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by LionelHutz
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 77398

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

After DRW having 2 carriers announcing services terminated in the near future to DRW, Silkair has announced that flights will be increased to 6 weekly http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/singapore-airlines-silkair-adds-extra-weekly-flights-from-singapore-to-darwin/news-story/4d0cf5b02c379290250818e2755c2...

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by LionelHutz
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 40520

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

JQ TSV-DPS flights not performing up to expectations- no surprise given the current economic conditions in TSV. JQ threatening to cut the route early next year- suspect looking for a local govt. subsidy, but doubt that would past the pub test in present environment. Interesting that a population ce...

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by LionelHutz
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas reports first half results, $852 million profit
Replies: 40
Views: 5378

Re: Qantas reports first half results, $852 million profit

1 to 1 basis for the 1st 5 x B789's with 3 frames for growth. The B744ER's will take QF well into 2020-22. The 8 deferred A380's still linger overhead, personally I'd say QF 1 of 2 things pay the penalty & walk away OR 2ndly explore the A350. EK413 It'll be interesting to see how the fleet assi...

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by LionelHutz
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia defers 737 MAX deliveries
Replies: 43
Views: 7943

Re: Virgin Australia defers 737 MAX deliveries

Virgin Australia's relaunch has been a complete failure and the full blame stops at JB's feet. They rushed into A330s and leased 2 birds from ex-EK. They were in shocking condition and were quickly put in the desert when the new birds arrived. They are still paying for them. (wasted money) In 5 yea...

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by LionelHutz
Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 149
Replies: 229
Views: 21195

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 149

So I can't help but wonder if the QF strategy is to compete by bypassing the stop and going direct. Sure you will probably have fewer passengers but if you get it right you can probably charge a premium compared to stopping. Non-stop has to be more attractive to the premium class passengers - fight...

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by LionelHutz
Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 149
Replies: 229
Views: 21195

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 149

I'm also a bit alarmed about the idea that James Hogan - departing CEO of Etihad - will take over as CEO at Virgin Australia: http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1353711&p=19315381#p19315381 Virgin Australia needs a feet-on-the-ground realist, not another high-flying, big-spe...

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by LionelHutz
Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

You are right if you go off Table 5. 1163 passengers flew just CBR-WLG vs 1222 passengers flew just WLG-CBR. However if you refer to Table 3 it refers to there were 2749 passengers that flew CBR-WLG at a load factor of 57.4% vs 2969 passengers who flew WLG-CBR at a load factor of 62% Therefore ther...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320 Space flex, passenger / crew push back
Replies: 97
Views: 21752

Re: Airbus A320 Space flex, passenger / crew push back

Passengers love to complain, but not pay for what they are complaining about. When there is buy away due to a poor lavatory. The ULCCs will sell the space as passengers want. I agree with all you say, but I think things are not so simple in the passengers side: do passengers really have the choice ...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?
Replies: 66
Views: 20309

Re: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?

Most 787 deliveries have a standard 3-3-3 layout with an average of 31" pitch and 17.2" width, even though is has been tagged as a "plane to avoid" because of how uncomfortable the seats can be for long flights. JAL came up with the 2-4-2 layout offering 33" pitch and 18.9&...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?
Replies: 66
Views: 20309

Re: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?

The big question is - can the other airlines make money off the 2-4-2 arrangement compared to the average 3-3-3 layout? Don't forget, the seatcount for the JL configuration is less than the comparable 787 in 3-3-3 layout (say QR). In fact, the QR economy cabin alone seats more passengers than the e...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Based on 789 performance data that I am familiar with, this value is low. Now the weight per passenger incl. baggage can make quite a difference. But if QF weights are about 110/113kg the range quoted is ~ 500nm low. At 7828nm PER-LHR would not be a starter. 7828nm is the great circle distance for ...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

QF seat map/aircraft info for the 789 gives a range of 14,498 km (or 7,828 NM) http://www.qantas.com/travel/airlines/aircraft-seat-map-boeing-789/global/en Based on 789 performance data that I am familiar with, this value is low. Now the weight per passenger incl. baggage can make quite a differenc...

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by LionelHutz
Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Its been quite round here over the Christmas/New year period so I though I would get some discussion going :) What do people think the next move will be by the ME3 here in Australia in 2017 and beyond? Sydney over the past few years has been able to sustain a lot of growth, with QR going from nothi...

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by LionelHutz
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56447

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

The rock lobster industry says the non-stop flight will allow them to enter into the European market for the first time. Subject to the freight rates applying. I never was of the view that a PER-LHR service would provide any worthwhile freight availability. Yes, surely they're dreaming, an aircraft...

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by LionelHutz
Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Any theory on what this is- assuming genuine?: "Flight Operations Manager for Boeing 737NG start-up airline (Brisbane)" https://www.seek.com.au/job/32484181?type=standard&tier=no_tier&pos=4&whereid=3000&userqueryid=7973ebfac6f5880b9955b392341ddb6e-1083040&ref=beta I sa...

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by LionelHutz
Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Some of QF's 744's lasted twenty three years before they were retired, so I'd suggest QF have quite a few low risk / low cost options to develop their route network in the coming years. If we consider every A380 in the QF fleet has a lease / finance cost of approximately $2 million per month and th...

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by LionelHutz
Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Anyone have any idea when we will see the new W seat from QF? As 2016 closes - would anyone like to venture a prediction of new routes ex-AU in 2017? Well they said early 2017, I assume they will announce the next 789 route at the same time. That said, either it's not very "revolutionary"...

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by LionelHutz
Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Anyone have any idea when we will see the new W seat from QF? As 2016 closes - would anyone like to venture a prediction of new routes ex-AU in 2017? Well they said early 2017, I assume they will announce the next 789 route at the same time. That said, either it's not very "revolutionary"...

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by LionelHutz
Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

QF seat map/aircraft info for the 789 gives a range of 14,498 km (or 7,828 NM) http://www.qantas.com/travel/airlines/aircraft-seat-map-boeing-789/global/en Seems about right looking at the 787 ACAP for range/payload for their cabin configuration. That puts previously mentioned routes like SYD-ORD (8...

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by LionelHutz
Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is BA doing in SYD?
Replies: 28
Views: 9537

Re: How is BA doing in SYD?

Up until 2010 there were two cabin crew 'fleets' at LHR. Eurofleet which operated short haul routes and Worldwide which operated longhaul routes. BA wanted the crew on these fleets to accept vastly reduced terms and conditions which led to industrial action and when the existing crew did not accept...

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by LionelHutz
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Australian Financial Review reporting JP Morgan has assessed currently SYD-HKG is worst performing international route and SYD-PER worst performing domestic route. SYD-HKG said to be driven by increased capacity driving down yields and SYD-PER still suffering from excess capacity. http://www.afr.co...

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by LionelHutz
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Australian Financial Review reporting JP Morgan has assessed currently SYD-HKG is worst performing international route and SYD-PER worst performing domestic route. SYD-HKG said to be driven by increased capacity driving down yields and SYD-PER still suffering from excess capacity. http://www.afr.com...

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by LionelHutz
Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is BA doing in SYD?
Replies: 28
Views: 9537

Re: How is BA doing in SYD?

It's reported to be profitable and there was a concerted effort some time ago to turn it around (moving to T5, putting a 777-300 on the route). I think it's a route BA wanted to keep in its network so I don't think it will be dropped. The other massive saving, apart from moving it to T5 and putting...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Government goes ahead on Second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek
Replies: 56
Views: 6931

Re: Australian Government goes ahead on Second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek

SYD airport has today been given a Notice of Intention (NOI) and has 4 months to decide on whether it wants to build and operate Badgerys Creek http://australianaviation.com.au/2016/12/clock-starts-ticking-on-sydney-airports-badgerys-creek-decision/ This to me is the interesting part (my italics). ...

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by LionelHutz
Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ To Increase SIN-SYD/MEL/ADL, Upgauge BNE
Replies: 73
Views: 15603

Re: Singapore Airlines boosts Australian Services (SYD, MEL and BNE)

Sometimes I wish SQ would operate domestic AU routes so can finally get a real star alliance carrier here Being part owner of VA they alredy kind of do. SQ have had involvement in the Australian domestic market on a couple of occasions. Ansett was a significant investment for them and they wanted t...

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by LionelHutz
Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ To Increase SIN-SYD/MEL/ADL, Upgauge BNE
Replies: 73
Views: 15603

Re: Singapore Airlines boosts Australian Services (SYD, MEL and BNE)

Nearly 10% growth in pax traffic YTD to SIN according to data on the BITRE website.

September 2016 for SQ inbound 127k, outbound 127k, for QF inbound 37k, outbound 36k.
A key market for QF, but SQ look intent to stay the gorilla in the room!

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by LionelHutz
Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Damning Allegiant Safety Article
Replies: 28
Views: 4226

Re: Another Damning Allegiant Safety Article

Sounds like we're due for another perfectly avoidable tragedy...

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by LionelHutz
Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56447

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

As I mentioned in the Australian Aviation thread QF could use the MEL-PER leg as purely international and have the MEL-LAX extended to PER so it terminates/starts in PER. It would be one way of making sure the MEL-PER load factor better. They could use the QF9/10 or whatever it may be plus the QF95...

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by LionelHutz
Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56447

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

Is it really worth the commitment of 3 of QF's new 789's to run MEL-PER-LHR? When 1 or 2 aircraft could operate PER-LHR, either 3 x week or daily, dependant on how demand pans out. They can do both MEL-PER-LHR and MEL-LAX daily with 4 frames. QF are experts when it comes to maximising utilisation, ...

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by LionelHutz
Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56447

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

The route has to operate MEL-PER-LHR because all the initial 787s are going to be based in MEL. It does appear that way with MEL-LAX announced, however it was posited that PER-LHR could be operated by an isolated pair (or one, if 3 x weekly) of aircraft from the rest of the QF 789 routes. Is it rea...

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by LionelHutz
Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56447

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

Don't under estimate the potential O&D from Perth to the UK. From the ABS "Around one in every eight residents of Perth was born in the UK (12% or 184,000 people). This is the largest overseas-born population group living in Perth by quite a margin, and the largest overseas-born population...

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by LionelHutz
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook pilot wins fatigue tribunal case.
Replies: 16
Views: 4564

Re: Thomas Cook pilot wins fatigue tribunal case.

“Safety is our highest priority at Thomas Cook. We have robust processes to ensure all the legal limits on flying time are met and we’d like to be clear that at no point was Captain Simkins expected to fly while fatigued..."
Well that's clearly an outright lie. PR Garbage. :roll:

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by LionelHutz
Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Qantas today launched its MEL-NRT flights (QF79/80), which have been upgraded to the A333 from the A332 due to strong demand http://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media- ... -take-off/ Really good to see. An important route that should be part of the QF network. :thumbsup: Looks like not just the A333's...

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by LionelHutz
Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Chinese Airlines Flooding World with Super-Cheap Airfares"
Replies: 31
Views: 5729

Re: "Chinese Airlines Flooding World with Super-Cheap Airfares"

The big question is: would you fly a Chinese carrier for a 100 EUR saving? Personally, I wouldn't go anywhere near aircraft flown and maintained by people who barely understand English. . Similar. For me, it's got nothing to do with English proficiency or Chinese carriers in particular, I simply do...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

QF776 delayed leaving PER, then taking an unusual routing over WA, across SA and down towards MEL, rather than across the Great Australian Bight.
Possible reason?

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by LionelHutz
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Frankly I'm surprised some of these proposed 789 routes haven't been jumped on already by someone like UA. Surely UA would be more interested in routes like LAX-BNE, SFO-MEL or even LAX-CNS before trying something like ADL which will be highly seasonal and relatively low yielding. Even something li...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Adelaide Airport welcomes inaugural China Southern flight http://australianaviation.com.au/2016/12/adelaide-airport-keen-on-nonstop-us-flight-after-welcoming-china-southern-inaugural/ Adelaide Airport has said their next focus is a non-stop service to the US Perhaps a 3x a week QF 787 from Adelaide...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

I assume ADL probably couldn't generate the loadings, even for a 789, for daily service to the US (I assume LAX). I think the cabin is too J and Y+ heavy and is best suited for routes from SYD and MEL. However, I wonder if 3 x week service would be profitable using 1 x 789, if BNE-LAX can warrant Q...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Considering we saw QF/EK at the start of the alliance main focus on getting passengers was one stop flights to Europe and considering we are going to see QF operate MEL-PER-LHR-PER-MEL-LAX-MEL, QF Could market one stop same plane service PER-MEL-LAX and MEL-PER-LHR. If the MEL-PER and PER-MEL legs ...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Which brings up an interesting point how they will be flown out of Sydney? If they are MEL based; MEL-LAX-MEL-PER-LHR-PER-MEL, will they then position up to SYD as a domestic, routate back through the network else where? Or another route to LAX? I wonder if premium economy will be on sale MEL-PER? ...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Adelaide Airport welcomes inaugural China Southern flight http://australianaviation.com.au/2016/12/adelaide-airport-keen-on-nonstop-us-flight-after-welcoming-china-southern-inaugural/ Adelaide Airport has said their next focus is a non-stop service to the US I assume ADL probably couldn't generate ...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

Interesting, I wonder if this is in lieu of the planned AA service from LAX, and should have been to DFW? Will this free up the 744 for daily MEL-HKG? SIN is 10 weekly 330 from MEL too? I wonder once they have the frames if this was to go daily would it pick up the JFK tag from BNE? Interesting ann...

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by LionelHutz
Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148
Replies: 296
Views: 37902

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 148

QF announces MEL-LAX 6 times weekly on the 789 from December 15 2017 Passengers flying from Melbourne to Los Angeles will be the first to experience the Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner when the inaugural international service takes-off on 15 December next year*. The Qantas Dreamliner will carry 236 passeng...

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by LionelHutz
Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Government goes ahead on Second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek
Replies: 56
Views: 6931

Re: Australian Government goes ahead on Second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek

readytotaxi wrote:
What's the betting it is operational before LHR gets another runway. :rotfl:


Well I assume that's because for the expected price of LHR's 3rd runway and Terminal 6 they need the time to mine enough gold to pave the runway in it. :P

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by LionelHutz
Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Government goes ahead on Second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek
Replies: 56
Views: 6931

Re: Australian Government goes ahead on Second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek

EK413 wrote:
Badgerys Creek will essentially become a relief airport for Sydney & not a replacement. There's already talk of restrictions, no fly zones & you guessed it curfew!

EK413


I know, I can't believe it, it's all a bit too hard to operate an airport efficiently...
:roll:

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by LionelHutz
Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56447

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

It does seem strange. To clarify they said 4 x Dreamliners, not explicity "daily double". Approximately 17 hours each way should give time, even with a layover off a few hours in LHR (depending on what slots they use)? A high utilisation factor no doubt. To the 17 hours each way PER-LHR y...

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by LionelHutz
Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56447

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

It does seem strange. To clarify they said 4 x Dreamliners, not explicity "daily double". Approximately 17 hours each way should give time, even with a layover off a few hours in LHR (depending on what slots they use)? A high utilisation factor no doubt. I can accept the news mucking it u...

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by LionelHutz
Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56447

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

Ahhh, ABC news just reported it will use 4 x 789's, daily double! :shock: Not on the east coast! They just said "the flight will operate daily, using 4 Dreamliners" That, of course, does not make any sense. Depending on the schedule and layover times it could take up to 3 frames, more lik...

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by LionelHutz
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56447

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

So this tweet seems to suggest a daily double between PER and LHR? https://twitter.com/ColinBarnett/status/807817473374363648 Or has the WA premier just included the return flight in that number? :P Thinking about if more I don't get the idea raised in AusBT http://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-to-axe-mel...

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by LionelHutz
Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austalia/NZ to East Coast USA?
Replies: 13
Views: 2793

Re: Austalia/NZ to East Coast USA?

Not sure I get the last reply QF have 2 A380's parked all day at LAX from 0600ish till 2230ish, they used to have up to 4 aircraft doing that when they had AKL and 2x SYD, they would do it with the BNE aircraft aswell. I doubt QF will touch AKL long haul again, they will wait till an aircraft can d...

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