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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: 304
Views: 15318

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: 228
Views: 34559

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: 304
Views: 15318

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: 228
Views: 34559

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: 297

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: 304
Views: 15318

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

https://www.facebook.com/theageAustrali ... 3896019883
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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: 304
Views: 15318

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: 304
Views: 15318

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: 304
Views: 15318

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: 304
Views: 15318

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: 304
Views: 15318

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: 228
Views: 34559

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: 228
Views: 34559

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: 228
Views: 34559

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: 58
Views: 2619

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: 45
Views: 1829

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: 228
Views: 34559

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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by melpax
Sat Sep 11, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 years ago............. 9/11
Replies: 49
Views: 2636

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

It was late night here in Australia, I was watching The West Wing when a newsflash came on about 'a light plane' hitting one of the WTC towers. It was followed only a few minutes later by another newsflash, this time with live pictures of the North Tower, and it was clear that something much bigger ...

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by melpax
Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1382

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

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

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by melpax
Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4686

Re: Universal Healthcare

Australia, with a similar federated system to the USA, has a national register of medical practitioners, even where the regulator may be state based. With the Medicare system, many doctors recieve some payment direct from the Commonwealth government for services. It's not unusual for General Practi...

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by melpax
Sun Aug 29, 2021 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas FY20/21 Group Results, $2.35 billion loss, 2 A380’s to be retired
Replies: 110
Views: 15647

Re: Qantas FY20/21 Group Results, $2.35 billion loss, 2 A380’s to be retired

The A380's might also work on the MEL/SYD-HND routes, given that non-stop flights will be sought-after. Depending on what restrictions might be in place, transfers in places such as BKK. MNL & HKG might not be as easy as they once were, and people would be willing to pay a premium for a non-stop...

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by melpax
Wed Aug 25, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187153

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

https://fr24.com/KMF4420/28e7c427



And an interesting callsign as well...
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oschkosch wrote:
KAM Air A340 on the way from Abu Dhabi to Kabul?
https://fr24.com/KMF4420/28e7c427



And an interesting callsign as well...

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by melpax
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187153

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

https://www.flightradar24.com/KMF4416/28e51df4
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mjgbtv wrote:
Another Kam Air A340, YA-KMH is showing up now at KBL.


And the one in Abu Dhabi is now taking off..

https://www.flightradar24.com/KMF4416/28e51df4

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by melpax
Sat Aug 21, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187153

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

https://www.flightradar24.com/28dc6d7f
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Kam Air A340 has it's transponder on. Wonder if it's actually going somewhere.

https://www.flightradar24.com/28dc6d7f

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by melpax
Sat Aug 21, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187153

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

Any details on RAAF participation? DoD reports 1 x KC30, 2 x C17 and 1 x C130 in theatre; however, scant detail on whether they are flying or not. Most other nations can be viewed by multiple Flight Watch sites but minimal RAAF. Apparently a RAAF C130 is shuttling between Kabul & a base in the ...

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by melpax
Wed Aug 11, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What new airlines can we expect to Brisbane?
Replies: 24
Views: 2654

Re: What new airlines can we expect to Brisbane?

The planned terminal redevelopment at BNE will most likely be brought forward, and wouldn't suprise me if the existing international terminal is kept open for overflow during the games. I would expect that the other 2 South-East Queensland airports (OOL & MCY) will get upgrades, OOL also has int...

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by melpax
Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 220
Views: 35513

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2021

Amazing, flew out of T3 in April and despite using it many times in the past, a long absence and a lot of overseas travel in the meantime, suddenly realised how appalling it actually is. Had to buy dry biscuits and cheese for breakfast as there were no real food options airside. Plus the T3 securit...

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by melpax
Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 405
Views: 74832

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

I wonder if such a non-dense configuration would draw environmental ire? Seems like for a mega flight like that you’d need space but could backfire if normal density cabins with a layover are much more carbon friendly. I’m not sure if UK/AUS business dynamics but I’d expect the 2021 evaluation time...

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by melpax
Mon Jul 26, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Olympic - i.e., summer - Olympic athletes complain of... heat
Replies: 37
Views: 2262

Re: Olympic - i.e., summer - Olympic athletes complain of... heat

The Australian team was preparing for it. It’s shouldn’t be an issue for Australians with summer temps in many places in Aussie far exceeding Tokyo. The issue is the humidity. Tropical storm arriving this week will make it 90%+ for three days. A lot of the Aussie team spent time up in Cairns to acc...

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by melpax
Sat Jun 26, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 389
Views: 41628

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Sydney to go into a 2 week lockdown from 6PM tonight due to an outbreak of the Delta variant. The outbreak started in the Eastern suburbs, several Eastern suburbs, including Bondi & the Sydney CBD were placed under lockdown as of yesterday, now all of the Sydney Metro area has been locked down. ...

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by melpax
Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down
Replies: 9
Views: 755

Re: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Not good at all...HKers should be seriously thinking about what they plan to do long-term if they aren’t already. There have been a lot of Hong Kongers with Australian Citizenship or permament residency moving back here over the past couple of years, and a few pro-democracy activists have claimed a...

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by melpax
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 41015

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. Though if you're just changing planes in LAX, you also have to go through TSA screening. Even if I was flying Y, and my final destination was JFK, I would rather...

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by melpax
Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round the world airlines
Replies: 25
Views: 3905

Re: Round the world airlines

Pre-COVID, QF almost had RTW service, the missing gap was JFK-LHR. But you would have been able to book a codeshare flight on AA or BA on a QF ticket, with a QF flight number.

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by melpax
Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 389
Views: 41628

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Cluster in Melbourne believed to have started as transmission between two 5th grade students: https://amp.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/health-officials-warn-that-new-variant-found-in-victoria-could-spread-quicker-between-children/news-story/7e8916632111020ba9c20e5f69df127a This new "delt...

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by melpax
Sun May 30, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 389
Views: 41628

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. Things have changed in Australia, at least in Melbourne. We have just gone into our 4th lockd...

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by melpax
Sun May 30, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Supertanker ceasing operations
Replies: 55
Views: 16151

Re: 747 Supertanker ceasing operations

TheDutchman92 wrote:
Australia could definitely use this and it would have the legs to get to Indonesia from a southern operating base too.


A DC-10 tanker has been based in Sydney (at Richmond RAAF base from memory) in previous fire seasons.

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by melpax
Thu May 27, 2021 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43704

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

7 Day lockdown just announced for Victoria... 5km movement limit, but no curfew this time. Non-food retail to move to click & collect, masks to be worn outside of home. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-covid-live-updates-melbourne-braces-for-lockdown-as-health-officials-await...

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by melpax
Wed May 26, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43704

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

QLD can’t be far behind... I was half expecting QLD to have already closed. NZL is to review that travel pause tomorrow, I would expect that pause to be extended. With maybe an Avenue for citizens to return home. QLD have already restricted entry for those who have been in Melbourne Northern Suburb...

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by melpax
Wed May 26, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43704

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

We might see some cancellations from Victorians shortly....... I'd say there would be cancellations already - SA has just closed their borders to travellers from Melbourne, and those from elsewhere in Victoria must get tested on arrival & isolate until they get a negative result. Would think WA...

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by melpax
Tue May 25, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43704

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

COVID outbreak in Melbourne, Indian variant :-( . 9 confirmed cases so far, but thousands have been forced to be tested & isolate, given one of the cases visited a major Shopping Mall while infections... The other states have imposed restrictions on people visiting from certain areas of Melbourn...

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by melpax
Sun May 09, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 1754

Re: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia

Many Americans go to Australia for cruises. All the cruises go out of Sydney, so it isn't just the population, but what drives tourism. Pre-COVID, there were a couple of cruise liners based out of MEL for the Summer. MEL was also a popular port of call as well, The Queens were semi-regular visitors...

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by melpax
Sun May 09, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43704

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

My wife just told me tonight she read on a news site on her phone, that international boarder will not open until 2022, she cant say what site she read that on, so how will that affect Qantas who was hoping that international travel may commence in October. Will their A380s have to go back into sto...

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by melpax
Mon May 03, 2021 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43704

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Obzerva wrote:
Do we have anecdotal figures of ZL's load factors on its jet services as yet?


I flew them on SYD-MEL a couple of weeks back, my flight was close to full.

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by melpax
Sat May 01, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43704

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

tullamarine wrote:
redroo wrote:
Where is the year going?

No further than New Zealand, it seems.


And perhaps Singapore, and Japan later on IF we're lucky. Unlikely though.......

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by melpax
Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Regional Express MEL - SYD March 2021
Replies: 5
Views: 6469

Re: Regional Express MEL - SYD March 2021

I flew REX last weekend (SYD-MEL). Wasn't expecting a lot, but came away pleasantly suprised. Free checked baggage & snacks are a nice point of difference, especially compared to VA & JQ. The FA's were also made a point of welcoming those flying them for the first time, will be interesting t...

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by melpax
Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 130
Views: 14301

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

Went to the local chemist's with my mum a few days ago for our flu shots. The pharmacist advised my mum to monitor her blood pressure & blood sugar levels for 2 weeks before having her COVID shot. Heart palpitations are a common side affect with the AZ vaccine apparently, which is what over-50's...

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by melpax
Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 45094

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Another Hotel Quarantine breach, this time it was someone travelling PER-MEL after completing quarantine in Perth. Pax was apparently told to isolate on arrival in MEL on Wednesday as the person in the neighboring hotel room in Perth had tested positive. The Melbourne arrival tested positive this mo...

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by melpax
Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Corporations Buying Up American Homes
Replies: 34
Views: 2570

Re: Corporations Buying Up American Homes

In my city (Melbourne, Australia), suburban home prices are going gangbusters. The minimum price for a free-standing 4 bedroom home in the area I live in (around 30kms east of downtown MEL) is now AUD$1 million, and that would be for something needing substantial renovation. Anything under $1mil is ...

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by melpax
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 45094

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Have just got back home from spending the weekend up in Sydney. Flew MEL-SYD on JQ Friday night, and flew back to MEL this afternoon on REX. Both flights were close to full. REX seems to be very competitive, with free checked baggage, and complementary 'refreshments' - a water & a bag of nuts ar...

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