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by Velocity7
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 346
Views: 47776

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Virgin's new BNE lounge due to open on 3 September https://www.executivetraveller.com/virgin-australia-opens-new-brisbane-international-my-lounge I don't mean to sound pessimistic but I can't help but feel I am going to be disappointed. The location of this lounge within the international terminal ...

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by Velocity7
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61478

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Im assuming there is still a net seat reduction though? There would be, yeah - VA has something like 7 flights per week. As I stated when it was first announced, PER-GET would be better off with REX serving it, they have the right sized aircraft, PER-GET is not a pot of gold and I am surprised QF i...

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by Velocity7
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 479
Views: 61478

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2019

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-perth-paris-plans-over-perth-airport-stoush?utm_source=hero as the article states..'its before the courts'..and ausbt love to sensati...

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by Velocity7
Mon May 27, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 54066

Re: Report - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order

really, seriously? that's a tiny number, kinda hard to believe. I woulda thought "Flight of the Conchords" would have enticed greater numbers ;) How much is East Coast- ANZ? Great connection to significantly reduce travel time. For example, XXX-EWR-AKL-BNE versus XXX-EWR-LAX-AKL-BNE I am ...

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by Velocity7
Mon May 27, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Equine Flights
Replies: 43
Views: 5068

Re: Equine Flights

These horses are some of the most valuable cargo flown. its not just moving them around for racing, there's the breeding as well. Stud fees can run to over £100k for one serving, so the flight costs aren't that significant. What exactly is one serving? Lol :rotfl: A stallion serves a mare, hopefull...

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by Velocity7
Wed May 22, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Equine Flights
Replies: 43
Views: 5068

Re: Equine Flights

As an avid equestrian competitor and breeder, I imported a horse from Germany to Australia 15 years ago. It cost AUD$23K plus another ~$7K in quarantine costs on both ends. It was a Martinair Cargo flight. If I remember correctly the routing was AMS-SHJ-HKG-SYD. It took him 36 hours to get here and ...

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by Velocity7
Tue May 14, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60211

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

The Virgin brand and license fees aren’t cheap either from memory but not sure if they still pay them and if they do how much VA currently pay Virgin group for this. I've always been curious about the royalty costs on what to me is a name that doesn't resonate well with anyone born in the last 25 y...

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by Velocity7
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67423

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Cathay Pacific is reportedly ending it’s Cairns flights. https://www.tropicnow.com.au/2019/april/26/cathay-pacific-set-to-cancel-cairns-flights.html This is really sad news for CNS and goes on top of the recent announcement that CZ was also "suspending" flights too: https://www.newsport.c...

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by Velocity7
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67423

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

News Corp is reporting that QF will be commencing a seasonal service between SYD-CTS (Sapporo). 3-weekly with A330s. Commences 16 December 2019 until the end of March. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/companies/aussie-travellers-able-to-reach-sapporo-japan-faster-in-new-direct-flight-route-ann...

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by Velocity7
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 67423

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

QF had a FF competition in the earlier part of this decade where an A380 had the names of the various FF winners applied to it. My wife was lucky enough to be one of those people. QF even advised the location of where your name would appear on the aircraft (rear portside in our case if I remember co...

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by Velocity7
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 70742

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

Tigerair A320 VH-VNB flew to Seletar this week as TT9002. Assuming we'll see it back soon with VARA. Also Virgin 738 VH-YVA is currently in Townsville commencing its transfer to Tiger. That's a fairly new 738 with BSI too? I thought the transfer to TT birds were coming out of the older VH-VUx regos?

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by Velocity7
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 559
Views: 70742

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

Which is a real indictment as Virgin Blue was renowned for their culture. That has been totally lost over the past 10 years, and now Virgin Australia don't appear to stand for anything other than not being Qantas, but wrap it up in red and purple to try and cling on to that 'Virgin-ness'. It looks ...

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by Velocity7
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US
Replies: 89
Views: 10740

Re: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US

Having visited Chicago this time last year in very heavy snow, I really can appreciate how the city (including the airports) handle these weather events - it really is quite impressive. Sometimes you need to step back to get some perspective.... Kudos to those who are out in that weather - I can't i...

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by Velocity7
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA launches NRT-PER
Replies: 63
Views: 10219

Re: ANA launches NRT-PER

The other thing I would like to see from this announcement is some sort of codeshare arrangement between NH and VA, I think both could benefit from such an arrangement I agree. Japan is a bit of a 'blackhole' in VA's partner line up with the only real option (outside of their Chinese partners) bein...

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by Velocity7
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines profit sinks 81% on fuel costs, Virgin Australia losses
Replies: 31
Views: 6350

Re: Singapore Airlines profit sinks 81% on fuel costs, Virgin Australia losses

Blue Swan Daily (Sept 26 article) also mentioned NH as a dark-horse for HNA's stake. Now NH is interesting, hadn't heard that. Japan is a bit of a 'black hole' in VA's current partnership lineup. Not being a fan of their Chinese carrier partners, it only gives me SQ with a connection in SIN which i...

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by Velocity7
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47445

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Helping at an old folk's home, cat shelter or opshop is contributing to the wider community. Unpaid volunteering for a multi billion dollar company simply isn't. Swapping a few hours in the office for working on the shop floor is great but coming into work for no extra pay is pretty stingy That, in...

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by Velocity7
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread
Replies: 223
Views: 26645

Re: First Lufthansa A380 in New Livery Rolled Out

I like the blue however the design is generally meh. Not the worst I've seen but hardly ground breaking!

I do look at it though and instantly see a blue Qantas plane.... :shock:

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by Velocity7
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47445

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Anyone know why SQ265/266 (SIN-BNE-SIN) has changed to A333 in the last few days from the normal 772? And for how long?

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by Velocity7
Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 47790

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

MooLor wrote:
The terminal looked a lot bigger than I imagined NTL to be, if it was NTL.


Possibly BNE? There was footage both from BNE and NTL of her arrival

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by Velocity7
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 47790

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

I know its a bit of a first world problem. However was thinking of using my VA points to Europe in business as I have a few. Used to get a heap of FFlyers with SQ in both directions any time of the year, now nothing at all any time of the year. Interesting tho I can book say Perth-Singapore, Singap...

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by Velocity7
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 47790

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Was looking at VH-ZND on FR24. I noticed it has consistently plied BNE-LAX-JFK-LAX-BNE since the 12/10/18 and has just switched to an LAX-MEL routing this morning. Is it unusual for QF to keep an aircraft on a singular route for over a month?

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by Velocity7
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 48700

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Morning all - just wondering, does anyone have a list of the VA aircraft which have had WiFi fitted? Thanks in advance. Here you go: B737 YIF, YIG, YFW, YVD, YIE, YIR, YIL, YIY, YIS, YIO, YIU, YWD, YIV, YFP, YFQ, YFS, YFR, YFT, YFU, YFG, YFV, YFJ, YFN, YFI, YVC, YID, YFL, YFY, VUW, YIB, YIQ, YIJ, Y...

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by Velocity7
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 48700

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

Thai Airways BKK-BNE still at 4 weekly for NW18/19 however 788 will be replaced by 772 https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280981/malaysia-airlines-w18-international-changes-as-of-11oct18/ Significant downgrade in hard product, very disappointing. The only route in Australia that will...

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by Velocity7
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Crash at TKK (Chuuk, FSM) - Air Niugini
Replies: 156
Views: 39402

Re: Plane Crash at TKK (Chuuk, FSM) - Air Niugini

I think crash is a bit of overkill. The aircraft according to news reports the aircraft overshoot the runway during a landing attempt at 09.30am local this morning. No reports of weather at the time Airplane in the water = crash. Not complicated. Any time an airplane is not a) in the air, b) standi...

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by Velocity7
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 26315

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt150/alexandergh/hkg_ba_cunts.jpeg Based on this photo of I presume one of the real letter of termination, it seems that it's not that BA is paying just 7 days of severance, but paying the severance (of an amount that is not listed, and probably will vary between...

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by Velocity7
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no US carriers fly to BNE from mainland?
Replies: 30
Views: 3735

Re: Why no US carriers fly to BNE from mainland?

The UA SYD-BNE tag lasted only about 6 months in the 90's. VA now operates BNE-LAX 6x/week (5 daylight, 1 evening)... the 7th weekly flight was cancelled in order to resume MEL-LAX due to limited 77W availability. QF 789 currently daily BNE-LAX-JFK with 744 operating the new additional LAX turnarou...

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by Velocity7
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 67045

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

BNE airport completes first taxiways for new runway http://australianaviation.com.au/2018/09/brisbane-airport-completes-construction-of-first-taxiways-for-new-runway/ It will be very interesting to see how they 'operationally' utilise the new runway when it is in use e.g predominantly domestic ops ...

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by Velocity7
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 67045

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I kinda hope this happen so VA has better chance joining A*. That won't happen - NZ would block it. Cheers, C. I've seen many comments about how NZ could veto VA's entry into *A. Can someone explain exactly why they are able to do this? I would have thought that an alliances strength was greater th...

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by Velocity7
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Penang - medium and long-haul potential
Replies: 24
Views: 2480

Re: Penang - medium and long-haul potential

I travel to Langkawi and Penang at least once per year from Australia. Langkawi is our annual 'drop and flop' holiday! In my view, both are not all that well known locations for Australian tourists when compared to other locations around SE Asia like Bali and Thailand. They are not promoted locally ...

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by Velocity7
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 68197

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

I remember arriving at the old BNE international terminal on a BA 747 and the captain announcing, 'after we land we'll have the longest taxi in the world to the gate'. I also remember my reaction when I saw the terminal, akin to 'what the hell is this- a cargo shed?' Turns out it was lol It wasn't ...

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by Velocity7
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 68197

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Would BNE, that opened in 1988, be considered 'greenfields'? Regardless, airport design has come along way in even 30 years! It is quite impressive how some airports have just nailed the design elements and made arriving, departing or transiting such a pleasure. ZRH is one of my all time favourites...

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by Velocity7
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 68197

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

I haven't seen any reports about any lounges/premium facilities being designed into SWZ. It seems like SWZ will have lounges - see page 79 (page 88 of the PDF) of this: http://westernsydneyairport.gov.au/files/Western_Sydney_Airport_Plan.pdf. AFAIK, AVV doesn't have this (any plans to build one the...

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by Velocity7
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B-747SP - Was it economically viable for their operators?
Replies: 85
Views: 13406

Re: B-747SP

QF did indeed place them all over the network towards the end of their time. I was a regular on the QF51/52 BNE-SIN-BNE rotation in the mid-late 90's and the SP was almost exclusively utilised on that route. I also recall it regularly flew between 41-43,000ft for the entire 8 hour journey - somethin...

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by Velocity7
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 63443

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

At the risk of becoming unpopular, can we talk about something apart from PER and WA? It really has become quite boring now. Would love to hear about other aviation topics in this big brown country and balance up the conversation a bit. If the current modus operandi continues we should rename this t...

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by Velocity7
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 63443

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

I'm curious. Do these longer flights on 737's (East Coast to DPS or RAR) require any blocking of seats and/or cargo constraints? Are they anywhere near their limits? I know VA & OD can struggle with their 737s on BNE-DPS... have heard VA asking at the boarding gate for volunteers to offload due...

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by Velocity7
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 63443

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Actually, NZ offers seasonal non-stop SYD - RAR flights, which, if you check the BITRE figures for, you'll see are doing exceedingly well. Air NZ's Thu RAR-SYD, Fri SYD-RAR is all year. There you go - you learn something new each day! Cook Islands ... It is a long way given Bali ... closer. Really?...

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by Velocity7
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 7269

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

As I posted in another thread, I think VA get it it right 80% of the time but its the other 20% that can drives me nuts - the virtual partner alliances that don't quite work and the investment in time I need to keep up with the constant changes/entitlements, the domestic food offering, the poor webs...

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by Velocity7
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 7269

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

Does the brand "Virgin" really hold that much weight anymore? Roll back 20-25 years ago and yep, it was kind of different, kind of edgy, kind of fresh but I think we have moved on. Gen X and possibly some Gen Y HAD an affiliation with the brand but its kind of like watching your half cut ...

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by Velocity7
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 7269

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

Does the brand "Virgin" really hold that much weight anymore? Roll back 20-25 years ago and yep, it was kind of different, kind of edgy, kind of fresh but I think we have moved on. Gen X and possibly some Gen Y HAD an affiliation with the brand but its kind of like watching your half cut u...

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by Velocity7
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 47358

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

https://australianaviation.com.au/ties-are-on-at-virgin-blue/ An article written 8 years ago, and worth a reflection, I think. cheers While I thought the VA transition to a Qantas competitor was at it's base a good idea, I'm fairly sure I was wrong (or more realistically, I think VA botched the exe...

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by Velocity7
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 47358

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

Where's the upside for qf (the nz upside is far more obvious) particularly given they already have a player in the domestic nz market? Quote from the AusBT article: "The alliance will see Qantas stamp its QF code onto 30 domestic AirNZ services across New Zealand, while the Kiwi carrier will i...

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by Velocity7
Tue May 29, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)
Replies: 179
Views: 32720

Re: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)

All I can see is Qantas but in blue. Now imagine if Qantas & Lufty had a baby - there's boring for you! :lol:

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by Velocity7
Fri May 18, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 103
Views: 24591

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

Long time lurker, first time poster! What's the likelihood that a lot of the existing SilkAir routes become Scoot, not SQ? Is this more about building the Scoot brand in intra Asia versus SQ? In my view many (not all) of SilkAir's existing routes are highly leisure orientated and by nature, potentia...

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