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by Chipmunk1973
Tue May 04, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 14491

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Does anyone know much about the history of ZL flying to KGC Kingscote, Kangaroo Island)? I just finished a two day stay on KI and as you’d expect, the massive bush/wild fires were still a talking point. Quite a few of the travel reps were really furious at ZL saying they used the fires as an excuse ...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sun May 02, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 14491

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

I agree that Taiwan is probably a safe travel option for health reasons, but politically it would be quite poisonous. With the poor state of relations between Australia and the PRC, any move that sidelines it in favour of Taiwan would be taken as an insult against China. And also potentially viewed ...

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by Chipmunk1973
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43479

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

[ & yet we are in such a rush to travel internationally... Australia has so much to offer... I'm in a rush as my family is in the US and other than on Teams video calls, I haven't seen them since early January 2020. I have a big birthday coming up this year and I'm thinking about what to do. I'...

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by Chipmunk1973
Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43479

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

RyanairGuru wrote:
Last week I went to Tasmania, which was incredible. Can’t recommend it highly enough.
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Totally agree, a truly beautiful place. I stayed for 3 weeks and could have easily stayed 3 more.

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by Chipmunk1973
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43479

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Good signs that QF’s A380’s will be brought back to life with OQC scheduled to depart VCV bound for LAX. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Is that for just scheduled maintenance? Also I was under the impression that a lot of the A380 flight crews had taken redundancy, and if so, who flies the plan...

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by Chipmunk1973
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43479

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

I’ll be over in PER in a couple of weeks; first time visit. I have a couple of days spare up my sleeve. Any suggestions of what is good to visit? At the completion of my organised tour I’m renting a car to go back to the Margaret River. Hoping to check out some of the amazing underground caves in th...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43479

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

I flew back to BNE from DRW today. A couple of things: 1: A QF 787 flew from DRW to SYD about half an hour before my flight. Can’t exactly recall the flight number but I think it was QF6001. I always thought the 6xxx flight numbers were used for repositioning but there were pax on it. 2: Hot meals s...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43479

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

It’s been good to see a bit of recovery up in the top end. DRW looks to be quite busy and even being around the middle of Darwin the last couple of days, the amount of planes coming in to land and departing is quite noticeable. The only downside to this being that CoVid border processing can be dela...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43479

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

VA and 7-11 (Mobil fuel) applies for 'Points for Petrol' partnership. Negotiations were started under former CEO Scurrah. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-velocity-points-7-11-petrol While it's fantastic to see Velocity get on board with another servo, they may need to look at alterna...

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by Chipmunk1973
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 43479

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Where VA is concerned they made an informed decision not tot return to NZ until October at the earliest and that decision was made a few weeks ago. From going on what was said yesterday they are cautious in their approach and seem to waiting until vaccinations are completed. As noted above they are...

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by Chipmunk1973
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

There’s an old adage that if you’re hungry you’ll eat sh!t. $7.50 noodles in a cup is less than sh!t. I think it’s pretty woeful, personally. I’d rather pay $9/$10/$12 and get a decent fresh sandwich in lieu of a poor student meal. I stopped flying DJ/VA years ago when I was denied a ham/cheese/tom...

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by Chipmunk1973
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Those noodles sell like crazy, and unlike the fantastic $2 noodles from “noodle gate”, these actually retail at the supermarket for around $5 so it’s not that expensive really. Their old retail menu had a lot of crap people never buy.. they’ve done the research and this is the type of things people...

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by Chipmunk1973
Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

With all due respect to Chipmunk, Perth isn’t even the driest, but a quick Google search gave me several websites claiming that Hobart is the second driest after Perth. The BOM disagrees: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/australia/cities/ I was shocked to learn that Melbourne is the driest city, follo...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Effective 1 April 21, Rex will reduce SYD-MEL to 7 daily, down from 9 daily https://twitter.com/theaeronetwork/status/1373474233439817730?s=21 I wonder if that’s to facilitate flights to other cities or are they not getting enough load factor to warrant the flights? As brave a move as it is to chal...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sun Mar 21, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

As an Aussie I love Tasmania and Hobart.... but I just can’t see what differentiates it enough from NZ, especially being in the same hemisphere and seasons. NZ weather is fickle, Kiwis love their beach escapes - Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Raro. I just can’t see what Tas offers that South Island of...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sun Mar 21, 2021 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Curious Air Nauru 733 out of Seoul 20/3/21 at 7.23am looks like heading for BNE Didn't think the 733 had that kind of range.. Might be the same plane that encountered compressor stalls towards its landing in BNE. https://www.avherald.com/h?article=4e4a9c95&opt=0 I won’t bother posting a “news” ...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

You are right on the mark there!!! I took my wife and my son a couple of week back down to see my old home town, it has changed, also its not far a drive up the East Coast or down to the Tasman Peninsula or to the West Coast where you will see some of the most spectacular and rugged country side in...

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by Chipmunk1973
Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Certainly tow bars etc as well as baggage loaders, however you can bulk load the A320 if you want - Dont need to containerize. JQ definitely do, im not sure about Network, they might actually bulk load theirs? I cant think of many places that QF serves with 737s either Dom or Intl, that doesnt see ...

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by Chipmunk1973
Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Purchase price and ongoing benefits from A or B aside, is there any inherent airframe design benefit in the 738 or A320 (or variants) that makes them more or less suitable for Australian operations? The one thing that comes to mind for me is that the Airbus does support containerised cargo loading....

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by Chipmunk1973
Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

"Airbus, Boeing to battle for multi-billion dollar Qantas order" Looks like the contest for the future of Qantas domestic fleet will be back on this year, according to AJ and Qantas' CFO. Imagine what the Qantas of 2030 could look like, maybe A320neos on domestic and A350s for Sunrise plu...

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by Chipmunk1973
Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 47558

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Rex is now shopping around for two additional B737s on top of the six it'll have by end of this month, and also new cities to fly those B737s to. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/rex-looks-to-add-more-jets-more-destinations Interesting comment regarding BNE, "Brisbane could be more proa...

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by Chipmunk1973
Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30290

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

When QF’s partnership with Alliance about flights into ASP and DRW from ADL was announced, I wondered why they seemed to be somewhat premium heavy, with a large J class on such a small jet. I got back to thinking of my time in Darwin last year when I bumped into a few people from Katherine. Having s...

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by Chipmunk1973
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30290

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

The big advantage Alliance has is that they have bought their E90s as distressed assets from airlines have got an amazing deal. VA bought the Embraer fleet from the factory so the unit cost and rate of return required is remarkably different. I have flown Alliance in the past operating for both QF ...

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by Chipmunk1973
Tue Feb 02, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30290

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

In a world without COVID, I think we could’ve seen a fantastic Western QF hub linking PER with SIN, LHR, CDG, FRA, JNB and BOM/DEL by 2022. Far be it for me to accuse of day dreaming during lockdown but where would QF have gotten the aircraft for that? ALDI Special Buys :rotfl: Well, they seem to s...

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by Chipmunk1973
Tue Feb 02, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30290

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

ben175 wrote:
In a world without COVID, I think we could’ve seen a fantastic Western QF hub linking PER with SIN, LHR, CDG, FRA, JNB and BOM/DEL by 2022.


Looking at ABS population projections, the greater Perth area will be about 2.5M by the end of the decade. Maybe by then it will be a western hub.

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by Chipmunk1973
Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30290

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

Qantas remains committed to their West Coast mini hub plans post covid19 with a direct PER-JNB service still on the cards to operate along side SYD-JNB. Qantas keen for direct Perth-Johannesburg flights Jo'burg is not only back on the map, it could see Qantas flights from both Sydney and Perth. Qan...

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by Chipmunk1973
Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30290

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

can imagine that it’s very frustrating for all airlines. However, with WA closing off again, NZ has opened up again so I’d imagine that sort of mitigates one over the other in terms of aircraft usage. Hopefully greater Perth will open up again after the 5 day lockout and we’ll be back to CoVid “nor...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 294
Views: 56270

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

Just had a thought: Given the reduction in capacity of so many airline routes due to CoVid, would this be an opportunity to accelerate development of the 778 as its capacity is similar to the 777W?

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by Chipmunk1973
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

Australia has resumed the ‘Green Zone’ flights from New Zealand, effect this afternoon. [url] https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/australias-suspension-of-one-way-safe-zone-flights-with-new-zealand-lifted/KLZR3KIODKPA43B6PW4CVMHOMQ[/url]/ I still get a bit of a giggle about seeing the “Green Zone”. I kee...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

Interesting REX haven't launched their second route yet. I think it was supposed to be SYD-BNE? Any guesses on when it might be revealed and if it will still be SYD-BNE or potentially MEL-BNE given NSW seem out of line with the other states in their Covid strategy? If I recall correctly I believe i...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

With another round of domestic boarder closures starting, yet another hit to VA,JQ,QF at what point do they decide its better and more cost effective to park most of there fleet for 2021 and furlough more of there staff. Until we have the majority of the population vaccinated? Surely the constant d...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

I will, hopefully, be travelling to Tasmania in a couple of weeks with QF. As I have to briefly transit via MEL, does anyone know if there are any smoking areas close to T1? Thanks. I'm not a smoker but believe you can smoke in an area towards the Business Car Park which is to the left as you exit ...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

Interesting REX haven't launched their second route yet. I think it was supposed to be SYD-BNE? Any guesses on when it might be revealed and if it will still be SYD-BNE or potentially MEL-BNE given NSW seem out of line with the other states in their Covid strategy? If I recall correctly I believe i...

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by Chipmunk1973
Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

I will, hopefully, be travelling to Tasmania in a couple of weeks with QF. As I have to briefly transit via MEL, does anyone know if there are any smoking areas close to T1?

Thanks.

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by Chipmunk1973
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

Predictable backlash from unions over Qantas outsourcing ground handling, which will see another 2,000 jobs lost. https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/appalling-qantas-steels-for-union-fight-after-outsourcing-2-000-jobs-20210121-p56vyo.html Not wanting to start an anti-union discussion, but un...

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by Chipmunk1973
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

I wonder if VA could pick up some of the ex Norwegian 789s that will now be discarded to reestablish their long haul LAZ routes. Obviously it all depends on how border restrictions and travel demand changes over this year but it could be a good opportunity to get some 787s with less risk/outlay tha...

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by Chipmunk1973
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

^^and so they should. A friend of mine came back from Adelaide recently with a jar of Beerenberg Sweet Chilli Rellish. You cannot buy it for love or money in Melbourne. Absolutely recommend it to you all. "A little dab will do you". It sings. cheers Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t bashing Be...

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by Chipmunk1973
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 345
Views: 60400

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

I vaguely recall that when QF ordered the A380, they also had options to purchase additional aircraft. It was either up to 16 or 20 aircraft. If they’d paid deposits for these frames, might that be why the A35K was selected?

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by Chipmunk1973
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 345
Views: 60400

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

Not sure, yes these are ULH aircraft but remember QF want to in future be able to use them on regular long hauls to LAX and also shorter routes to HKG/HND, however they will be first for ULH and most of the first batch of 12 will likely be 95% used for LHR/NYC non stops although that also depends o...

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by Chipmunk1973
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

2. Flight was about 2/3 full, got a complimentary EconomyX “upgrade” at the lounge after asking friendly (am only Gold these days). Virgin Entertainment (streaming via app) was working, but the content was even more sparse then back in 2019. Choice of protein ball or nut mix, and water/juice/coffee...

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by Chipmunk1973
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

What’s the level of competition, if any, with QF and NZ? The reason I ask is that a holiday and tour I was supposed to take around March 2020 is now rescheduled for the end of November this year. When I originally booked the fare early last year, both flights on QF in J totalled $1,061. Flights are:...

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by Chipmunk1973
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 345
Views: 60400

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

I know the image is only indicative of seating, but I’m certain Alan Joyce hinted that the ULH first class was a “suite” style of product. Therefore the angled F seats, similar to the A380 are not accurate.

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by Chipmunk1973
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

It was, I think from memory it started 4 weekly ex SYD in 2004, SYD had QF1 via BKK and QF31 via SIN plus 2 BA services through BKK and SIN, MEL had QF9 via SIN and a daily BA service via SIN, when BA dropped MEL in 2006 QF moved the HKG service to MEL and it increased to daily. Although I vaguely ...

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by Chipmunk1973
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

Cheers, thanks for the replies.

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by Chipmunk1973
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

I was wondering how many slots do QF have at LHR? I tried some Google searches but really couldn’t find anything up to date. The reason that I ask is that when I saw the news that Project Sunrise is being discussed again, it got me thinking how QF would schedule its services to that side of the worl...

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by Chipmunk1973
Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

QF indicating that Project Sunrise will go back into consideration at the end of the year: https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/qantas-project-sunrise-future And there’s another new thread started as well: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1456657 Always curious at to why Pa...

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by Chipmunk1973
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vaccine Confident: Qantas to Resume International Flights in 3Q21
Replies: 44
Views: 7032

Re: Vaccine Confident: Qantas to Resume International Flights in 3Q21

I heard from a Doctor's interview that one of the vaccine manufacturers has a manufacturing plant in Australia. Say Oz ramps up production because they have capability, manpower and are not constrained due to Covid pick up the slack and the vaccines are transported from Australia. This would be gre...

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by Chipmunk1973
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

That reminds me of when AA had “chef curated” snack boxes, which was something like nut mix and a banana. I really doubt it involves hot food. I think it’s just marketing babble for a box comparable to what QantasLink serve on longer Dash-8 flights. As to your other question, if VA rarely filled 8 ...

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by Chipmunk1973
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 43518

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

brucetiki wrote:

Probably means they'll use Maggi noodles instead of Fantastic noodles :D



Wasn’t that great in the days of Uni when Maggi noodles were on special :D

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