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by melpax
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando
Replies: 33
Views: 9630

Re: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando

Being late January & in the last couple of weeks before most schools start up for the year, could still be a corporate charter, but might be more of a 'bring your family to Disney' as a reward/bonus, etc, instead of the usual Vegas booze-ups which are not a good look these days for those in Bank...

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by melpax
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando
Replies: 33
Views: 9630

Re: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando

Probably a large corporate flying out staff for a conference/reward celebration. Flight Centre in particular is well known for doing things like this, though some of the banks & insurers have also done these sorts of things in the past, but wouldn't be 'good optics' ATM with the banking Royal Co...

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by melpax
Sat May 25, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59027

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

Looks like QF29 (MEL-HKG - VH-QPF) is also returning to MEL, looks like it turned back near Alice Springs.

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by melpax
Sun May 19, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TSA To Deploy 100s to the Border Including Air Marshals
Replies: 25
Views: 3432

Re: TSA To Deploy 100s to the Border Including Air Marshals

Yes, there are kiosks. I don't know how effective they are.......... I know most Latinos don't like to use kiosks. From personal experience, the kiosks don't always let you through. Have been given 'the cross' when using them at both LAX & IAH, which meant having to wait in line. At IAH, that m...

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by melpax
Sun May 19, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Liberal/National Coalition wins Australian Federal Election
Replies: 22
Views: 2197

Re: Liberal/National Coalition wins Australian Federal Election

Labor's proposals for Franking Credits & Negative Gearing would also have worked against them. The Franking Credit changes would have resulted in a large amount of retirees being forced below the poverty line, and would have changed the plans of some who were looking to retire. The changes to Ne...

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by melpax
Sat May 18, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP I. M. Pei 1917-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 2106

Re: RIP I. M. Pei 1917-2019

Collins Place in Melbourne was designed by Pei, one of the first mixed-use developments in Australia. The Sofitel (originally the Regent) Hotel in the complex was one of a few hotels in the world with a 50th floor for many years. The design still holds up well today, nearly 40 years after completion...

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by melpax
Fri May 17, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke dies aged 89
Replies: 9
Views: 1371

Re: Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke dies aged 89

A giant of Australian politics and what a legacy to leave. His successor, Paul Keating, wasn't liked anything like as much as he was (he had a wicked, often very caustic, way with words). It's true that the current batch of Aussie leaders haven't really measured up to him, though in fairness, not m...

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by melpax
Thu May 16, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jacinda Ardern voted Australia's most trusted politician
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Re: Jacinda Ardern voted Australia's most trusted politician

Do you think it will have much of an effect? He's certainly well respected which I guess means that there will be mean lots of positive coverage. The networks have already had their specials on him, with more to come tomorrow no doubt. Labor might get some sympathy votes, especially from those who ...

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by melpax
Thu May 16, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jacinda Ardern voted Australia's most trusted politician
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Re: Jacinda Ardern voted Australia's most trusted politician

The election is tomorrow night - the polls are very close. The advertising blackout came into force at Midnight last night, but this doesn't apply to online advertising. This means you can't even play a YouTube video without it being ruined by political advertising..... And now Hawkie's gone and sh...

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by melpax
Thu May 16, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke dies aged 89
Replies: 9
Views: 1371

Re: Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke dies aged 89

Another part of my Childhood gone.... Hawke & his treasurer Paul Keating (who would replace him as PM) basically created the modern Australian economy, and Medicare as we know it was his creation. https://www.theage.com.au/national/labor-s-golden-boy-who-transformed-a-nation-20181206-p50kkt.html...

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by melpax
Tue May 14, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hobbies outside of aviation
Replies: 40
Views: 4408

Re: Hobbies outside of aviation

Have gotten myself involved in Horse Racing with a few work colleagues. Now own part-shares in 4 racehorses. The ownership experience is quite addictive & fun, you get to suit up & have a day at the races (in the member's section of course!) when your horse runs, and you get to enjoy a few d...

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by melpax
Fri May 10, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59027

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

A fairer comparison would be other western airports and on that basis we are about average. Visit LHR, AMS, LAX, JFK etc and you'll see terminals and runways originally created 40 to 60 years ago that have been modified or added to but are struggling to cope with the pax load they now have passing ...

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by melpax
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the largest aircraft type LAS sees now?
Replies: 13
Views: 2499

Re: What is the largest aircraft type LAS sees now?

I'd imagine Vegas would have a bit more premium demand than most other 'Leisure' destinations with the amount of trade shows & conventions that go on there.

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by melpax
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sri Lanka Terrorism
Replies: 33
Views: 4482

Re: Sri Lanka Terrorism

I work with quite a few Sri Lankans, There will be a sombre mood in the office on Tuesday.

This will proably be the end of tourism as well, for a while at least. Sri Lanka was starting to become popular with Australians as a Bali\Thailand alternative.

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by melpax
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 66643

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Whilst often the cheapest option, don't discount PR as a competitor in the Australia - Japan market as it is, geographically, one of the best options and has flights to HND/NRT/KIX/NGO/FUK/CTS... I have heard they carry a significant amount on their BNE-MNL run connecting to HND in particular, not ...

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by melpax
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Insane fares Ex-Japan for golden week
Replies: 16
Views: 2545

Re: Insane fares Ex-Japan for golden week

Sounds no different from what happens here in Australia over the Christmas/New Year period, and to a lesser extent, the state school holiday periods during the year. Try booking a flight from MEL/SYD to Europe, the US, Thailand or Bali from the last week of December to Mid January & see how much...

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by melpax
Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 66643

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Interesting as STA usually use BIs low fares as their headline advertisement to London. As do Flight Centre. Though some of the Chinese airlines have been around the same price on MEL-LHR, have even seen Flight Centre advertise rock bottom MEL-JFK fares of $1100 or so on the likes of China Southern...

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by melpax
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 66643

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

STA travel stops selling BI flights due to Sharia backlash. Will be interesting to see if Flight Centre follows suit. Though STA targets themselves towards younger travellers. https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/global-travel-firm-boycotts-royal-brunei/news-story/ab92e4f28a66c1254f8fd077e...

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by melpax
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 66643

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

MELs issue goes right down to the original design of the airport precinct which doesn’t allow for a modern efficiently shaped terminal with growth abilities. Anything new is either going to result in either a very long complex or be disjointed. I actually think it could be worth looking at a satell...

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by melpax
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 200
Views: 24096

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

Just the one trip this year;

July 2019
MEL-BKK TG466 (A350-900)
BKK-NRT TG642 (A330)
KIX-BKK TG670 (777-300)
BKK-MEL TG465 (A350-900)

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by melpax
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should Philippine Airlines do to make money?
Replies: 91
Views: 9895

Re: What should Philippine Airlines do to make money?

It's pretty illogical to think that PAL could survived entirely on corporate rats. Manila is not as business centric destination like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, LA, NYC, London, Paris or Frankfurt. The premium market isn't that big. Nobody suggested PAL to scrapped their business class ca...

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by melpax
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75092

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

kriskim wrote:
Update: It looks like it was a full flight with 256 passengers supposedly on the flight (UA's 787-9 only has 252 seats, maybe including infants?). Pax will spend the night in NOU - everyone was calm when exiting the aircraft.


There's worse places to divert to & have an unscheduled stay in!

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by melpax
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting
Replies: 156
Views: 11847

Re: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting

That lounge isn't one that you or I get into, it's invitation only, probably with a few exceptions for influential people. Even the PM (including past ones as well) would be given a membership, but I doubt he would get much use out of it as any official travel is done on the RAAF VIP fleet. Probabl...

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by melpax
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting
Replies: 156
Views: 11847

Re: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting

Anning, is that the guy I just saw a Twitter video of responding to a kid throwing an egg at him by punching him in the face twice and a pile of his supporters proceeded to violently mob the kid as if he had just pulled a gun? Yeah. That guy and his supporters piss me off as much as what's happenin...

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by melpax
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pan Am and Eastern.....One World, Sky Team or Star??
Replies: 15
Views: 1872

Re: Pan Am and Eastern.....One World, Sky Team or Star??

MalevTU134 wrote:
Dinosaur Alliance...together with Braniff, PeoplExpress, Mexicana, VARIG, VIASA, Ansett, Malév and Air Berlin. Alitalia, South African Airways, Air India and a couple of Nigerian airlines would be associate members.



LOL. Though getting serious, Ansett was a founding Star Alliance member.

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by melpax
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75092

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

Very bad bushfires currently burning on Melbourne's South-Eastern outskirts. I live in Bayswater, and it appears that some flights may have been re-routed to avoid the smoke from what I can see. I know that the AKL flights normally start to descend over Gippsland.

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by melpax
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's your favorite/least favorite airport to connect through?
Replies: 77
Views: 6124

Re: What's your favorite/least favorite airport to connect through?

As others have said, LAX is a right pain to transit through, especially if you're coming off an international flight & have to change terminals.... DFW was easy to connect through, considering it's size. IAH was another PITA to connect. I had a 4 hour layover on an international to international...

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by melpax
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 69818

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

Would we ever see Jetstar venture more within the Pacific? Currently only Fiji and Rarotonga (Via Auckland) are being served. Would be nice to see Jetstar in Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu or even on flights to Papua New Guinea. No chance of seeing JQ flying to POM, sadly the security situation in PNG means...

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by melpax
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about late night/early morning departure and arrivals
Replies: 40
Views: 8235

Re: Questions about late night/early morning departure and arrivals

MEL also has it's share of late night/early morning departures, as a result of not being curfew constrained, and to fit in with connecting flights to Europe FJ to Nadi - 00:25 JL to Tokyo 00:45 CX to HK 01:05 SQ to SIN 01:05 QF to SYD 05:30 EK to DBX 06:00 - this means an 04:00 checkin! For arrivals...

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by melpax
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Interesting Trend in Food at Sports Events
Replies: 16
Views: 1076

Re: Interesting Trend in Food at Sports Events

Would love to see the big Melbourne stadiums do this, but won't happen unfortantely.... The MCG, Marvel Stadium, and Rod Laver arena contract out their catering, these outside caterers love to price gouge. I'll usually try to eat beforehand (and get a couple of beers in at a local pub as well...). B...

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by melpax
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 69818

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

The large Miners such as BHP & Rio Tinto have their HQ's in Melbourne, this would drive some demand for the seats up the front for their execs visiting their African operations.

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by melpax
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year
Replies: 80
Views: 9433

Re: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year

I like the idea. It can't be worst that those long times in Miami or Houston. Last time I transited via Houston (Jan 2018) had a 3 hour layover, and despite the flight being on time I missed my connection to Toronto. I think it should work, and hopefully does A CUN pre-clearance would be good, prov...

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by melpax
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 69818

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

A man has been shot by police at BNE tonight, due to making bomb threats. Planes and trains stopped at the moment News still sounds a bit vague as to what has actually happened. International terminal? Must be serious though to shut down the airport. Appears to have been domestic violence related.....

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by melpax
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Low cost long haul for Greece
Replies: 93
Views: 13692

Re: Low cost long haul for Greece

Or by Scoot with a connection in Singapore. It doesn't make much sense to fly non-stop when there are far cheaper one-stop options available. I doubt they could fill an A380 with it, even once weekly. The Greek emigrants living in Australia have been living there for a very long time and therefor h...

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by melpax
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brisbane airport in lockdown
Replies: 5
Views: 1185

Re: Brisbane airport in lockdown

itisi wrote:
Planes landing so I assume it's not too serous


The situation appears to have been contained to the International terminal, which is totally seperate from the Domestic Terminal.

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by melpax
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brisbane airport in lockdown
Replies: 5
Views: 1185

Re: Brisbane airport in lockdown

https://www.theage.com.au/national/quee ... 50vbm.html
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Reports of a possible bomb scare, and a knife involved...

https://www.theage.com.au/national/quee ... 50vbm.html

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by melpax
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated - Southwest pulls out of Mexico City
Replies: 143
Views: 23360

Re: Southwest returns additional MEX slots to DOT

WN has no foreign website and do they even take non-US credit cards? Have had no issues booking & paying for WN flights on the Southwest.com website from Australia, and using an Aussie credit card also. Same goes for booking American Airlines domestic flights, was even able to enter my QF frequ...

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by melpax
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?
Replies: 221
Views: 18609

Re: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?

Booking a holiday through a travel agent, and then having to come back a couple of days later to get the physical airline tickets that had to be sent out by courier. Being able to park at the airport & not having to take out a second mortgage to pay for it! Shops in Melbourne closing for the wee...

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by melpax
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?
Replies: 73
Views: 7704

Re: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?

That's another difference with Europe, where airlines did find a way to do this on a limited scale. Even in countries where the unions have a large influence, like France, it appeared to be possible. They agreed for Transavia France pilots to earn a lower wage than Air France pilots, however not to...

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by melpax
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country
Replies: 61
Views: 4171

Re: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country

Hey melpax, Wow! I had forgotten about the Pulsar and the Swift.... And didn't know about the Ford LTD! A mate of mine bought a second hand Reebok Pulsar and it was stolen shortly afterwards : he was devastated as he was very much a 'brands boy'! To that list we could add the gold-coloured Vittoria...

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by melpax
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 74722

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

[quote="QF742"][/quote] Yeah, the Jetstar 'cheap and nasty' image does count against AVV, especially out here in the East! Though this may change once they get some more international flights going... Only a few months back, I was listening to talkback in the car & the discussion was o...

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by melpax
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 74722

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Has anyone heard how AAX are doing out of Avalon compared to MEL? I'm curious to see how this one works out as it could really shape the future of Melbourne's airport developments. Might we see an AVV-Bangkok service in 2019? And has anyone had to shlepp it out to AVV on the Skybus? Looks to be a s...

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by melpax
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corporate traffic sneak peek: SFO-PVG tops list of UA’s most lucrative Apple routes
Replies: 130
Views: 19257

Re: Corporate traffic sneak peek: SFO-PVG tops list of UA’s most lucrative Apple routes

Something of a related question: I had a big, global client who’s business with my company was large (for us) and the client had basically 2 major HQs, #1 for them was London, #2 was NYC. (Aside from regional HQ’s around the world. The HQ in Singapore, the top brass there was Singapore Airlines- no...

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by melpax
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country
Replies: 61
Views: 4171

Re: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country

By the way, the discussion up thread about he FILA Ford Thunderbird reminded me of the time in the 80s when Australian fashion label Carla Zampatti had a 'labelled' Ford Capri convertible on sale, and I seem to remember Australian fashion brand Esprit also had a deal with Ford at some point in the ...

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by melpax
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Departures in the middle of the night
Replies: 88
Views: 13830

Re: Departures in the middle of the night

Looking at the MEL departures list, you have a few flights that depart between 11:45pm-01:00AM (JQ flights to AKL & CHC, then flights to KL, Tokyo, Singapore & HK). The first international flights of the morning are PR to Manila at 05:50 & EK to DBX at 06:00. Being international flights,...

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by melpax
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA launches NRT-PER
Replies: 63
Views: 10086

Re: ANA launches NRT-PER

the car industry is another sector that will benefit considering the amount of Japanese made cars there are here, Wouldn't be much auto-industry traffic to PER. Toyota, Nissan, Honda & Mazda all have their HQ's in MEL, while Mitsubishi is in ADL. Even with the end of car making, most of the Aut...

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by melpax
Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct A.net Sitcom is
Replies: 18
Views: 2074

Re: The correct A.net Sitcom is

Father Ted.

Though, as a non-practicing Catholic with relatives serving as clergy, it's more of a documentary than a sitcom!

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by melpax
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47106

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Is it April 1? Surely this can't be serious. QF is apparently asking its head office staff to volunteer to man various airport roles as volunteers over Christmas/New Year period. I realise executives occasionally work in front-line roles to see how the systems really work but a business making over...

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by melpax
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Perth get a non stop flight to the US ?
Replies: 100
Views: 11688

Re: When will Perth get a non stop flight to the US ?

I couldn't see a huge amount of business demand for direct PER-US flights as Perth is a mining-focused city, whereas both MEL & SYD are major business centres with the resultant premium seating demand. In the Australian scheme of things, PER is mainly a branch office, with some exceptions (Wesfa...

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