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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:33 am

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This is a very interesting addition and I hope it works out. I had to google where the airport actually is and from what I can see the main catchment area is Bendigo and it’s immediate surrounds. It seems that if you were travelling to Ballarat, Daylesford etc it would probably be more convenient to fly to MEL.


Bendigo's got 100,000 people in its metro area, if you add places like Rochester/Kerang/Echuca (all north of the city) it makes the catchment a little larger, but yes, it's very much a service for Bendigo and its immediate surrounds.

Ballarat (and Geelong) are closer to Melbourne than Bendigo - but I wouldn't rule out a progressive upgrade of Ballarat's airfield (like what's been happening at Bendigo over the past few years) to allow a regional service to Ballarat to start like the one Bendigo's now got. Ballarat's also got about 100,000 people in its metro area.


That makes the metro area a similar size to Toowoomba. After the relative success of services to WTB it's good to see QF trying other comparable markets. SYD-WTB is 12 weekly (one service on Tue and Sat, two services on other days) so hopefully in time BXG can develop a similar level of service.

Does BXG have security facilities to enable Q400 operations, or will it need to be a Dash 300 route?


I doubt the security facilities exist at this stage since BXG has no RPT operators currently. The new QLink service is operating with Q300s per the QF media (and online booking system). Perhaps in time we will see a BXG-ADL service offered as well, which will again use the Q300 no doubt.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:08 am

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https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5801619/new-qantas-service-to-fly-from-bendigo-to-sydney-six-days-a-week/?cs=80

Just announced, QantasLink was I’ll be flying to Bendigo six days a week from Sydney, starting in March.

This is a nice little surprise. As someone from Bendigo I honestly didn’t expect airline service for years yet.


Awesome route to see! Nice to see more QFlink expansion in VIC. Mildura Sydney would also be a nice addition also. I wonder if QFlink would upgrade any freq MEL-MQL to a 717 also?

Does REX fly to Albury at all? Another regional port that could maybe support a flight a couple days a week.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:22 am

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Helping at an old folk's home, cat shelter or opshop is contributing to the wider community. Unpaid volunteering for a multi billion dollar company simply isn't. Swapping a few hours in the office for working on the shop floor is great but coming into work for no extra pay is pretty stingy


That, in a nutshell, highlights how insincere this initiative is. They are leveraging the maximum value of its brand loyalty...whether it be from the public or from staff
Cant deny the evil genius in it.


I think we are misunderstanding volunteered - these are Salaried employees who will be given the option instead of doing their normal 9-5 office job (which is quiet this time of year) can chooose/opt/select/volunteer if they wish to help their front line colleague/team on the shop floor.... or they can remain in the office and do 9-5.... I’d image they will need to consult with their manager first. They will be paid their normal salary regardless of what they choose to do. By volunteer it means heading out to the airport of your own free will- not unpaid. But yes they may not receive shift loading or allowances the airport team would- as they are salaried. This happens every year, at vast majority of airlines and airports- I would have thought this common in hospitality and retail too, managers downing emails and heading out to help employees during busy holiday period.I would be disappointed if it wasn’t.

This seems like a good initiative to build engagement and collaboration - managers get to experience the peak period first hand.... yet union doesn’t want this? That seems sad to me.


If this is indeed the case, why are so many getting all bent out of shape about this? People are clearly getting hung up on the word 'volunteer' and assuming it is unpaid. It is paid - you are 'volunteering' to work at a different location. Many companies, mine included, do a similar thing without issue. Everyone (inc the Unions) needs to take a chill pill.....
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:48 am

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https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5801619/new-qantas-service-to-fly-from-bendigo-to-sydney-six-days-a-week/?cs=80

Just announced, QantasLink was I’ll be flying to Bendigo six days a week from Sydney, starting in March.

This is a nice little surprise. As someone from Bendigo I honestly didn’t expect airline service for years yet.


Awesome route to see! Nice to see more QFlink expansion in VIC. Mildura Sydney would also be a nice addition also. I wonder if QFlink would upgrade any freq MEL-MQL to a 717 also?

Does REX fly to Albury at all? Another regional port that could maybe support a flight a couple days a week.


MQL-SYD would compete with Rex which has been on the route for a couple of years now, and my sense is the Rex SF34 is a better fit for the route than a QLink Dash. MEL-MQL is unlikely to see a B717 for a couple of reasons - firstly, the only B717 ops at MEL nowadays are one or two return trips from BNE and/or SYD on weekends, and secondly that QLink's advantage over the VA jet is frequency.

Rex flies multiple times a day ABX-SYD, and at least once a day ABX-MEL.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:48 am

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If this is indeed the case, why are so many getting all bent out of shape about this? People are clearly getting hung up on the word 'volunteer' and assuming it is unpaid. It is paid - you are 'volunteering' to work at a different location. Many companies, mine included, do a similar thing without issue. Everyone (inc the Unions) needs to take a chill pill.....


It's essentially the ASU taking an e-mail out of context (ie only putting an image of the first page of the e-mail up and not showing the second page, which has all these detail), and then the media seeing this and blowing it all out of proportion. This then gets the 'ZOMG Qantas are ripping staff off, and getting people to work the check in counter unpaid' crowd going, and a bunch of keyboard warriors that don't understand the concept of salaried work.

I sorta hope the ASU do go to the Fair Work Commission about this, because they'll get laughed out of the commission,
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:12 am

The Bendigo service is fantastic news - congrats to QF for seizingthe initiative, though utilisation seems ultra low if they leave a D8 overnight from an afternoon service. I love these types of services to the larger regional centres - Wollongong (no more, sadly, but surely potential), Toowomba, Mildura, now Bendigo. Hope it's a success and grows in frequency and opens up an Adelaide connection.

I believe REX are pulling out of Mildura-Sydney, if they haven't already. Ideal opportunity for a QF or VA service. Maybe VA could extend its 737 service or QF can go Q4, though it would be great if they upped it to a 717. Longer than SYD-CBR!
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:47 am

Is the WTB subsidised by the airport owners? 12 weekly seems very frequent.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:03 pm

For anyone wondering the latest VARA A320 VH-FNP is called “Little Parakeet Bay”
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:50 pm

Qantas has extended 744 service on SYD-HNL into NS19

https://twitter.com/airlineroute/status ... 85792?s=21
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:37 am

VA has received approval from the IASC in regarding the application to vary a number of traffic rights agreements to include a condition permitting TT to utilise the capacity

http://australianaviation.com.au/2018/1 ... rnational/
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:43 am

VA is adding 1000 extra flights over the busy 2018/2019 holiday period or around 175,000 seats

They predict their top 10 destinations will be OOL, HBA, ZQN, CNS, CHC NAN, PER, ASP, VLI and MCY

https://blueswandaily.com/virgin-austra ... -schedule/
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:50 am

Both QF and VA are now weighing carry on luggage in an effort to make sure passengers are carrying only 7kgs in carry on and prevent injuries to both the travelling public and cabin crew. Surely some will not be happy with this but this is long overdue

https://thewest.com.au/news/aviation/qa ... 881047142z
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:46 am

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Both QF and VA are now weighing carry on luggage in an effort to make sure passengers are carrying only 7kgs in carry on and prevent injuries to both the travelling public and cabin crew. Surely some will not be happy with this but this is long overdue

https://thewest.com.au/news/aviation/qa ... 881047142z


I’d imagine a lot of cabin crew are injured closing lockers on the 738 BSI, they look heavy to me. Not to mention sure the company says don’t lift.... but what are you going to do! Especially with how full lockers are these days the poor buggars are always playing Tetris! Not like the US or JQ/TT where there is no free checked baggage on QF/VA.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:18 am

Rumour on another forum that VA is looking to deploy Alliance F100's on the BNE-POM route... Interesting given we've heard the low load factors on this route (and HIR) are 'subsidised' by cargo... can't imagine the F100 will carry any cargo.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:44 am

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Rumour on another forum that VA is looking to deploy Alliance F100's on the BNE-POM route... Interesting given we've heard the low load factors on this route (and HIR) are 'subsidised' by cargo... can't imagine the F100 will carry any cargo.


According to the BITRE figures provided for August in last months thread, VA carried a total of 23.5 tonnes to POM, nil southbound. Unless they are charging an arm and a leg per kg, cargo is not subsidising the service. If there is one tonne per flight, the F100 should be able to do it comfortably, especially with the low passenger numbers.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:04 am

Radio NZ reports there are preliminary discussions between Nauru Airlines to operate a weekly BNE-TBU flight on behalf of Real Tonga Airlines.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:05 am

Ok I was looking at the date and isnt April 1st but

Perth airport installing sleeping pods at T1 as a trail
https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/travel ... 881048088z

$50 for 5 hours isnt bad I suppose.
 
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Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:11 am

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Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:14 am

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He is a good acquisition given his extensive management experience in Defence as well as his chairmanship of Air Services Australia for the past 5 or so years which will mean he has a solid understanding of the issues facing commercial aviation in Australia.
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:59 am

Virgin pilots may need more training than previously planned prior to the introduction of the 737MAX8 in November 2019 due to the fallout of the Lion Air crash

https://www.smh.com.au/business/compani ... 50lp0.html
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:41 am

Apparently the ‘naked’ TT aircraft has been stranded at ADL for 24 hours due to a technical issue. It was due to fly TT642 from ADL-SYD last night before going tech on the tarmac.

7 News in Adelaide mentioned the AFP have been called in twice to deal with unruly passengers frustrated by the delays.
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:23 am

Qantas to maintain SYD-KIX at 4 weekly for NS19

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... djustment/
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:29 am

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Apparently the ‘naked’ TT aircraft has been stranded at ADL for 24 hours due to a technical issue. It was due to fly TT642 from ADL-SYD last night before going tech on the tarmac.

7 News in Adelaide mentioned the AFP have been called in twice to deal with unruly passengers frustrated by the delays.


Speaking of technical issues, Virgin has been down a A332 over the past couple of days with XFH being on the ground in PER since 830am on Monday, its was suppose to operate VA556 to SYD this morning but then got switched to VA694 to MEL today which was suppose to depart just after 5pm but is now delayed to a redeye
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:21 am

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brucetiki wrote:
Apparently the ‘naked’ TT aircraft has been stranded at ADL for 24 hours due to a technical issue. It was due to fly TT642 from ADL-SYD last night before going tech on the tarmac.

7 News in Adelaide mentioned the AFP have been called in twice to deal with unruly passengers frustrated by the delays.


Speaking of technical issues, Virgin has been down a A332 over the past couple of days with XFH being on the ground in PER since 830am on Monday, its was suppose to operate VA556 to SYD this morning but then got switched to VA694 to MEL today which was suppose to depart just after 5pm but is now delayed to a redeye


Ok scratch that, XFH will overnight to PER, XFG was suppose to terminate in PER tonight will now turnaround to operate the delayed VA694, I would expect ETD will around 2320 now
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:03 pm

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Virgin pilots may need more training than previously planned prior to the introduction of the 737MAX8 in November 2019 due to the fallout of the Lion Air crash

https://www.smh.com.au/business/compani ... 50lp0.html

I had a bit of a chuckle at their use of a VARA A320 in a story that was solely about 737's :lol:
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:23 pm

United to start MEL-SFO in 2019, 3 weekly service

https://twitter.com/e_russell/status/10 ... 3657397249
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Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:10 pm

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United to start MEL-SFO in 2019, 3 weekly service

https://twitter.com/e_russell/status/10 ... 3657397249


Interesting timing of the announcement- whilst not massive capacity they must be thinking the QF/AA JV is getting up, they have certainly helped the position there is competition across the Pacific, and it’s not a QF/AA monopoly could have been better to sit tight an announce later.

No idea how MEL can handle the capacity in the peak. But good to see non the less!! Been rumoured for a while, certainly a busy couple of years for MEL, who’s next I wonder?
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:39 pm

What is incredible is how much larger United are Australia-USA than VA-DL combined. Next Northern Winter United is going to have approximately 3000 more weekly seats than VA-DL.
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:57 pm

About time UA jumped on MEL-SFO! Great news!

It’s amazing how much MEL- North America has grown in the last few years. It wasn’t long ago that the only non stop service were a daily UA and QF to LAX. Now we have QF 13 weekly to LAX/SFO, UA 10 weekly to LAX/SFO, VA 5 weekly to LAX and AC 4 weekly to YVR. Of course there is also JQ 3 or 4 weekly to HNL if you count that as North America.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:44 pm

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About time UA jumped on MEL-SFO! Great news!

It’s amazing how much MEL- North America has grown in the last few years. It wasn’t long ago that the only non stop service were a daily UA and QF to LAX. Now we have QF 13 weekly to LAX/SFO, UA 10 weekly to LAX/SFO, VA 5 weekly to LAX and AC 4 weekly to YVR. Of course there is also JQ 3 or 4 weekly to HNL if you count that as North America.

You're right but it is important to remember that it is airliners such as A380, 77W and 789 that have enabled this growth. Prior to 2008 the only airliner that could realistically do this was the 744ER; UA used its 744 but was significantly load restricted westbound.

One of the biggest losers from the growth in direct services from MEL is NZ who used to advertise transitting in AKL as preferential to SYD. This ongoing direct growth means the need for transitting anywhere continues to reduce.
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Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:24 pm

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One of the biggest losers from the growth in direct services from MEL is NZ who used to advertise transitting in AKL as preferential to SYD. This ongoing direct growth means the need for transitting anywhere continues to reduce.

Query this.

If you're going to somewhere like IAH or ORD, I still think transitting in AKL is preferable to SYD, LAX or SFO - smaller, easier to navigate terminal, with a same-terminal transit. Plus, the number of non-stop destinations ex-AKL for which this will hold, is only going to increase (e.g. EWR, and maybe one or two of DEN, LAS, YYZ, IAD and SEA).

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Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:35 am

VH-ZNH is flying the first QF29 MEL-HKG operated by 787-9 this morning.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:44 am

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One of the biggest losers from the growth in direct services from MEL is NZ who used to advertise transitting in AKL as preferential to SYD. This ongoing direct growth means the need for transitting anywhere continues to reduce.

Query this.

If you're going to somewhere like IAH or ORD, I still think transitting in AKL is preferable to SYD, LAX or SFO - smaller, easier to navigate terminal, with a same-terminal transit. Plus, the number of non-stop destinations ex-AKL for which this will hold, is only going to increase (e.g. EWR, and maybe one or two of DEN, LAS, YYZ, IAD and SEA).

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So by querying this are you suggesting it won't have an impact on NZ.

On top of that there'll be Velocity members who would have flown NZ who may not now.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:45 am

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One of the biggest losers from the growth in direct services from MEL is NZ who used to advertise transitting in AKL as preferential to SYD. This ongoing direct growth means the need for transitting anywhere continues to reduce.

Query this.

If you're going to somewhere like IAH or ORD, I still think transitting in AKL is preferable to SYD, LAX or SFO - smaller, easier to navigate terminal, with a same-terminal transit. Plus, the number of non-stop destinations ex-AKL for which this will hold, is only going to increase (e.g. EWR, and maybe one or two of DEN, LAS, YYZ, IAD and SEA).

Cheers,

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I agree that flying via AKL is often the best option if you can’t get on a non-stop flight. But I would imagine with the increase in non stop flights ex MEL that NZ will have to lower fares to be competitive.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:58 am

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One of the biggest losers from the growth in direct services from MEL is NZ who used to advertise transitting in AKL as preferential to SYD. This ongoing direct growth means the need for transitting anywhere continues to reduce.

Query this.

If you're going to somewhere like IAH or ORD, I still think transitting in AKL is preferable to SYD, LAX or SFO - smaller, easier to navigate terminal, with a same-terminal transit. Plus, the number of non-stop destinations ex-AKL for which this will hold, is only going to increase (e.g. EWR, and maybe one or two of DEN, LAS, YYZ, IAD and SEA).

Cheers,

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So by querying this are you suggesting it won't have an impact on NZ.

On top of that there'll be Velocity members who would have flown NZ who may not now.

Correct NZ Airpoints has low take-up in AU which isn't surprising because it is pretty ordinary. Velocity members who are keen on accruing points will be more likely to take the DL or VA option particularly as their J (modernity) and Y (more spacious) products are both superior to what is offered by NZ.
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:40 am

Qantas has backed down on its plan to use volunteer staff in customer service positions over the Christmas/New Year period admitting they went too far this year with their plans. Some management will still be around over the peak period handing out free bottles of water within the international terminal but no direct customer service roles.
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:54 am

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tullamarine wrote:
One of the biggest losers from the growth in direct services from MEL is NZ who used to advertise transitting in AKL as preferential to SYD. This ongoing direct growth means the need for transitting anywhere continues to reduce.

Query this.

If you're going to somewhere like IAH or ORD, I still think transitting in AKL is preferable to SYD, LAX or SFO - smaller, easier to navigate terminal, with a same-terminal transit. Plus, the number of non-stop destinations ex-AKL for which this will hold, is only going to increase (e.g. EWR, and maybe one or two of DEN, LAS, YYZ, IAD and SEA).

Cheers,

C.


I agree that flying via AKL is often the best option if you can’t get on a non-stop flight. But I would imagine with the increase in non stop flights ex MEL that NZ will have to lower fares to be competitive.


If you are going to a destination not served direct from either AU or AKL, then you may as well take one of the MEL nonstop options and transit in SFO/LAX/YVR. No advantage going via AKL to places like YYZ, DEN, LAS, BOS, MIA etc., but more choice nowadays for one-stops (QF-AA/AS via LAX or SFO, VA-DL via LAX, AC-AC via YVR). Going via AKL does add an often unnecessary stop (MEL-AKL-HOU-DEN on NZ & UA for example).

So of course this will have some impact on NZ given there are many more convenient one-stop options.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:48 am

For me going through AKL it would have to be an incredibly good deal. Price is always a consideration for most consumers if they are paying, but all else being relatively equal I would always go (1) Qantas (2) United (3) Virgin Australia as those are the three frequent flyer programs I partake in. Of course NZ can accrue to MileagePlus (and previously Velocity) but I cannot see any value in a stop in AKL unless my final destination was ORD. Everywhere else NZ flies has a direct flight out of Sydney.
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:06 am

Qantas expands flights to Queensland from 31 March 2019

BNE-CNS will see an additional 11 weekly services added
Selected services from both SYD & MEL will be upgraded to A332
SYD-MCY will increase from daily to 13 weekly
BNE-ISA weekday services will return to double daily, overall increase 9 to 13 weekly, 1 class 717 will operate on all services
BNE-TSV six additional weekly services
resumption of daily flights between CNS and POM, Q400 operating

https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media ... ravellers/

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-boosts- ... ource=hero
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:50 am

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Qantas expands flights to Queensland from 31 March 2019

BNE-CNS will see an additional 11 weekly services added
Selected services from both SYD & MEL will be upgraded to A332
SYD-MCY will increase from daily to 13 weekly
BNE-ISA weekday services will return to double daily, overall increase 9 to 13 weekly, 1 class 717 will operate on all services
BNE-TSV six additional weekly services
resumption of daily flights between CNS and POM, Q400 operating

https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media ... ravellers/

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-boosts- ... ource=hero

Addition of A332s is a bit strange; I thought the A330 fleet was fully utilised. I can't imagine the J demand for CNS is huge so the A330 services may be a great opportunity for J reward flights to CNS though, for a 3 hour daylight flight, the A330 seat is a bit pointless.
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:53 am

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For me going through AKL it would have to be an incredibly good deal. Price is always a consideration for most consumers if they are paying, but all else being relatively equal I would always go (1) Qantas (2) United (3) Virgin Australia as those are the three frequent flyer programs I partake in. Of course NZ can accrue to MileagePlus (and previously Velocity) but I cannot see any value in a stop in AKL unless my final destination was ORD. Everywhere else NZ flies has a direct flight out of Sydney.


As much as transiting in AKL is relatively easy any transit is a bit of a pain. You've got to get off, go back through security and wait to get back on and board again.

Even with lounge access it's a pain and adds unnecessary hours to your trip. It's particularly painful on the return journey when you've got to do it despite being so near to Australia and often at a God awful hour.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:07 am

VA's seasonal PER-OOL has started today
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:37 am

tullamarine wrote:
qf789 wrote:
Qantas expands flights to Queensland from 31 March 2019

BNE-CNS will see an additional 11 weekly services added
Selected services from both SYD & MEL will be upgraded to A332
SYD-MCY will increase from daily to 13 weekly
BNE-ISA weekday services will return to double daily, overall increase 9 to 13 weekly, 1 class 717 will operate on all services
BNE-TSV six additional weekly services
resumption of daily flights between CNS and POM, Q400 operating

https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media ... ravellers/

https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-boosts- ... ource=hero

Addition of A332s is a bit strange; I thought the A330 fleet was fully utilised. I can't imagine the J demand for CNS is huge so the A330 services may be a great opportunity for J reward flights to CNS though, for a 3 hour daylight flight, the A330 seat is a bit pointless.


I wonder is March a quieter month? Maybe more network changes from March? 744 into Asia to release these frames? Asia is a mix of domestic and international 330s? Or does the refits being finished free frames up?
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:13 am

All A332 mod work including the refit of EBG will be done by the end of March 2019 so that should free up a spare aircraft.

The new CNS A332 services will only be on peak days not everyday.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:48 am

Does anyone know why yesterdays (12/12) QF42 CGK-SYD diverted to PER? Seems a long way to divert from a point very close to DRW
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:53 am

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Does anyone know why yesterdays (12/12) QF42 CGK-SYD diverted to PER? Seems a long way to divert from a point very close to DRW

I would assume it was a mechanical issue and PER was chosen as it holds spares for A330s and has available A330 crew if necessary whereas DRW doesn't.
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:23 am

SQ will replace 3 class A359 with 2 class regional A359 in SQ235/256 to BNE from 7 Jan 19

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... -jan-2019/
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:52 am

Weather having significant impacts today, big delays into Sydney due to storms, was a similar story earlier in Melbourne - plenty track changes to thanks to storms.
 
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Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:45 am

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SQ will replace 3 class A359 with 2 class regional A359 in SQ235/256 to BNE from 7 Jan 19

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... -jan-2019/


It wasn't really a surprise to most BNE based enthusiasts as that was the most predicted BNE-SIN slot pair by SQ to have the 3-class A350 replaced with the 2-class regional A350.

SQ265/SQ266 currently operated by the regional 772/A330 is very likely predicted to be the next pair to get the 2-class regional A350.
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