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by VH-BZF
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 51001

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2020

VH-ZNK looks as though it may be the next in line to depart BNE for LAX/VCV. Don't have a firm date as yet, but it could be in the next week or so.

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by VH-BZF
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 52913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Qantas 787-9 VH-ZNA and VH-ZNG are currently headed to LAX, prior to storage at VCV. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/VHZNA https://flightaware.com/live/flight/VHZNG Yep and VH-ZNC will return to SYD from LAX in their place, over the coming weekend. Also heard that the last A380 not in either VC...

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by VH-BZF
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 52913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Have heard and read elsewhere that QF are sending VH-ZNA from SYD and VH-ZNG from BNE to LAX 24/9/20 and they will be returning VH-ZNC from LAX to SYD over the weekend.

BZF

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by VH-BZF
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 52913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

AirlineRatings has some information on the new Virgin Australia crew rates under Bain. Here are some nuggets. * Flight attendant base salary slashed from A$61,179 to A$49,929 with new starters at just A$45,526 * Shifts moving from 9.45 hrs to 12 hrs to allow from transcontinental returns eliminatin...

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by VH-BZF
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 52913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Cathay Pacific’s Boeing B777-300 B-HNS and B-HNQ have been sent off to the desert today after operating cargo services from Hong Kong, both aircraft departed this morning for Alice Springs, where they will be parked. At 18 and 14 years old respectively, its hard to know their fate. Sent from my iPh...

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by VH-BZF
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 52913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

So Qantas says it wants to consolidate its property footprint to help cut costs and 'right-size'? Sounds more than fair, but I'll predict that Qantas will not leave Mascot, especially not for Western Sydney or Melbourne. If anything Jetstar will relocate as much as possible to Mascot. Maybe the BNE...

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by VH-BZF
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 52913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Govt aims to lift the arrivals cap from 4,000 pax per week to 6,000 pax per week, with SYD taking only a relatively small increase compared to other states and airports, plus discussions being held with CBR, DRW and HBA (!) about how they can share the load. Not sure they can do much for airlines t...

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by VH-BZF
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 52913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Qantas 'pandemic' ground crew exit had been on the cards for a decade Apparently a 'Qantas 2020 Vision' plan drawn up in 2010 listed outsourcing of ground crew by 2020, unions are now calling this out as evidence that Qantas wanted to ditch ground crew all along, it's not just a pandemic-driven cos...

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by VH-BZF
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 52913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/B2041
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Read elsewhere that China Southern Cargo is operating their B777LRF down to Melbourne from Guangzhou (CAN) as CZ5209. Apparently it's first visit to the southern city. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/B2041

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by VH-BZF
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 52913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Have read elsewhere that Bamboo Airways will make its debut to Australia with a B787-9 on the Hanoi to Melbourne sector tomorrow morning, operating in as QH9088. Presume it will be a cargo only flight given the current restrictions, nonetheless good news. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/BAV9088 ...

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by VH-BZF
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 52913

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

Does anyone recall the (I think, weekly?) SYD-ADL-HKG service? Is that purely cargo? I can't seem to find the flights on the website (just curious, not actually gonna book a ticket :) ) Yep purely cargo, CX under the Fed Govt support package which also sees them operate a SYD-Wellcamp-HKG sector as...

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by VH-BZF
Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 54817

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Looking at the route map for alliance on the executive traveller website, can’t help but think should ZL go ahead with its 737 operations, a partnership with Alliance would give them some decent coverage, and impressive network. Wonder if VA owes Alliance any money? Lol! I think VA owe money to eve...

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by VH-BZF
Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 54817

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Looking at the route map for alliance on the executive traveller website, can’t help but think should ZL go ahead with its 737 operations, a partnership with Alliance would give them some decent coverage, and impressive network. Wonder if VA owes Alliance any money? An ZL/QQ merger could make an ve...

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by VH-BZF
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 54817

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

I've heard more B737's and Network A320's into the WA market due to the booming mining FIFO markets. Melbourne set to become a B717 base and Q300's replacing Q400's at MQL & MEL.

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by VH-BZF
Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 54817

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Outsourcing makes a lot of sense in the right circumstances. The ground handling is a pretty mundane activity with no real intellectual property involved. Its just capital , people and a repeatable process and why wouldnt you outsource it if the outsourcer has economies of scale, a more flexible wo...

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by VH-BZF
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 54817

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

VA may had traded while insolvent (ABC). Former shareholders (Singapore, Etihad, HNA et al) and the management of the time (both the Scurrah and Borghetti eras under the blowtorch) Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-25/bain-capital-offer-3.5-billion-virgin-australia-creditors-vote/12592742...

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by VH-BZF
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 54817

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Yes as I understand, cleaners, baggage handlers. When Q-Catering was sold I think the writing was on the wall for the non-core business units to be considered for sale. QF is doing what most other airlines across the globe have done. Specialist ground handlers such as dnata, Menzies and Swissport, ...

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by VH-BZF
Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 54817

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Very sad for the team at QF, but huge shake up for the ground handling industry in Australia, massive shift in the model, along european American lines. I’d tip Swissport to win the work in most ports, can see QGS being competitive in this landscape. It will probably be between Swissport and Menzie...

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by VH-BZF
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 54817

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

I just participated in an interesting AiGroup webinar where the main topic was international freight and the leaders of the federal government's INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT ASSISTANCE MECHANISM program presented. This is the $110M program where the federal government are buying additional freight capacit...

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by VH-BZF
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 54817

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

The National Cabinet has extended restrictions on international arrivals at MEL “until at least October 24”. Correct with the following restrictions across all International ports: MEL - Nil until 24/10/20 SYD - capped at 350 passenger arrivals per day PER - capped at 525 passenger arrivals per wee...

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by VH-BZF
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 56780

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

soyuz wrote:
QF A380 VH-OQK en route MEL-LAX as QF 6001. That leaves one last QF A380 on Aussie soil - OQC in Sydney.


Yep, OQC departs Sydney next week.

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by VH-BZF
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 56780

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

VH-OQK set to depart Melbourne as QF6001 to LAX on the 21st of July, then onto VCV on the 22nd of July as QF6007, I've read elsewhere. This is the 3rd A380 and final QF A380 that was stored in Melbourne. That will I understand leave 1 A380 in Sydney to depart, along with the others in Abu Dhabi and ...

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by VH-BZF
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 56780

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

HM7 wrote:
Does anyone know the departure time for VH-OEJ from LAX to VCV on July 23rd?


I understand it will be Friday 24 July, QF7474 departing LAX at around 0930, my information has it?

BZF

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by VH-BZF
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 56780

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

moa999 wrote:
Wonder why it can't go direct like the MEL-VCV flights?


Not sure, just what my contact at QF advised me?

BZF

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by VH-BZF
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 56780

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

And this for Canberra's turn on Friday 17 July I've been advised of the following schedule on Friday 17 July; 17/7/20 QF6160 ETD SYD 0930 ETA CBR 1020 17/7/20 QF747 ETD CBR 1200 ETA CBR 1315 17/7/20 QF6161 ETD CBR 1700 ETA SYD 1750 VH-OQL is set to depart SYD on Friday 17 July as QF6003 to LAX follo...

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by VH-BZF
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 56780

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

vhebb wrote:
Anyone have OEJs movement times into and out of BNE for this weeks joy flight?


I've been advised of the following schedule on Wednesday 15 July;

15/7/20 QF6160 ETD SYD 0730 ETA BNE 0900
15/7/20 QF747 ETD BNE 1015 ETA BNE 1130
15/7/20 QF6161 ETD BNE 1630 ETA SYD 1800

BZF

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by VH-BZF
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 56780

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

With ongoing inbound passenger number restrictions, wouldn't be surprised to see a reduction in International flights by foreign carriers. It will be difficult for carriers to justify flights, we've seen this already with AA announcing it is suspending flights until 2021. You'd reckon there will be ...

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by VH-BZF
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 56780

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Late July will be the date for OEJ, expect an announcement from Qantas with the exact day and time soon. Also there are some 747 photography fans who are doing photos of the last 2 departures and will be selling prints. The website is http://www.qantas747.com if anyone is interested. 22nd of July Q...

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by VH-BZF
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 56780

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

The other thing I’m curious about with VA 2.0 is what will happen to the slot they were awarded at HND? Is that something they can sub-lease or resell or does the airport take it back? Cheers, C1973 My understanding is that HND slot will be returned to the IASC who will then make decision about awa...

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by VH-BZF
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 56780

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

The other thing I’m curious about with VA 2.0 is what will happen to the slot they were awarded at HND? Is that something they can sub-lease or resell or does the airport take it back? Cheers, C1973 My understanding is that HND slot will be returned to the IASC who will then make decision about awar...

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by VH-BZF
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 56780

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

July 22nd is still the (speculated) departure date for VH-OEJ, correct? Nothing yest confirmed but i've heard there will be a farewell for both QF staff and the public, which is awesome, given the significance of the B747 for Qantas and Australia over the years. More info to be made available short...

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by VH-BZF
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

This environment will make it difficult for the relaunched VA2.0 or whatever it is to be called in the future. QF having to make the tough decisions now to protect the business into the future. Global airlines suffering across the board. I've just heard from a staff member at QF, that QF were lookin...

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by VH-BZF
Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Do we know if QF has removed the Y seats to increase cargo volume by carrying freight in the cabin? If they have, it would explain why the A333 is preferred as it has a much bigger Y cabin compared with the 789. The seats remain. The aircraft regularly switch between Domestic passenger and Internat...

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by VH-BZF
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Completely agree. US has barely reduced it's infection rate. From a peak of 200k a week to about 150k today. They still have a long way to go. While we are bumping along at just a handful of community infections, most new cases are overseas returnees. Yes exactly and that is probably why the rumour...

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by VH-BZF
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Yes I've heard a rumour & its obviously all dependant on how quickly passenger loads return, but there is a belief that the initial return to flying will be with B737's and A330's with B787's returning by mid next year if not earlier and the A380's slated to return late in 2021. Be interesting t...

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by VH-BZF
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

I must sadly agree. It would be wonderful to have 1 x 747 remaining and do a 'victory lap' of major Australian airports, even flying passengers between them, eg B747 flights BNE-SYD, SYD-MEL, SYD-PER, even SYD-CBR integrated with a scenic flight would be amazing! But there is no way in the world th...

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by VH-BZF
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

I'm a little surprised they haven't been bought for conversion to BCF config. Relatively young aircraft, expertly maintained by QF engineering, you wouldn't find better examples to convert. Perhaps the whole COVID-19 has signed an early scrap notice for these magnificent Queens of the sky? Sad way ...

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by VH-BZF
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

I'm a little surprised they haven't been bought for conversion to BCF config. Relatively young aircraft, expertly maintained by QF engineering, you wouldn't find better examples to convert. Perhaps the whole COVID-19 has signed an early scrap notice for these magnificent Queens of the sky? Sad way t...

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by VH-BZF
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

I can't believe that EK will recommence flying it's A380's back to Australia this year and as early as July in Melbourne/Perth, given the borders are still closed by the Australian Government? There are a significantly large number of flights from the ME3 carriers when borders are still technically...

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by VH-BZF
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

I can't believe that EK will recommence flying it's A380's back to Australia this year and as early as July in Melbourne/Perth, given the borders are still closed by the Australian Government? There are a significantly large number of flights from the ME3 carriers when borders are still technically ...

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by VH-BZF
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 69961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

I've read elsewhere that JAL is looking to restart Melbourne flights, like most other carriers currently, this will involve cargo only to start and probably on a weekly basis, similar to Sydney.

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by VH-BZF
Fri May 29, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70049

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

It appears Brookfield will be submitting a bid for Virgin this weekend despite not being part of the 4 "live" bidders. Despite not having formal access to the data-room, it appears they have maintained regular contact with both Paul Scurrah and the administrators. Not 100% sure how this w...

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by VH-BZF
Thu May 28, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70049

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

I see that BI are still flying BWN-MEL, and UL on CMB-MEL a few times a week. Any word on whether any of the smaller international players, or the big guys but those that have a handful of flights a week, will be making a return any time soon? I'm thinking the likes of Aircalin, Citilink, Nauru Air...

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by VH-BZF
Fri May 22, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70049

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Makes sense especially ex COVID-19, for VA or whatever it will be called (I for one hope it will wear a new name and livery), for the new operation/entity to focus on 1 aircraft type and domestic possibly Tasman, as that's where they can make a decent return.

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by VH-BZF
Tue May 19, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70049

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

I hear that QF are hoping to start ramping up domestic capacity by mid-June, i'm sure that will be dependent on the states of QLD, SA, WA, NT & Tas opening their borders. Also, IMHO I hope that the Virgin name disappears and whatever grows from the administration is something new. Just my opinio...

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by VH-BZF
Mon May 11, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70049

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

I have noticed QF has been flying 333's between MEL, SYD and BNE - does anyone know are they actually filling these flights or is it mainly for freight? I'm flying PER-MEL sometime in the coming week and am very interested to see how full the current domestic flights are. I've heard that the A330-3...

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by VH-BZF
Sat May 09, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70049

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Definite power struggle going on with claims on both sides. That should not be playing out in the press. The claim of 8m mum and dad's superranuants is beyond silly, given those same 8m will be invested in Qantas given its index position. In some ways it probably wouldn't be a bad option for Qantas...

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by VH-BZF
Sat May 09, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70049

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

https://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/travel/etihad-to-resume-inbound-flights-to-abu-dhabi-for-uae-residents-from-saturday-1.1016487 I've read elsewhere that the government is planning some further charters with QF metal this coming week ex Delhi to BNE & CBR as well as charter flights from BOM t...

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by VH-BZF
Wed May 06, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70049

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

QF's minimal international network will continue I understand in a smaller way, with MEL-LAX service launching and MEL-LHR with tech stop in Perth (QF9/10) will remain. HKG & AKL will move to freight only on A330-300's in the short term. Not sure about whether BNE-LAX remains or not? Confirmed ...

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by VH-BZF
Tue May 05, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 70049

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

QF's minimal international network will continue I understand in a smaller way, with MEL-LAX service launching and MEL-LHR with tech stop in Perth (QF9/10) will remain. HKG & AKL will move to freight only on A330-300's in the short term. Not sure about whether BNE-LAX remains or not?

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