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by CraigAnderson
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 240
Views: 31691

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: 240
Views: 31691

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: 240
Views: 31691

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: 240
Views: 31691

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: 240
Views: 31691

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: 240
Views: 31691

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: 240
Views: 31691

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: 240
Views: 31691

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: 240
Views: 31691

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: 240
Views: 31691

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
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 60985

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: 43415

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: 59771

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: 59771

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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by CraigAnderson
Wed May 08, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

I think Scurrah should bring JT back. Seriously. He seemed to have his head screwed on right and it was just that JB wanted everything his way, that despite a decades-long friendship and collaborative relationship with JT he was willing to stick he knife into JT over what really comes down to ego. ...

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by CraigAnderson
Wed May 08, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

I think Scurrah should bring JT back. Seriously. He seemed to have his head screwed on right and it was just that JB wanted everything his way, that despite a decades-long friendship and collaborative relationship with JT he was willing to stick he knife into JT over what really comes down to ego. I...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri May 03, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-australia-pushes-back-on-new-boeing-737-business-class?utm_source=hero There's no 'VA said this' or 'Scurrah said that' in this article, which leads me to believe that AusBT has (somewhat lazily) landed at the obvious conclusion the "all-new 737 business class&q...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri May 03, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

Tags for the ICN flights from SYD and MEL at least for the first few weeks Fri/Sun from SYD JQ11 SYD 0850 OOL 0910 57 JQ50 OOL 1115 SYD 1345 61 Albeit the JQ11 tag also suggests the NRT flight which departs 1030 Wed from Melbourne JQ49 MEL 1045 OOL 1150 3 JQ50 OOL 1115 MEL 1430 4 More chance for QF...

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by CraigAnderson
Fri May 03, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

Virgin's new CEO has put the skids on another of John Borghetti's follies, this time the lie-flat transcon Boeing 737 business class seats. At this rate I expect John Thomas to be hired back next week! https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-australia-pushes-back-on-new-boeing-737-business-class?utm_source=...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu May 02, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

TN486T wrote:
AJ should be knighted for his services to Australian Aviation at some point.


Not sure I agree with a knighthood, just on a personal 'colonial' basis, but I definitely agree that AJ deserves the very highest honours whatever those may be.

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by CraigAnderson
Thu May 02, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/fiji-airways-w ... ealand-usa
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Another Aussie A350 announcement, this time Fiji Airways taking delivery of two A350-900s across Nov and Dec with flights to AU, NZ and US

https://www.ausbt.com.au/fiji-airways-w ... ealand-usa

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by CraigAnderson
Thu May 02, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

I always figured he would be on the Sunrise inaugural as a special guest anyway, but Sunrise will certainly now serve as his 'victory lap'.

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by CraigAnderson
Thu May 02, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

In the wake of this week's QF exec shuffle which saw the CFO appointed head of Qantas International, Alan Joyce has committed to staying as Qantas CEO until at least 2022 at the request of the board. He was previously expected to step down in early 2021 after Qantas reached its 100th anniversary at ...

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by CraigAnderson
Thu May 02, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 59771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/cathay-pacific ... urne-perth
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CX confirms A350-1000 for MEL and PER starting October, these will be the first A350-1000s for Australia

https://www.ausbt.com.au/cathay-pacific ... urne-perth

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by CraigAnderson
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67225

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

"Hong Kong’s Air Accident Investigation Authority is probing a "serious" incident on a February flight from Perth to Hong Kong when the captain became incapacitated. Cathay Pacific flight CX170 had taken off from Perth International Airport on February 21 and was flying over the South...

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67225

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

https://www.ausbt.com.au/introducing-ex ... ource=hero
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Also something on the local aviation media scene, Australian Business Traveller is going global and will change its name to "Executive Traveller". Hopefully still decent coverage of AU stories https://www.ausbt.com.au/introducing-ex ... ource=hero

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by CraigAnderson
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67225

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

An extraordinary self-indulgent dummy spit by Philip Adams because he is no longer a member of the Chairman’s Lounge! What a waste of ink and paper for The Australian to print this rambling nonsense, let alone pay for it! https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/thats-not-the-spi...

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by CraigAnderson
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67225

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Reports from Boeing's Charleston SC 787-10 plant of concerns over the 787-10 have resurfaced, these first heard many years ago but have returned over concerns over the 737 MAX. AirlineRatings has an update plus Boeing's response to the recent article by the New York Times, although to be honest I w...

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