QF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 599 posts, RR: 2 Posted (6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3667 times:
G'day and welcome to the Australian Aviation Thread # 65. In the previous thread, the following points were discussed/raised:
* Philippine Airlines expresses interest in commencing Darwin services
* Virgin Australia releases its new campaign - "The romance is back"
* Emirates introduces A380 services to Melbourne
* Qantas confirms schedule changes for its Sydney and Melbourne to London flights
* Qantas confirms cessation of Frankfurt services to now occur October 2013
* Dallas and Qantas' services
* Qantas to acquire 100% of Australian Air Express
* QF ditches interim request to plan and negotiate proposed alliance with Emirates
* Alan Joyce addresses the National Press Club
* Initial concerns about British Airways' future in Australia
* Malaysia Airlines confirms it will reinstate Perth-Kota Kinabalu services from late 2012
* Qantas announces changes to its International Business soft product
* An Air Canada 77L helps the rescue of a stranded Australian sailor
* Qantas announces a $30m upgrade of its Brisbane maintenance facilities
* Article in TravelToday signals a revised MAR13 start of Air India services to Australia
* Melbourne Airport growth
* Qantas' first refurbished 767-300 recommences flying duties
* Alpha's Brisbane catering facility suffers a listeria outbreak
* Update on capacity increases at Brisbane Airport as well as progress of infrastructure projects
* China Eastern mentions that forward bookings to Cairns are lower than expected
* Transaero operates charters from Japan to Cairns with 747s
* Qantas returns to the Gold Coast after a number of years of absence
* Qantas confirms it 767 refurbishment program is tracking well ahead of schedule
* BA reconfirms its commitment to Australia announcing the introduction of 777-300ERs on its Sydney-London services from April 2013 with its flagship First and Premium Economy product
* Burn 115,000 QFF points for a SIM session
In one of the biggest announcements of this year, Virgin Australia announced that it would acquire 100% of WA-based Airline Skywest, as well as a 60% stake in LCC Tiger Airways Australia (both subject to regulatory approval). The same day, Singapore Airlines announced that it would be taking a 10% stake in Virgin Australia.
QF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 599 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3690 times:
* According to an article in TravelDaily last week, China Eastern Airlines has made the surprise announcement that its Cairns-Shanghai services will expand to an all year round operation in 2013. The Airline only recently was reported as saying that forward bookings on its Cairns services were less than forecast and year round services were in doubt. It would come as no surprise if subsidies were thrown the Airline's way as a sweetner to operate year round services
* Canberra-based Brindabella Airlines has announced it will base one of its 30-seater J41s in Sydney from 19NOV12. The aircraft would be used on its existing Sydney-Cobar services. The Airline currently operates a number of weekly Cobar services and seasonal (read ski season) services to Cooma from Sydney
* Brisbane Airport Corporation will reportedly conduct overlay works on RWY 01/19 from June to September 2013. As a result, the runway will need to be closed between the hours of 2300 and 0500, which as many would be aware impacts on the midnight departure bank for a number of International airlines including EVA Air, China Airlines, Our Airline, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. It is not yet known what changes the abovementioned Airlines will implement to accommodate the runway closure
* Malaysia Airlines recently operated a number of 747-400 and A330-300 charters through Rockhampton Airport. Let the pictures do the talking!
Ben175 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 570 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (6 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3674 times:
Also, does anybody know how long this "fast-tracked" A380 gate at PER is going to take? "Within the next 12 months" has been said for about 4 months already. I assume we'll see EK in with a 380 pretty much as soon as it's ready.
BAeRJ100 From Australia, joined Nov 2011, 43 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (6 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3676 times:
Quoting Ben175 (Reply 5): Also, does anybody know how long this "fast-tracked" A380 gate at PER is going to take? "Within the next 12 months" has been said for about 4 months already. I assume we'll see EK in with a 380 pretty much as soon as it's ready.
From what I understand the gate that is being upgraded has been closed and the tarmac outside has been ripped up. I wouldn't be surprised if it's completed along with Terminal WA.
CXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 2696 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3674 times:
Quoting BAeRJ100 (Reply 6): From what I understand the gate that is being upgraded has been closed and the tarmac outside has been ripped up. I wouldn't be surprised if it's completed along with Terminal WA.
nearmaps has recent photos (october 17), where you can see the start of the tarmac stripping.
I'd think the A380 gate will be built with the initial works of the Virgin Pier (but first thing finished and ready to be used).
EK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 3910 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3671 times:
THE O'Farrell government's plans for Canberra to host Sydney's second airport are in tatters, following the approval of a big housing development in the Canberra Airport flight path, the federal government says.
eaglefarm4 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 295 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3670 times:
Another Volga Dnepr AN 124F just landed at BNE.The 4th flight in the past 5 weeks.
Garuda looking at resuming BNE in 2013
This was in the Jakarta Post on the weekend
Garuda to receive 24 new aircraft next year
Nurfika Osman, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Business | Sat, November 10 2012,
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia says it will take delivery of 24 new
aircraft at a cost of US$1.57 billion next year to support expansion of its
domestic and international flight service.
President director Emirsyah Satar said in Jakarta on Friday that the
aircraft comprise four Boeing B777-300 Extended Range (ER) aircraft, 10
B737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft, two Airbus A330-320s, one A330-300s
and seven Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft.
"They will be used to help expand both our domestic and international
networks. As for the B777s, they will replace our aging B747 series,"
Emirsyah said on the sidelines of the Garuda Indonesia Travel Fair 2012 in
Jakarta on Friday.
The B747s that Emirsyah referred to are currently used for the airline's
long-haul routes, such as Jakarta-Amsterdam and Jakarta-Jeddah.
Emirsyah said that Garuda planned to expand its international service to
include service from Jakarta to London in the UK; Brisbane, Australia; and
Auckland, New Zealand; next year. "We expect to open the new international
routes by the end of 2013."
Marketing director Elisa Lumbantoruan said that the airline would fly each
of the routes four times a week by the third quarter of 2013.
"In the future, as we will have more aircraft, we will increase the service
from four times to seven times a week," he said.
Garuda currently operates 96 aircraft with an average age of 6.23 years. The
airline flies to more than 50 destinations domestically and internationally.
Under the airline's Quantum Leap program, it plans to increase its fleet
numbers to 194 aircraft with an average age of 5 years by the end of 2015.
Emirsyah also said that Garuda's low-cost carrier, Citilink Indonesia, would
receive 10 new A320s next year that are worth about $900 million.
The budget airline is expected to field a fleet of about 100 aircraft,
including 50 turboprop aircraft, by the end of 2015.
"We are going to announce whether we will use ATR-72s or Bombardier Q400s
planes by the end of this year. We are still studying both aircraft,"
The turboprop aircraft would be based in eastern Indonesia, as feeder planes
for routes served by Citilink's and Garuda's Bombardiers.
Last month, Garuda officially put into operation a Canadian-made Bombardier
aircraft at its regional hub in Makassar, South Sulawesi to help strengthen
service on its domestic routes.
Four out of the 18 jets that Garuda is expected to take delivery of will
serve routes connecting Makassar and Ternate, North Maluku; Kendari,
Southeast Sulawesi; Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara; and Surabaya, East Java.
The fifth Bombardier, which the airline expects to take delivery of in
December, would enter service from Garuda's hub in Surabaya and connect the
city to one of the world's most popular tourist destinations: Denpasar,
According to Garuda recent reports, the airline's total revenues grew 14.4
percent to $2.39 billion in the first nine months of 2012, while net profits
climbed 51.9 percent to $56.48 million.
Its passenger numbers also rose 20.2 percent to 14.89 million, while its
cargo volume surged 18.7 percent to 201,070 tons.
It's great to heat that Garuda are considering BNE. I've often though that (along with PVG and PEK) that CGK was the biggest hole in our longhaul network.
From what I've heard, they are now a very good carrier. It's great to see that they are performing well financially as well.
Just to cross-thread... MEL and BNE were suggested in the UA speculation thread as possible 787 destinations. I can definitely see MEL occurring at some point. It isn't going to happen right now, but longterm I think that it would be a good move. The traffic to support this route must surely be there. The 787 would also be a good product upgrade from the 747s across all cabins, but especially Y.
Re BNE, I am - unfortunately - less convinced. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see UA in BNE, not least for entirely selfish reasons as my mum is a BNE-based 1K. The current drag through SYD is a pain in the ass, it is fine for QF-QF connections, but when you have to collect your luggage and pay for the train it is far from optimal. I can't, however, see it working without an Australian partner. I believe that the market from the USA to Brisbane/SEQld is relatively small and UA has next to no brand penetration in this market so they're unlikely to pick up to much BNE-originating traffic. Without an Australian partner to market them here and provide feed from CNS etc I can't see it happening. I'd love to be proven wrong, though!
I think the best thing that they could do initially is fly to MEL through BNE. The routing would probably end up being faster than the existing SYD stop overall, and the existing MEL market can help support BNE while they build the brand.
The problem then is that SYD loses MEL's traffic, which could be an issue in the low season. What they really need is the A350 (or even the 789), but that's still a few years away for UA. Perhaps the solution then for SYD would be a 747 from LAX and a 787 from SFO (given that it's the more premium market). Overall that would given them a bump in capacity overall to Australia, but it's not ideal.
Flyingsottsman From Australia, joined Oct 2010, 396 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3666 times:
UA have 2 flights daly going into SYD, 1 from LAX and 1 from SFO which 1 of those flights is a tag on to MEL (not sure if its the SFO or LAX flight) I wounder why cant UA send the other flight of to BNE, and then on to the US or fly it back to SYD like they do with the MEL tag on, that way UA serves BNE and one of those 744s are not sitting on the tarmac for most of the day, correct me if I am wrong but dont both those flights get into SYD early in the morning and dont leave until mid afternoon? Does UA have rights to fly into BNE with their own metal if they wanted to?
Flyingsottsman From Australia, joined Oct 2010, 396 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3670 times:
Seems like more job loses at QF maintenence, Avalon and Sydney agian and looks like Brisbane is jumping way ahead of Sydney and Melbourne as far as maintaining aircraft, if Brisbane is doing maintenance on the 763s and A330 200/300 where do the 737/717/Q400s go for maintenance now that Melbourne has shut or shuting down? I know SYD still maintains some 747s as do Avalon but dont know for how much longer. Could it be another fight between unions and management brewing again ?
aussie18 From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1609 posts, RR: 10 Reply 22, posted (6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3671 times:
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Quoting qf002 (Reply 17): QF has posted on Facebook that the last A332 on order will be in Australia by the end of November... She has been painted with the OW livery (which I'm not a fan of...) but this is good news
I Wonder how long this one will last in the OW livery.