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Continental To Australia

Sun Jun 25, 2000 7:07 am

Good evening guys its been a while, I was wondering if Continental still flys to Australia, if not when did they drop this service. If they still do can you tell me where they still fly into the frequency and what aircraft.cheers daddy1..............
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RE: Continental To Australia

Sun Jun 25, 2000 7:16 am

No, CO does not fly to Aus anymore, but I don't know when they stopped

AFAIK Currently only UA, QF and NZ (with AN to start soon) fly US-Australia direct

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RE: Continental To Australia

Sun Jun 25, 2000 7:21 am

Continental Airlines does not fly to Australia anymore. They used to fly to Melbourne with their DC-10's, but not anymore. I know that United Airlines flies 747's out of LAX to MEL.
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CO Does Still Fly To Oz

Sun Jun 25, 2000 3:12 pm

CO dropped it's D10 USA West Coast to East Coast Oz and N.Z. routes in the very early 90's - about 1993. Since then they have made two returns - one very short lived D10 service to SYD in about 1996-1997 and then another return which they currently still fly. Both returns, however, were made via Air Mike - GUM-SYD and now GUM-CNS (Cairns). I know it's not USA to Oz direct, but they *do* still fly here. According to Houston, Oz is very low on priority at the moment for any sort of return to service from Mainland USA as EWR is the priority these days. To run via HNL means junk yields and junk traffic and as CO these days has it's eyes firmly on the ball, it won't return unless it has equipment that can run non-stop - something that is likely to be well into the future given their current route network. Makes no sense for them to obtain a sub fleet specifically for one route. Cheers 'n Regards. Al.
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RE: Continental To Australia

Mon Jun 26, 2000 1:26 am

Good post. However, I think that Air Mike really doesn't exist anymore. It's all CO now (I think). GUM-CNS does well for them. It was sad to see CO leave OZ. CO ran full flights there until the day they stopped operating it. I know though the yields weren't good.
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RE: Continental To Australia

Tue Jun 27, 2000 2:59 am

I think it was 1992 they left, about the same time Compass II went under in oz? At the time all the yields were awful between US and NZ/Australia because there were so many airlines (AA, CO, NW, UA, QF, NZ) all chasing what was then an under developed market at a time of general recession (92 was a record bad year for airlines, the first time the industry actually shrunk as a whole).

I don't remember the name, but I remember the guy who ran the CO Show in NZ/Au tried very hard to keep it going, putting together an alternate schedule (D Syd-Hnl and D Mel-AKL-HNL) with DC10's, but CO HQ didn't want to know. The old schedule was pretty big, even Brisbane - which then had almost no international traffic (not now)- got regular 747 flights.
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RE: Continental To Australia

Tue Jun 27, 2000 3:57 am

No, CO pulled out after 92. I was still working for CO in 92 and they were still flying down under. AA pulled out of Australia long before CO. CO was still there a few more years after AA was gone. Yes, CO tried very hard to maintain it. I remember CO pulled out about the time they were getting underway with CALited. If memory serves correctly, Northwest had a very, very limited schedule to Australia unlike CO and UA and Qantas.
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RE: Continental To Australia

Tue Jun 27, 2000 7:05 am

Continental must've pulled out of Australia at least by late 1993. I definitely remember seeing Continental DC-10s(in the old meatball colors!) at SYD, including one at takeoff, back when my brother and I was in Sydney in July, 1993.
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CO Equipment Used To Cns?

Tue Jun 27, 2000 7:59 am

Al, good to hear that CO ("Air Mike") is still flying into CNS. For some reason I had thought that the service had been discontinued. Does the fact that it's still operating mean that CO's all-pax B727's are continuing to grace the North Queensland skies or has some other equipment been placed on the route? I'm hoping to head 'home' to CNS in October and if a pax B727 is flying in, will definitely be making a trip to the airport to see one!
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Tue Jun 27, 2000 10:50 am

They are now using the 738 on the route. They did have a 757 on it for a while, but am pretty sure it's still now the 73. They pulled out of NOU not too long ago - maybe that's where the confusion lies!
Cheers. Al.

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RE: Continental To Australia

Tue Jun 27, 2000 12:39 pm

They pulled out of NOU?? Really?? I'm disappointed, it was probably the most exotic destination that any US carrier has ever gone to. I know, all of CO's 727s are gone. I think all the ones in the Pacific ops are gone too.

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