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QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 6:46 am

I JUST READ AN INTERESTING ARTICLE IN AVIATION WEAKLY; REGARDING SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT WILL OCCUR WITHING THE AIRPORT TO ACCOMODATE THE AIRBUS 380. I GUESS THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE OF YOU A380 FUNS! THE ARTICLE TALKS ABOUT QF'S PLANS TO FLIGHT THE A380 TO LAX IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2006.

HERE IS THE ADRESS: http://www.aviationnow.com/avnow/news/channel_awst_story.jsp?id=news/05244air.xml
 
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 6:58 am

Please do everyone a favor and hit that little key on the right side of the keyboard known as the "Caps Lock" before typing. It makes your post easier on the eyes to read, and it doesn't appear as if you're shouting.

Just a little tip!  Big grin

Anyway, I believe QF may have previously announced their intentions to fly to LAX with the A380. One of the reasons that there is a small amount of US-Australia tourism is due to the lack of flights, with only UA and QF serving the two countries nonstop. With larger planes such as the A380 going to a major connecting gateway such as LAX, it will enable more people to visit Australia in the future.
 
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 7:38 am

This is very good stories about A380 will getting ready for rebuilding with new A380.
 
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 8:11 am

We will see a mixture of B 747-400ER and A 380s on QF's future routes to the US...
 
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 8:19 am

Cory6188,
Last time I checked, Honolulu was still a part of the United States and QF and UA are not the ONLY carriers flying nonstop between the two countries. Hawaiian Airlines is now flying nonstop between HNL and SYD 4 times weekly on 767-300's.

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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 9:48 am

By that logic, Air Canada and Continental also fly between the US and Australia.

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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 10:59 am

Maybe if they want to get new A380 with CO or AC.
 
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 11:08 am

Hello, I am a new member.

Did QF even order A380s yet? I don't seem to recall when.
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 11:32 am

Please do everyone a favor and hit that little key on the right side of the keyboard known as the "Caps Lock" before typing. It makes your post easier on the eyes to read, and it doesn't appear as if you're shouting.

HAHA, last time I checked the caps lock key was on the "LEFT" side of the keyboard!

Is QF going to reduce their frequency with this new larger plane?

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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 11:50 am

I don't know exactly how long is a flight SYD-LAX, but I guess a good deal of time.
All I know is I'd rather spend it on an A380 where I can stroll around a bit, sit at the bar counter and have a drink, talk to people and stuff.
I think it will be another way to fly...
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 12:32 pm

It's 12 hours from memory, I flew it in 1991 with United. It's not that bad actually, I got up and sat in a jumpseat for a while in the middle of the night for no particular reason.

What killed me was a 4 hour wait in LAX for our flight to DCA - no sleep for the entire duration.

I don't believe that the A380 will have all the extra passenger things like bars and the like for long, if at all. Look at what happened to that with the 747 - oil prices went up, and all the fun things were removed. Same thing will happen with the A380.

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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 12:35 pm

QF has 12 Trent 900 birds on order, and have since 2001 I believe.

Welcome CXA330.

I wonder if American will build a full two level 4 jetbridge system onto Terminal 4 for their good friend Qantas. It makes sense that they would, and there's certainly no reason they can't.

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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 12:48 pm

oh yes Trent A380s, and I plan on being in the left seat with them for Qantas too.
 
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 1:34 pm

12 hours SYD-LAX? Wishful thinking.

It usually averages around 14-15 hours
 
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 1:44 pm

My first 744 expierience (QF 108) was a solid 14 hours... 12 hours would have been a gift!
 
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 1:48 pm

If only it was 12 hours! I get the pleasure of doing this flight next week. Except on United. Looking forward to flying to Australia again. Not looking forward to the long flight. It will be nice to atleast be able to walk around a bigger cabin when the 380 comes along.

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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 1:53 pm

Since Qantas flies to SYD out of AA T4 they should accomodate the A380 in that terminal. Just my opinion.
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Wed May 26, 2004 5:01 pm

Cory6188

One of the reasons that there is a small amount of US-Australia tourism is due to the lack of flights, with only UA and QF serving the two countries nonstop. With larger planes such as the A380 going to a major connecting gateway such as LAX, it will enable more people to visit Australia in the future.

Correction, QF operate 37 flights a week across the Pacific and based on the May figures the load factors are around 65% - 67%. Seems like there are a lot of empty seats available if you ask me.

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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Tue Jun 01, 2004 2:33 am

I am basing what I said off of an article that I read a month ago or so, stating that Australia is having a hard time with US tourism because of a lack of flights (although apparently it isn't a problem) and the extreme distance between the two countries.

For people living on the East Coast, it's a 6 hour flight to LAX and then another 14-15 to SYD. 20 hours in a plane surely wouldn't appeal to me.
 
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Tue Jun 01, 2004 7:43 am

"By that logic, Air Canada and Continental also fly between the US and Australia."

We should also remember Air New Zealand and Air Pacific both who fly to the US one stop from Australia.

"Correction, QF operate 37 flights a week across the Pacific and based on the May figures the load factors are around 65% - 67%. Seems like there are a lot of empty seats available if you ask me."

Don't forget that May is well and truly off the peak season for this route. Plus QF's America services are probably their most profitable with First and Business Class practically full year round.

"stating that Australia is having a hard time with US tourism because of a lack of flights"

Their has been heaps of articles about the lack of flights and competition on the direct routes between the US and Australia. But the fact is that the market is growing, QF is adding more flights and it's mostly Americans with higher incomes that are travelling to Australia which are the sorts of tourists we want as they have more dollars to spend down here. We have enough British and European backpackers down here anyway!!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy hahaha
 
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RE: QF'S A380 To LAX IN 2006!

Tue Jun 01, 2004 7:16 pm

Another carrier that is eyeing LAX for its A380-800 is Korean Air. And I do think that Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines have similar plans (beyond London-Heathrow of course).

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