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by jrfspa320
Sat May 15, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying on an old dutch lady into Australia's North West
Replies: 2
Views: 927

Flying on an old dutch lady into Australia's North West

Hello, normally I don’t write up domestic trip reports but as I have been flying significantly less since covid, the times when I do fly has been cherished and with very few Fokker 100s around (outside of Western Australia) I thought I would write this up and I think this is a new route for this for...

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by jrfspa320
Thu May 06, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 1365

Re: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia

johns624 wrote:
Many Americans go to Australia for cruises. All the cruises go out of Sydney, so it isn't just the population, but what drives tourism.


SYD would definitely have greater inbound demand from the USA, however cruises in Australia have starting points all over the country including BNE, MEL and PER

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by jrfspa320
Wed May 05, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do Jet2 operate their scheduled vs charter operations/aircraft?
Replies: 26
Views: 3111

Re: How do Jet2 operate their scheduled vs charter operations/aircraft?

Im guessing the 737-800s will be used during 2021? Will the 737-300, 757s and A321s be removed from the fleet?

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by jrfspa320
Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43678

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

And how many new prop planes has Rex bought since that prop fell off? None... and with an average fleet age fo 24.6 years you'd think they might start buying some. while the Saab 340s are old, they are kept in reasonable shape inside. There is also nothing suitable to replace them with, even the AT...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 86
Views: 14099

Re: Etihad Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Etihad CEO speaking to Bloomberg: - Etihad has plans for 12 A350-1000s only - The airline has 6 B777-9s on order - The A380s might not have a future - The airline will focus on its backbone fleet (B787). EY still have 11 B789s and 17 B787-10s on order). Source: https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/ne...

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by jrfspa320
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43678

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

ben175 wrote:
Haven’t seen this posted yet - but I’m currently onboard QF886 PER-ADL... and received a hot meal in Y! Hurray!

Assuming this is just for transcons and all GT flights are still just a snack?


Anything over 3.5 hours. I wish they would bring back the IFE!

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by jrfspa320
Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43678

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Yes So factor in that 330s were already primarily international at the time So too were quite a few 737s ATRs don't carry a lot of pax and they were on their way out So yes, a lot of the fleet lost were either international or gone anyway As they said DOMESTIC CAPACITY is up They never said passeng...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43678

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Also the trans con A330 schedule is still no where near pre covid levels, none to BNE, only 1 one daily to each SYD & MEL

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by jrfspa320
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43678

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Once NZ starts I suspect JQ and QF will have almost maxed out their A320 and 737 fleets respectively - if borders (domestic and NZ) remain open and confidence grows further it will be interesting to see what if any 787s are brought into domestic operations at either carrier. I suspect air fairs wil...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43678

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

I think the leisure routes will continue to be strong for a long time - until international resumes. I think the golden triangle will take longer to recover, corporate travel is still weak - i dont know if it will ever recover to the 2019 levels. Business has adjusted to zoom etc and dont seem to be...

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by jrfspa320
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 231
Views: 28360

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021

It’s actually the other way around, 738 being slightly faster than an A320. It’s probably just LCCs have less padding in the schedules and works the fleet harder

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by jrfspa320
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43678

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

18 Sept seems a strange time, after the peak ski season but before summer peak kicks in. We shall see...

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by jrfspa320
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43678

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Will be interesting to see if / how quickly VA return to trans tasman flying

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by jrfspa320
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Denver. Out with the old, in with the new. Feb 1995
Replies: 33
Views: 6610

Re: Denver. Out with the old, in with the new. Feb 1995

I love these blasts from the past. The variety of aircraft back then was fantastic. Now everything looks so similar.

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by jrfspa320
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 returning to North Africa?
Replies: 9
Views: 2632

Re: Jet2 returning to North Africa?

Do they still have 757s? They are perfect for the longer 5+ hour routes where the 738s or A321s dont have the legs

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by jrfspa320
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43678

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

I might be generalising here but part of the reason people pay a premium to fly QF is frequency and also the perceived quality of other passengers onboard and in the lounges. Anyone disappointed about not getting a hot beverage on a flight should get their head checked. Disgusting. It seems a bit r...

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by jrfspa320
Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47685

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Anyone know what happened with JQ977 today, looks like it went tech after engine start?

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by jrfspa320
Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47685

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Looks like no further Qantaslink 717 operations in WA. VH-NXG, VH-NXL and VH-NXM did their last flights into PER from PBO and ZNE on 26 March. The 717s were so much a part of WA going back to 2005 when they transitioned from Jetstar. At least these birds are staying with QF, certainly have been par...

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by jrfspa320
Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 195
Views: 25385

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

On the SYD congestion issue, I can’t see that it is a major thing in terms of the NB choice. SYD-MEL (pre-Covid) was already a 30 min schedule, alternating A330 and 738 in the peaks. Being able to make a 15 min service across the two airports isn’t going to make things significantly more attractive...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 195
Views: 25385

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

I'm certainly not sold on the "superior flying experience" I prefer the cabin width, noise levels, and window height of the A320 over the 737 any day.

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by jrfspa320
Thu Mar 25, 2021 5:02 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: British Airways Club World Upper Deck on the Boeing 747 (My Final Flight on the Jumbo Jet)
Replies: 9
Views: 7840

Re: British Airways Club World Upper Deck on the Boeing 747 (My Final Flight on the Jumbo Jet)

Its amazing how this seems so nostalgic now. Im glad you were able to write this up - and the daytime eastbound is rare too. My last 747 trip was back in 2017 on BA from SFO-LHR, i wish i had written a trip report now, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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by jrfspa320
Thu Mar 25, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 195
Views: 25385

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

Sure, but QF isn't going to wait for an NMA, if or when it happens. That's got as much relevance to their short term narrow body as the Sunrise order does. This is going to be between the 737 MAX and the a320neo. Agreed Boeing has had about five attempts now at a new aircraft and each time the numb...

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by jrfspa320
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47685

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

I thought Norfolk was similar to Lord Howe in that there was very limited accommodation options for tourists?
If that’s the case, extra capacity without accommodation won’t solve much

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by jrfspa320
Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47685

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Id put that in the purchase price im afraid, like additional spare parts/engines. The containerised cargo might be a significant downside if QF needs to go get more loading gear for the more regional airports and might limit where an A320 can be deployed to? Certainly tow bars etc as well as baggag...

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by jrfspa320
Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47685

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

The one thing that comes to mind for me is that the Airbus does support containerised cargo loading. But I have no idea as to how much that affects turn around time or what the efficiencies are. I am hoping this is outside the "Purchase price and ongoing benefits", but I would have to thi...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: What is flying Adelaide to Sydney in Qantas business class like during the pandemic? Well...
Replies: 3
Views: 5631

Re: What is flying Adelaide to Sydney in Qantas business class like during the pandemic? Well...

Thanks for posting! Indeed, ive never paid for domestic QF business - just not worth it for the price.

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by jrfspa320
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 459496

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-04/ ... s/13216006

Super spreading event on board a QR flight to BNE
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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-04/ ... s/13216006

Super spreading event on board a QR flight to BNE

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by jrfspa320
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin Blue Airlines VH-VUV DJ986 Brisbane - Sydney | 2011 Photos and Video
Replies: 1
Views: 2665

Re: Virgin Blue Airlines VH-VUV DJ986 Brisbane - Sydney | 2011 Photos and Video

I love these blasts from the past. I miss those old QF 76s, and Virgin Blue was so much fresher before it became VA.

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by jrfspa320
Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47685

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

QF (QFA) is eyeing a fleet renewal of its 737s (along with likely getting more aid): https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/100997-qantas-may-get-more-aid-eyes-short-haul-fleet-renewal (some of the 737s are approaching 20 years of age). Through subsidiaries JQ and QF (NWK), there are A320s in the ...

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by jrfspa320
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47685

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

If you live in a regional town in Australia, you will quickly see that Australia has a hub system. Or more particularly a hub and trunk system. Indeed. In saying that, as a point of interest, i think QFLink used to operate a mini scissor hub through ASP for east - west connections avoiding the majo...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

It has been a while since I’ve seen a QantasLink non-Q400 Dash 8 in Queensland. Have they moved all the -300s down south? That they have - Q400s only now for the BNE base (and CNS has been that way for a couple of years), and Q300s only for the MEL & ADL bases. SYD/CBR are the only mixed bases....

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by jrfspa320
Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda grounds CRJ1000 fleet, return to lessor
Replies: 21
Views: 5314

Re: Garuda grounds CRJ1000 fleet, return to lessor

GA had acquired these for domestic point-to-point flights and thinner but necessary routes throughout the archipeligo. They were also used for some marginal international flying such as TJQ to SIN. Problem was that all CRJ 1000 fleets were being operated in Europe and in general there aren't too ma...

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by jrfspa320
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cross-Channel on a Classic British Quadjet: London City to Paris Orly on a WDL Aviation BAe 146 (June 2019)
Replies: 10
Views: 6921

Re: Cross-Channel on a Classic British Quadjet: London City to Paris Orly on a WDL Aviation BAe 146 (June 2019)

Thanks for writing up - pretty exotic type really. I have never flown on a 146 / Avro RJ and the chances of doing so now seem alot less - but after reading this you just reminded me to look for options.

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by jrfspa320
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

I am yet to ride on a Bae 146 / Avro RJ and the options to do so are rapidly dwindling...i know Cobham still fly quite a few out of Perth, but these are all mining charters?

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by jrfspa320
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1875
Views: 119173

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... SKBN2AH2VG
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Now it seems the Pfizer vaccine is also less effective against the South African variation by up to two thirds:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... SKBN2AH2VG

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by jrfspa320
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

Jetstar has filed A321 on SYD-PER (Apr 21) and SYD-LST (Feb 21), both routes havent seen A321 since 2014 https://twitter.com/theaeronetwork/status/1356154429829857280?s=20 I think ive seen A321s in PER since 2014, maybe from MEL? On the same topic, WA is set to remove quarantine requirements for NS...

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by jrfspa320
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

What is REX’s plan b? With interstate travel look more and more less likely in 2021. It seems they are set to lose money very fast with there new 738 operation that was meant to be starting next month. Last year the strongest routes were the intra state winter sun routes. for 2021 it looks like the...

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by jrfspa320
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

[list=][/list]The Saab 2000 has the range but not the runway performance.

Thinking about it, the Dornier 328 would work well, especially the new version, if it happens, introduction around 2025.
Good range, speed and runway performance.

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by jrfspa320
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

The other issue with LDH, as i understand there is very limited accommodation on the island and even if there was larger aircraft, due to the lack of accomm, it wouldnt increase overall numbers travelling, so whats the point of the runway extension?

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by jrfspa320
Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

No matter how low the fares go, people are still only travelling if really necessary at the moment. There is no confidence in leisure travelers to book any trips with border closure, outbreaks etc.

The people travelling right now, are not price motivated.

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by jrfspa320
Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

The new ATR42-600 STOL version should be fine into LDH. I very much doubt QF would introduce a new type just for that route however It has a range of 703nm with 48 pax: https://www.atr-aircraft.com/our-aircraft/atr-42-600s-stol/ SYD-LDH return is 825nm. The ATR-42 could do it would take a significa...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

The new ATR42-600 STOL version should be fine into LDH. I very much doubt QF would introduce a new type just for that route however It has a range of 703nm with 48 pax: https://www.atr-aircraft.com/our-aircraft/atr-42-600s-stol/ SYD-LDH return is 825nm. The ATR-42 could do it would take a significa...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

The new ATR42-600 STOL version should be fine into LDH. I very much doubt QF would introduce a new type just for that route however

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by jrfspa320
Sun Feb 07, 2021 5:12 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Busan to Ulaanbaatar on a MIAT Mongolian Boeing 737 (June 2019)
Replies: 18
Views: 9741

Re: Busan to Ulaanbaatar on a MIAT Mongolian Boeing 737 (June 2019)

Thanks for the trip report - nice to read something different, MIAT doesnt appear here too much.
Peaked my interest in Busan too!

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by jrfspa320
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

I've been tracking the Coulson Aviation 737 fire bomber heading over to WA from NSW. It appears to be heading for Busselton, not Perth, anyone know why?

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by jrfspa320
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

i think the -200 will have better take off performance out of JNB, I think QF still has 180mins EDTO on the A330s? Which would add about at least an hour compared to the direct routing so the -300 may be pushing it

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by jrfspa320
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43559

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/aviati ... 881776452z

Report on QF F100 emergency decent in August 2020
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https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/aviati ... 881776452z

Report on QF F100 emergency decent in August 2020

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by jrfspa320
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qatar Blockade Ends
Replies: 116
Views: 23557

Re: Updated: Qatar Blockade Ends

What would like flying time be between DOH-BAH, 15 mins?

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by jrfspa320
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet Discussion - 2021
Replies: 94
Views: 26858

Re: Emirates Network & Fleet Discussion - 2021

Australia will be exceedingly cautious in reopening its international borders. Don’t expect it to happen this year apart maybe from a bubble with NZ. The evidence for all the vaccines is thus far ultra short term (not much more than two months worth of results to interpret in the published literatu...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43559

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

Has QF decided to keep the 717s in WA? I’ve noticed several of them still operating into PER. Cheers. My understanding is the 717s finish up in WA at the end of March (though the number over there should be gradually drawn down between now and then). 26th March is the last day AFAIK. The remainder ...

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