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by Flyingsottsman
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline
Replies: 64
Views: 11059

Re: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline

If Virgin does go which I hope they don't, what will happen to Sky West in WA, they survived Ansett, will they go back to being Sky West should Virgin fail?

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116719

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Yes I have seen the news, the Government has refused to inject money into VA, lots and lots of talk about VA gong under, but do you think they rely will go bust and never fly again? Do you rely think that the Government would QF be the only airline where you can bet QF will charge like a wounded bul...

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116719

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Virgin Australia abandons big Chinese flight school while associate faces jail Virgin Australia and shadowy partner HNA Group have abandoned plans for their mega flight training school for Chinese pilots in Tamworth. In the latest bizarre twist in the saga, Anthony Klan reports a businessman workin...

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by Flyingsottsman
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99149

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Enjoyed the Austrian Photos landing in SYD. Unfortunate the circumstances for all these "visitors". I'm sure Austrian use to fly regularly to Sydney via BKK back in the early 2000's? I'm sure I nearly booked on them to Europe for my first ever overseas adventure. Ended up going KE as it w...

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by Flyingsottsman
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Retiring 747 Fleet on March 29?
Replies: 73
Views: 13099

Re: Qantas Retiring 747 Fleet on March 29?

Let’s be honest given the times it really seems quite unlikely that they will fly again for QF, they will be grounded with the rest of the fleet for sometime, retraining may be required for pilots in which case they may as well be retrained in other types. Even the A380 is interesting here, will al...

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by Flyingsottsman
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99149

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

When this is all over I wonder if Qantas will have enough aircraft or will they rush to get aircraft into it's fleet, I should imagined they would have a condignly plan in place for this or any such other world emergency. Would they have enough 787s to cover their 744 fleet if they ground and retire...

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99149

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

How much room has Tullamarine got to park aircraft?

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99149

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

With Qantas and Virgan now shutting down their international services, are all the Chinese airlines still flying into Australia, have not heard much on their flights or if they they have cut them yet, whats' CA, ME, CZ and the HNA group of airlines doing with their Australian services?

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by Flyingsottsman
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66059

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Does any body now how Qantas link flights from Bendigo to Sydney are going, are the flight being used and have they been getting good numbers using those flights?

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Year 2019 in review
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: Year 2019 in review

Happy new year to you to: 2019 here in Australia Virgin with flights from Perth to Hobart. The never ending and complex ownership of Virgin Australia. Virgin Australia flights to Hong Kong. Japan Airlines flights to Melbourne. ANA start services to Perth. Only prediction I can think of at the moment...

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by Flyingsottsman
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64538

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

Reading all these posts about QF having their fleet stretched and seeing posters say if they take this plane of this route and put it on this route and etc ect, sounds to me like QF just don't have enough aircraft in their international fleet to make it run smoothly. Why do they take so long to ord...

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by Flyingsottsman
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64538

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

Reading all these posts about QF having their fleet stretched and seeing posters say if they take this plane of this route and put it on this route and etc ect, sounds to me like QF just don't have enough aircraft in their international fleet to make it run smoothly. Why do they take so long to orde...

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by Flyingsottsman
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64538

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

For anyone that is interested, Asiana Airlines begins schedules charter services to MEL today exICN! There will be a weekly flight for 9 weeks. After these flights Asiana will decide whether to convert these flights on a regular basis. The service has been well received so far, so fingers crossed! ...

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al announces direct flight between Tokyo, Japan and Tel Aviv, Israel from March 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 1165

Re: El Al announces direct flight between Tokyo, Japan and Tel Aviv, Israel from March 2020

How will they fly to Tokyo, will they go down the Red Sea, over the subcontinent up though China and in to Tokyo, or up toward Italy, central Europe to Scandinavia then over Russia? Or are they on good terms with Turkey which would allow them to fly over there air space then into Russian airspace in...

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?
Replies: 369
Views: 49012

Re: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?

Yes money/greed, took over swallowing up McDonald Douglas clearing the way to be the only plane maker against Airbus, and not having any idea of what to do next, cant think of a new design oh well lets stretch the 737 even more put some program in which proved deadly, blame the pilots of Ethiopian a...

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64538

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

El Al TLV-MEL now on sale, first flight on 2 April 20 https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/el-al-tel-aviv-israel-melbourne-flights-now-on-sale How exciting for MEL, I would never have believed the we would ever see EL AL here in Melbourne, hope this flight is successful and becomes year round. A...

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 254282

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, Update: Final decision on PS delayed to Fe

I don't think this will ever happen this PS, this is just a fantasy of AJ, how long have they been talking about this? The Qantas fleet is stretched to the max as it is, how many 787's do they have at the moment? What are they going to fly to Joburg and Santiago, when the 747s are gone and that will...

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are KLM 737 replacement options?
Replies: 508
Views: 53906

Re: KLM 737 replacement options, A321XLR inevitable?

https://leehamnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/KLM-Fleet-Simplify.png From the looks of it the A321 XLR would perfectly fit in their network strategy for expanding, consolidation, defending that network. Sorry OP, but you answered your own question. Did you even read the LEEHAM fleet planning gr...

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64538

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

Gates are the least of their concerns, while inconvenient the bussing does work. The core terminal infrastructure though really can't take any more passengers at peak times. Check-in, security, and - especially - the central shopping area are an absolute zoo (actually that's disrespectful to animal...

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64538

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

Driving home from the station I get on and of at, I drive past the big TNT distribution centre in Hallam, noticed a TNT truck that had a sign on it saying some thing about becoming FedEx, if that is happening, will we start seeing FedEx flying freight into Melbourne?

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64538

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

They should focus on getting the airport up to scratch before thinking about getting new destinations started, building some new International gates would be a start ! A bit of the build it and they will come mentality which probably is the correct one here.... Gates are the least of their concerns...

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019
Replies: 629
Views: 64538

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2019

El Al TLV-MEL now on sale, first flight on 2 April 20 https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/el-al-tel-aviv-israel-melbourne-flights-now-on-sale How exciting for MEL, I would never have believed the we would ever see EL AL here in Melbourne, hope this flight is successful and becomes year round. A...

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by Flyingsottsman
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Soviet Airliner manufacturers?
Replies: 47
Views: 9376

What happened to the Soviet Airliner manufacturers?

I have been fascinated about the old Soviet Airliners of the 60s, 70s and 80's. What ever happened to the Ilysuhin, Tupolev, Antonov and Yakovlev company, are they still in business today? I remember seeing my first ever Aeroflot IL 62 at Heathrow back in 1988 and my first TU 154 at Heathrow it belo...

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by Flyingsottsman
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Celebrates 30 Years of Leadership in Miami
Replies: 51
Views: 10126

Re: American Airlines Celebrates 30 Years of Leadership in Miami

Couple of Questions, where does MIA rank in AA's hubs in the US as in 2nd, 3rd, etc and could AA have merged or brought out National Airlines back in the day instead of PA?

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by Flyingsottsman
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas reveals 100th anniversary special livery on 787-9
Replies: 52
Views: 16834

Re: Qantas to reveal special livery on second 787-9

Would love to see a 1970's TAA blue livery on a 787 I know it wont be that but it would look so cool.

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by Flyingsottsman
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread
Replies: 252
Views: 87670

Re: Cathay Pacific to cut capacity

LAX772LR wrote:
LAXintl wrote:
HKG airport published its September figures. Pretty brutal results

TPE and SIN have got to be jumping for joy at all of this :(


I don't think TPE would be jumping up and down they have lived with China's threat over them for decades.

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737MAX Storage, Where are they?
Replies: 113
Views: 19328

Re: 737MAX Storage, Where are they?

Was in Fiji 2 weeks ago. 2 Max 8's parked on both sides of the Fiji Airways Hangers.

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737MAX Storage, Where are they?
Replies: 113
Views: 19328

Re: 737MAX Storage, Where are they?

Was in Nandi Fiji 2 weeks ago, 2 Fiji Airways Max 8's parked out side the hanger in Nandi. Not sure how many max's they have on order.

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future 747-8 orders?
Replies: 35
Views: 6573

Re: Future 747-8 orders?

I know! Qantas will order the 747-8 for Project Sunrise! This will trigger a rush of orders for the type from other carriers, thus keeping the 747 line open for another fifteen years! <I’ll grab my coat...> Lol, I wish, Melbourne Airport is so boring to spot now that no more 747s fly into Melbourne...

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 585
Views: 80631

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

Flew out of Nandi airport on Monday night back to Melbourne on Fiji Airways, saw a Lion Air group (Marlindo Air) 738 over at the Hanger, I think FJ are going to lease the 738 to replace the Max 8's (2 of them parked out side the Hanger there) until the Max's get the go ahead to fly.

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners Past: National Airlines receives their 1st Boeing 747
Replies: 41
Views: 7601

Re: Airliners Past: National Airlines receives their 1st Boeing 747

If National had not been brought out by Pan Am, could they have survived into today and what do you think they would look like in 2019?

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by Flyingsottsman
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 82769

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

I would love to see those freighters in full Qantas colours, they would look stunning. Would QF make money with a dedicated cargo fleet, like Singapore Cargo and Cathay Pacific cargo operate?

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by Flyingsottsman
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners Past: Olympic Airways receives their 1st Boeing 747
Replies: 20
Views: 5535

Re: Airliners Past: Olympic Airways receives their 1st Boeing 747

I saw "Zeus" at SYD when Olympic briefly served that city in the mid-1970s. "Zeus"! One fell of an appropriate name for a 747! OA flew to Sydney from 1972 to 2004 so more than just “briefly”. They might have temporarily suspended the route once or twice during that period but ov...

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by Flyingsottsman
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 82769

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Next Sunday nights FJ flight from Melbourne to Nandi has been cancelled, My family were meant to be on that flight, looks like we are going the Saturday night now, I have tried to find out why looking on their web site and also Melbourne Airport site as well with no luck. Does any body know why this...

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by Flyingsottsman
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 82769

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Does any of QF's UK flights still fly via Dubai, and are they still in an alliance with EK, have not heard anything about their partnership for a long while?

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by Flyingsottsman
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30 years ago, Flying Tigers was merged into Federal Express
Replies: 35
Views: 5933

Re: 30 years ago, Flying Tigers was merged into Federal Express

Yeah I remember them flying into Melbourne, never saw them again here after their merger with FedEx, why didn't FedEx fly to Melbourne?

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed May 22, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 20895

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

One of the other reasons this crash resonates is that at that time in the late 70’s and early 80’s, AA DC-10’s on takeoff and landing showed the actual cockpit video on the big monitors in the passenger cabin. The vantage point was just behind the pilots. So thus, these poor passengers watched them...

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu May 16, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines of Canada
Replies: 11
Views: 2658

Re: Airlines of Canada

I saw a picture of Worldways Canada it was a L1011 at Manchester, where were they based out of, where did they fly to and what happened to them?

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by Flyingsottsman
Thu May 16, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seatac and Mt St Helens 1980
Replies: 11
Views: 3274

Seatac and Mt St Helens 1980

Hello A netters last night was watching a documentary on Mt St Helens and its 1980 eruption, how did that blast affect SeaTac and surrounding airports in May of that year, did they shut down all the airports around that area including Portland, Was Vancouver Airport affected and is the FAA in consta...

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by Flyingsottsman
Tue May 07, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Continental Micronesia Extended Routes
Replies: 39
Views: 5737

Re: Continental Micronesia Extended Routes

They still service Hong Kong to this day along with Japan from the GUM hub. It is a full-fledged hub for United still post-merger which shocks quite a bit of people. I was in Hong Kong a couple of years ago and was so confused to see a United 737 land and taxi to a gate. Didn’t Air Micronesia serve...

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by Flyingsottsman
Tue May 07, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?
Replies: 79
Views: 13550

Re: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?

Over flights would make money for the NK regime from airlines using their flight space, I think its mainly Korean Air, OZ, and any other South Korean registered airline or aircraft that would have big problems using NK airspace, just like El AL in the Middle East.

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by Flyingsottsman
Tue May 07, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How big was Aeroflot in the 80's?
Replies: 44
Views: 8888

Re: How big was Aeroflot in the 80's?

Oh yes, it was the largest airline in the whole world, the equivalent of all the US based airlines that existed in the 80s combined. Incredibly huge yes, but it was the only airline that existed in the Soviet Union. Hundreds of Tupolev 134s and 154s, a combined fleet way larger than what the Americ...

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by Flyingsottsman
Mon May 06, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 366
Views: 65181

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

For those interested the 737Max will be discussed on 60minutes tonight on CH9. "60 Minutes - Liz Hayes investigates the disaster of Boeing's 737 MAX jetliner: why two supposedly state-of-the-art and safe planes crashed killing 346 people; why pilots now fear flying the 737 MAX; and whether Boe...

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by Flyingsottsman
Mon May 06, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How big was Aeroflot in the 80's?
Replies: 44
Views: 8888

Re: How big was Aeroflot in the 80's?

Oh yes, it was the largest airline in the whole world, the equivalent of all the US based airlines that existed in the 80s combined. Incredibly huge yes, but it was the only airline that existed in the Soviet Union. Hundreds of Tupolev 134s and 154s, those were the backbone of the Aeroflot fleet du...

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by Flyingsottsman
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 71422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

On Cairns and CX, having spent 4 days up there last week I have to agree with Velocity7's earlier post, the state of Cairns itself is getting quite depressing. If I would have travelled there the first time and ended up in a hotel in Cairns proper, I would probably not come back. Vacancies everywhe...

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by Flyingsottsman
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 71422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

Years ago Qantas operated a B767 HBA-MEL-SIN but in the end it never paid. Also Air New Zealand / TAA / Ansett operated mainly seasonal flights to N.Z. from HBA. At the time none were really economical. Recently it was proposed that QF would operated the B767F Freigher HBA-DRW-China somewhere. Howe...

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by Flyingsottsman
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 71422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

A solution to Tullamarine’s capacity issues may be to make Avalon Melbournes international airport and have a high speed train service linking Southern Cross to Geelong via Sunshine and Avalon. Tullamarine would remain as a domestic airport. This would require a Sunshine interchange linking Tullama...

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could the US eventualy end up with just 3 major flag carriers
Replies: 29
Views: 4182

Re: Could the US eventualy end up with just 3 major flag carriers

The US has no “flag carriers” However, they do have carriers that fly the US flag & some that do not. I am guessing any airline that regularly flys internationally? But you are spot on, no US flag carrier. Flyingscotsman, Republic acquired Hughes Airwest, Republic was formed by merging North Ce...

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could the US eventualy end up with just 3 major flag carriers
Replies: 29
Views: 4182

Re: Could the US eventualy end up with just 3 major flag carriers

By Flag carriers I mean an airline that represents a county overseas eg Qantas is Australia's flag carrier or El AL is the Israel's flag carrier or national airline maybe I should have said that.

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by Flyingsottsman
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could the US eventualy end up with just 3 major flag carriers
Replies: 29
Views: 4182

Could the US eventualy end up with just 3 major flag carriers

Hello A netters, always love aircraft and airliners, I remember when I was at high school around 1979 at lunch times going to the library and reading the aircraft books. You would see airlines like United, North West Orient, Pan Am, Continental, Eastern, Western etc etc, here in Australia we had the...

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