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by Obzerva
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 368
Views: 31522

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

Got an email this morning about a whole raft of codeshare approvals between QF and AF via SIN and HKG to CDG. Also, looking at the bookings available, it is interesting to see the prioritisation. First is QF and BA via LHR, then QF and AF via SIN/HKG, then EK via DXB. It’s all about prioritising th...

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by Obzerva
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 368
Views: 31522

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

I think any flight wouldn’t be daily anyways, so they could launch maybe 3 weekly to PER, and 2 weekly (on different days to PER) to either MEL/SYD if they really wanted east coast. If they then did a codeshare deal with either QF or VA on the domestic flights for PER-MEL/SYD you would essentially h...

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by Obzerva
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 6654

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

It’s interesting about the brand and it’s strength, arrived in off VA86 this morning from HKG, they had a member of cabin crew from HX on board in full HX uniform (who incidentally was great) they’re not afraid to show their partners branding. Virgin as a stand-alone brand I don’t think has resonate...

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by Obzerva
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 6654

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

The mistakes VA have made have been well documented, especially on these forums. A couple of things I think they have done well, have been, as mentioned earlier, the brand unification. It was a complete shambles before, now there is a single brand - it’s just working out what it stands for. Another...

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by Obzerva
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 6654

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

The mistakes VA have made have been well documented, especially on these forums. A couple of things I think they have done well, have been, as mentioned earlier, the brand unification. It was a complete shambles before, now there is a single brand - it’s just working out what it stands for. Another ...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and the A350?
Replies: 25
Views: 6515

Re: Virgin Australia and the A350?

If this order is for VA, which I highly doubt, the A350 would be a good point of differentiation to QF. The 777s are too big for VA, and consolidating widebidy aircraft is a good idea. Yes they made a profit last year, but not enough to go splashing on 15 new A350s. If they have done it then I hope ...

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qf789 wrote:
Iran Air is planning to launch SYD later this year, routing will be via Asia

https://twitter.com/flightintl/status/1 ... 71776?s=21


TK will be upset

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by Obzerva
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 368
Views: 31522

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

Qantas plans to comply to China's request to refer to Taiwan as Chinese territory and not an independent country but needs more time https://www.reuters.com/article/airlines-iata-qantas/update-1-qantas-plans-to-change-taiwan-website-reference-but-says-needs-time-idUSL3N1T62WC In light of NZ returni...

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by Obzerva
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 368
Views: 31522

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

Fiji Airways to become a OneWorld connect partner https://www.oneworld.com/news-information/oneworldnews/-/asset_publisher/QtTQ7EuCzxhd/content/introducing-oneworld-connect-a-new-way-for-airlines-to-link-to-the-world-s-premier-alliance/maximized?redirect=https://www.oneworld.com/news-information/on...

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by Obzerva
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777
Replies: 48
Views: 8693

Re: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777

MH also had this config.

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by Obzerva
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal
Replies: 25
Views: 3618

Re: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal

I suppose the questions that needs to be asked in relation to this are around VA. Are they profitable on trans Tasman? And will they be without Air NZ contributing to that? VA's International profit for 1HFY18 was $1.4m. I'm guessing the feed they get from NZ is more important. VA does not have an ...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal
Replies: 25
Views: 3618

Re: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal

I suppose the questions that needs to be asked in relation to this are around VA. Are they profitable on trans Tasman? And will they be without Air NZ contributing to that? How much feed do they get from trans Tasman to their own domestic network? What would the ACCC response be if VA made public ru...

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by Obzerva
Thu May 31, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ future expansion in Spain & Portugal
Replies: 18
Views: 2429

Re: SQ future expansion in Spain & Portugal

Why would SQ need to do it with their own aircraft, doesn’t the LH/LX JV cover these destinations, for the amount of traffic, that’s all it would need.

Having just left VLC today, there’s not a chance SQ would serve there, even for connections from the east, even TK is only once daily.

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by Obzerva
Tue May 29, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43652

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

ben175 wrote:
Are MU's trial flights to PER in September still happening?


Chinese airlines seem to launch routes with short lead times between date announcement and actual route launch, so could still be happening

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by Obzerva
Mon May 28, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Baltic orders 30 CS300 + 30 Options/Purchase Rights
Replies: 79
Views: 14469

Re: Air Baltic orders 30 CS300 + 30 Options/Purchase Rights

I’m wondering if all of these aircraft are to be based at RIX, or whether a few might get shuffled to TLL (to compete against Nordica) and VNO. There’s been of “playing in each other’s backyards” in Eastern Europe lately, mainly lead by LO (long haul at BUD and their involvement with Nordica at TLL)...

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by Obzerva
Sun May 27, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld
Replies: 7
Views: 3031

Re: ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld

Intresting! I know Etihad is a bit in trouble but wouldn’t have thought an A380 would be easily available for charter activities. I think this would have been locked in a long time ago. I recall when the conference was in MFM, they had CX not operate the overnight HKG-MEL commercial flight, and the...

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by Obzerva
Sun May 27, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld
Replies: 7
Views: 3031

Re: ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld

It will be Flight Centre’s global conference which is in Berlin that weekend. With the demise of AB the only other one stop combination from Australia to Berlin are QR and TR, so a larger charter aircraft would be required. EY is also historically a major sponsor of the gathering. Previously NZ has ...

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by Obzerva
Sun May 27, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 103
Views: 23282

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

Don't know what will the livery for the 737's look like after they merged with SQ, but I think the livery would be similar to GOL 737's or is it going to be the same as the existing SQ fleet or something else. But new Business Class seats and IFE for B737's is a big improvement. very likely the liv...

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by Obzerva
Sat May 26, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43652

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

One point on CBR being a Dickerson point, depending on the circumstance for the diversion, SWZ could become one in the future too, especially if it’s a non curfew airport. Obviously it won’t be for circumstances as it could be just as likely both SYD and SWZ could be impacted by the same weather, it...

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by Obzerva
Thu May 24, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas - Cathay Pacific. No codeshare agreement?
Replies: 49
Views: 5196

Re: Qantas - Cathay Pacific. No codeshare agreement?

Why not ? Don’t they code share with other airlines such as China Southern, China Eastern, Air Niugini ? Air Nuigini - No, the IASC has denied the re-authorisation of the codeshares. China Southern - yes China Eastern - yes. For China, QF codeshares and has a J/V with China Eastern because the bila...

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by Obzerva
Wed May 23, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas - Cathay Pacific. No codeshare agreement?
Replies: 49
Views: 5196

Re: Qantas - Cathay Pacific. No codeshare agreement?

Ignoring the fact that QF and CX are both in oneworld, the Australian competition authorities would never approve that codeshare as that’s the two biggest players on HKG-AU working together which would be anti competive and drive prices insane. HX, and more recently VA are only newish players in thi...

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by Obzerva
Sat May 19, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43652

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

RyanairGuru wrote:
Vietnam e-Visa was launched earlier this year. Until January it was a visa that still required your passport making a trip to the embassy.


Not 100% sure that’s correct. I did visa on arrival at SGN in March last year with an AU passport. No sending of passports or embassy trip.

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by Obzerva
Wed May 09, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43652

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

This was posted in the Philippine Aviation thread: https://preview.ibb.co/nMB567/img.jpg Already announced for BNE from the 2nd of July and shows that PR plans to launch PER with the A321neo and will look to introduce the aircraft to SYD (though MEL must be too far). Apparently PR has been performi...

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by Obzerva
Tue May 08, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43652

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

This was posted in the Philippine Aviation thread: https://preview.ibb.co/nMB567/img.jpg Already announced for BNE from the 2nd of July and shows that PR plans to launch PER with the A321neo and will look to introduce the aircraft to SYD (though MEL must be too far). Apparently PR has been performi...

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by Obzerva
Tue May 08, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.
Replies: 164
Views: 37992

Re: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.

Etihad seems to be growing once again but they seem to being more cautious this time around. A few weeks ago they increased BEG from 7 to 10 and then yesterday they added another 2 flights to make it 12. Baku got extra flights while Nairobi was upgauged from an A320 to an A330. I think Rome was als...

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by Obzerva
Mon May 07, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43652

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

TG as usual are an odd airline when it comes to fleet planning. Some of the 744’s aren’t that old while 1-2 are getting towards 25. SYD and MUC are the last long haul routes for the type otherwise just used regionally now. They have an F cabin which only the A380 does so weather they want F to SYD ...

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by Obzerva
Fri May 04, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43652

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

I really think that Air NZ would be able to develop quite a good market if it launched reasonable AKL-CBR services. The transfer market alone in Auckland to the Americas would be good, I believe, on top of the AKL market itself. Cheers, Bunumuring I think that NZ's biggest issue with being able to ...

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by Obzerva
Thu May 03, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43652

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

BITRE figures for February are out. https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/international_airline_activity-monthly_publications.aspx Some really high load factors out there for what is meant to be a quiet month. The figures really underscore that: - QR's SYD-CBR-SYD flights probably only have 20-...

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by Obzerva
Tue May 01, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43652

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

QF have ordered 6 more B787-9s and will accelerate the retirement of the final B747s. All 747s to be retired by the end of 2020. First of the new 787-9s is expected to arrive from late-2019. https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-orders-more-dreamliners-sets-date-to-farewell-jumbos...

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by Obzerva
Tue May 01, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43652

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

A quick question that I haven’t seen covered off before. QF codeshare on CZ to CAN and on MU to PVG, is there a reason why VA don’t on HU, GS and JD flights between Australia and China? Is it because they’re to cities with little outbound market from AU, or any other reason. Just thinks it’s odd th...

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by Obzerva
Tue May 01, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43652

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

A quick question that I haven’t seen covered off before. QF codeshare on CZ to CAN and on MU to PVG, is there a reason why VA don’t on HU, GS and JD flights between Australia and China? Is it because they’re to cities with little outbound market from AU, or any other reason. Just thinks it’s odd tha...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation
Replies: 60
Views: 9069

Re: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation

I think it is time. Perhaps V Atlantic. The Virgin fees are too high for a low margin business. [/quote] He would probably file suit anyways. V is for Virgin.[/quote] Not 100% sure on that, Virgin Blue in its infancy wasn’t allowed to use the Virgin name outside of Australia, so they used their long...

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by Obzerva
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DY honour Avicii ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1515

Re: Will DY honour Avicii ?

zkojq wrote:
This would be great! He completely deserves this. Hopefully Kygo will have one also some day (though i don't want him to die).


Completely agree, on both points

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by Obzerva
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM wet-leases a 747.
Replies: 83
Views: 16234

Re: LATAM wet-leases a 747.

What are they going to use on SCL-AKL It will be 788 until further notice I believe Using 787 on SCL - AKL / SYD is a disaster waiting to happen. Really no place to land anywhere if something goes wrong (engine/batteries/etc). I will not set foot on a two-holer on Deep South Pacific routes. Don’t t...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

There is a pay-walled local newspaper article on terminal works at HBA <here> . Summary: Interim works to be completed before 2018-19 peak summer season, including: ⋅ Changes to the apron providing larger aircraft with space to park ⋅ Extending the QF lounge ⋅ More foo...

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by Obzerva
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join
Replies: 65
Views: 5570

Re: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join

I think a better question would be if ANY airline is going to join an alliance, it’s been a over 3 years since any of the 3 major alliance had a new member. The fact that EI isn’t joining OW is just one sign suggesting that alliance membership has peaked, and once you’ve reached the peak, there’s on...

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by Obzerva
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport
Replies: 79
Views: 6747

Re: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport

My local airport is BNE, and whilst it's not long-haul at all, we have the pleasure of hosting the only scheduled 767 passenger service to Australia since QF/NZ retired their's (PX from POM). As for long-haul, we are also the only BR served destination in Australia/New Zealand. Doesn't BNE-LAX on Q...

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by Obzerva
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Things are starting to unravel for Virgin but there may be a bright side to this. It may force virgin to concentrate on its own business and not being a virtual network carrier (or whatever it was). I do think they need to join an alliance - be that skyteam or star. They are always going to struggl...

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by Obzerva
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

So predictions? NZ to open up one or two regional Australian locations with a direct flight to AKL to feel in to their eastbound bank. Possibly CBR, HBA, NTL or pick your Qld airport. They’ll use displaced A320s from when the A321s come online. VA will need to put TT across the ditch, they can’t com...

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by Obzerva
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct
Replies: 48
Views: 5094

Re: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct

^^ Another note, just did a dummy booking on NZ's website. Some regional AU ports e.g. Bundaberg and Alice Springs on NZ's website already sells interlines with QF. So some smaller AU regional cities that are currently served by VA via codeshare may likely see a switch from VA to QF for interlining...

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by Obzerva
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways seeks increased presence in China via mainland airline deals to keep pace with European rivals
Replies: 28
Views: 4410

Re: British Airways seeks increased presence in China via mainland airline deals to keep pace with European rivals

When did BA stop CTU? That one was short lived. Also, not all that impactful, but the IAG map is missing MAD-PVG. I would think that the best method here would be an IAG purchase of AY, but I can't see them spending any large amount of cash until there is clarity about Brexit. It’s been rumored tha...

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by Obzerva
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Wouldn’t HNA exit impact VA recent entry to the MEL-HKG & (soon) SYD-HKG services?!? I’m pretty sure HNA aren’t going to hand over those HKG slots over and pack their bags. EK413 If HNA sold out of VA and the HKG routes did get pulled and VA needed a quick solution as to where to send some A330...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

The best outcome for VA would be to have SQ take a larger interest, with EY and HNA exiting. HNA have some significant issues they are trying to manage, which also makes it likely they could be seriously considering selling their stake. Wouldn’t HNA exit impact VA recent entry to the MEL-HKG & ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Thanks everyone, very interesting. Certainly some issues I hadn't considered - e.g. pilot training, group bookings, infant travel. Clearly Kendal/Ansett management hadn't either! :) I’ve thought of a couple of other points since my original post. Originally the CRJs were loaded with KD numbers rath...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific
Replies: 50
Views: 11827

Re: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific

Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur and Manila must return! and another route that should return is Munich - Bangkok is another route with high demand, Lufthansa must regain its leadership in Southeast Asia Why “must”, if you’re comparing against European airlines then Finnair would have a few things to say ab...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

^^Kendell and the CRJ's. Kendall were acqired by TNT-News Jun 1990, the name was retained. The CRJ's were leased and brought into service between Sep 99 and Jun 01, and were on the inventory when AN went belly up. All ac were repossessed by the lessor early 2003. There is a photo of some of the CRJ...

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by Obzerva
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

I flew a QantasLink 717 from ADL to PER today, and it got me thinking how the route has seen regional jets become more and more common - VA fly in a F100 and the all economy 320. What’s the reason for this? Have passenger numbers declined? I think VA use the F100 through the centre, ie ADL-ASP-DRW ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 54190

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

Tonight's news reports that tourist operators in WA are starting to see an increase in activity as a result of PER-LHR https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth/status/978219949184270341 Also Quokka (ZNC) has just departed PER for her first trip to LHR, I'm starting to think this should be called the Quokka r...

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