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by Gemuser
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 35226

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

[quote="Gasman" I too am highly sceptical about WLG's need and ability to sustain long haul travel. As a Wellingtonian in spirit (if not geographically) this disappointments me, but: - - small actual catchment, and potential catchment not much bigger - Two international gateways each less ...

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by Gemuser
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Erickson Skycrane Crashes in Victoria (Australia)
Replies: 29
Views: 6202

Re: Erickson Skycrane Crashes in Victoria (Australia)

Dam it guys! LOL!!! So thankful the crew survived. As others have mentioned, these men and women that do this job have balls of steel. It amazes me how they are able to risk so much. I mean, imagine having to put it down near a major fire? Or, end up in the water? Hopefully they can get the remaind...

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by Gemuser
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Erickson Skycrane Crashes in Victoria (Australia)
Replies: 29
Views: 6202

Re: Erickson Skycrane Crashes in Victoria (Australia)

I have a real problem with an American criticising other countries use of English considering the crimes against the English language by Americans! Awww, we've been friends for a long time, sorry if I caused offense. Ahhh that's OK,we can still be friends :-) How would an Australian describe an air...

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by Gemuser
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Erickson Skycrane Crashes in Victoria (Australia)
Replies: 29
Views: 6202

Re: Erickson Skycrane Crashes in Victoria (Australia)

[quote="Revelation" Why does the article say the aircraft crashed into the dam when it really crashed into the reservoir? [snip] Thanks. Yes, many in the US when we say "let's go down to the dam" we are talking about the reservoir, but in this context the distinction matters and ...

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by Gemuser
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown
Replies: 50
Views: 9807

Re: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown

I assume the aircraft were just more examples of B737 that SWA already operate. In this case does it really require an FAA person's approval to put it into service??? Unbelievable! In Australia airlines "with the appropriate approval" can issue both a certificate of airworthiness and a cer...

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by Gemuser
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 77486

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Qantas to send 717's to Singapore for heavy maintenance from June 2019 http://australianaviation.com.au/2019/01/qantas-to-send-717s-offshore-for-heavy-maintenance/ That's a shame for the engineers in Canberra, although until reading that article I didn't realise the work was sub-contracted out. I a...

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by Gemuser
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 77486

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

I was just talking about the new perth airport train station and the proposed link from the station to the terminal - looks like a overpass rather than a seamless underground pedestrian link (which is what i'm generally used to elsewhere, eg SYD). Friends suggested that the airport may eventually g...

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by Gemuser
Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't NW order the 747-300?
Replies: 53
Views: 6605

Re: Why didn't NW order the 747-300?

I remember a friend of mine in 5th grade sent me a postcard of a KLM B743 from Australia, the plane he travelled onto for his Aussie trip... was there something between AMS and SYD with KLM in the early 90s? Depends on what you mean by "something", KLM served AMS-SYD for around 60 years f...

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by Gemuser
Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't NW order the 747-300?
Replies: 53
Views: 6605

Re: Why didn't NW order the 747-300?

Modem day Jakarta [yes I know the spelling could be wonky, I didn't have time to check it] Gemuser So you are saying that the KLM 743 flew all the way from Jakarta to AMS? That is amazing. How is that possible if SQ had to make a fuel stop on SFO-HKG? Did KLM use better engines than SQ on their 743...

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by Gemuser
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't NW order the 747-300?
Replies: 53
Views: 6605

Re: Why didn't NW order the 747-300?

747-300 is not capable to do trans-Pacific. It's mostly taken up by Asian airlines (although European ones like KLM and Swissair also bought some). And Asian airlines use them for high density intra-Asian routes. Wrong, used by Korean, JAL, Singapore and other overs the Pacific. Qantas didn't fly t...

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by Gemuser
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't NW order the 747-300?
Replies: 53
Views: 6605

Re: Why didn't NW order the 747-300?

[quote="blacksoviet" where is "batativea"?[/quote]

Modem day Jakarta [yes I know the spelling could be wonky, I didn't have time to check it]

Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't NW order the 747-300?
Replies: 53
Views: 6605

Re: Why didn't NW order the 747-300?

I remember a friend of mine in 5th grade sent me a postcard of a KLM B743 from Australia, the plane he travelled onto for his Aussie trip... was there something between AMS and SYD with KLM in the early 90s? Depends on what you mean by "something", KLM served AMS-SYD for around 60 years f...

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by Gemuser
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated November 2018 Loads
Replies: 14
Views: 2546

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated November 2018 Loads

Please allow me to disagree! I am interested in these numbers BUT I am NOT interested in the minutia of an airport that those threads (particularly from the USA) often get bogged down. Greg, please keep the number in THIS thread. Maybe a good compromise would be an ongoing LF thread instead of each...

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by Gemuser
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 77486

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

BITRE domestic figures for November have been released at https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/domestic_airline_activity-monthly_publications.aspx . MEZ-SYD had an 89.4% load factor - you've got to be kidding me! In fact, the lowest load factor of the top nine routes was ADL-MEZ with 85.0%. I'...

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by Gemuser
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates next Latin American destination: Lima?
Replies: 19
Views: 3580

Re: Emirates next Latin American destination: Lima?

LightChop2Chop wrote:
Would DXB AKL/SYD LIM be possible? Would they have traffic rights?

Unlikely, AFAIK their 5th freedom rights only extend to NZ. It would require renegotiation of the Australia/UAE ASA.

Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 77486

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

To be honest being a local using the airport and not working for an airline or airport. I find Perth airport as a passenger a good experience and thats what should count. Could.ypu be better served however if the airport could let you or other users fly direct to say CDG and FRA? So your experience...

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by Gemuser
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 77486

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

To be honest being a local using the airport and not working for an airline or airport. I find Perth airport as a passenger a good experience and thats what should count. An airport that did this would be out of business pretty smartly! Passengers are NOT customers of the airport, their customers a...

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by Gemuser
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated November 2018 Loads
Replies: 14
Views: 2546

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated November 2018 Loads

Hey Greg, friendly suggestion: I think these monthly updates would be more appropriate in the ongoing DFW thread so we could keep all the discussion under one roof as it were. Oh, and I flew QF8 in november and 'twas packed except for some blocked-off middle seats, so I'm surprised to see those loa...

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by Gemuser
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the era of economically successful planes over?
Replies: 61
Views: 9812

Re: Is the era of economically successful planes over?

anything else you wanna know? Yes: why you didn't read the second sentence in that article, and realize what it's telling you.... which is essentially that there's nothing concrete about those stats. with program launch less than 6 months away, those figures are almost certainly set in stone. the o...

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by Gemuser
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 53476

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Fromk RJMAZ Reply 170: The 797 will be able to connect most of the world as look how far 5000nm will allow. Taking off from London you can fly to the west coast of the US or to anywhere in China. Taking off from New York you can fly to anywhere in Europe all the way to Greece or to Hawaii. Taking of...

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by Gemuser
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 family future prospects
Replies: 107
Views: 16059

Re: 787 family future prospects

In reading the New Zealand Aviation Thread I have seen mentioned a "Code 3" 789 being discussed as being added to the NZ fleet for longer routes AKL-JFK-AKL. What is this aircraft? Boeings response to the A359ULR? "Code X" refers to different Air NZ cabin configurations, AFAIK i...

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by Gemuser
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 77486

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

To be fair I also assumed that you meant OAG. After you insisted it was ONG I had to Google it. Certainly an interesting destination! For those who are equally confused ONG is Mornington Island Airport in the Gulf of Carpentaria (and is indeed a ZL destination) It was a BPA destination before that,...

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by Gemuser
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 37576

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

aerohottie wrote:
It's 2019 and time for some future gazing.

2019 Predictions:

5- The QF/AA JV will be approved in Australia, QF and AA will announce new routes including AKL-DFW

The QF/AA JV was approved in Australia last year. Did you mean in the USA?

Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dear Santa For Christmas This Year....
Replies: 15
Views: 1723

Re: Dear Santa For Christmas This Year....

Dear Santa 1) Please do away with ALL 10 abreast configured B777. IMHO they are an abomination! 2) Please do away all airfares where it costs hundreds of $A more to go LESS distance even though the cheaper fare goes through more expensive fare city. 3) Please have Airbus announce an A380 NG in quart...

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by Gemuser
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 77486

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Lowlight 2018: 1) QF launching MEL-SFO. Expected it to be UA first, but QF took the lead and launched it first, which in turn has finally got UA to announce starting service on the route in 2019. Predictions for 2019: - 2) QF to announce PER-CDG, but only if their issues with the airport are resolv...

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by Gemuser
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 48738

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

SCFlyer Reply 305: There is one problem with your "international adjustments" theory. The VA shareholders DO NOT hold shares in VA's International operations, they are separate airlines/companies with VA International having majority [at least] Australian shareholders. Otherwise they could...

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by Gemuser
Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA launches NRT-PER
Replies: 63
Views: 10655

Re: ANA launches NRT-PER

klakzky123 Reply 33: Does anyone go to Australia from the US via TYO anymore? YES! Depending on your origin point in North America it can be a good connecting point. Anecdotal example, I have a mate from Canberra who currently lives in Portland, Maine and flies home about every 9 months to see his a...

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by Gemuser
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 48738

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Some of my own thoughts for 2019. ... Meanwhile Alan Joyce will order Project Sunrise jets and see out QF's 100th anniversary and then he will step down too, end of 2020 or early 2021. Also QF/AA JV to be approved in Q1 but will need to wait for new 787s as current fleet is now fully allocated. As ...

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by Gemuser
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure
Replies: 211
Views: 38525

Re: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure

About ten years ago or more British Airways had a 747-400 that had a engine fail on climb out from LAX which the pilots decided to continue the flight to LHR after British Airways Maintenance Control approved.. Due to the drag of the failed engine the aircraft landed short due to higher fuel consum...

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by Gemuser
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does Santa file a flight plan?
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Re: Does Santa file a flight plan?

Santa does NOT file a flight plan. At his Vmmo no radar can track him! So no point.

Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JQ tailstrike paranoia or industry practice?
Replies: 17
Views: 4730

Re: JQ tailstrike paranoia or industry practice?

It was most likely for weight & balance reasons, even in big jets the limits have to be observed.

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by Gemuser
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 499
Views: 98324

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

I fail to see what the age of the QF B737 fleet has to do with their market share PROVIDED they keep the maintenance up so the aircraft do not become unreliable AND the cabin is kept up to date. QF has been pretty good in doing so in the past. Gemuser With the Australian market growing by 3% pa, on...

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by Gemuser
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 499
Views: 98324

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

They probably won't start replacing 738s until ~2025. No reason why these aircraft shouldn't keep flying to 25+ years, especially if they keep the cabins looking fresh. IMHO B738 replacement to start 2022 at the earliest, 2027 at the latest, so still time to place orders. Gemuser QANTAS domestic ha...

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by Gemuser
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 'Triple' ICAO codes (of the form ABBB)
Replies: 18
Views: 2001

Re: 'Triple' ICAO codes (of the form ABBB)

OP: "Furthermore, when Hong Kong is VHHH, Macau could just as well have been VMMM. Why VMMC?" It COULD be because Macau airport opened only in 1995 where as HKG [Kai Tak] opened 1925 ie pre ICAO VTCIE Reply 4: "That's LDZA. LDDD is apparently the AFTN airport code. Any idea what AFTN ...

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by Gemuser
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 14106

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

LAX772LR wrote:
Gemuser wrote:
I . . . don't know IF the benefit is greater than the cost of moving other operations out of T5 to accommodate AA.

Pretty straightforward really: If they agree to do so, then it apparently is.

Have they agreed to? AFAIK they haven't, so it isn't worth it by your own words..

Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 14106

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

Seems sooner or later this will happen even if BA must move some of its own services away from T-5. The carriers certainly must have a mountain of traffic data that shows which BA flights receive high percentage of connection traffic flow and their financial contribution and which do not. Those tha...

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by Gemuser
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 14106

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

To you, for sure but would it be for your partner who would have to make other changes to accommodate you ....in exchange for (again) half your ridership. You make it sound like BA isn't massively benefiting as well. I didn't say BA were not benefiting BUT you and I [unless you have access to non p...

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by Gemuser
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 14106

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

When 50 percent of your customer's transfer to your partner BA, it would be immensely beneficial to put things under a single roof. To you, for sure but would it be for your partner who would have to make other changes to accommodate you that may be more pain/cost than an advantage to them? After a...

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by Gemuser
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piaggio Declares Bankruptcy
Replies: 10
Views: 4530

Re: Piaggio Declares Bankruptcy

Damn, my favourite aircraft maker because they were ALWAYS such strange & unusual aircraft starting with the P134 flying boat, the Pig [P166] that saw extensive use in Australia & PNG, even though those GTIO Lycoming engines were a real pain, through the more modern type. If it lead to their...

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by Gemuser
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Perth get a non stop flight to the US ?
Replies: 100
Views: 12221

Re: When will Perth get a non stop flight to the US ?

Probably the most comparible flight to a potential Perth to Los Angeles would be Auckland to Doha. Auckland has a smaller population than Perth. Qantas must work to its strengths. It has enough potential 18 hour routes to sustain a big fleet of ULR aircraft which brings costs down. Other airlines w...

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by Gemuser
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: XXX-USA International Flight Forced To Divert - Customs Procedures?
Replies: 7
Views: 1830

Re: XXX-USA International Flight Forced To Divert - Customs Procedures?

I diverted to Nadi once on QF and explicitly the few Fiji pax could not leave as QF did not have US-Fiji authority. GF Some how I doubt that route authority was the real reason as QF has had route authority US - Fiji since 1949, at least, unless it has change this century and I didn't notice! [Poss...

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by Gemuser
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct amount of snow to have on the ground
Replies: 36
Views: 2036

Re: The correct amount of snow to have on the ground

Airstud wrote:
Gemuser wrote:
The correct answer is NONE! Snow should be banned, what's wrong water?

Gemuser


Has it ever snowed in Australia?

Of course it does, but we keep it on the tops of mountains [well I'll accept on top of VERY tall hills, if you insist!], not where real people live.

Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct amount of snow to have on the ground
Replies: 36
Views: 2036

Re: The correct amount of snow to have on the ground

The correct answer is NONE! Snow should be banned, what's wrong water?

Gemuser

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by Gemuser
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are serious incidents investigated?
Replies: 34
Views: 4793

Re: Are serious incidents investigated?

OK, seeing as nobody else has mentioned it. Interested EVERYTHING you are talking about all ready in place under the various treaties that establish the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Check the Wikipedia entry for a summary. The system is broadly the same in every member country, althoug...

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by Gemuser
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 344
Views: 34877

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

EK has A380 from DXB to AKL as well. That’s the long way around from North America. SQ have a seasonal A380 to AKL aswell. It is the long way around, but depending on exactly where in North America JoeCanuck is it may not be that much longer and EK can be competitive with fares from SYD to LAX so i...

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by Gemuser
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of QF 744 Routes after 747 retirement?
Replies: 29
Views: 5440

Re: Future of QF 744 Routes after 747 retirement?

I would not be surprised to see the 744s stay in the QF fleet longer than currently planned. Some of the 744ER will be very young when retired. This could help cover routes like seasonal YVR and can be easily deployed to HNL which continues to free up an A330 to fly other routes. I agree I think it...

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by Gemuser
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of QF 744 Routes after 747 retirement?
Replies: 29
Views: 5440

Re: Future of QF 744 Routes after 747 retirement?

Would SYD-SCL and SYD-JNB be ETOPS-restricted for the 789? Australia has still not given approval for EDTO >180 for Australian aircraft but to be fair we do not know if any Australian airlines have applied for it. Will be a big deal to get that through CASA, glad I don't work in that area anymore. ...

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by Gemuser
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of QF 744 Routes after 747 retirement?
Replies: 29
Views: 5440

Re: Future of QF 744 Routes after 747 retirement?

Would SYD-SCL and SYD-JNB be ETOPS-restricted for the 789? Australia has still not given approval for EDTO >180 for Australian aircraft but to be fair we do not know if any Australian airlines have applied for it. Will be a big deal to get that through CASA, glad I don't work in that area anymore. ...

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by Gemuser
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Interesting Subjects for an Essay on Commercial Aviation?
Replies: 42
Views: 2862

Re: Interesting Subjects for an Essay on Commercial Aviation?

- Effects of the EU open skies agreement on legacy carriers - Transformation of networking. from early JV's (NW/KLM) towards alliances and large JVs now.' - Small hub-and-spoke networks, finding a niche in a saturated market. <-- think Icelandair/WOW Air for example. - Longhaul LCC, starting with L...

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by Gemuser
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Interesting Subjects for an Essay on Commercial Aviation?
Replies: 42
Views: 2862

Re: Interesting Subjects for an Essay on Commercial Aviation?

- Effects of the EU open skies agreement on legacy carriers - Transformation of networking. from early JV's (NW/KLM) towards alliances and large JVs now.' - Small hub-and-spoke networks, finding a niche in a saturated market. <-- think Icelandair/WOW Air for example. - Longhaul LCC, starting with L...

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