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by dredgy
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely new European destinations for Scoot?
Replies: 17
Views: 3449

Re: Likely new European destinations for Scoot?

ZAG could also be profitable - Croatia is very popular amongst Asians and Australians.

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by dredgy
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed at the alphabet?
Replies: 59
Views: 4626

Re: Have you landed at the alphabet?

I seem to have somehow done less than last year, but mysteriously picked up a letter (U) that I think was absent from last year. I decided to start from scratch, so these are only from flights I have exact details for and are logged on FR24. Will hopefully round out the list next year. ⋅ A...

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by dredgy
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syria, DPRK eyes direct flight
Replies: 49
Views: 7684

Re: Syria, DPRK eyes direct fly

I thought the difference in the DPRK is what passport one carries. I as an American passport holder, just don't trust the powers that be. But as an AVGeek, I've been tempted of course, a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly the types in that fleet of Air Koryo. I am too obvious to get away with an...

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by dredgy
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?
Replies: 17
Views: 1905

Re: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?

I fly at least ten times a week between ROK and BNE. If I was to arrive at the airport an hour early for each flight, I would spend 22 days a year waiting around. Thankfully both airports are super efficient - I arrive about 5 minutes past scheduled boarding time, clear security immediately and stil...

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by dredgy
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?
Replies: 57
Views: 6027

Re: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

James May had his plane as "G-OCOK"

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by dredgy
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future London to Africa routes...
Replies: 50
Views: 5088

Re: Future London to Africa routes...

There was word on the ground last year that Mauritania Airlines wanted to start flights to London rather than Paris. I can’t see it happening, but the idea was definitely floated.

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by dredgy
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 50347

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

[twoid][/twoid] Royal Brunei reevaluating Australia services. BNE, PER, DRW, OOL all being considered with A320neo. Thinking BNE would be towards the top of the list and may be announced as the new service at the end of November (7 news reported new service with new airline will be announced). SYD c...

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by dredgy
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BrewDog launching one time London to Columbus flight.
Replies: 56
Views: 9527

Re: BrewDog launching one tine London to Columbus flight.

It doesn't matter if you recognize the Columbus breweries or not, but traveling to cities to check out their breweries, is becoming a thing, particularly in the U.S., bringing many people to Charlotte, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and beyond. Glad to hear that it's attracting interest overseas. That's ...

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by dredgy
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?
Replies: 56
Views: 11603

Re: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?

Africa is a very small market. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_busiest_airports_in_Africa#2017_statistics I don't know why even Canarias is there (?) but the fact that Gran Canaria and Tenerife would be Africa's 2nd and 3rd busiest airports only behind JNB is quite telling on how irreleva...

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by dredgy
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines to start Oslo-Asmara
Replies: 32
Views: 5002

Re: Ethiopian Airlines to start Oslo-Asmara

Interesting given Ethiopian weren’t allowed to fly to Eritrea until very recently.
Asmara needs more air service, but this route could go either way. The Italian routes make more sense, and can see them working.

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by dredgy
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best luggage for the frequent traveler
Replies: 13
Views: 1565

Re: Best luggage for the frequent traveler

Away - bigger carry on with pocket. https://www.awaytravel.com/luggage/bigger-carry-on-pocket I need the pocket since I like to be able to have access to an iPad easily but my mum has the normal carry on without the pocket and it's such a great suit case. Not very common so is easy to spot coming of...

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by dredgy
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your thoughts on Surinam Airways ?
Replies: 12
Views: 2175

Re: Your thoughts on Surinam Airways ?

I’ve never flown the A340 but have seen it parked in Paramaribo and have flown their 737, which was an experience - business class seats are old school lounge style, and even face backwards. I was stuck back in economy though and it was one of the least comfy flights I’ve ever had. Here’s a video I ...

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by dredgy
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Crash at TKK (Chuuk, FSM) - Air Niugini
Replies: 156
Views: 41035

Re: Plane Crash at TKK (Chuuk, FSM) - Air Niugini

I wonder what time frame the pax and crew got out in. I also wonder what attitude the 738 settled in once it came to rest in the water. Did the plane finally sink? I think it did sink according to what I've heard. Chuuk/Truk is a popular dive site because of all the sunken tanks and stuff, if they'...

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by dredgy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest flight from your airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 4523

Re: Longest flight from your airport?

My home airport is split between Rockhampton (ROK) and Gold Coast (OOL). Rockhampton's only real destination is Brisbane (BNE) - 321 miles away. IN the recent past, OOL (379 miles) was an option and - further back - SYD (729 miles). Out of OOL, I'd guess it would be the flight to Tokyo Narita - 4479...

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by dredgy
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Boeing 747 history
Replies: 88
Views: 5965

Re: Your Boeing 747 history

Not going to remember every variant, but I think
Air Pacific -200
Qantas -300 and -400 (10 times)
Korean Air -400 and -8 (Twice each)
Thai Airways -400
Lufthansa -8
Iran Air SP
Ansett -300
Singapore Airlines -400
British Airways -400 (shortest flight I think - BAH to DOH)
Kuwait Airways -400

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by dredgy
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 70787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

I think upgrading the airport in Busselton could work for flights from SYD/MEL - at least seasonally on JQ perhaps. The Margaret river area and it’s beaches are amazing places to holiday (much better than QLD personally). There’s a decent amount of tourism infrastructure in the region as well. I wo...

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by dredgy
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 70787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Brisbane ... Samoa needs the link, profitability is probably not the most important factor. APW already has a link to BNE on VA - this adds nothing. Further, profitability most definitely is important, as PH nearly bankrupted Samoa in the 2000's. If they want a new port, I would've suggested WLG - ...

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by dredgy
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 70787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Samoa Airways launches twice weekly flights to BNE, effective November 13th using 737-800. https://www.ausbt.com.au/samoa-airways-launches-brisbane-apia-flights?utm_source=grid Given their BITRE loads on SYD - APW, I can't see them lasting to be honest. Cheers, C. They should do alright in Brisbane...

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by dredgy
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 71638

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

It looks like SriLankan are making a small change to their CMB-MEL service, with the UL604 and UL605 being scheduled on the A330-300 from Sunday 28th October. Here’s hoping this is not a glitch as the A333’s have a superior business product over the A332’s currently used and a great sign of growth ...

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by dredgy
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do some airlines put middle seats in J class?? Also, 1-2-1 vs 2-2-2 in J class?
Replies: 30
Views: 4711

Re: Why do some airlines put middle seats in J class?? Also, 1-2-1 vs 2-2-2 in J class?

So in general - it’s fine. I’ve flown a lot of J Class and I will tell you I prefer Turkish business class in their 2-3-2 layout than Air New Zealand’s 1-2-1 layout as an example. Service, seat comfort and quality of lounge are the big factors for me. Direct aisle access is great, but it’s also over...

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by dredgy
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Thai flying empty A380's to Hong Kong?
Replies: 27
Views: 11073

Re: Why is Thai flying empty A380's to Hong Kong?

Thai Airways is a damn mess. They use 6 different aircraft family. But they don't have many of them either. 8 B747-400, 8 B787, 15 A330, 12 A350, 6 A380, and 32 B777. They don't need A380, B747-400 no more. They need to retire their fleet, otherwise they gonna goes under soon. They are state-backed...

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by dredgy
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 29846

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

⋅ Load factors should be REALLY high. They have replaced a daily 484-seat A380 service that had a one city catchment (MEL), with a 236-seat B789 service with a two city catchment (MEL & PER). ⋅  While you make a valid point, the data doesn’t seem to be backing that up becaus...

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by dredgy
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pet Peeves
Replies: 28
Views: 1510

Re: Pet Peeves

People who feel they have the right to attach their go pro to the window. I know the people who do this are the ones to complain about people on the window seat having the window shutters down. You can't have it both ways ;). What exactly is wrong with that? I’ve asked most airlines I’ve flown with...

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by dredgy
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH CEO claims LH sells the most premium seats — is it true?
Replies: 88
Views: 13622

Re: LH CEO claims LH sells the most premium seats — is it true?

I don’t know if they sell the most premium seats, but I can say I’ve flown them in business a few times and they’ve always had 100% load factor in J. What I found staggering on their A380 (flying from DEL) and their 747-8 (from GRU) is that even with over 100 seats in J, they were oversold on both o...

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by dredgy
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 71638

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Air Niugini ending flights to TSV from 1 OCT 18. SYD being reduced to 2x weekly from 3x weekly. This is due to IASC knocking back PX/QF codeshare. BNE and CNS not affected. http://australianaviation.com.au/2018/08/air-niugini-ending-flights-to-townsville/ Unfortunate about the codeshare decision. R...

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by dredgy
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 71638

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

From memory, Qantas used an A340 for their old ADL-SIN routes. How long did QF have the A340's for? Qantas have never had the A340, ADL-SIN was an A330 or 767 and it ran via SYD in a triangle route. ADL-SYD-SIN-ADL. I swear they had a 4 engined, single level aircraft in the mid-2000's. I recall see...

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by dredgy
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which plane to bring back to production?
Replies: 45
Views: 2557

Re: Which plane to bring back to production?

For nostalgia reasons the list is endless. For commercial reasons, I think the only type that would actually sell (without modifications or upgrades) would be the Boeing 717 as it still has demand with several operators and tends to operate short, high yielding routes so it doesn’t have to be super ...

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by dredgy
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does anyone here own their own plane?
Replies: 19
Views: 3934

Re: Does anyone here own their own plane?

Bought a shed once and there was a decrepit BN2 Islander (fairly sure) in it being used as a store room for hats.

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 65880

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

Air China has extended BNE suspension to 17 Jan 19 https://twitter.com/airlineroute/status/1021259698874605568?s=21 That's not looking good. I notice the China Eastern BNE-PVG flight sometimes reduces to 3X/week and Hainan remains at 2x/week BNE-SZX. It must be because of aircraft shortage. Passeng...

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by dredgy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nigeria to launch new flag carrier Nigeria Air
Replies: 14
Views: 3620

Re: Nigeria to launch new flag carrier Nigeria Air

Faro wrote:
Financing?...who will be the airline’s bold and brave brave creditors?...


Faro


Eh, they have a lot of wealthy princes who enjoy giving money to strangers.

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by dredgy
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Mauritius, South African Airways, RwandAir and Kenya Airways to launch alliance
Replies: 15
Views: 4171

Re: Air Mauritius, South African Airways, RwandAir and Kenya Airways to launch alliance

Interesting. Will be a shame to lose Kenyan from Skyteam. That will leave just Star Alliance in the big 3 with an African Airline. As to pan-African open skies eliminating everyone except Ethiopian, I disagree. There are lots of viable airlines in Africa and Africa is a HUGE and domestic continent, ...

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by dredgy
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 217
Views: 30485

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

I see VLAs being important again only in one situation - where the world agrees to a carbon tax which makes multiple frequencies of smaller planes too expensive to operate. If charged on a carbon emissions per passenger/seat basis, then an A380, especially reengineed, probably will make a lot more e...

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by dredgy
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skytrax: Airline of the year is 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 101
Views: 10851

Re: Skytrax: Airline of the year is 'Singapore Airlines'

ANA 3rd place..really? I have flown their Y product and I must say, it was one of the worst, if not the worst! Very narrow and uncomfortable. Very shoked to see CX falling down the rankings, they have always been the best airline I have ever flown with, their Y product is possibly the most comforta...

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by dredgy
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Make a bid for a Neighbour-Free Seat ?!
Replies: 20
Views: 3182

Re: Make a bid for a Neighbour-Free Seat ?!

A fair few airlines do offer this. I did place a bid on one on an AirAsia flight, but won the bid for business class instead.

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by dredgy
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways plans to fly to 250 destinations by 2022
Replies: 73
Views: 10797

Re: Qatar Airways plans to fly to 250 destinations by 2022

As Africa continues to develop QR will probably have an eye on cities such as Accra or Dakar for expansion. Cities EK already serves but can perhaps accommodate another Asian carrier in the future. NKC could be a prime destination for them. Monopolized by Turkish, good economic growth, and expandin...

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by dredgy
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest Airlines going Peanut Free!
Replies: 159
Views: 11180

Re: Southwest Airlines going Peanut Free!

like and/or are not allergic to peanuts. What about the people allergic to lactose? Gluten? Why not just ban all food? Absolutely stupid imo. Sorry if it offends someone, but it’s ridiculous. We can’t safety proof everything. "because we can't safety proof everything, we shouldn't even try&quo...

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 65880

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

I'm fairly sure that's just CBR-DOH-CBR pax and doesn't include passengers originating in Sydney. I think passengers flying SYD-CBR-DOH or DOH-CBR-SYD are counted under SYD-DOH route statistics. The flight is DOH-SYD-CBR-SYD-DOH, nobody is flying SYD-CBR-DOH or DOH-CBR-SYD. The 15% figure refers to...

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Out of this world upgrades and downgrades!
Replies: 66
Views: 6825

Re: Out of this world upgrades and downgrades!

When Qantas grounded their fleet I was booked on a VA 737/E190 or something like that and the flight was subbed for an A340 (I think). I unfortunately can’t really remember the flight so don’t count it, and am hoping to get on another A340 soon.

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 65880

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

getluv wrote:
    QR's SYD-CBR-SYD has improved, albeit still with a LF of ~15% (40-50 pax/day).


I'm fairly sure that's just CBR-DOH-CBR pax and doesn't include passengers originating in Sydney. I think passengers flying SYD-CBR-DOH or DOH-CBR-SYD are counted under SYD-DOH route statistics.

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by dredgy
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Youngest private jet owners?
Replies: 7
Views: 2189

Re: Youngest private jet owners?

There would be kids of a fair few rich people would have their names on the deeds of jets.
I travelled mostly private when I was 18, but I definitely didn't own the planes!

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by dredgy
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are most colour schemes of Chinese airlines so ugly?
Replies: 63
Views: 8738

Re: Why are most colour schemes of Chinese airlines so ugly?

China Southern's A380 (and to a lesser extent, their other planes) is like a guilty pleasure for me. They're objectively poor designs, but whenever I see them I really, really like them.

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by dredgy
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I'm surprised I never landed at...
Replies: 36
Views: 2094

Re: I'm surprised I never landed at...

Based in Australia. Have landed at most airports in the country thanks to moving around alot regionally as a kid. I had flown internationally from every airport in the country (except one) that has (or had) international service - DRW, PHE, MEL, TSV, BNE, ADL, PER, MCY, OOL etc. I had even flown int...

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by dredgy
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 48944

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

The first Q300 has been refurbished https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantaslink-to-upgrade-q200-q300-q400-aircraft-seating?utm_source=grid Minor point, but just out of curiosity, the article refers to the Q-200, Q-300 and Q-400. My understanding is that only the Q-400 model carries the Q prefix, which desi...

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by dredgy
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 48944

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

Because they thought Ethiopian was a LCC carrier or because it is an African carrier? Specifically because it's an Ethiopian carrier - Ethiopia has a strong perception of being a starving country thanks to the whole Bob Geldof thing. Right, so the carrier can afford a $200m aircraft but can't affor...

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by dredgy
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 48944

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

as Ethiopian will not be anyone's first choice (was talking to a flight attendant and they said a large proportion of western passengers are surprised that they have food onboard). Because they thought Ethiopian was a LCC carrier or because it is an African carrier? Specifically because it's an Eth...

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by dredgy
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 48944

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

According to Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, the airline is looking at flying to MEL via BKK, SIN or SEZ. SEZ would be an interesting choice. By all accounts PER to MRU is doing pretty well, with my calculation putting it at 80% load factor. Would definitely be potential for the S...

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by dredgy
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 48944

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

According to Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, the airline is looking at flying to MEL via BKK, SIN or SEZ. SEZ would be an interesting choice. By all accounts PER to MRU is doing pretty well, with my calculation putting it at 80% load factor. Would definitely be potential for the S...

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by dredgy
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KQ applies to Sudan for overflight to serve TLV
Replies: 9
Views: 2290

Re: KQ applies to Sudan for overflight to serve TLV

Sudan/Israel relationship aside, Kenyan and Sudanese relations are not good.

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by dredgy
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Flight and Airline?
Replies: 98
Views: 3789

Re: First Flight and Airline?

My first flight was I think GLT-BNE in 1993. It was on an Australian Airline that wasn't Qantas or Ansett . I think it was "SkyWest" but the aircraft didn't resemble anything like SkyWest in recent years so it might have been a different airline. I remember the plane having a green/turquoi...

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by dredgy
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 Operators - Europe to Australia with One Stop - Possible?
Replies: 16
Views: 2936

Re: A330 Operators - Europe to Australia with One Stop - Possible?

Yeah, there would probably be countless possible ways to do it, especially with self connections and long layovers. Fairly sure I’ve done it on KE from BNE to Paris. At least two theoretically possible ways via Africa PER to JNB to LHR on South African. PER to MRU to CGN on Air Mauritius/Eurowings. ...

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