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by smi0006
Tue Feb 07, 2023 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023
Replies: 182
Views: 17176

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023

just saw a price comparison of Bonza vs Qantaslink MCY/ABX/MCY vs BNE/ABX/BNE in early september. Bonza was $400 cheaper for every person inc checked baggage. Many will drive a long way to save that much money. Yeah similar to ROK. I live in central Brisbane and it came out cheaper for me to Uber t...

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by smi0006
Mon Feb 06, 2023 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas, Air France in talks over direct Australia-Paris flights
Replies: 61
Views: 8736

Re: Qantas, Air France in talks over direct Australia-Paris flights

AFAIR there was (or is) a senior planning guy in Qantas who is French, the PER hub was his idea. PER hub is an awesome idea - problem is the regulatory framework for airport charging in AU. I don’t blame QF or PAPL - but it doesn’t advantage an airline to pay for infrastructure upgrades, that intur...

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by smi0006
Mon Feb 06, 2023 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas, Air France in talks over direct Australia-Paris flights
Replies: 61
Views: 8736

Re: Qantas, Air France in talks over direct Australia-Paris flights

I would have thought QF would look at PER - FRA before any CDG flight. AFAIR there was (or is) a senior planning guy in Qantas who is French, the PER hub was his idea. PER hub is an awesome idea - problem is the regulatory framework for airport charging in AU. I don’t blame QF or PAPL - but it does...

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by smi0006
Mon Feb 06, 2023 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas, Air France in talks over direct Australia-Paris flights
Replies: 61
Views: 8736

Re: Qantas, Air France in talks over direct Australia-Paris flights

Some more openings for A359ULRs perhaps? I think even AF's 280t MTOW A359s should be able to do CDG-PER with standard passenger load and bags, should AF desire to fly this routes themselves. The 283t MTOW A359 has made the A359ULR obsolete, it will remain an SQ special (plus some ACJ's I think). Ye...

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by smi0006
Mon Feb 06, 2023 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023
Replies: 182
Views: 17176

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023

AJ says he’s in discussion with AF - could an AF 789 make CDG PER? Or one of their 350s? Maybe they will operate the route as a JV with QF - even less of an issue if they operate from T1? QF can boost frequency with their own 789 when deliveries allow? Is NOU treated separately from the French bila...

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by smi0006
Mon Feb 06, 2023 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023
Replies: 182
Views: 17176

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023

Has QF figured out to operate more/new routes you actually need to have more aircraft.... otherwise they are cutting one flight to start another. AJ says he’s in discussion with AF - could an AF 789 make CDG PER? Or one of their 350s? Maybe they will operate the route as a JV with QF - even less of...

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by smi0006
Sun Feb 05, 2023 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippines post-BK fleet strategy
Replies: 12
Views: 1737

Re: Philippines post-BK fleet strategy

What is their strategy more broadly? Haven’t they gone LCC for domestic and Asia regional flying too? Going to surely be hard to compete on cost with their competitors….

As always from an outsider’s perspective PR wastes its potential as it seems rudderless….

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by smi0006
Sat Feb 04, 2023 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QR and Airbus reach settlement in legal dispute
Replies: 408
Views: 108078

Re: Updated: QR and Airbus reach settlement in legal dispute

Now with this dispute seemingly settled, it'll be interesting to see how quickly the grounded 350's come out of storage, into the paint hanger and back into service. It will be interesting indeed. It took around 2 days in the hangar to prepare RTS each QR A330, coming from long term storage. And lo...

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by smi0006
Thu Feb 02, 2023 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air-Asiana Merger News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 369
Views: 100604

Re: Korean Air-Asiana Merger News and Discussion Thread

How many more approvals are left to go? Must be stressful for many OZ staff who don’t know if their roles will remain post merger, or if all approvals will go through…

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by smi0006
Thu Feb 02, 2023 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL teases A350-1000 introduction
Replies: 16
Views: 6047

Re: JAL teases A350-1000 introduction

With the new wider cabins I absolutely see JAL doing this. 9 across economy at 18" seats (possible under the new wider cabin) 8 across PE at 20" seats Not sure how they'd do business. Possibly Safran Versa? 7-abreast Apex Suites probably won't fit. First? 2 rows of 1-1-1, for 6 total. Als...

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by smi0006
Wed Feb 01, 2023 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023
Replies: 182
Views: 17176

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023

https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media ... indonesia/
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QF announced MEL-CGK 3 weekly on the 330. Bit of a surprise! Starting 16th April, rather soon too!

https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media ... indonesia/

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 30, 2023 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

UA have operated their B7810’s LAX-SYD which is another option should QF order the type. However, I’d say a high density sub fleet of A351s is on the cards. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk While I agree they will probably have a higher density A351 down the road, that surely wont allow for QFs s...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 26, 2023 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

QF have no remaining options or purchase rights for B787s, and have not for years. An option reserves a specific place in the production chain and a price. Each option has a fixed date before a decision must be made which is defined by the contract. Options are limited to a relatively shorter timef...

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 25, 2023 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Interesting. I think in the context that QF has 30 odd A330's eventually needing replacement. Doesn't QF already have the replacement aircraft available with really sharp pricing through the original order? Obviously not. Their initial 787 pricing was supposedly amazingly good. If it was still avai...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 23, 2023 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

One has to wonder what EK's next play in Australia will be - it seems likely that DXB-SWZ will be on the cards in a few years but in the meantime it would be fun to see them try something like DXB-SIN-CNS/OOL or DXB-CBR-AKL. Unless it really wants to add a flight in what is the curfew period at SYD...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

I know this is unlikely to happen but I hope DL can start flying SEA-SYD. It’s their hub with good transit facility, much better than getting stuck in that disgusting LAX queue all the time. Seems a good fit for the 330-9 if they have the range. Does DL rotate any through SEA - this seems a route Q...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

[code][/code] Hopefully the DL partnership with ZL becomes a fully-fledged tie up and we see codeshares, frequent flyer reciprocating and then an increase in ZL domestic flights.. And then maybe we see ZL join SkyTeam as an affiliate carrier...... I think if DL finally get their frequent flyer schem...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 23, 2023 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

'If' it eventuates, it's more likely people will see LAX-MEL before any of the two mentioned routes. I can't see DL adding more service into Australia without a partner to feed it on this end. The extra Sydney flights are taking advantage of QF's lack of capacity in the same way United was done so....

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 23, 2023 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

QF658 ADL-BNE was operated by an A330 this evening. This is a regular scheduled fight, not a charter or ferry flight. Is there something going on in Adelaide or Brisbane to cause a bump in demand? QF737/750 SYD-ADL-SYD was operated by a A332 today also. Heard as well the reason for having so many p...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 22, 2023 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Adds Nonstop Service to New Zealand
Replies: 51
Views: 9903

Re: Delta Adds Nonstop Service to New Zealand

And will AA come back.....wouldn't be surprised just to help build up a mini QF/AA hub in AKL to support the DFW/JFK flights with transtasman conx ??? AA flies DFW-AKL (the suspended LAX route was moved to DFW). A mini QF/AA hub? Forget it. What do you call a mini hub? Year round AA/QF service AKL-...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 22, 2023 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: AI to order 435 single aisle and 70 widebody aircraft
Replies: 135
Views: 34542

Re: Report: AI to order 435 single aisle and 70 widebody aircraft

Does anyone have any leads on the brand / image makeover? The last byte on the topic being JPA Design and Trendworks was roped in to design the cabin products. The current livery seems slightly inconsistent with every aircraft type in the fleet now - 788s, the ex-Delta 77Ls and the rest of the AI f...

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by smi0006
Sat Jan 21, 2023 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Adds Nonstop Service to New Zealand
Replies: 51
Views: 9903

Re: Delta Adds Nonstop Service to New Zealand

DL is interested in markets with limited and no competition with a fare premium. This started with Africa (JNB, CPT, LOS, ACC, DSS) and now in Oceania. Since when is AKL limited/no competition with ANZ and UA? Not sure about fare premium given they are putting an ex-LATAM A359 on the route that doe...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 20, 2023 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

QF have been saying that they're about to launch an A330 replacement competition so I can easily see them ordering the A359 as replacement for them. Given the issues Boeing has with the 787 line and production, and frankly given Airbus can actually deliver airplanes in recent years and Boeing has g...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 20, 2023 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

I think at present plans, we're more likely to see A321XLRs delivered to QF to free up some A330 services. Which in turn may allow for an extra 787 or two to be deployed. Cheers Current plan is for the A321XLR to arrive sometime in 2025, assuming no more delays due to the fuel tank sealing issue. A...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 19, 2023 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350XWB ongoing evolutionary enhancements, EIS 2025-2030.
Replies: 258
Views: 62419

Re: Airbus A350XWB ongoing evolutionary enhancements, EIS 2025-2030.

Forgive me I can’t keep up with QFs sunrise project - given the timing of the order/deliveries will the QF fleet receive most of the enhancements? (New engines and flight deck excluded) seems key with this range that more are included.

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 18, 2023 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

So have we got any word on the future of PER-JNB yet? Has it been performing well, despite it’s short tenure? So many Saffas and Zimbas in Perth its a no brainer After just flying into Perths T4 international it coped fine with an A330. Immigration and bag collection/customs took 20min Yeah I under...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 15, 2023 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

US Private Equity firm takes minority stake in REX (ZL) https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/123269-us-private-equity-firm-takes-a-stake-in-australias-rex A small stake, but a vote of confidence in REX's future nevertheless. REX also (reportedly) have plans to add an 8th and 9th 737 in 1Q2023, a...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 13, 2023 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

On a different topic of airline loungs, I was just thinking with the lounges across the world getting so jammed packed with the available methods of getting into them, do you think in the future airlines will look to reduce access or increase additional lounges? As an example, say QF business class...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 13, 2023 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Have we ever had a time where there are 5 jet carriers (of 737/A320 size) running in the domestic market? QF, JQ, VA, ZL and now AB (yes that is Bonza's code). I know weve had 4 on a number of occasions, including Oz Jet and Strategic/Air Australia, but cannot think of 5. Wasn’t there a Norfolk Isl...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW - Air India launches 12 new weekly flights
Replies: 56
Views: 10319

Re: LGW - Air India launches 12 new weekly flights

Where are the aircraft coming from?

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Flying through Sydney this arvo - always surprises me how many 717s are parked up, is there a way to pull their utilisation from flight radar? Curious to see how the A220 compares if we see them used more on ADL, CBR off peak between CBR, HBA, and regional flying.

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian adds Atlanta (ATL)
Replies: 102
Views: 16451

Re: Ethiopian adds Atlanta (ATL)

Man that came out of nowhere. In their respective threads, the ET talk was potential service to DEN and a resumption of IAH. Still cool to see surprises like this, I wish them well. OT, but with DUB becoming a good sized scissor hub from them, would ET consider establishing a crew base there? How b...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Related question to the above topics, with the Chinese carriers returning to our ports, and other new entrants, are the airport ground handling providers ready for an uptick in services? I departed internationally from Melbourne on New Years Day and it was a [email protected] show....not enough staff to unload ...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

According to payalls on News Corp and Australian Aviation, Bonza set to imminently launch and has just been granted an AOC by CASA. Freebie Article via FlightGlobal: https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/australian-lcc-startup-bonza-awarded-aoc/151604.article And their fourth 737-8 Max will be on i...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian adds Atlanta (ATL)
Replies: 102
Views: 16451

Re: Ethiopian adds Atlanta (ATL)

Man that came out of nowhere. In their respective threads, the ET talk was potential service to DEN and a resumption of IAH. Still cool to see surprises like this, I wish them well. OT, but with DUB becoming a good sized scissor hub from them, would ET consider establishing a crew base there? How b...

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 11, 2023 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippines Aviation - 2023
Replies: 78
Views: 9784

Re: Philippines Aviation - 2023

Hi all!

Just wondered where PR sends their 321LR, is MEL and SYD the furthest routes they send them on? Very excited to see PER back!

PR offers some good connections options out of AU - how is the transfer process ex-MNL? Be great to see them promote more for the AU point of sale.

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 08, 2023 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Sorry for not referring back to the original post. But with regard to QF and the A220-300, I would expect to see this branded as both QF and QF Link, depending on where it is used. Initially, I would expect to see this aircraft on the following routes: * CBR-MEL * CBR-SYD * CBR-BNE * CBR-ADL But ov...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 08, 2023 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA uniform
Replies: 60
Views: 10909

Re: New BA uniform

I missed this earlier. Uniforms will include a jumpsuit. Setting aside cabin crew looking like mechanics… Imagine how that’s going to work for a female FA having to use the lav. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-64184902 From the article: As for the jumpsuit, that will be for female check-in staff ...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 06, 2023 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA uniform
Replies: 60
Views: 10909

Re: New BA uniform

I’ll have what Air France are having, but want it for half the cost Someone at BA, probably. It was more like: I'd like to downgrade to what Ryan Air is having, and then can you please add some Political Correctness with a blend of generic because this BREXIT thing was truly a mistake! :cry2: Serio...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 06, 2023 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA uniform
Replies: 60
Views: 10909

New BA uniform

Picture and vids aren’t very clear. Looks pretty boring - bland generic airline uniform for any carrier with blue and red branding which covers a lot. I’m no fashion designer but hopefully it’s comfortable because it’s hardly stylish…. BA media centre: https://mediacentre.britishairways.com/news/060...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 06, 2023 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Will the QF A220’s be branded as QantasLink aircraft? My understanding is that they’re replacing the 717’s… but some have alluded to the possibility that they’ll be replacing 737’s as well? I believe, by law (Qantas sale act), they have to be QantasLink even if they replace the 737 because they won...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 05, 2023 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

In addition to India looks like SYD-ICN, MEL-SIN, and some HKG all look to have various service reductions later this year. So much for returning to pre covid international capacity... You're really hard to please! MEL-DEL and SYD-BLR reductions seasonal from 4x weekly to 3x weekly for 6 weeks. Ret...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 05, 2023 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian exercises 2 787 options, further delays deliveries
Replies: 5
Views: 3452

Re: Hawaiian exercises 2 787 options, further delays deliveries

Are they for domestic or international use? Love to see HA 787 in SYD and surely the sector length would warrant the product upgrade. Not sure on the yields. Or better some expansion to MEL!

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 04, 2023 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways and its contractor under investigation in Spain for illegal cabin staff hiring practices
Replies: 10
Views: 1393

Re: Kuwait Airways and its contractor under investigation in Spain for illegal cabin staff hiring practices

Disgusting! Not hiring someone because they have a scar in their eyebrow? When are we going to stop normalizing the disguting hiring and employment practices of the Middle East Airlines cabin crew? Not just Middle East - similar practices for SQ, MH, GA, and I’m sure other low cost Asian airlines. ...

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 04, 2023 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Rumour swirling locally about Air Vanuatu potentially launching NTL - VLI sometime towards the end of Q1. Will be an interesting development if it eventuates. Local media here also reported last year that the airport is in negotiations for a potential SIN service presumably via SCOOT. Makes sense w...

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by smi0006
Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Aviation - 2023
Replies: 87
Views: 11877

Re: Japan Aviation - 2023

Per JAL 2022-2025 business plan they called for a "gradual rebuilding" of their international network, while expecting to see a 90% recovery in their domestic business. They also called out new consumer behavior and remote work adoption plus global consumer and corporate ESG that would dr...

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by smi0006
Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network - 2023
Replies: 488
Views: 92297

Re: American Airlines Network - 2023

First time poster on the AA thread - quick questions for the experts. It was discussed in the Aussie thread about AA picking up more Australia flying, potentially DFW-BNE - but I vaguely recall there is an issue with AA crew doing ULH fly ( think it was cabin crew) and DFW-AU is just too far. Can an...

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by smi0006
Tue Jan 03, 2023 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89980

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Interesting- REX has rebranded Cobham Aviation Services back to National Jet Express brand… seems a strange choice when Rex needs to work on its brand awareness.

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 02, 2023 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2023
Replies: 127
Views: 19499

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2023

G’day - question for the experts, we always hear the ongoing rumours of TK venturing into Australia, SYD/MEL and even PER. I understand TK-789 and 359 don’t have the range. Does TK do any tag flights, would they consider a SIN, KUL or CGK stopover? Good way to enter the market build the brand and th...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 02, 2023 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 47
Views: 11372

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion - 2023

Question from a new poster in the thread, but a long time CX fan. How are CX going with tech crew, I understand they lost a lot of expat tech crew. I’m sure the same for cabin crew, but probably easier to reopen some offshore bases. Will CX return to recruiting non-HKG nationals, or change strategie...

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