QF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 599 posts, RR: 2 Posted (6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 22506 times:
G'day and welcome to the Australian Aviation Thread # 66. In the previous thread, the following points were discussed/raised:
* China Eastern Airlines makes surprise announcement - Cairns service to become year round in 2013
* Brisbane Airport RWY01/19 overlay works
* Brindabella Airlines announces it will base a J41 in Sydney
* Malaysia Airlines operates 747 and 330 charter flights through Rockhampton
* Emirates inaugurates Adelaide services
* Perth Airport redevelopment
* Air China to upgrade SYD services to 77W in December
* Second Sydney Airport talk
* Qantas to take delivery of a new A330 later this month which will feature a oneworld livery
* United Airlines services to Australia
* Korean Airlines confirms it will suspend Melbourne services in March 2013
* Jetgo takes delivery of its second ERJ 135
* Melbourne Airport passenger leakage to other Airports
* Qantas announces a $100m share buyback
* Emirates alludes to A380 services to Perth commencing 2013
* Brisbane storms and a spectacular photo of a lightning strike
* Brindabella Airlines to offer Sydney-Moree services from March 2013 (replacing QantasLink)
* REX successfully retained sole operation rights on its 8 subsidised intra-NSW routes
* Brisbane and tag on flights
* Qantas and its impending Dubai services
* Dixon and Co setting sights on a Qantas takeover
* Virgin Australia AGM and CEO John Borghetti's remuneration package
* Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia announce codeshare expansion
* QF108 air turnback - LAX
* Melbourne Airport and its planned third runway
* Qantas aircraft now sporting the revised livery
* Perth set to receive Australia's first scheduled/regular 787 services (Qatar Airways)
* C-17 flyover of Brisbane and the Gold Coast
* Garuda Indonesia confirms Brisbane - Denpasar (Bali) and Jakarta services from August 2013
QF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 599 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 22525 times:
* Air New Zealand has confirmed a second season of nonstop flights between the Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) and Auckland in response to high demand through this year's season. Services in 2013 will continue to operate twice weekly, however flights will operate for a period of 17 weeks (this year's flying program saw flights over a 12 week period)
* VH-ZPE, Virgin Australia's second E190 fitted with the new Business Class product re-entered service today. The Aircraft joins VH-ZPK as aircraft fitted with 6J class seats. VH-ZPA will have the reconfiguration carried out over the coming days
* QantasLink's first reconfigured 717-200 VH-NXH re-entered service today. The Aircraft features a new 125Y configuration along with:
Quote: New ergonomically-designed seats will provide customers with increased levels of comfort featuring:
* A top-mounted magazine box to maximise legroom;
* An additional seat pocket ideal for the storage of personal electronic devices;
* An adjustable headrest; and
* A sliding tray table.
QF762 From Australia, joined Apr 2008, 22 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 21196 times:
From May next year Australian Aviation is reporting that QF will operate A330s on all weekday flights between PER and SYD/MEL. After searching a random week in June there were 7 daily (weekday) returns between SYD-PER and 8 daily (weekday) returns between MEL-PER all using a mix of A330 and B767 aircraft. I find it interesting that they said A330s only inteh article, but presumably meant wide-bodies only. (Which by then all the B767s should have the refreshed interiors).
Quoting EK413 (Reply 5): The photo's in the link below show the new configuration and also gives you an idea of what the slimline seats would look like on the B717 fleet...
I can't believe they've added an extra two rows, even with the slimline seats the pitch should be quite a bit tighter...? The removal of the 3rd lav makes sense though. Although what is the "crew use only" that replaces it?
Also, Tiger is celebrating it's 5th anniversary with various promotional bits and pieces and is apparentl;y approaching their 10 millionth passenger flown.
RyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 2514 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 21168 times:
Quoting QF762 (Reply 6): the pitch should be quite a bit tighter...
It would appear that they're adding one row each side of the wing. With the narrower seat backs and moving the magazine rack to the top of the seat I wouldn't expect the seat pitch to feel much different, no more than half an inch.
Ditzyboy From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 680 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 20772 times:
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7): It would appear that they're adding one row each side of the wing. With the narrower seat backs and moving the magazine rack to the top of the seat I wouldn't expect the seat pitch to feel much different, no more than half an inch.
The QantasLink/Impulse 717s with the ex-TWA slimline seats (VQF-K at the time) were converted to the Jetstar 125Y layout 6-8 weeks before the launch of Jetstar and no one noticed. At the time I remember thinking it felt as if it had the same level of comfort as the 73Hs.
ZuluAlpha From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 351 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 19273 times:
Quoting EK413 (Reply 12):
Finally the 1st of 7 ex-BA B763 in the QF fleet is heading to the desert this month...
And the planned ex-BA B763 is VH-ZXB. It has a planned departure date from Australia on 11Dec12. at 0800hrs ex SYD flying to HNL with an overnight stop-over in HNL then the following morning to VCV to arrive into VCV on 12Dec to arrive into VCV @ 1420 hrs.
TN486 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 816 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (5 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 18877 times:
Spending some time "spotting" on Flightradar24 this evening and noticed the QF44 AKL to SYD diverted to MEL earlier in the evening (lots of doughnuts in the sky around all flightpaths into SYD at that time).then noticed QF44 making a fastrun up to SYD, on approach down to 1800ft then a very quick climbout (time is now 2300 - curfew time!!), out to sea and currently at 24000 heading south again. Assuming Flightradar24 has got this tagged correctly, maybe some very unhappy guests on board, they still wont see SYD tonight. I suspect ac is back on its way to MEL.
[Edited 2012-12-02 04:23:16]
remember the t shirt "I own an airline"on the front - "qantas" on the back
I guess that raises the 2nd airport question yet again, why not grant CBR custom clearance etc for international diversions... In this scenario the flight was from AKL, aren't Australia and New Zealand flights proposed to be handled as domestic flights in the foreseeable future...?
SYDSpotter From Australia, joined Oct 2012, 113 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (5 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 18562 times:
Quoting EK413 (Reply 18): In this scenario the flight was from AKL, aren't Australia and New Zealand flights proposed to be handled as domestic flights in the foreseeable future...?
Yes that was the plan, but nothing has come of it yet.
I think there needs to be a bit of commonsense applied to the curfew sometimes, to make an aircraft turn back when it is minutes away is stupidity. Some flexibility should be allowed, blatant breaches of course are another story.
Under last night circumstances the curfew rules could've been pushed aside & aircraft given clearance... The weather played a role in the diversions therefore clearance should've been granted considering the aircraft was minutes away from touchdown... It's an absolute joke...
I believe he was pointing out how CBR can not accept International flights... I've been under the impression CBR was going to be converted into an Domestic / International airport if not already has been granted permission...
Didn't Obama or Princess Charles fly directly into CBR during their recent visit down under...?