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by jrfspa320
Tue Dec 07, 2021 6:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rotating airport beacon
Replies: 17
Views: 6219

Re: Rotating airport beacon

I have seen them at lots of airports outside North America, certainly in Europe and here in Australia

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by jrfspa320
Tue Dec 07, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 67715

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

- Qantas expects to reach 115% of pre-pandemic domestic capacity by April, Jetstar 120% - Remained on track to decide by the end of the year on a preferred supplier for more than 100 planes to replace its ageing domestic fleet. - In the international market, it will take far longer to recover to pr...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Dec 06, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 478
Views: 67715

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2021

Any news on QF's modifications of the A332's for BNE-LAX/SFO? Saw some tweets from people saying their BNE-LAX or BNE-SFO A332 flights had been cancelled, now they're pushed back to a later date with B789s, wonder if Qantas decided it wasn't worth the cost of modifying those A332s based on the shor...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

Highly doubt the B717’s will make their way back to WA considering they are a mixed bag of 110Y, 125Y & 12J98Y configured aircraft. As for a Q400 base brought back to WA highly doubt it too. Agree more A320’s will join the Network fleet and replace the F100’s as A320NEO’s come online. Sent from...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

- A221 to supercede 717 aircraft. - Alliance E190 to replace Fokker F100. The F100s operated by Network is a wholly owned operation as opposed to Alliance which is essentially contract flying. E190s may well replace the F100s but they wouldn't be flown by Alliance. But i think its more likely that ...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

- A221 to supercede 717 aircraft. - Alliance E190 to replace Fokker F100. The F100s operated by Network is a wholly owned operation as opposed to Alliance which is essentially contract flying. E190s may well replace the F100s but they wouldn't be flown by Alliance. But i think its more likely that ...

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by jrfspa320
Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

I thought one of the issues with the 787s (and A330s) is the lack of stands at domestic terminals which can accommodate them.

The 767s didnt have an issue fitting on the main pier stands at SYD or MEL

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by jrfspa320
Tue Nov 23, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

In QF config would the 787-8 fit the same number of Y seats as the 332s (assuming 28J), or would it be less? JQs frames are fairly early production models and maybe these are not very appealing. In regards to the A330 crew rest, is there a reason why QF doesnt fit the lower deck mobile crew rest ? I...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

The 789 would not work on DEL, far too premium heavy. Im surprised that QF have stuck to the single config for the 789s, perhaps if they order further aircraft to replace the A330s on Asian routes. I never indicated QF would use the B789 on DEL, what I was implying is once the 3 x B789’s come onlin...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

Is QF going to suffer a long haul fleet shortage? Prior to covid the QF had pretty much fully utilized the international fleet. Now they will be permanently down 6x B744s and 2x A380s. I can't see how services can return to pre covid. The 3 787s that are coming were already going to be used on the ...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

Is QF going to suffer a long haul fleet shortage? Prior to covid the QF had pretty much fully utilized the international fleet. Now they will be permanently down 6x B744s and 2x A380s. I can't see how services can return to pre covid. The 3 787s that are coming were already going to be used on the ...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

The 789 would not work on DEL, far too premium heavy. Im surprised that QF have stuck to the single config for the 789s, perhaps if they order further aircraft to replace the A330s on Asian routes.

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by jrfspa320
Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

Today’s QF15 BNE-LAX being operated on VHEBQ. Flight QF15 from Brisbane to Los Angeles https://fr24.com/QFA15/29e5bf8f https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20211118/dd4f830a9745ff6c111dae4c763862ac.jpg Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Is it carrying pax or only freight? Has EBQ had a bump in MTOW ? T...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Nov 15, 2021 3:42 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A Glimpse of Glasgow: Grounded No Longer
Replies: 3
Views: 5670

Re: A Glimpse of Glasgow: Grounded No Longer

Great report with lots of details and pictures. Hope you enjoyed being back in the skies. I agree with your thoughts on the BA lounge at LHR, the First Wing is the best part, the galleries lounge is nothing special but does the job. The bathrooms are really awful - Ive seen public bathrooms nicer th...

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by jrfspa320
Fri Nov 12, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do you handle red eye flights?
Replies: 45
Views: 3902

Re: How do you handle red eye flights?

Have lots of red wine before departure of out Sydney...sleep for most of the flight, arrive in LAX :)

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by jrfspa320
Thu Nov 11, 2021 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

Sharp says Bonza won’t take off, is that code for he doesn’t want them to take off as if Bonza is s threat to anyone it will be REX https://twitter.com/airlinegossip/status/1458638773412155392?s=21 No surprise there, although im not convinced either. If the proposal was for used E190s which would b...

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by jrfspa320
Tue Nov 09, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

If QF goes with 737 Max, E190's for their domestic fleet replacement do you think Embraer might throw in a good deal on those new Turbo props with the rear mounted engines? The Dash series will need replacing at some point. It doesn't look like it will be ready until at least 2040 - the Dash will n...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Nov 04, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

I have (very optimistically!!) booked flights to Perth for February with Jetstar (sale fare was too good to turn down). I have two questions. Firstly, I noticed that Jetstar are using T3 at Perth, which is confirmed on both the Jetstar and Perth Airport websites. Am I going crazy, or didn’t they mo...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Nov 04, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 383
Views: 63872

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2021

I have (very optimistically!!) booked flights to Perth for February with Jetstar (sale fare was too good to turn down). I have two questions. Firstly, I noticed that Jetstar are using T3 at Perth, which is confirmed on both the Jetstar and Perth Airport websites. Am I going crazy, or didn’t they mo...

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by jrfspa320
Fri Oct 29, 2021 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Qantas has pushed back start of international flights from BNE by at least 6 weeks due to concerns regarding vaccination targets. New Zealand flights are now planned to resume 31 Jan 22 while both LAX and SIN are due to resume on 2 Feb 22 MEL-LHR flights have been delayed by 3 weeks due to sluggish...

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by jrfspa320
Fri Oct 29, 2021 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Scomo is currently en-route to Rome from Darwin with the flight scheduled to take 16 Hours. That must be close to some record for an A330 no? It's up there. Level used to run BCN-SCL which is 6,011 nm on an A330-200. DRW-FCO is 7,175 nm, however, this isn't a scheduled flight and likely carrying a ...

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by jrfspa320
Wed Oct 27, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

JQ has scheduled A320s on MEL-DPS next year. Are these actually intended to be the new A321LRs? I dont think the standard JQ A320s would make MEL-DPS, without significant payload hit anyway. Has been done before! JQ flew extra MEL-DPS services in 2019 using the A320’s! Ah interesting, did not know ...

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by jrfspa320
Tue Oct 26, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

JQ has scheduled A320s on MEL-DPS next year. Are these actually intended to be the new A321LRs?

I dont think the standard JQ A320s would make MEL-DPS, without significant payload hit anyway.

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by jrfspa320
Fri Oct 22, 2021 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Does QF only have approval for 180mins EDTO for their A330s? Which could be a problem - the BNE-SFO/LAX route would be fine with 180 EDTO. Yes, they have 180min EDTO Thanks! SAA (and MK) operated the route with A330s so definitely doable. The 789s are too premium heavy and really only suitable for ...

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by jrfspa320
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

I wonder if SYD-DRW-DEL is a temporary arrangement until McGowan opens WA... I also think PER-JNB/CPT will be on the radar considering we may not see SA back on that route. QF has confirmed PER-LHR will be back in April. There's also a consideration DRW-LHR may continue in it's own right, but Perth...

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by jrfspa320
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Qantas says flight to DPS could return as early as December https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-update-australia-bali-travel-back-by-christmas-qantas-ceo-hopes/fbfc8227-8293-4659-9e9a-4119891ca0ba I thought Bali isnt an option for aussie travellers until next year? Also didnt QF fly SYD-D...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Oct 21, 2021 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Qantas says it expects to have 100% of pre COVID domestic capacity by January next year. SYD-MEL flights which were 55 flights a day pre COVID and currently operating daily will see around 15 flights a day in the first week of November increasing to 30-40 flights by Christmas https://www.investing....

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by jrfspa320
Thu Oct 21, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Qantas says it expects to have 100% of pre COVID domestic capacity by January next year. SYD-MEL flights which were 55 flights a day pre COVID and currently operating daily will see around 15 flights a day in the first week of November increasing to 30-40 flights by Christmas https://www.investing....

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by jrfspa320
Fri Oct 15, 2021 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Will the new 787 issues require QF 787s to be removed from service to be inspected? Hopefully wont impact the planned return to service.

The JQ aircraft are not in the age range specified to be of concern.

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by jrfspa320
Thu Oct 14, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Another point to consider RE this new "Bonza" airlines is that the airports they fly to will need security screening for passengers so that will narrow down their port options along with the need for a long enough runway for 737MAX. My local airport can accommodate a 737 but there is no s...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Qantas to add DRW-TSV from 31 Jan 22 and DRW-CNS from 29 Mar 22, both services are 3 weekly E90’s https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-adds-new-routes-from-darwin-to-far-north-queensland/ Interesting - theyll be competing with Airnorth on TSV which would already be a codeshare? J...

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by jrfspa320
Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: New IAG carrier at LGW - BA EuroFlyer
Replies: 317
Views: 70031

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

jomur wrote:
Seems the BA pilots have accepted the new terms by 82% on a 75% turnout according someone on Flyertalk.com.


So that means BA will stay at LGW?

I hope they stay, i actually way prefer LGW, the lounge is much nicer :)

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by jrfspa320
Thu Oct 07, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?
Replies: 73
Views: 13131

Re: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?

3. I believe the E2 sales are suffering on range, how to fix this? You ignore the A220, why? Yes, it is heavier, but not all weight is bad: 1. Reduce fuel burn (electrical subsystems weight more, but save fuel). 2. Wing area (if paired with higher cruise, see E2-175 wing extension), as well as help...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Oct 07, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?
Replies: 73
Views: 13131

Re: Fokker NG jet, an unique opportunity for Boeing?

The Fokker NG aircraft appear not to have Kruger or leading age devices. It appears the wing is the same as what is on the Fokker 100. It would then need to have a higher takeoff and landing speed than the the Airbus A220 and Embraer E2 which appear to have the leading edge devices. This is somethi...

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by jrfspa320
Wed Oct 06, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 64992

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

Provisional flight plan for EZE-DRW, 8027nm with a flight time of 17 hours and 21 minutes https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FA7iy9GVgAAI8Zx?format=jpg&name=large https://twitter.com/keg767/status/1445341900622336003?s=21 Looks like a fair adjustment to the west on the latter part of the flight. FR24 ...

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by jrfspa320
Wed Oct 06, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 112668

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Yes, the tender is for Boeing 737 and Boeing 717 replacement only. No mention of the Fokker aircraft, so you might be right, that the 717s get redeployed. If not, I wonder if Hawaiian might want them, as the ones in Australia should be in good condition operating around dry Australia vs the islands...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A300 - Who's have you flown ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2257

Re: Airbus A300 - Who's have you flown ?

Only ZB from LTN to ALC....those were the days

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by jrfspa320
Mon Oct 04, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 112668

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

I too cannot imagine the Fokkers being replaced by shiny new A220s or E2s. You can’t let such expensive planes fly one or two sectors per day and have them standing around the rest of the time. I can see the F100s either being replaced by QF holding onto the 717s for another ten years and moving th...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Oct 04, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 112668

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

I think the Fokkers and 717 were preferred for being less vunerable for FOD from the inland runways used. Replacing them with E2s, NEO or MAX wouldnt really address that challenge. Can't they find young CRJ900s until E3s become available? The CRJs would be weight limited I think off the shorter run...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 112668

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Pure speculation on my part. For the regional fleet given that Qantas already has a wet leasing relationship with Alliance. I can see Qantas buying a fleet of E190/195 E2 to replace the 717 fleet. These will be leased to Alliance who operate them on contract for Qantaslink for the Central and East ...

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by jrfspa320
Mon Oct 04, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 112668

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Interesting- to me Airbus seems a good fit with 109 320NEO on order at Jetstar gives them a lot of flexibility to move aircraft between the brands and regions as a recovery occurs. Not to mention other synergies across engineering. A220 is a very expensive F100 replacement and too much capability f...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Sep 30, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Vegas Vacation - Alaska 737-900ER/800, SEA-LAS-SEA
Replies: 5
Views: 5498

Re: Vegas Vacation - Alaska 737-900ER/800, SEA-LAS-SEA

Great detailed report. LAS is still on my to do list. Ill have to make sure i drop into that model shop!

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by jrfspa320
Wed Sep 29, 2021 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 290
Views: 49697

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

Can't see VA returning widebodies to PER, even if they do eventually sign a lease (either operating or finance) for a number of 787s within the 12-24 month timeframe. Chances are that TransCon widebodies from QF are widely be the minority (at the most) for the foreseeable future. I hate to be pedan...

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by jrfspa320
Tue Sep 28, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 290
Views: 49697

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

The Perth flight almost stood on its own O&D without the Melbourne tag. Almost. Not quite but in a few years it would have stood on its own two wings. Darwin will rely solely on connections. I hope it comes back as it was a significantly better flight than any of the other one stops I’ve done o...

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by jrfspa320
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 290
Views: 49697

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

Virgin CEO expects ‘vaccination passports’ for domestic travel Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka says she expects vaccination to be mandatory for some interstate travel as states exit lockdown and reopen their borders in the months ahead. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-ceo-expects...

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by jrfspa320
Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 37162

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

Why doesnt EI move the NOC flight to LHR while they have the slots? Might help with loads

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by jrfspa320
Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021
Replies: 290
Views: 49697

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2021

Can we try and keep this thread on actual aviation developments. There are lots of other forums discussing the politics / twists and turns of covid.

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by jrfspa320
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Sampling Scotland's Famous Beach Runway: Barra to Glasgow on a Classic Twin Otter
Replies: 7
Views: 5084

Re: Sampling Scotland's Famous Beach Runway: Barra to Glasgow on a Classic Twin Otter

Looks fantastic. Thanks for writing up.

Its definitely on my bucket list. I like the idea of ferry one way and fly the other - good to know about the bus too!

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