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by A350OZ
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 294
Views: 39672

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Does anyone know why QF158 AKL-MEL went tech last night? Waiting at AKL for the rescheduled 7am departure now (an almost 12 hour delay). It seemed yesterday as if the plane coming in from BNE had an issue, and then they shuffled aircrafts around and decided to operate BNE and SYD flights, but cancel...

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by A350OZ
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 294
Views: 39672

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

With all this HKG drama unfolding at the airport, I wonder if Macau could be set up as an alternate for diversions... Macau has a number of hotels that im sure would be of use in a scenario like this. Or alternatively get passengers on the ground and then ferry them across to Hong Kong. Wheres Viva...

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by A350OZ
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 294
Views: 39672

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Since I first posted this news to the forum I have been thinking about where these A321's are coming from. The Australian Aviation article posted today says that "The A321s will be passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions. The source of the aircraft to be converted was not disclosed." The...

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by A350OZ
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai government approves TG fleet acquisitions
Replies: 43
Views: 12035

Re: Thai government approves TG fleet acquisitions

Here is my thought: A321NEO A339/A359/A3510 B779 If they need aircraft within 2-3 years, the A330-900 is there. TG doesn't need B779, so if any Boeing planes it will be B787s. I see A220 for small domestic routes and maybe for Koh Samui. A320Neo for regional and Domestic A321NEO LR for longer fligh...

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by A350OZ
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most space-efficient business class seat design yet.???
Replies: 7
Views: 2684

Re: Most space-efficient business class seat design yet.???

So apart from the ability to 'join' seats together by lowering the dividers, how is this different to an existing herringbone seat? It looks like one, just even more narrow. No view out the window, no space around the elbows and shoulders. Horrible. The majority of business class customers (and thos...

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by A350OZ
Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 31489

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

I use OSL all the time, In recent years they have doubled the size of the checkin area, added a new pier and are now working on a new non schengen international departure area. All in congested space whilst keeping the airport functioning. AIAL could build the facilities we need but they would rath...

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by A350OZ
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 3946

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread - 2019

Aircalin has taken delivery of its first A330-900neo What a beauty! Pretty impressive that this little airline will completely overhaul their fleet to all-neos within the next year. Now here's hoping that with the lower operational cost they will find a way for better fleet utilisation and more fre...

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by A350OZ
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57612

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Also we have to remember that SWZ is not in woop woop, it is still very much in the Sydney basin (compared to AVV which is actually in Geelong) Sorry but that's stretching it a bit. AVV is closer to Melbourne's CBD (~53 km from the GPO) than SWZ will be from Sydney's equivalent at Martin Place (~56...

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by A350OZ
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot to get 16 A321neos
Replies: 11
Views: 4402

Re: Scoot to get 16 A321neos

Would it be too much cannibalizing for SIA if Scoot expanded its 787 services in Europe to airports like STN,ORY,BGY,HAM,MAD,even FCO? Scoots wins seem to be very clipped, and only allowed to expand onto certain long haul markets eg Australia would be there main long haul market. Yet The next logic...

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by A350OZ
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57612

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

I saw on Linkedin that SQ is hiring for 25 positions across Australia, mainly in sales and marketing/partnerships, but some also eCommerce and admin. Most located in Melbourne and Sydney, but some also in Brisbane and Perth. That is a huge number for an off-shore airline to hire at once. Does anyone...

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by A350OZ
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus airliners name conventions
Replies: 27
Views: 4411

Re: Airbus airliners name conventions

Since when is marketing logical? Then take a look at German car naming mess. Off topic, but care to elaborate? German luxury car names (and by extension some Japanese luxury car names that have purposefully used similar naming schemes) have followed various alphanumeric systems for decades, sometim...

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by A350OZ
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Haneda Airport Growth
Replies: 3
Views: 953

Re: Haneda Airport Growth

Apparently a few remote boarding bridges will also be built to the north of T2. They are already in service, gates 46-48. Visible on Google Maps (still under construction in the satellite image though, but plenty of photos linked showing it in operation). Also at the international terminal, stands ...

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by A350OZ
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57612

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Just a quick one re JQ and their A321s, are they purely domestic, or have they ventured to NZ or DPS? I seem to recall JQ using them on DRW-SIN and DRW-DPS, many years ago when they operated the scissor hub that also connected CNS and OOL I believe. But that would have been 8-10 years ago, so not s...

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by A350OZ
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF applies for YVR-PPT
Replies: 33
Views: 7260

Re: AF applies for YVR-PPT

Per news in Tahiti there are no such plans. What is happening is AF will annouce service jointly with Westjet via LAX and requires the underlying authority in order to offer the codesharing service. Those applications with the CTA would look something like this: https://www.otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/ruling...

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by A350OZ
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57612

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

aryonoco wrote:
qf2220 wrote:
aryonoco wrote:

Is there a market in Australia for a ULCC similar to Allegiant?


Mariner thought so.


I miss him around here. I actually thought of him when I said Allegiant.


Ditto. The anniversary of his passing is coming up next week.

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by A350OZ
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH chooses new Premium Economy Product.
Replies: 23
Views: 5416

Re: LH chooses new Premium Economy Product.

Just did 4 segments in PY split between the hardshell JL and the domestic F style AA, all on 787s or 77s, and there wasn't a huge difference. Those seats they chose look great! I agree the hard-shell slider on JL is great, however I think it only really works due to their very generous pitch of 42”...

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by A350OZ
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61413

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

That is certainly true (and I went to Japan two weeks ago in QF W on SYD-HND), but being MEL-based there are 1) not that many options given the dominance of the A333 sans W-cabin on many Asian flights, and 2) QF's pricing is just obscene. I am looking at particular dates in 6-8 weeks for a trip to ...

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by A350OZ
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61413

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Can confirm that JL773/774 are presently being operated by two-class frames. Have flown both of these flights in the last two weeks, and on both occasions the aircraft operating the services (JA838J for both flights) was definitely sans-PE. JAL's website does indeed confirm that there are two-class...

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by A350OZ
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61413

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Regarding the JAL service to MEL, have they swapped equipment to a 2-class 788 lately? I cannot find any availability in PE over the upcoming weeks, which is strange. Flew them in PE last year (all the way to HEL via NRT) and it was a great product and cost was lower than SQ, CX etc.

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by A350OZ
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61413

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Not sure I can answer the question "why", other than it's a simplification. Ok so i can see that this probably makes things easier (eg passengers) and aircraft subs won't lead to flight number changes etc. This is how QF operates now right - a 737 flight upgrading to an A330 for example d...

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by A350OZ
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 34441

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

There is a domestic baggage claim at TBIT. EY uses that since passengers are pre-cleared at AUH. Same for QF if flying on their JFK-LAX leg. It’s a single belt in the landslide northern end of the arrivals hall. Is QF allowed to sell tickets for JFK-LAX? I do not think so. So why would there be a n...

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by A350OZ
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 34441

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

DTWLAX wrote:
ldvaviation wrote:
Hawaiian's position seems reasonable: No domestic baggage claim at TBIT,

There is a domestic baggage claim at TBIT. EY uses that since passengers are pre-cleared at AUH.


Same for QF if flying on their JFK-LAX leg. It’s a single belt in the landslide northern end of the arrivals hall.

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by A350OZ
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61413

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-eyes-airbus-a380-upgrade-for-sydney-tokyo?utm_source=grid AJ wants SYD to HND to become an a380 route. With the Olympics happening next year, Haneda will probably become more accommodating for the a380. But the issue will be whether Qantas could get an arrival and de...

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by A350OZ
Tue May 21, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transportation of Formula 1 race cars
Replies: 11
Views: 1350

Re: Transportation of Formula 1 race cars

Melbourne-based here, so every year I track the 747 freighters chartered to bring the equipment down from Bahrain ready for the first race. Typically 3+ chartered 747Fs that fly in and out of AVV to bring the cars and all equipment. Found this article from a few years back, it hasn't really changed ...

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by A350OZ
Sat May 18, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why doesn't Itami have any International Flights?
Replies: 10
Views: 1840

Re: Why doesn't Itami have any International Flights?

anshabhi wrote:
303dk wrote:
Google it. When Kansai opened, the Japanese government limited Itami to domestic only


At 14 million+ annual pax, does this make Itami the largest airport around globe without intl flights?


I believe that would be São Paulo‘s CGH with 22m pax.

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by A350OZ
Thu May 16, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?
Replies: 30
Views: 7869

Re: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?

First, the A380 will still be around for many more years, so they won't become obsolete for a while. Secondly, it's not that a 77W or A35K or 748 cant use those parking positions and just use 2 of the 3 bridges. That's whats happening a most airports today anyway. Lastly, many airports have configur...

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by A350OZ
Tue May 14, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 151
Views: 31183

Re: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS

I don't get it. Just because Singapore and Malaysia are close to each other doesn't mean a merger would make sense. To me, MAS would be far more appealing as an acquisition target for an airline much further away who will see MAS as an opportunity to have a hub in this part of the world and greatly...

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by A350OZ
Fri May 10, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60166

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

Hopefully Melbourne Airport will spend some money to refurbish T1. It really is in bad shape (airside in particular). Both concourses need some serious work - B concourse looks pretty dilapidated. Agreed. Very agreed! Frankly all domestic terminals need a major upgrade. Just back from a month in Ch...

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by A350OZ
Thu May 09, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60166

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

QF released their 3Q Market Update today. https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-group-trading-update-third-quarter-fy19/ Key points: - Third quarter revenue up 2.3 per cent to $4.4 billion versus prior corresponding period - Qantas and Melbourne Airport have reached an agreement f...

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by A350OZ
Wed May 01, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60166

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

A couple of things that stick out regarding the 737MAX deferral and switch to 737MAX10's Firstly the 737MAX10 as stated by the CEO offers more cabin space which leads me to believe they will add a new business class to the aircraft. On top of that another attractive thing for VA is its range. Secon...

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by A350OZ
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60166

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

That 6am departure from Sydney on EK415 can't be fun. You'd be up at 2am and no train option to the airport. Anyone know its loads? Where as in MEL none of the flights have a train option... Errrrr... yes? What's your point exactly? There is an all night Skybus, soooo.... what's your point? I'm mor...

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by A350OZ
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67396

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

On Cairns and CX, having spent 4 days up there last week I have to agree with Velocity7's earlier post, the state of Cairns itself is getting quite depressing. If I would have travelled there the first time and ended up in a hotel in Cairns proper, I would probably not come back. Vacancies everywher...

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by A350OZ
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67396

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

^^I simply don't understand the need for a pax to send via social media a tweet or whatever reporting a death on an ac flight. Can someone explain to me the point of it? I see it as an invasion of privacy, and maybe lack of respect. Agreed, it’s very crass! Very much the way social media has reshap...

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by A350OZ
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?
Replies: 188
Views: 21438

Re: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?

I am from Europe and I can't remember the last time I used a bus to get to the airplane. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen though :-) I used bus / stairs combo for both departure and arrival yesterday (in Europe). Yeah but is it that common? Yes it is. My last trip to Europe in September: AY arri...

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by A350OZ
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: StarLux orders 17 A350s
Replies: 96
Views: 9411

Re: Confirmed: StarLux orders 17 A350s

atcsundevil wrote:
This is not the place to debate whether Taiwan is an independent country or part of China — this is an aviation forum, and political discussion belongs in the Non Aviation Forum only.

✈️ atcsundevil


Agreed & thank you for deleting, atcsundevil.

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by A350OZ
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718436

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

That extra pilot, who was seated in the cockpit jumpseat, correctly diagnosed the problem and told the crew how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system and save the plane, according to two people familiar with Indonesia's investigation... Interesting. So between 2 Lion Air flights -- the ...

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by A350OZ
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 599
Views: 75945

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

QF lease out their slots at other airports similar to what they do with BA at LHR. My understanding they still have slots at FRA, CDG and FCO that earn quite a bit of revenue for the QF group. I think you are wrong on this. How do you think airlines get peak slots at these controlled airports or ca...

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by A350OZ
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: StarLux orders 17 A350s
Replies: 96
Views: 9411

Re: Confirmed: StarLux orders 17 A350s

Best of luck to them! Taiwan is a great country to visit, and the A350 is in my view the best widebody out there at the moment from a passenger comfort perspective. I think if they besides North America also focus on BR's weak spots (Australia/NZ and Europe) they can be successful. They would still ...

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by A350OZ
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 3946

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread - 2019

The Air Vanuatu A220 thread got me thinking, and I was about to open a new thread but then thought maybe just revive this thread and ask here: What is the rationale between the international and domestic airlines of both New Caledonia and French Polynesia not being integrated into a single airline f...

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by A350OZ
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 70698

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

Perth Airport put a pin to the Perth - Joburg. Hopefully they get their act together as Ethiopian is sniffing around to get in on the Melbourne - Addis Ababa with an A359 Hopefully ET confirms MEL soon - they seem very keen, MEL is long overdue for a Africa service. I don't, however see it affectin...

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by A350OZ
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 36198

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

Just chiming in on the HBA discussion: I do not see the potential either. Yes, Tasmania does experience a significant uplift in visitors, and MONA, Dark MOFO etc. do attract a lot of international attention and visitors, but enough to fill 3+ flights a week from Auckland? Maybe not. What else do you...

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by A350OZ
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 75221

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

1) PER is the worst run airport in Australia. Having worked in a related industry and for a company that has a presence at all major and most regional airports in Australia & New Zealand (and overseas for that matter), and being closely involved in negotiations with airports around new licence ...

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by A350OZ
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: HKT vs. SXM
Replies: 14
Views: 2379

Re: HKT vs. SXM

Wow I didn't even realise HKT has this very low beach approach. Looking at Google Maps it seems the "piano keys" are even closer to the beach than at SXM (120 vs 160 metres), and there's plenty of wide-body activity at HKT. Not sure why St Maarten is so famous for it and Phuket is not?

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by A350OZ
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 75221

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Based upon this guess, with BNE (and MEL) losing the QF flights to LAX, that only leaves the A380 from Sydney for the JFK tag - which I don't believe the demand is there to even remotely come close to filling - it was also mean QF would need to drop NY. How do you work that out ? smi0006 is specula...

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by A350OZ
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 75221

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Hey guys, There is the nose, cockpit and most of the forward fuselage of a Shorts 330 sitting on a custom built trailer in the Main Street of Burrawang, NSW, at the moment. It is bare metal with the remains of a curving red and white cheatline on it, that reminded me of the old American colourschem...

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by A350OZ
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Re VA and its shareholders, I do not think anyone is suggesting "sinister machinations" or "conspiracies", but simple decision making based on certain opportunities that come with those investments and whatever is agreed commercially along with it. The VA flight to AUH was IIRC d...

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by A350OZ
Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

SCFlyer Reply 305: There is one problem with your "international adjustments" theory. The VA shareholders DO NOT hold shares in VA's International operations, they are separate airlines/companies with VA International having majority [at least] Australian shareholders. Otherwise they coul...

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by A350OZ
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tarom could leave SkyTeam
Replies: 22
Views: 4466

Re: Tarom could leave SkyTeam

Besides covering Romania, what is their contribution to SkyTeam anyway? The OP writes of them being a "strategic partner in Eastern Europe", but they have such a thin token network to only the main cities in the region and most if not all you can also reach direct on KL, AF, OK or SU.

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by A350OZ
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

I don't recall seeing this mentioned - SQ downgauging one MEL service: Singapore – Melbourne eff 27APR19 SQ217/218 777-300ER replaces A380, except 17JUN19 – 31JUL19 https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/282006/singapore-airlines-s19-a380-service-adjustment-as-of-13dec18/ Had just booked...

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by A350OZ
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

instead offering to reimburse the additional accomodation/meal expenses. 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...

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