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by ben175
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 79372

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Considering it can barely sustain what it currently gets the State Government needs to build the reputation of Perth and WA, otherwise they'll just be subsidising route after route. What on earth are you talking about? QR choosing PER as an A380 destination (one of their few) speaks for itself. PER...

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by ben175
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 79372

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Because even CZ, the arguably largest carrier between China and Australia, can't maintain a daily year-round service to PER? It really says something about the demand. CX's not having a lot of flights like the east cost ones either, although I do understand the bilateral limitations. CZ recently up...

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by ben175
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 79372

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

The State government should focus on building WA's reputation as a holiday destination first. The State should be doing both, its no point building a reputation as a holiday destination if you dont have the tourists to go with it Considering it can barely sustain what it currently gets the State Go...

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by ben175
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed at the alphabet?
Replies: 55
Views: 3698

Re: Have you landed at the alphabet?

A: ADL, AKL, AUH, AXA B: BBK*, BCN, BNE, BME C: CPT* D: DFW, DXB E: EWR F: FUK G: H: HKG, HNL I: J: JFK, JNB* K: KNX, KUL L: LAS, LAX, LHR M: MCO MEL N: NAN, NCE, NRT O: OGG, OOL P: PER, PLZ* Q: R: S: SEA, SIN, SXM, SYD, SZK* T: U: V: VFA* W: X: Y: YVR Z: * are airports I am visiting in the new year...

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by ben175
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 41209

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

Speaking of on time record... QF12 has to be one of the worst performers internationally. It's more shocking to see JFK-LAX leave on time than delayed!

Is it not feasible for QF to push back the departures to SYD & MEL from LAX back an hour to avoid the constant knock on effect that happens?

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by ben175
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways to upgrade PER-DOH to A388 from 1 May 18
Replies: 32
Views: 5068

Re: Qatar Airways to upgrade PER-DOH to A388 from 1 May 18

Amazing news and definitely didn't see this coming! I'm glad that QR is seeing good numbers on the route, EK going down to twice daily has probably done a lot of good for them.

Will be awesome to see two 380s parked next to eachother every night.

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by ben175
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 41209

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

I just had a thought... with China-Australia traffic skyrocketing and the one airline per route policy, why hasn't one of the secondary carriers like Hainan or Beijing Capital snuck in and launched PEK/PVG-PER from MU or CA?

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by ben175
Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 32418

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

https://centreforaviation.com/insights/analysis/airasia-x-slashes-capacity-to-sydney-perth-and-gold-coast-as-focus-shifts-from-australia-to-asia-386234 AirAsia X Malaysia is slashing capacity to Gold Coast, Perth and Sydney in 2018 in attempt to improve the profitability of its Australia operation....

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by ben175
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 32418

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

Does QF have plans to refit any more 738s with the BSI product? Those tattered black fabric seats in economy look absolutely dreadful... feels no different to sitting on TT or JQ. I guess I've been spoiled... my last 7 flights have been on the XZ birds until I got newly repainted VYH last night. I ...

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by ben175
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 32418

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

Does QF have plans to refit any more 738s with the BSI product? Those tattered black fabric seats in economy look absolutely dreadful... feels no different to sitting on TT or JQ.

I guess I've been spoiled... my last 7 flights have been on the XZ birds until I got newly repainted VYH last night.

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by ben175
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest red-eye flight
Replies: 34
Views: 3887

Re: Shortest red-eye flight

JQ and TT fly many westbound "red eyes" departing the eastern states between 10 and 11pm and arriving into Perth after midnight (3am EDT)

They then turn around and fly back arriving around 6-7am. Most of the crews do a turnaround - I couldn't think of anything worse!

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by ben175
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 60710

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

QF updated 789 domestic schedule Will also operate a one off MEL-CBR Domestic flights will also operate from mid Feb to late March http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/275468/qantas-updates-boeing-787-domestic-operation-in-nw17/ Amazing! I can try the 787 in March on PER-MEL. Does anyon...

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by ben175
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural CX A359 HKG-EWR en route
Replies: 42
Views: 8387

Re: Inaugural CX A359 HKG-EWR en route

B-LRQ also operated the HKG-PER inaugural today. 3 new 359 routes on one day!

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by ben175
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 60710

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

News in The West today "Sources in Tokyo have told The Weekend West the deal for a daily Boeing 195-seat 787 service with Japan Airlines is very close and will be announced when Premier Mark McGowan visits Japan later next month. Japan Airlines, an alliance partner with Qantas, is one of the b...

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by ben175
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 60710

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Any updates on the numerous PER rumours floating around? NH/MU launching, EY upgauging to 77W and Thai Lion Air?

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by ben175
Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 60710

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

6am is an ungodly hour to be at the airport, a 5am or 5.30am departure would not be fun. . I'm pretty sure QF run a 5:00am departure BNE-MEL during DST. Yuck! I've done the transcons leaving PER between 5-6am, it's terrible having to set an alarm for 3:45am. I'd still take them over a redeye anyday...

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by ben175
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 60710

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

Is OEB the only 744 remaining in the old 4 class configuration? When is it due for retirement? I just booked SYD-JNB return next June/July, and after flying her JFK-LAX this year I am praying to the gods I don't get her again - she is in dire need of a new cabin product. I know they often use this b...

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by ben175
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 60710

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

PER-AKL to connect with LHR won't have the most optimal schedule. It would have to be something like:

PER 1500 AKL 2335
AKL 1445 PER 1815

I wonder if they could somehow rotate a 330 from SYD, MEL or BNE to avoid the 15 hour ground time?

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by ben175
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th
Replies: 153
Views: 28553

Re: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th

The way the Dutch Saint Maarten locals explained it to me, the beach naturally disappears during the summer/fall months, replaced by rock and boulders and usually around late October to early November, mother nature brings the beach back. Truck loads of sand are not brought in. That is a myth. This...

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by ben175
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018
Replies: 67
Views: 14223

Re: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018

I would love to see EK retain the capacity by launching DXB-PER-AKL. Replace the seasonal 2 x weekly QF PER-AKL service with a daily year round 777, slap a QF code on it and align the schedule for connections to/from PER-LHR.

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by ben175
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 60710

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

What about ADD-PER-MEL same plane service? Could an international airline gain fifth freedom rights domestically?

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by ben175
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 60710

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

I have no idea why ET or KQ would fly direct to MEL when PER would allow for convenient connections to every single major city in the country. ADD/NBO-PER arriving in the early morning, team up with QF or VA and offer ~2 hour connections to ADL, DRW, MEL, SYD and BNE. Yes, the African diaspora is bi...

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by ben175
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 60710

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

With TT now operating PER-MEL/SYD/BNE, are we close to seeing them make a return on PER-ADL? I'm actually surprised they launched BNE before to be honest.

Would love to see JQ or TT launch PER-ASP or PER-DRW, fares to the NT can be pretty high from WA.

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by ben175
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 40921

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjpkqAdoySo

If only their profits were looking "up".
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Virgin's new ad campaign is stunning. Website has had a lovely makeover too. Their marketing is always so much slicker in comparison to QF.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjpkqAdoySo

If only their profits were looking "up".

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by ben175
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 266
Views: 61342

Re: Malaysia Airlines to take over six ex-AirBerlin Airbus A330

Hopefully the 332s take over the 738s which have found themselves on a near 6 hour flight to PER these days.

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by ben175
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 40921

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

Visiting Fiji for the first time and I am already in love. FJ is such a fabulous airline, especially in J. Managed to get their sole 333 on SYD-NAN today. It got me thinking, would a seasonal NAN-PER flight be justifiable? Bali has a stigma for many these days and with good timings they could market...

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by ben175
Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 40921

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

Stayed overnight in SYD at the Rydges and was shocked to see how many widebodies boarded from remote stands this morning! AC to YVR, LA to AKL/SCL, QF to PVG and SQ to SIN all had pax bussed and then up stairs. Is this a regular occurrence for SYD?

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by ben175
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricaine Maria and effects on airlines and airports
Replies: 53
Views: 6459

Re: Hurricaine Maria and effects on airlines and airports

I made a bucket list trip and visited SXM and Anguilla from Australia two months ago and I honestly cannot believe what is happening. I knew I was visiting in the beginning of the hurricane season but any locals I talked to thought I was crazy for being weary about terrible storms. I pray that these...

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by ben175
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 40921

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

Given the number of Indonesians working and living in Australia, and the close proximity allowing flights with 737 it seems odd to me that there aren't alternative points other than CGK and DPS. After all, it is a long archipelago. Do you think we might see flights from alternative points in the fu...

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by ben175
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 40921

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

I have heard on the grapevine that an airline (from Asia) that currently does not fly to PER yet has been in town evaluating the airport over the past week or so I know who it is- a little out of left field and not that exciting, but I guess it's an extra notch in the PER belt. The monopoly carrier...

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by ben175
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 40921

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

I have heard on the grapevine that an airline (from Asia) that currently does not fly to PER yet has been in town evaluating the airport over the past week or so If not MU, the only possibilities would be JL/NH to NRT, CA to PEK or VN to SGN. Unless it's something way out of the box like a subsidis...

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by ben175
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there a database to find registrations for past flights?
Replies: 144
Views: 29130

Re: Is there a database to find registrations for past flights?

If anyone can help me out with any of the following, I would be very appreciative!

AA 297 LAX-HNL 29 September 2005 752
SQ 638 SIN-NRT 3 July 2008 380
JO 72 NRT-HNL 8 July 2008 744
SQ 21 EWR-SIN 14 October 2010 345

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by ben175
Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 58259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

I just flew PER-MEL on VA and it seems VA's catering gets worse every time I fly with them. I felt like I was eating a $2.50 frozen meal from 7-11. Abysmal in comparison to what QF offers Y pax these days.

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by ben175
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 58259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

QF might not fill the 380s in February to LAX, but they are absolutely chockers in June-July when I've flown them. If QF were to operate smaller aircraft, surely frequency will be increased.

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by ben175
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 58259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

I'm really excited to see what PER-LHR does for WA tourism. I expect many will now spend a few days in Perth much like many spend 2-3 days in Los Angeles on their holidays into (or out of) the USA. As for PER-PVG and PER-NRT, I think both are a matter of when, not if. As 787 and 350 fleets continue ...

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by ben175
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 58259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/air ... e-changes/


This is so disappointing. AirAsia X will now offer a better premium product on the route... how ironic!

How is their PER-BKI route doing?
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MH to operate 737-800 for all of NW17/18 to PER

http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/air ... e-changes/


This is so disappointing. AirAsia X will now offer a better premium product on the route... how ironic!

How is their PER-BKI route doing?

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by ben175
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 58259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Any news on MU's proposed PER-PVG service?

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by ben175
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 58259

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Crazy to think it was only around 10 years ago that MH was operating 747s into Perth. Though it will be nice to hopefully see a daylight service back if they go double daily.

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by ben175
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 250 plus passengers USA west coast to OZ east coast-HELP !!!
Replies: 30
Views: 3597

Re: 250 plus passengers USA west coast to OZ east coast-HELP !!!

I would say it would cost a ridiculous amount of money to charter a widebody plane and fly it from the USA to Australia.

I'm sure you could easily accomodate 250 passengers across QF, UA, DL, AA, NZ and HA over a few days.

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by ben175
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: (Why) do US airlines not admit their Business Class passengers into their business lounges?
Replies: 42
Views: 6134

Re: (Why) do US airlines not admit their Business Class passengers into their business lounges?

I was incredibly surprised when I flew DL JFK to SXM last week that even some international flights do not get lounge access for J pax. As an Australian, that's pretty much unheard of.

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by ben175
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 41984

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

What are the next retirements planned after -OJM? I hope to god OEB goes soon, I just did JFK-LAX on that bird and the J cabin was in atrocious condition - the air conditioning panel above leaked on me for over an hour, and I don't mean a drop every minute... I mean to the point where I had to hold...

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by ben175
Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 41984

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

Seriously, make up your minds. VA are finally, FINALLY, getting their act together. If you believe all they should be is Virgin Blue again then fine, that's valid. But these weird contradictions don't bolster that argument. I agree. The current 737 product on East-West services is subpar for the pr...

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by ben175
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman dies at SXM after falling from jet blast
Replies: 157
Views: 31501

Re: Woman dies at SXM after falling from jet blast

I went to Maho Beach yesterday (honestly one of the best days of my life) and throughout the day many people still grabbed on to the fence, but far less than what I have seen in videos. In terms of authority enforcing the rules - a lady working at sunset bar came and told everyone to get off the fen...

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by ben175
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Maho Beach Advice/Tips
Replies: 8
Views: 797

Re: Maho Beach Advice/Tips

Thankyou so much for your responses! I'm heading out there today, never been so excited before.

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by ben175
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman dies at SXM after falling from jet blast
Replies: 157
Views: 31501

Re: Woman dies at SXM after falling from jet blast

I've literally just flown halfway across the world from Australia to visit SXM on Sunday. If they close the beach because of one person's stupid actions, I will be furious. RIP, but this was entirely her fault.

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by ben175
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 41984

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

Out of interest how are pax treated on both VA and QF when they book a J class Perth flight only to find an equipment change, or even a scheduled, 737 seat? They're paying massive fares for vastly different products. Is there compensation or lower upfront fares to reflect this? I've done J class ME...

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by ben175
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Maho Beach Advice/Tips
Replies: 8
Views: 797

Maho Beach Advice/Tips

Hello, It's been on my bucket list since I was 5 years old, and I am finally venturing to St Maarten this weekend to witness Mago Beach in all its glory. I've come all the way from Australia so would appreciate any tips/tricks to get the best spot, best photos (I'm dying to get one right under a jet...

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by ben175
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 41984

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

When is QF getting around to painting more planes into the revised livery? They're awfully slow at this.

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by ben175
Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017
Replies: 292
Views: 40622

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017

I also forgot to mention that the baggage claim area in Terminal 7 at JFK (I assume the one used for domestic flights as it's segregated from the rest) was absolutely TINY. Seeing 300+ exhausted people battling to find their bags and zig-zag their way through the crowds was hilarious to watch. It wa...

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by ben175
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017
Replies: 292
Views: 40622

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017

I flew QF 93/11 MEL-LAX-JFK yesterday, and our first flight was about 30 minutes late, making the connection hideously stressful. After reading some reviews on how the connection is pretty easy, I was shocked to see what an absolute mess immigration and security was - people screaming at everyone, c...

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