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Emirates To Perth/ Ansett Planes Grounded

Wed Aug 01, 2001 2:50 pm

Just reading an article in the paper by Geoffrey Thomas.
Here it is:

"One the World's most awarded airlines, Emirates, is tipped to start Perth services next March.

Premier Geoff Gallop will stop in Dubai next month en route to London to push the State Government's support for the four times weekly 300-seat Boeing 777 service.

Emirates Airlines is deliberating between Perth and Brisbane for it's new service, with Perth favoured to be selected.

Emirates which is owned by the Dubai Government, has done a study of Perth's potential but a lack of available aircraft has delayed the service.

Westralia Airports Corporation and the WA Tourism Commision have been working with Emirates for more than two years on the service.

The airline has an extensive network from Dubai throughout the Middle east and Europe.

Emirates was one of the first airlines to add seat back videos for all passengers and is negotiating with Boeing and Airbus to buy 60 new aircraft worth $20billion.

Emirated operates into Melbourne and Sydney but has been waiting delivery of longer range models of the Boeing 777 to operate the Dubai-Perth non stop service.
Ansett's maintenance woes continue, with two of the airlines British aerospace Bae 146 grounded because of corrosion in the fuel tanks in the wings.

One aircraft, registration VH-JJQ is undergoing extensive repairs in Brisbane, while VH-JJX has been flown to Townsville to undergo repairs for the same problem.

Insiders say the repair bill is $3million.

New aircraft are on the way, with a 237-seat Boeing 767-300 due to enter service next week and another to follow two weeks later after final fit out in Christchurch, New Zealand."

Would Ansett just use some Bae146's to replace these from their old New Zealand operations?
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RE: Emirates To Perth/ Ansett Planes Grounded

Thu Aug 02, 2001 7:51 am

Emirates is soon to go daily into Sydney via Singapore. Nice to see that they might be flying into Perth as well.
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RE: Emirates To Perth/ Ansett Planes Grounded

Thu Aug 02, 2001 10:18 am


The corrosion checks are scheduled and it is expected to find some levels of corrosion in these aircraft (just a known combination of the age of the aircraft and this aircraft type). Up to 6-months ground time has been allowed for each BAe146 to inspect and correct the "documented" and known condition.

Honestly, anyone would think the Australian Government were behind the slur our media is putting on Ansett recently. Nothing would surprise me with that little weasel Howard in an election year  Pissed
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RE: Emirates To Perth/ Ansett Planes Grounded

Thu Aug 02, 2001 10:42 am

Yep it will be a good day when EK touch down in Perth for the first time.

Perth, Australia
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RE: Emirates To Perth/ Ansett Planes Grounded

Thu Aug 02, 2001 12:23 pm

EK has already been to Perth  Smile

However, as for scheduled services, dont get ya panties in a twist. They were almost surely to start 12 months ago, still nothing.

However, new government, perhaps they will push a little harder.

As for 146s, they are flying shit boxes, any airline that operates them will be forced to ground them at many a time.
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RE: Emirates To Perth/ Ansett Planes Grounded

Thu Aug 02, 2001 2:23 pm

Ansett is not the only one to have had corrosion problems National Jet has also had to do these inspections as well.All 146 operators have to do these mandatory inspections.
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RE: Emirates To Perth/ Ansett Planes Grounded

Thu Aug 02, 2001 4:52 pm

Totally agree with you TAA_Airbus, the BAe "one-four-sux" is not a very good aircraft (in this country anyway).

The corrosion problem is just one of the many defects these types have developed (ie. cabin smell, poor reliability, etc.).


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