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by smi0006
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Network Planning Event 8/22/2019
Replies: 118
Views: 10933

Re: UA Network Planning Event 8/22/2019

I hope it's not DEN-MUC, im hoping more for DEN-CDG or AMS, with AMS being the front runner. DUB is a distant black horse. Perhpas we'll finally see EWR-ICN? ZRH would be another DEN route I'd love to see. I know ill get flamed for this so I'll admit to this being a wet dream route, DEN/IAH-AKL. I ...

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by smi0006
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 303
Views: 41573

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Hopefully some meaty news comes along with it!

Will be very interesting to see the international results obet the next 3-5 as we see their international networks shift with all the new routes.

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by smi0006
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan allocates additional Haneda international slots to ANA & JAL
Replies: 46
Views: 8021

Re: Japan allocates additional Haneda international slots to ANA & JAL

Oceania QF, BNE or MEL NZ, AKL Would make sense for QF to launch MEL-HND, as that would give them a competitive advantage over JL. I would say that MEL would have more premium demand, especially with the number of Japanese businesses that have their Australian operations based there, whilst BNE is ...

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by smi0006
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumors of American Airlines 2nd announcement coming soon (HND + AUS/NZ)
Replies: 46
Views: 10922

Re: Rumors of American Airlines 2nd announcement coming soon (HND + AUS/NZ)

Some great suggestions. Hope we also see some MEL-DFW services; mostly likely on QF, as don’t AA have some issues with pilot contracts and configuration ranges? I think this will be first round of capacity, second round will come when QF receive more 789s. Be great to see LAX-MEL on AA, CHC is an in...

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by smi0006
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018
Replies: 39
Views: 7045

Re: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018

How many 737 were they due to receive by now? How much of an impact would this be having? Without any short haul feed, not sure what they were planning. I do wonder if they could have a stronger relationship with IAG? What else could they do to recover? Doesn’t help AZ doesn’t need to make money eit...

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by smi0006
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 303
Views: 41573

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

I don't know what to make of this but perhaps someone else can, this rumour (that's what I will refer to it as of now until something more solid comes of it, though the source of this had been fairly reliable in the past) posted on Executive Traveller (formally AusBT) forum and is related to the te...

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by smi0006
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 303
Views: 41573

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

With SCL announced as a 789, does this account for all QFs future 789 deliveries? If not when do we expect an announcement for JNB - most likely also going daily.

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by smi0006
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA starting 3 class 321 on MIA-LAX eff DEC 18 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 5015

Re: AA starting 3 class 321 on MIA-LAX eff DEC 18 2019

Doe they still send a 77W between the two also?

Sounds like an interesting product development - hope it sticks and expandsZ

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by smi0006
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow-JFK is the world's only billion-dollar airline route.
Replies: 51
Views: 10364

Re: Heathrow-JFK is the world's only billion-dollar airline route.

Not a surprise QF MEL-SYD made the list. The route is flown but 738 and 330 most week days every 15-30mins. I think it will be the perfect route for a 797. If it wasn’t for their reliability I’m sure QF would have kept their 763 - with 36J and 210Y running every 30mins. They great for short haul- bu...

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by smi0006
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Pax sit on Delayed JFK-MIA Flight for 8 Hours, Fight Erupts
Replies: 28
Views: 7576

Re: Delta Pax sit on Delayed JFK-MIA Flight for 8 Hours, Fight Erupts

Do the crew get paid for this? Don’t use crew have weird rule about only being paid once the aircraft is of blocks? What happens when it returns to the bay?

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by smi0006
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 303
Views: 41573

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Alan Joyce has already said that QF1/2 will remain after Sunrise is launched. Doesn’t QF have for slots? PER-LHR SYD-LHR MEL-LHR SYD-SIN-LHR I don’t think the sunrise routes are to stimulate demand, I think they are designed to recapture premium demand previously lost to the ME3 - but I do think QF...

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by smi0006
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 303
Views: 41573

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Having recently been through the QF International Business lounges in both MEL and SYD quite a few times, I can honestly say their substantial meal options are pretty dire. Last time in MEL was a sloppy stew, some rice and some sad looking steamed vegetables. Other than that, it was back to the old...

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by smi0006
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 303
Views: 41573

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

I don't mean to sound pessimistic but I can't help but feel I am going to be disappointed. The location of this lounge within the international terminal is very odd. I think I am going to miss the SilverKris lounge for VA flights to the USA....I hope I am wrong. I don't mind the casual as opposed t...

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by smi0006
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to deploy the 787 on the SYD-SCL route; increases service to daily
Replies: 27
Views: 6722

Re: Qantas to deploy the 787 on the SYD-SCL route; increases service to daily

I’m sure that once the route goes to daily and the capacity is aboard QF will either add MEL-SCL, or SYD-Elsewhere in South America, QF is now far more nimble in capacity management. Even with a smaller Y cabin the 789 will increase capacity where they make money up the front.

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by smi0006
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Georgian Airways flight attendant standing in aisle during landing
Replies: 28
Views: 6430

Re: Georgian Airways flight attendant standing in aisle during landing

In the event of a medical emergency, the captain can give permission for cabin crew to attend to the passenger so long as all doors are manned. The infants injuries could have have been greater than you knew, or more to the medical condition. Doesn’t seem like a major issue if no weather was expect...

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by smi0006
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Georgian Airways flight attendant standing in aisle during landing
Replies: 28
Views: 6430

Re: Georgian Airways flight attendant standing in aisle during landing

In the event of a medical emergency, the captain can give permission for cabin crew to attend to the passenger so long as all doors are manned. The infants injuries could have have been greater than you knew, or more to the medical condition. Doesn’t seem like a major issue if no weather was expect...

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by smi0006
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Georgian Airways flight attendant standing in aisle during landing
Replies: 28
Views: 6430

Re: Georgian Airways flight attendant standing in aisle during landing

In the event of a medical emergency, the captain can give permission for cabin crew to attend to the passenger so long as all doors are manned. The infants injuries could have have been greater than you knew, or more to the medical condition. Doesn’t seem like a major issue if no weather was expecte...

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by smi0006
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Commences A321LR Transatlantic Flights
Replies: 87
Views: 19228

Re: Aer Lingus Commences A321LR Transatlantic Flights

When will EI start routing these 321s to Shorthaul flights between long haul decorous? Or has that already started? Any ideas on their shorthaul routes?

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by smi0006
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 303
Views: 41573

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Pretty sure the bean counters at Qatar have done the maths. It won’t be as simple as an operational oversight or they would have canned the leg ages ago I didn't say it was an operational oversight- I said QR probably expected more CBR pax to offset the huge tag costs. Big difference ;-) Does anyon...

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by smi0006
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 303
Views: 41573

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

I was Referring to virgin but yes they are having some retrofitted Any idea on whether they're committed to a number, or if it's a trial. From memory of the initial SSW threads it really only makes sense for longer routes. Approximately 20-25% of the fleet will be retrofitted, mostly aircraft dedic...

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by smi0006
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines eyes HNA 20% stake in Virgin Australia
Replies: 8
Views: 1611

Re: Turkish Airlines eyes HNA 20% stake in Virgin Australia

As a side note - TK must be reasonably serious about serving Australia, my understanding is they are the only member of BARA (board of airline representatives Australia- industry body group) that doesn’t actually fly to AU! But aside from that, I see no real TK don’t need feed in AU, most traffic wi...

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by smi0006
Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA using remote gates
Replies: 31
Views: 6820

Re: BA using remote gates

Highly unlikely to be cost cutting most airports - remote bays get a rebate form the airport company as they are so unpopular, but are more expensive as more staff are required to turn the aircraft around, and it’s slower. Most bay allocations are done by airport companies, it’s done using a metric...

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by smi0006
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA using remote gates
Replies: 31
Views: 6820

Re: BA using remote gates

Highly unlikely to be cost cutting most airports - remote bays get a rebate form the airport company as they are so unpopular, but are more expensive as more staff are required to turn the aircraft around, and it’s slower. Most bay allocations are done by airport companies, it’s done using a metric ...

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by smi0006
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New JL uniform for the Olympics
Replies: 10
Views: 2962

New JL uniform for the Olympics

JL has released its new uniform as part of the run up to the olympics. Inline with its conservative brand this is a more a refresh of the current design. Great to see some equality with female employees allowed to choose pants if they wish. https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.paddleyourownkanoo.com/...

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10492

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

BA once had in its fleet 57, making it the largest operator in the world of the type. This is incorrect, Japan Airlines was the largest B747 operator in the world at any one time. Japan Airlines had a large B747 fleet consisting of many different variants and short-haul / long-haul / freighter sub-...

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57626

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

With this talk of south eastern AU regional growth with QFLink, how stretched is the QFLink Dash-8 and 717 fleet? Is there flexibility to add new routes with a reshuffle? SYD slots are also probably a problem in peak times when a MEL flight would make more than and LST where a similar number of con...

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57626

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Final decision on QF/CX codeshare deal has been handed down, the proposed deal has been rejected https://www.iasc.gov.au/determinations_decisions/2019/2019iasc204.aspx Ironically the NZ/CX deal got approved and is operating, would have thought the NZ/CX deal would have had an lot more conflicts tha...

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57626

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

With this talk of south eastern AU regional growth with QFLink, how stretched is the QFLink Dash-8 and 717 fleet? Is there flexibility to add new routes with a reshuffle? SYD slots are also probably a problem in peak times when a MEL flight would make more than and LST where a similar number of conn...

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ to deploy the 787-9 on the AKL-EZE route once again
Replies: 10
Views: 2143

Re: NZ to deploy the 787-9 on the AKL-EZE route once again

zkncj wrote:
smi0006 wrote:

Where will the 772s be sent now?


Most likely into short-haul pool, makes sense to use the 77E on shorter routes when the 789s fuel savings don't matter as much.


Nice it would be good to see them in MEL a bit more. Replicating the SYD schedule of morning, lunchtime and PM wide bodies.

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ to deploy the 787-9 on the AKL-EZE route once again
Replies: 10
Views: 2143

Re: NZ to deploy the 787-9 on the AKL-EZE route once again

This must be good news for the bottomline. I’m sure on a sector that length the 789 must offer significant fuel and crew savings. Does this indicate the 789 in the NZ fleet is back to normal?

Has NZ received all their 789s? Or one more to go!

Where will the 772s be sent now?

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by smi0006
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ to deploy the 787-9 on the AKL-EZE route once again
Replies: 10
Views: 2143

Re: NZ to deploy the 787-9 on the AKL-EZE route once again

This must be good news for the bottomline. I’m sure on a sector that length the 789 must offer significant fuel and crew savings. Does this indicate the 789 in the NZ fleet is back to normal?

Has NZ received all their 789s? Or one more to go!

Where will the 772s be sent now?

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by smi0006
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57626

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Re DFW-AKL - has the NZ Competition Commission given QF/AA approval to work together? If not, DFW-AKL is an AA thing only (with standard QF codeshares/interlines). I believe so, the QF/AA JV covers NZ,AU, Canada, Mexico and US mainland but oddly not Hawaii or Pacific territories. Interesting space ...

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by smi0006
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas could delay the withdrawal of the Boeing 747?
Replies: 55
Views: 10222

Re: Qantas could delay the withdrawal of the Boeing 747?

I think we will see a top up order for another 6-8 789s from QF this year. They would open new routes, and when project sunrise sees the network be restructured again they could be reconfigured and moved to Asian flying. Any decisions also need to consider the 330 replacement - 780 reconfigured or 7...

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by smi0006
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57626

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

July 20th qantasnewsroom on qantas.com, the QF/AA JV has reached final approval, most notable qantas new routes of BNE-SFO and BNE-ORD(most likely) will now be finalised re frequency/timings to each port for an 'end of April 2020 commencement', with 'fares available soon'. Shame with the formal ann...

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by smi0006
Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines/Qantas Joint Venture Approved
Replies: 151
Views: 21491

Re: American Airlines/Qantas Joint Venture Approved

Great that final approval has been received - it’s the weekend now in AU, so press release will probs come out next week from both carriers, hopefully we hear a little more from the AA side now? MEL-LAX? I wonder if the 77W will return to SYD?

Future state I do hope we see QF on MEL-DFW.

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by smi0006
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnam Airlines profits up, eyes narrowbody orders
Replies: 37
Views: 4751

Re: Vietnam Airlines profits up, eyes narrowbody orders

Great to read they’re doing well, they’re obviously well managed. I hope they commence flights to New Zealand at some point soon as Air NZ have ceased operations between the two countries. Don’t they also own significant percentages of their domestic competitors? They own significant amounts of Jet...

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by smi0006
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 151
Views: 31201

Re: Qatar Airways to buy Malaysia Airlines?

So QR didn't learn from EY's equity alliance? Jet, Etihad, AirBerlin. Unless QR has free reign, a bad investment. EK did well when they managed Sri Lankan. So it is possible. But probable? Lightsaber Up until Air Italy, QR seemed to be buying profitable carriers (not a renovators delight like EY di...

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by smi0006
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can DL's A330neo fly SEA-SIN/SYD!?
Replies: 35
Views: 7613

Re: Can DL's A330neo fly SEA-SIN/SYD!?

Is there anyway to pull the numbers for Aussies going to SEA? I only ever hear of it being a big business destination for Aussies on a.net otherwise I don’t see anything else written up on the subject. I feel it’s an a.net pipe dream with limited traffic in reality when compared to other US ports - ...

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by smi0006
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 151
Views: 31201

Re: Qatar Airways to buy Malaysia Airlines?

Interesting move - MH most of all needs consistent and coherent strategy that sticks! Not constant changes with nothing delivered. Perhaps AAB slightly iron fisted approach is what MH needs to cut through the politics?

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by smi0006
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57626

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

I have no insight into VAs cost base but I do wonder if VA over services in international business, it seems above QF service levels, but does it command a higher yield? I think a simple Hybrid JetBlue style model could work for transcon, and domestic. Maybe even an NZ style seats to suite? - Get r...

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by smi0006
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57626

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

I have no insight into VAs cost base but I do wonder if VA over services in international business, it seems above QF service levels, but does it command a higher yield? I think a simple Hybrid JetBlue style model could work for transcon, and domestic. Maybe even an NZ style seats to suite? - Get ri...

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by smi0006
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57626

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

No surprises here, it seems as if Scurrah is working to pick up the pieces in JB’s wake. It mentioned a new crew rostering software package, wasn’t this something that John Thomas was pushing for a s reportedly iy contributed to his falling out with JB? https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/vir...

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by smi0006
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61429

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Can someone give any info on the rather large amount of diverted arrivals into SYD this morning? QF12 (3hrs late) and 8 (2hrs late) were both diverted to BNE with QF12 having only just arrived I’m not sure if it occurred but fog was forecast and low visibility ops were in place for a while. Would h...

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by smi0006
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61429

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Just saw an FJ 330 at MEL this afternoon. Have they upgraded the NAN service and re-timed it or is this just a seasonal addition for holidays? It is due to the 737MAX Grounding they have been sending A330's to cover along with leased 737s What have they been using to ADL? Can an NG 737 make NAN-ADL...

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport
Replies: 136
Views: 19430

Re: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport

Do they currently use all their slots as is?

Key challenge with slots is they also have to line up at the airport down route, and then be a commercially viable time. I can imagine VS pain!

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61429

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

MEL's taxiway zulu project has broken ground. $300 million. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/melbourne-airport-breaks-ground-on-300-million-project-to-build-new-taxiway-system/news-story/b885a6364e8c0b2df3fc2b2e4d95e2cc Planes at Melbourne ­Airport will have more room to manoeuvre under a...

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by smi0006
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61429

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

SQ217 SIN-MEL diverting to PER Maybe weather related? Coldest day for 2 years here, and it's been foggy virtually all day. Just been outside & the fog is very heavy. This is before 7PM..... Not looking good for those travelling tomorrow.... Not saying it is fog. However MEL fog has always confu...

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by smi0006
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Completes First Boeing 767-400 Cabin Refurbishment
Replies: 66
Views: 15876

Re: Delta Completes First Boeing 767-400 Cabin Refurbishment

If I’m honest this doesn’t seem that huge a leap over the current seat to be worth the investment. Completely understand it for the 777s a generational leap, but this version sans doors seems not sufficient to warrant the modifications.

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Passenger left on plane at remote stand at YYZ
Replies: 128
Views: 19312

Re: AC Passenger left on plane at remote stand at YYZ

"I haven't got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I'm alone locked up someplace dark," Clearly oriented by some jail door low profile lawyer to get some AC money. Of course she couldn’t just find humor in the situation, have a good laugh and ap...

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: KE is considering removing first class entirely from their fleet
Replies: 49
Views: 5881

Re: KE removing First Class from entire fleet, upgrading business class (DL management at work!?)

Why would DLs management be at work? Don’t they only own 4% of Hanjin-KAL who turn are a majority shareholder, not the most influential at this stage. Common to popular belief - a successful industry strategy can be executed without DL input. This is simply an industry trend that’s been slower to ca...

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