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by smi0006
Mon Jan 30, 2023 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

UA have operated their B7810’s LAX-SYD which is another option should QF order the type. However, I’d say a high density sub fleet of A351s is on the cards. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk While I agree they will probably have a higher density A351 down the road, that surely wont allow for QFs s...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 26, 2023 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

QF have no remaining options or purchase rights for B787s, and have not for years. An option reserves a specific place in the production chain and a price. Each option has a fixed date before a decision must be made which is defined by the contract. Options are limited to a relatively shorter timef...

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 25, 2023 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Interesting. I think in the context that QF has 30 odd A330's eventually needing replacement. Doesn't QF already have the replacement aircraft available with really sharp pricing through the original order? Obviously not. Their initial 787 pricing was supposedly amazingly good. If it was still avai...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 23, 2023 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

One has to wonder what EK's next play in Australia will be - it seems likely that DXB-SWZ will be on the cards in a few years but in the meantime it would be fun to see them try something like DXB-SIN-CNS/OOL or DXB-CBR-AKL. Unless it really wants to add a flight in what is the curfew period at SYD...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

I know this is unlikely to happen but I hope DL can start flying SEA-SYD. It’s their hub with good transit facility, much better than getting stuck in that disgusting LAX queue all the time. Seems a good fit for the 330-9 if they have the range. Does DL rotate any through SEA - this seems a route Q...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

[code][/code] Hopefully the DL partnership with ZL becomes a fully-fledged tie up and we see codeshares, frequent flyer reciprocating and then an increase in ZL domestic flights.. And then maybe we see ZL join SkyTeam as an affiliate carrier...... I think if DL finally get their frequent flyer schem...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 23, 2023 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

'If' it eventuates, it's more likely people will see LAX-MEL before any of the two mentioned routes. I can't see DL adding more service into Australia without a partner to feed it on this end. The extra Sydney flights are taking advantage of QF's lack of capacity in the same way United was done so....

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 23, 2023 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

QF658 ADL-BNE was operated by an A330 this evening. This is a regular scheduled fight, not a charter or ferry flight. Is there something going on in Adelaide or Brisbane to cause a bump in demand? QF737/750 SYD-ADL-SYD was operated by a A332 today also. Heard as well the reason for having so many p...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 22, 2023 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Adds Nonstop Service to New Zealand
Replies: 51
Views: 9813

Re: Delta Adds Nonstop Service to New Zealand

And will AA come back.....wouldn't be surprised just to help build up a mini QF/AA hub in AKL to support the DFW/JFK flights with transtasman conx ??? AA flies DFW-AKL (the suspended LAX route was moved to DFW). A mini QF/AA hub? Forget it. What do you call a mini hub? Year round AA/QF service AKL-...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 22, 2023 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: AI to order 435 single aisle and 70 widebody aircraft
Replies: 121
Views: 29207

Re: Report: AI to order 435 single aisle and 70 widebody aircraft

Does anyone have any leads on the brand / image makeover? The last byte on the topic being JPA Design and Trendworks was roped in to design the cabin products. The current livery seems slightly inconsistent with every aircraft type in the fleet now - 788s, the ex-Delta 77Ls and the rest of the AI f...

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by smi0006
Sat Jan 21, 2023 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Adds Nonstop Service to New Zealand
Replies: 51
Views: 9813

Re: Delta Adds Nonstop Service to New Zealand

DL is interested in markets with limited and no competition with a fare premium. This started with Africa (JNB, CPT, LOS, ACC, DSS) and now in Oceania. Since when is AKL limited/no competition with ANZ and UA? Not sure about fare premium given they are putting an ex-LATAM A359 on the route that doe...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 20, 2023 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

QF have been saying that they're about to launch an A330 replacement competition so I can easily see them ordering the A359 as replacement for them. Given the issues Boeing has with the 787 line and production, and frankly given Airbus can actually deliver airplanes in recent years and Boeing has g...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 20, 2023 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

I think at present plans, we're more likely to see A321XLRs delivered to QF to free up some A330 services. Which in turn may allow for an extra 787 or two to be deployed. Cheers Current plan is for the A321XLR to arrive sometime in 2025, assuming no more delays due to the fuel tank sealing issue. A...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 19, 2023 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350XWB ongoing evolutionary enhancements, EIS 2025-2030.
Replies: 254
Views: 60159

Re: Airbus A350XWB ongoing evolutionary enhancements, EIS 2025-2030.

Forgive me I can’t keep up with QFs sunrise project - given the timing of the order/deliveries will the QF fleet receive most of the enhancements? (New engines and flight deck excluded) seems key with this range that more are included.

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 18, 2023 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

So have we got any word on the future of PER-JNB yet? Has it been performing well, despite it’s short tenure? So many Saffas and Zimbas in Perth its a no brainer After just flying into Perths T4 international it coped fine with an A330. Immigration and bag collection/customs took 20min Yeah I under...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 15, 2023 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

US Private Equity firm takes minority stake in REX (ZL) https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/123269-us-private-equity-firm-takes-a-stake-in-australias-rex A small stake, but a vote of confidence in REX's future nevertheless. REX also (reportedly) have plans to add an 8th and 9th 737 in 1Q2023, a...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 13, 2023 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

On a different topic of airline loungs, I was just thinking with the lounges across the world getting so jammed packed with the available methods of getting into them, do you think in the future airlines will look to reduce access or increase additional lounges? As an example, say QF business class...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 13, 2023 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Have we ever had a time where there are 5 jet carriers (of 737/A320 size) running in the domestic market? QF, JQ, VA, ZL and now AB (yes that is Bonza's code). I know weve had 4 on a number of occasions, including Oz Jet and Strategic/Air Australia, but cannot think of 5. Wasn’t there a Norfolk Isl...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW - Air India launches 12 new weekly flights
Replies: 50
Views: 8427

Re: LGW - Air India launches 12 new weekly flights

Where are the aircraft coming from?

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Flying through Sydney this arvo - always surprises me how many 717s are parked up, is there a way to pull their utilisation from flight radar? Curious to see how the A220 compares if we see them used more on ADL, CBR off peak between CBR, HBA, and regional flying.

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian adds Atlanta (ATL)
Replies: 102
Views: 16179

Re: Ethiopian adds Atlanta (ATL)

Man that came out of nowhere. In their respective threads, the ET talk was potential service to DEN and a resumption of IAH. Still cool to see surprises like this, I wish them well. OT, but with DUB becoming a good sized scissor hub from them, would ET consider establishing a crew base there? How b...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Related question to the above topics, with the Chinese carriers returning to our ports, and other new entrants, are the airport ground handling providers ready for an uptick in services? I departed internationally from Melbourne on New Years Day and it was a [email protected] show....not enough staff to unload ...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

According to payalls on News Corp and Australian Aviation, Bonza set to imminently launch and has just been granted an AOC by CASA. Freebie Article via FlightGlobal: https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/australian-lcc-startup-bonza-awarded-aoc/151604.article And their fourth 737-8 Max will be on i...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 12, 2023 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian adds Atlanta (ATL)
Replies: 102
Views: 16179

Re: Ethiopian adds Atlanta (ATL)

Man that came out of nowhere. In their respective threads, the ET talk was potential service to DEN and a resumption of IAH. Still cool to see surprises like this, I wish them well. OT, but with DUB becoming a good sized scissor hub from them, would ET consider establishing a crew base there? How b...

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 11, 2023 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippines Aviation - 2023
Replies: 50
Views: 6855

Re: Philippines Aviation - 2023

Hi all!

Just wondered where PR sends their 321LR, is MEL and SYD the furthest routes they send them on? Very excited to see PER back!

PR offers some good connections options out of AU - how is the transfer process ex-MNL? Be great to see them promote more for the AU point of sale.

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 08, 2023 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Sorry for not referring back to the original post. But with regard to QF and the A220-300, I would expect to see this branded as both QF and QF Link, depending on where it is used. Initially, I would expect to see this aircraft on the following routes: * CBR-MEL * CBR-SYD * CBR-BNE * CBR-ADL But ov...

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by smi0006
Sun Jan 08, 2023 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA uniform
Replies: 60
Views: 10860

Re: New BA uniform

I missed this earlier. Uniforms will include a jumpsuit. Setting aside cabin crew looking like mechanics… Imagine how that’s going to work for a female FA having to use the lav. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-64184902 From the article: As for the jumpsuit, that will be for female check-in staff ...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 06, 2023 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA uniform
Replies: 60
Views: 10860

Re: New BA uniform

I’ll have what Air France are having, but want it for half the cost Someone at BA, probably. It was more like: I'd like to downgrade to what Ryan Air is having, and then can you please add some Political Correctness with a blend of generic because this BREXIT thing was truly a mistake! :cry2: Serio...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 06, 2023 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA uniform
Replies: 60
Views: 10860

New BA uniform

Picture and vids aren’t very clear. Looks pretty boring - bland generic airline uniform for any carrier with blue and red branding which covers a lot. I’m no fashion designer but hopefully it’s comfortable because it’s hardly stylish…. BA media centre: https://mediacentre.britishairways.com/news/060...

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by smi0006
Fri Jan 06, 2023 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Will the QF A220’s be branded as QantasLink aircraft? My understanding is that they’re replacing the 717’s… but some have alluded to the possibility that they’ll be replacing 737’s as well? I believe, by law (Qantas sale act), they have to be QantasLink even if they replace the 737 because they won...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 05, 2023 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

In addition to India looks like SYD-ICN, MEL-SIN, and some HKG all look to have various service reductions later this year. So much for returning to pre covid international capacity... You're really hard to please! MEL-DEL and SYD-BLR reductions seasonal from 4x weekly to 3x weekly for 6 weeks. Ret...

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by smi0006
Thu Jan 05, 2023 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian exercises 2 787 options, further delays deliveries
Replies: 5
Views: 3441

Re: Hawaiian exercises 2 787 options, further delays deliveries

Are they for domestic or international use? Love to see HA 787 in SYD and surely the sector length would warrant the product upgrade. Not sure on the yields. Or better some expansion to MEL!

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 04, 2023 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways and its contractor under investigation in Spain for illegal cabin staff hiring practices
Replies: 10
Views: 1373

Re: Kuwait Airways and its contractor under investigation in Spain for illegal cabin staff hiring practices

Disgusting! Not hiring someone because they have a scar in their eyebrow? When are we going to stop normalizing the disguting hiring and employment practices of the Middle East Airlines cabin crew? Not just Middle East - similar practices for SQ, MH, GA, and I’m sure other low cost Asian airlines. ...

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by smi0006
Wed Jan 04, 2023 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Rumour swirling locally about Air Vanuatu potentially launching NTL - VLI sometime towards the end of Q1. Will be an interesting development if it eventuates. Local media here also reported last year that the airport is in negotiations for a potential SIN service presumably via SCOOT. Makes sense w...

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by smi0006
Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Aviation - 2023
Replies: 82
Views: 10420

Re: Japan Aviation - 2023

Per JAL 2022-2025 business plan they called for a "gradual rebuilding" of their international network, while expecting to see a 90% recovery in their domestic business. They also called out new consumer behavior and remote work adoption plus global consumer and corporate ESG that would dr...

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by smi0006
Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network - 2023
Replies: 388
Views: 73683

Re: American Airlines Network - 2023

First time poster on the AA thread - quick questions for the experts. It was discussed in the Aussie thread about AA picking up more Australia flying, potentially DFW-BNE - but I vaguely recall there is an issue with AA crew doing ULH fly ( think it was cabin crew) and DFW-AU is just too far. Can an...

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by smi0006
Tue Jan 03, 2023 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Interesting- REX has rebranded Cobham Aviation Services back to National Jet Express brand… seems a strange choice when Rex needs to work on its brand awareness.

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 02, 2023 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2023
Replies: 126
Views: 18581

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2023

G’day - question for the experts, we always hear the ongoing rumours of TK venturing into Australia, SYD/MEL and even PER. I understand TK-789 and 359 don’t have the range. Does TK do any tag flights, would they consider a SIN, KUL or CGK stopover? Good way to enter the market build the brand and th...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 02, 2023 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 36
Views: 8331

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion - 2023

Question from a new poster in the thread, but a long time CX fan. How are CX going with tech crew, I understand they lost a lot of expat tech crew. I’m sure the same for cabin crew, but probably easier to reopen some offshore bases. Will CX return to recruiting non-HKG nationals, or change strategie...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 02, 2023 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

I believe NH will split PER (3 services) and SYD (11 services). SYD-NRT is more likely than PER-NRT. QF will continue to struggle with aircraft availability so AA also assuming a seasonal BNE-LAX a few times a week seems likely. QF was serving BNE-LAX 11x over summer 19/20 if I remember correctly w...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 02, 2023 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Hey guys, Re 2023... My predictions: * Qantas to have some Indigenous imagery 'makeovers' (starting inside the cabin) designed by a prominent Indigenous artist ... * perhaps with links to the above, a subtle 'Rainbow Roo II' is rolled out in the very near future to promote WorldPride ... * Qantas a...

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by smi0006
Mon Jan 02, 2023 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 755
Views: 85120

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

Tricky one- as last few years have been so rough: - QF: Order more 789 for partial 330 replacement and expansion. When delivered they will not only service Asia - Eventually they will resume - MEL-SFO, second attempt at BNE-ORD, SYD-SEA, PER-CDG and FRA seasonal. Announce a rather boring cabin for t...

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by smi0006
Thu Dec 29, 2022 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 534
Views: 72261

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022

I’m sure this has been covered before but it surprises me there isn’t a direct SYD-PPT service. I think TN flew it in the early 2000s, but if AKL can sustain 3-5 services a week between TN and NZ, surely SYD could? Is there some obvious reason I’m missing? It just isn't that popular to warrant dire...

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by smi0006
Thu Dec 29, 2022 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 187
Views: 54449

Re: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

That’s quiet the interior downgrade in business - where do they send them too? And do they simply upgrade into the old VA-W? They also have smaller cargo hold doors oddly - I don’t believe any other 77W was ordered with this option, and made them hard to lease and cost cargo revenue at VA. The firs...

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by smi0006
Thu Dec 29, 2022 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 534
Views: 72261

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022

Regardless, JQ is a repeat offender and the new federal government are less likely to be as lenient and more willing to implement a populist policy that sees them and other airlines punished when unable to fulfil what they have sold. Due to gridlock in US politics, it is unlikely WN will be punishe...

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by smi0006
Thu Dec 29, 2022 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 534
Views: 72261

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022

Hopefully the government looks seriously at tightening the consumer laws around what compensation airlines have to offer (EU style) I think we have seen some good examples this year of where our airlines have really dropped the ball and the passengers have been left to pick up the pieces. Under the...

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by smi0006
Wed Dec 28, 2022 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 187
Views: 54449

Re: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

QR seems to be adding further leased in B77W capacity, this time sourced from previous Virgin Australia stock. The first aircraft started operations just yesterday on the Manchester route and is registered A7-BOF. Apparently at least another 3 ex-Virgin Australia frames will be added. QR is already...

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by smi0006
Wed Dec 28, 2022 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 534
Views: 72261

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022

"Internal Error" according to Jetstar... Not surprising given it is JQ after all! Not an excuse but you should see the ancient code SITA system used to file slots - something straight out of the 80s! It amazes me considering how many ancient and poorly integrated airline operation systems...

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by smi0006
Tue Dec 27, 2022 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 534
Views: 72261

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022

What is the freight capacity on the 321LR? The A330s no doubt are on the Tasman for that, and even were operating overnight runs without pax for freight services. Less of an issue as QF builds up their dedicated short-haul freighter fleet. Very easy to add an extra A321 or two on the freight side i...

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by smi0006
Mon Dec 26, 2022 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 534
Views: 72261

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022

I suppose they also have a 330 with some free hours after the early withdrawal from PER-JNB.

321s on the Tasman seem like a key goal to move the 330s to Asia. How many 330s do QF have flying the Tasman? 3 for 10hrs a day?

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