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by Gemuser
Thu May 16, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 287495

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

LoL. Yes, invest in Popcorn. This will be a close contest. I cannot predict a winner. I would need to know QFs anticipated revenue and detailed cost assumptions to predict. Sharpen your pencils everyone, this is a high profile campaign that will be brutal. I would be shocked if QF isn't taking the ...

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by Gemuser
Thu May 16, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 287495

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Doubling frequency's would be difficult for Qantas as Australia is just so far from everywhere "Frequency" doesn't have to be just the same two city pairs. Take Australia- (continental) US for example. There was a time where the only flights were from MEL/SYD to LAX. Now you have flights ...

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by Gemuser
Thu May 09, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 287495

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Agree. I see no more than 6-8 Sunrise aircraft in an initial order with an option for additional variants in the late 2020s as the A380s likely retire. And consider timing of a 350 neo or stretched 350-1100/2000 Remember QF still has a boatload of very cheap 787 options which can replace the intern...

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by Gemuser
Thu May 09, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 287495

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Sharpen your pencils everyone, this is a high profile campaign that will be brutal. I would be shocked if QF isn't taking the opportunity to expand the bid to get the best A350 (various models) vs. 778/779/787 (various models possible). In other words, QF can cut the costs of fleet replacement due ...

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by Gemuser
Thu May 09, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Twinjet podded engine ferry?
Replies: 16
Views: 2294

Re: Twinjet podded engine ferry?

Very good question. Would like to read some experts answers either. I believe the primary issue is to do with the size of the fan stage on modern engines - they’re so big that if you wanted to carry them with the fan stage attached you’d be carrying a significant drag penalty, and if you wanted to ...

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by Gemuser
Wed May 08, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest 747 Passenger Routes in 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 2364

Re: Longest 747 Passenger Routes in 2019

SierraPacific wrote:
Its good to see SFO still sees 1 long haul PAX 747 over the Pacific still. I still really miss seeing the United 747's passing through SFO.

Only until 4/12/19, then it becomes a B789.

Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Mon May 06, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM announces direct SCL-SYD flight
Replies: 41
Views: 8503

Re: LATAM announces direct SCL-SYD flight

Does LA have any plans to start BNE services? And re connections to Asia, LA always had a codeshare with the daily CX flights from AKL-HKG. I do wonder and think there is a chance they could announce an AKL-BNE tag when they announce the SYD schedule, quite a few connect in AKL to CX I believe so k...

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by Gemuser
Mon May 06, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM announces direct SCL-SYD flight
Replies: 41
Views: 8503

Re: LATAM announces direct SCL-SYD flight

Would love to see a SCL - PER trans-Antarctic flight by someone someday. They could just up sell all the window seats over the southern summer... Not a hope of approval by anyone unless & until an airline develops a plan for passenger recovery off Antarctica. Don't hold your breath, that is lik...

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by Gemuser
Sun May 05, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM announces direct SCL-SYD flight
Replies: 41
Views: 8503

Re: LATAM announces direct SCL-SYD flight

It looks to me that ANZ has done well with their direct link to Argentina, LA is taking ANZ's connecting passenger by directly flying to Australia. Good one, no? Not quite, only passengers from Sydney. All other cities will still need a transfer. Same as taking NZ via AKL Not quite! LA/QF now serve...

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by Gemuser
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 71259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Maybe a false memory, but I'm pretty sure I read that the decision on whether EDTO 330 is approved (or indeed, any other EDTO level) rests with the country of registry of the aircraft, not the country into which the aircraft is operated. So this means that LA's MEL-SCL is operated under Chilean EDT...

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by Gemuser
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 71259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

DavidByrne Gemuser wrote: If the "someone from QF" is implying that CASA will not approve EDTO 330, well I can believe it BUT with them already approving a foreign airline flying EDTO 330 into Australia I don't think CASA would withstand the political blitz from QF Maybe a false memory, b...

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by Gemuser
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 71259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

From the GCmapper courses neither route appares to infringe the "below 60 degrees South" rule. I have been told that some QF flights to SCL have got down to around 70 South, due to winds. If that is so I assume QF have concessions to do so. If CASA would approve such concessions for a twi...

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by Gemuser
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 71259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Having had a chat to someone recently from QF they are at the moment unsure of what aircraft they are gong to send to JNB to replace the 744's, if they go 789 it will add extra +- 3-4 hours to the flight as they would have to hug the coast because of etops. A380 can do it but there would be the pos...

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by Gemuser
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 71259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Just a thought. Would there be any business case for QF to pass on the A380 to JQ at some stage. If so, under what context and possible routes? John. I've thought ever since the extra order for 8 A380 was deferred/cancelled that at least some of QFs A380s would end up with JQ. Gemuser The only peop...

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by Gemuser
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Juan Airlines to Serve PAE
Replies: 32
Views: 4504

Re: San Juan Airlines to Serve PAE

http://sanjuanairlines.com/[/quote]
Do they really use Cessna 207s? If so it might just be worth another trip to SEA.
Or are they Cessna 208 Caravans?

Gemuser
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wedgetail737 wrote:
What kind of equipment do they use?

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They use Cessna 206's and Cessna 207's. http://sanjuanairlines.com/[/quote]
Do they really use Cessna 207s? If so it might just be worth another trip to SEA.
Or are they Cessna 208 Caravans?

Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 71259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Just a thought. Would there be any business case for QF to pass on the A380 to JQ at some stage. If so, under what context and possible routes? John. I've thought ever since the extra order for 8 A380 was deferred/cancelled that at least some of QFs A380s would end up with JQ. However there are som...

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by Gemuser
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest aviation markets without nonstop service
Replies: 20
Views: 3275

Re: Busiest aviation markets without nonstop service

caliboy93 wrote:
Some that come to my mind are NYC-Australia/NZ/South Pacific, California to SE Asia (ex Singapore), and London-Auckland. What else can you guys think of?

Undoubtly SYD-LHR and MEL-LHR, NYC -Austrlia/NZ/SP does not come up to either in passenger numbers.

Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Site that lets you view all routes of an airline on a single map
Replies: 19
Views: 14756

Re: Site that lets you view all routes of an airline on a single map

I am NOT impressed by two aspects of these maps: 1) The hard cut off at 180 degrees, it makes the maps look stupid for trans Pacific routes and also VERY hard to follow. It should not be hard to program a floating cut off point. For QF a mid Atlantic cut off would be best, for NZ a cut off around we...

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by Gemuser
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iceland Air LUX-KEF-BWI/BOS early 90s
Replies: 37
Views: 3781

Re: Iceland Air LUX-KEF-BWI/BOS early 90s

Going back into the 1950s and 1960s, Loftleiðir flew the route using DC-6s. Before that, I believe that they even used DC-4s. It was a very slow multi-stop route across the north Atlantic. My (possibly faulty) memory tells me that at one point the eastbound route was NYC-Gander-Reykjavík-Prestwick-...

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by Gemuser
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Italian EI a/c registration
Replies: 14
Views: 2669

Re: Italian EI a/c registration

Correct about the leasing, and a lessor will usually keep its aircraft on a 'safe' registry in case of default; makes repossession much simpler. See also Aeroflot's fleet. True, BUT it requires the approval of the operating country's [Italy in this case] national aviation authority, as the aircraft...

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by Gemuser
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 71259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

I'm almost certain that would be, at best, highly inappropriate, and at worst, near illegal. I can see state govt removing BI from carrier lists for staff travel but I doubt that would impact even one ticket per year and would be a symbolic gesture. But govt pressuring a private entity to revoke so...

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by Gemuser
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 71259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Errrr, I'm not sure state government has any authority to do that. Meanwhile, state government did, I believe, subsidise the start of BI services several years back. Oops. They are pressuring the airport to remove their landing rights if rumors are correct. I'm almost certain that would be, at best...

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by Gemuser
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first...
Replies: 83
Views: 6026

Re: Your first...

..European airport: LHR ...N-American airport: LAX ...S-American airport: Not been there ...Asian airport: SIN ...African airport: Not been there ...aircraft: Dogulas DC-4 ANA [before Ansett take over] ...widebody aircraft: Boeing 747-338 QF ...turboprop aircraft: Lockheed L-188 Electra Ansett-ANA ....

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by Gemuser
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations
Replies: 47
Views: 9041

Re: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations

Australia and the UK have what can be best described as described as de facto open skies. It's not full open skies as Australia has a policy of tying open skies to free trade agreements, and there is no Australia-UK FTA, but the bilateral is exceptionally liberal nonetheless with unlimited frequenc...

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by Gemuser
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations
Replies: 47
Views: 9041

Re: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations

I can agree with this analysis. I still doubt that this will be profitable in the long run, as the PR and novelty factor subside and perhaps competitors jump on the bandwagon if QF keep screaming victory. But it's something different to look at and to learn from, if they manage to teach us skeptics...

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by Gemuser
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations
Replies: 47
Views: 9041

Re: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations

While that is certainly an impressive load factor, I am thinking if that is because the route is served by only a single flight. If another flight is added ( by QF or another airline), then LF would drop to half of that if demand stays the same. I know, demand should increase if more flights are ad...

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by Gemuser
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations
Replies: 47
Views: 9041

Re: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations

While that is certainly an impressive load factor, I am thinking if that is because the route is served by only a single flight. If another flight is added ( by QF or another airline), then LF would drop to half of that if demand stays the same. I know, demand should increase if more flights are ad...

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by Gemuser
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many countries have you visited?
Replies: 36
Views: 1930

Re: How many countries have you visited?

Oceania Australia (home) PNG Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand French Polynesia American Samoa North America USA Mexico Asia Hong Kong* Maccau* China Thailand Singapore UAE RFE [Russian Far East] *Before hand back to China Europe UK Italy France Denmark Spain Portugal Switzerland Germany Finland Russia...

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by Gemuser
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 601
Views: 80066

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

If they are loss making on a 788 for JQ, why would they work for QF with its higher cost base? Seems counter-logical in the extreme. Because they might be deployed to a different QF route, eg PER-SIN, which has been running as an A330 (formerly B738) but might benefit from a reduction in capacity a...

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by Gemuser
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019
Replies: 601
Views: 80066

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2019

A couple of observations at SYD this afternoon (Thursday): 1. A QF 744 is docked at T3 preparing to operate a domestic sector. I'm assuming this is make a bit of extra cash as it positions to MEL (as has happened a few times of late). So my question is what is the international sector is it due to ...

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by Gemuser
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 743801

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

I want the planes I’m not flying on to be as safe as possible. Then pay for it. 777Jet, with all due respect that is an completely horriable attatiude. When I worked in the aircraft certification area in Australia, about 4 decades ago it was drummed into us that keeping people safe applied just as ...

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by Gemuser
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 743801

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

As far as I'm aware, Boeing could sue worldwide regulators, in case it's proven the two accidents in question aren't to be caused nor prevented by Boeing, btw. What could Boeing sue for worldwide ? The only Boeing operations that would be impacted by the order would be post production test flights....

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by Gemuser
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What if a domestic flight diverts to a foreign airport?
Replies: 67
Views: 10494

Re: What if a domestic flight diverts to a foreign airport?

Air New Zealand's flight from BNE (probably SYD too) to NLK (Norfolk Island) is an Australian domestic route and they file NOU (New Caledonia) as an alternate... so you could have a New Zealand airline operating an Australian domestic route divert to France... I don't know whether this has ever act...

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by Gemuser
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What if a domestic flight diverts to a foreign airport?
Replies: 67
Views: 10494

Re: What if a domestic flight diverts to a foreign airport?

Air New Zealand's flight from BNE (probably SYD too) to NLK (Norfolk Island) is an Australian domestic route and they file NOU (New Caledonia) as an alternate... so you could have a New Zealand airline operating an Australian domestic route divert to France... I don't know whether this has ever act...

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by Gemuser
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Imperial System
Replies: 230
Views: 9974

Re: Imperial System

I seriously doubt that the US will ever fully convert to the metric system. It would be very costly and take years to completely convert. One huge hurdle I see is that changing all of the highway markings and signs to kilometers would be a massively time consuming and expensive undertaking that rea...

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by Gemuser
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top Unserved Routes from Asian Airports
Replies: 17
Views: 2375

Re: Top Unserved Routes from Asian Airports

zakuivcustom reply 9 ICN-MEL = Potential Jetstar Route? Or Perhaps KE on their 787s?

KE served ICN - MEL with A330s until 2013/14, three days a week and show no sign of returning. I have a vague idea that Jetstar tried MEL - ICN but am not sure about that.

Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines in Kangaroo route
Replies: 89
Views: 2472

Re: Turkish Airlines in Kangaroo route

As we know, TK is going to get massive numbers of B787s and A350s in a few years. Is there going to be any chance for TK to start its non-stop flight to Sydney or Melbourne (possibly Brisbane) from Istanbul? If yes, are those potential routes going to target primarily for transfer passengers from E...

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by Gemuser
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 35231

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Wow AC back to AKL. Been a while. But not unanticipated. Nice timings. Good to see another North American operator at AKL. Is this seasonal or year-round? Wouldn't hold your breath on EY into Star - will sure be interesting if indeed this is what eventuates. FYI AC have never flown to AKL, they did...

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by Gemuser
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas reports first half results, $780 million underlying profit before tax
Replies: 37
Views: 4562

Re: Qantas reports first half results, $780 million underlying profit before tax

The differentiator for QF will be the only airline to offer non stop service to Australia on the LHR and JFK routes. This will attracts all the corporates who will gladly pay more to leave later and spend less time travelling. Connections are stressful and a waste of time. Everyone is different how...

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by Gemuser
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest domestic flights in the world
Replies: 37
Views: 5874

Re: Longest domestic flights in the world

What about a flight from London to Falkland islands? was there a flight ever? LHR-PSY: 7853mi as per gcmap.com The Falkland Islands are indeed part of the UK, but are self-governing territory (like Bermuda) and not integral part of Britain (like Jersey) so I am not sure if it will be considered dom...

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by Gemuser
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 560
Views: 75126

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2019

Ryanair01 wrote: No US airline even had direct service between Australia to SFO until 1994, before which you could connect via HNL or LAX, but no direct flights. QF pulled out of SFO in 1985, returned in 1996, but withdrew again in 2011. Obviously it's back on now. Not exactly the main route. What a...

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by Gemuser
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Reducing IAH-SYD and LAX-SYD March to October
Replies: 91
Views: 17934

Re: UA Reducing IAH-SYD and LAX-SYD March to October

Route decisions aren't made on cheapest fares - they're made on average fares. Any data on average fares LAX-SYD? UA still has lots of feed into LAX. What's the contribution of all the possible domestic segments to a LAX-SYD flight? Couldn't tell you what average fare data looks like but $600 fares...

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by Gemuser
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Reducing IAH-SYD and LAX-SYD March to October
Replies: 91
Views: 17934

Re: UA Reducing IAH-SYD and LAX-SYD March to October

Sure it does. With a stop in Honolulu... the Christmas Island... then Fiji... ;) Honolulu to Christmas Island then back to Fiji for Sydney. Christmas Island is off Java on the other side of Australia :bouncy: Actually, there are two "Christmas Islands". I was referring to Kiritimati, in t...

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by Gemuser
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australia a western nation?
Replies: 42
Views: 1957

Re: Australia a western nation?

The funny thing about direction, it ALL depends on starting point/point of view.... I doubt Australian's consider "The South" in the US quite the same as we in the USA do... Tugg You mean the "Far North"? :-) It ALL depends on your point of view! Most [not all] of this thread is...

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by Gemuser
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with boat/ferry service
Replies: 18
Views: 1540

Re: Airports with boat/ferry service

How about VCE? Definitely! Alilaguna is the operator of the water bus service, https://www.alilaguna.it/en/lines/lines-map Definitely the best way but exactly where you are staying can make a difference see map for the various routes. Water taxis are available but considerably more expensive. Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did United ever have a 747 base at EWR?
Replies: 36
Views: 7406

Re: Did United ever have a 747 base at EWR?

They also flew out of LAX for SYD & MEL re-positioning to SFO via the SYD - SFO flight. Gemuser MEL was flown as LAX-SYD-MEL-SYD-LAX. It was not served nonstop until post-merger UA launched 787-9 service from LAX to MEL in 2014. UA also operated the 744 from SFO to SYD, and prior to the LAX non...

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by Gemuser
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did United ever have a 747 base at EWR?
Replies: 36
Views: 7406

Re: Did United ever have a 747 base at EWR?

. [snip] In 2012, UA repositioned the entire 747-400 fleet to SFO and the maintenance facility they have there because the dispatch reliability of the 747-400 had gotten so bad. Pre-merger, legacy UA deferred a lot of maintenance on planes that was not critical and the result was a terrible track r...

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by Gemuser
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ETOPS Maximums by Coutry Competant Authority
Replies: 5
Views: 571

Re: ETOPS Maximums by Coutry Competant Authority

It's not so much that ETDO varies from country, the IACO standards are the same, what varies is the acceptance of those standards, or parts there of. A country is not required to accept all the ICAO standards, they can opt out of specific points. Australia said it did not accept ETDO > 180 until abo...

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by Gemuser
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Solid NYT Article on MCAS and Lion Air Crash
Replies: 75
Views: 10491

Re: Solid NYT Article on MCAS and Lion Air Crash

The fact that the FAA would intervene on behalf of Boeing is the most alarming news here. Sort of like the ratings agencies before the Great Recession. Fox guarding the hen house. Boeing and the FAA need to burn for this. Exactly. It's called" catch of the regulator by the regulated", it ...

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by Gemuser
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Solid NYT Article on MCAS and Lion Air Crash
Replies: 75
Views: 10491

Re: Solid NYT Article on MCAS and Lion Air Crash

Any reputable airline would have hauled it off to a maintenance hangar until a competent maintenance team and perhaps the NTSB could have looked at it. Yes that's right, the NTSB also examine near-fatal events. In Indonesia? Yes, it is an aircraft manufactured in the US. It wouldn't be the first ti...

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