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by CraigAnderson
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Qantas doing the sensible thing to conserve cash for its core operations. I wonder how many Virgin Australia sponsorships will survive? Qantas ends Wallabies sponsorship, cuts off cash to cricket and soccer Qantas will end its 30-year sponsorship of the Wallabies and cease financial support for the ...

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

More knock-on effects of COVID with DNATA’s local catering arm shedding a thousand jobs. Those jobs are not eligible for the JobKeeper allowance because DNATA is a foreign owned company. Airline catering company dnata has told staff it will cut 1000 jobs after Australia's domestic and international ...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

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 eliminating...

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... boeing-787
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Qantas getting in on the scenic 'flight to nowhere' act with a Boeing 787 SYD-SYD doing a 7 hr flight across NSQ, QLD and the NT on October 10. Before the flight will be an auction for Boeing 747 memorabilia.

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... boeing-787

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Govt aims to lift the arrivals cap from 4,000 pax per week to 6,000 pax per week, with SYD taking only a relatively small increase compared to other states and airports, plus discussions being held with CBR, DRW and HBA (!) about how they can share the load. Not sure they can do much for airlines th...

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

I would love to see the Premiers of NSW, VIC and QLD do a phone hook-up and all agree NOT to be baited by Qantas and NOT to bid a single cent of taxpayer money to change the current arrangements. If Qantas sees commercial sense in moving JQ to SYD, let that happen for cost-saving reasons, not becaus...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

So Qantas says it wants to consolidate its property footprint to help cut costs and 'right-size'? Sounds more than fair, but I'll predict that Qantas will not leave Mascot, especially not for Western Sydney or Melbourne. If anything Jetstar will relocate as much as possible to Mascot. Maybe the BNE ...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Has there been any more information about VA executives? A while ago it was mentioned that Bain alumnus Jayne Hrdlicka might have become involved with VA but ive not seen anything much about what Bain is doing with the top level team yet. Probably waiting until the end of October when Bain will off...

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... on-flights
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Probably not a surprise to anybody who was monitoring loads from well before Covid-19: "Singapore Airlines drops flights to Canberra, Wellington"

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... on-flights

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Chipmunk1973 wrote:
smi0006 wrote:

Sidenote Rex also need a desperate website overhaul to be competitive, and professional!!


Works perfectly fine if Netscape is your default browser. :duck:


And you can put a weblink there from your GeoCities page.

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Virgin is beginning to pull out of the array of expensive sponsorships set up under John Borghetti, a mate in motoring tells me that later today it'll be announced that the Supercars series is losing Virgin as a sponsor, from 2021 it'll be the Repco Supercars Championship.

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 122
Views: 17593

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2020

No surprise here: grounding of B777s extended "until at least September 2021", which has got to make it increasingly likely that the 777-200s won't be coming back as those are being "sent to long-term storage facilities in both Roswell, New Mexico and Victorville, California." ht...

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Full list of regional VA2 routes being dropped is now up at https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-scraps-nsw-vic-qld-regional-routes I'm shocked that SYD-CBR wasn't cut. A 737 is definitely not the right aircraft for that route, even if pared back to just two flights at ~ 7am and...

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

https://www.portnews.com.au/story/69170 ... t-service/
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Looks like the shape of the smaller Virgin Australia 2.0 domestic network is taking shape, Port Macquarie being dropped, was on the cards anyway as this was an ATR destination:
https://www.portnews.com.au/story/69170 ... t-service/

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

In other Australia related news VA and DL have temporarily suspended their JV. I wish I had a better source than The Points Guy but they claim to have seen an internal memo from Delta stating VA has suspended the partnership for now but anticipate resuming the partnership once VA resumes internatio...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Yes, TWU response appears to be the tired old-school kneejerk reaction. They would be far better off trying to work with Qantas on more flexible employment contracts and rostering, reducing the size of the teams to the equivalent of what Swissport and Menzies do, which I think is four-man teams inst...

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Qantas 'pandemic' ground crew exit had been on the cards for a decade Apparently a 'Qantas 2020 Vision' plan drawn up in 2010 listed outsourcing of ground crew by 2020, unions are now calling this out as evidence that Qantas wanted to ditch ground crew all along, it's not just a pandemic-driven cos...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Looks like Virgin Australia lost its deposit on the Boeing 737 MAX order. Thanks JB. After paying twice as much to buy back 30% of Velocity as he sold it for, this would be, what, another hundred million down the toilet? https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-boeing-737-max-order ...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 296
Views: 41267

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... -max-order
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Looks like Virgin Australia lost its deposit on the Boeing 737 MAX order. Thanks JB. After paying twice as much to buy back 30% of Velocity as he sold it for, this would be, what, another hundred million down the toilet?

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... -max-order

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

International airlines joining the call for the federal government "review its 30-passenger cap on incoming flights", saying it could take six months to return thousands of Australians stranded overseas if loads are so restricted. This follows reports that many airlines are prioritising hi...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... ia-auction
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Anybody want to have a B747 drinks cart as their own minibar?

Qantas to auction off Boeing 747 memorabilia: https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... ia-auction

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Aug 26, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

It will probably be between Swissport and Menzies. Anyway here is the breakdown for each port, SYD numbers include head office including management https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EgPhIpXU0AAlABz?format=png&name=large https://twitter.com/gemmaacton/status/1298129198842691586?s=21 Interesting this i...

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by CraigAnderson
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/f-hbuz
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La Compagnie's A321neo flying PER-CMB-DXB and then presumably LON. That's a long way to get there!

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/f-hbuz

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by CraigAnderson
Sat Aug 22, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

qf002 wrote:
The La Compagnie A321N will depart PER on the 24th, it's here to start a corporate charter lasting several months.


Is this domestic charter work which will see it appearing at most AU airports or is this an international charter?

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Virgin's bondholder group has dropped its "Plan B" proposal to have creditors convert debt into equity, recapitalise the airline and railroad the Deloitte-Bain ownership plan. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-bondholders-bail-as-bain-takes-control  Apparently the ne...

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Looks like the court decision for Virgin Australia's bond-holder group vs Deloitte is out, Bain not the outright winner but certainly didn't lose! https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-ownership-dogfight-court-ruling-favours-bain-over-bondholders https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/co...

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

REX is said to be working on a deal with lessors for 10 737's. The 737's are to come from Virgin which are now surplus to the Virgin. Sources to the story say that REX cut a deal with lessors after Virgin told the lessors that the aircraft were no longer needed. It is not yet known how much the dea...

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... t-forecast
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Qantas to report on FY2020 this coming Thursday morning, analysts expect a very small profit of around $25m owing to decent performance in pre-COVID months.

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... t-forecast

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

https://simpleflying.com/amazon-interna ... line-rumor
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SimpleFlying suggests that Amazon is behind the rumoured 'new airline' operating B757s or B767s out of BNE, with it being part of the Amazon Prime network and could also include flights to NZ.

https://simpleflying.com/amazon-interna ... line-rumor

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Virgin Australia reportedly told staff today that 400 QLD-based jobs will be made redundant. It's not known how many of those are based in Bowen Hills or at BNE or in regional areas such as lounges which may be closed. But given VA's head office moving to smaller premises in the city as well as axin...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

The National Cabinet has extended restrictions on international arrivals at MEL “until at least October 24”.

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Australian aviation site Airline Ratings is now offering a 'Covid Rating' system for airlines. "For a COVID-19 compliance star, airlines must pass four of six criteria: website information on COVID19 procedures; face masks for passengers; personal protection equipment for the crew; modified me...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Australian aviation site Airline Ratings is now offering a 'Covid Rating' system for airlines. "For a COVID-19 compliance star, airlines must pass four of six criteria: website information on COVID19 procedures; face masks for passengers; personal protection equipment for the crew; modified mea...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Starting next month "Qantas to send 'most' of its Boeing 787s to the desert for storage", QF didn't reveal a number but out of a fleet of 11, "most" would be at least the six suggested here, maybe the three for LAX are also going to Victorville. https://www.executivetraveller.com...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53220

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

I’m wondering what’s gonna happen with their slots in HND. Surely once international flights are back and airlines start to resume back to flying to HND they’ll ask VA to return the slots? QF will probably ask for those to be reallocated to them? I can easily see Qantas playing games with this slot...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55665

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

The Herald-Sun is today reporting that Virgin Australia has ended its sponsorship of the annual Melbourne Fashion Festival. No surprise there of course, this was a very Borghetti sponsorship aimed to present Virgin Australia as upmarket and if it made little sense then it makes even less under Bain....

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55665

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

I, like most people, thought the VA A330s would never fly in revenue service again. However, if this Airlineroute report is to be believed, they will be added to MEL-BNE vv. in September. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/292776/virgin-australia-adds-a330-melbourne-brisbane-service-...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55665

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Where is this office located? QF used to have 'executive offices' in the CBD, at the Deutsche Bank building on Philip & Hunter, but after Mascot was redeveloped into the Qantas 'Campus' those offices were closed and the execs all relocated to Mascot. Are you saying that QF has since opened anot...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55665

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

The fact VA felt it was appropriate to separate its key offices between cities staggers me. Seems a bizarre culture to foster, and I can’t help think it was only due to certain exec not wanting to move to Brisbane- I can only think of positives to consolidate as much of the head office and corporat...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55665

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Virgin Australia is moving out of Bowen Hills and into the same Southbank office tower as FlightCentre. According to reports in The Australian last month Bain was in discussions with FlightCentre because Bowen Hills has far more room than the slimmed-down Virgin Australia 2.0 will need and FlightCen...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55665

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-star-alliance The call for VA to join Star Alliance would never end until they do. The biggest obstacle has been the JV with DL but increasingly their LAX routes look less important given their new strategic direction and what's going on in t...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55665

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Qantas has pulled almost all international flights through to 28 March https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/qantas-cancels-overseas-flights-to-march-2021 How realistic, is that Qantas will be back flying Internationally in the next 12months? They seem to have dievested there long-haul operations...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55665

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Virgin's bondholders have now withdrawn their application to the Takeover Panel! What's going on here? The application concerned, among other things, whether certain circumstances regarding the process conducted by the Administrators of VAH were unacceptable and had the effect of precluding an alter...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55665

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... march-2021
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Qantas has pulled almost all international flights through to 28 March

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... march-2021

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55665

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

QF747 tickets for SYD, BNE and CBR joyflights to go on sale noon this Wednesday, $400 for economy and $747 for business class. Noice. Where did you hear that? It was at https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/qantas-boeing-747-retirement-flights-for-sydney-brisbane-canberra. Article also has some d...

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55665

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

QF747 tickets for SYD, BNE and CBR joyflights to go on sale noon this Wednesday, $400 for economy and $747 for business class.

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68779

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... e-brisbane
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REX sets March 1 2021 for start of flights on the BNE-SYD-MEL 'golden triangle' using a fleet of 5-10 narrowbody jets

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... e-brisbane

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by CraigAnderson
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68779

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Maybe QF747 will be a series of domestic flights, as long as QF can get high loads and price the tickets so they don't lose money on this? I think they could find a lot of people would be happy to take one last 747 flight even if it was say SYD-MEL.

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68779

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... -australia
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Now confirmed, Bain Capital will take over Virgin Australia: https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... -australia

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