Airline introduce a third daily ATR service Monday through Friday.
Services will be increased to 78 weekly in February with a new M-F service utilising Alliance Airlines Fokker 100s
Services will be increased to 80 weekly in February with the introduction of a new M-F+Sun service utilising Alliance Airlines Fokker 100s
Brisbane-Prosperpine (Whitsunday Coast)
Services will be increased to 24 weekly in February with a new M-F service utilising Alliance Airlines Fokker 100s
Services will be increased to 174 weekly in February with a new daily service
Other routes such as Brisbane-Newcastle will see minor capacity changes with the introduction of Alliance Airlines Fokker 100 services, temporarily replacing E90s which will be deployed on other routes. Virgin Australia recently commenced services from Brisbane to Emerald using ATR equipment and in the coming weeks will commence weekend ATR services to Rockhampton. No doubt that with the delivery of additional frames they will look at new ports such as Moranbah, Roma, Bundaberg et al.
Brisbane-Narrabri - Aeropelican Airlines
Aeropelican will introduce extra services on Mondays/Thursdays (in the afternoon), bringing weekly services to 7. The Airline recently merged with Brindabella Airlines (but operating as separate Airlines) who just a few weeks ago commenced a third daily Tamworth service on Mondays and recently inaugurated services from Brisbane to Armidale.
QantasLink is yet to confirm where it will deploy its 2 new 717s ex-Brisbane, however one would expect these frames will be operated on Brisbane-Rockhampton/Mackay once the Alliance contract ceases. This would allow QantasLink to move freed-up Q400 capacity to ports such as Roma and Moranbah.
It's astonishing to see how much capacity QantasLink has introduced on some of its routes over the past few months. Taking Roma as an example, some time ago it was serviced a mere once daily, however on some days of the week there is up to 7 services. The Airport recently carried out a major upgrade and no doubt once additional Q400 capacity becomes available, the Airline will deploy the Q400 on some of its Roma services, removing the DH8s and DH3s (for retirement or deployment on other routes). Moranbah is another example of where capacity has increased significantly in a short period of time. Prior to QantasLink, Macair was operating SF3s from Brisbane to Moranbah on a limited basis - now QantasLink flies to Moranbah with up to 8 services a day with a mixture of Dash 8-300s and Q400s.
There's rumours circulating that QantasLink will also be introducing services from Brisbane to Middlemount later in 2012, once further aircraft capacity becomes available. Macair operated services from Brisbane to Middlemount prior to its demise with SF3s a few times each week (basically just full of FIFO miners/workers).
No doubt we will be hearing more capacity increases on Domestic routes ex-Brisbane over the coming weeks. Interestingly it seems Qantas is bringing back Brisbane-Broome seasonal services for another year. Brisbane to Perth (Qantas) is almost purely a wide body service (A330s/767s) with the exception of Saturdays where a 737 operates one of the services. It is expected that Virgin Australia will introduce A330s on Brisbane to Perth later this year after recently increasing services by 3 weekly.
The construction of the expanded Domestic terminal (work progressing well and gates/aerobridges will be built towards the spotting area) can't come soon enough, on a recent flight from Brisbane to Mackay with QantasLink we were bussed to the Common User Terminal for our departure (where Sharp Airlines, Alliance, Jetstar, Air Australia and Skytrans operate from) - there was insufficient gate space for a departure from the QantasLink regional apron. Additionally due to the lack of gate space, Qantas had a 737 being decatered and offloaded behind a parked 767 awaiting a flight to Perth a few hours later.
On the International front there hasn't been as much growth, however Singapore Airlines is increasing BNE-SIN to 21 weekly, Air Australia is expected to commence Brisbane-Vietnam with A330s and increases existing BNE-HNL/HKT services to thrice weekly and Air New Zealand will commence A320 services from Brisbane to Norfolk Island in early March 2012 replacing the much smaller Norfolk Air 737-300s.
Brisbane Airport is currently serviced by the following Airlines
The Airport is also serviced by a number of smaller operators including Rex/Pelair, Sharp Airlines and GAM Air who operate closed charter services to ports such as Clermont, Orange and Chinchilla. JetsGo Australia is also expected to commence FIFO operations later in 2012 with EMB-135s.
Air New Zealand
China Southern Airlines
Norfolk Air (cease to exist March 2012)
Qantas (including Jetconnect)
Virgin Australia (Indonesia, PNG, Pacific and NZ)
International highlights of 2011 included Dallas-Brisbane being introduced (now 6 weekly), Brisbane being linked with Honolulu again after a number of years and Brisbane seeing a direct, same plane services to Beijing.
Brisbane Airport had 20.6 million passengers pass through its terminal in 2011 and despite being an eventful year, passenger growth at the international terminal surpassed that seen in 2010. Strongest growth marks in 2011 were New Zealand, China, South Africa and USA.
QF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 599 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 20971 times:
In other news
New Toowoomba-Sydney flights
Per ABC Local Radio, Skytrans (Cairns-based regional Airline) has announced it will introduce services linking Toowoomba (Australia's biggest inland city behind Canberra) and Sydney from March 2012, initially once daily utilising the Airline's Dash 8-100s / Dash 8-300s.
As the Airline does not base aircraft in Toowoomba and only operates through flights (i.e. Brisbane-Toowoomba-Charleville/St George etc) I'd expect the services to possibly operate as Brisbane-Toowoomba-Sydney.
Additionally, Skytrans has made mention that it is actively looking at expanded services from Toowoomba to ports such as Gladstone - such services would mainly cater for the purpose of FIFO and moving staff.
Per TravelDaily 25JAN12, Etihad Airways has made mention that it is keen to take an equity stake in Virgin Australia, subject to foreign investment restrictions being relaxed.
Additionally, it has also been reported in the AFR that Etihad Airways is looking at increasing Brisbane-Abu Dhabi services to daily and introducing a new service to Adelaide or Perth (perhaps Adelaide would be the preferred option in light of Qatar Airways recently announced PER-DOH services).
eaglefarm4 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 293 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 20923 times:
Thanks QF175 .I can add Airlink Dubbo with B1900 and PA-31 equipment also offer fifo to PPP ,Nyngin,Dubbo as well as GWA,Wagners,Machjet,Easternwell .SEAIR also operate a twice daily OOL-BNE-Lady Elliott-BNE-OOL tourist flight Mon-Fri.
PS I am hearing more ATR flights soon.In past 4 months only VA have gone from 68 departures a day to 80 next month.
All up over 50 airlines operate out of BNE weekly from PA-31 to 744 size.
IndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2403 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 20852 times:
Quoting eta unknown (Reply 4): The jury is still out on how much longer EVA's BNE-TPE will last. Ditto China Airlines' BNE-AKL tag-on.
That jury has been out for a while but they both stick around.
One might move on though at some stage, but time will tell.
Quoting eta unknown (Reply 4): Also hearing rumours Air Asia will dump OOL and take over the MH BNE-KUL route.
I would suspect that there may be some truth to the rumour, given the issues that D7 stated about gaining sufficient year-round yields at OOL not too long ago. Not sure how that will end up, but the MH/D7 network does have a few changes left to go I would suspect.
Surprised by this. Putting aside the issues in Christchurch at the moment, surely there is enough demand between the 2 cities for a 3 times weekly service given the large number of Kiwis in the Brisbane area? This means there is no QF-related company plying this sector.
rushed From Australia, joined May 2000, 244 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 20677 times:
Quoting QF175 (Reply 2): It's astonishing to see how much capacity QantasLink has introduced on some of its routes over the past few months.
With this increase in capacity are QF going to upgrade / expand the BNE downstairs terminal area (where the QantasLink flights seem to depart from on the left after security?). Each time I've passed through this area it always looks cramped and a little budget.. Never used this area but it always looks busy - anyone else think this?
ZuluAlpha From Australia, joined Mar 2010, 351 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 20625 times:
Quoting QF175 (Reply 1): QantasLink is yet to confirm where it will deploy its 2 new 717s ex-Brisbane, however one would expect these frames will be operated on Brisbane-Rockhampton/Mackay once the Alliance contract ceases
I Have spoken recently to the ground staff at GLT and they have advised me that they are to undergo training for the 717's as well. I know that maybe a little too much capacity on such a short run, but I don't see any reason to doubt the information they have given me.
Anyhow, the little birdie that told me about the detailed plans for T3 & T4 expansion provided me with this:
and stated that detailed plans for MEL's 3rd runway will kick off soon.
The 2nd concourse of the current T3 will become the "new" T4 and effectively - as per the diagram above - is going to double the amount of gates in the precinct compared to now. (look closely, you can see the existing terminals depicted to give you an idea of the expansion to come).
Quote: Melbourne Airport finished 2011 with strong international passenger growth of 11 per cent compared to 2010 or an additional 651,157 passengers, taking total international passengers for the 2011 calendar year to 6.6 million.
depsite domestic going backwards due to Tiger and Volcano earlier in the year, the total pax for the airport increased 1% for the year:
Quote: The strong international passenger growth contributed to more than 27.9 million passengers passing through Melbourne Airport in the 2011 calendar year, an increase of one per cent compared to 2010.
“Domestically, 2011 was a particularly tough year, with the well publicised weather and airline events that disrupted services,” said Mr Woodruff.
Domestic passengers declined by 2 per cent to 21.3 million passengers in 2011 compared to 2010.
ZuluAlpha From Australia, joined Mar 2010, 351 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 20238 times:
Quoting eaglefarm4 (Reply 13): I have also heard that Qantas will use Network F100'S out of BNE later in the year as well.
Have heard it as well, once again nothing I can provide in writing, But it would make sense, considering Network Aviation is now one of QF's Subsiduary companies. Better to keep the money in-house than to give it to another company (Alliance).
qf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2552 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 19968 times:
Quoting EK413 (Reply 15): I've raised the question once before can anyone confirm the rumored cancellation of JL771/JL772 NRT-SYD-NRT service...???
They'd be crazy to cut it given that every flight over the past 2 months has been literally full. Perhaps they will reduce frequencies from daily through the winter then come back up in October/November? I would say that JQ might be a strong replacement long term once JQ Japan is up and running, but J class is as full as Y...
Looks like they are showing some sort of a commitment to Melbourne then. They have enough surplus 777s to keep this daily having given up other long haul routes recently.
But it seems an awful waste to keep the planes on the ground in MEL for some 14 odd hours (plane arrives Melbourne 10pm ish and leave the next day at 12 noon ish).
eta unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2009 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 18942 times:
Not so much a commitment- more an act of desperation. The flight is timed to connect with LHR in both directions, hence the MEL overnight (which doesn't cost anything as MEL doesn't levy parking charges). Remember after the recent longhaul route cuts to AKL/BNE/PER there is no additional LHR feed.
IndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2403 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 18924 times:
^^ Desperation is a big call to make. It obviously sees some value in the MEL market, and with D7 ceasing its European services, I wants to attempt to use that as a way of selling its product.
It could have restarted BNE/PER/AKL if they wanted, but chose not to, and increased MEL. Take from that what you want really.
As for MEL, when I was there on Saturday morning, T2 was maxed out, even to the point where GA and CA both had to wait over 15 minutes to get a gate. BI 777, JQ A330 (X2), EK 777 and QF 744 were all moved to remote parking during that time to allow for space
There were quite a few A320/737 sized aircraft at T2, whiuch is where a dual purpose T3 would come in handy if they chose to go down that route. The current T2 gates would be freed up for the A330/767 and up.
gardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 18896 times:
Good point, IndianicWorld, I didn't think of the excess London-bound capacity that would have otherwise chosen Air Asia X.
I was at T2 at MEL the other week and it indeed is gate chaos at times. However even landside in the departure areas, it seems every spare space is being taken up for modified check-in counters and pop up coffee stores and other shops. Looks like such an ill-planned mess.
25 IndianicWorld: ^^ Its called profit maximisation. Squeeze in every last thing into the existing infrastructure until you really have to expand. The T2 expansion was
26 VH-BZF: Melbourne has been a victim of its own success. It has grown so rapidly and with the advent of narrow bodies on Tasman flights coupled with massive in
27 eta unknown: The only value of MEL is to provide feed for LHR- it has to do with the "restructure" plan and "going back to their roots" (their words). Air Asia X
28 IndianicWorld: ^^ BNE has done well of late with QF I agree. It must be a shock to see the QF love In MEL's case, it has 2 X daily QF A380s which cause gate access i
29 IndianicWorld: D7 doesn't factor into the decision at all? Now thats a strange call. Maybe you should read their own words in their announcement of the increase. It
30 VH-BZF: I also understand that Melbourne is also due to see further increases in flights from Seoul by Korean Air this year as well. With BI increasing as wel
31 IndianicWorld: What services has SYD lost? I think its good to see less reliance on 1 city, with airlines now taking an active role in exploiting options left aroun
32 QantasA333: Meanwhile ADL has many empty slots available to international carriers! With the terminal expansion shortly happening, when will we see a new carrier?