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by CraigAnderson
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 267
Views: 35112

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

BNAMealer wrote:
Does anyone know anything about QF possibly launching MEL-DFW? It would be nice to have a route from MEL to the interior US that bypasses LAX/SFO.


Maybe more likely for AA to launch MEL-LAX as part of its side of the deal when it comes to new routes due to the QF/AA JV?

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1481
Views: 268249

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

Not really 'news', more an update of things still being the same: https://centreforaviation.com/news/qantas-to-make-project-sunrise-decision-before-2020-927580 Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit, stated (07-Aug-2019) the carrier "...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1481
Views: 268249

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

Qantas financials due August 22, what bets that this will see announcement of the Project Sunrise 'winner'?

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by CraigAnderson
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 267
Views: 35112

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

What's in it for CBR is bragging rights, making CBR's international play look even more successful and adding another bullet point to the PPT deck when they try to convince other airlines to fly there.

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by CraigAnderson
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 267
Views: 35112

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

New fresh crew do a day trip to CBR and back... so Expensive operation. I’d say part of the route is underwritten by CBR airport. This would definitely be the case, like many airports CBR has money to spend in encouraging airlines, QR was a big feather in its cap but there is no way the CBD-SYD-DOH...

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by CraigAnderson
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 267
Views: 35112

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Seems TK has came out and said it was "false/fake news". Bloomberg may have jumped the gun here. Looks like it's "business as usual" over at VA, and probably time to treat prospective new/existing shareholder rumours with a grain of salt until it actually happens, considering th...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 267
Views: 35112

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

qf789 wrote:
On a separate note, there has a been a change made to 737 Business class this week, at the moment it is only on selected flights but the change will be made permanent by the end of next month.


What's the change?

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 267
Views: 35112

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

https://www.executivetraveller.com/turk ... -australia
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Now this would be a very interesting partnership, if TK takes a stake in VA

https://www.executivetraveller.com/turk ... -australia

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

https://www.executivetraveller.com.
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Sort of aviation-related I suppose, in terms of media which cover airlines etc. Australian Business Traveller seems to be no more, it's now 'Executive Traveller'. AusBT.com.au redirects to https://www.executivetraveller.com.

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

moa999 wrote:
Best asked in the Project Sunrise thread


Didn't know there was a Project Sunrise thread! What's the link?

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by CraigAnderson
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

https://twitter.com/Keg767/status/11549 ... 56096?s=20


Is this is Melbourne, or maybe in Sydney in readiness for SYD becoming a new 787 base as the 747s are phased out?
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qf789 wrote:
Qantas is having anew 787 simulator installed

Image

https://twitter.com/Keg767/status/11549 ... 56096?s=20


Is this is Melbourne, or maybe in Sydney in readiness for SYD becoming a new 787 base as the 747s are phased out?

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-launche ... ane-flight
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Just posted on AusBT, Qantas BNE-ORD flights to begin April 20 2020 running on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets will be on sale from 10am today EST.
https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-launche ... ane-flight

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by CraigAnderson
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Where QF is concerned passengers flying to SFO are going to SFO and not beyond, sure there would be some connections however it wouldn't be like LAX or DFW. The argument of a lost day is well debatable, departing earlier from MEL means you loose a day here so whether its a early or late departure b...

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by CraigAnderson
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Shame with the formal announcement we didn’t hear of any more adjustments from the AA side. MEL-LAX, return of 77W to SYD. I was going to say the same thing, and didn't AA promise it would also open some new routes between AU and US? On a side note as a point of conversation; how do we feel QF MEL-...

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by CraigAnderson
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

This has shown the urgency for Western Sydney Airport.I don't understand why we need another 7 years to build it whilst countries like China can build an airport using half of the time like PKX or CAN. Australia = democracy, public consultation, living wages, construction standards and health &...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Another development today, "Affinity to exit Velocity Frequent Flyers" Affinity Equity Partners will exit its 35 per cent stake in Virgin Australia's rewards program as rumours swell over the scheme's future. Virgin announced the development to the ASX on Thursday morning, hours after Stre...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Looks like Virgin's Velocity Frequent Flyer program is indeed heading for a float and ASX listing. Forget about a strategic investor taking a stake in Virgin Australia's rewards program Velocity Frequent Flyer. Because from what we understand, Virgin and its exiting co-investor Affinity Equity Part...

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

I have no insight into VAs cost base but I do wonder if VA over services in international business, it seems above QF service levels, but does it command a higher yield? I think a simple Hybrid JetBlue style model could work for transcon, and domestic. Maybe even an NZ style seats to suite? - Get r...

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-trials- ... peedy-exit
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Hmmm. Qantas trialling 'preferred seating', passengers asked to cough up $5 to $45 to sit near the front of the economy cabin.

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-trials- ... peedy-exit

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

I could see them retaining a more full service offering on east-west flights and maybe offering a bottle of water and small snack (like chips or cheese and crackers) on all other segments. This will allow them to keep a point of difference over JQ and allow them to charge a premium but not have to ...

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

I would honestly like to see Virgin ditch Tiger completely, it's a distraction, and add a US-style Basic Economy fare to its VA flights, and also ditch ALL meals in economy except for east-west. Look at SYD-MEL, SYD-BNE for example, this is 90 minutes, where else in life can you not go for 90 minute...

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

No surprises here, it seems as if Scurrah is working to pick up the pieces in JB’s wake. It mentioned a new crew rostering software package, wasn’t this something that John Thomas was pushing for a s reportedly iy contributed to his falling out with JB? https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/virg...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

QF7 cancelled today, anybody know why? A whole A380 load of people at SYD T1 QF trying to get rebooked onto next available flights.

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/latam-begins-n ... go-flights
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LATAM SYD-SCL goes non-stop on Oct 27 three days a week, remaining four days stay as SYD-AKL-SCL.

https://www.ausbt.com.au/latam-begins-n ... go-flights

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 428
Views: 57582

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019

https://australianaviation.com.au/2019/ ... -on-pause/
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Fiji Airways confirms it is pulling the plug on ADL-NAN as of July 20

https://australianaviation.com.au/2019/ ... -on-pause/

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by CraigAnderson
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

SkyTeam is VA's only alliance choice available to them, especially with VS/VA about to file a JV and the increasing chances that DL/VA will renew their JV at the end of 2020. In other words, it's either SkyTeam or continue with no alliance/bespoke relationships for VA. Still an opportunity for Star...

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by CraigAnderson
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

If VA were smart they'd launch SFO or LAS or SEA or another gateway into the USA. We clearly have different definitions of "smart". Zero onwards traffic from SFO and LAS, so zero appeal to Delta. SFO already covered by Qantas and United ex-SYD and MEL so this is already highly competitive...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

VA seems to be getting a bit of its old Virgin Blue cheekiness with this ad it has put up near SYD poking gentle fun at QF's changes to its frequent flyer scheme. http://www.travelweekly.com.au/article/virgin-mocks-qantas-with-huge-news-billboard/ I hope that billboard and creative didn't cost them...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

I saw that as well, sometime last month? It was reported on a few aviation sites, maybe check Australian Aviation?

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

I just read an article (below) about QF 747 points planes. Anyone have more info? https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-considers-boeing-747-points-plane-for-frequent-flyers Probably no more info at this stage as there is nothing from Qantas but according to my partner who is a journalist, the use of &qu...

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by CraigAnderson
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-adds-ai ... -its-fleet"
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Woah!

"Qantas will add the long-range Airbus A321XLR to its fleet, first flights from 2024"

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-adds-ai ... -its-fleet"

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

So now we just need to speculate on what AA will do. Take over the 3x/weekly MEL-LAX from QF, so that AA can trumpet "a new destination!" while QF gets some added 787 capacity ex-MEL, maybe for DFW or SEA, if it would have the range? Not sure what other new ex-MEL destinations there might...

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/airbus-a321xlr
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New definition of hell: over nine hours of Sydney-Tokyo in a narrowbody!

https://www.ausbt.com.au/airbus-a321xlr

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-brisban ... co-flights
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BNE-ORD and BNE-SFO both confirmed, but not until "end of April 2020" https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-brisban ... co-flights

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

The question is, where are these 789's coming from? They can't be part of the additional order, as this was supposed to be 747 replacement, so what current QF 789 routes could be dropped? SYD-HKG is an obvious one, back to an A330, but that's just one aircraft and for ORD and SFO you'd need, what, f...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Qantas plans limited 747 domestic flying, most likely all linked to Antarctic charters, SYD-BNE, SYD-MEL and SYD-ADL https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/284681/qantas-schedules-boeing-747-domestic-service-in-nw19/ Thank you so much for posting this, qf789! I took advantage of the sale...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-a380-refurbishment
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QF has again pushed back its A380 refurbishment program, now starting next month with first A380 back in the air in Sept

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-a380-refurbishment

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

"Qantas boss to consider buying grounded Boeing 737 MAX" Qantas boss Alan Joyce is so confident Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft will return to the skies safely that he will consider buying the grounded jet to replace his airline’s domestic fleet. https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/qantas-...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

I now have had confirmation AA will launch MEL-LAX 3 weekly increasing to 5 weekly in peak seasons. This will replace QF95/96. Announcement to be made immediately after JV is officially approved. Zzzzzz. Getting tired of all these unsubstantiated claims of inside knowledge. Exactly who 'confirmed' ...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

The QF 789 BNE basing... What exactly does the agreement stipulate? Is it maintenance only or do schedule services need to be flown? Hands up who thinks QF55 will be kept once SFO/ORD/wherever is launched? My hand isn't up... I agree that QF55/56 days are numbered, we will probably see 2 frames ope...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

I now have had confirmation AA will launch MEL-LAX 3 weekly increasing to 5 weekly in peak seasons. This will replace QF95/96. Announcement to be made immediately after JV is officially approved. Zzzzzz. Getting tired of all these unsubstantiated claims of inside knowledge. Exactly who 'confirmed' ...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

BNE-SFO and BNE-ORD in the planning works following the tentative QF/AA JV approval. Both routes expected to replace the current QF55/56 BNE-LAX terminators and SYD/BNE-HKG flying (HKG reverting to A330). What's the source for this 'expected to replace' info or is this just speculation on your part...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

BNE-SFO and BNE-ORD in the planning works following the tentative QF/AA JV approval. Both routes expected to replace the current QF55/56 BNE-LAX terminators and SYD/BNE-HKG flying (HKG reverting to A330). What's the source for this 'expected to replace' info or is this just speculation on your part?

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Maybe QF could apply for approval to fly its A380 back and forth between Haneda to Tokyo all day, carrying passengers on the world's shortest A380 flight, until it's ready to do the HND-SYD return leg?

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

QF/AAV joint venture gets a tentative go-ahead, opening up new routes inc BNE-ORD for QF and some say MEL-DWF for AA? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-airlines-american-qantas/u-s-transport-agency-green-lights-american-airlines-qantas-joint-venture-idUSKCN1T41W8 https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas...

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-rules-o ... nrise-jets
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After all the hype, Alan Joyce backflips on below-deck sleeping berths for Project Sunrise. There will be a stretching and relaxation zone but that’s it.

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-rules-o ... nrise-jets

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-pauses- ... ource=hero
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This seems like AJ using the platform of IATA to flexing some anti-PER muscle, I thought QF and PER were sorting all this out?

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-pauses- ... ource=hero

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by CraigAnderson
Fri May 24, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 375
Views: 43645

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

Also definitely Monday says AusBT, and although not mentioned, whispers say NZ is be flying several international media into AKL for the Monday announcement, so I'd count this as 'locked and loaded'. https://www.ausbt.com.au/air-new-zealand-to-announce-long-range-boeing-787-jet-order-on-may-27?utm_s...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue May 14, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60146

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

I always thought that JB swooping in to buy Tiger was a strange move. Yes it effectively mirrored the two-airline strategy of Qantas, but I never felt the very bottom end of the domestic travel market was large enough to sustain both Jetstar and Tiger, not when LCC margins are slim to start with. An...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue May 14, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60146

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

AFR link to rumoured Velocity sell-off story is paywalled, alternative at https://www.ausbt.com.au/is-virgin-australia-preparing-to-sell-off-velocity-frequent-flyer?utm_source=hero, apparently VFF could be worth around $2bn, I can see how that would be tempting for Scurrah even though Virgin only ow...

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