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by JBusworth
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14140

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

Well I guess that means that the 5 747 ERs in the US won't be returning home. When does VH-OEJ leave?

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by JBusworth
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 327
Views: 54693

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

The Fokkers are very good at what they do, and they aren't a large strain on the VA balance sheet (they are the only type of aircraft still bringing in any kind of revenue atm). As such, its highly likely that the F100s will form a large part of any VA MkII. Further, a large part of the debts that V...

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by JBusworth
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117276

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Any VA MkII will need to go to one class LCC or Hydrid and go back to exactly what it was best at, being squeezed at the bottom by JQ and at the top by QF but making a small tidy profit on a sensible domestic network. The owned 738s (if they aren't lost due to receivers swooping on behalf of credito...

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by JBusworth
Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117276

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

164 return flights with the QF group and 64 return flights with the VA group each week. 228 return flights is much better than what we've been seeing!

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by JBusworth
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117276

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Well the 747s have to eventually be positioned out of SYD, so I guess that gives them at least 5 more flights. The longer this goes on, the less likely the 747s return as passenger flights. Many people would rather have been there and seen the flight arrive and it not be the last flight, then dismis...

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by JBusworth
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99835

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Chris2302 wrote:
What’s happening with VH-OEE? When is it leaving Santiago?


There seems be a 24 hour delay on QF28. Qantas has it arriving back in Sydney at 17:50 on the 29th.

Can anyone confirm this is the case?

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by JBusworth
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia considering widebody order this year, 787’s or A350’s to replace A332’s and 77W’s
Replies: 113
Views: 13468

Re: Virgin Australia considering widebody order this year, 787’s or A350’s to replace A332’s and 77W’s

789 seems like the best option to consolidate the fleet. 10x aircraft or less seems most likely, they seem to struggle to find something that works for their A332s. They could have SYD/MEL/BNE-LAX, BNE-HND and an additional US flight, with some domestic rotation thrown in there, but more than 10 wou...

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by JBusworth
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated December 2019 Loads
Replies: 34
Views: 3279

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated December 2019 Loads

What amazes me is that QF was the only airline with a higher deplaned LF than enplaned. Will the numbers reverse in January? QF is capacity limited on the westbound sector due to prevailing winds across the Pacific. They used to operate via BNE on the return to SYD, but upon the up-gauge to the A38...

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by JBusworth
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211725

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

As far as bankruptcy, this is a weak time of year anyway, and given the drop has only been happening for some weeks with many tickets paid for but not being used, the difference is unlikely to be that big, obviously all the major chinese airlines (Hainan Group aside) have some degree of government ...

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by JBusworth
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda to open 20 new international routes in 2020
Replies: 38
Views: 8953

Re: Garuda to open 20 new international routes in 2020

I guess profitability is not an issue. :banghead: Profitability is probably a very long way down the list of concerns for Garuda. They are a government owned airline who would rather make a loss then embarrass themselves and the government by cutting loss making routes. Its a very western-centric v...

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by JBusworth
Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Hub Benchmarking
Replies: 58
Views: 18792

Re: Airline Hub Benchmarking

This is absolutely fascinating! Great job. I am looking forward to hearing more. I noticed that QF's ex-Dubai Kangaroo route stop is listed as one of the niche hubs. It would be interesting to see how their shift back to Singapore stops has changed the equation on the Kangaroo route and subsequently...

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by JBusworth
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 256628

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Not trying to hijack the thread, but SYD curfew will never ever be lifted for political reasons. The electoral districts under the flight paths are relatively marginal and it would be political suicide at all levels of government (not just the one responsible) for the curfew to be changed. QF (along...

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by JBusworth
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 585
Views: 81949

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

On the topic of SYD curfew removal, it will never happen. I live right under the flight path when Runway 25 is in use, 7 km from SYD. I accept that planes fly over my house and honestly don't care. The airport and the flight path have existed longer than I've been alive. The issue here is that I liv...

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by JBusworth
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 585
Views: 81949

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

ben175 wrote:
Does anyone know why QF has ceased its seasonal PER-AKL flying?


Due to the going spat with PER which saw them want both the AKL and JNB flights to operate out of T1, QF reallocated the aircraft to extra services out of SYD instead.

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by JBusworth
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 289848

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

When is the PER airport issue going to be resolved!? From MEL to LHR via PER is currently the FASTEST route with a quick turn-around in PER due to the low number of 789 passengers versus a A380 (plus faster re-fueling). The A380 is a gas tanker. As more 789's get delivered they should launch PER-CD...

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by JBusworth
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 67624

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

I'm not quite understanding the talk/point of starting this service in Sydney? Sometimes those who are unaware of Australia's population geography suggest that Sydney and Melbourne are the only two catchment areas large enough to support new routes to previously unserved destinations. They often fa...

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by JBusworth
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 346
Views: 85408

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019

Well if they managed to swap the A380 from SYD to DFW to HND then it could work. And then use 2/6 787s for the SYD-DFW. I guess to be able to to do MEL-DFW they will have to either stop flights to SFO or order more 787s (for also Paris, Seattle, Vancouver and possibly Frankfurt and Daily BNE-ORD) W...

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by JBusworth
Thu May 16, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 346
Views: 85408

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019

I’m flying return to Perth from Sydney over the weekend. Can anyone here confirm how many of the A330s have now got wifi and how small my chance of getting one of those planes is? Thanks

On another note. Very sad to see the continued demise of the 747 fleet.

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by JBusworth
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current Qantas 747 schedule at LAX
Replies: 4
Views: 1624

Re: Current Qantas 747 schedule at LAX

On Tuesday there is a Sydney-Los Angeles Boeing 747 service, arriving at 6am as QF11, departing 10:30pm as QF12. From 4 December it will be replaced by an Airbus A380. On Monday, Wednesday and some Saturdays there is a Brisbane-Los Angeles Boeing 747 service, arriving at 12:05pm as QF55. On Monday, ...

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by JBusworth
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 787-9 Exceeding Expectations on Perth-London Route
Replies: 124
Views: 29943

Re: Qantas 787-9 Exceeding Expectations on Perth-London Route

I always thought that Alan Joyce (QF CEO for those who don't know) had said 4 daily into LHR comprising of SYD, MEL and PER direct and SYD via SIN. That would be alongside CDG and or FRA from memory.

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by JBusworth
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no consolidation of Asia Pacific Airlines?
Replies: 36
Views: 5371

Re: Why No Condolidation of Asia Pacific Airlines

bzcat, how do ownership restrictions work in Asia? Looking at several big airlines having multiple subsidiaries in Asia (Air Asia, Lion Air, Scoot, Jetstar), how is it possible that these airlines have set up subsidiaries in foreign countries? Because of these examples, I thought Asia was more libe...

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by JBusworth
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight canceled for commercial reasons?
Replies: 31
Views: 6222

Re: Flight canceled for commercial reasons?

I've had SYD-MEL cancelled during weekday peak due to low loads, usually its a 737 flight that would have operated both ways SYD-MEL-SYD with two A330s 15 mins on either side. QF lounge staff have confirmed it as low load cancellations.

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by JBusworth
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 50656

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

If and when PER sorts out their issues with QF, flights to AKL and CDG year round as well as JNB seasonally are sure to follow. It is clear that QF wants to expand ops in PER

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by JBusworth
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?
Replies: 41
Views: 5481

Re: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?

Good lord no, a train connection? Trains are evil, better build more road tunnels. Why are trains evil? Trains are efficient and incredibly good at moving a lot of people quickly. Almost every major city in the world has train service to its airports, be it in progress of being built or already bui...

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by JBusworth
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 71340

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

downdata wrote:
Did QF cancel KIX for the next few days now that its underwater?


This afternoons QF33 to KIX was cancelled. The next flight is not till Saturday (it is only 3x weekly) so we will have to see what the situation is like by then.

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by JBusworth
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 30002

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

I'm wondering why they did pick MEL as originating airport. Most tourists and visitors to Austrlia sure go to SYD before they would consider MEL. So if that aircraft would originate in SYD and have it's final destination there instead of MEL, that percentage would be way higher I guess. Probably no...

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by JBusworth
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 72172

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

When I flew KUL-SIN-SYD with JQ on a QF ticket I certainly got free bags, with interline baggage through to SYD. Free meal, drink and amenities as well.

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by JBusworth
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 66438

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Obzerva wrote:
So being at the midpoint of the year, how’s everyones predictions from the January thread panning out?


Well VA begins SYD-HKG tomorrow, which was one of my predictions. Apart from that, none have come true.

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by JBusworth
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline groups have more than 5 airlines?
Replies: 38
Views: 3792

Re: Which airline groups have more than 5 airlines?

Depending on how you count it, the Qantas Group could have more than 5 airlines.

Qantas
All the Jetstar Brands
All the QantasLink Brands

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by JBusworth
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and the A350?
Replies: 25
Views: 7360

Re: Virgin Australia and the A350?

If VA had money to make any large plane purchases or influential backers with money then I could see a 12-15 aircraft order for the a350-900 to replace the 332s and the 77Ws. The issue is that VA is cash strapped with many backers looking like they may pull out. They also have 40 737MAX8 aircraft on...

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by JBusworth
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 49299

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

QF / NZ reciprocal codeshares on domestic flights, not TT https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180601/04b1faa34dc52b82419added5f695cb6.jpg Wow, VA is going to be very very unhappy with this move. Personally I think it's great. It will allow for QF and NZ to share the most extensive Aus/NZ network.

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by JBusworth
Thu May 31, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 49299

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

Pretty sure the new thread usually starts around the time the next moth starts on the International date line. I'd imagine that isn't intentional though.

Wonder what QF is announcing? Queanbeyan Airport in partnership with the Wagners? :lol:

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by JBusworth
Thu May 24, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas - Cathay Pacific. No codeshare agreement?
Replies: 49
Views: 5863

Re: Qantas - Cathay Pacific. No codeshare agreement?

Obviously this quickly became a QF vs QF bashers thread. CX is fine on its own, so is Qantas. They both have their challenges, Neither QF or CX are the largest Kangaroo Route carriers and they don't need to be to be successful. QF will start SYD-LHR and likely PER-CDG, good for them. CX will likely ...

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by JBusworth
Thu May 24, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas - Cathay Pacific. No codeshare agreement?
Replies: 49
Views: 5863

Re: Qantas - Cathay Pacific. No codeshare agreement?

I really wonder if it makes sense for Oneworld to keep QF as a hostile member. CX, JL, MH and BA could form their own Kangaroo alliance offering a wide choice of service, convenience, and pricing. Also, I'm hoping for direct A380 service from BA to both MEL and SYD, crushing QF and EK in their wake...

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by JBusworth
Tue May 22, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 347
Views: 57289

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

Well maybe the new flights to Ho Chi Minh City on Vietnam Airlines are just the start of whats to come for PHE.

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by JBusworth
Fri May 18, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 49676

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

Hi everyone, I just have a question, I figured that people here would know something about it. Since Qantas is now simplifying it's fleet. What will happen to the Airbus A380 fleet? Will Qantas order 777X or simply order more 787's and increase frequencies? Thanks in advance. They are refurbishing ...

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by JBusworth
Thu May 17, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 49676

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

Not that they have the money but REX should really start looking at some replacements for their Saabs - they are getting old. I know they must be under 50 seats or something like that due to security requires but surely a few new or even newish ATR 42s could work in their fleet.

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by JBusworth
Mon May 14, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 49676

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

CBR airport holds QF737 to ransom Back in March a QF737 flying AKL to SYD diverted to CBR due to bad weather at SYD. The aircraft was not allowed to continue on to SYD until a $18,000 diversion fee was to be paid so CBR airport parked a car behind the 737 and refused to move it. It wasn't until sen...

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by JBusworth
Mon May 07, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 49676

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

Reports of $5B to be spent on a MEL rail link in the Federal budget. Five Billion Dollars. What are they planning, HSR via Albury?? and the $5B is just the Federal contribution, with over $5B more expected to come from the state government. I'm expecting a journey time of 15 minutes, in a tunnel th...

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by JBusworth
Sat May 05, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas suspends Perth growth, blames uncooperative airport
Replies: 7
Views: 3877

Re: Qantas suspends Perth growth, blames uncooperative airport

Qantas already has all their international operations at T4. Perth Airport should just allow QF to operate services out of T4 until their wing at T1 opens.

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by JBusworth
Thu May 03, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date
Replies: 137
Views: 26638

Re: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date

I'm guessing they will go with the 787-9 as an A330-300 replacement when it comes. QF has already lagged that they are unlikely to take up all 787 rights/options as they are other aircraft (eg. The 797) as more suitable for replacing the bulk of the 332 fleet (which is mostly domestic and shorthaul...

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by JBusworth
Wed May 02, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date
Replies: 137
Views: 26638

Re: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date

If QF and get whatever EDTO required for SCL and JNB quickly then I'd expect HND to be the last 747 route. It needs the capacity and QF is unlikely to come by more slots there. They need something bigger than the 787 for SYD-HND, an A330-300 probably would be a better replacement that the 787 would...

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by JBusworth
Wed May 02, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 499
Views: 99155

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

I am presuming given all 747s will be out of the fleet by end of 2020, none will be repainted into the new livery. Would expect all to be out by November 2020 to allow for all planes in a single livery for the big 100th Birthday

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by JBusworth
Wed May 02, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date
Replies: 137
Views: 26638

Re: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date

If QF and get whatever EDTO required for SCL and JNB quickly then I'd expect HND to be the last 747 route. It needs the capacity and QF is unlikely to come by more slots there. They need something bigger than the 787 for SYD-HND, an A330-300 probably would be a better replacement that the 787 would....

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by JBusworth
Tue May 01, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 49676

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

QF have ordered 6 more B787-9s and will accelerate the retirement of the final B747s. All 747s to be retired by the end of 2020. First of the new 787-9s is expected to arrive from late-2019. https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-orders-more-dreamliners-sets-date-to-farewell-jumbos...

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by JBusworth
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 60422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

I think that 4 weekly ORD alongside 9 weekly LAX would work best as the 787 network out of Brisbane. I think SEA is less important, better off working up YVR to year round first imo.

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by JBusworth
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 60422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Still only utilizing 10 of the 12 A380s. They are still only having 1 in maintenance at a time so have an operational spare. Presumably either HKG goes A380 or they start doing maintenance on 2 concurrently. Thinking outside the box - they could replace 2x AKL Tasman services with 1x 388 one, freei...

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by JBusworth
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 60422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Milesdependent wrote:
I noticed NZ281 SIN-AKL landing at SYD about 6:35pm local. 789. Medical perhaps?


I believe that it is refueling. For some reason a number of NZ 787 flights have had scheduled SYD or GUM refuelling stops recently.

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by JBusworth
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 499
Views: 99155

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

VHOGU wrote:
Does anyone know when/if the 747 will receive the new paint?


At some point I would expect the 6 ER frames to be repainted. The other four I would say unlikely, as they are due for retirement before the November 2020 deadline for the repainting to be completed.

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by JBusworth
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China—Australia Air Connectivity Thread
Replies: 37
Views: 2799

Re: China—Australia Air Connectivity Thread

I'm surprised many of the routes exist even with the very high level of inbound tourism - Melbourne to Zhengzhou is one that particularly baffles me, especially since it's run by an Australian carrier with no apparent subsidies. . Melbourne to Zhengzhou is run as part of a partnership with China Co...

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