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by kriskim
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 456
Views: 52529

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

JQ are ending MEL-CGO in December. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/286495/jetstar-discontinues-zhengzhou-service-in-early-dec-2019/ Pretty much the subsidy had ended and yields are not strong enough to continue this route without the subsidy. Will the airframe used for this route ...

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by kriskim
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 456
Views: 52529

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

EK applies to end BNE-SIN-DXB service: From The Straits Times: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/emirates-applies-to-end-flights-between-singapore-and-brisbane-cccs-reviewing Unsure whether EK plans to introduce a direct service to replace the flight. The airline cites the service is causing “s...

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by kriskim
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no direct flight between Singapore and Vienna?
Replies: 12
Views: 1382

Re: Why no direct flight between Singapore and Vienna?

A while back OS operated VIE-SIN-MEL, both destinations got axed at the same time.

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by kriskim
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines flights charters winter 2019/2020
Replies: 2
Views: 944

Re: Asiana Airlines flights charters winter 2019/2020

ICN - MEL is a city pair of 80k+ pax a year, there's definitely a market there for non-stop flights.

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by kriskim
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 456
Views: 52529

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

Chris2302 wrote:
How long are the QF 787 Hong Kong flights operating for from Sydney and Brisbane?


I would say until Feb? They are doing MEL-HKG daily for the summer too.

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by kriskim
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 66696

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

log0008 wrote:
Asiana Airlines will be operating a once a week MEL-ICN charter service from 27/12- 21/2 schedule is: OZ6037 0730 OZ6047 0900 Friday 777


Very exciting! Would love to see a permanent year round MEL-ICN service, TBH was not expecting OZ at all.

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by kriskim
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 66696

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

CZ321/344 CAN-MEL, A388 operating 10 Jan to 13 Feb 20 https://twitter.com/FATIIIAviation/status/1164798887233609728?s=20 QF, EK, QR, SQ, MH and CZ will all operate the A380 to Melbourne during this period, if only we still had EY! Is this the first time CZ has operated to MEL with theirs? I recall ...

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by kriskim
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 66696

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Word on the street the 4 x A320XLRs are freeing up 3 x B788’s therefore opening up opportunity to serve other destination or ramping up MELHNL, MELHKT, SYDSGN etc to name a few. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk How do JQ rotate the 788s at DPS? How many 788s could potentially be taken off these r...

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by kriskim
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Japan allocates Haneda international slots to 9 nations
Replies: 134
Views: 28067

Re: Japan allocates additional Haneda international slots to ANA & JAL

Oceania QF, BNE or MEL NZ, AKL Would make sense for QF to launch MEL-HND, as that would give them a competitive advantage over JL. I would say that MEL would have more premium demand, especially with the number of Japanese businesses that have their Australian operations based there, whilst BNE is ...

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by kriskim
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air reduce service to Japan
Replies: 21
Views: 4775

Re: Korean Air reduce service to Japan

I wonder how affected the Japanese carriers are, they have such little presence in Korea.

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by kriskim
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 66696

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Some big news out of Qantas and AusPost yesterday. A321 freighters!! I love how QF Freight can run planes that mainline doesn't seem to want/be able to - 763 and now A320family! I’m seeing QF mainland migrating to the A320 family at some point in the future, I have no doubt that the A321NEO variant...

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by kriskim
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no Japanese airline flying to auckland
Replies: 10
Views: 2091

Re: Why no Japanese airline flying to auckland

Well both JL and NH have in recent years expanded their Australian networks, JL flies to SYD and MEL and NH flies to SYD and PER, there could be a chance with a 788.

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by kriskim
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai government approves TG fleet acquisitions
Replies: 45
Views: 13408

Re: Thai government approves TG fleet acquisitions

Here is my thought: A321NEO A339/A359/A3510 B779 If they need aircraft within 2-3 years, the A330-900 is there. TG doesn't need B779, so if any Boeing planes it will be B787s. I see A220 for small domestic routes and maybe for Koh Samui. A320Neo for regional and Domestic A321NEO LR for longer fligh...

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by kriskim
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 66696

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

United is reducing frequency on MEL-LAX during NW19/20, it will still run daily Dec/Jan, but will decrease to 4-5 weekly the rest of the time https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/285706/united-reduces-los-angeles-melbourne-service-in-nw19/ Important to note that UA’s capacity to MEL wi...

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by kriskim
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 66696

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

qf789 wrote:
QF MEL-SFO loads for May 88% inbound and 90% outbound, maybe an increase in frequency could be on the cards later down the track


Probably why UA is keen to jump on the route before QF is able to increase the service. Although at only x3 weekly, hopefully it becomes a daily service soon.

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by kriskim
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 429
Views: 58287

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Sorry but that's stretching it a bit. AVV is closer to Melbourne's CBD (~53 km from the GPO) than SWZ will be from Sydney's equivalent at Martin Place (~56 km). While I agree that AVV is on the "wrong side of Melbourne" (i.e. inconvenient for those living out east and southeast), it is as...

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by kriskim
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 429
Views: 58287

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

I saw on Linkedin that SQ is hiring for 25 positions across Australia, mainly in sales and marketing/partnerships, but some also eCommerce and admin. Most located in Melbourne and Sydney, but some also in Brisbane and Perth. That is a huge number for an off-shore airline to hire at once. Does anyon...

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by kriskim
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 429
Views: 58287

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

TG will return MEL-BKK to 2 daily eff 27OCT, right now its until the end of northern winter timetable, so can still be permanent as its subject to change.

TG465/466 is currently x4 weekly, but will go back to daily, complementing daily TG461/462.

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by kriskim
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 61862

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: 478
Views: 61862

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: 478
Views: 61862

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: 151
Views: 21653

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: 151
Views: 21653

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: 151
Views: 21653

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: 2559

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: 478
Views: 61862

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: 18
Views: 1937

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: 366
Views: 60521

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: 366
Views: 60521

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: 366
Views: 60521

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: 366
Views: 60521

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: 8138

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: 67701

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: 9266

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: 2172

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: 67701

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: 601
Views: 76252

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: Official: CX Group completed acquisition of HK Express (UO)
Replies: 132
Views: 1172

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: 601
Views: 76252

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: 601
Views: 76252

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: 4338

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: 6848

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: 601
Views: 76252

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: 7584

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: 601
Views: 76252

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: 601
Views: 76252

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: 10612

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: 6407

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: 560
Views: 71094

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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