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by DexSwart
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99130

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Has QF made an official announcement around the 744’s? On that note, I’m guessing 787 to JNB once things normalise again?

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by DexSwart
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAS airport closed
Replies: 60
Views: 18865

Re: LAS airport closed

I’m confused, if a controller tested positive, why were they not self isolating while they waited for the results?

Seems selfish to still go to work while you may have a virus that is currently affecting most of the world.

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by DexSwart
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 57 Squawking 7700
Replies: 4
Views: 1538

AA 57 Squawking 7700

Noticed this on Flight Radar just nite. Currently at 32,000 feet and seems to be in a holding pattern near Exeter. Can’t link as I’m on mobile at the moment.

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by DexSwart
Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St Helena (HLE) "The World's Most Useful Airport" - Wendover Productions
Replies: 44
Views: 11615

Re: St Helena (HLE) "The World's Most Useful Airport" - Wendover Productions

I think as much as they push for tourism, one of the big things the airport does, as the video mentions, is connect to diaspora of Saints. Most of them are in Cape Town and as such flights to South Africa make the most sense. On top of that, SA is the closest for full and advanced medical aid in the...

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by DexSwart
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: No ID check on (German) domestic flights
Replies: 77
Views: 6224

Re: No ID check on (German) domestic flights

I travel around Australia all the time without having an ID check done. I hate to be that guy, but if someone really wanted to get on the flight, they could get on the flight. I’ve never had concerns about the ID check, because it’s the security screening that should weed out any dangerous individua...

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by DexSwart
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254219

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

It seems that Qantas really made a huge deal about next generation aircraft plying the PS routes, so I highly doubt they’d do an about face and get a last gen aircraft as a stop gap. The media here likes to make a big deal out of anything Qantas does or has happen so it could be a lot of bad PR for ...

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by DexSwart
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AC to improve inclusivity and stop using "Ladies and Gentlemen"
Replies: 138
Views: 29936

Re: AC to improve inclusivity and stop using "Ladies and Gentlemen"

I like this, good on AC for being more inclusive.

I also think “hello everybody” sounds much more casual and friendly anyway.

Even “Hello ACxxx!” Works fine for me.

Now to wait for everyone saying the world is “too PC”

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by DexSwart
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic flying lady
Replies: 4
Views: 1711

Re: Virgin Atlantic flying lady

Was anything suggesting it was an April Fool’s joke?

I like it, and think it looks good!

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by DexSwart
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN
Replies: 22
Views: 7801

Re: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN

My concern isn’t so much them being in the cabin, that’s manageable.

My concern is how many people put these in their checked luggage. Or other bigger batteries like those that are being built into suit cases.

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by DexSwart
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 51624

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Air Mauritius have received their first refurbished A340 with some photos posted onto their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AirMauritius/posts/10157288351953820 It looks nice enough, although I’ll miss the green seats with the thick padding. The IFE, not so much. [Speaks loudly hoping SAA w...

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by DexSwart
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.
Replies: 64
Views: 7376

Re: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.

Tattoos are just gross. Can't fathom why someone deface their bodies like that. Ugh. I certainly don't want anyone with tattoos serving me. Honestly the grossest thing here is the responses on this thread. Hopefully you never go out to a bar, restaurant, gym, hospital, airport... actually, just sta...

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by DexSwart
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 24657

Re: BA reveals new Club World Suite, first Airbus A350 routes

Wow, proper storage in business class. Groundbreaking.

For real though, I think this looks pretty phenomenal. This might be the beginning of the end for F at BA?

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by DexSwart
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 744779

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Comair has chosen to voluntarily suspend operations of the 737 MAX. MN released a statement on it via FaceBook. https://www.facebook.com/145976583494/posts/10156460476918495?sfns=mo . They say that they remain confident in the aircrafts safety but will liaise with “Boeing, other operators, and techn...

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by DexSwart
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ's IFE Has a Camera Possibly Watching in Every Seat
Replies: 56
Views: 11753

Re: SQ's IFE Has a Camera Possibly Watching in Every Seat

I'll seriously carry stickers in the future to block any cam and I wonder about microphones and personal web traffic monitoring as well. As all this is possible and done on the ground airlines might be tempted to do the same inflight? For what reason? Why would an airline record you? What would the...

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by DexSwart
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will EK Add Showers & Bars To The 777?
Replies: 7
Views: 3340

Re: Will EK Add Showers & Bars To The 777?

I always saw EK J as their way for justifying the jump up to First class. They’re in two very different leagues. Unless they go the route of QR and introduce a F killer similar to the Q Suite. I can see EK keeping the bar for the 777’s, but showers are kind of unnecessary on most of their flights an...

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by DexSwart
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA ad - BA 100
Replies: 11
Views: 2257

New BA ad - BA 100

Hi all, BA just posted a new ad to their YouTube channel, celebrating 100 years of service. https://youtu.be/KJ3gBiFg5r4 I’d image they went looking at BOAC and others that merged with it before BA existed? I know KLM and Qantas have some of the longest unbroken service records, but I’m not sure whe...

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by DexSwart
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 48817

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5801619/new-qantas-service-to-fly-from-bendigo-to-sydney-six-days-a-week/?cs=80 Just announced, QantasLink was I’ll be flying to Bendigo six days a week from Sydney, starting in March. This is a nice little surprise. As someone from Bendigo I honestly didn’...

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by DexSwart
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 610943

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

Oh no.

Looks like it’s mostly an overwater flight.

Thunderstorms around Jakarta as well.

Hopefully everyone gets out okay. Hopefully.

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by DexSwart
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100
Replies: 85
Views: 21702

Re: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100

The IFE here is GoGo vision touch - exactly what you described. It's basically a wireless system consisting of tablets, with a USB and headphone jack located immediately underneath. Here's a video of the product during testing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUc74EX84LA This is what I imagined IFE...

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by DexSwart
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?
Replies: 41
Views: 5442

Re: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?

Good lord no, a train connection? Trains are evil, better build more road tunnels. Why are trains evil? Trains are efficient and incredibly good at moving a lot of people quickly. Almost every major city in the world has train service to its airports, be it in progress of being built or already bui...

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by DexSwart
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why don't Japanese airlines fly to Africa?
Replies: 39
Views: 6520

Re: Why don't Japanese airlines fly to Africa?

With a murder rate of over 60 per 100,000 inhabitants per year (and increasing), Cape Town is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. For comparison, in 2014 Tokyo prefecture recorded 0.9 murders and attempted murders per 100,000 inhabitants. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_m...

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by DexSwart
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"
Replies: 161
Views: 17478

Re: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"

That's not the common meaning in the US. Bereavement leave is usually separate from personal days. My company defines them as: a paid day of leave from work for reasons other than illness, vacation or bereavement, taken at the employee's discretion. We are allocated 2 per year. I'm guessing AA does...

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by DexSwart
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"
Replies: 161
Views: 17478

Re: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"

As far as my work experience goes, I’ve heard of personal days interchange with bereavement leave. If this is the case at AA, then I’m disgusted. As for the “Not calling in sick during critical periods” rule, I don’t think this would fly in any other developed country. You can’t legitimately expect ...

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by DexSwart
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mauritius Aviation
Replies: 51
Views: 4603

Re: Mauritius Aviation

Air Mauritius quit flying to Melbourne and Sydney more than six years ago. Only Perth remains. What is "a lot"? I would say some, but not it's not a significant number simply because the current schedule only allows connection one day per week (DUR-MRU-PER) and none on the return without ...

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by DexSwart
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mauritius Aviation
Replies: 51
Views: 4603

Re: Mauritius Aviation

Is Mauritius even big in name anywhere other than in Europe? Perhaps the Middle East and now Asia? I was surprised to see that Saudia flies to MRU, but beyond that, the country and its brand is not big enough to make a name for itself in far flung places like the USA. Well, Mauritius is massive for...

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by DexSwart
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where does DL fly their 777s?
Replies: 36
Views: 3752

Re: Where does DL fly their 777s?

You won't find any more info than routes for the last few weeks by tail number, as provided by FlightAware or FlightRadar24. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n860da or https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N860DA Some long-time participants show really poor command of research skills relev...

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by DexSwart
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where does DL fly their 777s?
Replies: 36
Views: 3752

Re: Where does DL fly their 777s?

andymartin wrote:
Why not search fr24 for your answer?


Because this is an aviation forum and people like to get a bit more info on things?

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by DexSwart
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Complants of bedbugs on AI EWR-India flights
Replies: 53
Views: 9246

Re: Complants of bedbugs on AI EWR-India flights

jerseyewr777 wrote:
Did these bed bugs deplane in Mumbai? This flight continues to Delhi as AI144.


Who requests a full turndown service on a two hour flight? That’s schedules to leave at 5 PM?

Honestly, this is gross.

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by DexSwart
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Helvetic Airways signes MOU for 12 Embraer E190-E2
Replies: 9
Views: 2192

Re: Helvetic Airways signes MOU for 12 Embraer E190-E2

That first render really makes the E2 look like a 787 and the red tail makes it look like QF :O Congrats TO Embraer though, this is a decent order indeed! It’s nice to see another Swiss airline growing. Does anyone know if the E2 series fixes the annoying window spacing? EMB were a bit too smart spa...

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by DexSwart
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 (née CSeries) achieves ETOPS 180 certification
Replies: 33
Views: 6213

Re: A220 (née CSeries) achieves ETOPS 180 certification

Flight time would be somewhere around four hours, so ETOPS 180 not even needed. Now, Airlink being profitable is another thing. Maybe SA Express's elongated suspension will help them. But I’d imagine the increased range could mean direct from JNB or CPT instead of flying via WDH? I thought Airlink ...

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by DexSwart
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 (née CSeries) achieves ETOPS 180 certification
Replies: 33
Views: 6213

Re: A220 (née CSeries) achieves ETOPS 180 certification

MrBretz wrote:
Now I will consider the 737-900ER to Hawaii spacious?


Probably not, considering the A220 has bigger, eye level windows and wider seats :D

Maybe Airlink could look at a -100 for their flights to St Helena and maybe even to MRU or deeper into Africa?

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by DexSwart
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Westjet 737MAX8 in new livery
Replies: 43
Views: 9345

Re: First Westjet 737MAX8 in new livery

Wow, Qantas North looks phenomenal on the 737 MAX! This is literally not even remotely close to QF but whatever. Haters gotta hate I guess. Honestly it's a lovely transition. Well done Westjet! Sorry, didn’t realise jokes weren’t allowed on this forum. :roll: As Bricktop said, it was a play on the ...

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by DexSwart
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Westjet 737MAX8 in new livery
Replies: 43
Views: 9345

Re: First Westjet 737MAX8 in new livery

Wow, Qantas North looks phenomenal on the 737 MAX!

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by DexSwart
Sat May 26, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airline New Livery Photo posted on A350?
Replies: 157
Views: 33179

Re: Major Airline New Livery Photo posted on A350? Possibly United. Airline tbc Monday. Any ideas?

wenders825 wrote:
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DexSwart wrote:
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I’d say maybe US.

would you now


Whoops. Miss type.

I meant UA. I can see the three rings be a more modern, flatter version of the globe.

Not that that would look good.

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by DexSwart
Sat May 26, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airline New Livery Photo posted on A350?
Replies: 157
Views: 33179

Re: Major Airline New Livery Photo posted on A350? Possibly United. Airline tbc Monday. Any ideas?

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Waterbomber wrote:
Im going to venture a crazy guess and say it's SAA announcing an A350 MOU.


SAA wouldn’t give up their rainbow nation inspired livery for something this drab and... anonymous. I DO have my fingers crossed for an MOU from SAA soon though!

I’d say maybe US.

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by DexSwart
Fri May 18, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 103
Views: 25175

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

Just wishful thinking but does this mean we’re gonna see PTV’s in the MAXs?

I can’t wait to see Singapore Airlines in Darwin and Cairns!

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by DexSwart
Tue May 08, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR
Replies: 45
Views: 9252

Re: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR

Finally! Great to see proper BA service back in my home town.

I’m surprised at the LHR aspect of the flight though.

Durban’s economy, though weakened is still doing better than most of S.A. which might help these flights, though, no doubt they’re gonna be successful.

Maybe PER is next? ;)

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by DexSwart
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to introduce JAMCO Business Class Seats on the Boeing 787-10
Replies: 24
Views: 7440

Re: KLM to introduce JAMCO Business Class Seats on the Boeing 787-10

@DexSwart: where did you see reverse herringbone? I can not seem to find it... Looking at the photo in the link above, they certainly seem angled. From that angle I’d say herringbone. Happy to be corrected on this one! :) Only 1 787-9 left to be delivered, this August. Oh wow, I couldn’t sworn it w...

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by DexSwart
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to introduce JAMCO Business Class Seats on the Boeing 787-10
Replies: 24
Views: 7440

Re: KLM to introduce JAMCO Business Class Seats on the Boeing 787-10

Another new feature is the “Do not disturb” button on the armrest, which passengers can turn on and off at will. What I'd love to turn on and off at will onboard the 787 is the stupid window e-tint, marveling at the beauty of planet Earth is my #1 IFE and the 787's window dimmers allow the crew to ...

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by DexSwart
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to start PER-JNB from 7 December 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 6544

Re: Qantas to start PER-JNB from 7 December 2018

Finally! This would be a wonderful addition to the QF network. I would seriously consider this from MEL that he backtrack to SYD, if QF didn’t fly the 747 between SYD-JNB. ;) SA is quickly losing favour with expats here since there is a lot of talk about unreliability, whether this is baseless is mo...

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by DexSwart
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing formally delivers the first 787-10 to Singapore Airlines
Replies: 113
Views: 23567

Re: Boeing formally delivers the first 787-10 to Singapore Airlines

I am looking forward to see the new regional business class but there is no pictures of the cabin yet ..... anyone ? https://www.ausbt.com.au/here-is-singapore-airlines-new-2018-regional-business-class-seat Sandyb123 Awesome. I love seats with privacy partitions that extend over windows for no reas...

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by DexSwart
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pax and Pilots are complaining about lavatories in AA B737-MAX
Replies: 215
Views: 40211

Re: Pax and Pilots hate AA B737-Max

Aren’t 737 cockpits the same size? Max or NG? Is there such a big difference in configuration?

Passenger wise I can understand, I wouldn’t want to be on one of those 73M’sfor more than maybe an hour max.

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by DexSwart
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian planning Buenos Aires to Asia flights via Perth
Replies: 120
Views: 16652

Re: Norwegian planning Buenos Aires to Asia flights via Perth

Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, even Maputo or Nairobi would make more sense honestly.

At least that would be doable on current aircraft.

EDIT, Looking at GC Map. NBO would be almost perfect as a stop over position.

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by DexSwart
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QantasLink to receive 2 A320s
Replies: 25
Views: 6310

Re: QantasLink to receive 2 A320s

Would these A320’s have the same interior as the updated 717’s? Having just come off of one, I’d say it’s easily one of my favourite Australian domestic cabins.

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by DexSwart
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: It’s official! Meridiana rebranded as Air Italy
Replies: 115
Views: 17618

Re: It’s official! Meridiana rebranded as Air Italy

First glimpse of the new livery: https://imagr.eu/up/KmYR5_DWZLk3pX4AADtVB.jpg https://twitter.com/MaxK_J/status/965542333201747968 Ah yes... blue and... burgundy? Two colours that don’t particularly jump to mind ah well I think of Italy IMHO. :shock: Looks like a Eurowings subsidiary to me.

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by DexSwart
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 499
Views: 98464

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

It seems 2007 and Silveroo liveried 737’s are also getting wifi. Even BSI interiors with seatback IFE. How long does it normally take to install the ViaSat system QF are using? I can’t figure out a pattern or discernible reason to the fittings.

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by DexSwart
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan
Replies: 40
Views: 8167

Re: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan

What's the point? JNB, MRU, BOM, and AUH are all that's left. Just shut it down and put it out of it's misery. This is just prolonging the inevitable. Death by a thousand cuts, I believe DUR is also left. The Seychelles could make a great connection point between Africa and Asia. Maybe they should ...

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by DexSwart
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airnorth cancels flights due to a pilot shortage
Replies: 7
Views: 2081

Re: Airnorth cancels flights due to a pilot shortage

$27k is extremely low, and that sounds very dodgy considering the Fair Work Comission states that minimum wage currently is $694.90. Which works out to just over $36k a year. I’ve never heard of wages being that low before in Australia, especially for a highly skilled job. Without boasting, I’m doin...

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by DexSwart
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Indigenous Art - hints new aircraft
Replies: 6
Views: 1889

Re: Qantas Indigenous Art - hints new aircraft

Just saw the Insta story.

All I’m hoping for is more colour than Mendoowoorrji has!

It’s an amazing program so hopefully we’ll see a few more in future, although Qantas is very selective and deliberate with any special schemes or liveries.

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by DexSwart
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Neos Unveils 789 - Spirit of Italy
Replies: 3
Views: 1425

Re: Neos Unveils 789 - Spirit of Italy

That Premium cabin is UGLY. Although to be fair it’s just the seat. Backs and headrests that I dislike so much.

Their economy cabin looks much nicer and more interesting as well.

Either way. Congratulations to Neos!

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