Don't know if it qualifies as a 'bad habit' but I always try to sweet talk the reception staff into a free upgrade upon check in!
It works about a quarter of the time : I have stayed in six hotels in the past fortnight and it worked in two of them!
mxaxai wrote:How about Merlin? Small, agile and it'd be the first military airplane to bear that name. Also a reference to the Merlin engine that powered the early Spitfires.
Hey guys, Looks like Qantas' "Project Sunrise" might benefit other airlines as well ... Am I right that Airbus fast-forwarded these developments of the -1000 in response to the QF competition? I can also see AirNZ being highly interested in this as a 777-300ER replacement and supplement fo...Jump to post
I dislike the new livery and agree with posters above that it looks like two liveries rolled into one!
I liked the old livery with the larger white titles.
The new livery reminds me of easyJet and TNT...
Hey guys, Phew! I have been worried that as a cost-cutting measure, Etihad would 'simplify' it's outstanding livery and that's what I feared had happened when I read this thread's title...., you know, a white fuselage with billboard titles and the same tail or something. I hope that Etihad does NOT ...Jump to post
How about 'Dreamtrainer' for a name? It was suggested to me by my (non-avgeek) teenage son after we looked at photos of Boeing's successful T-X.
I laughed, told him 'No way' but agreed to at least post it here....
Any word on the official designation and/or name of it yet?
EDIT: I see that aumaverick just beat me to it, asking the same question!
Hey guys, To me the proposed Vietnam Airlines service to Port Hedland, Western Australia was totally crazy... And then it was suggested that the flight would continue on to Auckland, New Zealand! Crazier still! Haven't heard anything about it for a few months ago now... The Jetstar Dreamliner flight...Jump to post
Hey guys, I totally agree with cpd and benjjk.... Western Sydney may not be perfect but zkojq is SO wrong. I am a proud product of south-west Sydney and while it's not perfect, it doesn't deserve the insults of zkojq. He/she has lost all credibility in my eyes. I am currently spending the week in Ad...Jump to post
Hey guys, Could Turkish announce Australian services as part of the opening celebrations of the new Istanbul airport?!?! Adding 'direct' flights to the only inhabited continent they don't fly to would seem to be a 'big thing' to them. I suspect initially via Asia and later nonstop. 787-9s to be late...Jump to post
Hey guys, It appears that the wingtip fold mechanism is in the 'open' position : ie wing tips "up"?!?! I hope that Qantas FINALLY orders the 777 : the -9 to replace the A380 long term and the -8'SP' for Project Sunrise.... And maybe even a couple of 777freighters eventually, wink! Cheers, ...Jump to post
Hey guys, Fortnite is a massive hit here. My youngest plays it whenever he has the chance. It's a bit controversial here in Australia, attracting negative media coverage in the newspapers. Pokemon Go was however, a bigger hit with a wider audience than Fortnite will ever be in my opinion. Cheers, Bu...Jump to post
Hey guys, Correct metal song : also correct cover version = Disturbd's "Sounds of Silence" Correct hair metal song : Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer" lol (although their best-ever song is "It's My Life" but I don't consider that a "hair" metal nor "metal&q...Jump to post
Hey guys, I love this livery but agree about the use of red. I understand it's connection with the flag but the flag itself is prominently positioned right next to the 'swoosh' anyway! It does detract slightly from an otherwise outstanding and distinctive livery. Well done, TN. Now, please fly the D...Jump to post
"Melbourne." I grew up in Sydney but most of my relatives lived in Melbourne. I hated Melbourne because ALL of our holidays were spent there visiting relatives until I was old enough to be left at home alone. I always longed to go to Queensland or Tasmania or ANYWHERE other than Melbourne...Jump to post
Hey Gemuser and RyanairGuru, Thanks for your replies. I appreciate your input and stand corrected. I guess the Canberrans I know who transit Sydney rather than Melbourne are in the overall minority. Where I live I can choose to fly domestically out of Canberra or Sydney and make the decision based o...Jump to post
Hey Gemuser, I doubt that many Canberrans would choose Melbourne over Sydney as a connecting point for flights to SFO. I certainly have never heard of any planning to do so, though that's not saying much. Flights I believe are generally cheaper SYD-SFO and there's a choice of airline : two compellin...Jump to post
Lol I get it. ANA are using the same reason for the three different coloured A380s.
I was intrigued with the suggestion made by an avgeek mate of SAA taking 4-6 ex-Lufthansa 747-8s in the medium term...
Would work well on the LHR route I would imagine.
Any chance of reopening Sydney flights with new/extra planes?
Hey guys, Pan Am would have the same basic titles and tail logo, possibly with the latter super-sized over the forward fuselage in a combination of pearl metallic white on plain white fuselage or the reverse. They would be flying a fleet of A32Xs, A330s and 777-300ERs (and possibly a shrinking fleet...Jump to post
Hey guys, Would the Sands group in the US be interested? Maybe some other casino group who want to 'step up' from Gulfstreams / Global Expresses? I can't imagine that the Crown Group here in Australia would be interested, although Kerry Packer once did operate a VIP DC-8 based in Sydney. Cheers, Bun...Jump to post
Hey guys, A genuine question from someone who has never been to WDW... Why do the monorails have to be in different colours? Purely aesthetic reasons? When Sydney had its much-maligned monorail loop, the train sets were all in a basic common colourscheme but then ended up in themed wrap-around adver...Jump to post
Hey guys, Firstly Happy Fathers Day to those who are fathers, caregivers and support men.... Secondly the austbt article about Singapore possibly buying out HNA's stake (and/or Etihad's stake) in Virgin Australia makes complete sense to me. I hope that it happens and that Singapore gives Virgin Aust...Jump to post
Hey guys, It's Fathers Day today here in Australia. Happy Fathers Day to all the a.net fathers, caregivers and support men! Being a dad is so rewarding : best thing in the world I reckon. I hope that you have a great day. I'm currently in bed, under orders from my kids, for my once-a-year breakfast-...Jump to post
Hey Dutchy, There are 100 in the requirement overall but only 72 (or is it 74?) actually being budgeted for at this time due to the decision to keep the Super Hornets/Growlers in the RAAF for the medium term, and then to decide what to replace them with : either more F-35s, UAVs, something else or n...Jump to post
Hey guys, I wonder if in the long term Australia might be interested in the hybrid F-22/F-35 Japanese proposal to replace its Super Hornets instead of the F-35? I know Australia is committed to the F-35 but the decision on what exactly replaces the Super Hornets won't be made for years... And well a...Jump to post
Hey guys, A few things ... I have a feeling that Project Sunrise will be an initial order for 8 firm, 8 options and 8-12 'purchase rights'.... I have a feeling that IF Qantas had to decide right now, the A350-1000ULR and the MAX8 would get the Project Sunrise and 737-800 replacement orders, with the...Jump to post
Hey guys, I feel quite strongly about Labor and Liberal rolling sitting PMs. Unless there is a moral issue (eg BJ and his love child), health issue or crime, I don't believe that a ruling political party should replace a sitting PM who has won a federal election. I am truly sick of this happening. I...Jump to post
Hey VapourTrails, To contrast with your experience, I had to completely change the travel plans of three family members when Qantas changed the departure time of the second leg of a journey from Sydney. The earlier departure time of the flight made a connection impossible with the first leg arriving...Jump to post
Very interesting, thanks for sharing. I love that museum and am impressed with the contents and friendly, knowledgeable staff I have encountered there.
Are any of the models yours?
Approx how many modellers displayed models?
Hey guys, As for fleet purchases, I USED to think a decade or so ago that SAA would've been a natural fit for a small fleet of 747-8s for LHR and US routes (and maybe even Australian routes too), with a similarly small fleet of either A350s or Dreamliners in support. Now I think that A350s/A330neos/...Jump to post
Wonder if an attrition replacement will be ordered sooner rather than later? Makes sense to buy now rather than wait and risk the end of SH production...
Perhaps some kind of deal with Boeing may be in the works...?
Hey guys, I agree with sq256's analysis. It's what I imagine happening too. Delta buys out Etihad and At least some of HNA's shares in VA, with HNA keeping a toehold (for a long term future return to VA ownership? Prestige? Maintaining links and rights ?). I can also see the other Chinese shareholde...Jump to post
Hey guys, The Lima-Australia flight has been hinted at by Avianca in the past according to an old a.net thread. I also remember LATAM and Air NZ were speculated to have had some interest in Lima-Australia/NZ respectively. I know a few people who have flown LATAM transtasman due to the cheapness of t...Jump to post
Hey guys, I also predict a 767 selection here, but could the US choose second-hand ones? I suspect that they wouldn't WANT to, but maybe stretched military budgets might necessitate it. I agree that versions of the KC-46 would seem perfect for the roles suggested.... But $$$$ would be an issue! Chee...Jump to post
Hey MooLor, I totally agree with what you say. I have heard that a large international hotel chain has rights to a big area near the SWZ site with plans to develop a golf resort and premium airport hotel. Accor has opened a premium hotel at Warwick Farm (the William Inglis - and it's truly magnifice...Jump to post
Hey Ozair, Thanks for your explanation. I see what you mean. Perhaps a converted 767-200ER or two would be best, as I just cannot see RNZAF purchasing any brand new big planes besides whatever replaces the C-130s : and I am increasingly sure that they can't replace both the 757 and the Hercs with th...Jump to post