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by Obzerva
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 22148

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)

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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian startup looking for 757/767 pilots
Replies: 13
Views: 3546

Re: Australian startup looking for 757/767 pilots

I believe this airline has been linked to Amazon according to rumours

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by Obzerva
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

eamondzhang wrote:
FromCDGtoSYD wrote:
To be fair, for a city of its size ADL has had it very good with CX, SQ, EK, QR and a few chinese carriers(?). Sad that covid made them axe the route though

Just CZ for the Chinese airlines but you're also missing MH and NZ (if that counts)

Michael


and JQ and OD as well ;)

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by Obzerva
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55103

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

b773 wrote:
Maybe VA can give their HND slot to ANA to fly instead.


Pretty sure QF and VA got their slot each as there were two slots allocated for Australian based carriers.

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by Obzerva
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68369

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

So REX has gone from a speculative $200m capital injection/equity raise to now raising "at least $30m" to fund capital city services. 5-10 jets means Rex can only offer services every 1-2 hours out of SYD/MEL/BNE compared with QF/VA who offered frequency up to every 30 mins in peak times ...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68369

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Realising there's still a bit to play out in the VA ownership deal, but could we possibly see Bain and Cyrus come together for the ownership of VA?

They seem to be moving closer and closer together with what they're offering.

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by Obzerva
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IATA airport code for Nur Sultan aka Astana
Replies: 24
Views: 3920

Re: New IATA airport code for Nur Sultan aka Astana

Does someone know if Vietnam tried to change SGN to something else at the time they changed city's name to Ho Chi Minh City? At the moment code HCM is is Somalia and TSN (could be for TAN SON NHAT) is in China, so no obvious codes available. Although I'm not aware how old are the codes HCM and TSN....

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by Obzerva
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes
Replies: 27
Views: 1297

Re: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes

I find it strange to name an airport after somebody who died in a plane crash. Are there more such airports? I agree, it is a bit odd. As a quick aside, Australia also has done something in a non aviation sense, there is the Harold Holt swimming pool named after a former prime minister - he drowned...

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by Obzerva
Fri May 29, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Agree that ADL is not the goldmine the airlines would like. But my point is that if ADL did open up for restriction-free travel, NZ at least would start serving the city again because right now there’s nowhere else for travel-hungry citizens of either NZ or SA to go. If it didn't work before suspec...

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by Obzerva
Sun May 10, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68535

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

BA, Qatar alliance for Australian flights gets the go-ahead Not sure if many will be over the moon with this? https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/british-airways-qatar-joint-venture When the world goes back to "normal" could BA Re route BA 15/16 LHR-DOH-SYD-DOH -LHR? Would QR be then ...

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by Obzerva
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

I recon there would be lots of potential for VA operating out of Perth, the FIFO's as mentioned maybe a Perth Joburg service depending on what happen to SAA, and open up Perth to the US west Coast and Hawaii starting the flight in Perth via either Sydney or Melbourne, use it's Tokyo slot for a flig...

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by Obzerva
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Although I don't agree with a business in these dire financial straights blowing millions on sponsorship, I can see this as better value than the car-obsessed Borghetti using Virgin Australia to sponsor Super 8s. Oh is that why that happened. Was the weirdest sponsorship I’ve seen. Wondering why it...

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by Obzerva
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Administrator to date has said no plans to sell Velocity separately and I think that's the right position. You need an airline to make the FF program work due to the ability of give the FF program seats at marginal costs which allows the program member to get up to 6-8c a point, versus say 0.8c for...

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by Obzerva
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Fox Sports News Channel has reported that Scurrah is "keen" to keep AFL sponsorship going despite the AFL CEO actively seeking other sponsors. Although I don't agree with a business in these dire financial straights blowing millions on sponsorship, I can see this as better value than the ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

While most of us will not be surprised by the news that VA will appoint an administrator, I really feel for their staff who are already doing it so tough. I think there is surely an airline to be salvaged from the VA wreckage and re-emerge. It is in Australia’s interest to have two major airlines. ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Pcoder wrote:
I'm wonder would happen with the Velocity points as velocity is its own company. Usually in these circumstances, people would lose their points, but i'm wondering since it is it's own company would they be safer?


I just redeemed a token gift card, just in case...

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by Obzerva
Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar Pacific Is No More, Now Renamed Pacific Airlines (Updated)
Replies: 156
Views: 22505

Re: There might be no more "Jetstar" Pacific as QF is reportedly transferring its stakes in BL to Vietnam Airlines

Best case for QF might be some kind of franchise/branding agreement. Zero risk and potentially a model for further opportunities across the region. I’m not sure there is zero risk. On the upside, it provides an extension of the Jetstar brand, which gives it more brand recognition in the wider marke...

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by Obzerva
Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Very interesting summaries and very well explained, so there is a possibility a new version of VA could be reborn. Hope whatever happens, the new entity would include Velocity and all our points are safe. Hearing people lose millions of Ansett miles back in the day and never thought this could happ...

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by Obzerva
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116800

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Easter and Australia's second biggest airline are traditionally not good bedfellows...

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by Obzerva
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Thoughts and best wishes to the Virgin and Tiger staff. Despite what the press and some at Virgin HQ say, every Qantas employee wants Virgin to survive this and come out the otherside as quickly as possible! Many of us within the Qantas family have family and friends who work at Virgin, Tiger and a...

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by Obzerva
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

artflyer wrote:
A curosity: on 29 March SYD-WAW by LO on B789 (22h55min). Repatriation flight for Poles and probably the first ever direct flight between Australia and Poland. The flight departures exactly at midnight, so it is actually in between Sat and Sun.


they get a curfew exemption?

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by Obzerva
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99223

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Just been reading, LO is operating a repatriation flight from SYD, believe it may be next Saturday, not 100% sure on that detail

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by Obzerva
Sat Mar 07, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Sells London Heathrow Airport Slot For $27 Million
Replies: 105
Views: 18592

Re: Air New Zealand Sells London Heathrow Airport Slot For $27 Million

I’m not sure why so many people are saying they’ve probably sold it to a Star Alliance partner.
It’s a business, not a friendship group, they’ll sell to whoever stumps up the highest amount of cash.

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by Obzerva
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66075

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

The 4th ex-JQ A320 transitioning over to QFLink will position tonight as JQ8990 VHJQG XSPPER ETD 1600 ETA 2130. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk How many are QF planning on sending across? Seems the older A320s seems to be the in favour aircraft for regional ops in WA - who needs a dedicated new ...

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by Obzerva
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia considering widebody order this year, 787’s or A350’s to replace A332’s and 77W’s
Replies: 113
Views: 13422

Re: Virgin Australia considering widebody order this year, 787’s or A350’s to replace A332’s and 77W’s

Does VA have any realistic growth routes to the US? Does VA have any realistic growth elsewhere? The only "growth" I'd see to the US would be bringing BNE and MEL up to daily. Otherwise, it would be to a west coast Delta hub, which leaves SEA - but I can't see that being realistic, if the...

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by Obzerva
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66075

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

I see VA has reported a half year loss of $88.6m, which includes one off costs. Readily admit I’m not the most financial savvy person, given they bought back Velocity, if that hadn’t been the case would it actually have been a profit? Other news to come from the announcement was seven A320s to get g...

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by Obzerva
Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66075

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

DFAT has changed their travel advise for South Korea and Japan in relation to increasing coronovirus. Air New Zealand has suspended its Seoul service. Doesnt bode well for the increase in Australian flights to Japan, could see further flight reductions. It's really unfortunate timing for VA. The Ha...

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by Obzerva
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66075

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

We know that HNA has been having financial troubles for sometime and COVID-19 seems to be the final nail in the coffin. News circulating on Chinese social media that Hainan Airlines will be taken over by Air China and their subsidiaries will be taken over by China Eastern and China Southern. Not su...

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by Obzerva
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66075

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Question on QF and LA. Some years ago, QF and SA were prevented from working together on the South African route as there was insufficient completion. Are we going to get to the same decision point for QF/LA at some stage? Both of them are codesharing on each others services, though not sure of the...

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by Obzerva
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66075

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Question on QF and LA. Some years ago, QF and SA were prevented from working together on the South African route as there was insufficient completion. Are we going to get to the same decision point for QF/LA at some stage? Both of them are codesharing on each others services, though not sure of the...

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by Obzerva
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66075

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

The CBR tag allowed QR to ramp up capacity on the DOH-SYD route to double daily. If the bilateral agreement allowed them to do so I’m sure QR would go direct. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Re-read what Myki said, they are absolutely correct that CBR can be cut so long as they operate a SYD-XXX...

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by Obzerva
Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66075

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

The other thing I’m kind of curious about is what QF will do when SWZ comes online in a few years. Will the Sydney-London flights via SIN go from there or would they look at opportunities like LGW? Rgds, C1973 I would imagine for domestic it would be predominantly JQ and VA territory, with a couple...

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by Obzerva
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66075

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Were will the 332’s end up going now? Maybe something safer like SYD-DPS or SYD-AKL? Do wonder how the BNE-HND services will do, would think most of Asia will experience an short-term down turn. It will be put on domestic for the time being, SYD-AKL and SYD-DPS would be to much capacity without cut...

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by Obzerva
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66075

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Virgin Australia axes SYD-HKG from March 2. So much for Borghetti's grand plans for China! https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-axes-sydney-hong-kong-flights Were will the 332’s end up going now? Maybe something safer like SYD-DPS or SYD-AKL? Do wonder how the BNE-HND services w...

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by Obzerva
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?
Replies: 45
Views: 12283

Re: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?

If as some people suggest Air Europa is going to play a potential role within IB and IAG as a whole, when will be that start to fall in to place?
Is there a timeline for regulatory approval of Air Europa to then impact the future of Level?

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by Obzerva
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Serbia (JU) Set for another major expansion in 2020
Replies: 57
Views: 11366

Re: Air Serbia (JU) Set for another major expansion in 2020

Not sure if it’s an indication of how much they’re stretching their fleet or whether it’s a usual practice, but notice one of my flights with them in May has been swapped from an A319 to a 733 (BEG-DUS) assuming it’s an Aviolet aircraft just running a scheduled flight rather than a charter

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by Obzerva
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 49836

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

The Australian Government are supposedly going to charter a Qantas 747 to evacuate Australian citizens from Wuhan to Christmas Island for quarantine. This poses a few questions: - Can a 747 be operated in and out of Christmas Island (XCH/YPXM)? - If it cannot, where does the plane fly to on the mai...

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by Obzerva
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 49836

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

Interesting email from velocity. Looks like lots of economy lite / basic fares are coming to virgin, with reduced points. Currently international but I wonder if it creeps into domestic. Anyone know any more? Not just VA, DL are doing it too on their SYD-LAX flight, so regardless whether you book o...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA To Announce New Long-Haul Route - Possibly Brisbane
Replies: 107
Views: 24017

Re: Rumor: AA To Announce New Long-Haul Route - Possibly Brisbane

I’d be surprised if the BNE market can handle the extra capacity of SFO/ORD from QF, daily QF LAX with AA on top. Perhaps seasonally to LAX/DFW. But could be wrong- perhaps they are being more aggressive against VA also. I would have thought MEL would be due for some love from AA/QF first. I’d have...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 249
Views: 63218

Re: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS

Reuters story says Air France/KLM offered to purchase 49% stake in MAS, while JAL seeks a 25% stake. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-airlines-m-a/air-france-klm-proposes-buying-49-of-malaysia-airlines-jal-seeks-smaller-stake-sources-idUSKBN1ZK0DX Interesting, given that there isn't curr...

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 49836

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

Virgin Australia temporarily reduces LAX flights: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/288894/virgin-australia-3q20-los-angeles-frequency-changes/ Brisbane – Los Angeles 30JUL20 – 13SEP20 Reduce from 6 to 5 weekly Melbourne – Los Angeles 02AUG20 – 14SEP20 Reduce from 5 to 4 weekly Sydn...

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by Obzerva
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 49836

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

It'll be a while before you'll see VA and NZ work together again. Considering there are likely to be remmants of "Team Luxon" and "Team Borghetti" that was involved in the Luxon/Borghetti spat still working for their airlines. Both the new CEOs will need to talk to those remmant...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 49836

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

Hadn't seen it mentioned, but VA has done an interline deal in the last month or so with LH/LX/OS so its HKG and HND flights can now be included on the AU to Asia leg of their tickets. With the precarious nature of HX lately, I guess they've realised they need to find some more on carriage beyond H...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 49836

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

Hadn't seen it mentioned, but VA has done an interline deal in the last month or so with LH/LX/OS so its HKG and HND flights can now be included on the AU to Asia leg of their tickets. With the precarious nature of HX lately, I guess they've realised they need to find some more on carriage beyond HK...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 49836

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

Re: Predictions for 2020: I doubt VA/HX partnership will end, because HU definitely need HX to maintain their influx of aircraft into China, also that means VA will have to find other partners to fill the hole. Here's my predictions for 2020: 1. VA will merge with Regional Express, with ZL flights ...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 49836

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

Noticed that VA are running an A330 charter early on Anzac day ADL-CBR.

Do they do much A330 charter work domestically?
(wouldn't have thought they'd have a lot of wiggle room to do it, but I guess being a weekend maybe they can)

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by Obzerva
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64557

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

HBA and CBR are both difficult, you almost want an 100 seater to develop the local market just no one really has anything in that class for the Tasman. Assuming the F100s couldn’t do HBA-AKL, without to much ETOPS paper work being done etc If the A320 is too hard to fill, I think there’s be some th...

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by Obzerva
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64557

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

I see a few options: 1. NZ to AKL as above; while HBA is now a destination in its own right, the connecting passengers would be useful top-up and represent a competitive advantage for NZ 2. VA to AKL; in a similar vein to their NTL-AKL service 3. JQ to New Zealand or Asia (growth in tourists from C...

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by Obzerva
Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64557

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

Noticed in the QF schedules a change to USA operations from 30JUN20. QF7/8 SYD-DFW-SYD goes daily - currently doesn’t operate Tuesdays. QF95/96 MEL-LAX-MEL goes from 2pw to 1pw. Looks like this is just to rotate a 787 through maintenance. QF93/94 MEL-LAX-MEL goes from Daily 388 equipment to 6pw and...

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by Obzerva
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64557

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

Before we get in to predictions for 2020 (which I'm assuming we'll do in the Jan thread) - how did everyone go with their 2019 predictions? Jan '19 thread here: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1411749 if anyone needs a reminder My predictions turned out mixed. Predictions: I...

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