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by smi0006
Wed Apr 20, 2022 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

I’m confused. The blankets over rows of seats in the otherwise open rear cabin is the official Qantas crew rest set up? It looks terribly messy and unprofessional. From a brand management point of view I’m extremely surprised that was green lit. Sorry updated my post. This was only due to COVId shi...

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 20, 2022 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

[photoid][/photoid] Presumably cost to install, and these aircraft have historically mostly flown domestic or shorter international routes. While it's not a private cubby, it's quite possibly more room for the crew. It's seemingly got some press as the Australian unions rejected it, so QF has been s...

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by smi0006
Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

This is a PR nightmare, but the traveling public have a short memory. Not that different to the mass disruptions when the fleet was grounded by AJ years back. However it will be interesting to see how QF recover their reputation - they will need to spend big on customer experience, and brand reinve...

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by smi0006
Mon Apr 18, 2022 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

This is a PR nightmare, but the traveling public have a short memory. Not that different to the mass disruptions when the fleet was grounded by AJ years back. However it will be interesting to see how QF recover their reputation - they will need to spend big on customer experience, and brand reinven...

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by smi0006
Mon Apr 18, 2022 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Upgrading To Business Class With Privacy Doors
Replies: 36
Views: 11951

Re: American Airlines Upgrading To Business Class With Privacy Doors

Forget doors - how about proper cabin dividing curtains that properly block out light and noise!

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by smi0006
Thu Apr 14, 2022 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Upgrading To Business Class With Privacy Doors
Replies: 36
Views: 11951

Re: American Airlines Upgrading To Business Class With Privacy Doors

The wording of the article seems to be more rumour than fact? Or have I misread the tone?

Always good to see products being refreshed and heading in the right direction.

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by smi0006
Thu Apr 14, 2022 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

Interesting- $55mil to be invested in NTL terminal to support expansion, naturally airport company is pushing international again. Wonder if in 5-10years we could see Air Asia to DPS or Scoot in town or even a 738 from SQ 3 weekly? I know VA to AKL didn’t work, but wonder if NZ would have a better c...

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 13, 2022 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

Executive Traveller is reporting that Qantas may not restart its service to New York until 2025, when, at which point, it plans to launch Project Sunrise and operate nonstop between SYD and JFK on the A35K. QF is short wide bodies it seems to operate the LAX-JFK-LAX sector, which went from a 747 to...

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by smi0006
Tue Apr 12, 2022 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

It would surprise some of you that this issue effecting every airline. This is not a QF related issue. Some of these issues you listed Tulla are beyond QF’s control and some you’re just making up. And yes. You can blame Covid. The world has changed and there are structural changes going on in the e...

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by smi0006
Sat Apr 09, 2022 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

Aeroroute has published the schedule for QF's new Seoul and Bangalore services Sydney – Bangalore eff 14SEP22 4 weekly A330-200 (Schedule below effective 02OCT22) QF067 SYD0930 – 1555BLR 332 x124 QF068 BLR1745 – 1040+1SYD 332 x124 Sydney – Seoul Incheon eff 10DEC22 4 weekly A330-300 (Service resump...

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by smi0006
Fri Apr 08, 2022 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

Interesting the in addition to the QF announcement- JQ and indigo sign a virtual interline agreement for connections over SIN. Interesting https://newsroom.jetstar.com/jetstar-and-indigo-announce-virtual-interline-partnership/ I always felt India was a bit of a missing gap in the Jetstar network - I...

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by smi0006
Fri Apr 08, 2022 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

Chaos at SYD today with the airport short staffed across all touch points - combination of Covid and the labour market. Only going to get worse over Easter! I don’t think the public appreciates how impossible it is to recruit and retain staff in the current environment, only way will be to pay more…...

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by smi0006
Fri Apr 08, 2022 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

I had posted the news of BLR SYD a week back. Glad to hear it's true a much needed connection to BLR & South India which is #5 on SYDs unserved city/route. With 58 connections by 6E at BLR... It's a large market for connections for Qantas. I confess when you posted I was skeptical - but very su...

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by smi0006
Thu Apr 07, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

Is it possible that QF could take some A330’s from domestic trans-con and use them elsewhere give they no longer have VA A330’s to compete with? Yes, as RyanairGuru noted this is already happening. There's no reason for Qantas to run A330s east-west unless there's high enough demand to fill those l...

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by smi0006
Thu Apr 07, 2022 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

They need more widebody aircraft if they want to launch a heap of new routes. If I had to pick my guess would be: PER-JNB SYD-ICN ???-HND - If they can get the VA slot All the above can be done with A330s if some can be freed up?? How much work are the 330s doing domestically/Tasman, wonder if the ...

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by smi0006
Thu Apr 07, 2022 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

Qantas has been launching quite a few new international routes lately, any bets on what the next ones will be? My wish list? the long rumoured PER-JNB, PER-DEL? Otherwise I feel Asia and South America demand is suppressed - although some form of connection could be of value to South America SYD-SCL...

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by smi0006
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

To be honest the other challenge is the industry has woefully under resourced development of digital solutions to ticketing, and the integration between airlines, OTA, trade, and IATA is maddeningly complex - only the American carriers have truly embraced proper digital solutions but at a cost - bu...

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by smi0006
Mon Apr 04, 2022 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

Given the lack of money that has been made in the last two years, I suspect the pressure will be to run the fleet as hard as possible. Same goes for the poor contact centre. Cold hard cash will be more important than Net Promoter Score. If the average wait in the call centre is many hours... the nu...

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by smi0006
Mon Apr 04, 2022 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

Speaking of demand Delta is ramping up services to 10 flights a week… Delta is boosting Sydney-LAX to ten flights each week Despite the loss of longtime partner Virgin Australia, Delta is going all-in with its sole trans-Pacific route. Soaring demand between Australia and the United States is drivi...

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by smi0006
Sat Apr 02, 2022 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

[photoid][/photoid] I’d be surprised if it happened this year, but once more A380s are in service, a few more 789s get delivered and baring any more surprises from covid, intl travel becomes more established again I’d hope to see it happen. I actually didn’t realise it was so close to launching, wou...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 31, 2022 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 417
Views: 66219

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2022

Hopefully no April fools this year - last two years has been a bit of a joke as it is in this industry!

Hoping April brings us more route resumption, and announcements!

Out at SYD international today busiest it’s been in two years! Great vibe.

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 29, 2022 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Adding MEL-DFW
Replies: 95
Views: 16533

Re: Qantas Adding MEL-DFW

I wonder which market is next priority for QF - BNE-ORD, or consolidate DFW with BNE-DFW, could be better for aircraft utilisation than ORD? Interesting question. I suspect that ORD is now on the back burner until the A350s arrive and it can be served from SYD, but if the market recovers quickly I ...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 29, 2022 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui to launch Seattle
Replies: 56
Views: 11241

Re: Air Tahiti Nui to launch Seattle

Do crew spend the entire time in SEA? Or do they do a return duty to PPT? TN seems to have a lot of potential, but just can’t quiet nail it in some markets.

Love to see them in SYD again one day, but just see it happening.

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 29, 2022 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Adding MEL-DFW
Replies: 95
Views: 16533

Re: Qantas Adding MEL-DFW

I wonder which market is next priority for QF - BNE-ORD, or consolidate DFW with BNE-DFW, could be better for aircraft utilisation than ORD?

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 29, 2022 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

https://www.executivetraveller.com/sing ... -to-cairns


Nice! Wonder if they would ever look to OOL for a premium offering to compliment Scoot.
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CraigAnderson wrote:
Just in, SQ Boeing 737 MAX coming to Cairns as of April 11

https://www.executivetraveller.com/sing ... -to-cairns


Nice! Wonder if they would ever look to OOL for a premium offering to compliment Scoot.

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by smi0006
Mon Mar 28, 2022 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

Gosh the 787s are really getting busy. With just 14 in the fleet does this raise the prospect of an order soon? On the QF fleet, I was thinking about the new Western Sydney Airport and Qantas's plans there. I'm fairly certain they've said they will operate mainline services from there albeit on tru...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 27, 2022 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Adding MEL-DFW
Replies: 95
Views: 16533

Re: Qantas Adding MEL-DFW

Be interested to see if United follows suit with Houston to Melbourne, really putting Delta/SkyTeam in a pinch on U.S. to Australia. Doubt it. UA’s 789’s have a denser configuration which would likely make IAH-MEL more difficult. Down the track who knows though, especially if the VA partnership con...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 27, 2022 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Adding MEL-DFW
Replies: 95
Views: 16533

Re: Qantas Adding MEL-DFW

Is SYD-DFW daily? Or will they do SYD-DFW-MEL?

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 27, 2022 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

MEL-LAX now 8x weekly too. Vic Gov media release: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-us-route-brings-more-tourists-and-jobs-victoria "Flights to Dallas Fort Worth will start in December, with four services a week on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This is the first time a flight has connected the U.S...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 27, 2022 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

What's going on with Qantas to Norfolk Island? All the aviation articles I can see say they're contracted through to 30 June 2022 for the services. However, all the flights beyond that date are on sale. Air New Zealand don't seem to appear to be taking over, as there is no availability on their web...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 27, 2022 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Adding MEL-DFW
Replies: 95
Views: 16533

Re: Qantas Adding MEL-DFW

Great route! Love the diversification the 789 is offering QF, a trend we saw pre-covid of QF opening up BNE/MEL! Is MEL-SFO back yet too? Bring on BNE-ORD next!

Wonder if UA would consider IAH-MEL, in addition to their own IAH-SYD?

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 24, 2022 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation March 2022
Replies: 118
Views: 19202

Re: Turkish Aviation March 2022

What was the decision behind TK to reduce the A350 order from 25 to 20 ? With the 787 sager and delays I can't see the three 787"s already built plus one about to enter final assembly to be delivered this year at all ( hope I'm wrong ), The last 787 for TK was delivered June 2021 some 9 months...

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by smi0006
Wed Mar 23, 2022 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Fleet Thread - 2022
Replies: 1505
Views: 333004

Re: Delta welcomes its 1st Airbus A321neo

Amazing that Delta has received the NEO!

Be interesting to see full picture of the cabin, I couldn't see them in the article. Doesn't Turkish already use these seats on their max?

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 22, 2022 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

In case anyone missed it, today marked the start of Link doing VA's SYD-CBR flights after a few delayed start dates. Finally! Does anyone know what the holdup was? The number of times I booked and had to get refunded (OK just twice but irritating). I notice they board from gate 47 at T2 in SYD whic...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 22, 2022 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand adding JFK
Replies: 61
Views: 12323

Re: Air New Zealand adding JFK

That’s a long route in high fuel prices, and I think a fair few seats will be blocked as aren’t NZs 799 rather dense, I think they blocked seats out for ORD. I do believe a reconfig with new seats is planned in the short term, which is also exciting. Good luck to them! Nice to see a fresh brand new ...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 22, 2022 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

Bonza announces Tamworth to MEL and MCY as a late addition to the Bonza route map. Twice-weekly from both bases. MEL has a good chance of working, but for MCY there are some questions whether that may work, IMO, despite MCY also having the North Brisbane (Moreton Bay) catchment alongside the Noosa ...

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by smi0006
Mon Mar 21, 2022 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

Starting 27 March, Qantas is resuming the QF19 and QF20 SYD MNL SYD. This will be initially five days a week, ramping up to a daily service using their A330 eqp. Also, starting 27 March, Qantas is resuming QF71 and QF71 PER SIN PER. This appears to be 4 days a week initially and will also ramp up t...

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by smi0006
Mon Mar 21, 2022 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

In case anyone missed it, today marked the start of Link doing VA's SYD-CBR flights after a few delayed start dates. Interesting indeed, well whilst I'm still unconvinced if this is the right way forward in this market for VA - I'm sure the wetlease/contracting relationship with Link must be provid...

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 20, 2022 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

Qantas has managed to change its SYD terminal transfer so badly that calling it a mess is flattering. At the start of the pandemic, all the bus drivers employed by QF were retrenched and replaced by contract bus drivers. The issue is the QF drivers had airside licenses so were able to do the transf...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 15, 2022 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

FYI: Rumours are PER-LHR could resume in as little as the next 2 weeks, however construction in the security and immigration areas of terminal 3 must be finished first. DRW-LHR is around 8100nm with the new southern routing, great circle PER-LHR is 7800nm. What’s the construction? Are they expandin...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 15, 2022 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

I doubt MEL-PER-LHR would make much of a difference but I could be wrong. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I could be wrong, but didn't PER-LHR go around to South Africa, then follow a similar route to any Southern Africa - London route? Absolutely not. A route like that would probably take the f...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 15, 2022 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... -australia

PIA is SYD bound - interesting once weekly, with aircraft overnighting... be interesting to see how they last.
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https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... -australia

PIA is SYD bound - interesting once weekly, with aircraft overnighting... be interesting to see how they last.

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by smi0006
Mon Mar 14, 2022 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comair and Kulula grounded by South African CAA
Replies: 41
Views: 13148

Re: Comair and Kulula grounded by South African CAA

With BA slapping their brand on the carrier I’m sure there are some concerned heads in London ready to fly someone out to SA if needed. Or depending on what type of returns and strategic purpose Comair is currently proving to BA/IAG they could just divest. 11.5% stake is really too much. The majori...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 10, 2022 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022
Replies: 249
Views: 52011

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2022

A bit late but VH-ZNG flew a nonstop charter from Melbourne to Islamabad, carrying the Australian cricket team en route to their tour of Pakistan. QF301 left MEL on Saturday 26th Feb at 2140 EDT, arriving in ISB on Sunday at 0503 PKT. https://i.imgur.com/PCy39hq.png First Aussie tour on Pakistani s...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 03, 2022 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drunk JetBlue pilot pulled from flight
Replies: 86
Views: 14731

Re: Drunk JetBlue pilot pulled from flight

This was a pre-dawn flight. Probably was out partying the night before at the outstation. Remarkable how many people lose their judgment about what they're capable of. He should have just called in unfit for Duty. Now he's arrested. Shame. The other pilot should have called him out well before it g...

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by smi0006
Mon Feb 28, 2022 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022
Replies: 374
Views: 64214

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022

Bamboo Airways is doing a 'twin city' launch on March 28 with inaugural flights from both Sydney and Melbourne, pretty ambitious! https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/bamboo-airways-sydney-melbourne-ho-chi-minh-city-flights I thought MEL flights were already launched like a week ago? QH88/89 cur...

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by smi0006
Mon Feb 28, 2022 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022
Replies: 374
Views: 64214

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022

Spare a thought for the airline staff who had to deal with all the cancellations and rebooking today. I spent 2 hours on hold trying to sort out a cancelled flight and rebook for tomorrow - that's ok because stuff happens but the staff would have been taking call after call and I'm sure plenty of p...

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by smi0006
Mon Feb 28, 2022 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022
Replies: 374
Views: 64214

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022

Brisbane appear to be down to one runway, presumably due to visibility restricting simultaneous movements? Partly cloudy skies and the sun is out today. The legacy runway (and some taxiways) were closed yesterday due to flooding. I’ve heard they have to tow aircraft to the new runway, perhaps due t...

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by smi0006
Sun Feb 27, 2022 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022
Replies: 374
Views: 64214

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2022

SQ restarting SIN-CNS next month. Good to see for the region. No mention of SIN-DRW though, maybe saving that for a separate announcement to keep the good news stories coming. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/singapore-airlines-restarts-cairns-flights Well there we go https://mainlymiles.com...

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by smi0006
Sat Feb 26, 2022 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to firm up A350-1000’s for Project Sunrise by mid year
Replies: 84
Views: 23139

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

It still blows my mind how the A350-1000 can be better for this role than the A350-900ULR with all that extra structural weight. The standard -1000 has always had more range than the standard -900. Not strictly QF related but reflecting on completion dynamics and other orders for a ULH 350-1000. Ca...

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