VH-OQG just positioned back to LHR as QF6006 and VH-OQK has landed after operating QF1.
Presume this is the start of the refurbs.
(Unless in the very unlikely event they did OQG in the 5 wks it spent in DRS with no publicity or leaks - very unlike QF)
why is BA doing this? PEK is the preferred airport? Are they unable to get good time slots at PEK? Seems like CA is really going to win out from this. At a guess BA has a lot of connecting traffic through PEK, being some 700nm closer to LHR than PVG. So if it's main connections are moving then it n...Jump to post
didn't know about the new airport! Under construction and not expected to open until late 2026. Not planned to shut the current airport, more that Western Sydney Airport will serve a different catchment area, and with 24hr operations provide more flexibility for some airlines and freight. It's abou...Jump to post
But in that era I think DJs (VAs former code) cost base was significantly lower than QF. Can't really reverse that now. And you risk losing many of the high yielding corporate customers if you go too far (eg. Removing free food from flex fares - oops already done that) While the 77Ws might have been...Jump to post
Boof wrote:My point about JQ753 was more that the last inbounds from Melbourne (JQ, QLink, VA) had all been cancelled at the same time the BNE service was leaving, yet they flew 2.5 hours to a high likelihood of missed approach and diversion.
QF is about to spend big $s refurbing all 12, and have recently repainted 9/12 so they aren't going anywhere soon.Jump to post
Really doubt qf gets the a330neo when they already have a sizable fleet of 788s and 789s to fulfill that niche. No point increasing fleet complexity for no reason Equally don't see QF. The 330 fleet still has some life left. Might be one more small order of 789s, then onto 777/350 deliveries, plus ...Jump to post
It's an interesting question.
PEK is definitely closer to most of the professional (banking/legal etc) firms bases although Beijing doesn't have a typical business district, but PKX will obviously provide better CZ/MU connections.
Don't see any shortage of parts for the A380 with the number heading for scrapping. Engine wise, aren't most under power by hour contracts so this isn't really the operators issue? So at this point seems only QF, SQ and EK will be refurbing aircraft. Any others likely to go down this path? I think t...Jump to post
LT Plat at 75000 SC is only really achievable for a small minority (those who pull in 5-6000 SC/year for a sustained period). Otherwise for most I see it as a small devaluation with most premium rewards getting 10-15% more expensive though cash $ cost coming down. I never saw much value in the econo...Jump to post
Any update on which non-skyteam airlines will be making the move?Jump to post
Agree no point buying a 321XLR for routes a 737 can do. Routes I could see for QF. PER - AKL, HKG (vs CX) ADL - SIN, HKG, NRT CBR - HKG, SIN (less likely) Additional frequency services to SYD, MEL, HKG, possibly on the seemingly less popular day flights back from Asia where the 330 hasn't worked. As...Jump to post
they may want to hurry up and order more aircraft. Plenty of time for that. And I suspect somewhat dependent on the Sunrise decision and timing. With last night's announcement of the 321XLR I also wonder whether a small fleet based at BNE, ADL and CBR is a possibility for flights to SIN, HKG and NRT.Jump to post
It's interesting in the press release it states 4700nm, yet includes SYD-NRT as a pair which is actually 4850m (4200nm} edit .. stupid. It's definitely an option for Qantas on thinner Asian routes SIN, HKG and NRT from BNE, ADL and possibly even CBR and SWZ (Western Sydney when it opens in 2027). Le...Jump to post
Assume by CE you mean China Eastern or MU?
If so the swallow looks nothing like the kangaroo.
Plus it's red and blue on white, not white on red.
China Easterns swallow and Austrian Airlines stylised bird are much closer.
Any idea on why this keeps getting pushed back? Don't think it's been pushed back. Articles from earlier in the year had the first one commencing in July, which would likely mean a September return to service. Think there was just some wishful thinking when the first aircraft went to DRS, seemingly...Jump to post
OEB at 26 years young having started life with Asiana.
Just having maintenance assume OEJ may be the last to retire.
Was a one-off. QF1 also operated that day.
Possibly not many global spares in the correct colour. I do like the Jetstar 'D' flights (reference to the bright orange D sticker that you get on the boarding pass). Only downside is you can't use online check-in on these flights. A number of QF Plat / Plat1s chase these flights out of SYD and MEL ...Jump to post
Sorry if it has been mentioned before, who is doing the refurb on these birds then? Reportedly contract is with Airbus (possibly related to the A380 cancellation). While I agree with the comments on maintenance v refurb, remember the refurb is mostly on the upper deck only, And two aircraft have al...Jump to post
Very similar to the sting on the far-right One Nation party in Australia by promising cash from the NRA. I agree though that Russia (and to a lesser extent China) plays on the nature of democracy to create chaos in Western economies. Middle East support results in refugees which ultimately flow to t...Jump to post
First one isn't due to go in until July, probably back early-mid August. From that diagram think 3L is still in place with a single toilet behind, although it's possibly got a false wall - maybe for self-serve refreshments Just 3R seemingly plugged which adds room for 6 PE seats and a new toilet beh...Jump to post
Jet Airways has now been declared officially Bankrupt by Dutch Court. Jet Airways shut down has reached 50 days. All those debts and now 50 days shut down. Worst business in the world and they think they will get investors. Tend to agree it's dead. Whatever liabilities were there have exploded in t...Jump to post
Qantas has been very clear that they feel they need a 4-class plane including economy Simply not the consistent demand in premium classes. Agree with the Capex comments above - that we are far more likely to get a 6-10 order plus options. Of note on narrow bodies is QFs 737 fleet is 2002-2014 so wil...Jump to post
Reportedly the new A380 upstairs layout (posted on AFF) Shows the new lounge in place of CSM station, the blocked off door 3R and an additional toilet behind 3R. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190522/2328b2753f9b99fb3f1801ab3daca542.jpg So the upstairs config has gone from 72J 32W to 64J 35W 30Y...Jump to post
Kikko19 wrote:So LH and AF or BA wouldn't have the same thoughts? or would it come to the management's mind after few years of QF monopoly?
I don't think alliances matter so much in Europe given the train networks, and even LCCs. People in Europe seem quite comfortable in booking a couple of non+connecting LCC flights (with sufficient layover) to get where they want to go. The main issue for a Euro/UK airline competing on these super-lo...Jump to post
How long would it be before the airlines who are loosing their premium traffic attempt to compete, and which frame will they use? But most can't. The ME3, SQ or the other Asian airlines or all the Chinese airlines don't have the rights to fly London - Australia direct. It totally changes the dynami...Jump to post
737 VH-VZH out of BNE maintenance today.
Assuming it's got Inflight Internet I think that makes the 80% point on the 737 fleet.
Looks like ZNA and OJU back online today.
With 380 OQB in AUH maintenance and OQJ in PUS for paint presumably the 380 fleet is pretty stretched.
Golly VAH must have terrible auditors since there : Nice selective quoting. My statement simply referred to the financials of the VAIntl business, which aren't presently disclosed, despite the different shareholding (as it has to be >50% Australian owned) (No different to QANs Jetstar affiliates)Jump to post
I've got no doubt some or all of it will be sold. Affinity by its nature is not a long term holder of things, and I can't see VAH buying back Affinity's stake, so the question simply becomes if VAH sells along side it. I simply question the $ value put on it. A few years ago Aeroplan would have been...Jump to post