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by brucetiki
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Not even skipping the state - ADL-PLO on a QantasLink Q300
Replies: 0
Views: 654

Not even skipping the state - ADL-PLO on a QantasLink Q300

Hi everyone and welcome to my latest trip report. The other week for my birthday, my mate decided to buy me a trip to the beautiful coastal town of Port Lincoln, on South Australia's west coast. He paid for my flights and accommodation, so I offered to pay for the hire car. Port Lincoln is one of a ...

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by brucetiki
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 30951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

Another day of wild weather in Sydney, with the usual impacts at SYD

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by brucetiki
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 30951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

Yesterday marked 25 years since this livery rolled out, it would be nice to see it on another aircraft though https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EDgFTNlUEAARfie?format=jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EDgFTNmVUAEJyY2?format=jpg https://twitter.com/Keg767/status/1168760136430542848?s=20 The only Qantas 747 ...

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by brucetiki
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 30951

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

https://www.executivetraveller.com/bp-e ... yer-points


Looks like a straight swap for the everyday user - from Velocity to QFF. Looking forward to this switch.
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qf789 wrote:
BP tipped to announce its own reward scheme which will also see Qantas replace virgin as airline partner

https://www.executivetraveller.com/bp-e ... yer-points


Looks like a straight swap for the everyday user - from Velocity to QFF. Looking forward to this switch.

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by brucetiki
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Qantas Antarctica Flight 2018 - Part 1 | Queen of the Skies - Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEJ | MEL - ZZF - HBA
Replies: 22
Views: 6631

Re: Qantas Antarctica Flight 2018 - Part 1 | Queen of the Skies - Boeing 747-438ER VH-OEJ | MEL - ZZF - HBA

What a trip report! Not only so detailed but the pictures from Antarctica are outstanding! I look forward to part 2

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by brucetiki
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air Canada CRJ ✈ E175 ✈ B767-300ER ✈ B777-300ER J
Replies: 11
Views: 6162

Re: Air Canada CRJ ✈ E175 ✈ B767-300ER ✈ B777-300ER J

Thanks for your report, and it looks like you had good flights with Air Canada. I'm interested by the different service that some of your cabin from EWR-YYZ got; I've never heard of that before. Looking forward to your next report! I nearly had this happen to me on a Virgin Australia flight earlier...

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by brucetiki
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 429
Views: 58125

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

In other news, Cobham have had a little accident whilst taxiing at PER for a FIFO flight. https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/passenger-jet-crashes-while-taxiing-at-perth-airport/news-story/356ed2032f44c703e31b36b0429648d2 Oops. Pretty nasty for such an old jet. Also oops to the...

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by brucetiki
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 429
Views: 58125

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Anti-Qantas Facebook page Airline Secrets Exposed has had an epic Facebook melt over QF25's delay today.

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by brucetiki
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 23291

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

That's some rant for something that wasn't the airlines fault.

Bad planning on their part does not constitute an emergency on AA's part.

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by brucetiki
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 429
Views: 58125

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

I would honestly like to see Virgin ditch Tiger completely, it's a distraction, and add a US-style Basic Economy fare to its VA flights, and also ditch ALL meals in economy except for east-west. Look at SYD-MEL, SYD-BNE for example, this is 90 minutes, where else in life can you not go for 90 minut...

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by brucetiki
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying British Airways Club Europe with Hillary Clinton randomly sitting behind me was interesting!
Replies: 11
Views: 9548

Re: Flying British Airways Club Europe with Hillary Clinton randomly sitting behind me was interesting!

Closest I've seen was a mate who happened to be on the same flight as former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. I was picking up my mate from the airport, and safe to say it was quite the opposite to the Hilary Clinton experience you had when she disembarked. Being at the pointy end, she was o...

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by brucetiki
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 429
Views: 58125

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

If VA opts to reposition itself closer to it's LCC roots, where does that leave Tiger?

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by brucetiki
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 61740

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

I just read an article (below) about QF 747 points planes. Anyone have more info? https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-considers-boeing-747-points-plane-for-frequent-flyers I'm positive that I saw an item on Airline Route yesterday which listed some domestic 747 sectors QF was planning to operate in the...

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by brucetiki
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 61740

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Qantas plans limited 747 domestic flying, most likely all linked to Antarctic charters, SYD-BNE, SYD-MEL and SYD-ADL https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/284681/qantas-schedules-boeing-747-domestic-service-in-nw19/ Thank you so much for posting this, qf789! I took advantage of the sale...

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by brucetiki
Wed May 15, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: AussieHolidays (Pt2) - QF28 | SCL-SYD: Flying the Queen across the South Pacific Ocean+Jervis Bay
Replies: 15
Views: 6267

Re: AussieHolidays (Pt2) - QF28 | SCL-SYD: Flying the Queen across the South Pacific Ocean+Jervis Bay

I picked up my baggage and went to immigration area. After coming across some rude agents, took the subway to Town Hall and walked my way to my hostel: Base Backpackers Sydney located in CBD, where I'd spend only a night. Ah I see you got a true Sydney welcome :D Brilliant trip report - and you got...

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by brucetiki
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Qatar Airways flight drama: Sydney-bound flight makes emergency landing in Perth A passenger aboard a flight that was forced to make an emergency landing in Perth has described the terrifying moment the pilot warned them to “not be alarmed” if they saw something “drop off the wing”. The 27-year-old...

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by brucetiki
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

VA operating a PER-AVV charter this afternoon Geelong vs West Coast Eagles AFL match; I'm tipping there's a return on Sunday? It was a charter flight for the West Coast players, so they could fly in and out of Geelong relatively quickly. Given they got done by about 9 goals, the direct flight may h...

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by brucetiki
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

VA baggage handlers reach new levels of incompetence at MEL. They forgot to load the Western Bulldogs Cheer Squad equipment onto their MEL-PER flight. Do you have a source? What flight were they on? There is likely multiple different reasons why baggage could be left behind, most likely it was an o...

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by brucetiki
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

VA baggage handlers reach new levels of incompetence at MEL.

They forgot to load the Western Bulldogs Cheer Squad equipment onto their MEL-PER flight.

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by brucetiki
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Chasing the Crab Migration: Jakarta to Christmas Island, Indian Ocean (Australia) December 2018 on a Garuda Charter
Replies: 6
Views: 4287

Re: Chasing the Crab Migration: Jakarta to Christmas Island, Indian Ocean (Australia) December 2018 on a Garuda Charter

A wonderful trip report. In Australia Christmas Island is usually only given attention due to it's open-closed-open again-closed again immigration detention centre. It's great to see the beauty of the island without the politics.

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by brucetiki
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

I have just sent you a pm. I don't recall anything like this being discussed before so perhaps it was before my time as a crew member. I am happy to put in back on the agenda on your behalf. I would also be interested to hear from others, would you like to see something like a section for old timet...

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by brucetiki
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67607

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Wouldn't the best way to deal with BI is to vote with your feet. They'll leave the market soon enough if their loads flatline. Would enough people vote with their feet though? In a way it's like people who complain about food prices at sporting venues. They complain about the prices, still buy it, t...

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by brucetiki
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Effects of travelling on Royal Brunei
Replies: 72
Views: 7478

Re: Royal Brunei

Frankly. Royal Brunei deserve to be sent to the wall.

I'm all for the boycott, and I applaud VA for dumping their code sharing agreement with them.

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by brucetiki
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 601
Views: 76174

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

On a separate note VA rolled out new menus across the domestic fleet a week ago Here is a story of the most popular things on the menu currently https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/this-is-by-far-the-most-popular-thing-on-virgin-australias-inflight-menu/news-story/455b722c1c48ca6c7...

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by brucetiki
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: My first multi-city trip: ADL-MEL-SYD-ADL - Part 1
Replies: 0
Views: 2066

My first multi-city trip: ADL-MEL-SYD-ADL - Part 1

Hi folks, and welcome to my latest trip report. Mid-late last year, I was looking at going to the Australian Open. I'd been a couple of years ago, and had a great time on a ground pass (even got to see a Venus Williams match on the ground pass). This time though, I decided to go to a session at Rod ...

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by brucetiki
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 601
Views: 76174

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

I guess it's similar to how SYD is Kingsford-Smith Airport but most people just call it (and it is marketed as) Sydney Airport. Perhaps people will still call SWZ 'Western Sydney Airport', with Nancy-Bird Walton seldom used.

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by brucetiki
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 601
Views: 76174

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

Read on the Airline Secrets Exposed Facebook page, SWZ is being named Nancy-Bird Walton airport. Did I miss the memo on that or is that only a recent development?

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by brucetiki
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 560
Views: 70990

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

I had a question about the general chaos caused by the storms in Sydney on Friday night. At about 22:30 Qantas had something like 8 domestic arrivals that had landed but were waiting for gates to become available. I noticed that Jetstar unloaded some flights on remote stands and bused the passenger...

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by brucetiki
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 560
Views: 70990

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

Looks like a few flights coming through - you can hear aircraft coming through semi-regularly on the footy coverage from Drummoyne.

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by brucetiki
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 560
Views: 70990

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

More storms in Sydney sees another night of delays at SYD - they've even suspended the start of the AFLW match at Drummoyne so I can imagine what the storm's doing to flights.

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by brucetiki
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 560
Views: 70990

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

I must be flying a different VA than you. My last few flights with them (admittedly in J) have been fantastic. The CS has been at the door greeting everyone with a positive personality, checking everyones boarding pass, and most will address each customer by name, every crew member has been smiling...

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by brucetiki
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 560
Views: 70990

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

VA's new CEO says first priority will be improving culture among the workforce and will reveal his plans for the airline sometime after 25 March http://australianaviation.com.au/2019/02/scurrah-says-virgin-australia-ceo-job-big-shoes-to-fill/ Which is a real indictment as Virgin Blue was renowned f...

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by brucetiki
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: My Usual Family Visit ATL-IAD-ATL on Southwest
Replies: 3
Views: 3298

Re: My Usual Family Visit ATL-IAD-ATL on Southwest

Love the humour in your TR - thanks for the report :)

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by brucetiki
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hop to Hobart - VA 737/QF 717
Replies: 8
Views: 4666

Re: Hop to Hobart - VA 737/QF 717

Excellent report. VA's food offerings are a bit of a running joke between my mates and myself. Let's hope the new VA CEO brings in a bit of a culture change with the airline - at the moment it runs a very distant second to QF, and in fact JQ provides a more friendly/personable experience than VA the...

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by brucetiki
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 504
Views: 75334

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

SQ217's diverted to ADL
CZ343's diverted to ADL

Busy night ahead in ADL!

JQ and TT have started cancelling their late night domestic flights into MEL

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by brucetiki
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities with Airports that are close to each other
Replies: 47
Views: 2749

Re: Cities with Airports that are close to each other

In Adelaide, Parafield Airport (YPPF - largely a training airport) is 10.6kms by road to the Edinburgh RAAF Base (YPED).

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by brucetiki
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 248
Views: 35895

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

Getting in early with my first flights for the year, taking place next week. 15/1 - VA214 ADL-MEL - 737-800 16/1 - VA867 MEL-SYD - 737-800 18/1 - JQ768 SYD-ADL - A320 A couple of firsts for this trip for me: - First multi-city holiday for me (Melbourne/Sydney) - First time flying MEL-SYD - First ti...

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by brucetiki
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 504
Views: 75334

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Can anyone provide some insight as to why Flypelican is ceasing its NTL - ADL flights in April? The article states its not a viable service, and I can't find any published load factor statistics. https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5825760/up-in-the-air-flypelican-pulls-out-of-newcastle-adelaide-rou...

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by brucetiki
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 248
Views: 35895

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

Getting in early with my first flights for the year, taking place next week. 15/1 - VA214 ADL-MEL - 737-800 16/1 - VA867 MEL-SYD - 737-800 18/1 - JQ768 SYD-ADL - A320 A couple of firsts for this trip for me: - First multi-city holiday for me (Melbourne/Sydney) - First time flying MEL-SYD - First tim...

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by brucetiki
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 504
Views: 75334

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

There isn't really room for automated bag drops. They have to share the terminal with Jetstar, Tiger, Rex and Fly Pelican. They really need their own terminal like QF has. SYD T2 is operating way above the capacity it wa designed for when AN opened it nearly 20 years ago. It is felt most acutely at...

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by brucetiki
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YouTube video of ORD old Terminal 1 on last day of ops (1985)
Replies: 43
Views: 5469

Re: YouTube video of ORD old Terminal 1 on last day of ops (1985)

Watched the start of it - amazing.

Now to find time to watch the rest of it. I love these sorts of videos.

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by brucetiki
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47529

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

What’s happening with TT271?

Channel 9 are reporting it returned to SYD and was met by the AFP with SYD in lockdown. Trying to sort out the facts from the tabloid excitement but not much else coming out about the incident.

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by brucetiki
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47529

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Is there a limit on the amount of reimbursement? Otherwise i might go have a night on the town and stay at the Intercon or something... https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/experience/service-experience/compensation/ $220 per night for accom + $50 for meals + reasonable personal items (I assume jo...

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by brucetiki
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47529

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

I got caught up in Friday's weather chaos trying to shlepp from Melbourne to Sydney on VA. Apparently one plane went tech too, compounding the problem. The delays were so great that at about 930pm Friday night there were 4 scheduled Sydney flights boarding at once. I got on the earliest and we just...

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by brucetiki
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47529

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

What are the odds of VA/QF up gauging MEL-SYD flights tomorrow to clear the backlog of stranded passengers?

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by brucetiki
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47529

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Apparently the ‘naked’ TT aircraft has been stranded at ADL for 24 hours due to a technical issue. It was due to fly TT642 from ADL-SYD last night before going tech on the tarmac.

7 News in Adelaide mentioned the AFP have been called in twice to deal with unruly passengers frustrated by the delays.

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by brucetiki
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47529

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

If this is indeed the case, why are so many getting all bent out of shape about this? People are clearly getting hung up on the word 'volunteer' and assuming it is unpaid. It is paid - you are 'volunteering' to work at a different location. Many companies, mine included, do a similar thing without ...

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