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by dredgy
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's The Most "exotic" Airport You've Flown To?
Replies: 110
Views: 8737

Re: What's The Most

I'll define exotic as places I don't think anyone on this thread will have flown to, which I think is a list of three: ⋅ Christmas Island | XCH ⋅ Newman, Australia | ZNE ⋅ Derby, Australia | DRB At the end of this year, I will have been to: ⋅ Bishkek, Kyrgyzst...

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by dredgy
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Refundable ticket to visit airport
Replies: 18
Views: 1692

Re: Refundable ticket to visit airport

I live in Australia, so I just walk through security and up to whatever gate I damn well please, have some lunch and go home without ever buying a ticket. And yes, usually I transit in BNE on my way back from international flights, so family and friends will often come and meet me airside for lunch/...

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by dredgy
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Paying to pre-book seats on non-LCC airlines
Replies: 15
Views: 1295

Re: Paying to pre-book seats on non-LCC airlines

Qantas charges as well ($35 iirc)
I won't pay it, so just ask for an aisle or window seat when checking in, and be early to check in.

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by dredgy
Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying with the Germans - Lufthansa Business Class Frankfurt to Sao Paulo
Replies: 10
Views: 8669

Re: Flying with the Germans - Lufthansa Business Class Frankfurt to Sao Paulo

Looks good! I'm booked on the same flight (and on that same seat) in November!

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by dredgy
Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is it worth paying for seats?
Replies: 15
Views: 1133

Re: Is it worth paying for seats?

Never flown BA Business, but man would I get mad if I paid for business class flights and they still wanted me to pay for seat selection. I will almost never pay for a seat, and if an airline wants to make me pay, I'll usually switch airline. However, enough people won't pay for seats, that so long ...

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by dredgy
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines you wish the 747-8I saw
Replies: 25
Views: 1871

Re: Airlines you wish the 747-8I saw

Basically anyone who fills a 747-400 fleet regularly = I hate seeing an aircraft swap reduce capacity when the higher capacity is being filled. British Airways and KLM would be my top picks. Especially British, since they have a huge fleet of 747s that needs to be replaced. Delta and United maybe in...

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by dredgy
Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates New Regional Routes
Replies: 72
Views: 15192

Re: Emirates New Regional Routes

I think the idea of the new planes would be to replace the A388/777s on the shorter routes like Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudia etc to free them up to go to new places like Helsinki with the 777 and adding A380s to USA or Asian routes. Or am I wrong? Maybe, but I highly doubt it. If they can fill an A38...

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by dredgy
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian going nonstop to Sao Paulo again
Replies: 30
Views: 5292

Re: Ethiopian going nonstop to Sao Paulo again

grjplanes wrote:
dredgy wrote:
Goddamit, I wanted to try them out next year on the LFW to ADD flight!


I'm sure there will still be a LFW-ADD flight as well...still use LFW as stop on ADD-LFW-EWR


Oh good to know. Cheers.

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by dredgy
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian going nonstop to Sao Paulo again
Replies: 30
Views: 5292

Re: Ethiopian going nonstop to Sao Paulo again

Goddamit, I wanted to try them out next year on the LFW to ADD flight!

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by dredgy
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?
Replies: 89
Views: 5077

Re: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?

I'm booked to fly BNE to SYD via DEL, FRA, LIS, NKC, GRU, EZE and AKL later this year :p

Transit stops is just 3 actually I think. KWI->DXB->MCT->KUL->OOL.

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by dredgy
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Glory Days vs Today
Replies: 19
Views: 1657

Re: The Glory Days vs Today

35 years old. Not old. Not a kid. Just judging on my lifetime...if you think today's era is the "glory days" era, you are absolutely, 100% delusional. .... I dont have perspective of the 60s, but compared to the 80s and 90s, flying today sucks I'm not delusional. Last year I flew from Aus...

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by dredgy
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal's Future
Replies: 53
Views: 12407

Re: TAP Portugal's Future

But in seriousness, I think their strategy of a "low cost full service carrier" is a good one and so far seems to be doing good for them. Their widebody fleet needs urgent replacing, which they're doing, and the premium cabins on their shorthaul also need a refurb (seriously, their E190s ...

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by dredgy
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal's Future
Replies: 53
Views: 12407

Re: TAP Portugal's Future

I hope one day they do a RTW fare similar to Lufthansas/Austrian/Swiss (though they'll likely need an Asian destination for that to work) I booked a Lufthansa RTW fare and while intra-European legs were on TAP, I am still annoyed I could not make use of TAPs very good connections to secondary cities...

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by dredgy
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 5508

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

Charlotte for me too.

Casablanca coming up.

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by dredgy
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can someone please look up these historical flights
Replies: 0
Views: 268

Can someone please look up these historical flights

Hey to anybody who has a flightstats or similar subscription. I'm looking through my old, old itineraries to find out what aircraft I've been on, and I have two flights I can't place. I'm not sure if data goes back this far (2011) but worth a shot. If anyone can find out what aircraft operated these...

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by dredgy
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways announces major expansion in S17
Replies: 73
Views: 20584

Re: Kuwait Airways announces major expansion in S17

Kuwait Airways has potential, but if there's going to be a ME4, Oman Air is better placed for growth. Kuwait's new hard product is pretty good, and they can fly to both Saudi and Qatar but: ⋅ Don't accept Israeli passengers, even for transit. UAE, Oman and Qatar do. ⋅ Poor reputa...

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by dredgy
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite/Least Favorite Aircraft (Looks/Experience)
Replies: 23
Views: 1412

Re: Favorite/Least Favorite Aircraft (Looks/Experience)

Favourite Looks: Airbus A340-600 or BAe-146
Favourite Experience: Qantas 717 in business. Just a really simple, solid regional business experience.

Least Favourite Looks: Airbus A330 (or B787/A350) - the plain an boring twinjets of average size.
Least Favourite Experience: Britten-Norman Trislander.

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by dredgy
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UK Friends: why Orlando/Florida?
Replies: 16
Views: 1721

Re: UK Friends: why Orlando/Florida?

Ummm....Disney World? Euro is not the same.

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by dredgy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19237

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

A340 (particularly -600) is my favourite aircraft that I've never flown on, so a bit worriesome to see so many being retired so quickly. Hopefully SAA keep theirs for a couple more years for me. You'd think Lufthansa will keep theirs till the very end too. Yes, but Lufthansa doesn't fly them anywhe...

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19237

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

A340 (particularly -600) is my favourite aircraft that I've never flown on, so a bit worriesome to see so many being retired so quickly. Hopefully SAA keep theirs for a couple more years for me.

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best looking livery
Replies: 46
Views: 4004

Re: Best looking livery

SAA...always loved that flag.

Thai, Qatar and Korean are also close behind. Korean might even be my favourite...

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by dredgy
Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 41962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

I don't share your confidence in Darwin being able to pull any of that off - not least because at the height of the last Darwin boom, Jetstar couldn't make their Australia-Asia scissor hub in Darwin work - with all the advantages of being 4 hours from a whole bunch of places in Asia and Australia. ...

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by dredgy
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Year 10 work experience @Sydney Airport
Replies: 6
Views: 2898

Re: Year 10 work experience @Sydney Airport

I would think it would be next to impossible to get work experience at any security controlled airport in Australia because of the cost and time to get an ASIC card. If it's just for a week as is usual with work experience, it shouldn't be an issue. So long as you're with someone who does have an A...

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by dredgy
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it
Replies: 48
Views: 7825

Re: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it

I've done a lot of work in this field, on what I believe is the next paradigm shift for airline travel. While it is still in its infancy, it is costed and plans are moving forward. I've seen some of Google's work as well. The airline business model will change, and will change drastically, and in a ...

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by dredgy
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes you have been with
Replies: 53
Views: 2810

Re: Planes you have been with

So I don't count each variant (because I honestly can't remember the good majority), so I just go by major revision: Boeing ⋅ Boeing 707 - Saha Airlines ⋅ Boeing 717 - Qantaslink, Jetstar, Bangkok Airlines ⋅ Boeing 727 - Iran Air I think. Was definitely in Iran circa 20...

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by dredgy
Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 41962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

We've already seen prices to USA in record low, while some carriers are already adjusting aircrafts (read:downgauging) to meet demands. Having JQ operate into mainland USA, IMO, not only means lower aircraft utilisation, increased cost, but also will not help either JQ or QF. If they can fill a pla...

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by dredgy
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017
Replies: 378
Views: 41962

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2017

With these rumoured new Asian routes potentially opening up soon, are there any particular routes you guys think Australian airlines should be operating to anywhere in the world (not just Australia or Asia) that we don't already service on our own metal? Dozens upon dozens. Australia has such a rob...

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by dredgy
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines in need of a livery update?
Replies: 43
Views: 2866

Re: Airlines in need of a livery update?

AA, strip the new paint and bring back the old design. Did I miss the post about this or am I the first to mention this? That tail is ugly! I much prefer the new tail, though I miss the bare metal. But it's always...interesting, inspiring(?) to see stand at an airport in some foreign country and lo...

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by dredgy
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Airbus talking additional A380 orders over with IAG, ANA and TG
Replies: 76
Views: 18515

Re: Airbus talking additional A380 orders over with IAG, ANA and TG

IAG could definitely take some, and I even recall Willie Walsh stating a case could be made for A380s at Iberia in a joint interview with Tim Clark. BA itself should take plenty more - they could fill an A380 on nearly every route out of LHR :p It's almost a responsibility for them to make good use ...

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France resumes service to Nairobi
Replies: 21
Views: 4179

Re: Air France resumes service to Nairobi

What is driving the traffic there, is it all about tour groups to see the wildlife? Lots of investment opportunity in Kenya - tourism is certainly the key driver of the economy there are other areas that would attract people - it's a key centre for banking for instance and oil exploration is in its...

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favourite ME3 airport and airline
Replies: 4
Views: 501

Re: Favourite ME3 airport and airline

Doha airport hands down. In terms of airlines it has to be Emirates. Qatar and Etihad on a widebody service are superior to Emirates, but they also have narrow-body services on routes that are not short haul! I flew ADL to ZAG via DOH and the ADL to DOH flight was spectacular on the A350, but an A32...

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List
Replies: 243
Views: 19400

Re: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List

Just finished finalising a 4 month RTW trip - Australia->India->Europe->Africa->South America->New Zealand->Australia. New Airlines/Aircraft in italics Business Class - Main Flights ⋅ Brisbane to Sydney | Qantas | Boeing 737-8 ⋅ Sydney to Delhi | Air India | Boeing 787 ⋅&nbs...

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?
Replies: 56
Views: 3945

Re: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?

Yes. I've spent too much time in the Middle East including Iran and I just don't want the hassle as well as one of my employees has dual Iraqi citizenship. I halted a sizeable project in the US, moving the investment to Australia instead and and will be withdrawing all my business once I'm able to.

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst Liveries?
Replies: 34
Views: 3461

Re: Worst Liveries?

The Star Alliance livery - the livery itself isn't too bad, but I want to see the livery of the airline I'm flying! I always get letdown when I see it .
Also don't like Frontier with their different tail fins.

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What new routes do you want from your home airport?
Replies: 122
Views: 8947

Re: What new routes do you want from your home airport?

Have two home ports From ROK: Sunshine Coast (MCY) Cairns (CNS) Sydney (SYD) Gladstone (GLT) - used to be flights and now it's just the train which is horribly timed, especially on the return. And an increase of flights to OOL from twice weekly to daily. From OOL: DOH/AUH/DXB, hell I'll take SHJ - j...

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by dredgy
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ever been afraid of a certain aircraft type?
Replies: 47
Views: 3291

Re: Ever been afraid of a certain aircraft type?

Not now, but back in the day... I used to be afraid of flying and I had to move transcontinentally across Australia. Flew GLT to BNE on a Dash 8-200 and was terrified, was just started to get used to it when it land. Thought I'd be alright for the next flight, BNE to SYD which was on a 767 - which w...

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