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by Obzerva
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad special livery on the B787-9?
Replies: 23
Views: 6541

Re: Etihad special livery on the B787-9?

I actually don’t mind the idea of a monochrome livery.

Just thinking who else would look good with a one off monochrome. BA, HA, HM and TG spring to mind.
I’m ruling out NZ...

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by Obzerva
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 149
Views: 11300

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

For those discussing overcrowding in the AKL lounge, there could be some relief in a few weeks. To the next if my knowledge, and happy to be corrected, VA haven’t announced what their lounge arrangements are going to be from late October. Perhaps VA’s gold and platinum members may no longer be in th...

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by Obzerva
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 196
Views: 20985

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Qantas and KLM to partner for flights to AMS via SIN https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-and-klm-partner-for-flights-to-amsterdam?utm_source=hero Why? Don't they have EK for that, with EK offering a far superior product to KL? I kind of get the AF/CDG partnership - CDG is a much more important market t...

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by Obzerva
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 196
Views: 20985

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

The whole global alliance thing is a bit of a fraud and has offered nothing to travelling pax and is only used by airlines when it suits their interests. The future is in bilateral alliances like EK/QF, DL/VA etc. I doubt QR are going to leave Oneworld but probably couldn't care either way if they ...

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by Obzerva
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 196
Views: 20985

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Speculating, could SBR have a lounge announcement with VA, positioning the way VS in LHR is a significant lounge within the VS network with a potential new lounge for VA in SYD if another airline was to close their lounge in SYD and/or MEL.
Just a stab in the dark.

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by Obzerva
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 196
Views: 20985

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Just came across an interesting Video of the AN225 flight to Perth a while back , bit like a trip report from some German reporter chick. It is from a German mob, but in English, with her sexy accent. Maybe of interest to some of you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aIzARbiyN0 I like the way you w...

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by Obzerva
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair - Guy chases missed plane onto the tarmac
Replies: 50
Views: 7138

Re: Ryanair - Guy chases missed plane onto the tarmac

A “dumb behaviour by passengers” thread with stories like this mightn’t be a bad idea

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by Obzerva
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

A350OZ wrote:
Just sitting at MEL now waiting for JL774, and surprised by an MH A380 awaiting boarding at the gate. Didn’t realise they were subbing for the A330.


School holidays in Victoria, so possibly a capacity increase for that. Really a no brainer given how much downtime MH A380s have.

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

A real shame about REX ending Mildura-Sydney. Suggests any REX route without a local "arrangement" or subsidy is ripe for cuts. Could VA or QF step in? I think the end of VA's ATR and E190 fleet was the end of VA at MQL, are they down to less than one B738 flight a day between MQL and MEL...

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.
Replies: 62
Views: 8909

Re: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.

UA really needs a codeshare partner in Australia for this to work. Id be amazed if IAH-SYD wasn't a giant flop outside the Northern Winter. Agree, and this may be a little out of the box on who that partner is, but would ZL help? Hear me out on this one, QF will be wanting to support their own flig...

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?
Replies: 41
Views: 4665

Re: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?

For those that would like a little history on SWZ and it's site selection, this may help: https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/Publications_Archive/Background_Papers/bp9798/98BP20 Note it was listed as a possible location (amongst other sites) from ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?
Replies: 41
Views: 4665

Re: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?

There are a number of key levers the operators could pull to make SWZ attractive to airlines. No curfew would be the most obvious one for international ops - given SYD has a curfew. Negotiating a lower price point on airport fees for airlines. SWZ is likely to have less premium traffic so any operat...

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by Obzerva
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I'm getting more and more worried for VA as the break with NZ gets closer next month. I really can't see how VA is going to compete on the Tasman, and to the lesser extent, to the Pacific Islands from New Zealand. It's going to be a bloodbath for VA from what I can tell. What can VA do? They have r...

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Seems QF is taking out a little insurance policy in case 9W falls over, it's rumoured 9W isn't exactly flush with cash. QF are now offering fares to India via HKG in conjunction with CX and KA. All Indian carriers are suffering at the moment, although 9W has put cost cutting measures in place. With...

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Seems QF is taking out a little insurance policy in case 9W falls over, it's rumoured 9W isn't exactly flush with cash.

QF are now offering fares to India via HKG in conjunction with CX and KA.

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by Obzerva
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

VA will run extra flights between MEL & PER next Saturday. https://twitter.com/VirginAustralia/status/1041113856301584385 Fares between MEL and PER next weekend, cheapest available is around $1400 $592 via HBA on the Friday if you want some extra status credits! It's not often you get to transi...

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by Obzerva
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest air routes worldwide by PAX TRAFFIC for 2017 revealed ahead of Guangzhou World Routes 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1210

Re: Busiest air routes worldwide by PAX TRAFFIC for 2017 revealed ahead of Guangzhou World Routes 2018

I’m not sure they always involve a capital city and a commercial centre.
#1 is a leisure route, and #2 involves the two biggest cities in AU but not the capital

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by Obzerva
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

We’re so city-centric in this country. Are we?! From where I sit, Australia has an inexplicable fascination with everything "bush" and "the country". The love affair is almost borderline a fetish. Agree, we have the outback and the rock as our main marketing and yet the % of peo...

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I agree, I’m not really sure what there is to celebrate. NTL supports a reasonable level of service to BNE and MEL, but that’s about it. The big news is a three weekly service to ADL and a seasonal two weekly flight to AKL. As someone else pointed out this is the sixth largest city in the country. ...

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Thanks negative Nancy. What makes it successful is not its flights to NZ but the fact it’s achieved what it has thus far. Its an airport run by 2 regional councils that leases land from military, without the expertise that a multi-conglomerate has at running airports. I don’t think they were being ...

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by Obzerva
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I've heard that the drive down there from PER actually is an attraction in and of itself, given its beauty, and so tourists want to do the drive over flying there. Does anyone have any insight on this? Separately, could Busselton act as a sort of secondary or LCC PER airport? It's ~200 km from PER,...

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by Obzerva
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I doubt QF would launch BNE-ICN when KAL can only make it work 4 weekly with no nonstop competition, and that's feeding a hub in ICN. Yes, but QF does have 1) a hub at BNE and 2) a big FFP base, that it can feed the flight with - those don't support KE's BNE service, but may do for QF, if QF starte...

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by Obzerva
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

The Australian is reporting that SQ has approached HNA Group about acquiring its stake in VA and lifting its overall stake to over 40%. Its interest may trigger a takeover of the airline given that speculation in regards to EY's 21%, could also possible stage an exit and sell to SQ https://www.thea...

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by Obzerva
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 55117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

QF has home country advantage- they could offer an inferior product and still charge a premium ex AU and get away with it. However, back in the days when QF flew to FRA, their fares to BKK/SIN were often the cheapest in the FRA market as Germans preferred other carriers. Could offer or does offer? ...

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

There's been a lot of 'talk' from VA about various expansion plans, with much of this not followed through - for example, another suggestion was that VA was going to expand to PEK after HKG, but AFAIK, we still haven't heard anything about that? Slot restrictions? Cheers, C. Well if they wait anoth...

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

There was talk not too long back about VA looking to lease/acquire some additional A330's ... There's been a lot of 'talk' from VA about various expansion plans, with much of this not followed through - for example, another suggestion was that VA was going to expand to PEK after HKG, but AFAIK, we ...

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

I don't understand the obsession with feeding into another US hub ... SEA. It's not an obsession - it's merely an idea. In the case of SEA, while O&D might not be enough to support a dedicated flight from Australia on its own, extra feed through the DL SEA hub might justify such a flight. On ea...

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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing Capital flight diverted to Shenzhen after tricky aborted landing at Macao amid fears of being hit by wind shear
Replies: 17
Views: 3288

Re: Beijing Capital flight diverted to Shenzhen after tricky aborted landing at Macao amid fears of being hit by wind sh

Probably not of concern in such an emergency, but does Zhuhai have pax immigration? I’ve flown from there a few times and the airport was 100% domestic from memory. Wouldn't be a concern in this case, as the flight originate in PEK. ZUH is indeed 100% domestic, though. There could be an issue if an...

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by Obzerva
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

I didn’t realise the gap between MEL and SYD in domestic pax was that close. Interesting. MEL hiting over 1 million international pax for the month was a big result too. Still no idea how they are actually copeing with that demand with the facilities at either MEL or SYD. Well current projections a...

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by Obzerva
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

^^ Re post 329. Would you throw in possibly some A321LR's" A complex question. I see A321NEO markets as being an extension of the Australian domestic market rather than true international flying. Admittedly, a bit odd considering hiw the Asian market works. I suspect the A321NEO would be well ...

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by Obzerva
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Just because the parent of airlines are owned by the larger carriers in the big 3 doesn't necessarily mean they'll immediately join the alliance of their parent. EI (BA), VS (DL), etc. Also, EY may possibly be facing a veto from UA on the back of the CEOs of the US3 hostilities towards the ME3. The...

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by Obzerva
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

With the talk of QF schedule changes, and the ease of them, QF is spending significant manpower and finances to try and improve the product further. They are about to introduce a new Amadeus platform where it will change multiple pax with multiple connections in a single transaction for delays and ...

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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Sydney needing a second airport? Absolutely. As long as it doesn't turn out to be another under-used Avalon... Hopefully small fleets of Jetstar and Tigerair planes will be based at SWZ for leisure and capital city flights, with a few QF and VA mainline ('premium') flights to and from MEL and BNE d...

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by Obzerva
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 132830

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Must airBaltic, SWISS and Korean rebrand their in-service aircraft and all manuals etc or can they be stubborn and say "we bought CSeries and they're gonna stay that way!"? The FAA/EASA type certificate and pilot type ratings will always say BD-500 (1A10 for CS100 and 1A11 for CS300). Tha...

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by Obzerva
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Bali is popular with many different groups of pax. But curious they don't do the interlines with QF...[/quote] Probably because QF will not play ball or gave TK an overpriced SPA rate on AU-Asia fares that it's not worth it. And yes I can confirm OD does carry some good TK transit traffic from AU t...

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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Route Maps and Flying/Hubbing Strategies for CN4——CA, CZ, MU, HU
Replies: 5
Views: 797

Re: Route Maps and Flying/Hubbing Strategies for CN4——CA, CZ, MU, HU

I dunno if proximity to CAN would make that difficult for SZX. I don't see why it would, based on population size - don't SZX and CAN have 10-20 million people, each ? Add to that the fact that SZX is arguably a back-door into HKG, which is increasingly capacity restricted. That being said, maybe I...

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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

RE: TK to DPS. Bali is a popular destination with Europeans and the EPL types. I'm sure transits to Australia will be minimal at best considering TK have SQ for all of that. RE: WA Gov/India - The WA Government should stop throwing good money after bad and instead use that money to market WA as a d...

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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

RE: TK to DPS. Bali is a popular destination with Europeans and the EPL types. I'm sure transits to Australia will be minimal at best considering TK have SQ for all of that. RE: WA Gov/India - The WA Government should stop throwing good money after bad and instead use that money to market WA as a d...

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by Obzerva
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BCN: Europe's black hole (El País Newspaper)
Replies: 21
Views: 6597

Re: BCN: Europe's black hole (El País Newspaper)

I have no issues with BCN airport, but my most recent experience from there, and to date my only one on VY, on a BCN-BIO flight on a standoff bay, they were obviously running a little bit tight on their schedule, so in order to depart on time, they left everyone’s checked baggage behind. It arrived ...

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by Obzerva
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

I also suspect QRs oneworld status helps against EY given the high proportion of QFF membership (And a bunch of Gold Plat FIFO workers) I'm not 100% sure if this is a reason by itself or not, theoretically EK (booked as QF) and QR, along with QF itself are grabbing QF's flyer base. EY has all of VA...

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PUS - why not more short-haul carriers?
Replies: 15
Views: 2152

Re: PUS - why not more short-haul carriers?

[photoid][/photoid] The S. Korea - Singapore ASA was just amended a few days ago to allow for each side to add a daily frequency from PUS to SIN. Expect this route to be added soon. Do you have a source? I'm surprised that there was even a restriction to start with, considering carriers from similar...

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.
Replies: 28
Views: 1972

Re: Everyone has a "currently flying" retro jet with the exception of Delta.

BENAir01 wrote:
There are a huge number of airlines in this world, I would say most, that don't have a retro jet.


There is no world outside the USA, how could you forget this?

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

I thought NLK was a govt subsidy route ... Yep, but NZ does have a stake in the flights though. C. NZ's only stake is if the A320 assigned to fly the route on the day can be used elsewhere at a higher rate of return. The distances involved aren't that great and if somebody else is picking up the ta...

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

In an article from The Australian today, JB said that he hoped to add one more domestic route before he leaves VA. Any predictions? Dare I suggest NLK from SYD or BNE, just to give one final jab to NZ? :lol: See: - https://issuu.com/queenslandairports.com.au/docs/3august2018. - https://www.theaustr...

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Turkish Airlines' new safety video be the most amazing safety video yet
Replies: 36
Views: 4771

Re: Could Turkish Airlines' new safety video be the most amazing safety video yet

I like the fact that it's different, and agree it'll get children attention.

Boring safety videos are actually self defeating, if passengers are bored by it, they won't be paying attention.

NZ does have some good ones, and I quite like VS' current one that covers different film genres.

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 57113

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Why do the ME3 have mixed results when it comes to PER? Some make it work, some don't. Always a curious case for me. It'd be very much appreciated if anyone can shed light on this. I only fly to JNB from from SYD through PER, so I don't have much PER knowledge. Please note that this is not a why do...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Norwegian fly to Australia?
Replies: 33
Views: 5539

Re: Norwegian to Australia

It'd be race between Norwegian and Turkish to Australia then ;) For Norwegian to fly to Australia they'll need to fly a route that none of the Air Asia franchises nor Jetstar or Scoot are interested in. I think by the time they announce anything and we see any real action, IAG will have had a few mo...

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by Obzerva
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59366

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Has Cathay given any indication it plans to use the A350-1000 into Australia in the near future? I think they've taken delivery of 2 (?) and they're using them on short haul regional before launching Washington in September. Any prospect they could rotate them through MEL or SYD? I’m not 100% sure,...

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by Obzerva
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 59366

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Has Cathay given any indication it plans to use the A350-1000 into Australia in the near future? I think they've taken delivery of 2 (?) and they're using them on short haul regional before launching Washington in September. Any prospect they could rotate them through MEL or SYD? I’m not 100% sure,...

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by Obzerva
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why arent Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia popular with carriers?
Replies: 75
Views: 10394

Re: Why arent Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia popular with carriers?

Malaysia received nearly 26m tourists last year. It's the third most visited destination in Asia behind China and Thailand. I wonder how many of them are originally visitors to Singapore that cross the strait by the causeway to Johor. I may be wrong, but from an Australian’s perspective, I’d say mi...

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