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by Obzerva
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 302
Views: 41084

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Qantas to invest in regional Australia by given $10 million in bigger discounts. Initially one way fares from selected regional centres will be capped at $400 one way https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-invests-10-million-in-bigger-discounts-for-regional-australia/ https://www.w...

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by Obzerva
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 302
Views: 41084

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

SeaEagle8 wrote:
I would assume the A380s will be phased out like most airlines seem to be doing or wanting to do.


Put them in JQ colours and run them PER-DPS ;)
it'd kill about 3 airlines off that route.

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 302
Views: 41084

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Virgin has introduced baggage allowance for infants, the new allowance will be 23kg plus 2 special infant items https://7news.com.au/business/virgin-australia/virgin-australia-announces-baggage-allowance-for-infants-to-help-make-travel-easier-for-families-c-400686 Just an excuse to get a quick feel...

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 302
Views: 41084

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Citilink have opened reservations for DPS-PER service. Although not yet officially announced. First flight DPS-PER is scheduled on the 27th of October where as first PER-DPS is scheduled for the 28th The route seems to be operated daily with an A320 QG542 DPS0110 - 0450PER 320 D QG543 PER0950 - 133...

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by Obzerva
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 302
Views: 41084

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

https://australianaviation.com.au/2019/ ... ne-flight/


This seems really short notice, only six weeks to fill an A330, even if it is school holidays.
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qf789 wrote:
Hawaiian to add a seasonal 4th weekly flight on BNE-HNL between 16 Sep and 13 Oct 19

https://australianaviation.com.au/2019/ ... ne-flight/


This seems really short notice, only six weeks to fill an A330, even if it is school holidays.

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by Obzerva
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 302
Views: 41084

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

What’s in it for CBR though? If they really are only getting 9% load factor that’s ~33 pax a flight... I doubt they’d be making any money on a service like that for all the services and facilities they have to provide in return. QR is trying to get around the bilaterals, and that’s fine, but they s...

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by Obzerva
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 302
Views: 41084

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Since Scurrah became CEO the first month he spent travelling around the various ports engaging with the workforce. After that he launched the review going through everything in the whole group. He has been open and up front and given regular updates though nothing has been finalised yet. I would su...

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022
Replies: 559
Views: 94767

Re: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022

Prudent to be rid of the euros 800 million upgrade cost of the whales. For the leased aircraft, they will be up for accrued maintenance, pro-rata cost of checks, plus internal and external refurbishment as part of the end of lease balloon payment. If there is a buyback in place with Airbus on the r...

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by Obzerva
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 302
Views: 41084

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

BITRE for May available For those interested since it was discussed last month https://www.bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/files/International_airline_activity_1905.pdf AC loads on MEL-YVR inbound 62% outbound 81% QF MEL-SFO loads for May 88% inbound and 90% outbound, maybe an increase in frequen...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57621

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Just a quick one re JQ and their A321s, are they purely domestic, or have they ventured to NZ or DPS? I seem to recall JQ using them on DRW-SIN and DRW-DPS, many years ago when they operated the scissor hub that also connected CNS and OOL I believe. But that would have been 8-10 years ago, so not s...

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by Obzerva
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57621

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Just a quick one re JQ and their A321s, are they purely domestic, or have they ventured to NZ or DPS?

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by Obzerva
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57621

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Final decision on QF/CX codeshare deal has been handed down, the proposed deal has been rejected https://www.iasc.gov.au/determinations_decisions/2019/2019iasc204.aspx Ironically the NZ/CX deal got approved and is operating, would have thought the NZ/CX deal would have had an lot more conflicts tha...

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by Obzerva
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VA flights to LAS
Replies: 12
Views: 3178

Re: VA flights to LAS

except foreign aircraft aren't supposed to do charters within the US... had a huge huge blow-up with Air Canada about this years ago when they flew some hockey teams to the States, and then to another US point. Almost *every* US Airline complained to the DOT about it. I don’t think they did charter...

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by Obzerva
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VA flights to LAS
Replies: 12
Views: 3178

Re: VA flights to LAS

crownvic wrote:
clrd4t8koff wrote:
RyanairGuru wrote:
:checkmark:
These flights were staff charters for FCTG


Thank you both!


There was an ANZ 773 that also operated to LAS that morning.


Next year's location is BNE, so interesting to see if they do charters next year, and where from inbound to BNE.

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by Obzerva
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57621

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

out of interest, between MEB and MBW which can handle "larger" aircraft between the two?

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by Obzerva
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57621

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Would have been interesting to know what NZ would have done with DJ, if there bid to buy in them 2001went ahead. I think DJ would simply have become AN's version of JQ. Let's not forget that QF was able to take advantage of the collapse of VQ and utilise it's fleet for JQ. VQ didn’t collapse but wa...

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by Obzerva
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57621

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

And Godfrey simply got lucky with Ansetts collapse. Had NZ put in another $50m i doubt DJ would have lasted beyond 2002. Would have been interesting to know what NZ would have done with DJ, if there bid to buy in them 2001went ahead. I think DJ would simply have become AN's version of JQ. Let's not...

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by Obzerva
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57621

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Both SQ and EY have agreements with VA between Australia and the UK. Which has been de-emphasised by both carriers for a long while now. In SQ's case if they cared they would've promoted the partnership thoroughly. EY on the other hand doesn't have the money to counter internal rival SQ and VS. SQ ...

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by Obzerva
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57621

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

VA just got a little slice of good news for it’s long haul, the ACCC just granted interim authorisation for VA and VS to cooperate on scheduling and services on HKG and LAX flights. Draft determination expected in September, still not sure who’d go to LHR via LAX but anyways. I’m sure they’d conside...

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by Obzerva
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61421

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

A bit of well-placed gossip about VA international, which no I can't substantiate, but comes from sources who would know. A lot of bitterness between HNA and VA right now. It was expected Hong Kong Airlines would market and fill the HKG flights but VA feels they've been completely 'screwed over' (s...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership
Replies: 40
Views: 6544

Re: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership

What is the current situation with connections at LAX and HKG ? Are their flights coordinated at both airports to provide a layover of only a few hours each way ? Or in some possible itineraries is there something like a 10 hour layover or overnight stay required ? And if they aren't already coordi...

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by Obzerva
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61421

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Ouch! I do wonder what will happen to NZ as more and more flights over fly AKL to the US, Canada, and South America. A lot of that traffic is local. The decreases in QF, JQ and NZ are travel pattern changes. VA’s is just a fact that their increases in capacity overall are not being absorbed. Last M...

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by Obzerva
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61421

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Alliance (QQ) to increase its DRW base from 1x F100 to 2x F100 and 2x F70 by the end of this year. Article also suggests QQ has its eye on RPT services from DRW/NT. https://australianaviation.com.au/2019/06/alliance-airlines-to-grow-darwin-base/ This could also be related to the uncertainty around ...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas could delay the withdrawal of the Boeing 747?
Replies: 55
Views: 10222

Re: Qantas could delay the withdrawal of the Boeing 747?

With the discussion about QF having enough 787 aircraft to cover the 747 retirement, I might just throw a curve ball in. What if JQ were to reduce it's 787-8 fleet, sending a couple to QF - that would give QF additional aircraft capacity, and JQ could instead use A321s for DPS which I think they ha...

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by Obzerva
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas could delay the withdrawal of the Boeing 747?
Replies: 55
Views: 10222

Re: Qantas could delay the withdrawal of the Boeing 747?

With the discussion about QF having enough 787 aircraft to cover the 747 retirement, I might just throw a curve ball in. What if JQ were to reduce it's 787-8 fleet, sending a couple to QF - that would give QF additional aircraft capacity, and JQ could instead use A321s for DPS which I think they hav...

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by Obzerva
Thu May 23, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad A380 with 20 pax on board
Replies: 35
Views: 15086

Re: Etihad A380 with 20 pax on board

QF knew they had an empty return charter flight coming up in October, so rather than let it fly mostly empty like the situation described they managed to milk publicity by offering the entire A380 flight up for frequent flyer reward seats. Fills the plane, burns some points balances and heaps of fre...

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by Obzerva
Thu May 16, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60177

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

In the interests of balancing things up, should we gather thoughts of what VA has done right? For mine: 737 MAX deferral - a good move Changing the 737 MAX fleet mix to have a few more of the larger size, also a smart move. Removing the Embraers - kind of torn on this one, from a passenger experienc...

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by Obzerva
Wed May 15, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60177

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

Neither "Tiger" nor "Virgin" are brands worth paying royalties for. They have almost zero resonance in the Australian market in 2019. Singtel came to that conclusion a while ago re Virgin Mobile, which was once a strong brand. It's no different in aviation. The fact that VAH pay...

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by Obzerva
Wed May 15, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60177

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

^^ Probably puts forward one reason towards the case for them to take VAH private. The problem is a bickering shareholder board with all larger shareholders having their competing interests. Making that option least likely I have some concerns that JB may have signed up to another 10 year term of V...

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by Obzerva
Tue May 07, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways "Prepped and ready to land soon from Doha to a new gateway."
Replies: 31
Views: 7268

Re: Qatar Airways "Prepped and ready to land soon from Doha to a new gateway."

There is a fairly strong rumour that they will announce Brisbane. I'm not sure I believe it as I haven't heard anything about the Australia-Qatar bilateral been amended (it is currently maxed out), but Brisbane would be a gateway (of sorts) to Queensland and therefore some of Australia's most popul...

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by Obzerva
Sun May 05, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60177

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

I can't see how VA avoids major changes to the short haul international network. A bonfire of banknotes would probably save money compared to the atrocious performance of markets like POM and HIR, the dumpster fire that is Trans Tasman and their inability to gain any traction in the NZ market, and ...

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by Obzerva
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60177

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

Emirates back to an all A380 schedule to SYD for two months next summer. Source: Airlineroute.net Emirates in Northern winter 2019/20 season once again schedules all-A380 service on Dubai – Sydney route, reflected in recent schedule updates. From 01DEC19 to 31JAN20 (Dubai departure), EK416/417 will...

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by Obzerva
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67397

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

https://www.tropicnow.com.au/2019/april ... ights.html


Could CX be planning on swapping it with UO?
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Gangurru wrote:
Cathay Pacific is reportedly ending it’s Cairns flights.

https://www.tropicnow.com.au/2019/april ... ights.html


Could CX be planning on swapping it with UO?

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by Obzerva
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How come Cathay Dragon doesn't fly to Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei?
Replies: 26
Views: 3157

Re: How come Cathay Dragon doesn't fly to Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei?

Why doesn't Cathay Dragon fly to Darwin, Australia? I saw some people when I was there in the downtown, and I think they would like a HK flight. But I didn't ask them. I would say same reason as BWN where local population is just too small to support the service. Agree. MH couldn't make DRW work, a...

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by Obzerva
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67397

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

A solution to Tullamarine’s capacity issues may be to make Avalon Melbournes international airport and have a high speed train service linking Southern Cross to Geelong via Sunshine and Avalon. Tullamarine would remain as a domestic airport. This would require a Sunshine interchange linking Tullama...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67397

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

BITRE international out for January 19 https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/files/International_airline_activity_1901.pdf Also note Singapore - Melbourne exceeded Singapore - Sydney and Auckland - Sydney to become the busiest international route in Australia. Perhaps SQ should consider increas...

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by Obzerva
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67397

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

According to twitter, https://twitter.com/i/status/1112429356184489985, Virgin Australia is reportedly introducing Virgin Australia fly foods, where it will work similar to UberEats or Deliveroo and allows customers to order food from interstate and have it delivered to your home via Virgin Austral...

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by Obzerva
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

I'm not, considering SYD has QF1/2 to go if one wants to go to LHR. Michael Melbourne has 37/1 (20 mins more with A330 and A380) and 2/36 (30 mins more with A380 and A330), both with a comparable midpoint to 1/2. So not sure that is the reason. Doing some dummy bookings online, QF9/10 is a bit down...

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by Obzerva
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do Airlines make money on airfares less than $100?
Replies: 74
Views: 14569

Re: How does United make money on airfares less than $100?

Another point that is sometimes forgotten, airlines don’t make money just on the initial fare price and ancillary fees, there’s also revenue from ticket changes. Whilst a passenger may book in advance to get a cheap fare, they may not actually travel on that date, so the airline can add revenue from...

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by Obzerva
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

Just a query regarding VA and the 737 MAX. Yes, it’s nice to have new aircraft, with its fuel efficiencies, but can anyone identify a single new route which they believe will be opened by VA with the MAX8 they couldn’t currently operate? I realise the larger MAX scheduled for a few years time would ...

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by Obzerva
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

VA to operate one time charter BNE-LAS on 12 July 19 https://twitter.com/airlineroute/status/1109852145795231744?s=21 Do you happen to know who the charterer is? If so, who is it? Taking a guess.. FlightCentre maybe. It seems to be something they have done before. You'd be guessing correctly, their...

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by Obzerva
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

So tomorrow is Paul Scurrah’s first day in the CEO chair at VA, what are we expecting more of the same with gradual changes, or something a bit quicker?

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by Obzerva
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

Speaking of VARA, how many aircraft are still left in the Skywest livery, or are they all painted now? There is 1 F100 in Skywest retro livery Deliberately retro or not yet had a chance to visit the paint shop? When it gets painted it'll probably the first time since they were founded they would ha...

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by Obzerva
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

Speaking of VARA, how many aircraft are still left in the Skywest livery, or are they all painted now?

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by Obzerva
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH an opportunity for IAG?
Replies: 27
Views: 4472

Re: MH an opportunity for IAG?

I would have thought QR more likely than IAG, and apparently they're shopping again but not saying who the target is.

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by Obzerva
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Air - Virgin Australia expand partnership
Replies: 19
Views: 2689

Re: Hawaiian Air - Virgin Australia expand partnership

Will the expanded codeshare include BNE-HNL.

From what I can see VA only seem to codeshare on HA's SYD-HNL flight, but not on the BNE flight.

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by Obzerva
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: CX Group completed acquisition of HK Express (UO)
Replies: 132
Views: 1097

Re: Will Cathay Pacific acquire Hong Kong Airlines?

https://twitter.com/winglets747/status/1102827624097701888?s=20 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D04H37cUcAABwBy?format=jpg&name=900x900 I like it. But at the same time, aft section looks kind of too busy though I'm not sure you'd want the premium carrier's logo so prominent on the budget carrier of...

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by Obzerva
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

moa999 wrote:
Is SWZ official, or just what people are assuming.

Beijing Daxing doesn't have an IATA code yet, and it opens soon.


I think the IATA code has been allocated but not the ICAO.

NBW is already used in Guantanamo Bay so can't use Nancy Bird-Walton's initials for this one.

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by Obzerva
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

CZ are still using the SkyTeam lounge as they haven't left yet. They aren't expected to leave until October. ...but you get the impression it isn't a friendly divorce. All Skyteam airlines typically have the Skyteam logo at the end of their own logo block. CZ no longer does this and doesn't seem to...

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by Obzerva
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

Interesting given that BA customers are still entitled to enter the Qantas lounges under One World rules. It's almost a middle finger to QF who must continue to accept BA customers but will no longer be paid in return. Interesting. Id always assumed that there was a fee payable by the marketing air...

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