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by brucetiki
Fri Oct 15, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 179
Views: 26156

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

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...

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by brucetiki
Thu May 27, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

https://www.starobserver.com.au/news/qa ... ant/203301
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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

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by brucetiki
Tue May 18, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

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...

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by brucetiki
Mon May 03, 2021 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Obzerva wrote:
Do we have anecdotal figures of ZL's load factors on its jet services as yet?


Quite a few TR's - both on here and YouTube seem to indicate flights are fairly full.

I also saw an ADL-MEL redeye board the other week and it looked like a comparable load to QF/VA

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by brucetiki
Mon May 03, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

VA now matching the $39 fares Rex are offering

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by brucetiki
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 45259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

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...

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by brucetiki
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 49266

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

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...

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by brucetiki
Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 49266

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

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,...

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by brucetiki
Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 31046

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

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...

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by brucetiki
Wed Jan 27, 2021 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 44369

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

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...

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by brucetiki
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: CLE - MCO Daytrip Delta/Frontier & jetBlue CRJ-700, E170 & A320
Replies: 8
Views: 9254

Re: CLE - MCO Daytrip Delta/Frontier & jetBlue CRJ-700, E170 & A320

There was something majestic about the planes in among the snow in Cleveland. It was a joy to read this TR

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by brucetiki
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 44369

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2021

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 ...

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by brucetiki
Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 40516

Re: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Thu Dec 10, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 40516

Re: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020

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.

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by brucetiki
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 52135

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 53687

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 56045

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 56045

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 57670

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 40516

Re: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020

Some good news for The Overland this morning with the Victorian Government committing to funding the service for a further 3 years.

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by brucetiki
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 71072

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

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...


No that's The Daily Mail :D

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by brucetiki
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 71072

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Rex realise that larger aircraft means passengers will have to go through security right :D

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by brucetiki
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 71072

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Fri May 29, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 40516

Re: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Tue May 26, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 40516

***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Mon May 18, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70888

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

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!


Who’d they use to build that - Geocities :D

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by brucetiki
Tue May 12, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70888

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Have Rex actually bought any aircraft in their time, or are still purely running on aircraft they inherited?

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by brucetiki
Fri May 01, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Alert of "phishing"
Replies: 74
Views: 22941

Re: Alert of "phishing"

I’ve been barely able to access A.net on Google Chrome of late, as it’s saying that my connection is not private I’m assuming this is related to this issue.

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by brucetiki
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 120675

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 120675

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: FEVER ONBOARD! All Nippon Airways NH178: Tokyo-Narita to Seattle in Y
Replies: 12
Views: 7226

Re: FEVER ONBOARD! All Nippon Airways NH178: Tokyo-Narita to Seattle in Y

That crew make me want to fly ANA one day. Brilliant report

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by brucetiki
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 120675

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 102666

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

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....

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by brucetiki
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 102666

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

https://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/episo ... s/12016748
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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

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by brucetiki
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 68060

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLq8if1nkTM.
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Qantas have updated their safety video, with a centenary theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLq8if1nkTM.

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by brucetiki
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 68060

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

The first stage of ADL's upgrade has opened today.

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by brucetiki
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 68060

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc5J6Es ... 7TFTHXS5X0
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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

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by brucetiki
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 68060

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/st ... e/?cs=1525
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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

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by brucetiki
Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 68060

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/st ... e/?cs=1525
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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

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by brucetiki
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 51230

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 51230

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 51230

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

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...

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by brucetiki
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian bushfires -why is the "global supertanker" not used
Replies: 38
Views: 7399

Re: Australian bushfires -why is the "global supertanker" not used

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...

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by brucetiki
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St Helena (HLE) "The World's Most Useful Airport" - Wendover Productions
Replies: 44
Views: 11997

Re: St Helena (HLE) "The World's Most Useful Airport" - Wendover Productions

A good video, and a fascinating look at HLE

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by brucetiki
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ADL farewells the Queen - ADL-SYD on a QF 747-400ER
Replies: 7
Views: 4450

Re: ADL farewells the Queen - ADL-SYD on a QF 747-400ER

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...

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by brucetiki
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Travelling home with friends - SYD-ADL on a QF 737-800
Replies: 1
Views: 1737

Travelling home with friends - SYD-ADL on a QF 737-800

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...

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by brucetiki
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ADL farewells the Queen - ADL-SYD on a QF 747-400ER
Replies: 7
Views: 4450

Re: ADL farewells the Queen - ADL-SYD on a QF 747-400ER

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...

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by brucetiki
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 66912

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-15/ ... n/11801034


Nothing like a bit of passenger hysteria to add to a plane evacuation.
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Razza74 wrote:


Nothing like a bit of passenger hysteria to add to a plane evacuation.

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by brucetiki
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 66912

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

Today is 100 years since Ross and Keith Smith completed the first air journey between England and Australia in the Vickers Vimy.

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