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by Obzerva
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

It's definitely NTL-ADL but who is operating the flight is not in the google intro. Google 'Newcastle Airport new route 2018' and you get this: INTRODUCING OUR NEW DESTINATION From March 2018 Newcastle Airport will begin Adelaide direct service, giving the people of the Hunter a gateway to the stat...

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by Obzerva
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Today's Newcastle clue is a NEW vibrant bar scene. So sunshine, beaches and a new vibrant bar scene. Leaning towards Perth. Their FB post says no-one has guessed it yet so that would defo knock out ADL, DPS and NAN. Not sure of the significance of NEW being capitalised. Well if NEW is in caps, then...

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by Obzerva
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia
Replies: 42
Views: 6229

Re: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia

PR already serves Australia with narrow body aircraft, they currently serve BNE and DRW., and have previously served CNS and PER has well, all on A320s. BNE is currently served via DRW so any direct flight on an A321neo will actually be shorter than the current flight as it’ll avoid the stop im DRW...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia
Replies: 42
Views: 6229

Re: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia

PR already serves Australia with narrow body aircraft, they currently serve BNE and DRW., and have previously served CNS and PER has well, all on A320s.

BNE is currently served via DRW so any direct flight on an A321neo will actually be shorter than the current flight as it’ll avoid the stop im DRW.

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by Obzerva
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA IAH-SYD starts 18 January 2018
Replies: 28
Views: 5183

Re: IAH-SYD began yesterday.

Sucks that IAH has flights to both SYD and AKL. Just goes to show how timid AA/QF are. Even with them being both OW, new planned flights from DFW to MEL or BNE or AKL are languishing. And look how brave UA is to go to a OW fortress in SYD. Sheesh. Once again IAH owns DFW. Internationally IAH is alw...

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by Obzerva
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

JQ axing it's AVV-HBA flights from March

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by Obzerva
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No more Cathay Oneworld Livery?
Replies: 12
Views: 2505

Re: No more Cathay Oneworld Livery?

It could just be they’re due for a new paint. By painting out one in to their new full livery first, they then just paint the remaining A330 in OW, in to the new OW CX tail livery. That way they don’t have two different tailed Oneworld liveries in ops at the same time. Personally I’d like to see a K...

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 39239

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

SQ22 wrote:
Obzerva wrote:
Great thanks, wasn’t aware of the VN one, thanks for the info.


Anyone knows if there is any Star livery in the pipeline?


Hopefully a non SQ one, I prefer the black tails look more so than than the understandably amended SQ version.

Maybe TG will surprise us.

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Canberra Airport talking up Jetstar to operate on the CBR-SYD route http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-airport-certainly-interested-in-jetstar-flying-from-capital-to-sydney-20180112-h0hl32.html Can’t really see this happening outside of a token effort, if at all. Why would QF Group u...

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 39239

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Just a quick question, I figure the people following this thread would be the most likely to know. Is AY the only carrier so far to have an A350 in an alliance livery? Or have I missed others? You are correct. Vietnam Airlines will become the 2nd A350 carrier with an alliance livery. https://imagr....

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 124
Views: 39239

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Just a quick question, I figure the people following this thread would be the most likely to know. Is AY the only carrier so far to have an A350 in an alliance livery? Or have I missed others?

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Canberra Airport talking up Jetstar to operate on the CBR-SYD route http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-airport-certainly-interested-in-jetstar-flying-from-capital-to-sydney-20180112-h0hl32.html Can’t really see this happening outside of a token effort, if at all. Why would QF Group u...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Qantas' third Boeing 787-9, ZNC, to be named 'Quokka', with 'Skippy' to follow later this year https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-introduces-quokka-to-promote-the-best-of-wa/ The puerile naming policy Qantas has chosen for their 787s is very disappointing. Historically QF have ...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Qantas' third Boeing 787-9, ZNC, to be named 'Quokka', with 'Skippy' to follow later this year https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-introduces-quokka-to-promote-the-best-of-wa/ The puerile naming policy Qantas has chosen for their 787s is very disappointing. Historically QF have ...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

EK reducing services out of Brisbane Reads a bit like a mixed bag, dropping a380 during certain periods https://www.ausbt.com.au/emirates-pauses-brisbane-airbus-a380-flights?utm_source=hero It's a "down-gauge", not a service reduction. BNE's A380 down-gauged to 77W between June and August...

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by Obzerva
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

VA has hostilities with NZ (basically frenemies) and UA for them to join Star at this point. Also, SQ are being coy over their future in VA whether if they are going to exit the VA shareholding. Keep in mind NZ booted VA out of the Star lounge in LAX, and VA retaliated by removing points from non T...

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by Obzerva
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

BITRE October 2017 Stats have just been released Whilst we can't compare the load factors between CX, QF and VA on MEL only, it certainly isn't a strong performance by VA for a 5-6month old route. Although VA's other numbers eg LAX aren't bad I still would like to see VA 1. exit the international m...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

I'm curious as to what websites everybody here reads for Australian airline & aviation news, here is my list of how I rate the websites, any I am missing out and should put on the list? Australian Aviation http://australianaviation.com.au : of course! A shame they keep the best articles for the...

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Now that JQ has been operating the Q300 for just over two years in New Zealand now, how likely could we see Jetstar move into the Regional Market in Australia to make an decent into the likes of REX? I'm sure I read some years ago now that QF eventually will only operate the Q400 in the turbo prop ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

MI have commenced the 737MAXs in to DRW (yesterday) and CNS today.

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by Obzerva
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Do we think CBR would be standalone, or as a tag flight? CX historically have operated HKG-CNS-BNE and also previously there was a triangle HKG-ADL-MEL-HKG With CNS and BNE being separated, could CBR become a tag off CNS? Would be logical as wouldn't need a daily frequency and given the size of the...

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by Obzerva
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

CX will fly A350-900 on all Australian routes according to the following tweet https://twitter.com/A350_Production/status/948608879528759296 Furthermore the next Australian destination will be Canberra, didn't see this one coming https://www.facebook.com/cxsecret/posts/1597724570305777 CBR, believe...

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by Obzerva
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CSeries orders and possible orders for 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 3325

Re: CSeries orders and possible orders for 2018

Would love to see them in Australia, but QF don’t seem to have any immediate plans to replace their 717 fleet, or their regional partners Fokkers.

VA isn’t in a position to order new aircraft, and is doing some much needed fleet type consolidation, the E90s days are numbered there.

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by Obzerva
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 192
Views: 15076

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

If EY was going to go into AKL surely it would be non-stop? EY is presently facing financial constraints - a one-stop service would allow it to still expand to AKL, while managing associated risks. Obviously a non-stop service would be ideal, but in the absence of resources to execute this, should ...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 192
Views: 15076

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

There is a rumour in the Australian Aviation Thread that EY will launch AUH - ADL - WLG in October 2018, using 789 equipment. If true, it is interesting that WLG will be added to EY's network ahead of AKL or CHC. IMO, a BNE stop would be better than ADL. Cheers, C. ADL has gone from a few years ago...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

VA has mentioned a lot of times that they're not interested in alliances. And given their cash position plus the huge costs associated with joining (easily running upwards of $100 mil), I don't see it join any alliances anytime soon. BUT, sacking their CEO seems predictable, as well as the relation...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

To be fair to QF, there was more than a touch of pro NZ nationalism in those comments, QF is hardly to blame for Australia’s accent. Judging by some of the spelling, I doubt there’s many high yielding corporate clients amongst those posting there. Ignoring the comments, yes, the article is a concer...

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Not a good look for Qantas. More so when you read a lot of the comments. https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/100285733/if-qantas-is-the-spirit-of-australia-that-spirit-needs-to-lift-its-game To be fair to QF, there was more than a touch of pro NZ nationalism in those comments, QF is hard...

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

I could add an extreme left field one:
MEL airport updating their app so that on the departures/arrivals pages VA is no longer referred to as “V Australia”

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

My Left Field predictions: * China Southern defects from SkyTeam to Oneworld (per the ongoing rumours in the Media) * Hainan Group carriers joins Skyteam to fill void left by China Southern's defection to OW. * Borghetti is booted/leaves the VA CEO role. * SQ subsequently sells their VA stake, and ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 680
Views: 43500

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

So what does everyone see for the year ahead? QF announcing further routes is an obvious one for the 787 VA announcing another city to HKG or possibly mainland China JQ steady as she goes or more? TT replacing 320’s with 737s, international ops? Clearly not DPS. EY I think any up or down gauges will...

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by Obzerva
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the status of Qantas'/Jetstars A230neo and Virgin Australia's 737 MAX order?
Replies: 12
Views: 2849

Re: What's the status of Qantas'/Jetstars A230neo and Virgin Australia's 737 MAX order?

VA’s order for the MAX aircraft was originally for 2019, they then brought it forward to 2018, and it’s now been switched back to the first aircraft arriving last quarter of 2019. They also seem to have dropped the references to MAX8 and now seems to be just MAX, whether that’s a sign of things to c...

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by Obzerva
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 news
Replies: 62
Views: 20456

Re: LOT 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 news

Thanks for the updates Milka, it’s good to get updates regarding airlines that don’t feature as heavily on these forums as others.

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by Obzerva
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 38018

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

An application has been made to the IASC fot VS to codeshare on VA MEL-HKG flights Article also suggests VA will add another HKG flight by the end of 2018 https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-atlantic-looks-for-codeshare-on-virgin-australia-s-hkg-flights?utm_source=grid Well wasn't VA meant to be flying...

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by Obzerva
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop multiple routes
Replies: 61
Views: 17781

Re: Etihad to drop multiple routes

A few years back someone here reported QR's CEO Akbar al Baker saying something like There is one super-connector too many in the region & Qatar Airways is not one of them I cannot find the exact quote, so if someone has it... Economically, for a region with relatively so small O/D, AAB has a g...

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by Obzerva
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop multiple routes
Replies: 61
Views: 17781

Re: Etihad to drop multiple routes

Another indicator on EY’s financial position would be if they choose to retain the naming rights on the Etihad Stadiums in Manchester and Melbourne. They don’t come cheap. Melbourne’s is due for renegotiation soon and after 10 years as Etihad sponsoring by the time the current contract ends, the lon...

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by Obzerva
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 38018

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

China Airlines moves Australia to all-A350 service: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/276309/china-airlines-moves-australianz-to-all-a350-service-from-mar-2018/ Interesting, I would have thought they would have wanted to move to Daily in first before increasing capacity. It’s really...

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by Obzerva
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans A350 LAX-PVG service
Replies: 38
Views: 7171

Re: Delta plans A350 LAX-PVG service

in relation to the above discussions regarding SYD, DL have mentioned it previously. https://www.ausbt.com.au/delta-eyes-sydney-for-new-airbus-a350-and-its-business-class-suites The article also mentioned MEL as a possible DL destination for Asia/Pac, although I doubt that now that VA has re-entered...

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by Obzerva
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: CX to leave OW for Star
Replies: 86
Views: 18498

Re: Rumor: CX to leave OW for Star

Honestly think the emphasis on alliances is more here than with the airlines. There’s been very little movement in the alliances over the past few years. The fact that Aer Lingus isn’t joining OW kind of says how much importance IAG is placing on the entire alliance programs and I think that’s of in...

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by Obzerva
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA's airlines miss lease payments
Replies: 56
Views: 15750

Re: HNA's airlines miss lease payments

Have they been spending all there money trying to bailout Virgin Australia? One of the main reasons NZ should there shareholding to HNA was that they didn't want to poor any more cash into an failing airline that keeps bleeding money. Do wonder what is next for VA then? EH isn't really in an place ...

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by Obzerva
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL cuts LAX-YVR and ATL-BCN
Replies: 8
Views: 2046

Re: DL cuts LAX-YVR and ATL-BCN

Received an email this morning advising that my LAX-YVR is now a LAX-SEA-YVR in May.

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by Obzerva
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot to start Singapore-Berlin
Replies: 43
Views: 12666

Re: Scoot to start Singapore-Berlin

Didn’t see this one coming either, but makes sense. Berlin doesn’t carry the yield that other German cities do, hence the reason EK doesn’t fly there and uses its allocation of 4 German cities elsewhere. At the same time it’s a glaring hole for long haul flights from Asia. Travelling from Australia ...

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by Obzerva
Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern to Leave Skyteam?
Replies: 62
Views: 20840

Re: China Southern to Leave Skyteam?

Post edited - incorrect thread

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by Obzerva
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 30005

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

I see - thank you for clarifying. It seems that domestic capacity will increase too - passenger traffic at BME is expected to exceed 400,000 in FY2017/18, an increase of 9% year-on-year, thanks to the addition of PER - BME frequencies by QF and VA. See: https://blueswandaily.com/broome-internationa...

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by Obzerva
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 30005

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-0 ... 18/8579520

Seems to have gone quiet though so I’ll believe it when I see it
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As far as SQ group expansion, there was this story from a few months ago about MI serving KTA from March

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-0 ... 18/8579520

Seems to have gone quiet though so I’ll believe it when I see it

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by Obzerva
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA reported to be in talks to acquire SQ A380s
Replies: 78
Views: 32106

Re: BA reported to be in talks to acquire SQ A380s

as ghastly as some people would find it, would it work if the fleet were shared between BA/IB and painted in one world livery with a BA logo and tail on one side, and an IB one the other, flexible ops, would work for seasonal upgrades out of MAD/LHR/LGW, just a matter of finding a seating config tha...

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by Obzerva
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?
Replies: 50
Views: 9758

Re: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?

As AB was both in Onewoeld and an Etihad partner, how about Air Serbia?

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by Obzerva
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?
Replies: 50
Views: 9758

Re: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?

TYCOON wrote:
On a slightly different subject, it would appear Skyteam is the only one of the three alliances never to have a member go into liquidation or am I mistaken?
Oneworld: Air Berlin, Malev, Mexicana
Star Alliance: Spanair, Varig


Star Alliance: Ansett as well.
Oneworld also had Canadian Airlines

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by Obzerva
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: QF offers RTW tickets?!
Replies: 12
Views: 2060

Re: QF offers RTW tickets?!

I’ve found the offline airlines ex Australia offer some of the better value round the world fares. Swiss offer a RTW which is specifically not Star Alliance fares, ie it can include QF as an option on the trans Pacific flight. Also VS, do a very basic one, it’s essentially just AU to LHR, just via A...

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