Qantas will operate 747 farewell flights in Sydney, Brisbane, and Canberra. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/qantas-boeing-747-retirement-flights-for-sydney-brisbane-canberra Thats good news! Understandably not including MEL in the tour with current developments. Shame its not coming over to...Jump to post
Now we know Virgin will be flying again, what is going to happen to Tiger, will they leave Australia all together, or fly under another ownership, or is there a future for Tiger in Australia? It will be liquidated. It appears Bain is buying the entire business so it will not be interested in Tiger ...Jump to post
Maybe corona will go the same way and it will be completely over in weeks not months. No deaths in Qld in months. How many deaths in rest of Australia in past month? Think media hysteria is out of control but many are no longer listening. Predict all flying will be back to some sort of recession no...Jump to post
I see that now they are no longer merely looking at letting SN go bankrupt but they are thinking of selling their shares in the airline. Is this proof that for LH, SN is as good as gone? With the ongoing saga at LH, I can't imagine them being too willing to deal with the Belgians right now. If they...Jump to post
Wanting to keep the thread on the aviation...I can’t help but wonder if JQs latest sale was a tad early selling tickets before borders are open. Could end up being costly if the border remain closed. I see QF have made the refund option more visible lately but this still doesn’t appear to be the cas...Jump to post
"Avation inks leasing agreements five former Virgin Australia aircraft" Aircraft leasing firm Avation has found a taker for five former Virgin Australia aircraft, including 2 x former Virgin Australia ATR 72-500s which will go to "another commercial airline in Australia" until t...Jump to post
Anecdotally, I am not hearing of huge pent up demand for lots of interstate travel with companies still a bit leery about putting their staff onto planes. This will gradually recover but thoughts of 40% of normal schedule in the next few months seems ambitious. QF group have only committed to 15% o...Jump to post
Interesting shift on the JQ livery. I like it, but not sure I understand the point of the change as not that different. Wonder when we’ll see JQ take delivery. I wonder what impact covid will have on their 788 fleet now. If a crew rest was to be retro fitted they could be handy for QF. Whilst this ...Jump to post
Thanks for the report. Interesting to hear about long distance rail services. Something i have never done, although i have used GSRs motorail service a couple of times!Jump to post
Seems optimistic. I doubt TT would start before domestic borders are open, but you never know. I‘ll try and dig up the article, but I did read AU is open to having Tasman borders open on a state by state basis, NZ government however is not open to this. Air NZ would love that! SYD to BNE via AKL!Jump to post
I cant see this happening. MH, QR, CX and QF have heavily invested in their own lounges. I cant see these four particularly subjecting their passengers to a sub par experience with the BA/T5 set up. Prior to covid at least, T5 was always packed with poor lounges and terrible shuttle service to the s...Jump to post
I think you'll find WA/SA/NT/ACT and New Zealand have essentially eradicated covid without a vaccine. We're probably a bit off the aviation topic but, whilst successful, this is only ever a suppression not an eradication. Indeed, eradication was never the aim in Australia, but it has essentially be...Jump to post
Yes, you are correct but you will still be correct in September so on that basis, you are saying the borders stay closed until there is a vaccine which may be never. What i'm saying is that the states with border closures are waiting to see if there will be an increase in cases once restrictions ea...Jump to post
You are right that there is a lot of politics but it still doesn't explain why delaying to September makes any sense. Nothing will materially change by September; there will be no vaccination and there will still be outbreaks. The closedown was necessary but we can't stay permanently closed until a...Jump to post
Just to counter that comment - there is politics at play in seeking to open up travel early - in advance of the expert medical advice being provided to some of the states. But some states are not bending to the politics at play and are sticking with keeping their borders closed. In this era, every ...Jump to post
Thanks for the report, i always enjoy your level of detail. Nice to reminisce on pre corona travel!
Lisbon looks great, ill have to add it to the list.
Thanks for writing up! Good details. Looking forward to part 2, a welcome reminisce of the days of flying and travel. Im always fond of flying MH, the hard product may not be the best but the crew are very warm.Jump to post
Nice to see a train report! I will miss the sound and smell of the 125s however!
Food looks great, slightly pricey however!
I think now that VA have entered administration and sorting themselves out, a further industry package will make its way from the govt. - Africa - Probably OK given SAA is likely to fall over so 5 times a week on A380 is definitely possible. At best, you may see international recover 2019 volumes b...Jump to post
It's great to see Royal Jordanian in a report. Those Tristars in Amman have been there for a loooooong time! I saw them parked in exactly the same place when I visited Jordan in 2008. Shame you didn't stop there really, Jordan is a fantastic country with such lovely people. Royal Jordanian hasn't c...Jump to post
asked to be checked through only as far as SIN. QF won’t check through separate tickets but I knew MH will, and since I have a longer connection time in SIN, I thought would be sensible to do it there rather than KUL. Nice TR! But I don't understand why QF wouldn't check-in luggage through on separ...Jump to post
Warning: Lots of pictures Intro: Melbourne to Cairo on Qantas Economy with Royal Jordanian business class. I wasn’t planning on writing this up, but since I’m sat here in COVID isolation, it seems perfect timing and I’m sure there will sadly be a lack of upcoming trip reports. This trip dates back t...Jump to post
Thanks for writing up!
Sad seeing T5 so quiet, such strange times. Glad your friend made it back.
Thanks for writing up. I agree NZ is a fantastic place!
Lucky with the upgrade! AAs hard product is pretty good, the food doesnt look great though really.
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. I ag...Jump to post
Australian authorities are considering a similar European ban on travelersJump to post
i would imagine travel will be limited to USA / UK passport holders and residents?Jump to post
By 18 April i'd imagine demand to and from the USA will have dropped off the cliff anyhow based on current projections from the states.Jump to post
I would also like to emphasise that Italy was relatively warm in the past weeks. So don't hope for the virus to disappear easily with warmer weather. The idea that the virus could slow down significantly when the weather warms is very much still a possibility. Over the past few weeks, the average h...Jump to post
Would Loganair be interest?Jump to post
QF1/2 Schedule Changes: Effective 20APR QF1: SYD1545 - 1850PER2020 - 0635LHR - 789 QF2: LHR2105 - 2050PER2310 - 0510SYD - 789 It seems, they are keeping the LHR slot times. I wonder if they will cancel the existing QF568 red eye ex PER as both flights will be at the same time. Out of interest, woul...Jump to post
Where is QF going to park the A380s? And any others that need parking for a few months? Can ASP handle them? Potential job for AVV Maybe...not a lot of apron space at AVV. Which is a issue across the country, particularly if we see 737s getting parked too. I hope i'm wrong but we could be seeing do...Jump to post
I would a thought a mix of A350-900s for Domestic/Asia and 1000s for USA.
Perhaps even the A330neo would be suitable if it has the range for LAX
DFAT has changed their travel advise for South Korea and Japan in relation to increasing coronovirus. Air New Zealand has suspended its Seoul service.
Doesnt bode well for the increase in Australian flights to Japan, could see further flight reductions.
The F100s have a bit of life in them yet but wont last forever. I can see the order going to A220s to replace the east coast 717s which in turn can replace the WA / NT based F100 (with a mixture of A320s). The utilization of the fleet just doesn't make sense for outright replacement of new aircraft ...Jump to post
EK413 wrote:Have heard there could be a 3rd QF humanitarian service this time to bring back passengers kept in quarantine for 2 weeks onboard a cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan.
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