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by smi0006
Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest city getting regular 777/A350 service
Replies: 28
Views: 3630

Re: Smallest city getting regular 777/A350 service

City pair - does SYD-CBR count? Pre-covid to get around Australian bilateral QR was flying DOH-SYD-CBR with 77W. Only about 240km, but couldn’t be sold as a separate flight.

Combined with SQ, rather limited international services for a national capital for a country the size of AU.

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by smi0006
Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QANTAS to operate its second longest non stop flight with a 787-9
Replies: 23
Views: 7165

Re: QANTAS to operate its longest non stop flight with a 787-9

For those unaware Darwin now has one of the Australian governments dedicated quarantine facilities - and is used for repatriation flights, by the government and QF. Other major AU cities have hotel quarantine for commercial services. Be interesting to see a summary of all the repeat flights DRW has ...

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by smi0006
Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 228
Views: 34860

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

Does QF have any 789 sitting ready waiting to be delivered with Boeing? How soon could they take these orders up?

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by smi0006
Mon Sep 06, 2021 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: PAL Philippine Airlines files for Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 54
Views: 12476

Re: Updated: PAL Philippine Airlines files for Bankruptcy Protection

PAL wasn’t doing the best before COVID- why were the structural and strategic causes? MNL being over capacity? 77W seemed to big too me, and can’t speak for the local context - but brand felt very tired and outdated.

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by smi0006
Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 228
Views: 34860

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

DRW has certainly stepped up and demonstrated it’s perfectly positioned for an international transit hub. I agree. I guess the problem going forward is that is all it is - a transit hub. A perfect plan for JQ but never really took off (pun intended). The difference between having PER and DRW as you...

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by smi0006
Fri Sep 03, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 228
Views: 34860

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

Alan Joyce is suggesting that Qantas will have at least 70% market share domestically. I find this very optimistic since VA recently pushed that down 67% earlier this year and with VA taking on more 737's I think that the domestic share for QF will likely be 65-67% moving forward. Thoughts?? https:...

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by smi0006
Wed Sep 01, 2021 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 228
Views: 34860

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

So was the REX 737 play a mistake? Or is it too early to open up that conversation. That conversation started before they got their first 737 :lol: I’ve seen online they are hiring for cabin crew - I wonder if they have lost a lot back to VA…. Be awkward if they don’t have crew to resume 737 operat...

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by smi0006
Wed Aug 18, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Impact of Lebanon currency crisis on MEA operations
Replies: 31
Views: 5791

Re: Impact of Lebanon currency crisis on MEA operations

MEA ... if they could operate through the middle of a civil war ... this should be a piece of cake. Read recent article below. https://www.key.aero/article/cedarjet-goes-war https://www.lebanoninapicture.com/Prv/Images/Pages/Page_168852/good-morning-beirut-an-mea-wrecked-plane-bombed-2-27-2018-1-49...

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by smi0006
Wed Aug 11, 2021 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 220
Views: 35543

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2021

I really can't see VA and Bain being particularly interested in entering regional operations particularly using the ageing SAAB fleet that REX currently operates. Bain has been incredibly disciplined and they are unlikely to change course in a rash way. Both the slots and the government subsidised ...

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by smi0006
Wed Aug 11, 2021 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 220
Views: 35543

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2021

Well at least it gives the Singapore consortium of businessmen and Private Equity to write off their REX investment if their Jet Ops eventually file administration (or if it's 'that bad' the whole company goes down with it). May give their American PE counterparts at Virgin the opportunity to pick ...

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by smi0006
Sat Aug 07, 2021 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 220
Views: 35543

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2021

Rex is considering taking Qantas to court over anti-competitive and predatory behavour. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/106320-australias-rex-threatens-legal-action-against-qantas Sounds like another way for them to loose a bit more money. Hope they do actually. Put this thing to bed once a...

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by smi0006
Fri Aug 06, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 220
Views: 35543

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2021

Yes, stood down staff receive the $750 per week payment from federal government but only for flight and cabin crew. Ground handling is not covered by federal aviation payment at this stage. Thankfully that's now changed, SMH says "Mr Joyce was forced to clarify on Tuesday that airline staff in...

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by smi0006
Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2021
Replies: 131
Views: 25972

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2021

I think eventually Cobham and Alliance will pick up all QFLink jet ops and choose their own fleet. Cobham has nothing to do with QFLink operations anymore. They sold the National Jet Systems division (717 ops) to the Qantas Group a year ago. If I understand smi0006 correctly (and certainly this is ...

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by smi0006
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2021
Replies: 131
Views: 25972

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2021

Haven't QF decided to use the E190 (QQ) rather than the A220 ? They have leased some E190s haven't they? I think they are considering ordering A220s at some point? Or something else as a 717 replacement? I doubt QF is considering the A220 - I think we’ll see them increasingly move away from operati...

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by smi0006
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Al Baker’s (Qatar's CEO) wants to grow Oneworld Alliance
Replies: 65
Views: 11364

Re: Al Baker’s (Qatar's CEO) wants to grow Oneworld Alliance

China Southern would be a nice add on. Wasn't there rumors of Korean Air leaving SkyTeam after they became partners with AA and DL got pissed off? I believe that was China southern who did that. Korean Air and Delta are too close. Don’t QF have a JV with China Southern too? Or in fairness they also...

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by smi0006
Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 41045

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

Perhaps QF will go 321 and then A220s operated by QF link AOCs. I wonder how QF would have the money to pay for these 320/1 NEOS after COVID, especially if they have spend extra to convert the current crew from B to A, would the MAX not be more appealing? I wonder if moving forward QF even have a s...

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by smi0006
Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong government will not renew work permit for Cathay expat cabin crew
Replies: 12
Views: 3111

Re: Hong Kong government will not renew work permit or Cathay expat cabin crew

Wonder what percentage of their crew are foreign nationals? I believe they have a large number of Pilipino crew- or did they have a MNL base?

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by smi0006
Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 41045

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

With the NLK tender I wonder if Nauru Airlines still submits a bid... Or Alliance now that they have E190’s coming onboard. An E190 would probably allow the service to BNE/SYD to become daily. Daily, doubt it But a 190 would have a better load factor on the same schedule..... I’d imagine cargo is p...

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by smi0006
Thu Jun 03, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 41045

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

Realistically how far off could we be from bubbles with Fiji/New Caledonia etc? Surely they pose no more risk than New Zealand. I would imagine these island nations are keen to open up as soon as possible. Edit: Had no idea Fiji was even experiencing an outbreak currently. Nevermind! With the excep...

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by smi0006
Thu May 06, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: PAL Philippine Airlines files for Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 54
Views: 12476

Re: PAL Philippine Airlines to file for Chapter 11

Does this mean they will file for bankruptcy in the Philippines though? Haven’t a few non-US airlines done this in the US with no operational impact?

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by smi0006
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters
Replies: 52
Views: 12164

Re: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters

I am so interested in the eastern Block carriers in th4e old Soviet times, I wonder if those airlines lost crews who escaped to the West when they flew into a Western European Country, and I wonder if they had members of the Government or secret police traveling with them to stop them from trying t...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 49050

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

There’s an old adage that if you’re hungry you’ll eat sh!t. $7.50 noodles in a cup is less than sh!t. I think it’s pretty woeful, personally. I’d rather pay $9/$10/$12 and get a decent fresh sandwich in lieu of a poor student meal. I stopped flying DJ/VA years ago when I was denied a ham/cheese/tom...

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by smi0006
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 49050

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Big Couple Of Days For Rex Coming Up With A Bunch Of Inaugural Flights... Gold Coast - Melbourne Gold Coast - Sydney Adelaide - Melbourne Port Macquarie - Sydney Coffs Harbour - Sydney And Then Canberra - Sydney In A Few Weeks.. Annnnnd Borders are closing again. God to start an airline in the midd...

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 19, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 49050

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

I don’t expect HBA to continue beyond an couple of years, it will only befit from people not having many choices of places togo. I think you’ll be proven wrong there, too: Tasmania is a completely different proposition than it was when NZ last served it 23 years ago. Tourism is now big business the...

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 49050

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

https://www.airnewzealand.com.au/press- ... -on-hobart
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And the winner is NZ - HBA-AKL given they fly some smaller AU ports - MCY,OOL,CNS not a surprise! Nice to see any new international routes in COVID times

https://www.airnewzealand.com.au/press- ... -on-hobart

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 49050

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

I believe that in normal times demand is not enough to justify real commerical service so the govt award a contract. With Covid and the rest of the world closed to us QF probably see there is demand to fly there and will start services. The press release quite specifically says QF will be operating...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 49050

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

[ I agree, the A321NEO is the perfect frame for the golden triangle and also transcon. I would imagine that the future A321XLR would also be interchangeable with the domestic fleet if needed. I would say QF as a whole is leaning towards the A320NEO family. There are already A320 family aircraft at ...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 49050

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

It’s interesting what Rex will do if they can’t get any more VA 737s, will they run a mixed config fleet? Or stump up the cash to refit every frame, or the non standard frames to the VA config/ their own new config. FWIW, they've removed the headrests from the back half of the plane. Looks like the...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 49050

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

I don't recall that. Is it possible that these were codeshares on AN aircraft? At the time NZ owned 50% of AN. No, the NZ fifth freedom rights were older than that, they went back to the early 1970s, at least, quite possabily back to the 1960s Gemuser NZ’s 5th Freedom rights started with the 1960s ...

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by smi0006
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF posts $1.1b half-year loss.
Replies: 18
Views: 2315

Re: Ouch! QF posts $1.1b half-year loss.

This is QF style - if we are going to make a loss it’s going to be a big loss! Burn the house down and start again!! Tough times but they will use this as an exercise to cut away all the fat. They are going to come out the other side lean and agile!!

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by smi0006
Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30916

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

Interesting development with Alliance picking up some QF flying with E190. Wonder if they will be QF branded? Shows the 717 is a good fit capacity wise, but probably struggles on range. I suspect we won’t see QF replace the 717s but perhaps see Cobham, national jet or Alliance pick up more E190s for...

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by smi0006
Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 44231

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

Rex has refreshed its uniforms prior to jet launch- https://www.instagram.com/p/CKXJfw2hQs4/?igshid=pc3cjjv5ty3j I think they need to work on their branding, it’s rather dull. I remember when their crew wore jeans and blundstones - at least that was different. They are just coming across as a little...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 44231

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

Has QF decided to keep the 717s in WA? I’ve noticed several of them still operating into PER. Cheers. My understanding is the 717s finish up in WA at the end of March (though the number over there should be gradually drawn down between now and then). 26th March is the last day AFAIK. The remainder ...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 44231

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

PER doesn't have as many inbound flights as MEL/SYD/BNE so the caps aren't as impactful - on top of that the departing pax numbers for EK ex PER twice weekly have stayed pretty healthy, they always seem to be carrying at least 100pax outbound. Caps combined with crew testing - crew are constantly b...

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by smi0006
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 44231

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

Emirates has suspended flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane "until further notice" Maybe to do with arrivals caps, although flights to Perth remain in place despite WA also having its cap halved. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/emirates-suspends-flights-to-sydney-melbourne-br...

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by smi0006
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 44231

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

A little incident @ LAX Dec 28 - The fire suppression system activated at the QANTAS maintenance hangar. Foam filled the hangar and spilled out onto the ramp area. The reason for activation is unknown. One aircraft was in the facility at the time. Wonder which aircraft? Is the foam damaging to the ...

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by smi0006
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020
Replies: 199
Views: 33943

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020

Didn’t realise QF used 5 crew on these sectors, seems reasonable to go down to 4 if that’s what the rest of the network uses. Will certainly make crewing easier and any possible route swaps less of a headache. Do QF not use gate agents to scan boarding passes? I’d never noticed it was actual cabin ...

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by smi0006
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Eyes New Markets With Travel Bubbles
Replies: 23
Views: 6290

Re: Qantas Eyes New Markets With Travel Bubbles

I could see a market maybe for Samoa too? VA used to fly to Samoa and Tonga from SYD/BNE. If Aussies can’t get to Bali or Thailand, they may go to the PI domestic traveling in Australia can be expensive. Wonder if NZ would consider some of these routes as they previously flew SYD-RAR?

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by smi0006
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020
Replies: 199
Views: 33943

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020

QF41 wrote:
On another note, qantas 737 vh vzi is currently on the ground in Dili. I suspect that is there to take the fruit pickers to hba today. Long journey ahead for them!


Do QF have any scheduled services into Dili normally? Or just Air North

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by smi0006
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020
Replies: 199
Views: 33943

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020

The 737 livery is not very inspiring. But I guess it’s good for brand consistency, blending in with all the Saabs. I’m Not sure how the big heart is in the country tag line is going to transfer over to the capital city market though. Agree - heart is in the country is a weird tag line for mainline,...

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by smi0006
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020
Replies: 199
Views: 33943

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020

Executive Traveller have posted some more detail about Rex’s plans. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/regional-express-sydney-melbourne-flights-are-now-on-sale Interesting indeed, very curious to see the business offering. Has there ever been an AU start up with lounges and infrasture already...

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by smi0006
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020
Replies: 199
Views: 33943

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020

Swissport looks to be a winner with QF handling Swissport said yesterday it had been appointed the preferred ground services partner for Qantas at three Australian airports – Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney – expanding the company's work with the Australian carrier to 20 airports across Africa, Asia...

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by smi0006
Tue Dec 01, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020
Replies: 199
Views: 33943

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2020

Rex has finally launched its new website (screenshot below) and now also has a Facebook and Instagram presence. Welcome to the 21st century Rex! Interesting to note on their social media channels that SYD-MEL flights go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday 2 December, the same day their new B737NG livery will...

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by smi0006
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2020
Replies: 332
Views: 51342

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2020

Qantas has announced today that 2000 ground handlers will be axed along with another 370 at JQ after the airline has decided to outsource those jobs through a third party provider https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/qantas-confirms-2000-jobs-to-go-with-ground-crew-outsourced-20201130-p56j3v.h...

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by smi0006
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2020
Replies: 332
Views: 51342

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2020

I'm not really sure why any airline would need to be concerned with a passengers vaccination status. There a plenty of highly contagious diseases in the world (some even deadlier) before COVID-19 existed and it wasn't a requirement that passengers had to prove their immunity to these, so why should...

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by smi0006
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas is officially 100 years old today [16 Nov 2020] - happy birthday!
Replies: 22
Views: 47893

Re: Qantas is officially 100 years old today - happy birthday!

I personally think QF has one of the strongest if not the strongest brand identity and such a strong marketing tool that you really feel connected to the airline even though I am not Australian. Their 100th anniversary video on Youtube today was good but I found it not to be as good as the other Qa...

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by smi0006
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2020
Replies: 332
Views: 51342

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2020

It is being reported that all international flights to ADL are suspended for the rest of the week, effective immediately. QR914 is currently an hour out of ADL or thereabouts, unclear if it will still arrive in ADL or be diverted https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/health-safety/australia...

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by smi0006
Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2020
Replies: 332
Views: 51342

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2020

My guess is that VA would be requested to hand over/release the TT slots back into the pool if they ain't going to use them. By the time that VA/QF need all of there current slots, WSZ should be ready which would free up some SYD slots. Do slots for SYD have an cost attached to them? More once they...

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by smi0006
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2020
Replies: 332
Views: 51342

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2020

Covid might not be the best things that happened for the industry but it created an opening for Rex to wedge itself in, the window was small hence why they accelerated their timeline (the delay between start of service and debut of their FFP is telling). Time will tell whether they will succeed or ...

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by smi0006
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Female passengers removed from QR flight for invasive examination
Replies: 73
Views: 12774

Re: Female passengers removed from QR flight for invasive examination

I can’t see how an invasive search of 13 woman, terrifying 17 can be justified on ethical grounds? Terribly disappointing to see the simple dismissal of what these woman, went through - the world has so far to go. Clearly the mother does not want to be found by Qatari health authorities - I’m not sa...

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