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by vhqpa
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the emptiest flight you've been on recently?
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: What's the emptiest flight you've been on recently?

Recently it would my return BNE-PPP trip last week each with roughly 30 pax on a Fokker 70/100. Pre covid I've been one of 4 pax on a Saab 340, also a few trips late in the evening on sectors like SYD-BNE, ADL-BNE where it's been 20-30 pax on a 737-800. For long haul I've been on an A380 flight SIN-...

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by vhqpa
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 9 abreast 777s
Replies: 12
Views: 445

Re: 9 abreast 777s

Virgin Australia were 9 abreast on their 77W fleet. But they are stored and will be leaving the fleet shortly.

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by vhqpa
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 200
Views: 25848

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

I’ve been checking the Alliance BNE - PPP since it started and I see it fluctuates between F70 and F100. Is this simply a numbers issue? I’m assuming now JQ and VA are back on the route the numbers aren’t quite there as they were in late June when it started. I assume so. I flew them up to PPP toda...

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by vhqpa
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite airline liveries
Replies: 42
Views: 1637

Re: Your favorite airline liveries

Current

1. SAS

2. Air Canada

3. Air Vanuatu



Historical

1. SAS Viking

2. British Airways Landor

3. BEA Red square

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by vhqpa
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings
Replies: 27
Views: 1130

Re: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings

747 - Most likely at SIN transiting through in Early 1994. There was a picture taken of me taken at T2 with a SQ 747-300 taxiing behind. A340 - Not sure exactly but the earliest I can definitely remember was an Emirates A340-500 at SYD around 2004. A380 - 16 November 2005. I remember cutting school ...

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by vhqpa
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2424

Re: How common is self-transfer?

I've only done it a couple of times LA/DJ AKL-SYD-BNE back in 2009. Quite painful. No way to recheck bag in T1, had to lug it onto a packed commuter train to get to T2. Crazy long queue to check bag once I reached T2. But I had a huge buffer so I still had plenty of time. FI/DY KEF-OSL-BGO. Daytrip ...

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by vhqpa
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55174

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/QFA6001



I'm a bit sad to see this one go in particular. I had a great flight a couple of years ago on OQH, SIN-LHR in the small mini upper deck Y cabin.
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VCVSpotter wrote:
Qantas A380 VH-OQH filed MEL-VCV 12:30PM - 9:19AM as QF6001 for storage.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/QFA6001



I'm a bit sad to see this one go in particular. I had a great flight a couple of years ago on OQH, SIN-LHR in the small mini upper deck Y cabin.

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by vhqpa
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 6961

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

It's hard to pick a definitive ugly aircraft a few that come to mind Airbus A380 - I agree with the concensus that it looks quite ungainly, but the spacious cabin is by far the best aircraft to fly long haul on. 6052375 ATR42/72 - There's something just so awkward about it's shape. I'm not sure if i...

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by vhqpa
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx and it’s airborne ‘sweep’ aircraft
Replies: 37
Views: 11067

Re: FedEx and it’s airborne ‘sweep’ aircraft

Sounds interesting. Not doubting you but it sounds like an incredibly expensive practice. I'm interested in finding out more.

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by vhqpa
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have your summer vacation flights been cancelled?
Replies: 13
Views: 1397

Re: Have your summer vacation flights been cancelled?

Every (southern) winter I usually fly BNE-ADL and return to visit my grandmother, but for this year I decided I would drive down rather than fly. I took some time off at the end of July, but then COVID-19 happened which curtailed these plans. As it turns out I probably would have been ok as the stat...

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by vhqpa
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68394

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

I've flown Alliance on the odd occasion with QF/VA marketed RPT flights. As the posters said above, reliability has never been an issue. Cabins are kept in fairly good condition for their age. On board product for these contracted RPT flights are usually inline with what you would expect from a VA/Q...

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by vhqpa
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2020 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 107
Views: 8630

Re: Your 2020 Booked/Flown Flights

My first post covid booking

August 2020

Alliance Airlines QQ2318 Brisbane - Proserpine
Alliance Airlines QQ2311 Proserpine - Brisbane

Both legs listed as Fokker 100 eqp. but hoping for downgauge to Fokker 70 on at least one leg.

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by vhqpa
Wed May 20, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

After a bit of digging around it appears to be N962CL ex A6-EMM. It flew ASP-BNE-AFW 26APR. https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/boeing-777-300-n962cl-umb-bank/rz85mr https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N962CL/history/20200426/0530Z/YBAS/YBBN https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N962CL/history/2020...

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by vhqpa
Wed May 20, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

So this has been bothering me for a while and I'm no closer to an answer. On May 6th, Brisbane Airport tweeted this image with the below caption: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EXSu2hOWsAAcNzT.jpg Story time: This Boeing 777-300 had been sitting in Alice Springs for the past 12-24 months until very re...

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by vhqpa
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled
Replies: 49
Views: 2375

Re: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled

Last trip: Late November to Japan SQ BNE-SIN-NRT and domestic flights on JL/NH Next (Cancelled) trip: Roadtrip to visit family in July BNE-ADL. I usually fly, but decided I would drive. Will probably go later in the year if I can get leave approved. I was in the early stages of planning an overseas ...

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by vhqpa
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare and Short Lived Airline/Aircraft Combinations
Replies: 91
Views: 7073

Re: Rare and Short Lived Airline/Aircraft Combinations

Air Canada and the A340-500
Cathy Pacific and the A340-600

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by vhqpa
Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116840

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

There's an AN-124 inbound to SYD from CMB UR-82009

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by vhqpa
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How was QANTAS's network in 1999?
Replies: 2
Views: 552

Re: How was QANTAS's network in 1999?

Most likely equipment for SHA/PVG back then was likely a 767-300ER.

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by vhqpa
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc
Replies: 72
Views: 7969

Re: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc

There was a BNE based (attempted?) startup about 15 years ago, which had a single Yak-42. I recall the plan was to fly to the small mid Pacific nations such as Kiribati, and Micronesia in a combi configuration, with cargo loaded through the pax door as it didn't have a cargo door. I'm not sure if th...

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by vhqpa
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Europe Trip 2018 Part 3: FI to Iceland + Domestic Iceland on NY/FNA
Replies: 0
Views: 1730

Europe Trip 2018 Part 3: FI to Iceland + Domestic Iceland on NY/FNA

INTRODUCTION Welcome to Part 3 of my Europe trip report. This part covers the Icelandic section of a Europe trip I did back in November/December 2018. It kicks off in Paris covers the flight to Reykjavik, a few domestic flights within Iceland including on an old Twin Otter! And my time in Iceland. ...

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by vhqpa
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should booing be banned at sporting events?
Replies: 50
Views: 1772

Re: Should booing be banned at sporting events?

Yes, and while we're at it lets ban all alcohol sales, fan clothing and jeans. A polo shirt or tie to support your team is fine. Anyone in contravention of the dress code shall be ejected from the venue. Any booing or disrespectful comments is grounds for a life ban. Seriously though, I'm trying to ...

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by vhqpa
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99324

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

I just worked out on paper assuming the same Heathrow slots and UK on BST. The timings of the PER-LHR-PER sectors are roughly QF1 dep PER 2020 arr LHR 0635+1 QF2 dep LHR 2105 arr PER 2050+1. If this service does go through T4 at PER how many 787's can be handled at the same time? QF1 is going to ove...

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by vhqpa
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC
Replies: 17
Views: 1106

Re: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC

From what I understand in Australia the banks will offer one or the other for personal accounts and credit cards.

From what I gather with the Big 4 banks it's

Commonwealth: Mastercard (although they offer a Visa travel card, and Visa with business accounts)
Westpac: Mastercard
ANZ: Visa
NAB: Visa

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by vhqpa
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas new Centenary Safety Video
Replies: 14
Views: 1697

Re: Qantas new Centenary Safety Video

I like the video it reminds me of the BA "to fly to serve" relaunch campaign a few years ago. Overall the attention to detail on each time period is great. Check out the pitch on that 707! And I like how they play a period rendition of I still call Australia home in the background. However...

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by vhqpa
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Past possible orders
Replies: 30
Views: 1970

Re: Past possible orders

Didn't Ethiopian order a proposed HGW 767-400 variant, which ultimately got converted to 777-200ERs?

EDIT: It was actually Kenya Airways.


Also Crossair (prior to SR's demise) ordered the Embraer 170. A prototype even got painted in full LX colours.

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by vhqpa
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: This OR That Thread Q1 2020
Replies: 137
Views: 5386

Re: This OR That Thread Q1 2020

Kos


Seychelles or Maldives ?

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by vhqpa
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66098

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

all this talk of project sunrise flights SYD/JFK but, no one from BNE, MEL, OOL, MCY, CNS is going to fly to SYD just to get a nonstop, when they can fly via AKL & easily connect in same terminal, at probably a lower cost. Ok, they'll end up at EWR not JFK, but both are roughly same distance to...

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by vhqpa
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GM shuttering Holden, exiting all remaining RHD markets
Replies: 16
Views: 1080

Re: GM shuttering Holden, exiting all remaining RHD markets

It's sad to see the end of such an iconic brand, especially as my first car was an old ex-Police VN Commodore, which prior to that was the family car for as long as I can remember. However it shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone the writing's been on the wall for a while. There's nothing real...

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by vhqpa
Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Past routes from Europe-Australia
Replies: 37
Views: 1904

Re: Past routes from Europe-Australia

I picked up a 2005 Austrian Airlines timetable from a travel expo. In the timetable it was a 763 VIE-SIN-MEL and 772 VIE-KUL-SYD. But from what I remember the stop in SE Asia but change between SIN and KUL and couple of times. So I wouldn't be surprised if they flew every combination of VIE-SIN/KUL-...

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by vhqpa
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former carriers have you flown?
Replies: 102
Views: 3315

Re: What former carriers have you flown?

Short list for me

Ansett
Strategic (Short-lived Australian airline 2009-2012)
And not sure if it counts but Lan Chile (Prior to LATAM)

And a couple more regionals

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by vhqpa
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Most Delayed Flights of 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1391

Re: Your Most Delayed Flights of 2019

Was lucky for 2019 only a couple minimal delays. Most delayed was JL526 CTS-HND 50 Minutes due to late inbound aircraft. What was impressive was at check in (advised a 30 minute delay at that time) I was offered a JPY500 food voucher and offered to transfer to the previous flight an hour earlier. I ...

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by vhqpa
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Sydney Airport Transfer
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Re: Sydney Airport Transfer

Assuming it's all on the one itinerary and you're flying out on QF3. Use the Qantas transfer service. Your bags will be checked though to Honolulu from Alice Springs without the need to reclaim in Sydney. Your QF791 flight will arrive in Terminal 3, once you get off the plane go to Gate 15 (Near Hun...

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by vhqpa
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA To Announce New Long-Haul Route - Possibly Brisbane
Replies: 107
Views: 24022

Re: Rumor: AA To Announce New Long-Haul Route - Possibly Brisbane

It's my understanding that once QF start BNE-SFO/ORD, BNE-LAX Will be reduced back to daily. I can see AA putting on 3x Weekly seasonal service over the NW to complement the existing QF15/16.

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by vhqpa
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13163

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

Question about the SAA fleet, for those who know. According these: https://www.planespotters.net/airline/South-African-Airways https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/South+African+Airways.htm SAA still has two 737-300s in the fleet. Is this accurate? If so, are they actually being used? Where? Or are ...

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by vhqpa
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How many languages do you know?
Replies: 65
Views: 3106

Re: How many languages do you know?

English (Native) Norwegian (cusp of A2/B1 level) Been studying off and on for about five years but barely anything more than a beginner. I'm just at the point where I can make sense of a news article, even if I can't translate every single word. The biggest barrier is being so far away and not bein...

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by vhqpa
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you flown the alphabet?
Replies: 26
Views: 1491

Re: Have you flown the alphabet?

I've listed ICAO codes for carriers without their own IATA code.

A. AF, AN
B
C
D. DJ, DY
E. EAG, EK
F. FI, FNA, FQ
G
H
I
J. JL, JQ
K. KL
L. LA
M. MI
N. NC, NH, NM, NTL, NY, NZ
O. OT
P. PBN
Q. Q6, QF, QLK, QQ
R
S. SK, SQ, SSQ, SZS
T. TT
U.
V. VA, VC
W. WF
X
Y
Z. ZL

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by vhqpa
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst airport in Europe???
Replies: 65
Views: 4675

Re: Best and worst airport in Europe???

Of the limited European hubs I've visited Best: AMS, OSL. Both were very efficient and user friendly. AMS has heaps of stuff for avgeeks, like the Fokker 100 on the observation deck. Ok: CDG (T2F), LHR (T4) Not so great: LHR (T3), KEF. Not a fan of the idea of keeping everyone in the common shopping...

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by vhqpa
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qantas Fiesta Route in the 1970s.
Replies: 17
Views: 1529

Re: Qantas Fiesta Route in the 1970s.

Also, if you know other route names from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, would kindly share? Thanks! Apart from the Fiesta route and famous Kangaroo route, a few others I know off hand from that time period. Southern Cross route: Australia - Europe via North America. Wallaby route: Australia - Southern Africa...

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by vhqpa
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qantas Fiesta Route in the 1970s.
Replies: 17
Views: 1529

Re: Qantas Fiesta Route in the 1970s.

Also, if you know other route names from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, would kindly share? Thanks! Apart from the Fiesta route and famous Kangaroo route, a few others I know off hand from that time period. Southern Cross route: Australia - Europe via North America. Wallaby route: Australia - Southern Africa...

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by vhqpa
Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiftair (Spain) and Swift Air (USA)
Replies: 23
Views: 2945

Re: Swiftair (Spain) and Swift Air (USA)

There also used to be SkyWest Airlines (US) and Skywest Airlines (AU). The Australian Skywest was bought by VA and renamed Virgin Australia Regional Airlines.

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by vhqpa
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 2322

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread - 2020

5839007 New Embraer for Air Kiribati. I could have sworn there was another photo of it with a an Australian VH registration, but I can’t find that. It is quite a step up for them. It will be interesting to see how it used. V/F Apparently it's going onto the Australian register as VH-IKJ. Although i...

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by vhqpa
Wed Jan 01, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will QF fly to more European destinations?
Replies: 11
Views: 1149

Re: Will QF fly to more European destinations?

With the Australia-France bilateral I believe the allowance frequencies is tied to the number of seats of the aircraft. With the 747 it maxed out at three weekly. I believe with the current 789 configuration of 236 seats they can fly up to six weekly. *EDIT - Just took a look at the bilateral the wa...

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by vhqpa
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't Qantas carry local traffic on JFK-LAX route?
Replies: 141
Views: 17860

Re: Why can't Qantas carry local traffic on JFK-LAX route?

any NZ airline can operate domesticallyin OZ without restriction & have been told that they don't have to deal with CASA, which must be a huge benefit. If it was that beneficial we'd see ZK- registered planes all over Australia as opposed to the status quo which is the reverse NZ used to codesh...

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by vhqpa
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Boeing 787-10 range: how far can it stretch its wings ?
Replies: 126
Views: 21388

Re: The Boeing 787-10 range: how far can it stretch its wings ?

From what I understand I think it's fair to say that the A350-1000 is more capable than the 787-10 in strictly that it can carry more payload further, the same way a 737-800 is more capable than say a A220-300. But that's not to say it's an inferior product as for missions it can fly it can do so mo...

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by vhqpa
Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TSA secondary screening at the gate
Replies: 6
Views: 1489

Re: TSA secondary screening at the gate

I haven't been to the US. But at least at BNE there is secondary security for US bound flights and I presume other Australian airports are the same. At BNE QF have a section cordoned off the end of the south pier for their US bound flights, and VA have portable dividers they set up around the depart...

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by vhqpa
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64569

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

Does anyone know, or recall if the 'Noosa' airport that Sunstate served back in the early 1980s is the same airport as todays Maroochydore (MCY)? When I attempt to search for information on Noosa airport history the only thing that comes is MCY. Cheers Nah it’s not mate, Noosa airport was privately...

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by vhqpa
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denied Boarding - a Man and His Possum
Replies: 47
Views: 6014

Re: Denied Boarding - a Man and His Possum

In the article he claims he called the airline and got verbal approval to take the animal. I suppose it's easy to say after the fact, but if was the case then maybe he should have requested approval in writing. Having said that it's states quite clearly on their website "We only accept small ca...

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by vhqpa
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?
Replies: 81
Views: 14850

Re: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?

I guess I'm used to seeing it on the A350, but for me it still looks funny on the A320 and A330.

I know it's not an option on the A350, but is this also the case with the A330 neo? It would appear every airline that has taken an A330 neo so far has the mask.

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by vhqpa
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF SFO-SYD Transitions to 787-9 From December 4th 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 8632

Re: QF SFO-SYD Transitions to 787-9 From December 4th 2019

nonstop BNE/LAX started in either 2003 or 2004 initially as 3x Weekly. Not sure when exactly QF25 changed from BNE to MEL but I would think around 2005. Also on certain days there was an extra BNE-SYD tag in both directions to rotate the 2 class 744 that operated the route. 332 to LAX didn't start u...

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by vhqpa
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biggest airline rivalries of the world
Replies: 24
Views: 3282

Re: Biggest airline rivalries of the world

Historically SQ and MH. They both came about from the split of MSA. For years there was a rivalry over which one was the most prestigious carrier.

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