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by Sparker
Sun May 03, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 615
Views: 110701

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

However Boeing does have a brand new Wing factory built for the 777X that isn't doing much and probably won't be for quite some time. The Capital cost of rewinging the 767 or 757 may not be that bad. Plus tons of unused Factory space - especially if they shift all 787 to Charleston. Put 787/777X wi...

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by Sparker
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 365
Views: 63289

Re: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max

Anyone reckon that QF or HA will pick up some of these 717s, as a low-capital way to:
- increase the size of, or extend the life of their existing 717 fleets, or
- push back the timeline for them needing to commit capital to an A220/E195-2/Spacejet replacement fleet in the next few years?

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by Sparker
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52315

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Because the Australian Government does NOT have the power to fix prices! That power is reserved to the states and it is debatable if the state governments can use that power to directly control interstate airfares. Gemuser IMO it would.be almost impossible for State governments to control fares bet...

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by Sparker
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116835

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

VAH's trading suspension doesn't formally end until April 22. If there's an annoucement today, I suspect it may be related to the recent news articles reporting on the "pointless" fight between NSW and QLD for the "VA mk II" HQ. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-20/coronavirus...

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by Sparker
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116835

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Unconfirmed rumour - Qantas could only keep 6 A380's post Coronavirus, the ones that have been refurbed would stay, the ones that arent would go. Has anyone heard anything about this? https://twitter.com/a380fanclub/status/1246759879068581888?s=20 Wouldn't surprise me if Qantas had a whole set of d...

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by Sparker
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

If VA had gone broke 3 months ago, would the Government have rushed in and bailed it out? I don't think so. If it was to occur now, same loss of competition, same loss of jobs. Difficult to make a case for the Government to spend a billion or so of tax payers money to get back into the airline busi...

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by Sparker
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

The current Australian government is quite ideological focused on small government. Very opposed to spending anything. Brands, icon or loyalty mean nothing. It was once said Australia’s iconic car manufacturer (Holden) was so iconic the government would always ensure they would remain. It took a co...

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by Sparker
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not
Replies: 376
Views: 56350

Re: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not

VV wrote:
Are they maintaining the debut of Project Sunrise for 2023?


Too early to say, I would think. They've pushed the aircraft purchase decision back to the end of the year, by which time we might all have a clearer picture of the state of the airline industry and the market.

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by Sparker
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

The financial year is nearly over. The staff getting stood down and not getting money will extend into the new financial year. July 1st he will start get millions again. and bonuses aren't a part of salary, they are in addition to salary. Bonuses from before now will still be eligible for him, that...

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by Sparker
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

are all the executives and everyone else at HQ earning all the big bucks going to be stood down or not receive any pay at all (including previous bonuses and shares and the like not yet paid)? i think not I think you will find AJ and all directors are not taking salary for rest of financial year. A...

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by Sparker
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Only because of the PIA at Jetstar,. I doubt TT would have the cash to close down and make redundnacy payments. Hopefully doesn’t happen but if it does VA would have to fork out the cost of the redundancies. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Isn’t VA Intl partly owned by VA? So wouldn’t there blow...

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by Sparker
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not
Replies: 376
Views: 56350

Re: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not

You know Project Sunrise isn't starting tomorrow, don't you? Technically no reason it couldn’t start tomorrow, some of the proposed routes do not need additional capability added to the A350-1000. As these flights are “new routes”, the Qantas pilots union don’t actually right to fly them under the ...

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by Sparker
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not
Replies: 376
Views: 56350

Re: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not

The Coronavirus threat is economic. If it goes pandemic then 12 months should see the end of the infective phase, but the economic effect will last much longer. Some years. Since the aircraft will not be delivered for 2+ years, the benefits of non stop, would not seem to be important. It might make...

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by Sparker
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66094

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Qantas is considering the 737MAX (or is at least exploring how its reputation as the safest airline in the world post-MAX grounding could be used to strengthen its negotiating position with Airbus and Boeing): https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/qantas-sees-bargain-planes-at-end-of-737max-gro...

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by Sparker
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66094

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Qantas is considering the 737MAX (or is at least exploring how its reputation as the safest airline in the world post-MAX grounding could be used to strengthen its negotiating position with Airbus and Boeing): https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/qantas-sees-bargain-planes-at-end-of-737max-grou...

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by Sparker
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64568

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

Sunrise pilot deal getting closer https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/qantas-pilot-deal-smoothes-runway-for-project-sunrise-20191220-p53lze.html Seems like QF (probably) or AIPA (less likely) put some heavy spin on that article - QF, AIPA and the CoM have reached in-principle agreement for th...

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by Sparker
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254539

Re: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020

It's likely that SYD would be the first cab off the rank for PS should the project go ahead. Like all other "new" aircraft, the PS aircraft will likely be on domestic flights for familiarisation (e.g SYD/MEL-PER) before they start the first flights in 2023, which is very likely to be SYD-...

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by Sparker
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254539

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, Update: Final decision on PS delayed to Fe

Alan Joyce has made it clear that the domestic fleet renewal is an entirely separate project and that the two aren't linked in any way (from Qantas' perspective). I wouldn't be at all surprised if that was the current hold up: Airbus/Boeing are prepared to sharpen their pencil on this marquee order...

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by Sparker
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254539

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, Update: Final decision on PS delayed to Fe

In any case, the order is not that many at most between 8 to 12 aircrafts. Doubt if Airbus or Boeing will make too significant changes to their airvraft specifically for this sunrise project as the number of aircrafts in question is not many. Yes it is, for the initial PS order BUT what is being ta...

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by Sparker
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254539

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, Update: Final decision on PS delayed to Fe

You don't have to read the thread. If it's closed another will simply pop up and the same merry go round will ensue. With 1000 posts it's clear that people have views, some want to discuss and some just want to make statements. May as well keep it open until either the Project is cancelled or an or...

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by Sparker
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254539

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

Regardless of you guys math peeing contest, QF will have it figured out. Their choice of plane(s) will have fuel burn that will give them a profit. I find their "test flights " are some would be or maybe really is ingenious. These flights that they are considering... makes them look super...

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by Sparker
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254539

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

Irrespective whether 777X or A350, with all this talk about the number of frames required, do we think QF will order more than just the 12 or so frames currently bandied about in the media? Surely I’d expect more, especially if they’re trying to retire the 747 and eventually the A380. 12 might be e...

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by Sparker
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254539

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

I don't understand how acquiring small numbers B777-200LR specially for the ULH routes make sense. Sure the purchasing price might be extremely good. But in order to make sure these project became successful, they have to use the most efficient aircraft they could find. Cheap aircraft only works fo...

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by Sparker
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254539

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

Two thoughts. First, I can see a world in which ⋅ Airbus thought they didn't need to bid too aggressively, because of all the woes that Boeing was facing - basically, expecting that Boeing couldn't compete too hard, and ⋅ Boeing pitched a whole bunch of offsets, but tried to keep...

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by Sparker
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254539

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

Read articles yesterday indicating (rumour mill!) this was the compelling offer that was made to QF and it was too good to refuse... take the 777-200LRs with 270 capacity until the 777-8 is ready and then BA take them back and convert to freighters for FedEx. EDIT: including link https://www.airlin...

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by Sparker
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 589
Views: 66763

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2019

QF have been flagging that they'd begin looking at replacements for their narrowbody and regional fleets for a year or two now, at AGMs and in Annual Reports and the like. Possibly Joyce has pushed it in the media in the last couple of weeks as a PR strategy, but the replacement need has been on the...

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by Sparker
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Project Sunrise: JFK-SYD v. EWR-SIN ?
Replies: 98
Views: 18957

Re: Qantas Project Sunrise: JFK-SYD v. EWR-SIN ?

Apologies if already covered, but I have a specific question. Great feat and kudos to QF, but with all the talk of research of effects of ultra-long haul and testing, etc., what exactly is so different about JFK-SYD (up to 20 hours depending on winds) v. EWR-SIN (up to 19 hours) ? SIN first launche...

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by Sparker
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Project Sunrise: JFK-SYD v. EWR-SIN ?
Replies: 98
Views: 18957

Re: Qantas Project Sunrise: JFK-SYD v. EWR-SIN ?

If Qantas uses a 789, why couldn’t UA use one of theirs? At my last company we were forbidden by corporate travel to book business on that SQ A340-500 because of price. We had to fly either UA via HKG or BA flying in the opposite direction due to corporate contacts. If that is true with other big c...

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by Sparker
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254539

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

That's why I'm a little sceptical of the scenario of using the 777-9 for a period until the 777-8 becomes available for these sunrise route. The 777-9 will be quite a bit heavier that the a350-1000ulr and will need to burn more fuel because of it. And since it needs to lower it passenger count to g...

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by Sparker
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767
Replies: 617
Views: 147549

Re: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767

Between this and Boeing shopping around a 737MAX-9ER, I'm starting to feel doubtful about the NMA. This feels like Boeing is moving to hold off the A321LR and A338, while it moves straight to the NSA.

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by Sparker
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 585
Views: 80838

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

The ironic thing is that the biggest looser IMHO is Canberra Airpott. Very, very little corporate traffic will flow onto JQ/TT, so they won't really dilute QF's yields. At the moment though a lot of Canberrans traveling for leisure drive to SYD and fly from there. This is more common for internatio...

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by Sparker
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254539

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

READ the previous posts. The answer is there. They are mainly interested in the fatigue effects on tech crew because to extend crew duty cycles beyond they have to provide evidance to show it is safe. They are required to presnt this evidance to CASA to approve the duty cycles required for crew to ...

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