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by CityRail
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 50154

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

Re: Predictions for 2020: I doubt VA/HX partnership will end, because HU definitely need HX to maintain their influx of aircraft into China, also that means VA will have to find other partners to fill the hole. Here's my predictions for 2020: 1. VA will merge with Regional Express, with ZL flights o...

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by CityRail
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 65084

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

Re El Al test flights to MEL, I understand the schedule dates to be as follows: TLV - MEL 2 April and 23 April MEL-TLV 4 April and 25 April These dates coincide with Passover (starting 8 April), which is one of the biggest travel periods to Israel. I wonder what is the route for El Al flight to MEL...

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by CityRail
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83939

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Borghetti made a real mess of this one. He was focused for way way way too long on how to beat Qantas, rather than how to keep his own airline profitable. Then add in that crazy ownership structure that has so many conflicting interests its not funny... all of which had one objective, to create a f...

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by CityRail
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83939

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

CraigAnderson wrote:
What chance that Scurrah will decide to either axe Tigerair entirely and exit the pure LCC maket, or rebrand it as Virgin Blue in order to stop the brand licensing payments?


If it rebrands to Virgin Blue, does it still need to pay license to Virgin Group?

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by CityRail
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83939

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Air Canada VP of Global Sales and Alliances John MacLeod to take over Merren McArthur's position as VA Chief Commercial Officer effective 08OCT19. That is very interesting. Does that mean closer relationship between VA and AC then? I really hope the Alliances strategy from Air Canada can be brought...

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by CityRail
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83939

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

VA Results are in: A$315m loss. Redundancies galore. Way worse than the guidance than they provided in May. https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/dark-skies-virgin-australia-reports-315m-loss-flags-750-job-cuts-20190827-p52law.html The thing is EBITDA is decreasing, that a worry. Also VAH has w...

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by CityRail
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83939

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

I do wonder what is the future for HKG, if it wasn't for the recently approved VA/VS JV, the logical move would be for Scurrah/VA to initiate the moves to axe it. I suspect the VS/VA JV for AU-LAX-LHR and AU-HKG-LHR is the last roll of the dice for VA in regards to HKG flights. Taking into consider...

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by CityRail
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83939

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

There are opportunities for VA to form more partnerships in other countries. E.g VA would only expand to Japan only if they form a partnership with NH to help each other on both ends of the route. Ditto with GA for a potential Indonesia/Bali JV (e.g putting each others code on the Bali flights and ...

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by CityRail
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83939

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

If its effecting QF I guess Virgin will also be feeling a bit of pain? Potentially. I flew Virgin to Melbourne earlier in August from Hong Kong just before the protest at the airport and it seems that Y is very full, yet J is only 70% full. On the way back to Hong Kong from Sydney Y Cabin was only ...

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by CityRail
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 83939

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Qantas to cut capacity to HKG over coming months by 7% due to weaker demand https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/qantas-to-dial-back-hong-kong-capacity-460415/ Cut capacity, yet potentially upgrades service to HKG. I recalled Qantas A332 has WiFi where A333 does not. That means there is a goo...

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by CityRail
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese Aviation Thread 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Re: Chinese Aviation Thread 2019

I think this thread excludes Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, right?
Perhaps reword it to Mainland China only?

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by CityRail
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest
Replies: 183
Views: 45287

Re: Hong Kong airport cancel all flights today

ago According to Flightradar Virgin Australia has retimed it’s flights out of Hong Kong for 11am/1130am Local time 13/8. The flight to SYD is showing a time of 10am, MEL 1130am, if SYD gets delayed beyond 12 it will hit the curfew for SYD. VA still has both HKG flights operating tomorrow which mean...

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by CityRail
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends
Replies: 182
Views: 25658

Re: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends

Should Hong Kong declare independence? I am sure the protesters will soon push for that. Not now. HK Independence will push HK itself into a very disadvantageous position. Why don't ask foreign military intelligence officers to support protesters and push China to expluse Hong Kong out of China? 我從...

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by CityRail
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends
Replies: 182
Views: 25658

Re: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/hong-kong-travel-advisory.html And US finally increased travel advisory level to Level 2 for HK. The advice is pretty much the same I've said, though - i.e. just be situational aware and if something doesn't look right, le...

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by CityRail
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca extends codeshare coverage to Sydney from Aug 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1564

Re: Avianca extends codeshare coverage to Sydney from Aug 2019

I wonder why AV don't codeshare with NZ to SYD?

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by CityRail
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 429
Views: 65972

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

May I ask which of the 6 VA A330 has WiFi now?

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by CityRail
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends
Replies: 182
Views: 25658

Re: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends

Can't agree enough - and not just wait for the problem to be resolve, what about just stop their meddling and let HK run themselves (Which is basically all HKers are asking for anyway). But hey, too many special interests (Between those dirty money from CCP officials to getting lucrative contracts ...

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by CityRail
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends
Replies: 182
Views: 25658

Re: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends

Attention passengers: https://scontent.fsyd4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67237843_2096056927362640_5913332486623985664_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_eui2=AeHtlqSttjpz-fyaYIHIjoQhXqhXnL2fQxLQp1M2oNGG2oAJz58CXB3smPj_cyF6ycvhk5B_X3h1SRdJ-QAYhM4wD9qA8CAXz0nESQ7mP5PhMA&_nc_oc=AQkJpPf7bnhscxbHvsdacTYzfjXQYvO...

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by CityRail
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends
Replies: 182
Views: 25658

Re: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends

Political riots is NOW happening o. Hk Island. Deadly force is being deployed. Triad party riots is NOW happening in North Western Suburbs of Yuen Long. Civilians are being injured/beaten at train stations. Do NOT travel to Hong Kong. Do NOT wear black or white T-Shirts in Hong Kong. 我從使用 Tapatalk 的...

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by CityRail
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends
Replies: 182
Views: 25658

Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends

Since mid-June, protests in Hong Kong has become more and more violent, and now protests are breaking out across all suburbs in Hong Kong every day on every weekend. Unfortunately, for both protesters and police have went out of control during these protests and the government has been incompetent t...

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by CityRail
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 27265

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

I think if KLM is serious, they should advocate for LCCs in Europe to be shut down, and that passengers who cannot afford to fly Premium Economy or Business Class should not be flying.

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by CityRail
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 429
Views: 65972

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

This has shown the urgency for Western Sydney Airport.
I don't understand why we need another 7 years to build it whilst countries like China can build an airport using half of the time like PKX or CAN.

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by CityRail
Thu May 23, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no non-Asian airlines to Shenzhen?
Replies: 18
Views: 4063

Re: Why no non-Asian airlines to Shenzhen?

Why fly to SZX when HKG can do the job?

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by CityRail
Wed May 22, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 564
Views: 57652

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

I think it is an industry success, and should demand comes back, Airbus would have the technological advantage over Boeing for VLAs.

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by CityRail
Mon May 20, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?
Replies: 111
Views: 14529

Re: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?

Unless we see Hong Kong Airlines enters into a strategic relationship with Delta or into SkyTeam, it is going to be unlikely. Reasons: 1. HKG is not a SkyTeam hub 2. It is going to be uneconomical to restart HKG-NRT/HND on DL provided the cost base will be high and fierce competition, both between H...

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by CityRail
Mon May 20, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would increasing airport tax a solution to overtourism?
Replies: 9
Views: 1191

Would increasing airport tax a solution to overtourism?

From time to time, we do hear about certain cities, in particular Venice, Dubrovnik, Hong Kong, Japan, Phuket etc suffers from overtourism, where the number of tourists may outnumber the local residents and lead to inconvenience to locals and overcrowding, pollution, noise etc. And I wonder whether ...

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by CityRail
Sun May 12, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 366
Views: 66243

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

I think HSR will not work in Australia because the safety standards and the cost of construction will be prohibitive and it will well exceed the demand. Unless those towns/cities signed up for HSR catchment will promise to import 1,000,000 migrants into Australia per annum for the next 20 years, I d...

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by CityRail
Tue May 07, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways "Prepped and ready to land soon from Doha to a new gateway."
Replies: 31
Views: 7648

Re: Qatar Airways "Prepped and ready to land soon from Doha to a new gateway."

I guess MFM, which is a gateway to the Greater Bay Area in China?

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by CityRail
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Attention passengers, due to SmartGate failures, major delays are expected at Sydney (and perhaps Melbourne) international airports. Please allow additional travel time, listen to announcements and check indicator boards before boarding. https://www.smh.com.au/national/passport-machine-outage-causes...

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by CityRail
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Cathay Pacific is reportedly ending it’s Cairns flights. https://www.tropicnow.com.au/2019/april/26/cathay-pacific-set-to-cancel-cairns-flights.html It is very sad indeed. But I am sure CX will return in the future in terms of charters hopefully, as I am sure there's still demand from China/Hong Ko...

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by CityRail
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor/unofficial: Norwegian Argentina to start EZE-PER-SIN
Replies: 48
Views: 8485

Re: Rumor/unofficial: Norwegian Argentina to start EZE-PER-SIN

Why PER as middle stop?
Why not SYD where there will be more demand?

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by CityRail
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

VA has started seasonal DRW-DPS https://www.miragenews.com/virgin-australia-new-darwin-to-bali-service-takes-off/ VA will also be operating seasonal PER-OOL over the next 3 weeks, 1-2 weekly from what I can see plus a few extra frequencies on PER-HBA I wonder whether it is feasible for VA to operat...

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by CityRail
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/qantas-inte ... er-resigns

Breaking: Qantas International CEO resigned.

I hope Alison Webster has a great future ahead. Perhaps to Virgin Australia?

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https://www.sbs.com.au/news/qantas-inte ... er-resigns

Breaking: Qantas International CEO resigned.

I hope Alison Webster has a great future ahead. Perhaps to Virgin Australia?

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by CityRail
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Interested in Widebodies if London is a Success
Replies: 110
Views: 24900

Re: JetBlue Interested in Widebodies if London is a Success

Mods, feel free to merge with the All Hands thread but I thought this was interesting, a little blurb in a boarding area article that said Blue is interested in widebodies, the A330 or B787 if London is a success. That is very interesting and they obviously must feel success is a lock and that they...

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by CityRail
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

A $200M expansion of HBA has been announced today. The first stage costs $100M and will be completed by December next year. This includes doubling the terminal, a mezzanine level for lounges (looks like we're finally getting our VA lounge), and swing gates for International operations. Free article...

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by CityRail
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should do-deal Brexit happens on 12 April, what should passengers do?
Replies: 18
Views: 2471

Should do-deal Brexit happens on 12 April, what should passengers do?

No-deal Brexit is becoming more and more likely, and that would mean major negative implications to to the already weak European aviation industry. According to the current trend, no-deal Brexit is scheduled to happen on 12 April, and the week after is going to be Easter and Labour Day public holida...

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by CityRail
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

May I ask what did Josh Frydenberg brought to Australian Aviation Industry tonight through the budget?
I am interested how much and when will SWZ be built. I hope SWZ will be built asap, because Sydney's growth is being hindered by the 2 runways and limitations we currently have at SYD.

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by CityRail
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Agreed. Short-haul for VA cannot be doing well for them. Again, their recent financial report indicates international is worsening. We've now discussed New Zealand for three months and again QF, JQ and NZ are outperforming VA. QF and JQ both had loadfactors of 88-89% compared to 71% for VA. NZ fare...

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by CityRail
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

BITRE international out for January 19 https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/files/International_airline_activity_1901.pdf This data shows a strong performance on Virgin Australia's Hong Kong service. You can see they recorded 91%+ load factor for both Hong Kong routes. That means Hong Kong cou...

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by CityRail
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

According to twitter, https://twitter.com/i/status/1112429356184489985, Virgin Australia is reportedly introducing Virgin Australia fly foods, where it will work similar to UberEats or Deliveroo and allows customers to order food from interstate and have it delivered to your home via Virgin Australi...

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by CityRail
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Today also marks the first day of service of new domestic route Sydney - Bendigo, eliminating 3 hours of travel time and hundreds of dollars for travelling to Southern Cross and then change for V/Line.

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by CityRail
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 72607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

I heard rumours of Triple Status Credits for Qantas.
Was it just April fool or it is real?

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by CityRail
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 601
Views: 81796

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

ACT Government is trying to lure a direct flight between CBR and China. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/canberra-news/andrew-barr-in-china-looking-to-woo-airlines-to-canberra-20190325-p517fv.html My thought is other than HKG, there's no port in China where this route will be profitable without subs...

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by CityRail
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 601
Views: 81796

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

So tomorrow is Paul Scurrah’s first day in the CEO chair at VA, what are we expecting more of the same with gradual changes, or something a bit quicker? I’ve heard some rumours of expansion into Asia Expansion into Asia would require additional aircraft, where are the aircraft coming from? Answer- ...

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by CityRail
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no non-stop Qantas flight to PEK&PVG from MEL?
Replies: 38
Views: 4654

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

Because for Qantas, there's Cathay Dragon.
For Virgin Australia, there's Hong Kong Airlines.
Passengers can change at Hong Kong for a connecting plane, stopping at Peking or Shanghai (Including Pudong and Hongqiao).

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by CityRail
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 33806

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2019

Due to major incident at Christchurch, some services in/out of CHC has been cancelled for today.
Passengers on NZ are provided with flexibility to change/refund their bookings where necessary.
Condolences for the 40 who are dead and we wish all 20 injured speedy recovery.

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by CityRail
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 601
Views: 81796

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

Wicked weather continuing. Many flights diverting including EK, NZ, MH and HA heading to MEL. The QF744 from MEL-SYD now circling as well. Interestingly VA1192, an ATR 72 is battling the weather and just landed at Sydney. Also SQ 288 and SQ 211 has arrived Sydney over the past 30 minutes as well, s...

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by CityRail
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 601
Views: 81796

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

50 for International Growth or bankruptcy? 50 can be used for both Domestic and International growth, for eg. PER-CNS and PER-OOL will be viable. If Virgin wants to go to China, each route to China and North East Asia could require 1.5 aircraft, and each route to India and Middle East will definite...

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by CityRail
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 601
Views: 81796

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

5. LOL. QANTAS might just introduce a new long-haul narrow body business class too. 3. Forget about ETOPS did you?. 6. Why in their right mind would they fly to FCO and Honk Kong when even QANTAS can't seem to make it work. 3. If A350 can do ETOPS-370, then A321XLR can potentially do the same too 5...

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