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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

I just participated in an interesting AiGroup webinar where the main topic was international freight and the leaders of the federal government's INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT ASSISTANCE MECHANISM program presented. This is the $110M program where the federal government are buying additional freight capacity...

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to permanently close LGW short-haul ?
Replies: 83
Views: 13061

Re: BA to permanently close LGW short-haul ?

Not a good sign for their still unconfirmed MAX orders which were supposed to be based from LGW. They can’t go to LHR because MAX don’t do containerised freight.

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Virgin Australia reportedly told staff today that 400 QLD-based jobs will be made redundant. It's not known how many of those are based in Bowen Hills or at BNE or in regional areas such as lounges which may be closed. But given VA's head office moving to smaller premises in the city as well as axi...

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Everyone agrees shares are best treated as a long-term investment so a 22c gain on day one is neither here nor there and 1/3 of this gain flows from the discount on issue anyway. The prospective huge company losses that QAN will incur in the next few years means there is little likelihood of QAN pa...

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by tullamarine
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did QF buy the B744ER specifically for the MEL-LAX route?
Replies: 15
Views: 4440

Re: Did QF buy the B744ER specifically for the MEL-LAX route?

UA actually began operating MEL-LAX nonstop back in 1999 with a 744 but the route didn't last long as the westbound flight was too capacity limited to be economic. QF has had competition on MEL-LAX for a number of years with both UA and VA also plying the route. VA is unlikely to return to the route...

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by tullamarine
Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Those shareholders that took up the Qantas share offer are having the last laugh - they are sitting on a nice 22c/share profit as of today. Thats the difference between mum and dad investors who dont really know what they are doing and professional investors. Everyone agrees shares are best treated...

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by tullamarine
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Qantas has raised only $71.7m in its share purchase plan representing only a 5% take-up rate, well short of its $500m target. The airline has blamed lack of confidence flowing from the "Victorian Wave" as the cause though I believe it was failing well before the MEL lockdowns. As a QAN sha...

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by tullamarine
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Does QF own the 787s outright? According to an earlier forum post the 787 pilots are not paid as much as the 330 crews? Operating expenditure is given as the reason behind parking the 787, but it does not seem to be the case? Does anyone have insights into this? No, 787 pilots are paid more in base...

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by tullamarine
Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QANTAS to mothball most of the 787 fleet
Replies: 86
Views: 29275

Re: QANTAS to mothball most of the 787 fleet

Yes, countries which have eliminated or very significantly suppressed the virus will not be willing to forfeit their situation by allowing entry by unvaccinated tourists - that would be madness. So unvaccinated people will have a choice: go somewhere where the virus still rages and run the risk of ...

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by tullamarine
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Qantas are using the 787 for Antartica flights. Dubbed "the world's most unique scenic flight", Antarctica Flights plans to take Aussies on Qantas 787 Dreamliners to see the icy continent from the air. From November, travellers will be able to take day trip flights lasting between 12 to 1...

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QANTAS to mothball most of the 787 fleet
Replies: 86
Views: 29275

Re: QANTAS to mothball most of the 787 fleet

What about the Jetstar 787's then? If there's no international flights for at least 12 months, are they going to be moved to the U.S. as well with the QF fleet, or are they staying in Avalon? Definitely won't stay at AVV; it's too damp and close to the sea so very unsuitable for long-term storage. ...

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Australian aviation site Airline Ratings is now offering a 'Covid Rating' system for airlines. "For a COVID-19 compliance star, airlines must pass four of six criteria: website information on COVID19 procedures; face masks for passengers; personal protection equipment for the crew; modified me...

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by tullamarine
Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

With no foreseeable flying in the near future, QF announced that they're storing x6 787's to Victorville and 3 to LAX, keeping only 2 in Australia, I was curious where all the JQ 787's are at the moment? Currently parked at AVV collecting dust. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Given the damp wint...

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by tullamarine
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 86
Views: 10724

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020

Any bubble with QLD may change that wouldn't you think? There will never be a bubble with QLD if not with all of Australia. Would basically mean QLD choosing NZ over NSW/VIC etc. Not going to happen. Interesting... Both NZ and AU have both left that door wide open for it so it can't really be dismi...

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by tullamarine
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

a36001 wrote:
Qantas are sending 6 of their 787 fleet to VCV for storage, 3 will be stored at LAX the rest here in Oz.No word on the JQ birds?

I assume the JQ birds will be heading off shortly too. Hopefully the QF 789s return by about June next year, the JQ 788s may never come back.

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by tullamarine
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Interesting to note that three of the five F100 aircraft acquired from Helvetica have now been scrapped for parts, while two frames remain. "and the two remaining aircraft are recorded as inventory" which suggests to my accountant brain that they might be also destined for parting out? Ot...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

With VA looking to remove it's ATRs, and Alliance and Virgin already have worked together for a few years now, any thoughts on how close Virgin and Alliance could get in the next few years? (QF's shareholding in Alliance not withstanding) It probably depends on what happens with VARA. One "out...

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by tullamarine
Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian startup looking for 757/767 pilots
Replies: 13
Views: 3554

Re: Australian startup looking for 757/767 pilots

They had better be planning to hire Australian pilots. Given the number of pilots that are being retrenched from VA and QF, I doubt the Australian Government will be interested in visas for foreign pilots even if it means the new start up has to get endorsements for retrenched pilots transferring fr...

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

VA will announce their new structure tomorrow. As reported in The Australian (paywall) it is likely a leaner domestic operation will be announced though still closer to a full-service operation rather than a Jetstar clone. Lounges will be retained as will the limited international operation though t...

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

That or contract work for REX? with REX's new proposed jet services in 2021. I think REX are at an interesting point. Their SAAB fleet is aging, yet they are looking to invest in jets and compete more directly with Qantas/Virgin. Will this stretch them too thin and neglect their core business? It i...

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by tullamarine
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

The issue is that there aren’t a lot of 42s around, so 72s are likely to have a similar lease cost. This may address the apparent “wasted capacity” of an upguqge. Its not so much the capacity that isnt being used, but the underlying cost to run a 72 vs a 42 which will be the problem. Apart from fue...

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by tullamarine
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

They were speaking with ATR about that possibility. No commitments. You'd expect that they'll be able to get good rates on 72s, probably even -600, if they bide their time. I can't see them going for new-builds. NZ still have 7x ATR 72-500s sitting around in NSN/CHC waiting for an buyer, surly they...

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by tullamarine
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Alliance Aviation have announced to the ASX this morning that they are acquiring 14 E190 aircraft and spares plus options for further aircraft from Azorra Aviation in the US for USD$79.4 million. From the announcement: https://www.asx.com.au/asx/statistics/displayAnnouncement.do?display=pdf&ids...

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by tullamarine
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 198
Views: 25123

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Both airlines as well as the airports are all under severe stress. VA2 are likely to jettison more fleet than originally planned. QF may be forced to mortgage any remaining unencumbered assets and are rumoured to be considering sending the parked 787s (both QF and JQ) to the desert as they will not ...

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by tullamarine
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Boeing say that the 727 replacement was the 757?
Replies: 92
Views: 12965

Re: Why did Boeing say that the 727 replacement was the 757?

The 757 was designed at a time when Boeing principally only asked its US customers what they wanted and went from there. Times have changed massively and Boeing wouldn't do this again. Following the needs of US majors meant Boeing made the 757 bigger than it needed to be and the need for trans-conti...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

I, like most people, thought the VA A330s would never fly in revenue service again. However, if this Airlineroute report is to be believed, they will be added to MEL-BNE vv. in September. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/292776/virgin-australia-adds-a330-melbourne-brisbane-service-...

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by tullamarine
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Can only see the JQ 788s facing the same fate as VA's (owned) 77Ws, getting 'mothballed' for the foreseeable future until international border restrictions starts to ease, which probably a year off at the earliest. Even then, JQ's 788s is under a cloud as well considering the earlier (Pre-Covid) ne...

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Queensland Government has apparently just announced they are banning all Sydneysiders from the state. This is a major setback for QF,VA and the Queensland tourism industry.

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 148
Views: 19712

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2020

A question on the Air NZ 772's, these were the longhaul work horse of the fleet, did they have a lot of life left in them or were they pretty high cycle aircraft and nearing the end of their economic life? They weren't particularly old or high cycle but 77Es are more expensive to operate than their...

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Given the very slow recovery expected in international travel, it is surprising that the JQ 788s remain at AVV. Realistically, international leisure travel to places such as Bali, Phuket etc is still at least a year away and, even then, it is arguable that the A321Ns when they arrive are more likely...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Virgin Australia is moving out of Bowen Hills and into the same Southbank office tower as FlightCentre. According to reports in The Australian last month Bain was in discussions with FlightCentre because Bowen Hills has far more room than the slimmed-down Virgin Australia 2.0 will need and FlightCe...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 615
Views: 110675

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

How about a 757 re-engine for existing airframes, like with the DC-8 super 70's? Plenty of airframes and a new engine should provide 15% at least. Very low risk compared to building additional frames with a new engine. Same goes for the 767. It makes no sense to upgrade existing airframes that are ...

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by tullamarine
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Qantas A380 VH-OQC flying SYD-LAX as QF6003 for storage, ETA 9:53AM LA time. This is the final A380 to leave Australian soil, and was the final Qantas 4 engined aircraft in Australia. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/vh-oqc Technically VH-OJA counts as a four engined aircraft remaining i...

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Velocity7 wrote:
Something up with OEJ? Flight Radar showing an odd track? Was the flyover Taree planned? Seems to be doing some odd manoevers out over the water and rather low at 19000ft?

It's drawing a QF roo. Looks cool. You can see it on FR244

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 21010

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

Qantas737 wrote:
Just listening to Sydney Departures now and it sounds like QF7474 is on it's way to complete some 'artwork'. Will be interesting to see what appears on FlightRadar.

I heard they were going to do a basic roo shape that would be visible on FR24

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

The question is will a Star membership maximise the return on Bain's investment? Bain won't hesistate to keep VA out of any of the FSC Alliances if they think it doesn't give a return on their investment. Keep in mind the outgoing ownership group of VA will no longer have any influence over VA's op...

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

qf2220 wrote:
Could NZ have deals with both QF and VA?

Yes, if VA was a member of Star, NZ would have arrangements with both at least until the end of the current QF agreement though after that it would be unlikely to maintain the QF partnership.

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

I’m not sure what’s in it for NZ though? NZ and QF share pricing power and capacity power across the Tasman - they are both rational competitors- VA before Covid, wasn’t rational throwing all sorts of capacity and pricing into the market. To me it would seem better for NZ to be rid of VA, have QF I...

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by tullamarine
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

It is close to the sea so definitely not a good option for long term storage but then again neither are BNE or SYD. Agree. The best options are places like ASP, but at least AVV served a purpose for a while. Given the spread of cases in NSW lately, it’s concerning to think how long the effects on b...

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by tullamarine
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

VH-EBL has landed in BNE at this time. Flight QF6121, Inbound from storage at AVV. First QF 332 movement I’ve seen in months. Over the next few weeks you’ll see a number of the AVV stored A330’s ferried to SYD, MEL & BNE. I heard it through the grapevine AVV conditions are terrible for short to...

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by tullamarine
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Ellofiend wrote:
Does anyone know why the past two CX flights ex-ADL are originating in SYD? The first one was on the 12th (B77W) and the second one was today (A35K)

It could be freight import/export or it could be a way to distribute arriving passengers in each port given the limits that apply now in each state.

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by tullamarine
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

New capacity restrictions today - SYD flights now capped inbound at 30pax aligning with BNE.... things get tough for the internationals. It would be interesting to see what departure loads are like at the moment. I don't know how many foreign nationals remain in Australia which would make up the bu...

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by tullamarine
Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

VH-OEJ is scheduled for pushback 1400hrs Wed 22nd July. Will fly direct to HARS for low level pass and to dip the wing to VH-OJA and then back up the coast to do some flybys of Sydney and surrounds. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I had hoped that maybe Qantas might had arranged for OEJ to fly o...

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by tullamarine
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Qantas has pulled almost all international flights through to 28 March https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/qantas-cancels-overseas-flights-to-march-2021 How realistic, is that Qantas will be back flying Internationally in the next 12months? They seem to have dievested there long-haul operations...

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by tullamarine
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Also looking for clarification on this - Are all 12 Qantas A380s being sent to VCV? Or will some stay in LAX/SYD/MEL? I've heard different things. Initially it looked like all 12 were going, but now hearing that only 7 will be going...but also hearing that they'll send A380s from DRS and AUH to VCV...

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by tullamarine
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

I think you pretty much answered your own question with regards to the engineers being only 2 hours drive away in LA. This article from executive traveller gives a bit of insight. Except most LAX staff are being furloughed and the future of the hangar lease that run through 2037 is up in the air. I...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

According to Cam Wallace NZ domestic ops are now up to 74% of last year. It seems New Zealand's domestic aviation sector has ramped up quite nicely all things considered. Source: https://twitter.com/CamWallace_NZ/status/1279918157356908544 NZ is NOT at 74% capacity of pre covid levels. Yesterdays t...

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by tullamarine
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Now that we are going back into lock down again for another 6 weeks they say, will international airlines suspend flying to Melbourne for the time being it would not be worth their while flying to hear would it? I know we will still need cargo so the Freighter Airlines will still have flights but p...

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by tullamarine
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

QF747 tickets for SYD, BNE and CBR joyflights to go on sale noon this Wednesday, $400 for economy and $747 for business class. Crazy expensive. For that much can fly to lax or SFO return from bne Syd or Mel in high season. RUBBISH!! I challenge you to find me any published fare of Australia to the ...

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by tullamarine
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55165

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

For some reason I thought the new runway was years away. Did I get that completely wrong or has my life flashed before me? It has been years in the making. One of the biggest tasks was pumping all the sand in from Moreton Bay and then letting it settle for a couple of years. The runway was opened j...

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