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by ben175
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 232
Views: 33644

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

TT is merging all of its social media channels with VA soon. Still hasn’t hit me that they are no longer.

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by ben175
Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53158

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Qantaslink are closing their Perth and Cairns Boeing 717 bases. Shifting the planes to the east coast capitals and shuffling around a few Dash-8s. https://www.news.com.au/news/qantaslink-to-axe-cairns-and-perth-air-bases-to-better-reflect-travel-demand/news-story/643be8d82b1d3d1f1ce4fed0b9a11d45 Th...

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by ben175
Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53158

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

La Compagnie apparently flew a 321neo from Paris Orly to Perth via Mumbai today. Is this a repatriation flight?

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by ben175
Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53158

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

I seriously can't see REX being a serious alternative for business travellers with an OTP statistic that will make Tiger look good. If REX primarily do what is true to their name and look to serve regional passengers then their schedule could be quite doable with 10. Any capital city traffic they p...

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by ben175
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53158

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

The 'owned' 777s will be stored, whilst VARA will be kept for the meantime (F100 fleet). The Ex-Tiger A320's have had consistent FIFO use in recent months alongside VH-FNP & YUD which date back to the Skywest acquisition. Looks like they're going to have to use more mainline 738's or get Allian...

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by ben175
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 53158

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Will the E90s be suitable for all minesites in WA? I thought some of the runways are more suited to the robust F100s.

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by ben175
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 21266

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

Just watched the live stream, such a sad day for aviation.

My last memory of a QF 747 was VH-OJU taking me both to and from my trip to Africa in 2018. The 747 will forever be my favourite aircraft to fly on.

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by ben175
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14126

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

There are two main international cabin crew groups all consisting of different contracts - mainline (330/744) and QCCC (380/789). I assume the cut will be across the board of both divisions.

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by ben175
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68756

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

I was looking at going to Broome in late August until I realised Qantas wants to charge me over $1400 return from Melbourne (assuming the borders will open by then). Am I the only one who thinks fares like this are criminal? Especially in a time like this where we should be encouraging local tourism.

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by ben175
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68756

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

The Australian government is extending the Domestic Aviation Network Support till 30 September (previously only until next week) and the Regional Airline Network Support till 31 December (previous plan was to end on 30 September). Leased airports will also be able to seek partial relief from land t...

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by ben175
Wed May 20, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68896

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

I flew PER-MEL today on QF - was interesting to say the least. Police officers sitting at desks lined up taking details from approx 20-30 passengers obviously from hotel quarantine at the gate. No TVs, and the service consisted of a mini-muffin, packet of soy crisps and water only. Social distancing...

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by ben175
Thu May 14, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT warns airlines (again) over timely customer refunds
Replies: 23
Views: 3789

Re: DOT warns airlines (again) over timely customer refunds

After six emails back and forth I finally convinced Thai to give me a refund after they cancelled two of my upcoming flights in June. They have told me a refund will take a MINIMUM of 180 days!

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by ben175
Thu May 14, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68896

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Booked a PER-MEL for next Wednesday on QF - only selling 135 seats in Y on an A330-300 so domestic flights are selling at 50% capacity according to my friend who is crew for distancing measures. No TVs and only a snack box still according to the website.

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by ben175
Mon May 11, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68896

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 ben175
Sun May 10, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68896

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.

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by ben175
Mon May 04, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68896

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Question - are domestic travellers currently required to quarantine after arriving in MEL?

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by ben175
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 94
Views: 8489

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

I once flew PLZ-JNB-SYD-PER instead of SA direct simply so I could maintain my QF status.

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by ben175
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117222

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Photo of the VA A332 currently being blocked at PER Also the airport states that VA owes $16 million https://www.abc.net.au/news/image/12183536-3x2-700x467.jpg https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-24/perth-airport-moves-to-sieze-virgin-australia-planes-over-debt/12183344 I just find this situation a...

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by ben175
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117222

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Just heard on the radio apparently vehicles at PER are blocking all VA aircraft from leaving. No source yet as it’s breaking.

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by ben175
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117222

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Think most of the SAA market would rather take the cheaper option & go via Dubai/Doha/KL/Singapore unless Qantas does the Perth to Joburg direct. Would love Ethiopian to bring in their A350s though I thought Sydney to Jo’burg was already a long flight. How much longer would it be to transit via...

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by ben175
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 327
Views: 54369

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Really horrible day for Australian aviation. Hoping there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, I have many friends who are proud VA workers that are incredibly sad to see this happen. It’s not really a horrible day, it’s been expected for the better part of the last decade, eventually the mo...

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by ben175
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 327
Views: 54369

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

When Virgin fail, there would be another airline coming to life in Australian market later when condition is right. The conditions aren't ever going to be right. It's a relatively small, geographically isolated domestic market with a lot of geographical dispersion - it's worse than Canada, which in...

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by ben175
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 327
Views: 54369

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

I'm stunned by the unwillingness of the Australian government to help Virgin, reminds me of Ansett's demise. I admit that both companies weren't doing great before their respective major crises (9/11 and Covid19) but leaving the entire Australian aviation market in the hands of Qantas is not a very...

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by ben175
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines Ask to Cancel Rule Requiring Refunds When They Cancel
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Re: Airlines Ask to Cancel Rule Requiring Refunds When They Cancel

I have a flight on TG DPS-BKK-LHR and they've gradually changed/cancelled all sectors of my flight without ANY information on what to do except "contact our call centre team" - that's great except for the fact they've all been stood down in Australia! I emailed weeks ago and still have no ...

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by ben175
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 327
Views: 54369

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

I'm stunned by the unwillingness of the Australian government to help Virgin, reminds me of Ansett's demise. I admit that both companies weren't doing great before their respective major crises (9/11 and Covid19) but leaving the entire Australian aviation market in the hands of Qantas is not a very...

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by ben175
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 327
Views: 54369

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Really horrible day for Australian aviation. Hoping there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, I have many friends who are proud VA workers that are incredibly sad to see this happen.

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by ben175
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117222

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Surely this warrants its own thread now? A devastating day for Australian aviation that shouldn’t be lost in the archives.

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by ben175
Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117222

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Can somebody please make a list of the airlines currently still operating scheduled bookable international services into Australia besides QR? I was surprised to see Citilink operating DPS-PER the other morning.

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by ben175
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117222

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Right now it looks like QF is recommencing PER-MEL/SYD on Friday 24th of April, with nothing but a one-off PER-SYD on the 20th.

I think the next week will be very telling whether or not this suspension is extended. Does anyone have any info on what transcon loads have been like in the past week?

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by ben175
Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117222

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

It was less than a week ago people said it would be impossible for QF/VA to completely stop transcontinental services when I brought up the idea. This is one for the history books.

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by ben175
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 117222

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

With WA restricting interstate borders even further on Sunday... could we see QF/VA pull out of transcon services?

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by ben175
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Does anyone have any details of the planned weights and fuel load for QF1 DRW-LHR tonight? Must have been on the heavy side assuming there was a reasonable pax load. I'd love to know this too and also I'm guessing its a crew change in DRW as well correct? Also this flight is/was crewed by a UK base...

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by ben175
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Anyone checking out the LY87 service from Tel Aviv to Perth Interesting flight path to get over. Clearly avoiding Saudi Arabia airspace. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200324/ceb0d3a9edfde41dd389337e9f10ce5e.jpg Flight LY87 from Tel Aviv to Perth https://fr24.com/ELY087/2442644a Sent from my iP...

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by ben175
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Flying MEL-BNE-PER today to get in before the borders close. First sector had about 50 pax onboard (5/12 in J) but the transcon is pretty much full. I was beyond surprised to see how busy BNE was - looked no different to a normal day.

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qf789 wrote:
Emirates cancels all ADL, BNE and MEL flights plus DXB-SYD-CHC, cancellations extend to 20 May for some and 30 June for others

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... irbus-a380


So only SYD and PER remain?

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by ben175
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Has QF's website been updated to reflect the drastic cuts yet? I can still book numerous routes (PER-SIN, SYD-CGK, MEL-LAX for example) all the way up until late May. PER-MEL is still showing 7 daily flights most days, many on A330's.

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by ben175
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

I was just checking in for my QF2 SIN-SYD for tomorrow (Sat 14/03) and decided to do a seat change. Last week when on Phi Phi Island in Phuket, I encountered a less than appreciated 24 hour stomach bug. I was a bit concerned at the time and thought I’d change my seat to be closest as possible to th...

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by ben175
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Not sure if this is a regular thing but I got a call from QF saying I can extend my gold membership (which I am about to lose) for 12 months if I pay 80,000 points.

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by ben175
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Flew a VA 738 (downgraded from a 330 only a few days before) on PER-MEL today and was just beyond shocked at how poor the product is compared to QF these days. No cheese & biscuits, no dessert - just a flavourless "meal" that honestly resembled baby food and tasted horrible. Only one d...

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by ben175
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

I wonder if the recently announced fifth daily SQ service to PER will actually go ahead at this stage...

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by ben175
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

TT must do pretty well on MEL-PER and SYD-PER considering they're staying and will take up significant utilisation with only 8 aircraft. Though I guess this is a way to keep the planes flying and making money through the night - the afternoon/evening MEL-PER-MEL service might see the chop.

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by ben175
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

An767 wrote:
Quick question. I am on QF2 tomorrow 27/2 in business, can anybody tell me if its the upgrade cabin?
Thanks in advance
An767


ExpertFlyer is showing SkyBeds. Bad luck!

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by ben175
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Looks like QF is streamlining some domestic flight numbers later this year - just booked a couple of MEL-PER return sectors and all flight numbers are now QF77X and QF78X in both directions. A flight number is borderline irrelevant to the general passenger. Whether it is flight number 123 or 456, i...

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by ben175
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Looks like QF is streamlining some domestic flight numbers later this year - just booked a couple of MEL-PER return sectors and all flight numbers are now QF77X and QF78X in both directions.

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by ben175
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Was looking at fares to Europe in peak period and Philippine Airlines have one-way (!) fares from Perth to London via Manila for $528 in late June... absolutely crazy! Does include a 16 hour layover, but the airport hotels look cheap as chips.

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by ben175
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

https://www.airlineratings.com/news/res ... rth-route/


Yes please!

Team up with QF or VA, slap a codeshare on it and they’d be good to go.
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qf789 wrote:
Air Seychelles is considering ordering the A321XLR so they can launch flights to PER

https://www.airlineratings.com/news/res ... rth-route/


Yes please!

Team up with QF or VA, slap a codeshare on it and they’d be good to go.

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by ben175
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

I’ve always thought Rex should jump on PER-BQB. Now that JQ is going to link the southwest to MEL, a daily scheduled service to PER seems like a no brainer. I know VA offer “scheduled charter” services a few times a week but these have been hard to book when I’ve looked in the past.

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by ben175
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Usually its around 45-60 minutes on top of scheduled duty time before they time out Still doesn’t seem like much. I recall years ago when QF were flying to LHR via SIN, BKK and HKG, they had quite a crew base somewhere in London. Is that not the case anymore? Surely they’d have to have spare crew a...

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by ben175
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

SQ adds 5th daily PER-SIN https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/singapore-airlines-adds-fifth-daily-flight-to-perth Was only a matter of time - SQ have added a fifth flight to SYD and MEL, as well as a 4th to ADL, so it's no surprise to see PER getting an extra flight. The return SQ229 is well-ti...

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by ben175
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66320

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

SQ adds 5th daily PER-SIN https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/singapore-airlines-adds-fifth-daily-flight-to-perth Great news, though the avgeek in me would have much preferred to see them upgauge SQ223/214 to a 380. I guess the F demand would be limited mainly to European connections and redemp...

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