As far as I am aware Emirates still have not announced when they will operate to Perth or Brisbane? , however they have recently upgraded their Sydney A330-200 service to a B777-200, I have seen it in Sydney numerous times recently, from just before the Olympics. In Melbourne yesterday (7-10-00 or 10-7-00 if you are in the US!) was an Emirates B777-300, for what I believe is the first time! She was a beautiful looking bird, sorry didn't get the rego!
Thai International are about to increase services to both Melbourne & Brisbane as well as drop the B747-400 from the Australian schedule (currently only to Syd & Mel), as B777-300's take over exclusively on east coast routes. Sydney remains at 14 services weekly (twice daily), Melbourne services rise from 10 to 12 weekly and Brisbane go from 3 to 5 services weekly, again all with the B773.
I have seen the LOT B763 in Sydney a few times recently, does anybody know whether they now have a full time scheduled service from WAW or was it just to bring in Olympic athletes & officials?
Alitalia finish flying to Australia at the end of October after nearly 30 years of service (to Mel & Syd), they complain, that with the cost of avgasit is too costly flying all the way to Syd. Qantas will then be the sole carrier flying to Rome (apart from the Asian carriers) from Australia, with a daily B747-300 from Melbourne via Bangkok! Speaking of QF, they are also adding 2 more flights on the Melbourne to LAX route making it daily non-stop matching United.
Ansett start a 4 times weekly B767-300 Mel-Hkg service from November 1 and will start a service to the US West Coast, probably from Sydney, next year. 11 new aircraft are on order (through NZ) with Boeing, however types have not been specified as yet!
Gossip: The new gate 12 at the Ansett terminal in Melbourne, apparently has markings for A319 & A321 aircraft???????? I haven't checked it out myself yet!
Well if you know anything more please add it, this is what I know to be happening shortly.
Cheers - BZF