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by smi0006
Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand retires two 77W
Replies: 42
Views: 11224

Re: Air New Zealand retires two 77W

What about their crews? I've read somewhere that NZ cabin crews are managed in a way, where a group of FA's and a specific airframe are "paired" (for lack of better word). ?? I never heard that one before .... https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1444755#p22160745 This ...

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by smi0006
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 22128

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Or we might also see them pushing into new markets/replacing contract work with Qantas/Virgin with E190s potentially....? Michael That or contract work for REX? with REX's new proposed jet services in 2021. I think REX are at an interesting point. Their SAAB fleet is aging, yet they are looking to ...

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by smi0006
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA service to Australia over the years
Replies: 45
Views: 6599

Re: BA service to Australia over the years

Does anyone else remember 'British Airways' and the 'speed marque' appearing on the wall behind the Qantas domestic check-in counters, below the much larger Qantas signage? In Sydney, I mean? This happened soon after Qantas was privatised and BA took 25% ownership. It was in the old check-in area o...

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by smi0006
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Can only see the JQ 788s facing the same fate as VA's (owned) 77Ws, getting 'mothballed' for the foreseeable future until international border restrictions starts to ease, which probably a year off at the earliest. Even then, JQ's 788s is under a cloud as well considering the earlier (Pre-Covid) ne...

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by smi0006
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Virgin Australia is moving out of Bowen Hills and into the same Southbank office tower as FlightCentre. According to reports in The Australian last month Bain was in discussions with FlightCentre because Bowen Hills has far more room than the slimmed-down Virgin Australia 2.0 will need and FlightCe...

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by smi0006
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 20918

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

So sad, I’ve have many many fond memories flying these birds between MEL-LAX amongst other routes. Always something so special boarding a longhaul 747 flight, too you back a little to the glamour days of flying. I also was lucky enough as a kid to fly on the SP - oddly on the 90s may have been CNS-H...

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Joining an global alliance in the next year or two would be an total waste of money (until the boarders are open). VA2.0 would be far better off, trying to re-patch it’s relationship with NZ once the Tasman Bubble does happen. Agreed, IMO a higher priority than any "global alliance" would...

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by smi0006
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

New capacity restrictions today - SYD flights now capped inbound at 30pax aligning with BNE.... things get tough for the internationals.

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by smi0006
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Assuming 58 J sold and 160 Y sold, thats about $107k of revenue for an hour long flight. No idea if that is profitable or not? I think it's safe to say it would be profitable :) There's a Forbes article that says a "very generic" cost per hour for a 747-400 is US$25,000. Therefore there s...

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by smi0006
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 119
Views: 29307

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

I’d imagine it was a mix. Many pax would fly the entire way, five stops isn’t that much if you look at journeys even today, I’ve done CBR-SYD-LAX-ORD-JLN , that’s not unusual for Australians today, to Europe, US or Africa, just depends where you are in the world. Admitting Europe to Asia wasn’t as f...

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68368

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Maybe they are planning to pickup the remains of TT and there a320 leases at an bargain price? Seems like almost an certain death sentence to them, unless they find an investor with very large pockets. There is no shortage of narrowbodies available for lease but it is a very brave time to be starti...

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by smi0006
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68368

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Wow, do we know how many aircraft are on the ground at ASP currently? This is just a quick search Silkair - 6 x 737MAX8 Singapore Airlines - 4 A388's (prior to the 2 today), 3 772's Scoot - 4 A320's, 2 788's NokScoot - 2 772's plus another 3 today So that's nearly 30 aircraft, their previous capaci...

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by smi0006
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CN3 order 105 ARJ21s from COMAC
Replies: 102
Views: 22172

Re: Air China, China Eastern, China Southern Take Delivery Of ARJ21

I think MU is smart to put it in a different brand so if there is an accident, their safety image is not affected. I wouldn’t describe that as smart. If they are that concerned about the risk of an accident to create a separate brand - they really shouldn’t be flying the aircraft at all. In saying ...

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by smi0006
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14057

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

I feel so bad for any airline employee right now. It has to be stressful in this environment for almost all airline employees. Qantas IMO will be around after the dust settles. I have always admired their culture, and their leadership. I really hope this isn't the end of their 380 though. I would t...

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by smi0006
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14057

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

Guess part of cuts is letting go of staff at their LAX hangar. With no flights, no need for the mechanics. The lease on hangar runs till 2037. Let's see of QF keeps it for future use, or tries to sublease, or exit the lease entirely since it was designed around providing A380 checks. Don’t QF servi...

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by smi0006
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14057

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

Sack isn’t quiet accurate as many of these will be voluntary redundancies - makes sense, cash out whilst you can. Be interesting to see if they are willing to pay out more senior staff who will have incredibly expensive redundancy packages on legacy contracts. Press release has breakdowns per role; ...

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by smi0006
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68368

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

But do you think there might be some possibility that QF may consider taking on some A321NEOs to replace A330s for transcontinental flights and possibly some trans Tasman? Not sure many airlines will be taking deliveries full stop at the moment. Cash is king and they have an excess of aircraft. Do ...

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68368

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Some NZ flights are (were?) load restricted on the old MCY runway, depending on weather conditions. MCY's old runway was only long enough for short haul flights on 737/A320 aircraft at full payload. Even longer domestic flights e.g to PER/DRW were likely to face payload restrictions on the old runw...

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by smi0006
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New LGA Terminal Opens
Replies: 16
Views: 5035

Re: New LGA Terminal Opens

Looks amazing, beautiful.

Looking at the photos - Can I ask though, why American carriers don’t use automated bag drops? They seem to have an odd two step process of checkin looks then head to a counter with an agent? Would be a labour saving not to mention normal in a state of the art terminal

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by smi0006
Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jetstar livery
Replies: 31
Views: 7247

Re: New Jetstar livery

[photoid][/photoid] This could gives us some reasons for the livery change. The revised livery suggests JetStar were looking at investing in their product in the near term. Seriously. The livery has gone from silver with orange highlights.... To Silver with slightly more orange highlights. Think the...

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by smi0006
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jetstar livery
Replies: 31
Views: 7247

Re: New Jetstar livery

Looks good. I wonder if the franchise airlines were planning to adopt the new livery as well. Given this aircraft is destined for Jetstar Japan I'd say i yes it will go to all the Jetstar Group. I didn’t know they were due to get 321s - is this for domestic or international? I don’t mind it, nice r...

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68368

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Not much news on the ZL Jet idea - was this industry speculation that started trending, or something more firm that was actually announced. Really hoping this one goes ahead. It was based off an AFR interview with the Chairman of REX whereby he stated REX had done some "confidential explorator...

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68368

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Not much news on the ZL Jet idea - was this industry speculation that started trending, or something more firm that was actually announced. Really hoping this one goes ahead.

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by smi0006
Wed May 27, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

jrfspa320 wrote:
Seems optimistic. I doubt TT would start before domestic borders are open, but you never know.


I‘ll try and dig up the article, but I did read AU is open to having Tasman borders open on a state by state basis, NZ government however is not open to this.

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by smi0006
Wed May 27, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Qantas' advance schedules for 2021 show that the B747 has indeed made her last dash. Qantas Boeing 787s headed for Johannesburg, Tokyo The jumbo jet looks set to bow out of the Qantas' fleet with little fanfare. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/qantas787s-johannesburg-tokyo Sent from my iPho...

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by smi0006
Thu May 21, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR
Replies: 38
Views: 7699

Re: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR

I cant see this happening. MH, QR, CX and QF have heavily invested in their own lounges. I cant see these four particularly subjecting their passengers to a sub par experience with the BA/T5 set up. Prior to covid at least, T5 was always packed with poor lounges and terrible shuttle service to the ...

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by smi0006
Tue May 19, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad lands at TLV for the first time
Replies: 26
Views: 8987

Re: Etihad lands at TLV for the first time

Brilliant to see a bit a little bit of humanity and coordination to ease suffering if only that’s what comes out of this mess, Sometimes humanity wins out, even in the most challenging conditions. Side note: I would have been mercilessly upbraided by my lead for looking at my phone on a ramp. This w...

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by smi0006
Tue May 19, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020
Replies: 90
Views: 19364

Re: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020

What’s the refresh to the First class seat? Or is it simply the same as the 789 and the refresh refers to the difference between 777/744 and 789?

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by smi0006
Mon May 18, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

International borders would only be relaxed at the end of July or start of August because the government's three step plan which started last week takes three weeks to get through each step and international travel is the last step. Nice try... Step 3 (July if all goes well) only hints at a Trans T...

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by smi0006
Sun May 17, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Is this a confirmed plan of Rex’s or simply speculation of what they could do? I quite like the sound of "RexJet" Nah sounds: Tacky, Like: EasyJet and Jetstar etc. If you have a look at their "90's" web site in the bottom right corner they already have the name REXJET as part of ...

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by smi0006
Wed May 13, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Have Rex actually bought any aircraft in their time, or are still purely running on aircraft they inherited? Never brand new but they have bought a lot of second hand Saab340s, especially from Colgan and American. Indeed one of them is still flying in the basic US Airways livery, and has been for s...

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by smi0006
Tue May 12, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

More non-paywalled stories on Rex plans for capital city flights. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/rex-capital-city-flights-routes https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/regional-express-to-take-on-qantas-and-virgin-with-capital-city-flights-20200512-p54s3y.html I realize it’s only specul...

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by smi0006
Fri May 01, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

https://newsroom.bne.com.au/brisbanes-new-runway-reaches-practical-completion/ Here's some good news - BNE's new 2nd runway has reached practical completion. The commission process is currently undergoing. Due to open on 12th July. Bummer it has to be opened in the current situation but looking for...

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by smi0006
Fri May 01, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

https://newsroom.bne.com.au/brisbanes-new-runway-reaches-practical-completion/ Here's some good news - BNE's new 2nd runway has reached practical completion. The commission process is currently undergoing. Due to open on 12th July. Bummer it has to be opened in the current situation but looking for...

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by smi0006
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Take the leased assets? then leave all the owned assets with the Administrators to sell off to recoup some of the debt left behind by VA MK1. No probably the other way around. The leased assets will be returned, much of the debt is actually future lease obligations. Administration enables these lea...

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by smi0006
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52291

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

The government have thrown money at them. There was the $750 million package in March for air nz charges etc, then there was the $150million in underwriting a domestic network for 8 weeks and then the underwriting of some international flights. Then there is job keeper which would also of subsidise...

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by smi0006
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA Safety Video
Replies: 18
Views: 3970

Re: New AA Safety Video

Hoping this thread delivers a diversion from the endless COVID-19 news, but it appears that AA may have a new safety video: https://vimeo.com/383361996 I figured they would eventually create one given the new uniform launch, although I am not sure if this has gone live nor even public at present be...

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-300ER longest nonstop flight?
Replies: 13
Views: 4650

Re: Boeing 777-300ER longest nonstop flight?

I think EK sent a 77W DXB-AKL once or twice? Must be up there surely?

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Pre-Covid I’ve often heard QF wanted VA to survive as QF controller the market - VA were small enough there was no real threat, and much better to have a competitor you can control and manage than a much better run and funded competitor who presents a real risk. Now it’s a fight for survival and QF ...

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by smi0006
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Airports Same on gate space, lounges etc Outside of MEL and PER domestic, don’t think there are any other airports that VA has an exclusive use of gates/terminals? The likes of SYD is an multi user terminal, they have some gates that are mainly used by VA. With PER it would probably be there Dream ...

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by smi0006
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about JAL's B747-200 Executive Express
Replies: 28
Views: 6645

Re: Questions about JAL's B747-200 Executive Express

44F how many cabin crew did they have?

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by smi0006
Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar Pacific Is No More, Now Renamed Pacific Airlines (Updated)
Replies: 156
Views: 22497

Re: There might be no more "Jetstar" Pacific as QF is reportedly transferring its stakes in BL to Vietnam Airlines

How did VN manage to buy the 70% seems somewhat anticompetitive- I suspect, and this is purely speculation QF didn’t get much say in the matter. How does Vietnam rate in fairness; and transparency of business, and government intervention

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI freighter "hard" landings
Replies: 7
Views: 3202

Re: CI freighter "hard" landings

"...when he slept with his child." What does that even mean? Like, he had a slumber party with the kids before I went to work, stayed up too late, and wasn't well rested. Or like, he's a pedophile? Something is obviously lost in translation here. What? You’ve never heard of a young toddle...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines 77E flying VIE-SYD nonstop!
Replies: 23
Views: 6795

Re: Austrian Airlines 77E flying VIE-SYD nonstop!

Apparently the flight was four hours late on departure from SYD: https://www.flightradar24.com/AUA1028/244c81fc Why is it refueling in PEN? KUL or SIN seems like a more logical/normal stop-over destination. Has that to do with the restrictions imposed by governments? Yup - No more transiting via SI...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

If they already retired the Boeing 747s, what will happen to JNB when the international flights return, will it be that they will operate with the A380? If they do return to JNB this year I’m thinking it will be an 789, at much reduced frequency than now. It’s going to take an while for for demand ...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Who’s doing the ground handling for all these charters?

Wonder if we’ll see AF in Sydney? wonder what other big group of nationals would be trapped here? Clearly Germans, Brits? Although BA is still flying aren’t they?

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Finally... Qantas 747-400ER from Honolulu to Sydney & 787-9 on return Business Class
Replies: 5
Views: 5015

Re: Finally... Qantas 747-400ER from Honolulu to Sydney & 787-9 on return Business Class

Great report thanks for sharing.

Yeah those pre-departure drinks need to tidy up the presentation out of HNL - catering on all flights looks okay. It’s never been QFs strong point.

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

UA reported SYD-SFO will operate as normally until 30May and is bookable on the website. However, in the meantime the Australian PM has just banned overseas travel (previously it was strongly advised not to travel) so maybe now UA will reverse the decision. Unlikely these flights are full of US nat...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AZ Repaint Status?
Replies: 28
Views: 3745

Re: AZ Repaint Status?

UA444 wrote:
This airline has cheated death so many times. It’s actually amazing at this point


Agreed - likely surviving airlines from this disaster - AZ,SA,AR....

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