Are the comments in this thread about cost structure of operating the 717 US-centric? QF (Operated by National Jet) seem happy with their 20 aircraft. Is QF the exception? The cost structure is simply not that bad (in fact possibly quite good) since nearly every major 717 operator tried to get Boei...Jump to post
Hawaiian planning on returning to SYD and BNE from 15 Dec 21 https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/hawaiian-airlines-resumes-flights-to-australia-from-december-15 Oh how I wish they could put Melbourne in their plans to. It's all theoretical at this stage. No way those flights go ahead in Decembe...Jump to post
This happened to me from Townsville a few weeks back, and happening now to Rocky. Virgin has flights in business class cheaper than Economy. The economy fare: https://i.imgur.com/dfgyaj4.jpg The business fare: https://i.imgur.com/ylDzmkL.jpg When I last flew Townsville to Brisbane, Business class fa...Jump to post
I understand not wanting to feel left behind, but honestly, don’t most people these days have a device phone or otherwise, that can stream entertainment just fine? Sure, I love the map, but I’m ok without that (heck, you could give access to that on aainflight if you really wanted to). I question m...Jump to post
Cairns to Adelaide (4 hour flight, it's almost like going international again!) - 23rd July What airline/type? I flew aboard a Jetstar A320 in 2019 and it was only 2:44 airborne. http://www.aeromoe.com/flightlog/flt711.html Moe Is Jetstar A320, you're right. I must've misread times or done the math...Jump to post
Year is picking up. Flying between ROK and BNE every other week. Am taking advantage of leisure travel. I've taken to flying somewhere "new" every second weekend, which means I've been on a lot of Jetstar lately. OOL-MEL, AVV-OOL was my most recent. Some upcoming: Brisbane to Darwin - 3rd ...Jump to post
Have just completed a series of domestic flights:
ROK-BNE (Qantas 717, business)
BNE-CNS (Qantas 737, business)
CNS-BNE (Virgin 737-800, business)
BNE-ROK (Virgin 737- 700, business).
Fly ROK-BNE again on Saturday, but no return planned and everything else this year is take it as it comes.
Generally don't mind if they're just having bare feet and keeping their feet in appropriate areas for feet. I have no real problem with other peoples feet. The real disgusting people are the ones who wear socks to the bathroom. In business I usually wear socks and slippers because I compulsively tak...Jump to post
A fair few not gonna bother listing them all
Lufthansa, Korean, China Airlines, Qantas, Air France, Thai, Air Maroc to name a few.
All done for the year now IntraQLD trips are where it's at. My flights this year have ended up being a dozen or so ROK<->BNE trips (usually I do at least a hundred a year). Got one more booked over Christmas, and then CNS in Jan. Gonna have to count a skydiving flight. And a private flight I took f...Jump to post
. Much as I like Nepal, Nepal seems to attract primarily backpackers with a low travel budget. Yes and no - it usually attracts actually fairly wealthy tourist (Everest is crazy expensive, even just base camp tours) but also tourists that don't mind roughing it. It is a successful route for Qatar t...Jump to post
As mentioned before, SYD Domestic is accessible by foot. The route is actually somewhat popular for people wanting to save the airport station fee which adds roughly $ 10 to your otherwise $ 4 ticket if you get off at Mascot. I have definitely also walked from Cairns airport into town which is not ...Jump to post
I fairly routinely walk to the airport if I have time and no bags.
ROK, OOL and EMD are the most common I do on foot.
DXB I've definitely done on foot, but the hotel wasn't really that far away, it could potentially be considered "at the airport".
Aside from your general nonsense, of course Qantas can survive without the US & UK markets, they're fairly irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Qantas International is not the most profitable part of Qantas (in fact it's historically been loss making). Joyce is on record saying the London r...Jump to post
I'm not that mechanically minded, so I'm not sure what counts as "piston powered". I did my PPL and Multiengine when I was 16 in a Cesnna 152 and Britten-Norman Islander. I flew in Trislander that year too. When I was 11 I went on a seaplane flight, I think it would have been a Cessna 208,...Jump to post
Talking of Link Airways, They have announced on their Facebook page they are commencing 4 times per week service between CBR and Hobart. Are they still operating Brisbane to Woolongong flights? I want to pop down as soon as the borders are open and I can find tickets for October, but it seems insan...Jump to post
I can answer this one too, as I (pre COVID of course) very regularly flew many routes. The most notable being ROK-BNE, an hour long flight - which I would routinely fly 5 times a week. At one point I was living in ROK and working in BNE (closer to OOL actually, but there weren't direct flights) and ...Jump to post
Was a statement full of hubris at the time, and hubris is the number one way to make sure a business loses money again.
Nobody saw COVID coming, but I think everybody saw AA losing money again as an inevitability.
Have done it multiple times. Flights always seemed full. In economy class there's pretty much no difference from a full service airline except you pay for food. I usually fly business class on full-service airlines, but for a while I was based out of an airport where it was either take an LLC or spe...Jump to post
I will go out of my way to fly airlines I've not flown before, but less so just for airline types. I will look at the plane types of all the possible flights that meet my schedule and pick my favourite. Since I usually fly business class, there is often product differentiation. So in the case of a d...Jump to post
I thought diplomacy was all about looking after a country's interests.... KSA and Bahrain will almost certainly have asked for and have been granted something in return for overflight rights Yes, they have someone well-armed, financially stable and politcally well-connected to help them take on Iran.Jump to post
Yes. We went in low season, when driving from South Africa to Malawi and back. We did not do any rafting but did a river cruise, a private tour of the Devil's Pool and a helicopter flight. We stayed in Zimbabwe, but most of the things we did were based in Zambia. Even with the falls low, they're fai...Jump to post
I also really like the modern American Airlines livery - particularly the tail. Whenever I see that somewhere, I think "yeah that's American".
Not permanent liveries, but I really like the Qantas Aboriginal Art 747, and a couple of the Pokemon 747s.
I do it extremely often, as I bounce around alot. I've missed one flight, and despite not needing too, both airlines provided compensation and accommodation for me. When it comes to "one stop" international travel from Australia, I don't know anybody who would regularly book flights from a...Jump to post
Qatar could actually do very well out of this, assuming the Qatari government is footing the bill. They seem to be using this as one giant marketing campaign. Giving tickets to frontline medical staff, status matching elites on bankrupt airlines (Virgin, SAA) and continuing to operate flights for re...Jump to post
Flying from Bishkek to Delhi, very very drunk Russian man. I met him in the queue for check in where he came up and gave me a hug and started talking to me in Russian. A couple of girls in line translated for me, and it just basic conversation of a drunk person. On the flight he started yelling and ...Jump to post
Europeans won't be returning en masse for several years. Australians will be quicker though I'd reckon, but even I'm not gonna be super optimistic about Thai's future (though I am assuming they'll survive). Thai, along with Qantas, are airlines I credit with helping my fear of flying as they played...Jump to post
A state election coming up later on this year as well, I believe they are not to popular at the moment, maybe they think if they throw their hat into the ring it will keep Virgin Head Quartered in Brisbane, jobs for Brisbane based Pilots, Cabin Crew, People on the ground at Brisbane airport and oth...Jump to post
VA is not an infrastructure asset. QIC has no idea how to run an airline and it would become a disaster investment for them if they try. But it doesnt really matter, QIC wont win the bid. The risks in VA will be too high for their risk appetite and so they wont be able to mount a competitive bid. I...Jump to post
Because Queensland politics is always crazy, they’ve launched a bid for VA. It feels like every man and his dog are having a go. https://www.smh.com.au/politics/queensland/queensland-government-to-bid-for-virgin-australia-airline-20200513-p54sny.html Well the plot thickens... The potential bid will...Jump to post
I would be very surprised if Peter Dutton lifts the travel restrictions to US or UK before the end of winter. August/September maybe for New Zealand & the Pacific. Would expect the states lifting their internal travel restrictions from next week first & give it 3-4 weeks to monitor stuff th...Jump to post
I don't know if EK and QR will keep retain their all their orders, normally the government behind these airlines gets most of its money from oil.. While the UAE does derive a lot of business from oil, there isn’t actually much, if any, oil left in Dubai itself. Most of its in Abu Dhabi. Emirates is...Jump to post
VA have announced they've gone into Voluntary Administration. They're not in liquidation, they haven't collapsed, no one has lost their job today, planes are still flying, Velocity points and travel bank credits are still there to be used. It would be great if people didn't take such joy in seeing ...Jump to post
Further complicating matters was about 2 years ago corporate clients started using Jetstar after they cleaned up their act- something I never thought I'd see. I’ve been using Jetstar for corporate travel since 2011. It’s been a good airline for ages - it usually has young, enthusiastic crew, very c...Jump to post
In some ways the Velocity program is going to drive what happens. Given that this is of substantial value in the group, it is going to want to be preserved and recovered. But the thing that gives it value is a running airline where points can be redeemed. Without that, points holders see substantia...Jump to post
You can book flights to Pyongyang commerically on Air China (I haven't used Air Koryo's website, and judging from their ancient systems at the airport I wouldn't trust it). You tour agent does not have to be the one to book the flight, but you must be travelling with one. If you're doing business th...Jump to post
Velocity only has value with an airline supporting it and providing access to a small number of cheap seats at marginal prices that can be purchased by the Velocity customer for a good $/point ration. Buying a toaster for 1c/point doesn't have the same interest levels. And arguably less value if th...Jump to post
Also possibly a statement on their financial abilities in the current environment. And the fact both are set up to operate a particular niche. Very particular niches in Nauru Airlines case... neither airline has the knowledge, skills, fleet etc in place to launch a fully-fledged domestic airline. T...Jump to post
qf2220 wrote:eta unknown wrote:Alliance and Nauru Airlines. The fact they may choose not to is a statement of the prevailing market conditions.
Also possibly a statement on their financial abilities in the current environment.
Virgin's just announced their minimal network https://travel.virginaustralia.com/au/minimal-network-schedule?icmpid=va|c_crm|au_hp|fre|HTGYH|na Minimal flights from Perth to other capital cities. Only Melbourne included. Good to have Rocky to Brisbane back, I was meant to fly back to Brisbane on Su...Jump to post
Seemingly the South African government has finally pulled the plug on SAA. Sad days but very necessary I think. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-14/south-african-airways-denied-further-funding-by-government-owner Their luck ran out. But for Corona, they might have made it. They won't...Jump to post
https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/what-happens-to-your-frequent-flyer-points-if-an-airline-goes-bust Well here's SIA's chance. Supposedly getting access to VA's FF base was one of the many primary reasons why SIA acquired a stake in VA in the first place. Acquiring Velocity at Liquidation can...Jump to post
It would be fantastic to know the nuts and bolts of these agreements but without a doubt they will be commercial in confidence. So instead of a bailout via loaned money, the Federal Government has done the “Claytons Bailout” by subsidising the seat cost per airline. It could end up being a clever c...Jump to post
A QF domestic monopoly is good for no one, including Qantas. But is maintaining the duopoly worth $5 billion of taxpayers' money? ($1.4 b to VA and equivalent treatment to QF). Could be. Could not be, but most maths says it absolutely would be as both Virgin and Qantas typically have good revenues,...Jump to post
Right now there is 1 QF737 airborne in all of Australia Which should indicate the VA shutdown is as much an industry issue (QF shutdown anyone?), and not just VA is screwed. There simply is no demand, so why fly planes with no pax. The question is not whether the VA shutdown means the carrier won't...Jump to post