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by Kent350787
Sat Jun 12, 2021 1:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 19061

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

I'm beginning to observe something in the scientific world. There is a rather stark difference between what epidemiologists seem to say, and what virologists seem to say. Specifically, I've started listening to these virology podcasts, This Week In Virology. They're starting to convince me that may...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Status of RR-equipped 767s
Replies: 10
Views: 1764

Re: Status of RR-equipped 767s

Qantas (Originally BA) - Total in Fleet: 7 VH-ZXG Boeing 767-336(ER) N700KW Eastern Airlines - In operation VH-ZXF Boeing 767-336(ER) HS-JAS Jet Asia Airways - In storage VH-ZXE Boeing 767-336(ER) NN703KW Eastern Airlines - In operation VH-ZXD Boeing 767-336(ER) N705KW Eastern Airlines - In operati...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 95
Views: 13598

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

[ Lots of people in Y would rather break their journey in LAX anyway. While the US border is painful in LAX, JFK aint exactly great either. Do you have any data on the one-stop preference to NYC in Y, especially when that one stop is in LAX? I've never done LAX, but agree that JFK immigration was a...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did Alitalia order A330-900neo's?
Replies: 10
Views: 593

Re: Did Alitalia order A330-900neo's?

Fair enough - but I can find no reference to Alitalia A339 orders, unless they've picked up a short term lease? There is no clarity at all yet around the ITA fleet moving forward, with the rescue deal only getting regulatory approval in the last couple of weeks. I was thinking more in line of an un...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did Alitalia order A330-900neo's?
Replies: 10
Views: 593

Re: Did Alitalia order A330-900neo's?

Fair enough - but I can find no reference to Alitalia A339 orders, unless they've picked up a short term lease?

There is no clarity at all yet around the ITA fleet moving forward, with the rescue deal only getting regulatory approval in the last couple of weeks.

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by Kent350787
Mon Jun 07, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NRT vs HND
Replies: 7
Views: 859

Re: NRT vs HND

Air Canada also operates the 2 Qantas airports and Sia I believe! Which are the Qantas airports? NRT is great for transit, far less so for accessing Tokyo. I'm still annoyed that JL switched airports for its SYD flights without also switching some North America flights and maintain connections, but...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jun 07, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did Alitalia order A330-900neo's?
Replies: 10
Views: 593

Re: Did Alitalia order A330-900neo's?

No. I expect this is operated for rather than operated by Alitalia. Delta has 9 in service with another ready to come back.

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by Kent350787
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI105 return to Delhi due to Bat incident.
Replies: 39
Views: 6071

Re: AI105 return to Delhi due to Bat incident.

I opened this thread assuming it would be about a bat strike (our local fruit bats have around 1.5m wingspan) rather than a stowaway.

Annoying, but pleased it was discovered.

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by Kent350787
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 95
Views: 13598

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

US, UK ‘travel bubbles’ appear on horizon The Pacific Islands are firming as the site of Australia’s next travel bubble but flights to the US and Britain could follow because of the success of their Covid vaccination rollouts. Qantas boss Alan Joyce made the prediction as he continued his campaign ...

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by Kent350787
Fri May 28, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in
Replies: 50
Views: 3389

Re: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in

A380 - QF maintenance base, Sydney
Scottish Twin Pioneer - Melaka Historical Vehicle Park, Malaysia
Lockheed Constellation - HARS, WOL
DC3 - HARS, WOL

Many others I can't recall at aviation museums.

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by Kent350787
Mon May 24, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered
Replies: 68
Views: 9682

Re: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered

QF probably need to replace the F100s before the 717s, so i wouldnt be surprised if they were looking for more, the alternative is they replace both at the same time. Other F70/100 operators in Australia have been purchasing E190 for RPT flying (and some charter), and Alliance has commenced contrac...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 24, 2021 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Question About the A330 Freighter: Why A330-200F vs. A330-300F
Replies: 13
Views: 2480

Re: A Question About the A330 Freighter: Why A330-200P2F vs. A330-300P2F

On the other hand, I didn't know that there had been conversions of either 200 or 300 series A330s, so I've learnt something here. Presumably others will get converted in much the same way as 747s and 767s have been converted into freighters as their time as passenger planes has ended. You may find...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 24, 2021 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 40787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Question, has QF deactivated the upper deck last door on the right? It looks like it from this seat map https://www.qantas.com/content/dam/qantas/pdfs/qantas-experience/onboard/seatmaps/A380-14F70J60PY341Y.pdf Didnt think this would be allowed these days certainly not for the last door or first doo...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 24, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR Flight Lands in Belarus After Bomb Threat - Journalist Detained
Replies: 9
Views: 5177

Re: FR Flight Lands in Belarus After Bomb Threat - Journalist Detained

FlyingHonu001 wrote:
SP-RSM is a Polish registred aircraft, so technically aren't they picking a fight with Poland because of this mess? :duck:


Yes, which is why the Polich Prime Minister has asked the EU to consider immediate sanctions against Belarus on Monday as a result of the "hijacking".

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by Kent350787
Sat May 22, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you take off your shoes when flying?
Replies: 37
Views: 2061

Re: Do you take off your shoes when flying?

Over 5 hours, shoes off. There are excellent reasons why most airlines provide socks or sandals on medium and longer haul flights (or at least the airlines I fly on) and many biz seats have shoe storage.

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by Kent350787
Fri May 21, 2021 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 34079

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

(re Australia opening borders): The most recent statement was mid-2022, but there is no apparent plan to get there other than "high vaccination rates" being the trigger, yet a poor vaccination rollout I think people are asking a lot of any government to give a timeline as to when the bord...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 20, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 40787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Virgin Australia chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka has walked back comments she made this week about the need to open the nation’s borders even if “some people may die”. “I absolutely understand my words, taken in isolation, were hurtful to some people,” she said. “If I had my time again I would maybe...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 20, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 34079

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

The Govt. is going to come under increasing pressure to open the borders to vaccinated travelers by then. The rest of the world will be open and if they still say that the vaccine schedule is on time, then by Dec,/Jan, travel should be happening. What is Australia’s current plan? You're assuming th...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 19, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 110
Views: 8553

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

Had my first AZ shot yesterday. Slight tenderness around injection site, and a slightly cloudy head.

Others I know who've had the shot in the last week have been reporting mild to moderate flu-like symptoms for a couple of days then feeling really good.

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by Kent350787
Tue May 18, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 19061

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

About NZ and Australia, do people there want to be vaccinated ? Having been mostly spared by the virus might be a disincentive for many. And not everyone cares that much about being stuck in their country. Generally yes, although the media coverage of the medically tiny number of adverse reactions ...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 17, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will the A380 outlast Concorde
Replies: 11
Views: 1562

Re: Will the A380 outlast Concorde

It's not like there were only a dozen A380s manufactured - there are still over 200 in service or expected to return to service in the next 18 months or so. I doubt it will make 27 years in frontline passenger service, but expect there will be a solid fleet operating until at least 20 years. Airline...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 11, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 40787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

The E2 VH-IKJ was on a CASA proving flight SYD-BNE-ROK-SYD according to 16Right Media (hi Grahame)

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by Kent350787
Sun May 09, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 1622

Re: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia

Around half the 767,000 annual visitors to Australia from the USA (2019 data) were tourists, and 2/3 of those arrived in Sydney, a little under a third of those to Melbourne. Pre-covid, there were 2 daily x United 789 (LAX and SFO), daily VA 773 (LAX) and 10 weekly (7x A380, 3x744) QF flights. Not ...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 06, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 34079

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

Does New Zealand have more faith in NSW of being able to manage community cases over WA? I'm not saying that this is the actual reason, but NSW has had more cases and thus has more experience in contact tracing than WA. WA went quite a few months with no cases at all and thus their contract tracers...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 06, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 34079

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-coronavirus-quarantine-free-travel-with-new-south-wales-on-hold/PFYBWSQN6BJJRILSRQU65M4KW4/ NSW flights on hold for the next 48hours from Midnight. Is there any more detail from that side of the ditch? The reporting in Stuff seemed to suggest flights were cont...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 06, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 1622

Re: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia

Around half the 767,000 annual visitors to Australia from the USA (2019 data) were tourists, and 2/3 of those arrived in Sydney, a little under a third of those to Melbourne. Pre-covid, there were 2 daily x United 789 (LAX and SFO), daily VA 773 (LAX) and 10 weekly (7x A380, 3x744) QF flights. Not a...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 06, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 34079

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

Looking at the Tasman Bubble, over the past few weeks the local cases in WA/NSW have not been treated the same. WA has flights held for 72hours, then again for another 48hrs. Yet NSW now has two community cases (same house hold) with no link yet... Although travel on the Tasman is business as norma...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 06, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas and Japan Airlines Plan Joint Venture
Replies: 20
Views: 4517

Re: Qantas and Japan Airlines Plan Joint Venture

Good news for earning better JAL miles when flying QF. Bad news for seat availability on JAL for overseas. Would be good if it meant JL switched back to NRT from SYD Why would anyone want JAL to offer a NRT flight when Haneda is clearly superior and closer to Tokyo. That is like suggesting Qantas m...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 05, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 34079

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

Singapore would bring huge economic benefits to Australia. They have talked about using Singapore as a hub to bring people back. For example, Singapore currently has a one way bubble with China. Chinese international students unable to get to Australia could use Singapore as a jumping point to get ...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 05, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Herd Immunity Losing Out To Vaccine Hesitation and Virus Mutation
Replies: 201
Views: 11229

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

To veer away from the political/partisan side of the discussion, I came across an interesting article about paying unvaccinated people to get the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/04/upshot/vaccine-incentive-experiment.html It's something that West Virginia is trying now with giving...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 05, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines should adopt/would you like to see adopt the a220?
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: Which airlines should adopt/would you like to see adopt the a220?

It's difficult to see the A220 as an immediate part of QF's fleet plans. The 717 fleet appears to be a convenient lower cost sub-fleet rather than posessing any real missing capability. Maybe once there is a second-hand market used examples could be leased to "right size". I'd expect to se...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 04, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Empire State Building Turns 90 Years Old
Replies: 13
Views: 814

Re: Empire State Building Turns 90 Years Old

It is an epic building, but it is getting overshadowed over time by the taller buildings, but there is no mistaking it's architecture . It represents something very significant, but I find it very staid. Of the two, I find Chrysler far more distinctive. The later Rockefeller is a much better resolv...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 04, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 40787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Looks like VH-VZB is returning from a test flight - it's been parked at the east of the jet base for over a year!

Look like the full QF 737 fleet will be back in service soon.

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by Kent350787
Tue May 04, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 19061

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

There is no tourism so there should be enough empty hotels to increase quarantine capacities as needed. Travellers aren't blameless though, Australia has been isolated for a year due to this virus, was travelling out of the country really necessary ? You might have the hotels but do you have the se...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 04, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Empire State Building Turns 90 Years Old
Replies: 13
Views: 814

Re: Empire State Building Turns 90 Years Old

Let's make a special callout about the plane crash as well. With Chrysler, ESB was peak pre-depression skyscraper race, and has such a huge place in the psyche of NYC as (effectively) the world's capital. Out of interest, are the sightlines down the centre of town preserved? I was a little surprised...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 40787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Might sound far-fetched but would anyone see the AUS borders open up with Canada by December? It does sound far fetched, and would depend entirely on a massive ramp-up of vaccination in both our countries. My family in the US want to catch up with us IRL, but even they don't appear to understand ju...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Herd Immunity Losing Out To Vaccine Hesitation and Virus Mutation
Replies: 201
Views: 11229

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

From a country which has eliminated the virus circulating in the community, the refusal to wear masks, restrict travel and undertake simple hygiene measure seems to be a case of wide-scale insanity. Until he was vaccinated, my brother in law in the NE was double masking everywhere outside the house,...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 19061

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

There is no tourism so there should be enough empty hotels to increase quarantine capacities as needed. Travellers aren't blameless though, Australia has been isolated for a year due to this virus, was travelling out of the country really necessary ? Although there have been some who returned to In...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 19061

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Because numbers and test reports from India cannot be trusted. It is currently illegal, with fines up to AUD$60k for Australian citizens to attempt to return to Australia from India. I get people's wariness around testing and reporitng in India, but the fact is that Australian citizens testing posi...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 19061

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

The greater question here is: How can a country legally refuse entry to its own citizens? The frenzied paranoia surrounding this virus has pushed many nations to just eschew the very basic constitutional rights of their own constituents, and I find it extremely worrying how easily they seem to be d...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 03, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 19061

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Australia has paused direct flights from India and made it illegal for Australians to attempt to return from India. While the situation is dire, I’m still unclear why we did implement similar when the number of cases arriving in Australia was higher from the US and the UK. Because numbers and test ...

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by Kent350787
Sun May 02, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 19061

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

And that should have been “didn’t implement”

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by Kent350787
Sun May 02, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 277
Views: 19061

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Australia has paused direct flights from India and made it illegal for Australians to attempt to return from India.

While the situation is dire, I’m still unclear why we did implement similar when the number of cases arriving in Australia was higher from the US and the UK.

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by Kent350787
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car Park Legend - man takes six years to use every parking slot
Replies: 8
Views: 832

Re: Car Park Legend - man takes six years to use every parking slot

A man from SE London has added “spice” to his weekly shopping trip by embarking on a mission to user every bay in the supermarket car park. Six years later, he’s achieved his goal! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-56916050 He’s the antithesis of me - I get annoyed if my usual parking sl...

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by Kent350787
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: ANA to retire 35 aircraft in 2020
Replies: 128
Views: 34810

Re: Rumor: ANA to reduce their fleet of large aircrafts by half

The Olympics will NOT be able to bring masses of international visitors to Japan. If any at all it will be nearby nations who got Covid under control (think China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand), not Europe or the US. So basically short to medium-haul. Its ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Singapore Airlines 777-9 potential routes?
Replies: 7
Views: 1000

Re: Singapore Airlines 777-9 potential routes?

[Is the ULH A359 on SIN-JFK/EWR/YYZ just an interim. I heard that SQ might order a ULH variant of the larger A35J for these routes. There was a thread a while back suggesting those SQ 359's were in some ways a small orphan subfleet. Pre-Covid, QF had settled on the 35K for Project Sunrise, so clear...

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 44386

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

South China Morning Post is reporting that, following a review of its planned post-Covid network operations, CX will close its pilot bases in both Australia and New Zealand. Its Canada pilot base is also being axed. US and European bases are still being reviewed with further cuts likely. What's the...

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Corporations Buying Up American Homes
Replies: 34
Views: 2309

Re: Corporations Buying Up American Homes

I honestly don't see densification is working. It's happening where I live and it still doesn't solve the issue of expensive houses. But in a "free" market it will only start to address the issue if the increase in residences outstrips demand for those residences. Pre-Covid in my city (Sy...

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by Kent350787
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 110
Views: 8553

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

Still waiting because of Australia's lagging program. My BIL in MA has had two Pfizer shots - 1st jab side effects were swelling and a general unwellness, so he planned a day off after his second but had no issues. My 88yo mother had a her first (I assume) AZ jab last week, and didn't report any sid...

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 231
Views: 29012

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021

I can't see them giving it a go unfortunately. Correct about the error though. Along with Canberra there are other far larger cities than Hobart namely Newcastle and Wollongong. He not done much research. Neither are likely to see Air NZ metal. Wollongong-Shellharbour is larger, true. If it was in ...

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