Could there be a crane on the forward fuselage?
Hey guys, Re REX modified livery.... Yes, I can confirm that at least one Saab is in a modified livery, having seen it at Wagga yesterday. The engines are painted blue, the tail design is modified slightly with the orange 'swoosh' being straight / diagonal rather than curved upward, and the titles '...Jump to post
I believe that was Sir Rod Eddington's quote? Correct me if I am wrong.
And I agree with your sentiment about arguments in this thread. I love a brisk and hearty argument as much as anyone, but tonight I am also feeling reflective.
Take care all.
Hey guys, Singapore Airlines definitely wanted Australia-USA rights years ago, and publicly tried at least twice that I remember to get them from the Aussie government. I believe that if offered them now, they would snap them up. I'm an optimist and believe that ultimately things will work out for V...Jump to post
Hey guys, I see a neo order for Air France, A320neos, A321neos and A321LRs. I think that the LRs would be useful for Africa and the Middle East. I see a MAX order for KLM, focused mainly on the -10 but with some -8s and perhaps even a few -7s. I see both airlines eventually operating CSeries. HOP! a...Jump to post
Hey guys, I know a family that specifically booked Air New Zealand transpacific Australia-USA return to use SkyCouch. A mum with two small kids used the SkyCouch while the dad and an older child sat in the seats across the aisle : their choice. They booked it after recommendations from a relative an...Jump to post
Hey travelhound, JQ's expansion is something I have been highly curious about for a while now too. I think that the arrival of the neos will begin a new phase of expansion, with their increased capabilities and more economical operation compared to the ceos. I still think that a few extra Dreamliner...Jump to post
Hey guys, I believe Tarom ordered the A318 for political reasons.... I remember that being the given reason in the aviation press at the time. Is this correct? And yes, TWA ordered 50 A318s as well as 50 717s.... At the same time, stating that they were for different markets and route profiles. If I...Jump to post
Hey guys, I Expect that there will be some clarification on the new third international airline into Canberra sooner rather than later.... There are still serious rumours about who exactly it will be. Cathay Pacific being discussed up-thread is interesting but not the only one I've heard. All I beli...Jump to post
Hey mate, Great topic starter! I haven't heard the 'fun little fact' part, and find it a bit strange... I know that Qantas was looking at the program, at one stage I believe in conjunction (of some kind) with British Airways. Not aware of any other Australian airline (Ansett or any regional) looking...Jump to post
Hey guys, Predictions for 2018? QF to announce Brisbane - Dallas when the second tranche of Dreamliners (eight x -9s) is announced in the third quarter of the year. QF to announce Chicago as its next US destination in the first quarter. Project Sunrise expanded to include the narrow body replacement...Jump to post
Hey guys, Despite being summer here in Australia, Christmas Day was cold and wet this year. For Christmas lunch, we had a mixture of salads, cheese platters, cold meats like ham and turkey, hot meats like chicken and roast lamb strips plus potato bakes and various breads. Dessert consisted of tradit...Jump to post
Hey guys, I prefer to give rather than receive.... And was stoked to see my eldest son's reaction to a rare and expensive Pink Floyd art book that I have had hidden for months! He is a Pink Floyd tragic and didn't even know that the book existed. Me? Most of my presents remain wrapped and under the ...Jump to post
I agree that China versus Vietnam over the South China Sea may take precedence over aircraft sales.... So I guess that IF Vietnam was in the market for large amphibians Japan may get the order by default alone.
Sorry, I mixed up the two amphibians. Yes, I was thinking of the Japanese US-2.
I guess that Indonesia might be interested in the US-2 as well. Not sure about Vietnamese though.
Hey guys, Christmas is a time of celebrating the ties that bind, be they friendship, family, religious, cultural, whatever. Let people celebrate whatever Christmas means to them in whatever way they feel they want to. Let people celebrate whatever important religious or non-religious occasion means ...Jump to post
Are India and Indonesia still interested in purchasing this aircraft?
I seem to remember that Vietnam was rumoured to be interested too...
Hey guys, I would love to see Norwegian activate their requested Buenos Aires - Sydney route application, and likewise start a Singapore - Sydney route to connect Sydney to their worldwide network. Both routes would sure stir up the legacies! Unlikely in the near future, but what a move if Norwegian...Jump to post
Does anyone have any information on any charter / extra flights scheduled for the Commonwealth Games on the GC next year? I presume we will see a BA aircraft at BNE/OOL with Team GB? Hey guys, Is it possible that Wellcamp may get some overflow action from the CG on the GC? Bizjets etc maybe looking...Jump to post
Hey vhqpa, I totally agree on Sydney-Seattle, and have for a long time championed this route. I see Delta as being he airline most likely to open it, in a JV with Virgin Australia. I also agree with you on one other route. Auckland-Canberra on Air New Zealand must be a matter of 'when' and not 'if'....Jump to post
Hey guys, Thanks for the info. What impact will the switch from NG to MAX have on the P-8 production line? I seem to recall that there would be a limited time frame for additional Poseidon orders due to Boeing eventually terminating NG production and not having plans to develop (yet) a MAX-based Pos...Jump to post
This is such a logical move.
Are there any other nations looking to join this program?
Hey guys, Any news on NZ's plans to replace its Hercules, Orions and 757s. With the recent change of government, has anything been announced? It seemed likely that the A400M was lined up to replace the Hercules and possibly Poseidons to replace the Orions. Wasn't some kind of approach made to the US...Jump to post
Hey guys, It's now 24 hours since I attended the midnight premiere of The Last Jedi and my review of it can be summed up in one word... BORING... I am a Star Wars fan (and even won the prize for best -dressed in costume at the premiere!) but I found it way too long, no obvious highlights and just pl...Jump to post
Hey guys, Isn't JAL looking at a possible MAX versus Neo order sometime soon to begin replacing the 737-800s? I vaguely remember reading earlier this year somewhere that JAL will begin looking at this requirement next year. BA was an early supporter of a potential stretched 777 but I feel lost inter...Jump to post
Little bit of random news but Emirates is ending its naming rights deal with the Melbourne Cup. No new announcements during speech. Hey mate, a good catch! i wonder if any other naming rights may be dropped by the belt-tightening ME3? I heard that Turkish Airlines may be sniffing around to land a s...Jump to post
... And Qatar is gaining some important attention in Canberra with the start of flights there only months away now. A smart move? Mightn't be very financially rewarding for QR but the move to start Canberra has garnered some important attention from the 'hipsters' and 'movers and shakers' in our nat...Jump to post
What a contrast: Etihad versus Qatar!
Alitalia, Air Serbia, Darwin, Virgin Australia etc versus British Airways, LATAM, Cathay Pacific ... And errrr, Meridiana!
Wonder if Qantas is on the QR's Wishlist?
vh-qpa, We think EXACTLY alike! Same aircraft type, same 'theory', same bases.... Just don't like your proposed colours, lol! I would add a secondary 'daughter' carrier to the network however, using either ATR72s or Q400s based at Sydney West and radiating out to holiday hot spots like Coffs Harbour...Jump to post
Could it be Meridiana? Obviously with Qatar's backing - and don't forget Qatar's own interest over the years in the CSeries. Italian domestic and regional routes, plus funnelling in customers for Qatar's long haul network? I know that everything QR has and has on order has been mentioned at one time...Jump to post
Hey guys, AA may have a need for the 777-9 for LAX-Sydney way down the track, but not now. Likewise, a possibly DFW-MEL route may suit the 777-8 (or the Dream9 also). Can't see any other Australian/NZ routes requiring AA 777s of any model. UA likewise could use the 777-9 for LAX and SFO to Sydney, s...Jump to post
Hey guys, would Sydney West qualify as a 'large airport'? Admittedly it's not in the geographical zones listed by irishpower, but hey! * I can't imagine a new US major international airline, but I CAN imagine JetBlue taking the fight internationally in a big way..... Especially when they merge with ...Jump to post
Still think it's Turkish Airlines...
And yes, I believe it can be called a 'European' customer...
But I also the appreciate the logic behind the easyJet thinking.
Hey guys, Is Turkish Airlines considered 'European'? I also agree that Finnair seems a likely candidate. IAG would be my other suggestion.... I suspect that Bombardier / Airbus would just LOVE to make this announcement (along with a possible Egyptair order) at Dubai Air Show. Wonder if Qatar Airways...Jump to post
Hey guys, Sorry Singapore Airlines, but a FAIL in my opinion. The colours in particular are awful, really insipid. The economy seats look LCC, prem Eco not much better, biz class too cramped and first class looks dreary. I do like the design concepts apparent in the suites, but the execution (the h...Jump to post
Congrats, a new record. 665 posts in a month. Hey mate, Yes, but YOUR post is #661 at the time of typing so I guess three or four posts must have been removed AFTER you posted the above message.... Wonder what they were about and why they got removed! Congrats to all for contributing to a fantastic...Jump to post
In my opinion, that livery really suits the Dc-9/MD80 series. I would love to see it return as a 'one off' but I guess the lower fuselage would be painted grey, or maybe white.
Hey guys, (1) RIP Ben Sandilands. A very knowledgeable and generous man. Condolences to his family and friends. (2) Ansett operated Sydney-Taipei and in fact used it as a transit connection for kangaroo route flights to Europe.... I know because I booked it in 1997: Sydney-Taipei (on Ansett) then Ta...Jump to post
Hey guys, Australia being mentioned? Wow, bit of a surprise considering Air Canada's growing presence in the market and Qantas' inconsistent record of flights to Vancouver over the years. But Canada 3000 carved out a good little niche market a long time ago and were reportedly fairly successful with...Jump to post
Hey guys, The one time I used London City I absolutely loved it! Such a great airport in terms of accessibility (by DLR) and ease of use. I loved its compactness even though I found photography a challenge. My flight (in a BA 146) was like a scenic flight over London on takeoff for Geneva. I really ...Jump to post
Hey guys, I agree with some of the posters above that Qantas probably won't order either the Neo or the MAX in he next year or so. Alan Joyce himself stated in Seattle last week when accepting delivery of Dream#1 that QF will start looking at the 737-800 replacement situation over the next year or s...Jump to post
Hey guys, I agree that it is totally subjective and location/purpose specific.... For me, it's about even as to whether QF or VA have the 'best' FF scheme. I tend to collect points more for VA by shopping and petrol, but QF by travelling and accomodation (VA has THE worst 'accomodation booking' sect...Jump to post
Re the BDM role - I hardly think that QF, wanting to build the hype around a new destination, would signal to the market so blatantly as to it intentions. QF have been in ORD for years for freight. I wouldnt read any more into the position than that. Hey mate, I tend to agree with you having consid...Jump to post