As an Iranian, this hurts.
As a human, this hurts.
I had a couple of friends-of-friends on the plane. I hope their families and loved ones can now have some form of closure.
Civilians paying the price of old men playing war games. What a shame.
My initial thought was that this was brought down by a missile, probably an error by a trigger happy Iranian AA. Reading the Reuters report though, I'm inclined to discount that possibility. Western intelligence services are able to tell when a missile is launched. There would have been heavy spy sa...Jump to post
Quite frankly I couldn't care less about which manufacturer will fly the PS flights. I don't get fanboys- it's not as if it's a footy team. An aircraft is a machine like a bicycle is a machine. . Oh you haven't been to bicycle forums, have you?! There are probably more flamewars there than between ...Jump to post
Southwest and American pull 737 MAX until early March, nearly a year after grounding:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-boei ... SKBN1XI2AA
I also find it surprising, given the attitude of people in NZ towards heading to the UK- I travelled on NZ1 on holiday 11 years ago, and got talking to a barmaid in Whanganui who’d been to London, but never to the South Island of NZ (80 miles away). My wife grew up in Whangarei and has been to Pari...Jump to post
A319 NEO over A223? Did not see that coming.
Fleet commonality, sure, but...
The future is point to point flying, and with ULH flights now becoming economical with the 787, and even further becoming popular with the A350-100 ULR and 777X, such 5th freedom routes are just relics of the past. Excited about the EWR announcement. I travel a couple of times a year between MEL and...Jump to post
If I recall correctly QF have one slot on lease to BA
Back in the day when I worked in ground handling as a student (all be it 15-20 years ago now) I personally helped turn 747s off long haul flights to a 90-minute schedule in London, it's quite doable. In fact BA/QF do it every day in Singapore as aircraft stop to refuel (all be it A380s & 773s)....Jump to post
Anyone figured out the flying time a 787-9 will take LHR/JFK to SYD? LHR is longer, depends on the winds, as well as the routes they take. I remember reading that QF might fly the polar route over Alaska instead of the more direct westward route. So SYD/MEL-LHR are somewhere around 20 to 22 hours d...Jump to post
It has to be a fake rumour or misreporting. The 777-9 could never do the route. We can crunch the numbers. I don't always agree with RJMAZ, but this is one of the few times I do. There is no way the 779X can carry anywhere close to 200 passengers SYD-LHR. Flipdewaf could run his excellent flight mo...Jump to post
There's no one at NZ or indeed anywhere else on the planet that is suggesting the 78J has the legs that patrickjp93 keeps quoting. There has been David, quite a few posters here think that NZ has got a 78J-SuperDooper coming that will allow NZ to carry 400 pax AKL-EWR non-stop. Though now I think o...Jump to post
Joyce would be incorrect given what we know from ANZ Most of this conversation has been very interesting, but thinking the CEO of the company which has been working closely on this project for 2 years with Boeing and Airbus and is about to make a decision on putting an order in the next few months ...Jump to post
I may be a cynic but this whole test flight thing is more a stunt than anything else. QF will be planning to use them for lots of free publicity; whilst they say it is QF staff only, what's the bet 7 or 9 get a reporter and camera crew on-board? The cost of the flights is stuff-all given they are d...Jump to post
Did Joyce actually say today “compelling option to help deal with the 777-8 delay” like was quoted a week ago or “compelling option” ? This is the quote from Joyce: "We know that Boeing and Airbus have aircraft that can do the job, and we have their best-and-final offers on the table – includi...Jump to post
Despite the QF sales act limiting foreign ownership to 49% Unless I'm mistaken, there are other provisions in the Qantas Sale Act. Everything from the amount and type of maintenance that has to be carried out in Australia to services required to maintain. At the end of the day, VA was able to tap i...Jump to post
Just a few years ago most of this thread thought QF on the verge of insolvency and they should move all their assets JetStar. Good for them, strong quarter. For good reason. QF turned around. The EK JV helped. Now they are growing past the EK JV (project sunrise). What helped even more than the EK ...Jump to post
More than anything, this is to gain some hard data re pilot fatigue to share with CASA. The 744 that flew LHR-SYD 30 years ago had extra pilots. From the ET article: "Scientists and medical experts from the Charles Perkins Centre will monitor sleep patterns, food and beverage consumption, light...Jump to post
The Australian market can really only sustain a duopoly. The history of Australian airline industry supports this even with airfares were notably higher. I absolutely agree with this, but I think there's an argument to be made to allow cabotage for regional Australia to induce some competition. I d...Jump to post
And QF Club members and Elites still have access to EK lounges and vv. The partnership was extended to 2022 Interesting how that timeline works in relation to Project Sunrise. I know it's all conjecture at this point, but If/when sunrise starts, do we expect the alliance to continue? Wouldn't make ...Jump to post
If it wasn't for geopolitics turning their home countries upside down, instead of the ME3, it probably would have been MEA and IR who would have dominated aviation in their region.Jump to post
QF's entire strategy on Sunrise is to get there first, so this is maximum pressure by Airbus. I don't disagree with you but there's another way to look at it. Airbus is telling QF that the A350-1000URL is not going to be an orphaned type, and is likely to have other operators around the world. That...Jump to post
Has a model type ever been improved so consistently and quickly following EIS like the A350? It was already an excellent plane that Airbus has continued to find ways improve. I'm not sure if it's as quick after EIS, but over the life of the program, the improvements that the A330 has seen have been...Jump to post
I haven’t worked with VxWorks for a while now, but I can’t imagine it’s changed too much. VxWorks is odd in comparison to just about any OS out there. If you want hard real-time and something thats look more like a Unix, then QNX or LynxOS are the way to go. The last time I touched VxWorks was also...Jump to post
You wrote in assembly because every clock cycle mattered This, and the fact that writing in "machine code" (assembly) you have pretty much direct control over the clock cycles. ie it is very clear how many clock cycles each instruction will take - knowing this is often more important than...Jump to post
There are not a lot of EMB aircraft in Australasia, Virgin swapped theirs out for turboprops to save a few bob on operating costs but there are a fair amount of F100's and they will need replacing at some point. Also Australia needs bigger single aisle planes but it has a duopoly that sees adding s...Jump to post
TK has basically zero presence in the Australian market. VA is still a loss making operation and I'm yet to see any plans from the new CEO on how he plans to right the ship. VA's problem is "too many chefs in the kitchen", and I don't see how adding TK to the mix is going to help. Also, ac...Jump to post
Congratulations to Airbus and AF. Great order for the A220. Surely the plane is now well established and has a chance to become a mainstream player as opposed to a niche. If the Spirit order comes through sometime within the next 6 months, Airbus will have to look at increasing the production rate. ...Jump to post
Best asked in the Project Sunrise thread Didn't know there was a Project Sunrise thread! What's the link? https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1402165&hilit=sunrise A lot of the usual A vs B stuff there, but some really good and informative posts with possible fuel calculatio...Jump to post
However, if an additional flight was added, how about AKL-ORD or AKL-CLT or even AKL-MIA AKL-MIA would certainly be unique and would be very interesting. Would open up a huge number of options in Latin America. Also flying to MIA is something that QF can probably never do nonstop from Australia. Bu...Jump to post
jupiter2 wrote:Essendon would've had international flights, but the only flights going non stop overseas would've been Qantas and TEAL/Air New Zealand flights to New Zealand with Electras.
VirginFlyer wrote:Here are some international Electras at Essendon:V/F
believe that Tullamarine would have opened to domestic ops (1972) before the 727-200s were introduced (1973). Essendon didn't have international operations so it is unlikely 707s or DC8s operated unless they were from some VIP fleet. Wait, so the city of Melbourne didn't have international operatio...Jump to post
qf2220 wrote:aryonoco wrote:brucetiki wrote:If VA opts to reposition itself closer to it's LCC roots, where does that leave Tiger?
Is there a market in Australia for a ULCC similar to Allegiant?
Mariner thought so.
I came here to read about the issues recently discovered per various news sites, to see how they might affect return to flight. But what found was continued tirade +1 So based on my understanding of the news reports, the new issue seems to not be directly related to MCAS. It was discovered by a FAA...Jump to post
As we all saw, a US drone was shot down over Iran earlier today. No such event occurred. They shot down a drone in international airspace. It wasn't over Iran. Depends who you believe. Iran says the drone was shot down at 25°59'43"N 57°02'25"E and debris recovered near village of Kouh Mob...Jump to post
WWads wrote:maxamuus wrote:I believe it’s prudent. The last thing we need is a repeat of MH17.
Especially with a US airline. It would mean war, and a severe one at that.
So just after I was wondering yesterday about the slow start to the XLR, the Qantas, AA and Indigo Partners orders got announced!
Over 206 orders/options (mostly firm orders). Strong start for a niche aircraft such as XLR.
Personally, I find this elitist disdainful attitude that some are showing quite off putting. This is a fantastic idea and well done to PR and Airbus for making it happen. It makes the aircraft much more efficient from a CASM perspective, which enables new markets/cheaper tickets. I love novel seat ...Jump to post
Fewer XLR orders than I expected, but I think EIA being 3.5 years away has a lot to do with that. On the one hand, Airbus' backlog is full, and there was no rush to deliver XLR quickly, and this way they can probably fund the program through usual Business Continuity schemes. On the other hand, ther...Jump to post
Congratulations to Boeing. They've changed the narrative around MAX, and are showing that they're still in the NB game.
Smart move by IAG, gaining a lot of leverage over both manufacturers.
Personally, I find this elitist disdainful attitude that some are showing quite off putting. This is a fantastic idea and well done to PR and Airbus for making it happen. It makes the aircraft much more efficient from a CASM perspective, which enables new markets/cheaper tickets. I love novel seat c...Jump to post
Air Lease orders 23 A321LR + 27 A321XLR + 50 A220-300. Nice bump for the A220-300 Has there been any indication which airlines will end up operating these? It's just a MoU right now. If they had any idea who was going to operate it, it would be firmer. I'd love to see the A220 receive a 50 frame or...Jump to post
I'm not quite understanding the talk/point of starting this service in Sydney? Sometimes those who are unaware of Australia's population geography suggest that Sydney and Melbourne are the only two catchment areas large enough to support new routes to previously unserved destinations. They often fa...Jump to post
Guys, the XLR has its own thread. I'm very excited about that aircraft, but can we please focus discussion about that in its own thread and dedicate this one to actual orders so we can keep track? Thanks.Jump to post
The fact that UA has a bigger market share in ORD won't be a concern considering UA and QF have an extensive interline relationship. Interesting. Perhaps another attractive option for a QF passenger flying to one of the secondary cities in the US. I just went through the list, and these are the des...Jump to post
DFW offers MORE connections via AA's megahub than ORD ever will. What does ORD offer that DFW doesn't though? Perhaps better connections to the NE and maybe through to central and eastern Canada? Plus ORD traffic can now travel longer on QF metal, making more money for QF. Let's not forget ORD's ow...Jump to post