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by smi0006
Tue Mar 21, 2023 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Spare a thought for the passengers on VA161 SYD-ZQN today. Aircraft diverted to CHC due to weather, then returned to ZQN for another go but couldn’t make it so diverted all the way back to SYD. 11 hours in the plane just to return all the way back to SYD! Wow - that’s bad! I get they want to get th...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 21, 2023 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sri Lanka Government to privatise the airline.
Replies: 10
Views: 1879

Re: Sri Lanka Government to privatise the airline.

If it hadn't been for the overall failures of their foreign investment strategies I'd say QR or EY. Could Indian investors be interested? Prior to the current economic disaster - was UL and its former management structure the only example of the ME3 successfully running another carrier? I confess n...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 21, 2023 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Working On New Uniforms
Replies: 85
Views: 12845

Re: DL Working On New Uniforms

In my experience, Hawaiian Airlines has always been quite strict with grooming and appearance. Most of their crews look similarly styled to publicity shots down to the flowers in their hair. -Aloha https://cabincrewhq.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/hawaiian-airlines-male-and-female-flight-attendant...

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by smi0006
Mon Mar 20, 2023 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/sydney-airport-boss-blames-reduced-capacity-and-high-fares-for-stagnant-recovery-20230320-p5ctj9.html Considering they are a monopoly- not sure the CEO of Sydney airport should come out swinging around airlines suppressing capacity. Not going to do any good ...

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by smi0006
Mon Mar 20, 2023 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Interesting article on linked about ZL’s Sharp didn’t realise he was minster with nationals, explains a bit…. Lots of time talking about QF, when he could have been talking up his own brand again https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/leaders/why-rex-s-boss-put-pork-schnitzel-back-on-in-flight-menus-2...

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by smi0006
Mon Mar 20, 2023 2:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline will join Oneworld next?
Replies: 31
Views: 3138

Re: Which airline will join Oneworld next?

WS would seem complimentary for their growth and development plans, but also OW - doesn’t DO have a JV in place with WS probs make it tricky for AS and AA to collaborate also Which airline is DO? If Westjet is not an option, what about Porter? In the past, they've probably been too small to join - ...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 19, 2023 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

There is still no sign of VA's first 737MAX8 rolling out at RNT, the first 737MAX8 in LN8604 and will wear the registration VH-8IA. Dont think they will get it until May at the earliest, April delivery is looking unlikely at this stage https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16AVOB_Y1500_Smo6ZOBaQH6...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 19, 2023 3:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline will join Oneworld next?
Replies: 31
Views: 3138

Re: Which airline will join Oneworld next?

WS? Just did a new deal with JL, and has existing deals with CX, and QF. A good counter to Star's AC. HA as oneworld connect? They have a few relationships with oneworld carriers already and would bring a number of unserved Pacific ports to the alliance - PPG, RAR, PPT. LM as oneworld connect? They...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 19, 2023 3:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline will join Oneworld next?
Replies: 31
Views: 3138

Re: Which airline will join Oneworld next?

I think I’d like to see some closer collaboration from OW airlines before I see new members, but that’s always the tricky part of alliance and competition law isn’t it? Not sure OW strategy - no members in South America, or China - but QR, WY, RJ in the Middle East? Hopefully they go for CZ, maybe i...

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 17, 2023 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Qantas 787-9 VH-ZNL LN1019 entered paint for repaint on 12 March http://paineairport.com/images/kpae20386t.png A rather dumb Q but I'm assuming that is the aircraft prior to entering repaint? If so, looks it good nick still! Possibly needs some rework after 2 years in the desert. Probs correcting t...

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 17, 2023 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates unveils first new livery in 24 years
Replies: 65
Views: 12340

Re: Emirates unveils first new livery in 24 years

Does anyone have a photo of the original Emirates livery when the airline first started up ? This history image was released today with the reveal. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52751522936_bc511b905f_c.jpg IMG-20230316-WA0002 by JannEejit , on Flickr Thank you! Without the side by side I did...

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by smi0006
Wed Mar 15, 2023 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Shocking images of -ZND wings. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid0ZWjoQk7boSQPZjAmx7pNtu7Y9Xdpz4is9R2P2arrSdoRvN17CT7xM1VApT5CwRMAl&id=100042796764439&mibextid=uc01c0 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Yeah in fairness maybe they could wash the foot prints off? And maybe the ...

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by smi0006
Wed Mar 15, 2023 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Working On New Uniforms
Replies: 85
Views: 12845

Re: DL Working On New Uniforms

Why does it seem that only US carriers have trouble with fabrics (i.e. rashes, irritation etc.). I can't think of any non-US carrier who had to bin their uniforms for this reason, yet it's happened to all of the majors in the US? Does fabric get more 'treated' there? I totally agree with the commen...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 14, 2023 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Working On New Uniforms
Replies: 85
Views: 12845

Re: DL Working On New Uniforms

I'm on the side of whatever uniforms that the crew likes the most. I could not care less how "stylish" or "well groomed" the staff are. They could all have uncombed hair and be wearing cargo shorts or sweatpants for all I care. My concerns as a passenger with regards to staff ar...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 14, 2023 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Working On New Uniforms
Replies: 85
Views: 12845

Re: DL Working On New Uniforms

I’ve noticed and cared when FA’s have been pleasant and/or helpful. I’ve noticed and cared when FA’s have been rude and/or unhelpful. I’ve never once noticed, nor cared about, what an FA is wearing or looks like. Oh come on, looks do matter. If the flight attendants look good and put together then ...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 12, 2023 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Jetstar's next A321neoLR VH-OFU had its second test flight XFW-XFW on Tuesday (7 Mar) and third test flight XFW-XFW yesterday (10 Mar), would think delivery wouldnt be to far away https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/d-azwx Are we up to number three now? How many are due this year? Any plans...

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by smi0006
Sat Mar 11, 2023 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Jetstar's next A321neoLR VH-OFU had its second test flight XFW-XFW on Tuesday (7 Mar) and third test flight XFW-XFW yesterday (10 Mar), would think delivery wouldnt be to far away https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/d-azwx Are we up to number three now? How many are due this year? Any plans...

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 10, 2023 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Interesting around the 717s are the E190 lease much cheaper? Or as rumoured NationalJet has a crew shortage? Equally when would the crew start conversion training for the A220? Training must be beginning in coming months to build up a pool? It there a way to pull a list of E190 and 717 routes? E190...

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 10, 2023 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Not really, there’s mostly a pool of 717s sitting around. 737 utilisation is fairly high. There are relatively fewer A330s (and therefore relatively more 737s) flying SYD-MEL, SYD-PER etc, plus some of the Covid thought-bubbles have stuck (BNE-MKY was all Q400 before Covid, now mostly 737). 737s ha...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 09, 2023 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

So, with the many leased E190s in QLink flying regular domestic sectors within the country, im guessing that there's a pool of 738's sitting around? Sent from my SM-A526B using Tapatalk Not really, there’s mostly a pool of 717s sitting around. 737 utilisation is fairly high. There are relatively fe...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 09, 2023 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

I I feel like the price gouging from QF is going to backfire eventually. They have a lock on people via corporate travel accounts and credit card arrangements. That's how they get away with a mediocre service and product offering. That’s the duopoly at play right there. They don’t really have a maj...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 09, 2023 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Set To Match DL Pilots Pay Increase
Replies: 5
Views: 1494

Re: AA Set To Match DL Pilots Pay Increase

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2023/03/08/american-airlines-vows-pilot-pay-raises.html Some good news for AA Pilots. They suffered immensely after 9/11. A 34 percent increase is positive news. I’m glad for the airline workers in general to finally starting to be paid their worth. From the late 1990’s thr...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 09, 2023 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Launches New York-Paris Nonstop Service
Replies: 83
Views: 18322

Re: JetBlue Launches New York-Paris Nonstop Service

New routes are always exciting! Where is next? AMS?

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 09, 2023 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

I must say the QF B738 product across the Tasman is looking pretty dated now. Has anything been said publically about what and when is likely to replace it? I doubt they would waste the A321XLR on such a short sector? It looks like Qantas will be ‘wasting’ the XLR on routes much shorter than Trans-...

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by smi0006
Wed Mar 08, 2023 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Qantas has sent an A380 to MEL to be used as a tanker to accommodate other planes during tomorrow's strike https://twitter.com/BlakeJohnson/status/1633005216621809664?s=20 How does this help? All the fuel is piped to the airport already, but doesn't someone still have to do the refueling? They did ...

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by smi0006
Wed Mar 08, 2023 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Even though QF announced the extra A220’s last month they are not firm In Airbus books yet, hopefully they will be firmed this month https://www.airbus.com/sites/g/files/jlcbta136/files/2023-03/ODs-February-2023-Airbus-Commercial-Aircraft.xlsx Interesting! And then one a month for next few years? I...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 07, 2023 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 66
Views: 21401

Re: Qatar Airways News and Discussion - 2023

Which destinations is left thar they have not resumed? In Southern Africa now only GBE...while having launched a few others in the region that they didn't serve pre-Covid. Thought this time they might finally change DUR to nonstop. Perhaps DOH-DUR-GBE could be an option, instead of routing both via...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 07, 2023 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 113
Views: 30250

Re: Emirates News and Discussion - 2023

Just wondering in the post pandemic world - how slot constrained is DXB? With a challenging shift away from VLA - how will EK grow if they can’t add destinations or frequency? Would DWC be back on the cards for a shift?

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 05, 2023 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 66
Views: 21401

Re: Qatar Airways News and Discussion - 2023

How many shorthaul business seats is QR running on their narrow bodies atm? Do they still have recliner or all some form of flat or angled lie flat?

Very curious to see what the 737 is delivered with!

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 02, 2023 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

A mate of mine (who has a video on youtube) flew on the neo from MEL to SYD and loved the seat. Admittedly not a long flight, but he said they were more comfortable than the QF B737s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hngbR2aGLf8 I'll second this - flew OFP from HBA-MEL last month and was impressed w...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 02, 2023 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Looks like no one touched on the fact Rex announced that they were still unprofitable yesterday, including the media. Such a pity - I flew them for the first time this week BNE-MEL for work, and they were fantastic. Miles ahead of Virgin who I normally travel with. Nice friendly crew, good food, fl...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 02, 2023 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to launch LHR-ICN
Replies: 48
Views: 11096

Re: Virgin Atlantic to launch LHR-ICN

Isn’t VS jointing sky team… with KE? Whilst not a JV - surely they will get reciprocal FF recognition and points? Not exactly true competition?

SIN is a tricky one as probs be tough to crack without feed… I am always surprised that VS doesn’t have a bigger foot print in Asia.

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 02, 2023 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

With the upcoming design realese this year with PE class on the Project Sunrise aircraft for QF, they're looking to make this with 40inch pitch. Not overally revolutionary is it when you have Air NZ and JL with 40inch pitch currently in PE. Surely if they could make it work a 42inch would be better...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 02, 2023 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Have seen on linked in Western Sydney now has an IATA code - WSI ! One step closer :) https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/western-sydney-airport-given-wsi-as-international-code-identifier/news-story/f5a76eb5d0fda0a69e0caf91bb5441b7?amp&nk=35a320e4818d8df0b19177718a5df9e8-1677720254 Weste...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 02, 2023 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas European routes
Replies: 66
Views: 13056

Re: Qantas European routes

Back in the 80s and 90s, Qantas used to fly to European destinations like BEG, FRA, CDG, and FCO Nowadays, they only fly to LHR What happened to those routes, why were they cut These routes were cut due to the rise of the ME3, the long sectors and operational costs associated with them. This also p...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 02, 2023 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/ ... 1677720254
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Have seen on linked in Western Sydney now has an IATA code - WSI ! One step closer :)

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/ ... 1677720254

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by smi0006
Wed Mar 01, 2023 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023
Replies: 380
Views: 53097

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2023

Personally, I believe there might be CBR (Intl) services using the A223 as well. For example: CBR-AKL, CBR-WEL. Also, theoretically it could do a CBR-SIN, but would there be demand for that?, I'm sure there would be enough demand to fly an A223 from CBR to SIN. Anyone would prefer to fly from their...

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by smi0006
Tue Feb 28, 2023 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023
Replies: 709
Views: 83581

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023

South African is leasing 2 a333’s to resume long haul services, PER and GRU will be the first resumed services. The second stage will see SAA lease some A350’s of which they are looking at launching a second Australian service, they are leaning towards MEL https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/12...

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by smi0006
Tue Feb 28, 2023 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023
Replies: 709
Views: 83581

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023

Maybe this kind of explains why PAPL are a bit "meh" as to whether QF resume PER-JNB or not. VA will be pleased to get another of its partners back into Velocity and would probably look to codeshare on any AU routes SAA chooses to launch. QF as always going to miss the boat… They’ve had a...

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by smi0006
Sun Feb 26, 2023 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023
Replies: 709
Views: 83581

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023

Rumour going around that QF are retiring around 10 of the 717s in the coming weeks/couple of months. What are they going to be replaced with until the A220s come? The E190s perhaps? They do seem to have 5 parked up at SYD often. Not sure their utilisation? Maybe some of the operational spares QF ke...

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by smi0006
Sun Feb 26, 2023 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways US Expansion
Replies: 107
Views: 17620

Re: Fiji Airways US Expansion

FJ is also 49% owned by QF I believe. I doubt QF want them competing too much with their own nonstops. Own non stops to where? I don’t think QF have any control on what FJ actually do. I mean QFs AU-US non stops. Not sure how much control QF have in day to day running, but surely they must have a s...

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by smi0006
Sun Feb 26, 2023 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways US Expansion
Replies: 107
Views: 17620

Re: Fiji Airways US Expansion

FJ is also 49% owned by QF I believe. I doubt QF want them competing too much with their own nonstops.

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by smi0006
Fri Feb 24, 2023 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces record first half profit, orders 9 A220's, announce first and business products for A350
Replies: 67
Views: 12874

Re: Qantas announces record first half profit, orders 9 A220's, announce first and business products for A350

Wonder what sort of profits we’ll see at end of year - yields must be softening soonish? Do they normally make big fleet announcements mid or end of year results? Curious if we could see long haul fleet update in July. I do also enjoy the companies QF have ownership in that I never knew about: OWNER...

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by smi0006
Thu Feb 23, 2023 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces record first half profit, orders 9 A220's, announce first and business products for A350
Replies: 67
Views: 12874

Re: Qantas announces record first half profit, orders 9 A220's, announce first and business products for A350

The primary reason for using the A330 on domestic and New Zealand flights was do to express cargo. It seems the A321 freighters will take over that role. It would not surprise me if the A330 routes get replaced with passenger A321 and freighter A321. Can't forget the A330 P2F as well which would re...

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by smi0006
Wed Feb 22, 2023 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces record first half profit, orders 9 A220's, announce first and business products for A350
Replies: 67
Views: 12874

Re: Qantas announces record first half profit, orders 9 A220's, announce first and business products for A350

9 additional A220 is an increase on the 717s so either eventual replacement for E190 and usage on smaller 738 routes. Interesting to see where they are deployed Yes, I assume the A223 will also replace some 738 routes where the 738 is perhaps a little too big. How many Alliance E190s are they up to...

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by smi0006
Wed Feb 22, 2023 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces record first half profit, orders 9 A220's, announce first and business products for A350
Replies: 67
Views: 12874

Re: Qantas announces record first half profit, orders 9 A220's, announce first and business products for A350

Qantas has announced their first half results today 1.43 billion underlying before tax Source 5 319/320 for Network Exercise 9 purchase rights for 9 A220-300 for delivery F26 and FY27 Three additions 3 A321P2F 2 A320's for 3K https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-group-returns-to-...

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by smi0006
Wed Feb 22, 2023 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023
Replies: 709
Views: 83581

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023

Scoot will suspend their SIN-OOL services indefinitely as from July 2023. It seems that OOL didn't meet expectations to continue past the AAIF subsidised period. https://www.singaporeair.com/saar5/pdf/Investor-Relations/Financial-Results/SGXNET/bu-q3fy2223.pdf (Page 5) Scoot have operated to OOL si...

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by smi0006
Wed Feb 22, 2023 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023
Replies: 709
Views: 83581

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023

"Meanwhile, seat designs for the Project Sunrise planes will be revealed later this week, Joyce said." Found this in the 9 News article for the lounge expansion. Do we know which day this week this is set to happen? I believe QF are also announcing their profits as well...? I believe it'...

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by smi0006
Wed Feb 22, 2023 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023
Replies: 709
Views: 83581

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023

"Meanwhile, seat designs for the Project Sunrise planes will be revealed later this week, Joyce said." Found this in the 9 News article for the lounge expansion. Do we know which day this week this is set to happen? I believe QF are also announcing their profits as well...? I believe it'...

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