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by dredgy
Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2021 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 68
Views: 7327

Re: Your 2021 Booked/Flown Flights

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 ...

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by dredgy
Sun May 30, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in
Replies: 50
Views: 3638

Re: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in

Antonov An-124 is the big one (literally). Was not a museum example, saw one parked at the airport, yelled out to a guy (pilot) walking from the plane to the terminal and asked for a tour.

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2021 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 68
Views: 7327

Re: Your 2021 Booked/Flown Flights

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.

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's your opinion about Bare Foot Pax
Replies: 31
Views: 2151

Re: What's your opinion about Bare Foot Pax

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...

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 138
Views: 12520

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

A fair few not gonna bother listing them all

Lufthansa, Korean, China Airlines, Qantas, Air France, Thai, Air Maroc to name a few.

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by dredgy
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2020 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 124
Views: 13272

Re: Your 2020 Booked/Flown Flights

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...

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by dredgy
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could Qatar Airways ever send A350-900 to Kathmandu?
Replies: 14
Views: 2886

Re: Could Qatar Airways ever send A350-900 to Kathmandu?

. 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...

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by dredgy
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 107
Views: 11279

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

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 ...

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by dredgy
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 107
Views: 11279

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

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".

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by dredgy
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can Qantas survive without US&UK market?
Replies: 11
Views: 1654

Re: Can Qantas survive without US&UK market?

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...

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by dredgy
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first piston-powered aircraft flight
Replies: 29
Views: 2602

Re: Your first piston-powered aircraft flight

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,...

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by dredgy
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Factors Picking a Connecting Airport
Replies: 35
Views: 3130

Re: Factors Picking a Connecting Airport

On an international flight, I'll try to visit somewhere I haven't been before and add a layover. If that's not an option then airline preference comes first.

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by dredgy
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 53380

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you fly a certain route more than 5 times a year, would you be more likely to fly a low cost or a legacy airline?
Replies: 40
Views: 2572

Re: If you fly a certain route more than 5 times a year, would you be more likely to fly a low cost or a legacy airline?

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 ...

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by dredgy
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 53380

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Someone83 wrote:
REX is close to getting A$150 million to start domestic ops, I assume beyond their Saab operations. What is actually their plans?


Capital city flights on 737s - between Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney.

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by dredgy
Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 597
Views: 113842

Re: Doug Parker Statement About AA Never Posting Losses Again

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.

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by dredgy
Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you fly a low cost airline on a flight over 6 hours?
Replies: 39
Views: 2724

Re: Would you fly a low cost airline on a flight over 6 hours?

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...

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by dredgy
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Going out of your way to fly a special type
Replies: 67
Views: 6323

Re: Going out of your way to fly a special type

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...

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by dredgy
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KSA and Bahrain grant overflight to Israeli commercial flights
Replies: 37
Views: 6446

Re: Both KSA and Bahrain grants all commercial flights

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.

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by dredgy
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Stopping & Seeing Victoria Falls Worth it?
Replies: 17
Views: 1203

Re: Is Stopping & Seeing Victoria Falls Worth it?

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...

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by dredgy
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite airline liveries
Replies: 43
Views: 2452

Re: Your favorite airline liveries

Korean Air
Qatar Airways
Bangkok Airways

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.

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by dredgy
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 3123

Re: How common is self-transfer?

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...

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by dredgy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines taking advantage of Covid in the long term
Replies: 30
Views: 3028

Re: Winners of Covid

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...

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by dredgy
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did you guys ever have to deal with an unruly passenger?
Replies: 18
Views: 1640

Re: Did you guys ever have to deal with an unruly passenger?

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 ...

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by dredgy
Mon May 18, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 446
Views: 107760

Re: THAI Airways flies into bankruptcy

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...

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by dredgy
Thu May 14, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70549

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Wed May 13, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70549

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Wed May 13, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70549

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Tue May 05, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70549

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

JQ321 wrote:
Why would they waste any money moving? It would have to be more than $200 Million to get them to move.


I’d assume they’d try to get the state government to pay for it.

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by dredgy
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How the landscape may look like for the ME3
Replies: 16
Views: 3159

Re: How the landscape will look ...

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...

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by dredgy
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 342
Views: 61173

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

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 ...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who is Air Koryo's website for?
Replies: 11
Views: 1613

Re: Who is Air Koryo's website for?

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...

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by dredgy
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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.


And the fact both are set up to operate a particular niche.

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by dredgy
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 143
Views: 16825

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 106
Views: 10945

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Instead of flying TNR to JNB, I flew TNR-ADD-DXB-MRU-JNB

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by dredgy
Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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,...

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by dredgy
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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...

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by dredgy
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 119865

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

But the inherent contradiction of your thinking... who in their right mind is thinking of investing in a normally high risk sector that is now stratospherically risky in a market that has shrunk by a quarter? What airlines are racing to lead the pack as Australia's second carrier in the next 5 year...

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by dredgy
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 101990

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Not sure why the Australian Government would rescue the foreign owned VA. VA has been poorly run for a long time. If VA falls, another will replace it. Because it being poorly run is not a reason for its current predicament, it was in no real danger of collapsing before. It provides a valuable serv...

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by dredgy
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 101990

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Does anyone know what VA’s current terms are with MasterCard/Visa? For example are they an airline that the credit card providers are willing to provide them the funds up front? Or are they on terms when passengers get post the passengers travel commencing? Notice that VA has removed the term about...

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by dredgy
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 20630

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

Agree - I wonder how they would enforce this if you refused to delete those photo's? I think I would most likely be caught off guard with someone asking me to delete photo's that I would refuse until police were involved. This nearly identical situation happened to me, on Emirates, departing MEL fo...

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by dredgy
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 20630

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

I also noticed it's not allowed to take photos whilst walking on the ramp to board an aircraft in Australia & NZ. Anyone know why? Took photos twice on VA and TR, ramp agents lost it. That depends on how suspicious you look and I assume where you are, but people worldwide don't like you taking ...

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