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by Kent350787
Wed Mar 16, 2022 5:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality
Replies: 86
Views: 4427

Re: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality

Isn't anyone there concerned about the cows fading? For context, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania adopted DST in the 1970s. The conservative Queensland state Premier (supporting by a rural gerrymander) comapaigned strongly against his state also adopting DST. Two important arguments against were: - the co...

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by Kent350787
Tue Mar 15, 2022 12:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?
Replies: 50
Views: 3510

Re: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?

I would have told myself to exercise more and practice certain physical activities so I didn't lose the "muscle memory." On how this would last. I would also note not to go to that certain place I first caught covid19 (get vaccinated first). I would also have added biotechs to my portfoli...

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by Kent350787
Tue Mar 15, 2022 12:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37810

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Reports also that the virus evades Sinovac: https://www.thedailybeast.com/covid-finally-spins-out-of-control-in-china-thanks-to-stealth-omicron-variant So the question becomes, how sick are they? Lightsaber Late edit: All vaccines, not just mRNA lose effectiveness. So combine Omicron with the time ...

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by Kent350787
Mon Mar 14, 2022 10:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A340s still crossing the pacific?
Replies: 11
Views: 2381

Re: A340s still crossing the pacific?

No. all current operators are based in Europe, the middle east or Africa except for Conviasa who has no routes over the Pacific. I believe the last would have been Air Tahiti Nui or Singapore Airlines. LATAM would also have been one of the last operators, possibly even later than Singapore. But wou...

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by Kent350787
Tue Mar 08, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37810

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

https://covid19.sph.hku.hk/tc/dashboard R number in Hong Kong have been stabilizing at around 2.5 for Omicron despite vaccine rate and masking and virtual curfew The progress of covid in Hong Kong is interesting for us in NZ as we have similar populations,( but vastly different population density) ...

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by Kent350787
Mon Mar 07, 2022 11:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many airlines' 777s still have 9AB economy seating?
Replies: 19
Views: 3309

Re: How many airlines' 777s still have 9AB economy seating?

SCX because I don't know if they are done with transitioning to 10ab yet). CX hadn't finished the transition when it parked most of its 77Ws in ASP in 2020. I don't have a count on how many have left ASP or how many have now transitioned. 10ab seems a far nicer seating product to the older 9ab, but...

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by Kent350787
Mon Mar 07, 2022 10:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 508
Views: 29612

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

That's what a majority of Californians want. Our state doesn't maintain its beauty and cachet without keeping its environment intact. Nobody wants to look out from the Santa Barbara coast and see the flames atop oil derricks. Screw that. Then they should stop driving their SUV's and take the bus. O...

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by Kent350787
Mon Mar 07, 2022 10:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37810

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

It seems so weird to read the previous posts, as here in the US we are past omicron, and today my kids went to school and had the option not to wear a mask for the first time in almost 2 years. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article259059303.html Omicron will pass, but the unvacc...

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by Kent350787
Sun Mar 06, 2022 10:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many airlines' 777s still have 9AB economy seating?
Replies: 19
Views: 3309

Re: How many airlines' 777s still have 9AB economy seating?

JL has 9ab on its 77W (and 8ab on 787).

CX (if it survives) has been transitioning to 10ab.

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by Kent350787
Sat Mar 05, 2022 4:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Australian cricket players Rod Marsh and Shane Warne pass away within a day of each other
Replies: 11
Views: 1332

Re: Shane Warne dead at 52

I haven’t really paid much attention to cricket this century, but Warnie was a legend.

I love the tribute under his statue at the MCG, a VB, a pie and pack of gaspers!

(Or a can of Victoria Bitter beer, a meat pie and a packet of cigarettes for those playing outside Oz ;) )

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by Kent350787
Sat Mar 05, 2022 4:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37810

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

https://www.news.gov.hk/chi/2022/03/20220303/20220303_175912_881.html?type=category&name=health&tl=t Hong Kong government announced 56k new cases today, roughly 0.8% population (More than double US peak's rate?), with two-third of them presenting symptoms. No sign of peaking so far. Officia...

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by Kent350787
Fri Mar 04, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37810

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

I am just trying to detect any bending of the curve in the NZ outbreak, specifically in Auckland, and wished that daily hospital admissions were published along side hospital occupancy. It is a missing part of the data puzzle. With new data released today, NSW has seen 11,603 Covid cases hospiltali...

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by Kent350787
Fri Mar 04, 2022 12:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37810

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

https://www.news.gov.hk/chi/2022/03/20220303/20220303_175912_881.html?type=category&name=health&tl=t Hong Kong government announced 56k new cases today, roughly 0.8% population (More than double US peak's rate?), with two-third of them presenting symptoms. No sign of peaking so far. Officia...

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by Kent350787
Wed Mar 02, 2022 9:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Jet2 drops face mask rule for passengers on flights
Replies: 15
Views: 2355

Re: Jet2 drops face mask rule for passengers on flights

In Canada (not sure about elsewhere) the federal government makes the rules about masks on board. Even if a Canadian airline wanted to remove the mask requirement, they would be able to. Same in Australia - Federal mandate covering all airlines and terminals. Local public transport rules are state ...

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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 27, 2022 10:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cinema Shooter Acquitted
Replies: 25
Views: 2485

Re: Cinema Shooter Acquitted

The proper response from Oulson would have been to apologize and put the phone away not become aggressive. I do not think with the evidence presented that pulling a gun was warranted but the jury spoke within the law. Then what an insanely stupid law. Only in America (of the Western world) could sh...

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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 27, 2022 10:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37810

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Well the "phoney war " against the Omicron outbreak here in NZ is well and truely behind us. Phase 1 of the Omicron outbreak response was a continuation of the Delta controls, PCR testing for surveillance and diagnostics, rigourous contact tracing, and extensive case and contact isolation...

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by Kent350787
Sat Feb 26, 2022 10:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Actress Sally Kellerman (MASH star) passes away
Replies: 8
Views: 1183

Re: Actress Sally Kellerman (MASH star) passes away

I have not seen the movie but the tv-series is excellent. The TV series is "meh" to me. The movie is an all-time classic. For me, the two have to be considered separately. The movie used its long form to deliver a hard hitting message that was pretty true to its sources. The TV series was...

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by Kent350787
Sat Feb 26, 2022 12:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which aircraft's winglets are your favorites?
Replies: 25
Views: 3529

Re: Which aircraft's winglets are your favorites?

A350 hands down, although a soft spot for A330/340 which were manufactured by a Boeing division a few suburbs from me for a while.

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by Kent350787
Sat Feb 26, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A350XWB not so wide cabin…
Replies: 4
Views: 1212

Re: A350XWB not so wide cabin…

I’ve only flow in W on the A350, but I didn’t notice the narrower width to the 777. Or any significant difference once one seat is removed on the 787.

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by Kent350787
Fri Feb 25, 2022 2:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mitt Romney Was Right About Russia
Replies: 20
Views: 2849

Re: Mitt Romney Was Right About Russia

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/years-mitt-romney-finally-credit-warnings-russia/story?id=61330530 Romney was right about Russia being the United States’ greatest geopolitical threat. He said that 10 years ago during the 2012 campaign and was mocked by President Obama and other Democrats. I find it...

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by Kent350787
Thu Feb 24, 2022 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to firm up A350-1000’s for Project Sunrise by mid year
Replies: 84
Views: 22711

Re: Qantas to firm up A350-1000’s for Project Sunrise by mid year

That’s 30 to 50 more seats total over the 789, and likely a large number of additional premium seats that would need to be filled. Nonstops from MEL/SYD to LHR will hurt premium demand on PER-LHR the most, as those are the passengers most likely to favor the nonstop over connecting at PER. Let's be...

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by Kent350787
Thu Feb 24, 2022 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to firm up A350-1000’s for Project Sunrise by mid year
Replies: 84
Views: 22711

Re: Qantas to firm up A350-1000’s for Project Sunrise by mid year

A capacity jump would, IMO, make little sense unless they go less than daily. After all they would likely be losing most East Coast traffic. ?? I don’t follow. Why would they go less than daily? There would still be plenty of East coast traffic, not to mention PER originating traffic. QF have also ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Feb 24, 2022 2:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "Freedom Convoy 2022" in Canada
Replies: 507
Views: 26760

Re: "Freedom Convoy 2022" in Canada

Prime Minister Trudeau is revoking the Emergency Act as it was no longer required. Independent inquiry into its use to begin within 60 days. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-event-feb23-1.6361847 Whyyyyy? We were just beginning our transformation into North Korea. As that beacon of high int...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 23, 2022 10:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37810

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

The state that I live in no longer recommends mask wearing indoors. The state I live in is removing mask mandates tomorrow apart from public transport and some high risk locations (primarily health related). It is still strongly recommending masks indoors where social distancing is not possible. An...

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by Kent350787
Tue Feb 22, 2022 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 40 Years of the Mighty 757
Replies: 129
Views: 19958

Re: 40 Years of the Mighty 757

Royal Tonga operated the only regular 757 passenger service to Australia earlier this century. Tasman (or maybe transmile) operated a freighter when they were forced to retire their 727, and I think another freight airline was operating one for a while last year. Boeing pitched the 757 to QF for Je...

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by Kent350787
Tue Feb 22, 2022 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas A330 Replacement
Replies: 151
Views: 24974

Re: Qantas A330 Replacement

I don't think any of us have enough inside information or knowledge of the 787 and A330 to make any reasonable conclusions on what is best for QF. On the same point, I suspect the 787 family of aircraft would be the more flexible option for fleet planning and crystal balling into the future. We don...

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by Kent350787
Mon Feb 21, 2022 11:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Least known airlines you've flown on
Replies: 96
Views: 7985

Re: Least known airlines you've flown on

Southern Pacific Regional Airlines, under contract to Ansett. Aircraft was a Nord 262, flight sometime in 1992.

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by Kent350787
Mon Feb 21, 2022 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 40 Years of the Mighty 757
Replies: 129
Views: 19958

Re: 40 Years of the Mighty 757

Royal Tonga operated the only regular 757 passenger service to Australia earlier this century. Tasman (or maybe transmile) operated a freighter when they were forced to retire their 727, and I think another freight airline was operating one for a while last year. Boeing pitched the 757 to QF for Jet...

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by Kent350787
Fri Feb 18, 2022 6:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Popular songs that you HATE
Replies: 95
Views: 6468

Re: Popular songs that you HATE

Dancing Queen by ABBA - I quite like ABBA, but I don't understand why that particular song is so popular when they have at least 20 better songs. Mickey by Toni Basil - Just can't stand it. Hot and Cold by Katy Perry - see below. At work a several years ago now we went through a stage of overplayin...

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by Kent350787
Fri Feb 18, 2022 6:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Attempted Assassination in Louisville
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Attempted Assassination in Louisville

The only positive is that the shooter was unsuccessful. It's difficult to see a logical motivation for this act. Reading between the lines regarding the shooters history seems to suggest health issues of some type. I wonder whether they are the type of issues that would likely preclude access to gun...

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by Kent350787
Thu Feb 17, 2022 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022
Replies: 374
Views: 62755

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022

Just browsing Instagram- what a contrast between Bonza and Rex social media profiles. I’m no marketing expert but Bonza are nailing it compared to Rex, cohesive messaging and branding, clear information and exciting. Such a wasted opportunity from Rex. Slick! https://instagram.com/stories/flybonza/...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 16, 2022 10:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Let's talk about your top goosebumps songs
Replies: 104
Views: 37654

Re: Let's talk about your top goosebumps songs

Looking at some of these lists I assumed I was in the other thread. EVen where there are bands I enjoy, the songs I enjoy aren't here. A few songs that work for me, but the list could be pages long if I could be bothered: Teenage Fanclub: Sparky's Dream https://youtu.be/UK_CuMJJLwg Oasis (if I reall...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 16, 2022 5:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Popular songs that you HATE
Replies: 95
Views: 6468

Re: Popular songs that you HATE

Indeed. My youngest was REALLY into it - had to beg the family to stop sending BS stuff for her to play with. Back to the topic "Come On Eileen" is near the top of my list. There are others but that one comes to mind at this moment. Ugh yeah that’s one 80s hit I can certainly do without. ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 16, 2022 4:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37810

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Is it known which variant is dominant, and were there underlying health issues, as that seems very atypical? Of around 450 deaths in my home state (NSW, Australia) since 26 November 2021, 1 was a person aged under 20yo. Over 350 were aged 70 or older.

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 16, 2022 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022
Replies: 374
Views: 62755

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022

NTLDaz wrote:
I can take SQ or JL to SFO in November for substantially less than QF or UA. Not sure about a 26 and a half hours trip though. I'd be taking FJ before either of them.


Ouch on the scheduling. Until the switch from NRT to HND, JL was around 23.5 hours SYD-NRT-JFK or BOS.

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by Kent350787
Mon Feb 14, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "Freedom Convoy 2022" in Canada
Replies: 507
Views: 26760

Re: "Freedom Convoy 2022" in Canada

It really sucks that this protest has affected those living in Coutts and trying to go through that border crossing (Here in southern AB). I'm pleasantly surprised that the convoy protests haven't been as bad in downtown Calgary compared to Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa. Given the mandate was an AB...

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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 13, 2022 11:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Scott Morrison be re-elected?
Replies: 139
Views: 8774

Re: Will Scott Morrison be re-elected?

It's hard to find a word in the UAP advertising that isn't a lie, or at least a falshood, but there are certain type of people who'll fall for it. Palmer spent an estimated $80 million on his vanity party last election to shore up the Coalition. Yeah, people forget it isn’t as much ALP vs Liberals,...

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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 13, 2022 11:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Scott Morrison be re-elected?
Replies: 139
Views: 8774

Re: Will Scott Morrison be re-elected?

The UAP factor is a big one. Clive Palmer and Craig Kelly are running adverts non stop across TV and Internet. Although they didn’t win any seats in 2019 they managed to direct enough preferences away from Labor to deny them victory. Their goal is to prevent a Labor government first and foremost, a...

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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: European Widebody Flights ??
Replies: 29
Views: 4119

Re: European Widebody Flights ??

I've also seen LH putting widebodies, especially the A350, on FRA-MUC vv flights. Mostly they seem to pop up close to the flight rather than being scheduled long before it though. It's not surpising though - it was a regular A300 route back in the day, and still (outside Covid) has sufficient deman...

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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Scott Morrison be re-elected?
Replies: 139
Views: 8774

Re: Will Scott Morrison be re-elected?

What's the approval rating for Scott Morrison now? Well I think he's good Problem is that he isn’t, he’s gone from one blunder to the next and the faceless men of the LNP will get rid of him. Barnaby Joyce even openly criticised him. They’ve been there for too long and need a few terms in oppositio...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 09, 2022 11:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37810

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Australia (apart from the state of Western Australia) is reopening to vaccinated tourists from 21 Fenruary 2022. They will also need to abide by any local restrictions, which may still include some indoor masks at that point. Will a negative test also be required to enter or will you just have to b...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 09, 2022 11:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will Virgin Australia return to LAX?
Replies: 9
Views: 1607

Re: When will Virgin Australia return to LAX?

I thought they still had some 330s? The A330s were ex-Etihad leases. They were the first widebodies to go. It will be years if ever before they operate outside the South Pacific again, unless Bali picks up in a big way. A widebody sub-fleet is extremely unlikely. They had 2 ex EK A332s to start. Th...

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by Kent350787
Tue Feb 08, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 516
Views: 37810

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Australia (apart from the state of Western Australia) is reopening to vaccinated tourists from 21 Fenruary 2022. They will also need to abide by any local restrictions, which may still include some indoor masks at that point.

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by Kent350787
Tue Feb 08, 2022 7:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will Virgin Australia return to LAX?
Replies: 9
Views: 1607

Re: When will Virgin Australia return to LAX?

Never in the foreseeable future. They have returned all their widebodies and are 737 only now. I thought they still had some 330s? The A330s were ex-Etihad leases. They were the first widebodies to go. It will be years if ever before they operate outside the South Pacific again, unless Bali picks u...

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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 06, 2022 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantaslink Dash 8 replacement?
Replies: 30
Views: 6641

Re: Qantaslink Dash 8 replacement?

Historical note: Until the flying boat service ended in 1974 (?) they vote in what ever seat Rose Bay was in. For anybody who is interested here is a trip report I posted about a trip I took to Lord Howe, posted 11 years ago, the trip took place 50 years ago!!! https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewt...

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by Kent350787
Thu Feb 03, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister
Replies: 54
Views: 2822

Re: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister

An interesting similarity, sometimes missed, is that most bicameral Commonwealths of States have a "States' House" - the Senate (or equivalent). Canada is interesting in that there seems to be some attempt at proportionality in allocating Senate seats, less in the US and Australia is prett...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 02, 2022 11:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister
Replies: 54
Views: 2822

Re: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister

As per previous posters, the Canadian system is very similar to that used in much of the Commonwealth. You vote for the local rep of the party you want to hold power, and the reps elect their leader. In the upcoming Australian election, most people people will say they are voting for Scott Morrison ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 02, 2022 10:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "Freedom Convoy 2022" in Canada
Replies: 507
Views: 26760

Re: "Freedom Convoy 2022" in Canada

What would have been more effective is not this convoy. It should have been a universal work stoppage from all truckers until the mandates are lifted and the rest of us deal with the consequences of that. They have the leverage as there was a trucker shortage before the mandates were put in place. ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Feb 02, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Three Flights you were most excited about...
Replies: 27
Views: 2296

Re: Three Flights you were most excited about...

1. SYD-?-SYD mid-1970s. My first RPT flight, in the days the two Australian airlines sold excess capacity as mystery flights at reduced fares. It turned out to be SYD-WGA-SYD with Airlines of NSW on F27 2. SYD-SIN-AMS (LHR). My first overseas trip, first two legs were on PH-BFA. First time on a 747 ...

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