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by allrite
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Of storms and snow part 1: QF/EK SYD-MEL-SIN
Replies: 25
Views: 6064

Of storms and snow part 1: QF/EK SYD-MEL-SIN

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Tc7SuUkxLWs/WI2DiLENWsI/AAAAAAAFv64/hNrtkXH7mMEgyws-PFUP-JOTe-TZH8ffACPcB/s640/DSC09764.JPG Here begins a three week trip from Sydney to Singapore via Melbourne, to Osaka via Taipei and from Tokyo to Sydney via Cairns. Each route I have flown before, but this will also be...

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by allrite
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A Surprise Dash: Skippers Aviation to Ravensthorpe
Replies: 12
Views: 2861

Re: A Surprise Dash: Skippers Aviation to Ravensthorpe

I can't help but think that Skippers needs a Gilligans as well. A little known "fact" (of the kind believed by certain world leaders) was that the series "Lost" was inspired by "Gilligan's Island". :)

Enjoyed the read and the photos, thanks!

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by allrite
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Remote Island Paradise - Lord Howe Island, Australia - Tasman Sea South Pacific | QF QantasLink Dash 8 -200 - Part 1
Replies: 27
Views: 8417

Re: Remote Island Paradise - Lord Howe Island, Australia - Tasman Sea South Pacific | QF QantasLink Dash 8 -200 - Part 1

Thanks VapourTrails for this lovely report. So nice to read about a real flight in our neck of the woods rather than just another unattainable business or first class luxury fest. My son did a school project last year about the Lord Howe Island stick insect (good animation about it here: https://vim...

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by allrite
Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Business Of Batik & Malindo
Replies: 9
Views: 5236

Re: The Business Of Batik & Malindo

So Lion Air have a hexagon theme going on, kind of like a previous Qantas theme or honeybees... Just hope that the safety focus extends to the pilots. That ABC report on Indonesian aviation a year or two ago was a bit scary. Have you hung around in Adelaide so long that you've forgotten spices? Tsk,...

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by allrite
Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Soar like a bird: a Himalayan flight with AI's ATR
Replies: 10
Views: 6442

Re: Soar like a bird: a Himalayan flight with AI's ATR

Awesome photos. Was the airport built for more traffic in the past? Or are there a reasonable number of private or charter flights?

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by allrite
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147
Replies: 294
Views: 32397

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147

Domestically, yields are what saves CBR. However, where you could once get B737s quite easily between SYD-CBR during peak times, you'll be lucky to get a B717. The Federal Government is also trying decentralise the APS so the population of CBR won't be growing fast anytime soon and is still recover...

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by allrite
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147
Replies: 294
Views: 32397

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147

pugsley wrote:
Friday 2nd December (tomorrow) sees Vietnam Airlines bringing the B787 to Melbourne - will be great to see this in the VN colours in MEL


Also to Sydney. I just glanced up to the office window to watch the VN 787 do a loop around the city.

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by allrite
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147
Replies: 294
Views: 32397

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147

Several people injured by turbulence flying into Sydney China Eastern flight, met by emergency services but no serious injuries reported. Unloaded at hanger 32 if I understand correctly. Anyone have more information about what point of the flight the turbulence occurred and probable causes? Would r...

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by allrite
Fri Nov 25, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147
Replies: 294
Views: 32397

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147

QF Freight upcoming operation ex HBA confirmed by QF press release. To be ops by B767F. http://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media- ... -to-china/ Belly freight on pax services will support this operation from the sounds of things. The 767 is a freighter - there won't be pax on these services. If you r...

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by allrite
Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147
Replies: 294
Views: 32397

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147

News of a jet fuel shortage at MEL today due to a batch of fuel not passing quality tests. Only 2 million litres will be available today. Delays and diversions are expected, as is tankering on domestic flights. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-25/f ... ay/8057456 According to the article Qantas H...

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by allrite
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Carrie Fisher Hooked Up With Harrison Ford
Replies: 26
Views: 2488

Re: Carrie Fisher Hooked Up With Harrison Ford

N14AZ wrote:
Ah, now I understand, this love affair led to the birth of Kylo Ren, correct?


The problem was that they gave the kid to Mark Hamill to raise but the kid was more interested in crooning like his grandfather Eddie than becoming an actor.

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by allrite
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147
Replies: 294
Views: 32397

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147

Anyone know how the SQ Capital Express flights are going? Any rumours of future international flights to Canberra? Does anyone know the routing of the PM's jet to get to Lima? Probably CBR-PPT-LIM as a 737-7DT BBJ is presently on FR24 off northern New Zealand having departed PPT. https://www.flightr...

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by allrite
Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147
Replies: 294
Views: 32397

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147

Sorry but what does PER offer over DXB or even SIN/HKG/BKK as the stopover option? There is no time saving for flyers from SYD/MEL/BNE compared with routing vs DXB or QF's previous ports of SIN/HKG/BKK. Also you are flying one heck of long segment from PER-LHR/LHR-PER which means your costs are goi...

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by allrite
Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:34 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: MH's A380 Twilight Saga: KUL-LHR Business Class
Replies: 26
Views: 17888

Re: MH's A380 Twilight Saga: KUL-LHR Business Class

Great to see you back! One thing to admire about MH is their consistency. You may remember that I did that flight 5 years (and a couple of weeks) ago on MH's 747. From your report, despite it being on an A380 and in business, it looks like MH have managed to replicate that experience with a worn air...

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by allrite
Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:36 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The point of it: Canberra by Qantas, train back and an SQ surprise
Replies: 7
Views: 5143

Re: The point of it: Canberra by Qantas, train back and an SQ surprise

Morning mate! He lives! LTNT :D Cannot wait to get back to my laid back life in Adelaide and watch ads on TV for Bunnings and Chemist Warehouse. Hahahaha... You should try real rural Australian ads. Go stay in a motel somewhere and enjoy. Oh wait, you've stayed in Rockhampton... This forum has take...

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by allrite
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:02 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The point of it: Canberra by Qantas, train back and an SQ surprise
Replies: 7
Views: 5143

Re: The point of it: Canberra by Qantas, train back and an SQ surprise

I like that kind of spontaneity, not that I've ever done that myself as yet. I've got this fantasy of booking an overseas flight then that afternoon heading down tot he airport to catch it with nothing but my wallet, phone and passport. For someone who likes to plan, spontaneity is curiously attrac...

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by allrite
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Not the Diamond Seats, Garuda 417 DPS-CGK in J.
Replies: 4
Views: 6491

Re: Not the Diamond Seats, Garuda 417 DPS-CGK in J.

Read your trip report here and on your own site. So the 15 minutes free Internet is for the posting of selfies? Free advertising! :)

You have a photo of a sat in lie flat mode. Did you notice anyone actually using their seats as such on what sounds like a short flight?

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by allrite
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The point of it: Canberra by Qantas, train back and an SQ surprise
Replies: 7
Views: 5143

The point of it: Canberra by Qantas, train back and an SQ surprise

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-W9HjHby2ri0/WCw1ACzG5tI/AAAAAAAFkjI/PfWpk8LFIkkDSKohqq4ggToKruovWz-agCKgB/s640/DSC_1863.JPG This report is also available at http://flying.allrite.at/2016/11/the-point-of-it-canberra-by-qantas.html . It's November and that means it's time to ensure I have enough Qantas st...

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by allrite
Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146
Replies: 245
Views: 32018

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146

Possibly was as your aircraft VH-QOI doesn't appear to have completed any scheduled services since but looks like it may now have repositioned to MEL though FlightRadar is a bit unclear on this. Thanks! The landing did feel a bit hard and was queasy when the nose went down, but not the worst landin...

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by allrite
Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146
Replies: 245
Views: 32018

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146

QF2131 CBR - MEL was cancelled today due to a heavy landing and the need to inspect the aircraft. Apparently all passengers were accommodated on other flights. Not completely surprised as our Dash 8 flight in a little earlier was a bit bumpy on descent, despite all other conditions being good (and t...

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by allrite
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Five Word Story Thread 2016 Edition Part 2
Replies: 602
Views: 20365

Re: Five Word Story Thread 2016 Edition Part 2

cards platitudes written in creepy

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by allrite
Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Caviar & Afternoon Tea & Turbulence Cathay FIRST Hong Kong to London B777
Replies: 4
Views: 9386

Re: Caviar & Afternoon Tea & Turbulence Cathay FIRST Hong Kong to London B777

Thanks for sharing your experience. I enjoyed the read and the photos.

southsidesilver wrote:
I personally love it when a Captain gives an announcement during bad weather over saying nothing at all.


I agree! It's reassuring to be reminded that the pilots aren't flying into turbulence for the fun of it. :)

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by allrite
Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Unveils New Livery & 787 Cabin
Replies: 168
Views: 33015

Re: Qantas Unveils New Livery & 787 Cabin

I've been giving some thought as to why the font is no longer in italics and I wonder if it is because "QANTAS" now appears on the underbelly. Italics along the side imply motion, but on the underbelly they would introduce an asymmetry that may look quite odd.

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by allrite
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146
Replies: 245
Views: 32018

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146

Apart from a few "tweaks" over the years, QF aircraft still carry the basic livery that was introduced on the B747-300s over 30 years ago! I really thought QF would come up with something stunning for the introduction of the Dreamliners, but alas, that was not to be! I think there has bee...

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by allrite
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Unveils New Livery & 787 Cabin
Replies: 168
Views: 33015

Re: Qantas 787 Cabin & Routes Reveal

ummm.the gold trim has bean 'lost' for years!!! Yeah, I only noticed that when I looked at tayser's post of the liveries through the years! In my defence I usually see the undersides of the aircraft when they fly overhead. At least the new design will make it easier to spot the repainted aircraft f...

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by allrite
Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146
Replies: 245
Views: 32018

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146

I do agree with the comment about the white hats and that was the first thing I noticed back in the launch .. "The white cap is supposed to take us back to the days of flying boats but it's 2016, not the 1940s. We don't fly flying boats, we fly aeroplanes," one pilot said. I don't know. W...

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by allrite
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Unveils New Livery & 787 Cabin
Replies: 168
Views: 33015

Re: Qantas Unveils New Livery & 787 Cabin/Routes

As of today, all but one Qantas aircraft is a Retro Roo. :)

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by allrite
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Unveils New Livery & 787 Cabin
Replies: 168
Views: 33015

Re: Qantas 787 Cabin & Routes Reveal

I don't mind the redesign. Lost the gold trim on the tail though. I like how they've thought about inflight photographers with the wingtip logos. Hopefully they'll not use an ultradark option for the electronic window shades. :)

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by allrite
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146
Replies: 245
Views: 32018

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146

Apparently some controversy about the new uniforms and dress code. Big moustaches are out. Yet at today's event they've got people in retro clothes. So would this be acceptable? :)

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by allrite
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146
Replies: 245
Views: 32018

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146

https://www.facebook.com/Qantas/
Also VH-QPJ is on approach now


I think it flew overhead outside my office window and I barely looked up. Bugger!

Though I don't recall anything being particularly different on the outside.
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log0008 wrote:
For those wanting to watch QF event live: https://www.facebook.com/Qantas/
Also VH-QPJ is on approach now


I think it flew overhead outside my office window and I barely looked up. Bugger!

Though I don't recall anything being particularly different on the outside.

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by allrite
Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 145
Replies: 233
Views: 26702

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 145

Nice to see QF returning to PEK! Daily service with a A330-200 SYD-PEK QF107 13:50/22:40, PEK-SYD QF108 00:15/14:55 or 00:20/14:55 I guess they aren't looking for connections outwards from PEK, but their PVG/HKG services may be better for that anyway considering their partnerships with China Southe...

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by allrite
Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:26 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: SQ Capital Express Inaugural SIN-CBR-WLG-CBR in J
Replies: 14
Views: 9508

Re: SQ Capital Express Inaugural SIN-CBR-WLG-CBR in J

I've been looking forward to reading a trip report about the Capital Connect service. Canberra is such a nice airport that I'm glad it has finally got an international service. It's a pity that the weather was so poor because I would love to have seen more of the approaches in and out of Canberra fr...

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by allrite
Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Gold Coast to Hong Kong via Cairns in Hong Kong Airlines business class Sept 16
Replies: 6
Views: 6829

Re: Gold Coast to Hong Kong via Cairns in Hong Kong Airlines business class Sept 16

Interesting report. At least HX appears to offer a reasonable hard product on board in business, though some of the other features appear more like a Jetstar's LCC "business" product. I've flown many times through both the Gold Coast and Cairns airports with Jetstar to and from Japan. The ...

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by allrite
Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Qantas Dayout: The Domestic Business Suite Experience
Replies: 3
Views: 4492

Re: Qantas Dayout: The Domestic Business Suite Experience

Total overkill for the Melbourne to Sydney route, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. I guess they needed the recline from the start feature to make these short flights almost worthwhile for business travellers!

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by allrite
Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:44 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR
Replies: 14
Views: 5164

Re: Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR

And quoted the bit about kids, as I have happily spent several hours this week talking planes and on GHD with my previously disinterested 8yo. Watching City in the Sky over the last weeks (only partially due to his month long computer ban) and with the excitement of a US trip coming up in Dec he ha...

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by allrite
Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 144
Replies: 210
Views: 27561

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 144

Curious where JQ will send the 789? MNL or ICN ex-MEL would be good, do they have adequate crew rest facilities for ICN? Economy on the JQ 787s is better IMHO than both Scoot and AirAsiaX and both of those are off to Europe (with the advantage of geographic home hubs). Could we see JQ deploy their ...

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by allrite
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:44 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR
Replies: 14
Views: 5164

Re: Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR

Kids! :) I've long been a nervous flyer too, but I've found my kids the perfect distraction. Well, a distraction at least, especially when they continually seek your attention on a longer sector :) I think I'm too concerned about what might happen to my kid (eg the consequences of flying iPads) dur...

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by allrite
Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR
Replies: 14
Views: 5164

Re: Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR

I too have waxed and waned with the flying anxiety thing, and I don't think there is such a thing as a cure now, I accept it just goes dormant for a while! I find the best antidote is the IFE. My mind is distracted, and my hearing as well. I also think where there is stuff going on before you even ...

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by allrite
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Brand New Thai A350 - Bangkok to Phuket
Replies: 33
Views: 13674

Re: Brand New Thai A350 - Bangkok to Phuket

IIRC the government / air force here might have one or two of the new Russian planes? TG seems to order a similar number of Airbuses and Boeings, I think for political reasons - to keep the usual crowds equally happy. FWIW I believe Thailand's change to military ruling a few years ago and the stren...

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by allrite
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR
Replies: 14
Views: 5164

Re: Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR

Hi Allrite. An enjoyable read, as always. It can be quite a challenge taking photos when the sun and haze conspire to spoil things but I do like the sunset over the water. Thanks! In the interest of travelling super light I only brought my mobile phone with me so focus options were limited. The bit...

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by allrite
Wed Sep 07, 2016 4:34 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR
Replies: 14
Views: 5164

Re: Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR

Hope I get another flight on one before they disappear from Australian skies. AFAIK Virgin isn't getting rid of all of them and I'd suggest they need to keep some jets on the SYD-CBR route to compete as, anecdotally, they are more popular. Who would have thought a few years ago that there would be ...

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by allrite
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:07 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Brand New Thai A350 - Bangkok to Phuket
Replies: 33
Views: 13674

Re: Brand New Thai A350 - Bangkok to Phuket

Thai Airways' range of aircraft is incredible. Surprised they haven't ordered the C-Series and MRJ yet! Maybe the Chinese and Russians could encourage them to select some of their aircraft as well. :) Nice photos and the cabin looks fantastic. I agree that a streamed video feed from aircraft would b...

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by allrite
Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR
Replies: 14
Views: 5164

Virgin Australia EMB190 vs Qantas 717 SYD to CBR

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fJ5YZSsCATQ/V86gtbmtw4I/AAAAAAAFbao/xniNfWXyGAcT0MRfdX89xUK54DlvCHe2QCKgB/s640/DSC_0476.JPG "Relax," says Sempai Neil when I try to demonstrate my kata. "You're too tense Andrew!" Too right was I tense! I shouldn't be. The weather today was perfect. Th...

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by allrite
Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Five Word Story Thread 2016 Edition Part 2
Replies: 602
Views: 20365

Re: Five Word Story Thread 2016 Edition Part 2

WarRI1 wrote:
crackle like a bolt of...................


insane opinionated nuts high on

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by allrite
Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: An Absolute Delight! SQ J SIN-HAN
Replies: 3
Views: 5442

Re: An Absolute Delight! SQ J SIN-HAN

I chose TopGear and Men's Health because I like cars and because I was getting fat. As the doors were closed I read a little of Men's Health and found out that even breaking your diet for 2-3 days a week would cause you to not have abs. Pfft. I could tell you that too. You do realise that sitting d...

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by allrite
Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Five Word Story Thread 2016 Edition Part 2
Replies: 602
Views: 20365

Re: Five Word Story Thread 2016 Edition Part 2

2707200X wrote:
But more cryptids have been.....


Served up at that new

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by allrite
Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Five Word Story Thread 2016 Edition Part 2
Replies: 602
Views: 20365

Re: Five Word Story Thread 2016 Edition Part 2

2707200X wrote:
because it is well fed.......


With the fresh blood of

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by allrite
Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF announces record profit for FY15/16
Replies: 63
Views: 8705

Re: QF announces record profit for FY15/16

I agree! Take the 8 on order and reconfigure the oldest 8 to 700 to 850 all Y seats, transfer them to JQ to start LAX services from SYD/MEL/BNE at rock bottom prices and watch the market explode! It need not take any premium [including Y+] traffic off QF if done properly. With no capex, except mayb...

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by allrite
Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand: Inflatable sex doll in the cockpit.
Replies: 9
Views: 4333

Re: Air New Zealand: Inflatable sex doll in the cockpit.

Are you certain it wasn't just the autopilot activated?

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by allrite
Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Scenic Route to Hamburg: Emirates Boeing 777-300ER
Replies: 4
Views: 4054

Re: Scenic Route to Hamburg: Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

First trip report I've read in a long time. Love daylight flights over desert landscapes - you see so much more of the geology when it is unhidden by vegetation and urban development. Afghanistan is my favourite. On finding my suite Izzam comes to introduce herself and offers the usual amenities for...

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