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by kriskim
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 60975

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

I think this is the first time that we have actually seen renders of an A320 family aircraft in full QF colours from Airbus. IMHO QF should be replacing its 737 fleet with A320NEO family, the A321 will be very suitable for golden triangle and transcon hops. This will also give QF scope to expand int...

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by kriskim
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 60975

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

As expected, QF55/56 x3 weekly BNE-LAX terminators will be cancelled and replaced with BNE-SFO. A good move, IMO. https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-brisbane-san-francisco-flights?itm_source=featured-article&itm_medium=hero&itm_campaign=news By adding this flight it allows QF to keep capacity ...

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by kriskim
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 60975

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic set to deepen ties https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/virgin-australia-and-virgin-atlantic-set-to-deepen-t-458797/ Interesting but not unexpected move. Seems that VA continues to try and develop new avenues to strengthen its own limited international rou...

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by kriskim
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines/Qantas Joint Venture Approved
Replies: 125
Views: 16534

Re: American Airlines/Qantas Joint Venture Approved

With AA replacing MEL-LAX does that mean that’s QF flight will be moved to DFW? I believe that aircraft will be freed up to do BNE-ORD/SFO according to the QF memo Those flights are most likely operated by BNE based 787’s which are currently doing the HKG runs. The capacity freed up from QF95/96 is...

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by kriskim
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines/Qantas Joint Venture Approved
Replies: 125
Views: 16534

Re: American Airlines/Qantas Joint Venture Approved

It’s BNE and PER’s time to shine with the 789, MEL and SYD will get their turn with Project Sunrise.

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by kriskim
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines/Qantas Joint Venture Approved
Replies: 125
Views: 16534

Re: American Airlines/Qantas Joint Venture Approval?

I could see atleast seasonal AA LAX-MEL/BNE replacing. I could see QF reducing both MEL and BNE to daily, with AA picking up the slack with a daily flight to each (in which case a 77W to SYD might be overkill.) With QF now launching 2 new routes from BNE, wouldn't it be overkill to see AA go daily ...

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by kriskim
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner
Replies: 10
Views: 2512

Re: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

WE is not a LCC but a 'lower cost' (emphasis on lower) operation compared to parent TG - it is a FSC in the traditional sense where luggage and meals are included.

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by kriskim
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 60975

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Qantas has also had talks with 4 Indian carriers in recent days over forming a new partnership after the collapse of Jet Airways, any idea which carrier would be the preferred one https://www.airlineratings.com/news/qantas-ready-us-expansion-joint-venture-approved/ From the way the article is writt...

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by kriskim
Tue May 28, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: the current korean air safety video is very old
Replies: 19
Views: 1887

Re: the current korean air safety video is very old

As long as the safety video does it job to address up to date safety information it is fine. Unfortunately not all airlines can afford or are willing to spend the money to make flashy safety videos like NZ every couple of months. Some airlines regard safety video expenditure as part of their marketi...

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by kriskim
Mon May 27, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59767

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

I have a question in regards to airport slots, for example; AC currently operates MEL-YVR 3-4 weekly, so is that current slot theirs for those operating days only, or is it for the entire 7 days? Can another airline utilise the slot for the days AC is not operating? AC only has the slots for the da...

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by kriskim
Fri May 24, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59767

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

I have a question in regards to airport slots, for example; AC currently operates MEL-YVR 3-4 weekly, so is that current slot theirs for those operating days only, or is it for the entire 7 days? Can another airline utilise the slot for the days AC is not operating?

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by kriskim
Fri May 17, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59767

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

I think PEK is doable without restrictions with the A330, but completely agree all these SYD/MEL flights to secondary cities will go. I still think there’s a good chance that a few are here to stay; XMN, CTU, TAO, SZX for example, IMHO these are routes that will be staying, 3U’s MEL-CTU has been op...

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by kriskim
Tue May 14, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59767

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

The Virgin brand and license fees aren’t cheap either from memory but not sure if they still pay them and if they do how much VA currently pay Virgin group for this. I've always been curious about the royalty costs on what to me is a name that doesn't resonate well with anyone born in the last 25 y...

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by kriskim
Sun May 05, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM announces direct SCL-SYD flight
Replies: 41
Views: 8054

Re: LATAM announces direct SCL-SYD flight

So SCL - SYD finally goes daily with QF 4x weekly and LA 3x weekly! I believe LATAM's goal of going non-stop was to finally be competitive to Asia with the existing QF/CX/JL code-shares via SYD. Well the same can be said with the current SCL-MEL services, the same code-shares are in place as well, ...

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by kriskim
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67222

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Certainly a possibility. With 18 A321LRs on order I think it’s safe to assume that there are bigger plans brewing. I agree - I’m also not certain that all 788s will be taken from DPS. My guess is they maintain 1x daily each from SYD and MEL. The second daily MEL could go 321 with some additional fl...

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by kriskim
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers
Replies: 54
Views: 9195

Re: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers

I know that a few QF FA's run a program where unwanted packaged/sealed foods that passengers did not consume, like wrapped biscuits, cookies, chocolates, cereal etc... are sorted than given to those in need. I think FA's should be able to take food that is going to be thrown out anyways, packaged fo...

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by kriskim
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no India - Vietnam flights?
Replies: 18
Views: 2135

Re: Why no India - Vietnam flights?

I believe there are some charter/seasonal services to Gaya for Buddhist pilgrimages. But VJ was apparently looking at launching SGN-DEL services sometime this year with A321NEO.

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by kriskim
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67222

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

BITRE international out for January 19 https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/files/International_airline_activity_1901.pdf Also note Singapore - Melbourne exceeded Singapore - Sydney and Auckland - Sydney to become the busiest international route in Australia. Perhaps SQ should consider increas...

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by kriskim
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

For those confused why there are more MEL pax on the PER-LHR flight, it is because: - QF9/10, believe it or not is a MEL originating flight, it was always MEL’s flight, in the past the stop over was SIN and DXB, now it is PER. The 787 used for PER-LHR is a MEL based aircraft. Keep in mind that MEL p...

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by kriskim
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay purchasing HK Express
Replies: 90
Views: 11538

Re: Cathay purchasing HK Express

CX finally enters the LCC market! Though I don't think it would make much sense to rebrand it to 'Cathay Express' or the like as it would dilute the current Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon brands, too many 'Cathy's' will confuse pax. By keeping it as Hong Kong Express, there would be a clear distin...

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by kriskim
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

UA99 enroute to LAX exMEL, has diverted safely to NOU, apparently there was some smoke in the cockpit. That's not good... Hope all that are on board are safe. Update: It looks like it was a full flight with 256 passengers supposedly on the flight (UA's 787-9 only has 252 seats, maybe including infa...

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by kriskim
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

UA99 enroute to LAX exMEL, has diverted safely to NOU, apparently there was some smoke in the cockpit.

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by kriskim
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no non-stop Qantas flight to PEK&PVG from MEL?
Replies: 38
Views: 4297

Re: Why no non-stop Qantas flight to PEK&PVG from MEL?

The only realistic route I can see QF operate is MEL-PVG. The market is large enough to support another carrier and has a good yield mix compared to other Chinese cities. CA is leaving the route soon, but Juneyao have just gotten approval to operate MEL-PVG daily from November. We do have JQ flying ...

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by kriskim
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando suing MLB over name
Replies: 48
Views: 6806

Re: Orlando suing MLB over name

Why not suggest to the authorities at MEL that they sue MLB as well, then it may end up as a nameless airport somewhere in Florida.. MEL and MLB have a pretty good relationship with each other. They have expressed this on their social media pages, including the exchange of souvenir items. But when ...

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by kriskim
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

I think the A321NEO's have a place in QF's fleet, I'm just not sure if the A321NEOLR will actually form the 'backbone' of the QF fleet as its unnecessary to have that many of that variant considering that QF won't need them for domestic use within Australia. The A321NEO's will be perfect for flying ...

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by kriskim
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways 2018 loss widens
Replies: 50
Views: 7513

Re: Thai Airways 2018 loss widens

The Thai authorities have allowed so much capacity to be dumped on Bangkok that Thai stand no chance of competing. You can argue this is free market economics. However, we all know they're competing with many airlines out of BKK that aren't fussed about making a profit, so can constantly undercut t...

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by kriskim
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

Newly formed Vietnamese startup Bamboo Airways has indicated they plan on flying to Australia https://ifn.news/posts/bamboo-airways-orders-10-additional-boeing-787-considers-737-max/ The Australia - Vietnam market will start to heat up in the next couple of years as both VJ and QH fight it out with...

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by kriskim
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

The B787 that is currently on MEL-HKG might go BNE-SFO 3 pw to compliment the MEL - SFO 4pw? This would also make sense if they replace SYD-SFO 747 with a 787 as it would offset the capacity reduction on SYD SFO. I thought that it will switch to SYD-HKG? Or has already. MEL-HKG used BNE’s 789 capac...

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by kriskim
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thailand fails (again) to achieve FAA safety rating
Replies: 44
Views: 10533

Re: Thailand fails (again) to achieve FAA safety rating

I wonder how they keep on passing Australian, New Zealand and European standards? Though I note only TG flies to all those regions maybe they got an exemption? TG did have a really hard time introducing a new aircraft type, they wanted to fly their new A350's to MEL but it got delayed for about a y...

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by kriskim
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnam Airlines mulls buying up to 100 Boeing 737 Max
Replies: 39
Views: 6236

Re: Vietnam Airlines mulls buying up to 100 Boeing 737 Max

In all honesty, I don’t see VN going the 737 route, the A321 is the best aircraft for them as it provides flexibility, whether it’s operating on domestic routes or routes to NE Asia and the rest of Asia. I’m not sure why they don’t have a few A320’s as it could be useful in smaller domestic and regi...

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by kriskim
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 70375

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

My real frustration comes from the parochial BNE fanboys who are only concerned about the number of new airlines serving their city- you know what- be careful what you wish for. In certain markets there is overcapacity as airports are concerned with attracting as many airlines and passengers for th...

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by kriskim
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 70375

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

Well TT was suppose to get a few A319’s originally when it first started, but they went to the Singapore arm instead.

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by kriskim
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 70375

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

Malaysia Airlines in the 3rd quarter of 2019 is increasing Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne service, as overall service increases from 14 to 17 weekly. Additional service will operate from 01JUL19 to 30SEP19, KUL departure. A330-300 operates this route. Source: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airliner...

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by kriskim
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 70375

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

Effective 29 March to 25 October 2019 United Airlines will reduce SYD-IAH from daily to 4 weekly and SYD-LAX from daily to 3 weekly https://thepointsguy.com/news/united-iah-lax-syd-changes/ Wow. That’s a huge hit. Not surprised about IAH but to reduce SYD-LAX to only 3 weekly seems really low. Very...

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by kriskim
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 70375

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

With the recent political chaos in South Africa and the collapse of SAA, is it possible that Ethiopian will start service to Australia in order to capture Aus-Zimbabwe traffic? I could see ET making a killing on PER-ADD-HRE, considering: -The large Zim diaspora in WA -The close rugby and cricket ti...

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by kriskim
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: China Southern to exit SkyTeam
Replies: 108
Views: 24071

Re: Official: China Southern to exit SkyTeam

1 month on and here at MEL atleast there are still SkyTeam logos and signage as though CZ never left, Sky Priority sign is still being used which is interesting. You would think things that are easily changed such as digital boards would of been changed by now but I think not.

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by kriskim
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 70375

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

Perth Airport put a pin to the Perth - Joburg. Hopefully they get their act together as Ethiopian is sniffing around to get in on the Melbourne - Addis Ababa with an A359 Hopefully ET confirms MEL soon - they seem very keen, MEL is long overdue for a Africa service. I don't, however see it affectin...

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by kriskim
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NH buys stake in PAL
Replies: 7
Views: 2053

Re: NH buys stake in PAL

Congrats to NH and PR. Would be interesting to see how Alliances form from here for PR. It will be very interesting indeed, I wonder if we will see more co-operation between VN and PR where NH had minority stakes in both. We can look at VN as a precedent, not much has changed, they are still a dedi...

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by kriskim
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 75084

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

I guess we are seeing a capacity correction by the ME3 in Australia, there was too much capacity and they are pulling back a little; PER has seen its frequency to the Middle East halved, seems like EK couldn't make the second daily work even with EY pulling out earlier. PER will get stronger in East...

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by kriskim
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47316

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

SCFlyer Reply 305: There is one problem with your "international adjustments" theory. The VA shareholders DO NOT hold shares in VA's International operations, they are separate airlines/companies with VA International having majority [at least] Australian shareholders. In name only. When ...

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by kriskim
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA launches NRT-PER
Replies: 63
Views: 10163

Re: ANA launches NRT-PER

After PER, I wonder if NH will look into launching more destinations in Australia, JL currently flies to both SYD and MEL and NH now flies to SYD and PER. I think BNE could probably attract more flights, could MEL be an atttactive market for NH? Considering that there are already twice daily which h...

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by kriskim
Tue Dec 25, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Kansai region mulls re-balancing its multi-airport system of KIX, UKB, ITM
Replies: 22
Views: 5246

Re: Japanese Kansai region mulls re-balancing its multi-airport system of KIX, UKB, ITM

It’ll be interesting to see whether ITM would get back its share of international flights Also it always seems absurd and foolish to me that aviation authorities step in to impose man-made restrictions on one airport in favor of another in adjacent areas just because they want to promote a chosen a...

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by kriskim
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fans buy ticket to meet their idol on airplane then request deboard, delaying everyone
Replies: 23
Views: 7579

Re: Fans buy ticket to meet their idol on airplane then request deboard, delaying everyone

Don’t underestimate K-Pop fans, these so called fans are what we in Korea call Sasaeng fans: fans who literally stalk their idols 24/7 and know about their whereabouts and schedule - it is quite scary.

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by kriskim
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia forms Vietnam unit
Replies: 13
Views: 1686

Re: Air Asia forms Vietnam unit

Actually their third time, we were suppose to see a fleet of blue AirAsia planes a fair while back. The JV was called Vina AirAsia a JV between Vinashin Group and AirAsia - this was the groups first attempt.

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by kriskim
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 47653

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Those timings can't be right, are they? Maybe they're FJ934 MEL 11:50 - 18:40 NAN 737 46 FJ935 NAN 07:00 - 10:50 MEL 737 46 Yes, was in a rush, forgot to change the 06:40PM to 18:40! Are these flights in addition to FJ’s regular MEL schedule? Days 46 move to the new schedule, whilst the other days ...

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by kriskim
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 47653

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

It's unlikely to be FJ930/931 as the timings do not easily integrate with the A330 schedule and the current schedule does not facilitate onward connections to anywhere other than a couple of islands. The flight is therefore almost exclusively focussed on NAN-MEL O&D which is a smaller market th...

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by kriskim
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 47653

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Interesting the article also mentions FJ may send another 330 to AU. I hope we see it in Melbourne Their 11:30 departure arriving 06:30 could do with lie flat beds in business! Similar schedule to suggest QF, only QF will accommodate SYD curfew. It's unlikely to be FJ930/931 as the timings do not e...

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by kriskim
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is BA interested in non-stop flight to Australia?
Replies: 13
Views: 3158

Re: Is BA interested in non-stop flight to Australia?

Would love to see BA back at MEL, however not non-stop and probably not any time soon but atleast they are thinking about it.

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by kriskim
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why UA chose LAX-MEL over SFO-MEL?
Replies: 32
Views: 5458

Re: Why UA chose LAX-MEL over SFO-MEL?

I think if UA is to expand into Australia, it will be MEL-SFO next. UA has had an established presence in MEL for well over two decades now and will probably need to consider expanding the market beyond daily flights to LAX, with MEL-SFO starting to grow, UA might be waiting to see how well QF does...

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