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by openskies88
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55679

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

I, like most people, thought the VA A330s would never fly in revenue service again. However, if this Airlineroute report is to be believed, they will be added to MEL-BNE vv. in September. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/292776/virgin-australia-adds-a330-melbourne-brisbane-service-...

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by openskies88
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: IFE: pre-AVOD/PTV
Replies: 12
Views: 1745

Re: IFE: pre-AVOD/PTV

At my airline, we had a few A330s (2000 builds) which had a very old IFE system. They were cassettes for each channel, with each deck having to be individually started and then rewound once the channel would finish playback. There was no way to isolate certain channels to either business or economy ...

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by openskies88
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 327
Views: 54725

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

I just wanted to pass my best wishes to any VA staffers who might be reading this. Best of luck and lets hope for a positive outcome. Thank you. After yesterday's employee webinar with Paul Scurrah and Vaughan Strawbridge (from Deloitte), I think I can speak on behalf of most staff and say that we ...

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by openskies88
Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117345

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Virgin Australia will operate a charter from Brisbane to Auckland, Hong Kong and Paris on the B777 commencing this Saturday: Saturday 11th April VA9940 BNE-AKL VA9015 AKL-HKG Sunday 12th April VA9015 HKG-CDG VA9941 CDG-HKG Tuesday 14th April VA16 HKG-BNE Freight charter? Or French repartition fligh...

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by openskies88
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117345

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Virgin Australia will operate a charter from Brisbane to Auckland, Hong Kong and Paris on the B777 commencing this Saturday:

Saturday 11th April
VA9940 BNE-AKL
VA9015 AKL-HKG

Sunday 12th April
VA9015 HKG-CDG
VA9941 CDG-HKG

Tuesday 14th April
VA16 HKG-BNE

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by openskies88
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99875

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Qantas offering customers flexibility regarding purchased tickets due to Coronavirus https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-group-provides-customers-more-flexibility-due-to-coronavirus/ I have got a flight to Perth booked next weekend. The Cancellation terms state That the voucher ...

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by openskies88
Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66360

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Are the A330s on same AOC as B737s ? Same company ? The A330s operate under the International AOC. Not to dissuade conversation, but things like that are fairly easy to look up through CASA's website, which allows searches for AOCs and specific aircraft registrations. Easier than waiting around for...

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by openskies88
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Undisclosed customer orders 40 A330 NEO aircraft, UPDATE: HNA group revealed as buyer
Replies: 271
Views: 64846

Re: Undisclosed customer orders 40 A330 NEO aircraft

If it's not China, then my money is on TK. The 737Max grounding is hurting their growth, and their plans to take Boeing to court isn't going to help either. They need alternative capacity to mitigate damage. The A330NEO is a big capacity jump over a B737, but it is a flexible aircraft that can repla...

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by openskies88
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates planning for a new A380 lounge
Replies: 24
Views: 5353

Re: Emirates planning for a new A380 lounge

That was quick - the second generation EK A380 lounge only debuted a couple of years ago!

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by openskies88
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coffee maker delayed flight
Replies: 26
Views: 5378

Re: Coffee maker delayed flight

zeke wrote:
Coffee maker should not be in the MEL. This is a a simple cabin defect.


At my airline they’re not... Just pull the circuit breaker and slap an INOP sticker on it.

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by openskies88
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 171
Views: 28888

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

Virgin Blue (Australia) used DJ from its inception - reportedly Disc Jockey as a homage to Branson's music roots. When it rebranded to Virgin Australia it took the VA code. Always found it odd that Virgin Atlantic opted for VS over VA, given VA was available long before Virgin Blue rebranded to Vir...

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by openskies88
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 171
Views: 28888

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

Virgin Blue (Australia) used DJ from its inception - reportedly Disc Jockey as a homage to Branson's music roots. When it rebranded to Virgin Australia it took the VA code. Always found it odd that Virgin Atlantic opted for VS over VA, given VA was available long before Virgin Blue rebranded to Vir...

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by openskies88
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 589
Views: 67527

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2019

Is it normal for VA to change connecting flights without warning or asking? I just noticed when opening the VA app my December AKL-SYD-BNE flight which had an 9hour transit in SYD has just been changed to an 2hr transit. Without any contact from VA they just simply changed my flight from VA977 to V...

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by openskies88
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 417
Views: 99296

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2019

Qantas engineers union is calling for the airlines' entire fleet of B737s to be grounded following the discovery of cracks in the pickle forks of a second aircraft. Is this a reasonable request, or an overreaction? Qantas has not yet confirmed there were cracks found in a second B737. https://www.sm...

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by openskies88
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AC to improve inclusivity and stop using "Ladies and Gentlemen"
Replies: 138
Views: 30617

Re: AC to improve inclusivity and stop using "Ladies and Gentlemen"

The very definition of social privilege is being upset over something as trivial as a move toward more inclusive language. :roll: It’s a small change, but moves such as this force us to think critically about the power and structures that create and maintain an unequal society. Well done, Air Canada.

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qf789 wrote:
Qantas has revealed that ZNJ, the 10th 789 will be painted in a special livery, any ideas

https://twitter.com/qantas/status/11821 ... 56388?s=21


New oneworld livery?

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by openskies88
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 585
Views: 81956

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

Virgin Australia is applying soon to the IASC for a Haneda slot, with a media release to be distributed shortly. Currently in discussions with a potential Japanese airline to partner on the route (any wonder who that could be?) Australian departure airport will be made clear in the IASC application....

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by openskies88
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 585
Views: 81956

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

patrickjp93 wrote:
You're joking. A) The 77Ws are only 70% full on 9-abreast guzzlers.


Yes, let's just ignore the BITRE data and come up with our own statistics. :roll:

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by openskies88
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83538

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Further cancellations out of HKG today as the airport authority say check-in services have been suspended since 1630 local time: https://twitter.com/JournoDannyAero/status/1161206990493777920?s=20 Flights affected to Australia so far: CX161, CX101 - SYD CX146 - CNS/BNE CX105 - MEL CX177 - ADL VA82 -...

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by openskies88
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83538

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Flight cancellations ex-HKG to Australia this evening due to intensifying protests at Chep Lap Kok Airport:

CX111, CX161, CX101, CX135
QF128, QF118, QF30, QF98
VA82, VA68

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by openskies88
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who will be the first airlines to retire their A380s?
Replies: 18
Views: 3880

Re: Who will be the first airlines to retire their A380s?

I wouldn't be surprised to see QF announce some retirements once they figure out which big twin they're going to go with and they start to arrive on property. QF tend not to retire aircraft while they're still young. The A380 fleet is going through a fairly major cabin refurbishment (upgrades to fi...

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by openskies88
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 429
Views: 65552

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

There is no such thing as VANZ, nor are there any international configured 737's, the difference is related to ETOPS There IS such a crew base as VANZ actually.. and the international 737’s are fitted with extra ELT’s, centreline rafts and more portable oxygen.. anything VH-YI* What happened to the...

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by openskies88
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 429
Views: 65552

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

- Why four different cabin crew groups? Regional, domestic 737, international 330 and long haul 777 There's three: Domestic and Short Haul International (VAA) - B737 and A330 Regional (VAA) - ATR72 Long Haul International (VAI) - A330 and B777 Basically an identical setup to what QF have in terms o...

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by openskies88
Wed May 29, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Airline Ads
Replies: 59
Views: 4255

Re: Best Airline Ads

https://youtu.be/TQxgxdh4Zo8

Very conceptual (there’s nothing really about the airline itself) but amazingly executed.
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S7 Airlines ‘Imagine’

https://youtu.be/TQxgxdh4Zo8

Very conceptual (there’s nothing really about the airline itself) but amazingly executed.

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by openskies88
Tue May 21, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Special assistance and charges?
Replies: 12
Views: 1747

Re: Special assistance and charges?

Honestly, very few international airlines will allow for UMNR services where connecting flights are involved, so the fact that Thai does this and charges for it is not out of the ordinary.

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by openskies88
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 78268

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Latest on WIFI on both QF & VA https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-virgin-australia-stream-ahead-with-domestic-wifi-in-2019?utm_source=hero Both have 42 737's with WIFI installed, however I am pretty sure VA have more than 42 As at 20 December, 56 VA B737’s are fitted with wifi (rego’s if anyone is...

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by openskies88
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 49196

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Spin it however you like - this is a PR disaster for Qantas.

A profit driven (and private) company that is beholden to shareholders asking employees to volunteer in their own time is just appalling.

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by openskies88
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 50659

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Morning all - just wondering, does anyone have a list of the VA aircraft which have had WiFi fitted? Thanks in advance. Here you go: B737 YIF, YIG, YFW, YVD, YIE, YIR, YIL, YIY, YIS, YIO, YIU, YWD, YIV, YFP, YFQ, YFS, YFR, YFT, YFU, YFG, YFV, YFJ, YFN, YFI, YVC, YID, YFL, YFY, VUW, YIB, YIQ, YIJ, Y...

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by openskies88
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 50659

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Morning all - just wondering, does anyone have a list of the VA aircraft which have had WiFi fitted? Thanks in advance. Here you go: B737 YIF, YIG, YFW, YVD, YIE, YIR, YIL, YIY, YIS, YIO, YIU, YWD, YIV, YFP, YFQ, YFS, YFR, YFT, YFU, YFG, YFV, YFJ, YFN, YFI, YVC, YID, YFL, YFY, VUW, YIB, YIQ, YIJ, Y...

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by openskies88
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines with a flight number ‘One’
Replies: 38
Views: 4155

Re: Airlines with a flight number ‘One’

Here’s quite an extensive and interesting list:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_number

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by openskies88
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 72195

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Was singapore flying the 340 out of ADL. Was my first flight on a jet. QF used a 330 on Syd-adl-sin-adl-syd. Its is why QF will not do international out of Adelaide. The market is too small, and its easier to fly though MEL or SYD if you want to fly on QF metal. SQ retired their A343’s by 2003, I t...

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by openskies88
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 66449

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

VA crew will generally commence clean of the toilets as the aircraft is taxiing to the terminal whereas QF crew don't clean toilets ever. Likewise on tight turns on VA, you will often hear the crew asking pax to reorganise their seat pockets so the safety card is on top. This is completely untrue. ...

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by openskies88
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Near Fatal Allergic Reaction on AA Flight
Replies: 21
Views: 3763

Re: Near Fatal Allergic Reaction on AA Flight

I am a little surprised at the connecting flight crew's refusal to stop serving nuts even when they were told of the boy's condition. Is offering nuts to first class passengers really more important than addressing somebody's medical condition? I am shocked/surprised at this attitude of the AA crew...

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by openskies88
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 79975

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Up till 2014 Virgin Australia was continuously growing its share of the market. On face value this was going to be a successful transformation of the airline. ......but there was a considerable amount of cost associated with this. Virgin Australia: a. effectively started a new airline, Virgin Austr...

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by openskies88
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines to purchase up to 40 787-9 aircraft
Replies: 159
Views: 27624

Re: Turkish Orders 40 787 Dreamliners

I hope this means an all new J class product i.e. 1-2-1, especially if they are finally getting serious about capturing the Australian market.

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by openskies88
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad latest airline to release alternative safety video
Replies: 32
Views: 5888

Re: Etihad latest airline to release alternative safety video

Did anyone even bother reading the article accompanying the video? This is a tongue in cheek promotional video Etihad put together as part of their fashion sponsorship and will not replace the current safety video. "Runway to Runway" is Etihad's frequent flyer program tailored specifically...

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by openskies88
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 42141

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

At Auckland Airport waiting for flight home. Qf have a flight Auckland to Tahiti QFA6032 . anybody know if this is a,charter , or enroute to another port ? Operating with 332 -VH-EBE Spotted it on Flight radar while I was browsing An767 Guessing this is a charter of some sort as QF regularly use QF...

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