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by Obzerva
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines A380s - Is it the end?
Replies: 54
Views: 12563

Re: Malaysia Airlines A380s - Is it the end?

I could see QF picking up these birds. Ironically, if Airbus decide to end the A380 line I could see these aircraft increasing in value (from a very low starting point). Airlines who want to maintain their fleets of A380's into the late 2020's may see value in these newer aircraft as a source of ba...

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by Obzerva
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 343
Views: 43313

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Looks like QF and CX will be expanding their code sharing agreement in a few months. QF has just filed a notice for CX to codeshare on QF services to Hong Kong from 31 March. I guess QF will also be code sharing on CX services. Further to this, QF has also filed a notice requesting 400 seats to Kor...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A380 LGW to MNL
Replies: 22
Views: 7105

Re: BA A380 LGW to MNL

Shame BA couldn't have sold a few tickets for the hop from LHR to LGW , that would have been something, one of the shortest A380 revenue flights ever... But oh well.. SYD-CHC-SYD on EK would be one of the shortest at around 3hours, before that SYD-AKL-SYD, BNE-AKL-BNE and MEL-AKL-MEL too which we'r...

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by Obzerva
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 343
Views: 43313

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

I’m pretty sure the hint is suggesting that a previous E-jet operator is giving consideration to reintroducing the type. That narrows it down to VA, and probably VARA. Maybe lower lease rates and lower VARA operating costs mean that E-jets are being looked at as a viable long-term replacement for t...

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by Obzerva
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 343
Views: 43313

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Perth is lovely. It's one draw back is it's a long way from anywhere. I see that the QF LHR will be really helpful for WA tourism as makes it a convenient stop for a few days for those heading east. Perth is a nice place to visit and you can easily spend 3 days looking at the sights around the city...

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by Obzerva
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways announces its has acquired a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines
Replies: 57
Views: 8140

Re: Qatar Airways announces its has acquired a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines

That is, of course, entirely incorrect, for the previously mentioned reason that interline, codeshare, reciprocal FFP benefits, and just about any other cross-carrier benefit can be established without alliance membership. Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, and others have shown us this. As I stated, the a...

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by Obzerva
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways announces its has acquired a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines
Replies: 57
Views: 8140

Re: Qatar Airways announces its has acquired a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines

Whoa! Incredibly wonderful news for CZ that has set its eyes firmly on OW membership following its divorce with ST in literally less than a couple of days ago :thumbsup: Given how frequently QR like to very publicly threaten to leave Oneworld, I'm not sure if QR would be assisting CZ in the process...

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by Obzerva
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern Network/Fleet/Going Global Discussion - 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 2383

Re: China Southern Network/Fleet/Going Global Discussion - 2019

How many aircraft do CZ have in the SkyTeam livery that'll need repainting?

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by Obzerva
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 343
Views: 43313

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

BAeRJ100 wrote:
There are rumours swirling of Q400's by mid-year, plus the introduction (or rather, RE-introduction - hint, hint) of Ejets at one of the regional airlines.


I'd imagine Ejet leases must be a little cheaper than what they were a few years ago.

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by Obzerva
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 343
Views: 43313

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Predictions (some logical, some with minimal chance) I’m thinking a couple more A320s for Qantaslink TK to actually announce something with a date and a schedule by the end of the year AVV - DMK (also predicted by IndianicWorld) VA to announce a new route to take advantage of the MAX capabilities (I...

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by Obzerva
Tue Dec 25, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of the CRJ 700/900/1000
Replies: 26
Views: 6115

Re: Future of the CRJ 700/900/1000

Sorry i meant North America where most of the CRJ sales have been. Is CRJ competitive only because some artificial clauses forbid more effective, economic and ecologic solutions in a region that was supposed to be free market economy? The rest of the world does look at the US regional vs mainline s...

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by Obzerva
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of HNA’s Hong Kong Airlines in Doubt
Replies: 42
Views: 10317

Re: Future of HNA’s Hong Kong Airlines in Doubt

Interesting that HNA's chairman has said that HNA's asset sales are concentrated in non airline businesses and they're trying to retain the airlines. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1411059 Having said that, I'm sure if the price was right an airline could be also be available.

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by Obzerva
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45415

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Virgin Australia is starting seasonally DRW - DPS flights from April 10 to October 20 three times a week. Flight times are: DRW 2100- DPS 2220 DPS 1535 - DRW 2000 Not sure what days of the week. Source (behind paywall) https://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/travel/virgin-airlines-launches-new-threetim...

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by Obzerva
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45415

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Hey guys, I was reading this article on AUSBT about moving to an early flight on QF/VA. https://www.ausbt.com.au/meeting-finished-early-switch-to-an-earlier-qantas-virgin-flight?utm_source=hero And this begs the question on how often do people successful be granted a earlier flight. Having checked ...

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by Obzerva
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines profit sinks 81% on fuel costs, Virgin Australia losses
Replies: 31
Views: 6156

Re: Singapore Airlines profit sinks 81% on fuel costs, Virgin Australia losses

LAX772LR wrote:
Will be interesting to see if this is the moment that DL has been waiting for.


Are you saying that one virgin isn’t enough for Delta?

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by Obzerva
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45415

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

I don't recall seeing this mentioned - SQ downgauging one MEL service: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/282006/singapore-airlines-s19-a380-service-adjustment-as-of-13dec18/ Hadn’t even realised the SQ 380 had come back to MEL. Doesn’t this happen every year? The A380 flies during N...

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by Obzerva
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oneworld adds Royal Air Maroc as its newest member
Replies: 141
Views: 34200

Re: Rumour: Oneworld to add new member 05DEC18

I think smaller Airlines like RJ and UL should seek to downgrade themselves to Connect partners to save alliance cost. Full membership to small airlines like RJ and UL no longer make any sense. That’s an interesting point. The alliances are trying to use connect partners to increase their numbers o...

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by Obzerva
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most disconnected Alliance member?
Replies: 19
Views: 4552

Re: The most disconnected Alliance member?

cathay is the sluttiest alliance member.... esp for a founding member..... I am sure Qantas tops that. Emirates, el Al, Alitalia, Air France, Air New Zealand, several pacific airlines, SAA, Jet Airways, Westjet, China Eastern and China Southern...codeshares also include a Taiwanese and a Korean air...

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by Obzerva
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most disconnected Alliance member?
Replies: 19
Views: 4552

Re: The most disconnected Alliance member?

I’m thinking for oneworld it’s probably S7? Based on what criteria do you make such a conclusion? I was thinking as ETA Unknown posted because as a ratio of domestic to international flying goes, S7 doesn’t seem to interact a lot with other members hubs. That’s also why I indicated in my opening po...

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by Obzerva
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most disconnected Alliance member?
Replies: 19
Views: 4552

The most disconnected Alliance member?

After several years of no alliance activity, there seems to be a lot of talk about alliances and membership recently which lead me to wonder, who is the most disconnected member of an alliance? Who has the least interaction, code shares, or routes to other members hubs? The disconnection may not be ...

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by Obzerva
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oneworld adds Royal Air Maroc as its newest member
Replies: 141
Views: 34200

Re: Rumour: Oneworld to add new member 05DEC18

Could Interjet be the rumored North American airline? Considering that it's already being discussed and in great detail on this thread and the fact it's more or less 99.99% confirmed that it's going to be Alaska Airlines what would a rather irrelevant airline such as Interjet bring to the Oneworld ...

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by Obzerva
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45415

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

waoz1 wrote:
What would become VARA aircraft of choice in the future when the F100s pass their useby dates.


I was wondering the same thing, a few years ago I would have said Embraer's, but few airlines can seem to run the E90 profitably.

I'd love to say A220s, but I don't think that's going to happen.

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by Obzerva
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska considering joining OW
Replies: 86
Views: 12814

Re: Alaska considering joining OW

Passedv1 wrote:
What is the difference between being a “OneWorld Member” and being a “OneWorld Connect” member?


No one really joins alliances anymore, it's the Connect tag is a sad way for the alliances to look like they're still growing, when in fact the entire alliance ship has sailed.

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by Obzerva
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46235

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

So VA have updated their mobile app, to now include airport maps. Including SYD and MEL that refer to the Etihad Lounge rather than the new branding, and HKG not including the HX lounge on the midfield concourse. Not quite sure of the point of providing of customers with guides if the info at launch...

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by Obzerva
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad and Skyteam
Replies: 30
Views: 5640

Re: Etihad and Skyteam

Also not sure why there needs to be another SkyTeam option for Australia to Europe, there's already sufficient enough. The bigger issue is SkyTeam has only a fraction of the brand recognition in Australia compared to the other alliances. Regular travellers may know it, but the occassional traveller ...

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by Obzerva
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: News Report: OU bankruptcy imminent
Replies: 35
Views: 11361

Re: News Report: OU bankruptcy imminent

I thought I read something about a potential tie up with LO and OU. Not that I think that should happen, LO has more than enough on it's plate with the expansion in to BUD and Nordica. Agree with stylo777 it sounds like it could be relatively easy fleet match for Eurowings. It's a shame EY have put ...

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by Obzerva
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will anyone pickup the JetBlue E190s?
Replies: 65
Views: 10221

Re: Will anyone pickup the JetBlue E190s?

How about some of the Australian operators on vintage 100-120seaters? There a dozens of Fokker 100s, Avro RJs and Boeing 717 flying in Australia (although my impression is that those operatirs are happy to keep them flying for the foreseeable future). Not sure on this, they would need to be going V...

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by Obzerva
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will anyone pickup the JetBlue E190s?
Replies: 65
Views: 10221

Re: Will anyone pickup the JetBlue E190s?

How about some of the Australian operators on vintage 100-120seaters? There a dozens of Fokker 100s, Avro RJs and Boeing 717 flying in Australia (although my impression is that those operatirs are happy to keep them flying for the foreseeable future). Not sure on this, they would need to be going V...

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by Obzerva
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How much longer will SAS and Finnair remain independent?
Replies: 25
Views: 5649

Re: How much longer will SAS and Finnair remain independent?

I don't understand why a.net is so obsessed with merger and "consolidation". As far as i know Finnair is in good shape and is well-managed. There was a similar topic about Hawaiian yesterday. Agree, can't wait for the thread on an airline demerging (that's not KL/AF) but for mine AY shoul...

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by Obzerva
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most important routes for different airlines
Replies: 43
Views: 6323

Re: The most important routes for different airlines

Just throwing another spin on it, I wonder how many airlines both have the same route as the most important to them? Eg in Australia I think both QF and VA would argue that MEL-SYD is their main route. Similar in Korea, I’d imagine both KE and OZ would have SEL-CJU. Would AA and BA both count NYC-LO...

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by Obzerva
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1000 Spotted in Toulouse
Replies: 53
Views: 15571

Re: First Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1000 Spotted in Toulouse

Wish they brought the Union Jack back to the winglets. I loved that look, along with the American flag on Redwood's winglets. I've always thought they should put the Aussie flag on Velocity's winglets. It was a cool branding feature for the Virgin group. Given VA’s ownership structure, I think putt...

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by Obzerva
Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air mulling widebody order
Replies: 68
Views: 14193

Re: Korean Air mulling widebody order

Remind us again how old the A380s were that SQ recently relieved of their duties? And how old will KE's A380s be when they take delivery of a 77X for example - at least 2022 - making them almost the same age at which SQ let it's first few A380s go. KE currently operates 18-19 year old 773s, 21 year...

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qf789 wrote:
VA reveals international lounge network

https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-austral ... ource=hero


Completely logical move.

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by Obzerva
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad special livery on the B787-9?
Replies: 39
Views: 10773

Re: Etihad special livery on the B787-9?

I actually don’t mind the idea of a monochrome livery.

Just thinking who else would look good with a one off monochrome. BA, HA, HM and TG spring to mind.
I’m ruling out NZ...

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by Obzerva
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 34841

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

For those discussing overcrowding in the AKL lounge, there could be some relief in a few weeks. To the next if my knowledge, and happy to be corrected, VA haven’t announced what their lounge arrangements are going to be from late October. Perhaps VA’s gold and platinum members may no longer be in th...

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by Obzerva
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 47063

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Qantas and KLM to partner for flights to AMS via SIN https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-and-klm-partner-for-flights-to-amsterdam?utm_source=hero Why? Don't they have EK for that, with EK offering a far superior product to KL? I kind of get the AF/CDG partnership - CDG is a much more important market t...

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by Obzerva
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 47063

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

The whole global alliance thing is a bit of a fraud and has offered nothing to travelling pax and is only used by airlines when it suits their interests. The future is in bilateral alliances like EK/QF, DL/VA etc. I doubt QR are going to leave Oneworld but probably couldn't care either way if they ...

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by Obzerva
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 47063

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Speculating, could SBR have a lounge announcement with VA, positioning the way VS in LHR is a significant lounge within the VS network with a potential new lounge for VA in SYD if another airline was to close their lounge in SYD and/or MEL.
Just a stab in the dark.

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by Obzerva
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 47063

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Just came across an interesting Video of the AN225 flight to Perth a while back , bit like a trip report from some German reporter chick. It is from a German mob, but in English, with her sexy accent. Maybe of interest to some of you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aIzARbiyN0 I like the way you w...

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by Obzerva
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair - Guy chases missed plane onto the tarmac
Replies: 50
Views: 7588

Re: Ryanair - Guy chases missed plane onto the tarmac

A “dumb behaviour by passengers” thread with stories like this mightn’t be a bad idea

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by Obzerva
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 64669

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

A350OZ wrote:
Just sitting at MEL now waiting for JL774, and surprised by an MH A380 awaiting boarding at the gate. Didn’t realise they were subbing for the A330.


School holidays in Victoria, so possibly a capacity increase for that. Really a no brainer given how much downtime MH A380s have.

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 64669

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

A real shame about REX ending Mildura-Sydney. Suggests any REX route without a local "arrangement" or subsidy is ripe for cuts. Could VA or QF step in? I think the end of VA's ATR and E190 fleet was the end of VA at MQL, are they down to less than one B738 flight a day between MQL and MEL...

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.
Replies: 97
Views: 18347

Re: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.

UA really needs a codeshare partner in Australia for this to work. Id be amazed if IAH-SYD wasn't a giant flop outside the Northern Winter. Agree, and this may be a little out of the box on who that partner is, but would ZL help? Hear me out on this one, QF will be wanting to support their own flig...

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?
Replies: 41
Views: 5060

Re: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?

For those that would like a little history on SWZ and it's site selection, this may help: https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/Publications_Archive/Background_Papers/bp9798/98BP20 Note it was listed as a possible location (amongst other sites) from ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?
Replies: 41
Views: 5060

Re: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?

There are a number of key levers the operators could pull to make SWZ attractive to airlines. No curfew would be the most obvious one for international ops - given SYD has a curfew. Negotiating a lower price point on airport fees for airlines. SWZ is likely to have less premium traffic so any operat...

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by Obzerva
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 64669

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I'm getting more and more worried for VA as the break with NZ gets closer next month. I really can't see how VA is going to compete on the Tasman, and to the lesser extent, to the Pacific Islands from New Zealand. It's going to be a bloodbath for VA from what I can tell. What can VA do? They have r...

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 64669

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Seems QF is taking out a little insurance policy in case 9W falls over, it's rumoured 9W isn't exactly flush with cash. QF are now offering fares to India via HKG in conjunction with CX and KA. All Indian carriers are suffering at the moment, although 9W has put cost cutting measures in place. With...

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 64669

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Seems QF is taking out a little insurance policy in case 9W falls over, it's rumoured 9W isn't exactly flush with cash.

QF are now offering fares to India via HKG in conjunction with CX and KA.

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by Obzerva
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 64669

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

VA will run extra flights between MEL & PER next Saturday. https://twitter.com/VirginAustralia/status/1041113856301584385 Fares between MEL and PER next weekend, cheapest available is around $1400 $592 via HBA on the Friday if you want some extra status credits! It's not often you get to transi...

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