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by pa747sp
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 36829

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

Wow - LAX/LHR was often touted as the highest yielding route on the network. Having done AKL-LHR via LAX a couple of times though I can safely say it was a horrible way to travel as transit at LAX is annoying (thanks to immigration queues) compared to going via SIN or HKG. It was one of the higher ...

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by pa747sp
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to Retire A380s by Mid 2030s
Replies: 31
Views: 7819

Re: Emirates to Retire A380s by Mid 2030s

I think that one of the issues for EK is that they factored in a good second-hand value for the aircraft as they rolled them over for newer aircraft. That value is expected to be much lower now that that production is ending, and the A380 isn't a good prospect for conversion to a freighter.

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by pa747sp
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT Passengers Asked to Pay Cash For 787 Repair in PEK
Replies: 55
Views: 12821

Re: LOT Passengers Asked to Pay Cash For 787 Repair in PEK

Back in the 90s when there were some airlines from newly independent ex-Soviet republics flying into LHR, servicing companies (catering, fuelling etc) would only supply services on payment of cash before delivery.

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by pa747sp
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 136
Views: 24956

Re: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

If it was a positioning crew member the crewing department may have decided only at the last minute to deadhead the crew member, so they may have not been booked on the flight. Thus the groundstaff may have been unaware of the crew member and were doing the correct thing in upgrading pax. I've had t...

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by pa747sp
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sir Tim Clark: Emirates next batches of A380s will be powered by RR
Replies: 595
Views: 93666

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

The criticism of the A380 and the suggestion that it should be shut down in this thread is all fair, but I think the people that have highlighted the emotional aspect of this have a more interesting insight. By that I'm not meaning that the purchases and decisions are emotional, but that there is a...

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by pa747sp
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 17489

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

The comparison is problematic, but not necessarily invalid. It's true that BA only flies LON - NYC. However, a lot of those flights will be made up of connecting traffic, so they are effectively flying from multiple EU (and non-EU ) countries to NYC. The comparison is how much transatlantic traffic ...

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by pa747sp
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 18850

Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

As a kid I was taken out to Mascot airport to look at the first QF 747. Friends of ours worked for Qantas. I remember walking down the aisle to look out on the wing - it seemed to go on forever. Then, many years later, I was back on the same aircraft, except this time it was in CO colours and I was ...

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by pa747sp
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK looks to grow US network; considers smaller 787/777 versions
Replies: 165
Views: 28498

Re: EK looks to grow US network; considers smaller 787/777 versions

Can they run a 5th freedom to the U.S. via PEK, PVG, HKG, TPE, NRT, or ICN? Then they can compete with Chinese carriers. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but I'm no sure EK has 5th freedom from China, Japan or South Korea. I know they have a partnership with QF but I'm not even sure they...

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by pa747sp
Tue May 29, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)
Replies: 179
Views: 32926

Re: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)

Why not at least a hint of yellow? Like a line of it along the leading or trailing edge of the tail.

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by pa747sp
Mon May 21, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Pilot Shortage
Replies: 156
Views: 33378

Re: Emirates Pilot Shortage

What I'm not seeing in this post is a comparison to other carriers. If and how many crew similar sector lengths with 3 crew. Is it the industry norm or are EK part of a small group that do it?

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by pa747sp
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 347
Views: 56580

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

Qantas is pushing the manufacturers for non-stop Oz - Europe capability because this is the best hope they have for staying in that market long-term. If you look at a world map there are a hell of a lot of transit points between Oz and Europe, which means a lot of competition, both now and in the fu...

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by pa747sp
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Help with 1A (Amadeus) Entries
Replies: 0
Views: 450

Help with 1A (Amadeus) Entries

I need help with a cheat sheet for Amadeus entries. The airline I work for has recently moved to a web-based GUI on its old reservation system. The new system is dreadful, slow, frustrating and lacking functionality. Thankfully we have a portal to 1A. So I need to learn how to use it quickly. Does a...

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by pa747sp
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 10169

Re: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W

I'm guessing that they didn't think they could fill a second A380, so they went with a 777, which needed a stop enroute (or could the 777 300 make the leg DXB AKL nonstop?) I'm wonder if they mostly expect to fill it with DPS - DXB - XXX traffic, with the AKL traffic boosting it, or if most of the t...

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by pa747sp
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China to Panama via Houston?
Replies: 81
Views: 13389

Re: Air China to Panama via Houston?

I fear this could be a nightmare for CA. If pax have to clear US customs they will have to have a long transit time in IAH. There will be instances where transit pax get delayed at customs, and they will have to either hold the flight or re-accommodate the stranded pax. Other than NZ on the AKL LAX ...

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by pa747sp
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Origin of Airline Names
Replies: 170
Views: 14472

Re: Origin of Airline Names

BWIA, known as Bee Wee, is BritishWest Indies Airways

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by pa747sp
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Origin of Airline Names
Replies: 170
Views: 14472

Re: Origin of Airline Names

Dan Air (UK) = Davis and Newman Shipping , hence DAN

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by pa747sp
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 68589

Re: Monarch in trouble (again)...?

Given that charter planes are being positioned in advance (as they were this time last year) I can't help but think that the ATOL protection scheme is gold plated. The ATOL scheme is to give holiday makers some comfort that if their operator goes broke, they will get home. There is a cost to this -...

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by pa747sp
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to add 4th daily flight to SYD from 25th March 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 5044

Re: Emirates to add 4th daily flight to SYD from 25th March 2018

Some will cheer this but not me, because I am concerned about EK becoming too big and thus dominating their markets. Such control of market share rarely ends well for consumers or competitors. Which market? EK is already the only non-stop to DXB, which as a point-to-point market is very small. All ...

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by pa747sp
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA releases worst safety video ever?
Replies: 115
Views: 17161

Re: BA releases worst safety video ever?

Nope. Pretty bloody good. Using famous faces, using a different format, adding 'British' humour - people will watch it, just because of these. It gets the message across much better than a lot of run-of-the-mill corporate vids

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by pa747sp
Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Inappropriate actions by two passengers onboard ryanair from MAN-IBZ
Replies: 84
Views: 15037

Re: Inappropriate actions by two passengers onboard ryanair from MAN-IBZ

I love the use of euphemisms by the Mail. 'Romp'!

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by pa747sp
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA ground staff LHR T5 last night
Replies: 43
Views: 4671

Re: BA ground staff LHR T5 last night

I'm always amazed when people star quoting 'rules'. There are no 'rules' - there are conditions. Conditions under which the airline and the passenger entered into a contractual arrangement. Whenever I hear airline staff (and I work for an airline, so I hear them a lot) talking about 'rules' I cringe...

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by pa747sp
Wed May 31, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to cancel SYD AKL EK418/419 from 13 Jul
Replies: 8
Views: 2249

EK to cancel SYD AKL EK418/419 from 13 Jul

EK will cancel the SYD AKL section of EK418/419 from 13 Jul. Pax will be moved onto EK5055 which is operated by QF. QF will up gauge from 737 to A332.

Interested to know where QF will get the a/c to operate this.

It will also mean that the EK A30 will sit on the tarmac all day at SYD.

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by pa747sp
Thu May 25, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?
Replies: 74
Views: 19012

Re: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?

Time zones affect the flights as well. Take NYC - LON route. Most airlines do the eastbound overnight and the westbound before lunchtime. If they did eastbound in the morning the flight would arrive late at night in LON, with few onward flights because of curfew, and also less inbound connection at ...

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by pa747sp
Wed May 10, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF CEO gets pie in the face during speech
Replies: 71
Views: 12347

Re: QF CEO gets pie in the face during speech

This incident will reflect more on the thrower than the target.

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by pa747sp
Wed May 03, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering BNE-PER-CDG starting late 2018 along with BNE-DFW or BNE-LAX
Replies: 76
Views: 12264

Re: Qantas considering BNE-PER-CDG starting late 2018 along with BNE-DFW or BNE-LAX

I'm assuming the BNE PER CDG flight would be timed to meet the MEL PER LHR flight in PER so they can funnel traffic MEL PER CDG and BNE PER LHR. If PER is going to be the hub for European flights then the Australian domestic flights will need to all arrive in PER, and the PER European flights depart...

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by pa747sp
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 238
Views: 42417

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

So this will mean a lot of spare capacity in the short term. Do you think they will redeploy it elsewhere, perhaps by opening new routes, or will they take the hit and park the aircraft? EK has already said that they will be redeploying the aircraft elsewhere - see post 28.[/quote] I don't see anyt...

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by pa747sp
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 238
Views: 42417

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

So this will mean a lot of spare capacity in the short term. Do you think they will redeploy it elsewhere, perhaps by opening new routes, or will they take the hit and park the aircraft?

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by pa747sp
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural Flight DXB PER EK
Replies: 7
Views: 2300

Re: Inaugural Flight DXB PER EK

hoons90 wrote:
August 2, 2002 with 777-200ER


Thanks

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by pa747sp
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest day: is it possible to have a 48 hour day?
Replies: 12
Views: 2882

Re: Longest day: is it possible to have a 48 hour day?

Or you can eastbound and cross the International Date Line which would allow you to arrive earlier in the same day, then go westward.

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by pa747sp
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural Flight DXB PER EK
Replies: 7
Views: 2300

Inaugural Flight DXB PER EK

Does anyone know the date of the inaugural flight from DXB PER by EK. I have checked Google but nothing so far.

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by pa747sp
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery
Replies: 588
Views: 87648

Re: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery

A day later I've decided I really like it. After the shock of the extent of the change from the old livery, I think it is pretty bold. I like the mask -it is somehow retro and forward looking. Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh (hint, hint, how about flying to MEL AC?)

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by pa747sp
Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Creating a route map animation
Replies: 0
Views: 998

Creating a route map animation

Hi all Just looking for some advise. I've always been fascinated with airline routes, and how they develop over time. I want to create a digital animation. I'll choose an airline, and show how it developed routes over time. The thing is, I have no experience with digital animation, so I'm looking fo...

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by pa747sp
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery
Replies: 588
Views: 87648

Re: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery

[quote="USAirALB"]It says "our brand new livery evokes the natural beauty and striking landscapes of our great nation..." That would be the tar sands? Nice livery, but nothing to do with the above statement. In fact, if anything, the present (previous now?) livery looks more 'nat...

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by pa747sp
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ keeps passengers on aircraft for 7hrs in AKL!
Replies: 24
Views: 8207

Re: SQ keeps passengers on aircraft for 7hrs in AKL!

When I worked for SQ they were always very quick to declare an a/c AOG and get pax off and into hotels. I would be surprised if there weren't extenuating circumstances in this case that prevented them from getting pax off the ac after a few hours.

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by pa747sp
Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW Airline of the Year: AA
Replies: 53
Views: 5884

Re: ATW Airline of the Year: AA

Oh come on. Even "idiots" can fly pretty frequently on company business, giving them substantially more credibility when speaking about FF programs than a stay-at-home parent. Crying "SEXIST!" is unwarranted here. If it's not warranted when someone makes a sexist remark, when is...

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by pa747sp
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW Airline of the Year: AA
Replies: 53
Views: 5884

Re: ATW Airline of the Year: AA

Because any idiot with internet access can write a blog, that doesn't make them an educated source as to what they speak. True, but you didn't say 'idiot', you said 'housewife'. In the context of your sentence she is unqualified because she is a housewife. That, right there, is sexism. Oh come on. ...

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by pa747sp
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW Airline of the Year: AA
Replies: 53
Views: 5884

Re: ATW Airline of the Year: AA

Because some housewife with a blog is clearly the ultimate authority on reward plan value... Why wouldn't she be? Maybe she flies a lot, or even is just very savvy and does lots of research. Because any idiot with internet access can write a blog, that doesn't make them an educated source as to wha...

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by pa747sp
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW Airline of the Year: AA
Replies: 53
Views: 5884

Re: ATW Airline of the Year: AA

And it's still better than Skypesos. You sure about that? AA award availability is absolutely abysmal these days. The worst that I can ever remember. Here's something to munch on before dinner: http://mommypoints.boardingarea.com/2017/01/12/the-day-that-delta-skymiles-overtook-american-aadvantage-m...

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by pa747sp
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Search Officially Suspended
Replies: 59
Views: 13665

Re: MH370 Search Officially Suspended

This news is no surprise. That the main wreckage site has not yet been found also comes as no surprise to me. Hopefully this is the end of wasted Australian tax payer money on this. Searching for the wreckage was a necessary part of the investigation. Had they found it it could have lead to improve...

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by pa747sp
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW Airline of the Year: AA
Replies: 53
Views: 5884

Re: ATW Airline of the Year: AA

Here are the past ATW Award winners...AA should feel pretty good about this award. 2015 Southwest Airlines 2014 Delta Air Lines 2013 All Nippon Airways 2012 Air New Zealand 2011 Emirates 2010 Air New Zealand 2009 Asiana 2008 Singapore 2007 ANA 2006 Cathay Pacific 2005 Air France/KLM 2004 Qantas 200...

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by pa747sp
Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Etihad, Lufthansa in talks to merge airlines: Report
Replies: 45
Views: 11047

Re: Rumor: Etihad, Lufthansa in talks to merge airlines: Report

An extensive partnership would be more likely, with LH feeding traffic from Germany (and Europe via Germany) into AUH and then codesharing on onward flights.

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by pa747sp
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could A 747SP Really Fly Further Than A 747-200?
Replies: 139
Views: 28393

Re: Could A 747SP Really Fly Further Than A 747-200?

I worked at AKL airport during the 80s for CO and knew the Pan Am staff there. They said that sometimes the LAX SYD nonstop SP service was rerouted via AKL because of low loads on the LAX/AKL/SYD service. They'd cancel that flight and combine with the non stop and reroute via AKL. They told pax it w...

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by pa747sp
Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin crew based on seats on plane or seats sold?
Replies: 33
Views: 5294

Re: Cabin crew based on seats on plane or seats sold?

As this topic has been beaten to death, let's all get it out in the open one last time! The requirement for cabin crews are based on the actual number of seats in the cabin. So, if the cabin has 151 seats and 1 passenger booked, then it will need 4 cabin crew. For each 50 SEATS, you need 1 cabin cr...

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by pa747sp
Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas - Fiesta Route
Replies: 55
Views: 14316

Re: Qantas - Fiesta Route

At one stage it was twice per week with the second service terminating in mexico city. I shall try to locate the timetables I have of this era and will give more precise detail. I think at one stage there was a 14 hour layover on the outbound route to London, (due to landing slots in London) at Mex...

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by pa747sp
Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Has Spent $500m Developing Inflight Wines
Replies: 44
Views: 8538

Re: EK Has Spent $500m Developing Inflight Wines

And yet Emiratis themselves face severe restrictions should they themselves wish to buy wine, liquor, kiss their wife in public, etc. Hypocritical beyond belief - but hey the passengers are the ones paying for it. Not at all hypocritical. The vast majority of the airlines customers are not Emiratis...

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by pa747sp
Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CTS Heavy Snow Delays - Chinese Pax Riot
Replies: 28
Views: 7901

Re: CTS Heavy Snow Delays - Chinese Pax Riot

I've seen lots of different people rioting. Push people hard enough and you'll get a riot wherever they come from.

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by pa747sp
Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas - Fiesta Route
Replies: 55
Views: 14316

Re: Qantas - Fiesta Route

Two things spring to mind about this. Well, actually three. 1. This service launched 6 days after I was born 2. When my family emigrated to Australia in 1972 I believe the routing was LHR/ATH/DAM/THR/KUL/SIN/MEL/SYD but I could have left out a stop, or added one in. I think it was an Australian Gov...

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by pa747sp
Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas - Fiesta Route
Replies: 55
Views: 14316

Re: Qantas - Fiesta Route

Two things spring to mind about this. Well, actually three. 1. This service launched 6 days after I was born 2. When my family emigrated to Australia in 1972 I believe the routing was LHR/ATH/DAM/THR/KUL/SIN/MEL/SYD but I could have left out a stop, or added one in. I think it was an Australian Gov...

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by pa747sp
Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas - Fiesta Route
Replies: 55
Views: 14316

Re: Qantas - Fiesta Route

Two things spring to mind about this. Well, actually three. 1. This service launched 6 days after I was born 2. When my family emigrated to Australia in 1972 I believe the routing was LHR/ATH/DAM/THR/KUL/SIN/MEL/SYD but I could have left out a stop, or added one in. I think it was an Australian Gove...

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by pa747sp
Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas - Fiesta Route
Replies: 55
Views: 14316

Re: Qantas - Fiesta Route

SingaporeBoy wrote:
Must have been an interesting route to operate for the crews.How were the flights operated by cabin/flight crew?Long stay in each stop?I cant imagine how long it would take for them to return to home base Sydney.


In those days duties were often several weeks long.

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