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by qf002
Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 22132

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

zkncj wrote:
QF seem to think sending there 789s off to storage makes more sense. Yet NZ is operating there 789s up 6x daily into Australia with most being only freight.

You would think QF would be looking at doing the same on the Tasman.


QF has a dedicated freighter fleet, NZ doesn't.

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by qf002
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 22132

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

There are only 4 717 operators. Volotea was starting to progressively replace its 17. Delta has now retired its DC9 variants apart from the 717. Hawaiian loves them and is probably already chasing the Volotea birds, perhaps leaving the scraps for QF. Wasn't DL looking to upsize their 717s to 737s? ...

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by qf002
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA service to Australia over the years
Replies: 45
Views: 6599

Re: BA service to Australia over the years

if everyone ends up doing nonstops then they might as well do their own routings to Oz. Just whether 3-4 aircraft required to run it has any yield as its apparently only barely profitable as is. Someone mentioned ‘tired’ 773s are some almost brand new? Going nonstop increases aircraft utilisation a...

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by qf002
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Where is this office located? QF used to have 'executive offices' in the CBD, at the Deutsche Bank building on Philip & Hunter, but after Mascot was redeveloped into the Qantas 'Campus' those offices were closed and the execs all relocated to Mascot. Are you saying that QF has since opened anot...

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by qf002
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

The fact VA felt it was appropriate to separate its key offices between cities staggers me. Seems a bizarre culture to foster, and I can’t help think it was only due to certain exec not wanting to move to Brisbane- I can only think of positives to consolidate as much of the head office and corporat...

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by qf002
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 20918

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

Boeing757rb211 wrote:
Maybe John Travolta will buy this Qantas aircraft too, to add to his personal historic fleet.


John Travolta donated his 707 to HARS (aviation museum south of Sydney) last year. It is still being made airworthy prior to being flown back to Australia.

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by qf002
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 20918

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

Ziyulu wrote:
How close was QF from ordering the 748?


Nowhere near - they committed to the A380 four years before the 748i was even launched.

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by qf002
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Sorry if this has been asked before. But when an aircraft is ferried to MHV for storage, how do the flight crews get back to an airport to return home? Presumably by car or van - what other options do you imagine there are? It's only 90 minutes from MHV to downtown LA by road. I think the bigger qu...

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by qf002
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68369

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

At this stage, I feel that the best it could be is a crew only flight with spotting opportunities for the public. Have some flyovers of Sydney Harbour, other city CBDs etc. A highly remote possibility is an Ularu flyover too. I know that QF is strapped for cash but doing this might be seen as a pos...

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by qf002
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68369

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Not sure how much of a refit they would need if they were going to operate on say domestic or TT services to replace 330's. Perhaps just a recovering of the seats and new J class seats installed. They already have plenty of brand new (or virtually brand new) J suites which were intended for the A38...

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by qf002
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14057

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

Though COVID is the primary causal factor for industry restructuring, eamondzhang is right in a sense since QF faces the prospect of a recapitalized & slimmer Virgin Australia on the home turf. Even then, one has to wonder how much of a threat VA would be to QF. But if this is the impact on QF ...

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by qf002
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68369

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

That is the angle you get from the roof of the multi-storey carpark next to T1 (or the Rydges terrace next door).

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by qf002
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68369

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Yes, and this needs to change. As an Australian citizen living abroad, I have flights booked for November to see my parents. Since I plan to be in Sydney for 15 days, the mandatory 14 day quarantine in a hotel means that there's no point to taking the trip. How do you intend to leave the country as...

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by qf002
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Project Sunrise developments
Replies: 48
Views: 5169

Re: Qantas Project Sunrise developments

I can see the project being pushed back a while but demand will be there, perhaps just in time for the opening of the new Western Sydney airport, SWZ. with no curfew to worry about. :stirthepot: These flights will target a very different crowd to SWZ's market. Would BA operate their ultra-premium, ...

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by qf002
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 4226

Re: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020

Thanks for posting!

This trip has been on my list for a while, I hadn’t realised its future was at risk otherwise I would have made sure I got to it sooner. We don’t have a lot of long-distance trains to enjoy in this country.

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by qf002
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jetstar livery
Replies: 31
Views: 7247

Re: New Jetstar livery

Like they need another livery. They used to update the titles every few years though it’s been quite a while since the last refresh back in 2012/13. No doubt this new livery will be exclusive to the NEO (initially at least) as JQ doesn’t have a history of repainting aircraft before they’re due for ...

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by qf002
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68369

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

BNEFlyer wrote:
This one is going to Jetstar Japan, but one could assume that all new Jestar Group deliveries will have this livery.


Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t the current livery also debut on GK aircraft back in 2013?

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by qf002
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68369

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

qf789 wrote:
First A321LR for Jetstar has rolled out of final assembly, revised livery for JQ perhaps?


Hope they are keeping the orange on the belly.

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by qf002
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68369

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Hopefully they don’t make the same mistakes with fare pricing as SYD when it comes to the rail link. I'd be surprised if there was any special pricing for this local metro link. The point is to attract people out to the new airport and encourage them to use public transport to get out there, it's a...

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by qf002
Sun May 17, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not
Replies: 376
Views: 56050

Re: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not

The other thing being missed here is the fact that the A350 is not a one-trick pony for QF. It is part of a long-term strategy for their fleet which will carry them through the next 20-30 years. The QF of today is all about making proactive decisions rather than reactive ones. Picking up used 77Ls t...

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by qf002
Sun May 17, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not
Replies: 376
Views: 56050

Re: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not

The "Delta one" business class seats on their 777LR are around the same size as first class seats Qantas has on their A380 aircraft. They have a full privacy door. No they are not. DL's Suite is exactly the same seat as QF's latest J product, just with a different shell to incorporate the...

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by qf002
Sun May 17, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Hopefully they also keep away from red as a key branding theme, stick to blue perhaps? I think a hybrid carrier like B6 has a place in AU, with a small trans-con presence. But they have a hella lot of work to do. But timing is everything. I wish them good luck! If they plan to grow into a full-blow...

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by qf002
Tue May 12, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

That's a massive drop but I'm still surprised that there's 40% of the year-on-year total of visitors. Who on earth is coming to Australia as a 'visitor' and spending two weeks in lockdown at the ScoMo Sofitel? The borders were still open for the first half of March, the self-quarantine order didn't...

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by qf002
Tue May 12, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

If anything, surely REX would look at expanding into FIFO charters before they made a move into the mainline space? A lot of uncertainty around VARA at the moment (a separate AOC doesn't insulate them against the impacts of VA's administration) and super low-risk since you can get the contracts in p...

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by qf002
Fri May 08, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Perth Airport is really starting to seem like bullies. This is the issue with monopolies. I don't even understand what they are trying to achieve here, taking action that won't actually impact on QF? Same story with the farcical parking of diggers in front of VA aircraft a couple of weeks ago. Eith...

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by qf002
Wed May 06, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd Qantas/Air N. Zealand DC8 flight in early 80s?
Replies: 18
Views: 2006

Re: Odd Qantas/Air N. Zealand DC8 flight in early 80s?

I guess I am still not understanding why each airline claimed "ownership" of the flight on certain days of the week. I can understand WHY Qantas used an Air New Zealand DC-8 aircraft, but why did the two airlines not offer the flight every day rather than having it operate as a QF flight ...

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by qf002
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

When VA started asking for hand outs from the federal government, it was widely acknowledged they had $4-5B in debt. There have been several recent reports in the media that now suggest the debt level is in excess of $6B and approaching $7B. I find it absolutely gobsmacking or incredulous that almo...

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by qf002
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

While I don't agree with the idea of a bail out for VA, I do think the Federal Government should be doing more to ensure that whatever does happen to VA is a positive transformation and in the long-term national interest. The last thing we need as a country and economy is for VA to end up falling to...

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by qf002
Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar Pacific Is No More, Now Renamed Pacific Airlines (Updated)
Replies: 156
Views: 22497

Re: There might be no more "Jetstar" Pacific as QF is reportedly transferring its stakes in BL to Vietnam Airlines

Best case for QF might be some kind of franchise/branding agreement. Zero risk and potentially a model for further opportunities across the region.

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by qf002
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

zkncj wrote:
Agreed - I do wonder what would happen if Qantas tried to follow suit with maybe just an daily MEL-SYD-BNE run now that VA is barely operating.


QF couldn't cut back to the bone in the same way, they carry too much freight.

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by qf002
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Well that's it then, VA is done. The level of financial assistance that they would require to get through this is probably several times more than the $1.4b that they have asked for at this stage. Better to spend those billions on supporting VA's workforce and vulnerable supply chains rather than th...

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by qf002
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

zkncj wrote:
would be willing to pay for them.


Scott Morrison punishing people for not coming home sooner.

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by qf002
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

VH-OEG just departed SYD bound for LAX as QF6001. Can’t see her returning sadly.

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by qf002
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

n251ay wrote:
Will depart around 1600 tomorrow (04APR). Would love to see pictures in case some spotters are still out :-)


I’m hoping to get to the airport (to do some essential exercise on the beach) on Sunday to see the KLM departure at 1540.

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by qf002
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

I am afraid every body can see that, and if that does happen watch Qantas go back to Sydney Airlines again. Lets hope Virgin does survive in some form or another. QF's recent innovation and growth has had nothing to do with VA. I think VA needs a controlled death with a phoenix rising out of its as...

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by qf002
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: April Fools Day Thread 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 1214

Re: BA announce direct to SYD/MEL Summer 2023

I thought April Fools had been cancelled this year?

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by qf002
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Would make sense if its last service with possible crew on minimum rest to fly return service The inbound crew won't be required to fly the return service (the crew from the last QF27 will still be in SCL), but they will need to be on the plane deadheading given the lack of alternative ways home fr...

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by qf002
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Aviator34ID wrote:
As another one would do now - when there is again sufficient demand in the country for two airlines to make a profit.


Eventually, yes. But at what cost to the broader economy in a critical period of recovery?

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by qf002
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

If VA had gone broke 3 months ago, would the Government have rushed in and bailed it out? I don't think so. If it was to occur now, same loss of competition, same loss of jobs. Difficult to make a case for the Government to spend a billion or so of tax payers money to get back into the airline busi...

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by qf002
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Too many pollies have big QFF balances to let the airline fail.

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by qf002
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

PlutekPlutek wrote:
Looks like a 789 SP-LSA. Incoming now from SIN. Sydney ETA ~01:46am. Must have dispensation for late night/early arrival in SYD?


Lots of relaxations recently, have heard unscheduled heavies coming in at all hours.

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by qf002
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Does anybody know what QF6034 HNL-SYD was for tonight? Some sort of repatriation flight?

Scratch that - QF source lists it as a charter, I'm guessing probably cruise related.

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by qf002
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

It appears there is an additional PER-LHR service tonight as QF5, scheduled to depart Perth at 2210 with an arrival in London at 0800. Should be operated by VH-ZNE which cut short QF10 in Perth earlier today. The return QF6 is scheduled for Friday. Possibly in part due to weight restrictions on QF1...

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by qf002
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

A curosity: on 29 March SYD-WAW by LO on B789 (22h55min). Repatriation flight for Poles and probably the first ever direct flight between Australia and Poland. The flight departures exactly at midnight, so it is actually in between Sat and Sun. First ever SYD-Europe nonstop? I know it’s been done a...

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by qf002
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

The only way we are going to get on top of this and minimise the long-term destruction to our economy is by eliminating all but absolutely essential social interaction.

Better to postpone any domestic travel until the industry is in recovery mode and can actually use your patronage/money to rebuild.

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by qf002
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

NZ has kept an single daily 77W service to lax, which connects with there only daily 777 service to SYD NZ doesn’t have dedicated cargo capacity like QF does which may be a factor. I don’t see any demand for passenger traffic beyond repatriation flights at this stage. The only people who will be ab...

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by qf002
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Don't call them, just wait for the automatic cancelation credit to be processed and then book for your new dates online. The cost of your new dates later in the year is only going to drop over the next few months anyway. The call centres have enough to be dealing with at the moment without stuff tha...

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by qf002
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

It's likely a lot of senior pilots flying the 380 and the 747 especially will not come back and may have, without them knowing, flown their last commercial flight. I’d suggest the same is true of VA’s widebody pilots as well (at VA at least). They can’t afford to keep the international business goi...

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by qf002
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

I’d put money on QF and VA grounding their widebody fleets within days, with the exception of some QF 789s to maintain a skeleton network from SYD to LHR, SIN, HKG, HND and LAX (the latter until the inevitable US travel ban comes into effect). 789s are also their most effective cargo shifters.

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by qf002
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

The Government won’t have any choice if this extends through most of this year (or longer). Our economy is too heavily dependant on aviation-based transport to allow either QF or VA to go under. This could be the pseudo-bankruptcy that VA needs to get back on track. Get rid of the widebody fleet and...

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