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Australian Aviation Thread # 79  
User currently offlineQF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 677 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 20864 times:

G'day and welcome to the Australian Aviation Thread # 79. In the previous thread, the following points were discussed/raised:

* Perth Airport to close RWY 06/24 for a period of 6 months due cracking
* Surge in Australia - Dubai traffic
* Jetstar to commence Adelaide - Auckland services from December 2013
* ACC and trans-Tasman services
* Australia - South Africa services
* Qantas cancels planned delivery of a 747-400F
* Qantas to rollout Q-Streaming system on its A330 fleet
* Qantas announces intention to codeshare with Jet Airways of India over Hong Kong
* ACCC gives the green light to the VA / NZ trans-Tasman agreement until 2018
* Accor to take over management of some Qantas Lounges
* Jetstar Asia announces expansion plans under expanded Singapore-Indonesia bilateral
* Jetstar to commence MEL-HKT services from December 2013 and increase SIN / HNL
* Singapore - Osaka and Beijing Jetstar A330 services cancelled from end November 2013
* QantasLink Dash 8-200 visits Darwin as part of a Captain's Choice Tour
* Air New Zealand given green light to increase stake in Virgin Australia
* Virgin Australia's ownership
* Dubbo Airport to provide subsidy to attract more airlines
* Brindabella Airlines reamed for poor OTP, meets with locals to discuss services
* Gold Air Bendigo closer to launching Bendigo - Melbourne (Essendon) flights
* QantasLink 717-200s to operate services ex-Hobart
* QantasLink 717-200 flying ex-Canberra
* Qantas' profit for the 2012-2013 FY
* Expression of interest for Our Airline 733 charter flight ex-Brisbane in Nov / Dec
* Sydney Airport masterplan
* Australian and New Zealand airlines and China
* Qantas rolls out 767-300 VH-OGG sporting Disney "Planes" decals
* Jetstar's first 787 VH-VKA airborne once again (test flights)
* Bendigo Airport - possible new flights / routes
* Jetstar 787 paintscheme
* AN124 flight into Perth
* Jetstar launches dedicated Dreamliner website for its 787
* Singapore Airlines Brisbane flights
* United 839 diverts to Brisbane, as well as a HA A330 (first HA A330 visit to BNE)
* Allegiant Air model - success in Australia?

Australian Aviation Thread # 78

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User currently offlineQFVHOQA From Australia, joined Mar 2012, 414 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 20828 times:

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 201):
One thing I was looking at yesterday was JQ and where it can grow from MEL, with substantial extra terminal space in the new T4 coming online in a couple of years. Where exactly can people see them targeting?

With QF saying goodbye to 763s on domestic routes within a couple of years, and the replacements mainly 738s, I see JQ picking up the lost discount Y capacity on routes to SYD & BNE. Possible new routes from MEL for JQ? AYQ, PPP, MKY would be a start. At a stretch I could see VLI, PQQ or even BME to supplement QF's flights. BME is a market ripe for competition as fares are quite high, but I hear it's a very expensive place all round.


User currently offlineQF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 677 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 20817 times:

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA

* On 17 September 2013, Virgin Australia's Newman services began operating out of Terminal 3 at Perth
* Virgin Australia has now begun using the new Terminal at Denpasar / Bali Airport for all arrivals. Departing Virgin Australia flights will continue to operate from the old terminal, immediately adjacent to the new terminal

Virgin Australia Travel Toolkit

* VA's dedicated A330 gate at Brisbane Airport will close over the coming days in preparation for gate and aerobridge works. Upon completion, Gate 40 will be able to take an A330 or two 737-sized aircraft concurrently (much like the setup at the International Terminal). BAC is also expected to commence works shortly on the expansion of the tarmac surrounding the Virgin Australia section of the terminal.

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA UNVEILS THE FUTURE OF IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

Quote:
Virgin Australia has officially launched its new Wireless Inflight Entertainment system, representing a new era in the way travellers experience entertainment in the sky.

The entertainment platform is the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, giving customers the ability to stream content to their own devices, including smartphones, laptops and tablets, through in- built wireless technology on board.

Following a successful trial earlier this year, Virgin Australia is now extending the wireless innovation across its domestic and short-haul international network. Thirty-seven (37) aircraft are now fitted out with the new technology, including aircraft operating on routes to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, which went live earlier this week. The roll-out across Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737-800 and Embraer E190 fleet will be complete before the end of the year.

Virgin Australia Chief Customer Officer Mark Hassell said: “At Virgin Australia, we are passionate about customer experience, and that often means redefining travel. We know that in-flight entertainment is a key driver in customer satisfaction. Our research shows that around 90% of our customers travel with at least one smartphone, laptop or tablet.

Continues...

I have had the pleasure of using VA's new streaming IFE system and I have to say I am extremely impressed. The system was flawless and has plenty to keep passengers entertained. It's pleasing to see that a moving map is available, and quite a good one at that. I guess the main downside with such a system is that your device ultimately needs to be fully charged prior to use, especially on longer sectors such as Australia - Samoa, Phuket and Denpasar / Bali.


BRISBANE AIRPORT

Brisbane Airport Corporation has released plans for its new, dedicated Charter Terminal to be built north of the existing Domestic Terminal (QF area). BAC expects to commence construction on the facility Q1 2014, with completion sometime in Q1 2015.

Brisbane Charter Terminal

Source

Quote:
In the last few years, the growth in Fly-In/Fly-Out (FIFO) and charter operations at Brisbane Airport has prompted Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) to review how this market segment may best be accommodated and managed.

The proposed Brisbane Charter Terminal (BCT) purpose built facility is to consolidate a sector of FIFO and charter operations at Brisbane Airport and will be managed by Brisbane Airport Corporation.

The BCT will be located in existing General Aviation area, north-east of the Domestic Terminal positioned on the corner of Acacia Street and Dryandra Road.

The Draft Major Development Plan for the proposed BCT has been prepared under the Airports Act 1996 (Cth) and is available for public comment for a period of 60 business days.

This draft Major Development Plan will be available on the website for public comment until COB Wednesday 16 October 2013.



Brisbane Airport Corporation has also lodged a draft MDP to expand DFO. The extension to the DFO includes the addition of retail space, mixed use commercial building with retail plaza and alfresco dining integrating with the Village Markets by a pedestrian walkway. A new multi-level car park will provide extra parking for DFO and centre visitors - source


GOLDAIR BENDIGO

The airline via its FB page has said it is awaiting regulatory approval to commence Bendigo - Melbourne (Essdendon) services and anticipates commencing flights towards the end of October.


WELLCAMP / TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT

It's full steam ahead in terms of construction of the new Wellcamp / Toowoomba Airport. Credit where credit is due, Wagners need to be commended for their determination and pace in terms of the speed of construction. It's amazing to think that come next year Toowoomba will go from having an airport barely capable of taking anything larger than a Dash 8-300, to an airport that will be capable of facilitating 737s, A330s and 747s.

Wagner family's airport dream ready to take flight

Toowoomba Chronicle

Quote:
WAGNERS managing director Denis Wagner is looking forward to the day next year when the first plane takes off from the Wellcamp Airport.

He is especially looking forward to seeing the look on the faces of those people who genuinely thought the project would never get off the ground.

Mr Wagner said the multi-million dollar project has been in the pipeline for more than a decade, but it was only in April last year the family decided to go full steam ahead with the project.

"There was an element of commercial risk associated with the project," Mr Wagner said.

"We certainly did not make the decision to proceed lightly.

"I have no doubt the airport and business park will be a huge success."

Mr Wagner said work on the project had ramped up even further to ensure the construction schedule is met.

"Construction started in April this year and we have more than 65 people working full-time on the project," he said.

"The three-kilometre runway is starting to take shape and is due to be completed by February next year.


Continues...



Image copyright Toowoomba Chronicle - Image source


User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 24997 posts, RR: 85
Reply 3, posted (10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 20630 times:
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Quoting QF175 (Reply 2):
GOLDAIR BENDIGO

I'm not in any way superstitious, except sometimes. In my business the word "gold" in any title or name is considered extremely unlucky and I don't see any point in tempting fate - just in case.  

But while I think this little airline has a hard row to hoe, I'm, keeping my fingers crossed.

mariner



aeternum nauta
User currently offlinemadog From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 20483 times:

QUick question:

How long will VH-OGG's Planes decals will remain on for?


User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2001 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 20449 times:

Quoting madog (Reply 4):
How long will VH-OGG's Planes decals will remain on for?

I've been told it's until the aircraft retires in March 2014, though that seems a bit long unless the video release is delayed. Not that I mind admiring it until then!

[Edited 2013-09-23 16:56:26]


Applying insanity to normality
User currently offlinesq256 From Australia, joined Jul 2010, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 20297 times:

Palmer is looking at using the balance of power in the Senate from mid 2014 to upgrade MCY.

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au...lmer-flexes-muscle/2030061/?ref=hs

Quote:
CLIVE Palmer will use any balance of power the Palmer United Party achieves in the Senate to ensure he delivers for the Sunshine Coast, with an international airport at Maroochydore high on his priorities.

Mr Palmer made the commitment as a full distribution of preferences began yesterday at the Australian Electoral Commission counting room at Maroochydore.

He sits on a knife's edge 36-vote lead over the LNP's Ted O'Brien.


User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2001 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 20262 times:

Quoting sq256 (Reply 6):
Palmer is looking at using the balance of power in the Senate from mid 2014 to upgrade MCY.

It might need upgrading to handle an A380 as I'm sure he will require a presidential class jet to shuttle him between his electorate and Canberra, which is unfortunately not equipped for visits by the Royal Yacht (Titanic II).

Anyway, MCY is already an international airport, if only seasonally (also more than you can say of CBR).



Applying insanity to normality
User currently offlineMikey86 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 20211 times:

TG's BNE services.

They are changing their operating schedule slightly out of BNE, please see below

BNE-BKK TG474 1335/1945
BKK-BNE TG473 2359/1205+1

As you can see BKK-BNE remains the same. The change is on BNE-BKK. This will make for better connections onwards to DEL and possibly some other destinations.

This is effective 27OCT13.



mikey86 - Greenslopes, Queensland
User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2907 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 20184 times:

Oh... the man gets power and gets even more demanding... I'm scared  
Quoting QFVHOQA (Reply 1):
With QF saying goodbye to 763s on domestic routes within a couple of years, and the replacements mainly 738s, I see JQ picking up the lost discount Y capacity on routes to SYD & BNE.

I could see this to a point, but I guess they will see what TT does.

As we have seen in the past, JQ have been very agressive in following TT's moves and adjusting their route network to counter that.

Quoting QFVHOQA (Reply 1):
Possible new routes from MEL for JQ? AYQ, PPP, MKY would be a start. At a stretch I could see VLI, PQQ or even BME to supplement QF's flights. BME is a market ripe for competition as fares are quite high, but I hear it's a very expensive place all round.

Some interesting choices there.

I could see some more Queensland routes (MKY, PPP) but I do wonder if they may try some more interesting choices. Toowoomba's building a new airport. Is that maybe a JQ route in future? Yes its left field, but hey who knows.


User currently offlineDeltaB717 From Australia, joined Jun 2012, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 20135 times:
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PQQ with A320s? Loooooooooooong way down the track methinks, especially from MEL...

User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2001 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 20101 times:

Quoting QF175 (Reply 2):
I have had the pleasure of using VA's new streaming IFE system and I have to say I am extremely impressed. The system was flawless and has plenty to keep passengers entertained. It's pleasing to see that a moving map is available, and quite a good one at that. I guess the main downside with such a system is that your device ultimately needs to be fully charged prior to use, especially on longer sectors such as Australia - Samoa, Phuket and Denpasar / Bali.

It's great to know that the moving map is available. Does anyone know if the map is available on QF's 767 iPads?

BYOD IFE needs power to the seat and preferably not just USB charging. Will VA be providing this as well? I still prefer seatback entertainment, in part because it means fewer devices required per family, plus you can often use it from gate to gate.



Applying insanity to normality
User currently offlineSingapore 777 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1014 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 19871 times:

Quoting allrite (Reply 11):
It's great to know that the moving map is available. Does anyone know if the map is available on QF's 767 iPads?

Nope, the QF 767 iPads do not have a moving map.


User currently offlineQF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 677 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 19853 times:

Virgin Australia is about to take delivery of its next A330-200 (number 7), VH-XFH. Like VH-XFG, it appears the aircraft will operate Toulouse - Melbourne nonstop, arriving late on Thursday night.

That's one looooooong flight!


User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19706 times:

Quoting QF175 (Reply 13):
Virgin Australia is about to take delivery of its next A330-200 (number 7), VH-XFH. Like VH-XFG, it appears the aircraft will operate Toulouse - Melbourne nonstop, arriving late on Thursday night.

Qantas I understand delivered most if not all its A330-200's except VH-EBA non-stop from TLS to MEL, which at the time was the longest ever flight operated by a wide bodied twin engined aircraft.

Also heard that QF plan to finally replace it's B767 aircraft from Sydney to Honolulu from late 2014 with A330's, mind you I haven't seen it confirmed anywhere yet.

BZF



Ansett Australia - (was) One of the worlds great airlines!
User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4852 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19664 times:

Tonight's HKG-SYD CX139 SYD-HKG CX138 service was upgraded to a B744 equipment due to typhoon Usagi backlog.

EK8413



Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. We are tonight’s entertainment!
User currently offlineDeltaB717 From Australia, joined Jun 2012, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 19586 times:
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The first of the 'new' QantasLink 717s, N406BC, began its ferry to Australia on 23 September US time. It should become VH-YQS according to the seat map on qantas.com

Has flown Cecil, FL to Billings, MT to Anchorage, AK so far as Southern Cross 1078. I can't find any further routings including where it will arrive in Oz and be prepared for service entry, though I assume either BNE (first revenue service is BNE-CBR) or CBR (easier to get 'slots' for crew training?) or of course ADL (the home of Cobham).

Skyliner:
Boeing 717 -2BL 55178 5128 VH- Cobham / Qantaslink delivery 23sep13 VQQ-BIL-ANC, N-reg ex N406BC

[Edited 2013-09-24 05:55:24]

User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4852 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 19572 times:

Quoting DeltaB717 (Reply 16):

The 1st B717 will be Canberra based according to another forum.  http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/emerbot/null_zps6848fdde.jpg[/QUOTE]

EK8413



Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. We are tonight’s entertainment!
User currently offlineDeltaB717 From Australia, joined Jun 2012, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 19546 times:
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Yes, CBR based but will operate its first revenue service ex-BNE. Also I'm unsure if CBR has the facilities to do the Mx work on a 717 any more, the former VQ hangar (which was built for 717s) has been used for C130 and most recently Q400s.

User currently offlineeaglefarm4 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 427 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 19365 times:

I think you will find the 717 will be delivered to ADL before it goes into service on BNE-CBR.

Yesterday BNE had it's busiest day ever for aircraft movements approx 720 (To be confirmed).Last month BNE was the 2nd busiest airport for movements in Australia after SYD even beating Bankstown,Jandakot etc.

http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/...-Movement-Snapshot-August-2013.pdf



tourismman
User currently offlineQF2220 From Australia, joined Aug 2013, 384 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 19043 times:

Quoting QF175 (Reply 2):
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA UNVEILS THE FUTURE OF IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

Here is an idea, how about pre flight entertainment (BYOD) using the same system in the VA lounges or even at the VA gates? Surely has to be a point of difference. Enjoy the same items in the lounge/at the gate and onboard.


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5175 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (10 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 19031 times:

Quoting QF175 (Reply 2):
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA UNVEILS THE FUTURE OF IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

I absolutely agree that streaming is the "future of in-flight entertainment" but IMHO it can only be effective where either the airline provides the device (QF) or the airline provides power points (yes real power points) which UA will do.

Expecting passengers to use their own devise but not providing them with the ability to charge it could be problematic, especially on longer flights which in when IFE comes into its own.

Hopefully this is something that VA is planning to rectify.



Worked Hard, Flew Right
User currently offlineBAeRJ100 From Australia, joined Nov 2011, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 18846 times:

Quoting eaglefarm4 (Reply 19):

I think you will find the 717 will be delivered to ADL before it goes into service on BNE-CBR.

Yep, any Cobham-operated/maintained aircraft - 146/RJ, 717 and Dash 8 - will always be delivered to their home base in ADL. It's also generally where all the heavy maintenance will take place, regardless of where the aircraft is based thereafter.


User currently offlinecarryon From Australia, joined Aug 2012, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 months 4 hours ago) and read 18339 times:

Quoting DeltaB717 (Reply 16):

Skyliner:
Boeing 717 -2BL 55178 5128 VH- Cobham / Qantaslink delivery 23sep13 VQQ-BIL-ANC, N-reg ex N406BC

The aircraft has been in storage, but was previously operated by Mexicana Click. The first aircraft won't be based in CBR, but out of BNE as the port is already familiar with 717 ops. Subsequent aircraft will be CBR based.

http://www.carry-on.com.au/blog/qantasnew717/

Quoting VH-BZF (Reply 14):
Qantas I understand delivered most if not all its A330-200's except VH-EBA non-stop from TLS to MEL, which at the time was the longest ever flight operated by a wide bodied twin engined aircraft.

VH-XFH has just arrived in MEL in 20 hrs 45mins: http://ow.ly/peMz3

QF Group #A330s -EBB, -EBC, -EBF were all delivered TLS-MEL direct, -EBQ delivered TLS-SYD. SYD further than MEL. Rumour is Virgin delivered two of their A330s over a longer routing to beat Qantas' record.

[Edited 2013-09-26 07:27:56]

User currently offlineeaglefarm4 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 427 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18136 times:

Virgin announced twice weekly BNE-Cloncurry services starting in November on Wednesday and Friday with E-190'S.


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25 RyanairGuru : That's an interesting addition. I assume that they have the support of some mining company or other for that it acts as a quasi-charter, and I wish t
26 BenSandilands : Virgin's Cloncurry service is of considerable historical significance. This is what I wrote elsewhere: (quote) A new page will be turned in the illust
27 flyinghighboy : Anyone know what extra flights or capacity was put on for Freo fans to head to Melbourne? Hearing stories that some went via Bali and even Singapore j
28 Post contains links bwwt : Looks like Qantas will be 'trialling' all day check in for flights leaving SYD T1. Interestingly you are 'not allowed' to leave the terminal. http://w
29 eaglefarm4 : Currrently bne-Cloncurry is operated by Alliance on closed Fifo flights 4 times a week and they also leave on Wednesday and Fridays as well with 2 fli
30 aryonoco : A question I've been thinking about for a while: Considering the current state of Australia-Africa flights, Africa's (especially East Africa's) gradua
31 RyanairGuru : That will, of course, be totally unenforceable. Even if you checked in and then didn't proceed through security and customs until 6 hours later, they
32 TN486 : Flew over the top of my home, looking very nice, with a quite distinctive sound, sounding very "shrill". Good to see a 717 back at MEL.
33 skyhawkmatthew : She should be able to check her bags through from ARM to LHR and then do whatever she wants while she's in Sydney anyway... that's what my family's a
34 CXfirst : Just to clarify. Virgin have flown to ZNE from T3 for a long time, however, the services that are operated by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, on
35 RyanairGuru : On separate tickets? In the past Qantas Domestic have refused when I've done the same BNE-SYD-xxx. Maybe they are more accommodating in those smaller
36 skyhawkmatthew : Yeah, separate tickets. We tend to book the overseas portion through the travel agent then just book our own PQQ-SYD-PQQ return. They will even check
37 Post contains images TN486 : Brainsnap, post was a reference to a 717, which had nothing to do with the post referring to XFH
38 IndianicWorld : Amazing to see the demand from WA to MEL for tomorrow's match.The purple sure has invaded this city. Many stakeholders must be having a big party at t
39 EK413 : Qantas has bumped up capacity on PER-MEL route by positioning a B744 & operating additional A330 / B763 East-West services. Virgin apparently str
40 BAeRJ100 : Cobham sent three aircraft to Essendon via ADL (146-200, -300 and a RJ100).
41 Post contains links bwwt : Qantas will be taking delivery of a 737-800 with a new indigenous scheme. The aircraft will arrive in the fleet in November. http://www.theaustralian.
42 RyanairGuru : OMGOMGOMG!!! SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS!!! This is great news, and it will be interesting to see what she looks like. I think that it's great that QF are
43 Post contains links wisborg : According to Brisbane Times, Emirates upgauges BNE to an A380 starting from Wednesday: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/trav...-of-confidence-20130928-
44 Post contains images IndianicWorld : Some interesting comments on that story. I'm guessing a few members from here Great to see BNE getting its first scheduled A380 flights. Took a few y
45 eaglefarm4 : YES been doing plane spotting for 50 years.The gentleman in the story is a friend of mine and we are involved in the new viewing area development .Lov
46 Post contains images soyuz : I was at the current BNE spotting area to watch the first A380's visit back in 05. Couldn't believe how quiet she was when she took off. FINALLY we ge
47 DeltaB717 : When was there a 717 in MEL?
48 RyanairGuru : Impulse (inc QantasLink ops) and Jetstar
49 DeltaB717 : I thought TN486 meant just recently, sorry.
50 QFVHOQA : I too am glad that QF have chosen to do this. It would be nice to have a larger plane painted, like an A333 that flies to Asia, as Aboriginal art is
51 QF175 : Emirates A380 A6-EEK is about to push back in Dubai, operating the first scheduled EK A380 service to Brisbane
52 Post contains images EK413 : Exciting times for BNE an airport which made the wise decision to build one of Australia's 1st A380 capable gates. How's PER feeling considering the
53 zkokq : I cant wait to shoot this in the morning. I will be airside for the morning and will have lots of photos via my facebook page as the morning goes on.
54 Post contains images RyanairGuru : Haha I was wondering it you were going to be out at 6:05! Can't wait to see the pictures
55 Post contains images zkokq : Wouldnt miss it for the world I hope the storm clears over night!
56 Post contains images RyanairGuru : Absolutely, for once in this country somebody had the foresight to build infrastructure for the future, and I'm really glad that it has paid off for
57 qf2220 : Off topic, but looking back through time, unfortunately I think we have had too much infrastrucure in certain areas in the past (eg the NSW regional
58 Flyingsottsman : I was woundering if QF were going to use 744s on the PER-MEL for the grand Final. Since VA is the offical carrier of the AFL they should paint an air
59 Post contains images ben175 : Don't worry, we'll get ours eventually once the airport gets its sh*t together!!! It is a bit of a shame BNE beat us though. Oh well, we got QR first
60 eaglefarm4 : Yes it was a big exciting event here this am with over 300-400 spotters at the Loop Rd and plenty of media coverage both on radio and TV .I have taken
61 Post contains images RyanairGuru : You can keep them If anything, I'm more bitter and twisted that you got a third daily EK flight before we did!!! Goodness! That's a phenomenal turnou
62 TruemanQLD : Can anyone shed any light on why there is a CZ A330 over at the old international terminal in BNE? Is this a normal occurrence or did it go tech yeste
63 eaglefarm4 : Went tech i believe !
64 Post contains links zkokq : Bent engine fan blades. Hit a bird en route yesterday. Pulled parts of the bird out of the core over night. Smelt like KFC on board I am told. Some a
65 EK413 : Love the photos zkokq. I'm blown away by the turn out of spectators. Next, the rumoured SQ A380 service. EK8413
66 Post contains images RyanairGuru : Presuming that nothing changes in the interim (which it could well do, but I personally hope it doesn't as I have sunk $$$s into this!) the retirement
67 IndianicWorld : I think you may be waiting a while for that one. Certainly was a good turn out.
68 Post contains images EK413 : Don't worry I won't, I'll be waiting for SYD 3rd SQ A380 though EK8413
69 Post contains links and images EK413 : Another test flight http://www.flickr.com/photos/jetstar...0032048674/sizes/h/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jetstar...0032170143/sizes/
70 QFVHOQA : Any speculation on the next A380 service to Australia? I hear EY is planning to send theirs to SYD/MEL next year. Maybe EK will get its wish with an
71 TN486 : Congrats to BNE. Its a great thrill to experience first landing and takeoff, and well done with the photos, thank you for sharing. Great photos mate,
72 Post contains links and images EK413 : PER is the next destination to receive an EK A380 service (if PER get their act together!), mind you the aircraft which operated today's inaugural DXB
73 Post contains images VA82 : Hi I'm fairly new here and I was just looking at the BITRE stats for Scoot, the load (for June) on SIN-OOL is 73%, OOL-SIN is 85%, SIN-SYD is 62% and
74 Post contains links and images EK413 : Firstly, welcome to A.net and enjoy the journey Based on the official announcement Scoot will acquire 20 x B787's which will be used to replacethe ex
75 Post contains links ben175 : I posted this last night but thread was deleted because I forgot to link the source: TT is commencing 6 x weekly flights between PER and SYD from Dece
76 jupiter2 : The next 380 service into Australia should be CZ into SYD from the end of October. Around the same time JL go to the 787 and JQ should have theirs lob
77 CXfirst : I'd been expecting this announcement. Ground crew in PER for TT recently expanded their services, which suggested that they would add a flight to a n
78 EK413 : I totally forgot CZ was commencing A380 services to SYD shortly! Tell you what SYD is going to struggle with 5 x A380 bays. EK8413
79 eaglefarm4 : I have also noticed in the QF scheds that a new BNE-PER-BNE 763 service will operate 4 times a week from 27oct till Xmas week.QF 573 and QF 572 are th
80 Post contains links zkokq : A photo of the CZ A330 at YBBN that had the bent fan blades from the bird stike http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...99993054064&type=1&thea
81 Post contains images NZ107 : It aint called a LCC for nothing
82 QFVHOQA : I also forgot about CZ's plans. According to flighmapper.net the flight reverts to A333 from the end of March 2014.
83 Post contains links Sydscott : http://kpae.blogspot.com.au/search?u...ated-max=2013-09-30T18:23:00-07:00 is showing the 2nd JQ 788 coming out of the paint shop and onto the flightli
84 eaglefarm4 : IT was a tale of two airlines in August, as Qantas domestic passenger numbers fell 3.5 per cent, against a 6.5 per cent rise at Virgin Australia. - Se
85 AeroplaneFreak : Any word on when JQ will begin 787 domestic flights?
86 tullamarine : Disappointing numbers from QF. I think it may be a while before I start getting a dividend again. I guess the growth in JQ is a positive given it has
87 AeroplaneFreak : Just booked a ticket for QF692, hopefully no changes. The end of era.
88 vhebb : I always take articles about monthly pax numbers with a grain of salt... I think the VA figure includes the newly acquired Skywest? Does the QF figure
89 AyostoLeon : In a previous announcement PER CEO Brad Geatches had said that the A380-gate construction would be complete by November but would not be made availab
90 ben175 : I booked EK to JFK about a year ago when the gate was meant to be finished in July at the latest, knowing that I would be on an A380 from PER to the
91 Post contains links QF175 : Check out this video of Emirates A380 A6-EEK departing Dubai, arriving/departing Brisbane and then arriving Auckland. There's some spectacular footage
92 zkokq : Haha wow! You can see me on the side of the runway on arrival and departure. We wondered what would become of the gopro cameras around the cockpit we
93 ben175 : The shot at AKL with the 3 A380's is absolutely incredible! You would think you're in Dubai looking at that, not on the other side of the world in Ne
94 Sydscott : The VA numbers include Skywest so we're not comparing apples with apples. No. The 3.5% drop was purely domestic mainline. Qantaslink total pax were u
95 Post contains links and images Sydscott : http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-0...elaide-schedule/4996392?section=sa Jetstar is adding 3 weekly ADL-DPS services from mid December. This fulfills
96 QFVHOQA : I agree that these 3 routes should do well, as should the increase to daily for BNE-HKG, given CX doesn't have as much capacity as to SYD/MEL. I too
97 RyanairGuru : From what I can gather from this atrociously written article, CX is moving the daily BNE-HKG flight to operate daylight southbound and overnight nort
98 QFVHOQA : Are you referring to the AusBT article? It's certainly a difficult read! From what I gather, CX156 BNE-HKG non-stop is already an overnight flight, w
99 RyanairGuru : Yes that's the article, I intended to link it. Re BA/AY, I think it depends on the date/availability as I have seen both be cheaper at times
100 Post contains links AyostoLeon : The West Australian is reporting the launch of a new service to PER. Beginning in February next year, Etihad will be operating an A330 with 262 seats
101 Post contains links RyanairGuru : http://www.ausbt.com.au/cathay-pacif...-from-adelaide-cairns-to-hong-kong That's correct, but the flight currently only operates 4x weekly At the mome
102 Post contains images csturdiv : I would love it if they started some flights before November 2. I am in Sydney until November 2. And I wouldn't mind if they would use it for my HBA-
103 Post contains links QFVHOQA : PER certainly is getting busy with Gulf carriers. I wonder who will be the first to cave in and reduce service to PER? Possibly TG's BKK service coul
104 Post contains links mariner : For the record, Air New Zealand has been given approval by the Treasurer (and the FIRB) to lift its stake in Virgin Australia by another 3%, taking it
105 gemuser : Correct. It's 3% per six months, WITHOUT triggering the normal take over provisions that kick in at 20% ownership and which require an offer to all s
106 csturdiv : Looks like I will miss the JQ 787 then, I am heading back to the US on Nov 2 and the article stated it would start domestic routes in November and I
107 ben175 : We're also seeing surges in international traffic each month, so the supply isn't overriding the demand by too much. Plus, travel to Asia itself is b
108 EK413 : Jetstar’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner touches down in Australia 9th of October. To welcome the new aircraft, JQ will operate tour flights / open day
109 IndianicWorld : Demand may be holding up, although nearly all Australian International airports appear to have been reporting stronger figures lately. The more inter
110 Post contains links and images EK413 : 2 for the price of 1 VH-VKA & VH-VKB http://www.flickr.com/photos/microvo...079336063/in/photostream/lightbox/ EK8413
111 Post contains links jetfuel : AN airliner carrying 218 passengers was forced to make an emergency diversion to Cairns after suffering an engine failure mid-flight early yesterday.T
112 6thfreedom : i doubt that 3K with an A320 can make SIN/ADL. as far as i know 330 ops are all JQ out of SIN.
113 Post contains links and images EK413 : With EK commencing their 3rd A380 AKL service via BNE thought I'll share this snap shot from EK Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...0
114 ben175 : Incorrect, 3K operate 12 x weekly flights SIN-PER with a 320, and I believe JQ/3K operate to DRW.
115 TN486 : And where am I next Wed?? Certainly not in MEL. "Not happy JAN"!!
116 6thfreedom : perhaps read what i wrote: A330 ops are JQ out of SIN. not 320s.
117 fiscal : Can you explain that comment a little more? If you are referring only to JQ, yes they do offer an a330 service ex SIN to the Australian mainland, as
118 EK413 : Don't quote me as I might be mistaken 3K A330 services ex-SIN haven't performed very well & that's why VH-EBS was returned to mainline. EK8413
119 QFVHOQA : I believe 6thfreedom is referring to the fact that if an A330 is flying in Jetstar colours it is operated by JQ not by 3K (or GK). So SIN-AKL/KIX/PEK
120 TK773ER : JQ will operate tour flights / open day tours in Melbourne Sunday 13 October, Thanks for the info do you or anyone here know times or location for th
121 mariner : I would be surprised - as in fall over in shock - if the A320 has the legs for SIN-ADL. mariner
122 Post contains images fiscal : I keep forgetting that ADL is not just the other side of Kalgoorlie.
123 EK413 : I'm afraid those tours aren't open to the public, it's employees family or friends. EK8413[Edited 2013-10-05 21:54:38]
124 EK413 : Would appear an additional A380 bay is being fitted at Concourse B of T1 with Gate 8 out of service this past week & if this is correct will incre
125 DJMEL : Interesting too see 3 EK A380's at AKL!!! Also interesting too note that there are only 2 A380 gates, are AKL planning to extend concourse to cater fo
126 Post contains links EK413 : According to the below the upgrades have been completed. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/indu...ckland-Airport A380 triple for Auckland Airport Auckl
127 Post contains links carryon : Yup, only three days to go! JQ7878 arrives 13:05 on Wednesday. Domestic ops will begin in November after CASA certification and crew familiarisation
128 Post contains links QFVHOQA : Alan Joyce has reportedly spoken with media in Seattle about the Qantas Group's potential use of the 787s they have on order. The Sydney Morning Heral
129 Post contains images EK413 : Interesting article as I wasn't aware JQ was taking on 15 x B787's So, mainline won't see any new frames until at the earliest 2017 based on QF Inter
130 QFVHOQA : If QF firms the order now, the purchase rights seems to allow for delivery only in 2017 - so QF would be committing cash before they need to. Given t
131 tullamarine : I think QF know that any 744s that become available from 2017 are unlikely to find a buyer. If Int'l do take the 789s (and given the amazing pricing
132 Post contains images EK413 : That's my point QF could've / should've retired these birds earlier & get a decent return but that's in the past now Doesn't that place QF in a s
133 TruemanQLD : If I am not mistaken (very possibly just an A.net rumour) doesnt this relate to Oz v Singapore depreciation laws/requirements?
134 EK413 : I'm not familiar with Singaporean laws & really can't shed any light on the topic. However, if this happens to be the case would explain SQ's rap
135 TruemanQLD : Well I dont doubt they could, but I doubt they would. These 8 A380's will play an important rule for SCL, JNB and DFW. DFW might be possible with the
136 Post contains images RyanairGuru : The alternative question is haven't they learned anything from Delta SQ has a very high fleet turnover in part because Singaporean accounting laws al
137 shnoob940 : New question: Can anyone explain why the MEL-SYD-DEL Air India 787 flight was delayed by 7.5 hours outbound today? -gibbo
138 smi0006 : Will all the Ex-JQ A332 capacity be used domestically? How many have already entered the QF fleet? And how many to go, are the one for one replacement
139 Post contains images EK413 : Without a doubt a twin would encounter a few issues when JNB is thrown into the mix but could the route justify a 500+ seater A380. Time will tell &a
140 RyanairGuru : Sorry I missed this before, I would say no, no chance. There are several differences between the QF operation and LH/AF. The most obvious is that thi
141 QFVHOQA : QF are apparently able to switch their 787 orders between variants. So I guess QF could use a JQ 788 order and switch it for a QF 789. But then this
142 qf2220 : As far as I understand it, for tax purposes, Singapore lets companies depreciate their assets quicker. This means that their tax deductions are large
143 Post contains links AeroplaneFreak : JQ will launch 788 services on November 13th with MEL-OOL services, followed shortly by MEL-CNS... http://www.ausbt.com.au/jetstar-s-fi...-13-melbourn
144 Sydscott : I actually think you'll find the 744's, especially the ER's, sticking around for quite some time to fly SCL, JNB and LAX. The last A380's will be mor
145 zkokq : So I heard that there is a possibility the A330 will be pulled from BNE-PER and do DPS and or SIN runs. With an announcment very soon. Thoughts?
146 RyanairGuru : I assume you're talking about VA? SIN would surprise me, but cutting back on the number of A330 transcons wouldn't. At some point sanity has got to o
147 zkokq : Sorry yes I was refering to VA. Got ahead of myself there. I thought DPS was an interesting choice for the A330. I cant see that working either. SIN
148 AeroplaneFreak : SQ will not be placing A380s on SIN-BNE-SIN services anytime soon.
149 QF2220 : Agreed. I think A380 is far too much for SCL, and possibly JNB (my opinion is that the SCL/JNB replacement aircraft isnt yet flying). I wouldnt be su
150 qf002 : Yes, but not to grow capacity. Assuming that the 744 retirements are still going ahead (which they appear to be, albeit at a slightly slower rate tha
151 Post contains images QF2220 : Fair point on 10 years and SCL, there are opportunities (a LAN South American codeshare would be a good start) but at the moment it cant, even with t
152 Post contains images RyanairGuru : Remind me again, QF currently have 20 A330s and are about to get another 12 (?) from JQ? Assuming 12-13 for PER, 2 for DRW, 5 for Triangle/CNS + 12 f
153 Post contains links QFVHOQA : QF & JQ made a presentation in Seattle regarding fleet developments B787 Seattle Tour Presentation. 2 744 will be retired in FY14, with 2 more by
154 RyanairGuru : Well Comair, who QF currently totally ignore, fly to all the major South African destinations, plus LVI, VFA, and HRE for tourism and VFR. True, but
155 qf002 : Completely agree. Comair? They don't have a massive network but cover the basics. The South African community in this country is still growing (more
156 RyanairGuru : CNS could be a future A330 route, especially if cargo could be carried by JQ operating SYD-CNS-KIX (or whatever) I can't speak for SYD (but I imagine
157 TruemanQLD : Anyone else noticed the 'Changi Airport Virgin' adds playing on radio and youtube advertisements at the moment? Seems they are hurting now that QF has
158 Post contains links RyanairGuru : I cringe everytime! I'm not sure what they're going for, as they certainly don't portray anything that I normally associate with Changi or Singapore.
159 vhebb : I assume 2x A332s will eventually operate: (Replacing B763s) Daily SYD-BNE-DRW-BNE-SYD and Daily MEL-SYD-CNS-SYD-MEL
160 Post contains images EK413 : Surely they had a market for the A380's otherwise they never would've ordered the type right? I'm surprised AF hasn't launched their A380's on Asian
161 Ditzyboy : Is your statement made looking into the future? 763s have been the main aircraft for QF on BNE-DRW for years. Two years ago, 333s were used 2-3 day p
162 QFVHOQA : SYD-CNS is indeed down to a single daily 763, with two 738 flights later in the day. With the huge number of A320s on order, JQ could easily pick up
163 RyanairGuru : On the flipside, the one day or short trip business types are less likely to check luggage than people going on vacation. I expect part of it is that
164 Bluebird191 : JQ have loaded the 787 operated flights into their schedule - operating both the MEL-CNS-MEL and MEL-OOL-MEL sectors. Available for the 4 week period
165 VA82 : I saw this on facebook, a bit annoyed because I "registered my interest" but still no email. Looks like a few people have booked flights on the first
166 Post contains links QFVHOQA : JQ has announced that the first international route for the 787 will be MEL-DPS, beginning December 18. Jetstar’s Boeing 787 to fly Melbourne-Bali f
167 388crazy : I also found out on facebook, I will probably try fly MEL-OOL-MEL on the second week of operations.
168 ZuluAlpha : I wonder if that is in addition to the existing 332 services from MEL to DPS[Edited 2013-10-08 22:25:10]
169 IndianicWorld : No. These replace those operated by the A332.
170 Bluebird191 : I've booked my 787 flight for November 22, OOL-MEL in their "business class" and paid $230, but mind you that was a base fare of $149, $20 for checked
171 skyhawkmatthew : Speaking of MEL-OOL flights – trying to work out a 787 joyride for myself, I found a couple of interesting QF rotations for sale. On the 23rd of Nov
172 SCL767 : QF will only add three additional flights on the SYD-SCL route operating on 20DEC13, 03JAN14 and 10JAN14. During the high season last year, QF also o
173 gemuser : There is a rather large ETOPS >180 between SCL & AKL. What is the Chilean airworthiness authority's attitude to ETOPS >180? Gemuser
174 SCL767 : In regards to the 787-9, Chile's DGAC will use the same airworthiness certifications issued by the U.S. FAA.
175 Sydscott : I was more talking about the PER-AKL and BNE-LAX routes. I think it's doubtful QF will increase SCL until LAN is established, and profitable, daily o
176 ZuluAlpha : The are adhoc serviced IMO for the southern states 'schoolies week" where QF put on these 738's to cater for the year 12 senior traffic
177 eaglefarm4 : BNE has a VDA IL-76F here at the moment.It brought freight into here.
178 Post contains links bwwt : BNE has committed to build its new runway by 2020 without the airlines support, with the next phases starting in weeks. http://www.couriermail.com.au/
179 RyanairGuru : Schoolies flights, although I would have imagined that JQ would be a better vehicle for such flights? I can't exactly see J being full!
180 TN486 : Could be full of parents FF points??
181 Sydscott : About time too!
182 QFVHOQA : Reminds me of when I flew SYD-OOL to schoolies in 2001. We were originally booked on AN, but obviously they went bust in September. We hurriedly re-b
183 Post contains images EK413 : Whilst in SYD we have the Antonov An-124 EK8413
184 Post contains links 777ER : Australian Aviation Thread # 80 (by QF175 Oct 11 2013 in Civil Aviation)
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