I do tend to think the 787 is a better fit for their specific needs, and I say that as someone who prefers the A350. The A350 is a bigger aircraft that offers additional capability on many missions but I think the versatility of the 787 will likely be preferred for VA. In saying that though, I don’t...Jump to post
"Also for the record, UA's ACY-IAH flights were a joke too, long flights in a RJ with horrible timing. This was a favor for the Port Authority NYNJ when they were running ACY both UA and PANYNJ knew it wasnt going to last, it wasn't meant to" I took that flight once.. was pretty awful and...Jump to post
Posted on the Garuda thread: GA axing MEL & PER, the latter having been under the microscope for quite some time as a better suited Citilink destination. Sydney is under review too. Will be a huge change to not see GA flying into Australia if they also drop SYD. Going from having Citilink flyin...Jump to post
According to local news, Garuda will drop several international destination. PER, MEL, and KIX confirmed will be dropped while KUL, ICN, and AMS are considered to be axed aswell. Part of restruction i guess and they also planning to offload several widebodies (several 777 and A330) so it make sense...Jump to post
When I hear this from Airlines, that tells me Melbourne wont be coming back at all. Personally I wouldn’t read anything into any announcements, SYD is the strongest Australian route so it’s the first to resume, weather it does this year or not we will see how that pans out. I agree with you there, ...Jump to post
Air Canada set to resume YVR-SYD from1 Dec 21, 5 weekly 789 replaces daily 77L, both MEL and BNE cancelled for NW21/22 https://twitter.com/theaeronetwork/status/1404003613832146945?s=20 These schedules really aren’t worth reading into much really as it’s likely conditional on a loosening of the tra...Jump to post
VA now matching the $39 fares Rex are offering Just goes to show how hard VA will work to keep its position. Rex seemed to just think it could come in and take the market but it doesn’t seem to be playing out that way. A price war will only go so far, as we all know there’s a limit to how long each...Jump to post
In the current global situation, airlines are trying many things that made little to no sense previously.
The reality is that it has identified an opportunity to generate revenue and is giving it a go. It is no different than every other carrier right now in that approach.
EY announced overnight it would retire its entire B777 fleet and also the A380s would remain grounded indefinitely, reading between the lines that means "never coming back" https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/etihad-airbus-a380-boeing-777-300er What's the likely impact of this on EY's...Jump to post
Will be interesting to see how the next couple of days go with case numbers in NSW and Qld, as it’s a very real possibility of more border closures. I’m meant to go to Sydney mid week so it’s some added stress about those plans at this stage. The amount of flights into and out of MEL this afternoon ...Jump to post
I don’t have any good words to describe this clown... For those counting on the aviation sector to recover this will only further delay it... Victoria's coronavirus state of emergency powers to be extended until December 16 Victoria's state of emergency will be extended for another nine months, aft...Jump to post
^^ It is close yes. Could cause some confusion out there. So many brands, but it makes sense to have a new product. It’s amazing that JL chose to go with Zip Air and ANA with Air Japan when they could already leverage the existing Jetstar and Peach brands for those services. Seems to be added comple...Jump to post
Breeze definitely has some opportunities to find a niche in these current conditions, but the biggest challenge is how many options are available. Volume and yield potential are always going to be interesting to watch, as many options may well be empty now, but there may well be reasons for that. Ho...Jump to post
So many brands, but it makes sense to have a new product.
It’s amazing that JL chose to go with Zip Air and ANA with Air Japan when they could already leverage the existing Jetstar and Peach brands for those services. Seems to be added complexity.
There will be no open borders until health authorities say so. Qantas can push as hard as they want, but the reality is we didn’t go through all the hard work of the past year to open up too early and end up with more pain. For the majority of the economy having Covid free status is more important t...Jump to post
Rex now wants to begin flying SYD-CBR, but with Boeing 737s in peak hours and Saabs off-peak. John Sharp also says that SYD-MEL might not end up at the previously announced nine flights a day, it will depend on demand and so SYD-MEL could see less frequency, which I suppose would help them slip in ...Jump to post
On a side note Never understood why legacy airlines in Oz try to cover everything In the US it seems more like airlines stick to their hubs An example for Oz may be VA could be Brisbane centric with Mel or Syd as secondary Vastly different markets. You can't compare a domestic market with 328 milli...Jump to post
Very strange course of events. Less than a month until they start these routes and a significant departure from previously outlined plans. The original plan seemed to also have most of the flying out of Sydney, with only a Melbourne-Brisbane flight planned at some point that differed from that focus...Jump to post
QF is in a tough situation. Until international travel has a good partial rebound, they will lose money. Given that long haul flying was traditionally loss making, and only marginally profitable as late as 2019, that isn’t necessarily true. The biggest benefit to Qantas (and Virgin Australia) would...Jump to post
The LH Group is one of the more confusing out there.
Their structure is constantly changing, with it being hard to work out the current structural and branding strategy.
I hope they can get things right, but trying to follow each move is exhausting.
REX releases a preview of J class catering on their 737 ops through their Facebook page. It all just looks so daggy and dated. REX needs to be trying a hell of a lot harder if they are serious about making this new venture a success. Yes and no. What they need to do is be able to deliver a reliable...Jump to post
For a fairly small market, Norway certainly has had a very interesting aviation landscape over the years.
There are certainly some brave investors out there hoping to exploit some market conditions that allow them to squeeze into.
I don’t see this being approved. With VA now quite doubtful to start their planned route for quite some time at least, and NH the only airline as direct competition to QF/JL, there’s really not many ways I can see this going ahead. The ramp up again on Australia-Japan flights will take some time, so...Jump to post
^^ Given the number of border restrictions that are being put in place, it will create more headaches for the airlines. The Australian is reporting that Qantas will announce the following new routes today (Friday). Source - The Australian (Paywall) - Sydney-Griffith: Begins February 1 and will opera...Jump to post
Possibly part of an end game by Rex's Singapore interests. Couple of years down the track, have a merger between Rex and Virgin Aus with a capital raising allowing Bain to get out and creating liquidity for the Rex shareholders. I have suggested previously that a VA and Rex merger may well be a pos...Jump to post
I'm becoming more and more confused about the viability of Rex launching jet services. VA is now out of administration and is undergoing major ramping up of services, recalling over 400 cabin crew this month (now sitting at 700 operational cabin crew) with an additional 1000 block hours added for D...Jump to post
The Federal Government stated that elimination was not a goal but thorough suppression was. Elimination is a global challenge so claiming to have eliminated the virus with international borders completely closed is a half-truth at best. Contact tracing is a key to inevitable pockets that will come ...Jump to post
And don't forget that once the airport is linked up to the network, it will be much easier to add trains. This gets the ball rolling and makes it much more sellable as a project in the general interest of all. Ticket pricing will be interesting. Agree. Ticket pricing will make or break it really, e...Jump to post
I think there’s potential in this move, especially if it is mainly A321 flights. Less seats to fill and provides a great opportunity to gain traction. It’s clear that Manchester is certainly no London in its market appeal, but IAG have largely left open for quite some time and EI could be a good veh...Jump to post
30 minutes from Southern Cross to Tullamarine seems too long. Given the distance involved (about 20kms as the crow flies) I would have thought 20 minutes would've been the target time to be competitive. This is no faster than the current SkyBus and significantly less than you'd normally expect for ...Jump to post
It is being reported that all international flights to ADL are suspended for the rest of the week, effective immediately. QR914 is currently an hour out of ADL or thereabouts, unclear if it will still arrive in ADL or be diverted https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/health-safety/australia...Jump to post
Just saw QR914 touching down about 10 minutes ago from a QF 737 that’s as full as a fat lady’s sock and about to push back for BNE. I guess that’s what happens when the border is about to close again. Honestly though, trying to run an airline right now would be a nightmare. It’s an hour by hour pro...Jump to post
Executive Traveller on Twitter says "Melbourne's Herald-Sun reporting on imminent launch of the Virgin Australia 2.0 advertising campaign." https://twitter.com/AusBT/status/1326775920825430017 This is an extract from the H-S article: "Annie Jones, a 12 year-old from Glenroy who made ...Jump to post
REX planning in operating 8 daily flights between SYD and MEL. Is also aiming to have 30-40 jets operating across domestic routes by end of 2022 https://uk.reuters.com/article/rex-expansion-idUKL1N2HX09V Well, that is a lot of domestic capacity together with QF, JQ & VA....something will need t...Jump to post
Wouldn't they be doing three routes of SYD-MEL, SYD-BNE and BNE-MEL? To the best of my knowledge they haven’t announced BNE-MEL? I’m only talking about SYD-MEL and SYD-BNE. Rex hasn't specified BNE-based routes, it just said it would include flights to Brisbane by Easter. Given Rex have stated prev...Jump to post
Yes it seems next to useless for these countries to try and open their borders to Australians at this stage in the vast majority of cases. At least it will be something that anyone requiring essential or compassionate travel to those locations can utilise though. Also interesting to see that South K...Jump to post
Still haven't seen any articles about how BA will be impacted by the planned four-week lockdown, though it looks like airlines are scrambling to cancel flights from the UK since overseas travel isn't allowed and overnighting somewhere that isn't your home is also not allowed. It's not going to be p...Jump to post
Does anyone know when QF are going to start there proposed service to ORD? I'll be surprised if it's within the next year 5 years, more likely 10. When they do, some other disaster will come up and it will get cancelled again. Agree that it will likely be some time before the market is in a positio...Jump to post
^^ Given how many subtle changes Jetstar has made to it’s livery over time, it’s hard to tell, but that certainly looks like a good outcome if they do implement that further. Couldn't agree more, the alliances still exist but only because there's no value in leaving them yet. Personally I think they...Jump to post
Depending on how REX goes with their Jet services, if they had 'moderate' success than there's the chance that ZL could be 'talked up' as a potential member. ZL's predecessors were formerly Star Alliance affiliates through their now defunct former owner. Star had publicly said they were not interes...Jump to post
Fully understand that airports and airports desperately want this pandemic to be over, as we all do, but some of the comments lately from the leaders of those organisations are as self serving as I’ve heard in a long time. The rapid test just doesn’t cut it and is not the solution. Using it to someh...Jump to post
IMO once a bigger bubble is formed (eg once VIC/QLD/SA is joined) we should take it as a "quarantine at the first point of entry" approach and once quarantine is done they can freely move within the zone; and all flights within the zone shuold practically be green flights. Now that the Ne...Jump to post
I'm a bit puzzled why it is an issue for New Zealanders to enter Victoria. If it was the other way around, I'd understand some outrage but a New Zealander is extremely unlikely to be a health risk which seems to have been accepted by the Victorian CHO. I think some of the Vic premier's outrage is m...Jump to post
Which message? When the message from the Australian Minister of Immigration (acting) was "There was an understanding that New Zealanders could sneak into Victoria". If the the Minister, who was intimately involved in establishing this cross border bubble did not the the actual situation, ...Jump to post
Seems like the Australia - NZ bubble has had a shaky start with 14 people detained in MEL today. Apparently they flew from SYD after landing from NZ - according to the ABC. Not much more than that at the moment. Once they arrive in SYD, there is nothing stopping them from taking a domestic flight t...Jump to post
VA would need to go through a costly rebrand, which Bain would need to weigh up. The royalty fee may well be renegotiated as their first plan, and if that doesn’t work, investing money to rebrand now to save money in the medium to longer term for the airline (whom ever owns it at that point) may mak...Jump to post
Connectivity to South Africa (Specifically), is desperately needed right now. QR is smart to be the global utility carrier right now. This will do well From recent reports, QR are losing big $$ whilst trying to use this as an opportunity to build its market position. Whether it pays off will be int...Jump to post
Agree that EK needs a smaller aircraft into ADL, as it did in a number of other markets around the globe even pre-COVID. Many markets will take a long time to come back online, with a focus first on rebuilding the destinations that offer the best demand and yield potential. Other more marginal marke...Jump to post
acavpics wrote:I wonder if they will bring back ORD-Beijing now. IIRC, they scrapped ORD-PEK a few years ago but stated something about the possibility of ORD-PKX.
Have heard on a local Adelaide forum that EK may be returning in May. IMO unlikely considering they only recently made all the ADL staff redundant. Agree. Considering they appeared to permanently cancel service, any return would likely only come a few years down the track if at all. Having EK and Q...Jump to post