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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Scott Morrison be re-elected?
Replies: 11
Views: 514

Re: Will Scott Morrison be re-elected?

The next federal election will be in 2022 right? Will Scott Morrison be re-elected? Seems that he is very good. Surely this is trolling. Morrison is empirically our worst PM since Billy McMahon. His most recent rating as preferred PM was 45% nationally, noticably higher amongst men than women. He h...

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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 297
Views: 15028

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

We have carved our own path, that has inflicted extraordinarily little damage to our society. Indeed you have. It’s just unfortunate that path will mean perpetual physical isolation from the rest of the world for many many years to come. The way I see it is you’re either maintaining very strict bor...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 297
Views: 15028

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Now blocking a major freeway - have never seen scenes like these before in Melbourne https://www.facebook.com/theageAustralia/videos/259763896019883 I wouldnt mind pitching in a few dollars to support these protestors. Poor people have faced 18 months of flat out Australian health fascism. And yet ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 23, 2021 5:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A330 - Whose have you flown?
Replies: 23
Views: 483

Re: Airbus A330 - Whose have you flown?

QF - 332 and 333, domestic and international

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 297
Views: 15028

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

https://www.cna.com.tw/news/firstnews/202109210157.aspx As the US seek to replace country-based travel rule with vaccination status, concerns have developed in Taiwan that whether it will make Taiwanese people more difficult if they want to visit the United States(...) Now, that's a bit rich coming...

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: M6.0 Earthquake Near Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: M6.0 Earthquake Near Melbourne, Australia

The city being in a Covid related lockdown has meant that, where the limited structural damage has occurred, there have been few or no injuries. Chimneys knocked over and minor structural damage only. There have been 6 aftershocks so far, all less the original quake. Some parts of Sydney (1000km awa...

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 22, 2021 4:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 757: Who's have you flown?
Replies: 50
Views: 1478

Re: Boeing 757: Who's have you flown?

The only regular 757 passenger operator in Australia was Royal Tongan from 2002-2004.

I have never flown on a 757.

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 22, 2021 4:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 27
Views: 1411

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Australia has already implemented a two dose Pfizer program for 12-15yo, with a 5-6 week gap to spread supply (3 weeks until my 13yo's second shot). Reported today that the Australian Government has sought data from Pfizer regarding the safety of a program for 5+.

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 166
Views: 7657

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Is that Greg Sheridan piece (noting that, being in Australia, the Murdoch paywall won't let me see any of it)? If yes, he is an arch-conservative, but a well informed defence commentator. To an Australian, this is yet another thing that our current Prime Minister has handled very poorly - a term be...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 777- Whose have you flown?
Replies: 35
Views: 964

Re: Boeing 777- Whose have you flown?

JL - 773 (SYD-NRT, JFK-NRT-SYD)
CX - 773 (HKG-BOS, BOS-HKG-SYD)

Apart from that great GE90 noise, I overall preferred the 788 NRT-JFK sector with JL on the same trip, and the A359 SYD-HKG sector on the second (although BOS-HKG-SYD was in J)

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by Kent350787
Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 166
Views: 7657

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

This is a pretty good commentary on the situation there. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/aukus-alliance-fallout-from-french-subs-snub-will-haunt-us/news-story/eff3566ab5355418bb00b4d717e08f9b Tugg Is that Greg Sheridan piece (noting that, being in Australia, the Murdoch paywall won't le...

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by Kent350787
Mon Sep 20, 2021 4:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 166
Views: 7657

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

From the Guardian article linked above. If correct, does that imply Astute Class subs? Might be someone on here with an informed opinion on that .... The drum beat on that program is largely budget driven I imagine, but looking at the shortest time for long lead items ordered to being laid down, la...

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by Kent350787
Mon Sep 20, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 166
Views: 7657

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

“Some Australians wanted to ring up one week and say we’re so sorry, we’re putting out the diesel submarine contract, and ring up the next week and say we just want you to know that we found a better submarine and it’s British,” the defence source said. From the Guardian article linked above. If co...

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by Kent350787
Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Herd Immunity Losing Out To Vaccine Hesitation and Virus Mutation
Replies: 205
Views: 14001

Re: Herd Immunity Losing Out To Vaccine Hesitation and Virus Mutation

Are there any recent assessments, of vaccine hesitancy in other countries? In Australia, the supply appears to gave been the issue rather than hesitancy, although AZ was extremely poorly messaged (125 TTS cases out of over 10.2 million doses, 8 deaths, only one of those in the last month). In my own...

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by Kent350787
Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 166
Views: 7657

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Dieuwer wrote:
My question is: did the Australians negotiate in bad faith with the French, or did they change their minds only at the last minute?


This all seems so rushed that I expect the contract renogotioation with Naval was probably done in good faith.

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by Kent350787
Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?
Replies: 24
Views: 949

Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

A350 currently, but I've only done one sector. Followed by 789. I love the GE90 noise with the 777, but find it less comfortable otherwise than the newer pair. I do prefer the 2-4-2 seating on A330 over 777 (or 747) as well. 747 I have always found very noisy, and preferred the 767 (my first widebod...

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by Kent350787
Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 166
Views: 7657

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

This could have been handled much better by the US and especially Australia. France has every right to be angry. France also is a major player in the Indo Pacific area and it would be wise of the US and Australia to have good relations with France . This was not helpful. Australians generally were ...

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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Airbus consider the Airbus 350-800 again ?
Replies: 24
Views: 3856

Re: Should Airbus consider the Airbus 350-800 again ?

Can anyone think of shrink of a successful model that has been successful, ever in the commercial aviation market? The A310 had a decent run (255 frames) compared to the "original" A300 (about 460 pax frames). The A330-200 sold 662 frames, compared to 780 for the A330-300; that's almost a...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Airbus consider the Airbus 350-800 again ?
Replies: 24
Views: 3856

Re: Should Airbus consider the Airbus 350-800 again ?

Can anyone think of shrink of a successful model that has been successful, ever in the commercial aviation market?

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 297
Views: 15028

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

The lockdown here in Melbourne is wearing people down, especially given the long lockdown that we had last year. The curfew & the 5km movement restrictions are the worst things at the moment, virtually all non-food retail is either closed or open for click & collect only, and hospitality is...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 16, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206509

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Israel is continuing to see record high covid19 cases with about 10K cases being reported everyday with positive test rates climbing , despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. https://www.timesofisrael.com/health-ministry-chief-says-coronavirus-spread-reaching-record-height...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports have terrority with two state or country
Replies: 28
Views: 1427

Re: Airports have terrority with two state or country

Gold Coast airport in Australia has the state border between QLD and NSW run diagonally right across the middle of the runway. About a third of the apron and one small corner of hbu terminal building are in NSW, but most the terminal and the entire landside complex and airport access is in QLD. I a...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 767 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 58
Views: 1686

Re: Boeing 767 - Who’s have you flown?

QF - 762ER, 763ER (including naming flight of VH-EAJ "City of Wollongong", the first 767-238)
KLM - 763ER

Pretty sure I missed the AN 762s, even before the pylon crack issues and grounding.

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206509

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

For the moment, the countries pursuing zero COVID are still doing the best job of protecting there population from harm and at the same time allowing their populations most freedom. That might change, but I don't think the current knowledge about COVID and the current vaccines warrant such a change...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 330
Views: 14740

Re: Texas abortion law

It is great you have an opinion on this. It is based on your own personal morals and feelings. Fine. Stop trying to force that on everyone else. Not all of us have the same opinion nor do we want to be forced to have the same opinion. And there is the main argument: people against abortion want to ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206509

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

A while ago, Singapore have announced they have given up zero covid strategy, and decided to terminate discussion of travel bubble with HK government because of this, since HK government still want zero covid Zero COVID doesn’t work - it’s amazing its pursued at all with vaccines available and work...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 14, 2021 3:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206509

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

16+ exceed 70% would mean 60% among whole population, which would put them in a similar situation as Israel, and as Israel have shown that isn't enough Also SIngapore was also going to opening up when 80% population vaccinated, but current trend pushed their policy other way rounf The difference be...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206509

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

[ Australia is watching SIngapore quite closely. Almost half of the country is currently in lockdown, but it is projected that 70% of the 16+yo population will be fully vaccinated (Pfizer and AZ, some Moderna coming online now). 12-15yo became generally eligble for vaccination with mRNA vaccines fr...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206509

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/pickup/6404400 article in Japanese Singapore Vaccination rate reached 81%, with only mRNA vaccines being counted according to my understanding (They also provide Chinese vaccines, but those are provided under condition and term of at your own cost and at your own risk, and ...

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by Kent350787
Mon Sep 13, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Blues Clues Steve Video
Replies: 4
Views: 576

Re: The Blues Clues Steve Video

Not growing up with Blues Clues, can anyone explain to me why this Steve video was so impactful that people are talking about it? The original program sought to break the fourth wall and speak directly with the preschoolers watching, engaging them with puzzles. I understand it was hugely popular in...

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by Kent350787
Mon Sep 13, 2021 1:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much cargo can QF carry on LAX-SYD?
Replies: 7
Views: 1139

Re: How much cargo can QF carry on LAX-SYD?

atcdan wrote:
QF operates a B789 at least once a week LAX-SYD, may be more but I only see them on a certain shift.


My understanding is that they have been backloads on passenger charters - sporting teams and defence personnel at various times.

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by Kent350787
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much cargo can QF carry on LAX-SYD?
Replies: 7
Views: 1139

Re: How much cargo can QF carry on LAX-SYD?

QF freight out of the USA at the moment is operated by wet-leased Atlas 748F. The A380s have only flown since around March last year for positioning, one or two cabin upgrades and ongoing maintenance. I understand a couple of 789 charters to the northern hemisphere have returned with freight. As per...

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by Kent350787
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Blues Clues Steve Video
Replies: 4
Views: 576

Re: The Blues Clues Steve Video

Hey, no fair. I just watched the Colbert clip and I'm about to go onto a work call in tears (I'm a little younger than Colbert, but did watch Steve on Blues Clues on rerun and VHS with my now 18yo)

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by Kent350787
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown
Replies: 45
Views: 1789

Re: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown

A320 - Ansett, JetStar, AirAsia, JetBlue
A321 - JetBlue

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by Kent350787
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 years ago............. 9/11
Replies: 49
Views: 2626

Re: 20 years ago............. 9/11

We had just finished watching Buffy when the late news came on (10.30pm 11 Sept in Sydney being 8.30am 9/11 in NYC). The reporting was showing live footage and we assumed it was a horrible light aircraft accident, or at least a light aircraft only. I don't recall seeing the second plane, although my...

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by Kent350787
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4674

Re: Universal Healthcare

This, this, this. True, but we have to address all the issues anyway. The Aussies have managed to address these issues, have significantly lower costs to the patients AND have far better outcomes than the US. Well, about 15 modern countries deliver better outcomes to patients at a lower cost than t...

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by Kent350787
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 330
Views: 14740

Re: Texas abortion law

I'm still firmly of the view that this legislation is about politics and control of women by men rather than about reducing the number of rate of abortions. Given that so many developed countries with less restrictive abortion rules than the USA have lower rates of abortion, perhaps the question oug...

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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 330
Views: 14740

Re: Texas abortion law

The countries with the easiest access to abortion have the lowest abortion rates. (and good sex education and access to contraception) Just sayin'..... Do you have anything confirming this? Research such as this appears to indicate that it is the case https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-a...

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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite regional aircraft?
Replies: 45
Views: 2158

Re: Favorite regional aircraft?

My wife used to have a regualr commute, and the choice was CRJ200 or SF340 (alternating, 50 min block time). She would always ask me which flights were the CRJ, so that was her preference, admittedly 20 years ago. I've never flown a CRJ. Well, a few things. 1) Most non enthusiasts prefer not seeing...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite regional aircraft?
Replies: 45
Views: 2158

Re: Favorite regional aircraft?

I don't think the C Series/A220 really counts as regional. The EJets only sort of do, with the 170/175 being much more "regional" than the 190/195. They are, of course, very nice. I've always been a big fan of the EMB120, but the Brasilia is not really around much anymore. The Q400 is a g...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 12:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 330
Views: 14740

Re: Texas abortion law

The countries with the easiest access to abortion have the lowest abortion rates. (and good sex education and access to contraception) Just sayin'..... The same people who push laws like Texas' are almost always adamantly against improving access to contraception (or even things like tampons!) and ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 330
Views: 14740

Re: Texas abortion law

The countries with the easiest access to abortion have the lowest abortion rates. (and good sex education and access to contraception)

Just sayin'.....

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 08, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 330
Views: 14740

Re: Texas abortion law

There are a couple of people questioning my statement about quotas. I do believe they exist and I do believe the claims of many former PP workers on this. I will leave you guys with a link to this article from the San Francisco Examiner. Basically it says that a south Texas affiliate of Planned Par...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 757 Survival
Replies: 20
Views: 1969

Re: 757 Survival

Interestingly, when QF was setting up its JetStar division, Boeing brought the 757 and not the 737 as a demonstrator (noting QF already had a 737 fleet). Airbus brought the A321 (IIRC) and they went with a A320/321 fleet. It would have been interesting to see how a 737/757 fleet purchase may have pl...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite regional aircraft?
Replies: 45
Views: 2158

Re: Favorite regional aircraft?

Fokker F50, followed by ATR72. RJs have never been a big part of the Australian market - the CRJ200 was around at the turn of the century, and the ERJ170 and 190 had a relatively short life with Virgin OZ before a recent revival with Alliance (including contract flying for QF). The B6 E190 sector I...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1381

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

As for the Wiggles, please no, not ever again. I still see the original red Wiggle, Murray Cook, at gigs - they originally came from a mod type of pop-rock band. But they are now stage performers rather than a band. The Wiggles were successful because they did a great job of attracting young kids -...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1381

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

There have been strong suggestions that Ian (Molly) Meldrum's call for videos to promote the songs on Countdown (the Aussie music program) is what started them building worldwide. I wanted to go to the Sydney concerts (which were outdoors in the pouring rain) but not a thing for my parents (I was a...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 07, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1381

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

The last half of the 20th Century saw a lot of great, very creative music - be it in Rock, Jazz, Broadway, etc. ABBA was simply one of the greats in their own niche. The fact that they can come out with another album indicates the talent of their song writing. For getting the costumes, they were so...

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by Kent350787
Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 58
Views: 2557

Re: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?

QF - 400 and 800 AN - 300 VA - 800 Only ever A320/321 outside Australia. Apart from a couple of 700s with VA until its collapse last year, only the 800 has operated in Australia for around 10 years. New VA still has MAX10s on order, but it will be very interesting to see whether they are taken up. Q...

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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 03, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite regional aircraft?
Replies: 45
Views: 2158

Re: Favorite regional aircraft?

Fokker F50, followed by ATR72. RJs have never been a big part of the Australian market - the CRJ200 was around at the turn of the century, and the ERJ170 and 190 had a relatively short life with Virgin OZ before a recent revival with Alliance (including contract flying for QF). The B6 E190 sector I ...

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