It was just a few short years ago VA was the airline where you had broken seats, rude staff, hour long bag drop queues and hour long waits for baggage, and QF was offering a clearly superior service. And around 10 years ago VA (well...it would've been the latter days of DJ) were seen as the fun, inn...Jump to post
The contract for the WSA rail link has been awarded. First of four boring machines in the ground "early 2023", tunnelling complete "late 2024" after which comes track laying and (6) station fitout. https://www.sydneymetro.info/article/new-sydney-metro-western-sydney-airport-line...Jump to post
Another point to consider RE this new "Bonza" airlines is that the airports they fly to will need security screening for passengers so that will narrow down their port options along with the need for a long enough runway for 737MAX. My local airport can accommodate a 737 but there is no s...Jump to post
Senator Lambie banned from flying with Qantas group for 6 months following abusive rant at airport.
https://www.starobserver.com.au/news/qa ... ant/203301
They should have taken a leaf out of Jetstars book from the start with how they are working flight credits because it's worked wonders multiple times and incredibly simply to use. Speaking of JQ, I had to ring them last week to change the return leg on a holiday flight after the outbound leg had al...Jump to post
Obzerva wrote:Do we have anecdotal figures of ZL's load factors on its jet services as yet?
Rex have just announced $39 fares between MEL-SYD
VA and 7-11 (Mobil fuel) applies for 'Points for Petrol' partnership. Negotiations were started under former CEO Scurrah. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-velocity-points-7-11-petrol While it's fantastic to see Velocity get on board with another servo, they may need to look at alterna...Jump to post
It’s interesting what Rex will do if they can’t get any more VA 737s, will they run a mixed config fleet? Or stump up the cash to refit every frame, or the non standard frames to the VA config/ their own new config. FWIW, they've removed the headrests from the back half of the plane. Looks like the...Jump to post
I noticed that on some of the video TR’s for Rex’s inaugural flights they’ve removed the headrests on the back half of the plane (while keeping VA’s colour scheme on the seats). Is this a sign that down the track Rex will be trying to do a one size fits all approach (LCC style service down the back,...Jump to post
VA adopting some bait and switch tactics with their recent air fare sales. Was meant to go to Melbourne this weekend, but that got scuttled, so decided to try Sydney late next week instead. Used the bulk of the flight credit from QF to fly up, and decided to burn some points for the flight back on V...Jump to post
There was an emergency landing at Parafield in the early hours of this morning after the nose gear on a Beechcraft failed. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-27/emergency-landing-at-parafield-airport/13093958?utm_medium=social&utm_content=sf242347745&utm_campaign=abc_adelaide&utm_source...Jump to post
There was something majestic about the planes in among the snow in Cleveland. It was a joy to read this TRJump to post
I’m quite curious about REX’s upcoming jet product. Their website is fairly low on information at this time. Only mentions of business class is: https://www.rex.com.au/ff/LoungeBenefit.aspx?pos=pabpi 2 hour lounge access with a J ticket. Complimentary wine and beer after 3pm. I wonder if that will ...Jump to post
For those seeking to travel on the Overland, services resume on 3 January. With Victoria scrapping the permit system for those crossing the border from SA this weekend, you'll be able to travel freely between the two states when the Overland resumes. So pleased that the Overland has survived, I was...Jump to post
For those seeking to travel on the Overland, services resume on 3 January.
With Victoria scrapping the permit system for those crossing the border from SA this weekend, you'll be able to travel freely between the two states when the Overland resumes.
Free food and drink - you mean the singular rum ball or half a muesli bar they give you and a mini can of coke? Honestly nothing of value is lost with this. It existed purely so they could say they provide free food and drink on a technicality. Can of Coke? Outside of 'happy hour' it was juice/wate...Jump to post
AirlineRatings has some information on the new Virgin Australia crew rates under Bain. Here are some nuggets. * Flight attendant base salary slashed from A$61,179 to A$49,929 with new starters at just A$45,526 * Shifts moving from 9.45 hrs to 12 hrs to allow from transcontinental returns eliminatin...Jump to post
Virgin Australia gets rid of ATR, Boeing 777, Airbus A330 and Tigerair Airbus A320 aircraft types, keeping 737s and regional/charter fleet https://newsroom.virginaustralia.com/release/virgin-australia-group-announces-plan-focus-core-strengths-re-establishing-itself-iconic Also to add in the release...Jump to post
Its not so much the capacity that isnt being used, but the underlying cost to run a 72 vs a 42 which will be the problem. Apart from fuel burn of the larger ATR72, it would also require an additional flight attendant for every flight whereas ATR42 supports a single F/A. REX's route structure is too...Jump to post
Melbourne Metro area & the adjoining Mitchell Shire (which includes towns such as Kilmore & Wallan that are basically outer suburbs) have had a lockdown reimposed for 6 weeks as of tomorrow night. Boo! https://www.theage.com.au/national/coronavirus-updates-live-global-covid-19-cases-surpass...Jump to post
Some good news for The Overland this morning with the Victorian Government committing to funding the service for a further 3 years.Jump to post
qf2220 wrote:moa999 wrote:DBT is a satirical website. You'd have to pay me to fly to Melbourne at the moment
Its a pretty poor one too - nothing compared Betoota...
I actually think it is a clickbait site for ad revenue more than satirical news...
First A321LR for Jetstar has rolled out of final assembly, revised livery for JQ perhaps? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EZba31wWsAAml6j?format=jpg&name=large https://twitter.com/Tobias_Gudat/status/1267441242390122497?s=20 I'm assuming the German flag on the top of the tail is there to denote the...Jump to post
Thanks for an interesting TR, even if the trip was less so. I'm an Aussie, but my last really long train trip in Australia was in 1979 (Indian Pacific Sydney to Perth). I've done long trips in Europe and the USA and ejoyed them, but have no interest in lengthy Australian train trips myself The real...Jump to post
At the time I took this trip, I wasn't planning on making a TR out of it (it was a train ride, not a plane ride after all), but with travel so heavily restricted around the world, and given I took plenty of photos on board, I thought I'd make a trip report for this. This trip took place in early Mar...Jump to post
qf2220 wrote:a36001 wrote:actually the Rex livery looks pretty good on the 737 and A320. A bit 90's corporate perhaps but classy all the same. Doubt it will happen though.
If you want 90s corporate go look at their website. Its a journey back in time!
I would like to publicly acknowledge the 10000 people who are going to have an absolute shattering day tomorrow. All of them, from the CEO to Flight Crew to the Maintenance to HR will be going through possibly the worst days of their live and probably much worse than many ever experience. It is a s...Jump to post
I'd imagine SQ already knows who these Velocity pax are and how many of them with serious balances already converted to the SQ plan. The magic word in the above article is "could". Well, anything could happen. Fun fact: I just swapped my wife's orphaned Velocity points for a Priceline gif...Jump to post
That crew make me want to fly ANA one day. Brilliant reportJump to post
Virgin could be allowed to crash for new airline The federal government is likely to facilitate the entry of a new carrier into the domestic market, rather than bail out Virgin Australia, should the struggling airline not survive the coronavirus crisis. https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/virgin-c...Jump to post
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing now: New Zealand borders closing from 11:59pm tonight except to New Zealand citizens and residents returning. This will not apply to passengers in the air currently inbound, but no non-residents will be able to board for an arrival after 11:59pm....Jump to post
Articles like this in the media certainly don't help with the Coronavirus situation at the moment - a QF cancellation in SIN due to a broken captains seat being portrayed in the media as Coronavirus related.
https://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/episo ... s/12016748
Qantas have updated their safety video, with a centenary theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLq8if1nkTM.Jump to post
With 150mm of rain falling in Sydney, there's been some flash flooding at SYD as a result.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc5J6Es ... 7TFTHXS5X0
QantasLink have doubled their flights to Kingscote, in what appears to be a massive up yours to Rex.
https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/st ... e/?cs=1525
Rex have kicked Kangaroo Island while they are down, cancelling services to Kingscote. They're essentially blaming Qantas for providing some competiton to the route.
https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/st ... e/?cs=1525
Reports that the C-130 LAT fighting the fires in the Snowy Mountains region has lost contact with ATC and believed to have crashed. Tragic news. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-23/nsw-rfs-air-tanker-crashes-near-numeralla-bushfire/11893554 Wreckage found :( https://www.theguardian.com/australia...Jump to post
Virgin Australia launches Basic Economy fares to the USA, Hong Kong and Tokyo https://www.executivetraveller.com/community/view/9174/virgin-australia-launches-basic-economy-fare I'd rather pay the extra $39 for the normal economy fare to be honest. The savings are mininal for the things that are lo...Jump to post
Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO resigns. https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/virgin-australia-s-frequent-flyer-boss-resigns-20200120-p53t0c.html Loosely related, I notice my local BP service station's Velocity Frequent Flyer sign has been replaced with the BP Rewards sign. That p...Jump to post
I was wondering why Australia wasn't using Osprey aircraft to evacuate people in remote areas. If they don't have some of these aircraft, they should get some. I doubt you can just "get some" Ospreys on Amazon or Ebay with a sub 6 month delivery deal. As for the "global supertanket&q...Jump to post
A good video, and a fascinating look at HLEJump to post
Hi - thank you for sharing this with us. Be interesting to see where these aircraft end up. I think the cabin on your flight looked a bit less smart than the one I flew on for my last hurrah journey -OEJ. I wonder if there is a Qantas model of the 747-400ER, would like one as a keepsake. Be interes...Jump to post
After a couple of glorious days in Sydney/Central Coast following the flight up on the Queen, it was time to head back home, and back to reality. The trip home started off with a trip from Beverly Hills (90210) station, where a B Set Waratah took me to Domestic station. It was the first time I've ta...Jump to post
Think you might be projecting a bit when you repeatedly say the cabin crew thought they were a bit too good to be working a domestic leg; I’m sure Qantas cabin crew do a bit of everything, and once you’ve done a few international trips you realise they’re nothing special either. Maybe they just wer...Jump to post