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by melpax
Sun Nov 28, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 57897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

redroo wrote:
The question is... are we going to see a reduction in flights again?


Probably not at the moment, if things stay as they are.

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by melpax
Sat Nov 27, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 57897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

EK413 wrote:
So over this crap…

They give with one hand and take with the other…

I love the aviation industry but its seriously time to consider another industry…


Don't blame you. I think the caravan industry will still be where it's at for a little while yet......

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by melpax
Sat Nov 27, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 57897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

14 days home quarantine is back for Victoria for all arrivals https://twitter.com/Raf_Epstein/status/1464545093335990275 Thankfully no 14 day quarantine for all (yet....) All overseas arrivals into VIC & NSW must get tested on arrival & home quarantine for 72 hours. https://www.theage.com.a...

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by melpax
Sat Nov 27, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 837
Views: 567249

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

Australia has closed borders to non-citizens travelling from Southern Africa. Citizens to undergo 14 days supervised quarantine. Some states already starting to impose their own restrictions. NSW has ordered overseas arrivals to 'travel directly home or to their accomodation', and isolate for 72 hou...

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by melpax
Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 57897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

A JQ check captain has been charged with the murder of 2 campers, after a nearly 2-year investigation by Police. While not directly aviation-related, suspect this will place a focus on the mental health of commercial pilots given the media attention. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/greg-...

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by melpax
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 57897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

It would be interesting with the JQ Japan flights from CNS & OOL to see where the outbound pax originate from, suspect a fair number would be from MEL & SYD. Out of left field an AVV-NRT or KIX flight would do well, and flying out of AVV would be a significant point of difference from MEL, s...

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by melpax
Sun Nov 21, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best days for telework
Replies: 17
Views: 870

Re: Best days for telework

Still WFH 5 days, but with Melbourne coming out of lockdown, we've been told that we can work from home 2 days a week from next year, this will be the norm in our organisation. I'll probably work from home Monday & Tuesday, and spend the rest of the week in the office. Given I normally work in t...

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by melpax
Wed Nov 17, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 57897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

Interesting proposal from Avalon Airport to build a new terminal on the western side of the Geelong Freeway with a direct link to a new station on the Melbourne - Geelong rail line. Pax would then be transferred to the aircraft via a bus link presumably under the freeway. It is early proposals but ...

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by melpax
Sun Nov 14, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JAL longhaul LCC ZIPAIR discussion
Replies: 284
Views: 51742

Re: Updated: JAL longhaul LCC ZIPAIR discussion

Is JL part owner of Jetstar Japan (33%) Why not leverage of the Jetstar branding ( known in Australia, NZ, SIN, Vietnam, and less so elsewhere in asia) and franchise agreement and use this? Or is JL determined to use GK short haul and have a stand-alone longhaul LCC? Jetstar Japan also might be una...

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by melpax
Fri Nov 12, 2021 5:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Northwest service to Australia in 1992
Replies: 4
Views: 1426

Re: Northwest service to Australia in 1992

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From memory, and from the below old topic from 2005, the only flew into SYD. Sydney's population was at least 1 million more than Melbourne's back in the early 90's, only in the last few years both cities have had roughly the same population.

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by melpax
Fri Nov 12, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do you handle red eye flights?
Replies: 45
Views: 2782

Re: How do you handle red eye flights?

At least the new flight timings from Sydney should be somewhat 'easier' jetlag wise, being a 'natural' overnight flight. A few years back, flew MEL-LAX, the flight left MEL at around 9.30am, and got into LAX around 6AM - was hard trying to get some sleep early afternoon MEL time knowing that I'd be ...

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by melpax
Mon Nov 08, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are the Stones Done? Cotton Bowl Dallas Performance
Replies: 28
Views: 1300

Re: Are the Stones Done? Cotton Bowl Dallas Performance

Aaron747 wrote:
What an awesome experience - would love to have seen them on home turf like that


Would have to rate as the best live show I've been to.

Doubt there would have been any groupies backstage, more likely a team of Physios & couple of salt baths!

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by melpax
Mon Nov 08, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are the Stones Done? Cotton Bowl Dallas Performance
Replies: 28
Views: 1300

Re: Are the Stones Done? Cotton Bowl Dallas Performance

I saw AC/DC live in Melbourne a few years back. Was one of Brian's last live shows before he was told to stop live performances due to hearing loss. They copped some criticism in the press for stopping for breaks in between songs. But you had Brian & Angus, both in their 60's, running around the...

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by melpax
Sat Nov 06, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 57897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

I like the WGA-BNE. I'm sure ADL-NTL was operated by Pelican with QQ Fokkers, not sure how well that was going when it stopped. As for Bonza, whilst they've said they intend staying off the triangle, they never said they wouldn't serve SYD, MEL or BNE. Leisure orientated routes from these cities wi...

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by melpax
Fri Nov 05, 2021 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Impact of the Ethiopian conflict on ET and ADD
Replies: 46
Views: 9210

Re: Impact of the Ethiopian conflict on ET and ADD

Looks like SAA might be picking up some welcome additional business, although the ME3 will mostly benefit from the situation with ET out of play for most Western pax.

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by melpax
Fri Nov 05, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 57897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

Qantas announces 2 new routes ADL-NTL, 3 weekly E90 from 28 March 22 https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/from-the-barossa-to-the-hunter-flights-between-adelaide-and-newcastle-to-take-off/ WGA-BNE, 3 weekly Q400 from28 Mar 22 https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantaslink-t...

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by melpax
Mon Nov 01, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 57897

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

Wouldn't be suprised if RB restarts it's MEL service when students are allowed back in. They were usually the cheapest option to London, their prices were normally only bettered by some of the Chinese carriers on occasion. They were popular in Melbourne as a result.

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by melpax
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 60896

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Confirmed, Nov 1 Vic joins NSW in scrapping quarantine Only for those vaxxed with an approved vaccine, or if unable to be vaxxed for medical reasons. Hotel quarantine still a requirement for those unvaxed, or if vaxxed with a non-TGA approved vaccine. https://www.theage.com.au/national/australia-ne...

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by melpax
Tue Oct 19, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reuse/repurposeing of former Airport terminal buildings
Replies: 19
Views: 1995

Re: Reuse/repurposeing of former Airport terminal buildings

The 60's era terminal building at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne has been partly repurposed as a business centre. Essendon was Melbourne Airport until 1970, when Tullamarine opened just 10 minutes up the freeway. Part of the building is still in use as a terminal, as it still sees limited serv...

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by melpax
Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Olio of advice on used-car-buying
Replies: 18
Views: 784

Re: Olio of advice on used-car-buying

Check the service history, and if you find something you're keen on, take it for a good test drive (not just around the block). Something that I do, is check the service sticker, if the service is past due, I move on. Skipping services on modern cars leads to trouble later on.....

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by melpax
Fri Oct 15, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 60896

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Have there been any announcements regarding schedule changes SYD-MEL with the easing (but not removal) of Victorian quarantine for Greater Sydney travellers? Looks like the NSW to Vic quarantine requirements are also scrapped for fully vaxxed passangers. Does that mean you could actually arrive to ...

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by melpax
Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 60896

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

[quote="Kent350787"][/quote] Places like Albury, & Mt Gambier to service the Queensland holiday routes, etc would be a good fit for them. Decent catchment areas for both airports. Not sure about Bendigo, given that MEL is a fairly easy 90 minute drive down the Calder, so fares would ha...

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by melpax
Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Jordanian Expansion: Looking at A320NEO, B737MAX; additional Dreamliners
Replies: 60
Views: 11519

Re: Royal Jordanian Expansion: Looking at A320NEO, B737MAX; additional Dreamliners

If RJ were to offer competitive fares on Australian routes, they could do well, especially being a oneworld member. Don't forget that one of the other oneworld airlines serving the Kangaroo route (CX) is now out of favour with Australians. The ability to earn QF points & status credits at a keen...

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by melpax
Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody
Replies: 105
Views: 4943

Re: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody

Shortest Widebody - QF 767-300ER ADL-MEL back in 2007. Would have most likely been a repositioning flight back to MEL after a SIN-ADL flight since it was from one of the dual domestic/international gates.

Longest Narrowbody - NZ A320 MEL-WLG back in 2006. Was around 3.5 hours from memory.

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by melpax
Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32801

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Slight problem, what’s going to be the temporary replacement for the 717’s while we wait for a220s? I think of the alliance Ex COPA e190s are accounted for. Given the delivery timeline for whatever they choose for the 717 & Fokker replacement (A220/E-Jet) is late 2023 to 3031, the initial batch...

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by melpax
Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32801

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

The A350 looks like a done deal, looks like they want to start Sunrise flights in the second half of 2023 https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/qantas-to-order-100-new-jets-to-replace-domestic-fleet-20211005-p58x9i.html Wouldn't be a suprise if the 717's were sent to WA to replace the Fokkers...

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by melpax
Thu Sep 30, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A340 - Whose have you flown?
Replies: 47
Views: 2042

Re: Airbus A340 - Whose have you flown?

Sadly have not had the chance to fly one.

Was meant to fly on one of the Edelweiss A340-300's CUN-ZRH back in 2017, but a broken wrist meant having to fly back to MEL via IAH. :cry:

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by melpax
Thu Sep 30, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A330 - Whose have you flown?
Replies: 68
Views: 4859

Re: Airbus A330 - Whose have you flown?

Just one, Thai A330-300

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by melpax
Thu Sep 30, 2021 3:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 777- Whose have you flown?
Replies: 65
Views: 3082

Re: Boeing 777- Whose have you flown?

Air New Zealand: 200ER & 300ER
Thai: 300ER

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by melpax
Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered
Replies: 116
Views: 22752

Re: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered

[quote="dredgy"][/quote] QF got their initial batch of 8 717's when they took over Impulse. They flew under the Qantaslink banner for a couple of years before the Impulse AOC became Jetstar, and the 717's were the initial JQ fleet while they waited for the A320s to come on board, before be...

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by melpax
Sat Sep 25, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17621

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Protests happening again in Melbourne today, they moved from the CBD to the Shrine of Rememberance, where police have moved them on using gas, pepper spray & rubber bullets. They're now apparently blocking one of the Citylink road tunnels. As I posted in the Aus aviation thread, the TV choppers...

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by melpax
Thu Sep 23, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17621

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

And yet in Australia they are seen as the minority of the minority. To carry on like this (including occupying the Shrine of Rememberance) when the state is very close to reaching vaccination targets which will allow a measured reopening simply piles arrogance onto ignorance. Although there is lock...

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by melpax
Wed Sep 22, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 290
Views: 46455

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

Police have agreed to some changes in the Melbourne no-fly zone. Pilots of TV choppers must get clearance from the police air wing before take-off, and footage must not be shown live, either on a 1 hour delay, or until the 'operation' has ended. At least 2 TV networks are still taking court action t...

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by melpax
Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17621

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Protests happening again in Melbourne today, they moved from the CBD to the Shrine of Rememberance, where police have moved them on using gas, pepper spray & rubber bullets. They're now apparently blocking one of the Citylink road tunnels. As I posted in the Aus aviation thread, the TV choppers ...

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by melpax
Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 290
Views: 46455

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

No fly-zone has been declared by CASA over inner Melbourne, at police request, for the next 5 days. Police wanted to stop media from showing live vision of the ongoing protests that have now been overtaken by the anti-vaxxer/conspiracy crowd. Media organisations not happy about this situation. One T...

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by melpax
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: M6.0 Earthquake Near Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: M6.0 Earthquake Near Melbourne, Australia

It gave us a good shake, the strongest earthquake that I've felt. This was all that we needed, with lockdown, protests/riots & now an earthquake... Not a whole lot of damage, the Chapel Street shopping strip seems to have faired the worst, with some shops suffering damage. Things would have been...

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by melpax
Tue Sep 21, 2021 4:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17621

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

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Now blocking a major freeway - have never seen scenes like these before in Melbourne

https://www.facebook.com/theageAustrali ... 3896019883

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by melpax
Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17621

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Another large protest happening in Melbourne again at the moment. Same as yesterday, construction workers protesting a 2-week shutdown of their industry, but the anti-vax crowd have taken over things. TV reporters have been attacked & harassed multiple times while on the air. Lots of heavily arm...

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by melpax
Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17621

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

More protests here in Melbourne this afternoon, this time building workers have demonstrated out the front of their union office (CFMEU), smashing the front of the building, and protesting against union leadership - all construction workers in Melbourne were ordered to at least have their first vacc...

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by melpax
Sat Sep 18, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17621

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

'Freedom rally' protest in Melbourne. Most protestors couldn't get into the Melbourne CBD, which was sealed off by police, so the main protest was in inner-suburban Richmond https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/travel-into-melbourne-blocked-as-police-prepare-for-anti-lockdown-protesters-20210...

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by melpax
Fri Sep 17, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17621

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

[quote="Kent350787"][/quote] Yes, people haven't taken this lockdown as seriously as the previous ones. Was out earlier tonight getting dinner, the roads were nearly as busy as a normal Friday night, and this is with most shops closed! Today's events here also haven't helped things. A lot ...

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by melpax
Thu Sep 16, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 308
Views: 17621

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

[quote="Kent350787"][/quote] 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 ...

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by melpax
Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 290
Views: 46455

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

I don’t think it matters. Everyone I speak to say WA is now the last place they have any interest in visiting. Too many people have lost faith from fear they will be told they have to spend their holiday in WA locked in their hotel serving out a 14 day quarantine. Rebuilding tourism from the east c...

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by melpax
Mon Sep 13, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 290
Views: 46455

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

20 years since the collapse of Ansett, it doesn't seem that long ago that there still 146's still in storage at MEL! There were a lot of people thrown out of work in Melbourne, where AN was headquartered. Suburbs surrounding MEL such as Tullamarine & Sunbury were very hard hit economically. Thro...

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by melpax
Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 290
Views: 46455

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

Velocity7 wrote:
Agree but I think there are two elephants - travel insurance is the other


Very much so.

I suspect some people might have some issues trying to obtain insurance as well....

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by melpax
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 72
Views: 4125

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

400 - Qantas
700 - Southwest
800 - Virgin Blue/Australia, Qantas, Tigerair, Rex
900 - United

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by melpax
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown
Replies: 59
Views: 3672

Re: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown

A320 - Tigerair, Air New Zealand
A321 - Jetstar, American Airlines

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by melpax
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 290
Views: 46455

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

It's all theoretical at this stage. No way those flights go ahead in December, and when travel resumes I would suspect it to be bubble-based. And I'm not expecting the US to be in the initial bubble. Though I'm just guessing of course. The sooner I can get a Hawaiian getaway the better, though I am...

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