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by tullamarine
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

The interesting thing is for Europe QF prioritise BA codeshares through LHR over the onestop EK options through DXB. Doing search on a random date for BNE-VIE the first eight options are a combination of BNE-SIN/PER-LHR-VIE, or even BNE-MEL-PER-LHR-VIE, before BNE-DXB-VIE comes up as the ninth opti...

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by tullamarine
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing rolls out 787-9 in "Dreams take flight" livery
Replies: 49
Views: 10102

Re: Boeing rolls out 787-9 in "Dreams take flight" livery

So what's the plane going to be used for? An airshow demonstrator? I'd have thought that Boeing would have been able to place a 787-9 NTU realitively easily. Also kinda reminiscent of that Alaska A321, no? :checkmark: 'More to Love' was my immediate thought after seeing the first image in this thre...

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by tullamarine
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Bigger question is let's say QF does get 8 350/777 by 2024/25 and flies them on SYD/MEL- LHR/JFK. What routes do the 12 A380s fly? Given after the refurb will likely be with QF to 2030. Can't go to LHR as you're already using 6 slots (PER, MEL and SYD), possibly don't need A380 on DFW once you have...

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

I don't mind the casual as opposed to businessy vibe, after all the Qantas International lounge was also designed to have a "very Queensland" feel, but what sets alarm bells ringing for me is talk of the "grazing menu". That sounds like corporate double-speak for only offering s...

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland
Replies: 68
Views: 9871

Re: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland

So the offense generation exists in Poland too!!!

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Virgin's new BNE lounge due to open on 3 September https://www.executivetraveller.com/virgin-australia-opens-new-brisbane-international-my-lounge I don't mean to sound pessimistic but I can't help but feel I am going to be disappointed. The location of this lounge within the international terminal ...

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1492
Views: 271661

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

VX may not be able to command the necessary yields, and also wouldn't want the orphan fleet. VA is in financial dire straights at the moment, probably cannot command the necessary yields, and also wouldn't want an orphan fleet (not to mention that an A350-1000 is too big for them). You mean VS, not...

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by tullamarine
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1492
Views: 271661

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

ikolkyo wrote:
I wonder if it's possible Boeing submitted a 779 variant instead, I feel like that would be known if that had happened though.

On what we know about the 779, it is hard to see what Boeing could do to give it the legs to do MEL-JFK or SYD-LHR.

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by tullamarine
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

The Air Current is reporting https://tinyurl.com/y5f5dwa9 that Boeing will mothball development of the 778. Doubt Ostrower would run the story without solid information. It would also fit with yesterday's Aviation Analyst story https://tinyurl.com/y5mm75bh that Airbus are in "final talks"...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 83
Views: 11230

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

Otherwise Airbus has no immediate need for clean-sheets, until there is a significant step in technology I think you are probably right. Their next major development would probably be a new wing for the A321; pretty unlikely they'd need to do a new fuselage which is still fine and CFRP doesn't offe...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't the B753 sell better?
Replies: 89
Views: 14475

Re: Why didn't the B753 sell better?

Outside of the US, the 752 was hardly a sales success. The 753 made absolutely no sense unless you were operating it alongside an existing 752 fleet so the 753 pretty much needed to make all its sales in the US and, apart from a couple of European charter operators, that's what happened. With the be...

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by tullamarine
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Since I first posted this news to the forum I have been thinking about where these A321's are coming from. The Australian Aviation article posted today says that "The A321s will be passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions. The source of the aircraft to be converted was not disclosed." The...

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by tullamarine
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Well this is interesting, and kinda of a surprise to me. VA 737-800's with split-scimitar winglets https://australianaviation.com.au/2019/08/virgin-australia-adding-split-scimitar-winglets-to-five-boeing-737-800s/ But why only 5 aircraft? I would have liked to see more but it comes down to cost and...

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by tullamarine
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Well this is interesting, and kinda of a surprise to me. VA 737-800's with split-scimitar winglets https://australianaviation.com.au/2019/08/virgin-australia-adding-split-scimitar-winglets-to-five-boeing-737-800s/ But why only 5 aircraft? I would have liked to see more but it comes down to cost and...

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Just noticed a QFA380 flying overhead which, according to FR24, is QFA6013 flying SYD- MEL. Some sort of recovery or repositioning flight with all these high winds? Looks like it’s just repositioning to MEL VH-OQF has re-positioned as QF6013 to MEL to do QF35 (MEL-SIN). Usually QF35 would be done b...

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by tullamarine
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

They are being fitted to 5 short haul international aircraft (VH-YI*) as a trial at this stage. I am told seatback USB power will be fitted to all short haul international aircraft by end of 2020 also. USB power would be an welcome addition on the Tasman/PI flights. Now if only they would fit the 7...

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by tullamarine
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

I knew someone on QF96 last night, and apparently someone lit and smoked a joint in the lavatory, causing the entire J cabin to smell of weed. No alarms were set off and apparently the crew couldn’t identify the smoker. Probably couldn't identify the culprit because once the weed got into the air c...

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

In addition to the dramas on QF94 in LAX, it appears QF has also had problems with an A380 in DFW. Tonight there are 2 QF8s coming back to SYD. They have had a pretty horrible few days in fleet scheduling it seems.

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was it possible to build the MAX on 757 Platform instead of 737
Replies: 64
Views: 9952

Re: Was it possible to build the MAX on 757 Platform instead of 737

So to summarise this thread: It was not possible to base the MAX on the 757; maybe the NG could've been but now the world has moved on and it's not an option The 757 would've solved the ground clearance issues of the 737 but would've created a whole lot of other issues around weight SWA was a key in...

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

It looks like QF94 will depart tonight (5/8) using OQA which has been AOG at LAX since Friday. It was scheduled to depart about 40 minutes ago but it still at gate.

It appears OQD which went tech last night may still be stuck in LAX.

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

QF is always going to have these issues when aircraft go tech as they have a small longhaul fleet spread over multiple hubs. Recovery is much harder compared to SQ, CX, BA etc. Looking forward i can only seeing this getting worse when the 747s go, as they provide versatile recovery aircraft (for Sy...

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Fair bit of coverage on Melbourne radio this morning on the issues Qantas is having with its A380 fleet particularly as it is affecting QF94. It seems 2/8's flight never departed, 3/8's flight was 15 hours late and 4/8 also failed to depart due to a fault after boarding. There are people still in LA...

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Does that mean it is principally the VH-YI* sub-fleet which as I understand it all have extra overwater equipment meaning they are optimised for regional international operations? I'm not too sure exactly what the differences are however. According to what I have seen yes its being retrofiited to Y...

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

I was Referring to virgin but yes they are having some retrofitted Any idea on whether they're committed to a number, or if it's a trial. From memory of the initial SSW threads it really only makes sense for longer routes. Approximately 20-25% of the fleet will be retrofitted, mostly aircraft dedic...

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by tullamarine
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 38164

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

The ACCC has advised that they are concerned about Qantas' shareholding in Alliance and would be unlikely to support any increase in the holding towards a controlling investment. As it currently stands QAN has only acquired 20% of Alliance and has not sought board representation so it is not restrai...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57608

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Final decision on QF/CX codeshare deal has been handed down, the proposed deal has been rejected https://www.iasc.gov.au/determinations_decisions/2019/2019iasc204.aspx Ironically the NZ/CX deal got approved and is operating, would have thought the NZ/CX deal would have had an lot more conflicts tha...

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by tullamarine
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VA flights to LAS
Replies: 12
Views: 3178

Re: VA flights to LAS

Thank you both! There was an ANZ 773 that also operated to LAS that morning. Next year's location is BNE, so interesting to see if they do charters next year, and where from inbound to BNE. If next year's location is BNE, I wouldn't expect any charters with FC staff just travelling on the many avai...

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific and LH Group to expand Codesharing
Replies: 26
Views: 4235

Re: Cathay Pacific and LH Group to expand Codesharing

I’m not convinced any airline is wedded to their respective alliance. Simply being a “founding member” is not a business reason. If more money can be made leaving an alliance, an airline will change partners, cancel JV agreements, sell/write-off financial investments and reconfigure networks. Corre...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57608

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

out of interest, between MEB and MBW which can handle "larger" aircraft between the two? Essendon can handle larger aircraft than Moorabbin. Essendon was Melbourne's airport up until 1970 so could in theory handle up to an A320/738. Moorabbin has always only been general aviaiton. Pretty ...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57608

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Obzerva wrote:
out of interest, between MEB and MBW which can handle "larger" aircraft between the two?

Essendon can handle larger aircraft than Moorabbin. Essendon was Melbourne's airport up until 1970 so could in theory handle up to an A320/738. Moorabbin has always only been general aviaiton.

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by tullamarine
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57608

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Related but different question - would VA look at SIN again now its not part owned by SQ? VA remains part owned by SQ. Sorry I meant VS...... The answer is probably no. More than ever VS is stressing the Atlantic in its name with only limited services to the east. It has recently exited DXB; it ret...

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by tullamarine
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57608

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Related but different question - would VA look at SIN again now its not part owned by SQ? VA remains part owned by SQ. If your question is hypothetical based on SQ maybe selling out of VA at some point, the answer probably remains no. Whether there was an ownership relationship or not, both airline...

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57608

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

BITRE out for April Virgin numbers improved across the board, New Zealand improved somewhat with a 80.5% LF inbound and 72.8% outbound Qatar carried more passengers in/out of PER than EK for the first time, outbound LF just under 98% for the month vs EK 96% Batik Indonesia slowly improving coming i...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61400

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

After a review MEL has announced it will extend the consultation period for the third runway. This extension relates to a rethink whether the third runway may actually be a parallel N-S runway insteas of the E-W parallel previously preferred. No final decision has been made but there is no doubt th...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61400

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

VA seems to be getting a bit of its old Virgin Blue cheekiness with this ad it has put up near SYD poking gentle fun at QF's changes to its frequent flyer scheme. http://www.travelweekly.com.au/article/virgin-mocks-qantas-with-huge-news-billboard/

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by tullamarine
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61400

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

After a review MEL has announced it will extend the consultation period for the third runway. This extension relates to a rethink whether the third runway may actually be a parallel N-S runway insteas of the E-W parallel previously preferred. No final decision has been made but there is no doubt the...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61400

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Luxon to step down as NZ CEO by September. One of his last tasks was to integrate his FF program with QF's in light of recent QF FF news. On a related note, it would at least open the door for NZ and VA to have at least a cordial relationship once again (At least on an interline basis) now that bot...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61400

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

LT Plat at 75000 SC is only really achievable for a small minority (those who pull in 5-6000 SC/year for a sustained period). Well apparently Lifetime Platinum will be more exclusive than the Chairman's Lounge as such a small number of people will ever qualify. By time anyone qualifies for this, th...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61400

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

The reduction in "fees" is quite substantial. The increase in points for premium seats makes a lot of sense if they're going to make more seats available for redemption. Given a majority of points are probably redeemed on economy seats this will like benefit most people with modest point ...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A list of world's Top 10 intercontinental longhauls by pax traffic for 2018. LHR dominates again
Replies: 16
Views: 3019

Re: A list of world's Top 10 intercontinental longhauls by pax traffic for 2018. LHR dominates again

Is number 10 correct? I am stunned a small Caribbean port connecting to the second airport in Paris makes the list!!!

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by tullamarine
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership
Replies: 40
Views: 6542

Re: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership

No doubt of benefit to both parties but surely small beans unless other connections or mid-points are added on the Australia side. Any likelyhood of this? If you mean, is there likelihood of VA flying from HKG to other AU ports, then the answer is currently no. There are no available slots in HKG a...

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by tullamarine
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership
Replies: 40
Views: 6542

Re: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership

No doubt of benefit to both parties but surely small beans unless other connections or mid-points are added on the Australia side. Any likelyhood of this? If you mean, is there likelihood of VA flying from HKG to other AU ports, then the answer is currently no. There are no available slots in HKG a...

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by tullamarine
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership
Replies: 40
Views: 6542

Re: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership

What is the current situation with connections at LAX and HKG ? Are their flights coordinated at both airports to provide a layover of only a few hours each way ? Or in some possible itineraries is there something like a 10 hour layover or overnight stay required ? And if they aren't already coordi...

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by tullamarine
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Classic B Variants
Replies: 41
Views: 4711

Re: 747 Classic B Variants

Interesting. I always thought the 200B was developed for QF due to the need for more range to HNL from MEL etc. I guess KL had the same needs given it also operated all the way to AU in the '70s. The stretched 200 was originally referred to SUD but changed to EUD (Extended Upper Deck) when it was po...

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by tullamarine
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61400

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Today's Herald Sun has coverage of updates to MEL T3 where the old Hightide cafe has been closed and will converted into an AFL themed cafe/sports bar. It is unclear if this is just using the old Hightide footprint or also part of the old Irish bar also. Design sketches look pretty schmick and the a...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership
Replies: 40
Views: 6542

Re: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership

The thing you are all forgetting is that VA DOES NOT operate international services! VA International (or whatever its currently called) is a totally seperate company with different shareholders (any body got a current list?) and it does not AFAIK include any of the foregin airlines currently holdi...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines with most twin widebodies subtypes?
Replies: 23
Views: 3747

Re: Airlines with most twin widebodies subtypes?

By my estimates, the greatest current number of WB twin subtypes in any individual airline is 8. This is shared between 3 airlines, TG, DL & UA TG 333, 359, 772, 77E, 773, 77W, 788, 789 DL 763, 764, 77E, 77L, 359, 332, 333, 339 UA 763, 764, 772, 77E, 77W, 788, 789, 78J Does TG no longer fly the...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership
Replies: 40
Views: 6542

Re: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership

That's good hopefully one of them can start LHR - Perth or Darwin. I know their HKG route exchange passengers. Great to see both Virgins working together, they should abstain from divesting into each other haha. DRW is a never. It can barely sustain a 737 to SIN. LHR-PER is also probably the same. ...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership
Replies: 40
Views: 6542

Re: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership

The thing you are all forgetting is that VA DOES NOT operate international services! VA International (or whatever its currently called) is a totally seperate company with different shareholders (any body got a current list?) and it does not AFAIK include any of the foregin airlines currently holdi...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership
Replies: 40
Views: 6542

Re: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership

While not a bad idea VA needs some attention long haul. Firstly their ownership structure means basically there's too many cooks in the kitchen. SQ obviously want to direct everything their way frequent flyer wise. Ditto for Etihad. The Chinese will have their own agenda. Next the small number of A...

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