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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:33 am

New QLink destination ex-ADL is Whyalla! Double daily Q300s from 13 April 2015.

http://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/med...qantaslink-adds-whyalla-to-its-map
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:27 am

Quoting TN486 (Reply 20):
Quoting 777ER (Reply 18):

What days and what route does the JQ 787 operate domestic services on?

MEL - CNS JQ 15 Thu and Sun.
CNS - MEL JQ 16 Wed and Sat
SYD - MEL JQ 38 Thu and Sun, JQ 28 Sun
MEL - SYD JQ 18 Mon and JQ 37 Wed and Sat

I don't know about others, but I have made the following observations regarding the JQ domestic flights on the Intl tag on sectors:

1) The prices usually keep coming down until about 1-2 weeks from departure which is when they rise again depending on available seats. Unless it is sale time, of course  

2) Sometimes the Intl tag on domestic sectors do not show up on a search if searching several months in advance.

3) When the flights show up in sale conditions the flights are usually $10 or slightly cheaper than the domestic sectors on the same route - I assume because for most people checking in earlier at the Intl terminal is less convienent. But, for us a.nutters looking to log 788s, or 332s in the past, picking the cheaper flight on the wide-body Intl tag on is a no-brainer!

4) Sometimes the delays can be hours, far worse than the typical domestic delay given the inbound leg from overseas might be delayed and it is almost impossible to sub in a different frame.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:34 am

Quoting DeltaB717 (Reply 50):

New QLink destination ex-ADL is Whyalla! Double daily Q300s from 13 April 2015.

http://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/med...qantaslink-adds-whyalla-to-its-map

Great to see QF expanding its domestic network! Anyone know when the WA Regional routes are up for tender again?
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:56 pm

Quoting TruemanQLD (Reply 52):
Great to see QF expanding its domestic network! Anyone know when the WA Regional routes are up for tender again?

I think they have only just been renewed.

Good to see Qantaslink expanding in South Australia. Rex currently flies 5 daily to Whyalla so it's interesting to see QF link going after another Rex Route. I'd also be interested to see if QF link eventually add Mount Gambier because that is basically the only other route that Rex flies more than twice daily from ADL. (They're currently at 4 daily to MGB).
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:27 am

Anyone know the reason for UA2058 today (ETA at SYD 18:51)?
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:39 am

Quoting polehillsid (Reply 54):

Anyone know the reason for UA2058 today (ETA at SYD 18:51)?

Yesterday's UA839 was cancelled so it could be the replacement for that flight?
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:27 am

Ok so VH-OJA is scheduled to fly back to Sydney over night tonight QF18 according to Flightaware.com , I noticed some type of work being done at YWOL runway 16 today. I know I'm probably putting two and two together and coming up with like ten, but does anyone think it's going to Wollongong?

VH-OJA has a special place for me personally as it's the 747 that I have flown most (like 12 times) so I really want it to be placed in OZ and where people (ie: me lol) can have easy access to it. Unlike the QFM which is in the middle of no where!

        

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:39 am

Do any of QF 744-ERs operate to/from LAX?
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:14 pm

Quoting 777ER (Reply 57):
Do any of QF 744-ERs operate to/from LAX?

I'm pretty sure they do out of SYD. I know for certain that they do out of BNE (flew QF15 on OEI last year).
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:18 pm

Quoting BAeRJ100 (Reply 58):

Since QF don't operate BNE-WLG, BNE doesn't work.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:01 pm

Quoting 777ER (Reply 57):
Do any of QF 744-ERs operate to/from LAX?

AFAIK The 744 (including the ER's) all rotate through LAX. With myself residing in BNE I see the rego's for the ER's and the non ER's rotate though on the QF15/16
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:41 pm

I've just returned from an AKL-JFK trip on QF. Here's some feedback I've just sent QF customer care

I am a Star Alliance Frequent Flyer with Gold status but thought I would give QF a go this time. I very much appreciated flying on a 747 from SYD-JFK. The difference in cabin spaciousness (in economy class) between Qantas's 747s (and presumably the A380) and Air New Zealand's 777-300 with 10 abreast was massive. The 747 was just worlds better than my experiences on Air NZ's 777s. The in flight service and cabin crew were also impeccable. If Qantas re-introduce AKL-LAX I will have absolutely no hesitation in switching my allegiance. I may do so anyway. Best regards.

Qantas made this long haul trip in economy class bearable. There is zero doubt in my mind that the cabin ambience of the 747 contributed massively to my sense of well being both during and after the very long trip, as did the extremely engaged and attentive cabin crew. I arrived in AKL at 1600 Thursday and did a full 12 hour day of work on Friday. NZ's 777 long haul flights on the other hand generally leave me sleep deprived and in physical pain for a week.

It was also refreshing not to feel financially fleeced, as I do with just about every trip on NZ. The break from jokesy inflight safety videos was also a breath of fresh air. If my experiences on QF are anything to go by I wish them very well indeed.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:16 am

Quoting gasman (Reply 61):
It was also refreshing not to feel financially fleeced, as I do with just about every trip on NZ.

Well with NZ being basically the only airline with direct mainland service, you can't expect NZ to not take advantage of this. Do you have any photos of the current meals?
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:25 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 62):
Well with NZ being basically the only airline with direct mainland service, you can't expect NZ to not take advantage of this.

True, but I always feel I'm paying top dollar on NZ for a sub-par product, in spite of NZ's extremely effective spin-machine which the public (and less understandably, the media) swallow hook, line & sinker. My QF experience was well priced AND the product was definitely superior to NZ's.

Quoting 777ER (Reply 62):
Do you have any photos of the current meals?

No. The new meals are nothing exceptional but are good competent economy class offings. Sort of what we all took for granted 20 years ago.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:32 am

Quoting BAeRJ100 (Reply 58):
Quoting 777ER (Reply 57):
Do any of QF 744-ERs operate to/from LAX?

I'm pretty sure they do out of SYD. I know for certain that they do out of BNE (flew QF15 on OEI last year).

  

My brother recently flew on Wunala on the LAX-BNE sector...

Having said that, a mate of my from Texas who came out to visit and wanted to log the 744ER thought he would have more chance (after doing research) of getting the ER on the LAX-BNE flights, but... both of his flights were on the non-ER (OJS & OJT) - he was not too happy hahaha... He gave up the option to log his first A380 and the current world's longest non-stop flight on DFW-SYD instead to fly DFW-LAX-BNE-SYD just to chance his luck and try for the 744ER and failed...
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sat Dec 20, 2014 3:49 am

Quoting 777ER[/quote]

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Ok so VH-OJA is scheduled to fly back to Sydney over night tonight QF18 according to Flightaware.com , I noticed some type of work being done at YWOL runway 16 today. I know I'm probably putting two and two together and coming up with like ten, but does anyone think it's going to Wollongong?

I wouldn't speculate until QF officially announce her final destination but in saying that I hope she ends up at YWOL too!

Btw, VHOJA is sun baking on the hard stand at Qantas Jetbase. Was so pleased to see her back in her home turf where she belongs.  

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:50 pm

Interesting to see that after its extraordinary run in leading on-time performance, VA has out-performed QF in both October and November in both on-time departures and arrivals.

It will be interesting to see the December statistics that will probably be down for both QF and VA after the number of delays suffered out of SYD during its recent run of afternoon storms. JQ will undoubtedly have a terrible month after its IT disasters over the weekend.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:41 pm

Quoting EK413 (Reply 65):
Btw, VHOJA is sun baking on the hard stand at Qantas Jetbase. Was so pleased to see her back in her home turf where she belongs.

Life in the old girl yet, apparently! She's just back this morning from a round-trip to NRT!
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:47 pm

Just got forwarded an email from a friend of mine announcing that EY MEL-AUH is to go double daily as of August 2015.
Service to be operated by an additional 3 Class 777-300ER.

Anyone know what the schedule is going to look like? Also I wonder what this means for the A380 on the MEL-AUH route - I thought it was supposed to be running that route but I'd guess not now?
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:12 am

Quoting enobar (Reply 68):

EY462 AUH1030 - 0605+1MEL 77W D

EY463 MEL1515 - 2320AUH 77W D

Now allows for two way connections into EY's AMS/FCO/ZRH/MAD/EDI/BEG + AZ's VCE/MXP

Although an A380 would've been welcome, this was due for a long time. I can see an A380 in 2018-19.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:12 am

AUSBT are reporting early morning arrival into MEL with mid-afternoon departure back to AUH.

AUSBT link

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:21 am

I intend spending a chunk of the next two days spotting at Sydney, staying at whatever airport hotel has the best deal. I really need a break after last week! Anyone know if the AN-124 currently in Brisbane is still flying down to Sydney today? Anything else due in?
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:30 am

Would appear VH-OGM has the honours of operating the very last QF B767 service QF0767  

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:42 pm

The first reconfigured QF 332 seems to be operational and flying revenue services from 26Dec

VH-EBV which has been non operational for the past 6 weeks is operating ex SYD on 26Dec as QF575 through to PER

When the seat map is viewed it is showing the configuration as a 1+2+1 arrangement (from the traditional 2+2+2)
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:31 pm

Interesting about VA on time performance. Excluding the rough patch between August and November 2011, IIRC last time they beat QF under "normal" circumstances was in 2009, and in most months JQ beat them as well. On time performance has traditionally not been a strong point for Virgin, so it will be interesting to see if this becomes a trend.

This might be related, but there utilization is WAYYY down. 60 minute turns would never have happened at Brett's Virgin.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:17 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 74):
This might be related, but there utilization is WAYYY down. 60 minute turns would never have happened at Brett's Virgin.

I would think that catering needs to be loaded more frequently than before. J meals can't be loaded in the morning for a day of flying like BOB can.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:29 am

Quoting ZuluAlpha (Reply 73):
The first reconfigured QF 332 seems to be operational and flying revenue services from 26Dec

VH-EBV which has been non operational for the past 6 weeks is operating ex SYD on 26Dec as QF575 through to PER

When the seat map is viewed it is showing the configuration as a 1+2+1 arrangement (from the traditional 2+2+2)

I could be wrong but I believe this might've slipped until the 30th of December  

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:50 am

Great news with EY announcing a 2nd daily MEL flight.

Will be interesting to see how it goes though. Yields could be a struggle, as they aren't exactly selling expensive tickets as it is from what I have seen.

I must say though that this may well lead to a response from QR, which could look at deploying A380 into MEL. Its been pushed for by local reps for a while, but this may finally prompt a response from HQ. Flying 1 x daily 77W will be one of the weakest overall offerings in the market, which a flagship A380 can overcome quite well.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:26 am

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 77):
Will be interesting to see how it goes though. Yields could be a struggle, as they aren't exactly selling expensive tickets as it is from what I have seen.

BITRE says they carried AUH/MEL/AUH 19218 passengers in Sept. 2014 with a load factor of ~97% Adding the gilt to the gingerbread was the average 12t of cargo carried on every flight. I think they may be laughing all the way to the Bank!
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:36 am

JQ starting three-times-weekly OOL-NAN service from 31 March...

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/...-year/story-fnjdow5o-1227164689182
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:54 am

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 77):
Will be interesting to see how it goes though. Yields could be a struggle, as they aren't exactly selling expensive tickets as it is from what I have seen.

I think EY seems to have more sustainable fare levels in J than they do in Y. Their Y fare levels though..   

Quoting sunrisevalley (Reply 78):
I think they may be laughing all the way to the Bank!

With EY's fares in Y I don't think you could say they are. EY consistently prices its Y fares at or below the levels CZ offer.

Quoting DeltaB717 (Reply 79):
JQ starting three-times-weekly OOL-NAN service from 31 March...

An interesting line from the article:

Quote:
“The Gold Coast Airport has worked closely with us in developing this route and we’re grateful for their support in making these flights possible.”

It seems OOL has successfully established itself as the LCC airport for SE Queensland. JQ is effectively using OOL to service lower yielding BNE markets (as I don't think that Gold Coast locals alone can sustain a NAN service).
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:09 am

Quoting qfvhoqa (Reply 80):
I think EY seems to have more sustainable fare levels in J than they do in Y. Their Y fare levels though..
Quoting qfvhoqa (Reply 80):
With EY's fares in Y I don't think you could say they are. EY consistently prices its Y fares at or below the levels CZ offer.

Exactly.

Their Y fares can bargain basement level at times. Other airline reps just seem to shake their heads in disbelief at some of the moves EY make, especially with their fare management strategies, Even at decent LF% some of the fares still seem too low  

To fill another 328 seats a day at decent yields will be interesting to see.

Quoting qfvhoqa (Reply 80):

It seems OOL has successfully established itself as the LCC airport for SE Queensland. JQ is effectively using OOL to service lower yielding BNE markets (as I don't think that Gold Coast locals alone can sustain a NAN service).

Lets hope that OOL can have more success this time to NAN, as the last attempt wasn't exactly a stellar success.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 5:40 am

Quoting EK413 (Reply 72):
Would appear VH-OGM has the honours of operating the very last QF B767 service QF0767

What are the odds of it actually being OGM on the day, or another bird?  
Quoting ZuluAlpha (Reply 73):
The first reconfigured QF 332 seems to be operational and flying revenue services from 26Dec

What is the current status of the 333 re-config upgrades?

Last I heard was that QPA was the first 333 to go in but that was weeks ago... I haven't heard any updates since...
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:34 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 82):
What are the odds of it actually being OGM on the day, or another bird?

Guess what VH-OGL will have the honours to operate QF0767.... But that is bound to change!

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:42 am

Quoting DeltaB717 (Reply 79):

Interesting move. Lots of new international leisure destination to leisure destination routes for JQ lately (OOL-ZQN, OOL-NAN & CNS-DPS)
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:44 am

Quoting DeltaB717 (Reply 79):
JQ starting three-times-weekly OOL-NAN service from 31 March...

JQ has gone on a quite rapid expansion from OOL in the last 12 months:

-OOL-MKY Daily started in ~May (dropped to 5x weekly now)
-OOL-ZQN 3x Weekly started this month
-OOL-WLG 3x Weekly started this month
-OOL-PER 4x Weekly starts in March
-OOL-NAN 3x Weekly starts in March

Not to mention the OOL-NRT got upgraded to the 787 (though 3x weekly OOL-KIX did get axed in April)

Jetstar also dominates domestically from OOL, impressive when compared to ~4years ago when VA was the stronger player. The rough schedules for the next week will see:

OOL-CNS 2x Daily - No competition

OOL-ADL 10x Weekly - VA Daily

OOL-MEL 9x daily - VA 6x Daily - TT 2.5x Daily

OOL-SYD 13x Daily - VA 8.5x Daily - TT - 4x Daily - QF 3x Daily

OOL-NTL Daily - No Competition

OOL-MKY 5x weekly - No Competition

The only domestic route JQ doesn't serve that VA does is OOL-CBR, which VA operates an E190 on 6x weekly. Could this be a prime candidate for QF 717 service? Would love to see the 717 back at OOL!

Would love to see more QF SYD services, I would have thought a flight pairing of:

SYD-OOL 2010 - 2030
OOL-SYD 0620 - 0850

Would better allow them to serve the business market, with an early morning arrival in SYD (current earliest doesn't arrive until 1045) and a later departure back from SYD (current last one is 1635). Ideally add an extra 2:

SYD-OOL 1820 - 1840
OOL-SYD 1920 - 2150

SYD-OOL 2120 - 2140
OOL-SYD 0620 - 0850

While I am fantasising, adding OOL-MEL 3x daily would be great as well!
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:54 pm

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 82):
What is the current status of the 333 re-config upgrades?

Last I heard was that QPA was the first 333 to go in but that was weeks ago... I haven't heard any updates since...

AFAIK QPA is the first 333 being reconfig as well. I did a search for the / any movements of QPA and there isn't any listed for all of last week also for all of next week so I think i tis a safe assumption that this is the first 333 in hangar 3 in BNE getting fitted out
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 5:38 pm

Quoting sunrisevalley (Reply 78):
BITRE says they carried AUH/MEL/AUH 19218 passengers in Sept. 2014 with a load factor of ~97% Adding the gilt to the gingerbread was the average 12t of cargo carried on every flight. I think they may be laughing all the way to the Bank!

I should have added that the September year over year increase in passenger load was ~ 21%.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:44 pm

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 81):
Lets hope that OOL can have more success this time to NAN, as the last attempt wasn't exactly a stellar success.

Isn't this also JQ's second attempt at OOL-ZQN? If I recall, this would have been three-ish years ago, and the idea was that Japanese tourists would arrive in OOL direct from Japan, and then fly straight out to ZQN on-line after a few days in SEQ. But I don't think it lasted long - or am I dreaming that it even happened?
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:50 pm

Quoting EK413 (Reply 83):
Guess what VH-OGL will have the honours to operate QF0767.... But that is bound to change!

OGL was noted on another forum as the operating aircraft on the day QF allocated it... not sure where the talk of OGM came from...??? It's also been said elsewhere that OGT is wfu on Friday while OGL, OGM, OGO & OGU will all remain in service for Saturday.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:51 pm

Quoting DeltaB717 (Reply 89):
Quoting EK413 (Reply 83):
Guess what VH-OGL will have the honours to operate QF0767.... But that is bound to change!

OGL was noted on another forum as the operating aircraft on the day QF allocated it... not sure where the talk of OGM came from...??? It's also been said elsewhere that OGT is wfu on Friday while OGL, OGM, OGO & OGU will all remain in service for Saturday.

We will only really know what bird it will be after it departs MEL - yes, after it leaves the ground!  

I can only imagine the drama and / or excitement that would be caused if it went tech at the gate or during the taxi to the runway...

For sure QF would have to operate that final 767 flight with a 767 so unless one of the other remaining few is sitting in MEL...
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:24 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 90):
I can only imagine the drama and / or excitement that would be caused if it went tech at the gate or during the taxi to the runway...

QF really would be in a bit of a pickle if it goes tech in Melbourne.

If it were to go tech in SYD before operating the QF435 at 1300 they could probably swap it for the 767 coming in as QF434 at 14:25 (and put any disinterested PAX on other services).

Having said that there's an awful long layover in MEL between the QF435 and QF767 so there's plenty of time for fixes.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:38 am

Quoting luftaom (Reply 91):
Having said that there's an awful long layover in MEL between the QF435 and QF767 so there's plenty of time for fixes.

Also plenty of time for festivities :P
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:53 am

QF always changes the aircraft in the last minutes.... We will find out on 27th Dec in Melbourne.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:24 pm

OGL was in hanger 119 tonight and OGU was operating the last syd-bne flight tonight. I dont know if the 767s are scheduled to fly tomorrow... last year syd-mel on christmas day went to on the hour only and 738s all day long.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:07 am

Today is the day...

Just four hours until the scheduled departure...

Farewell to the mighty QF 767 - a real workhorse...

I will miss you  

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:06 am

http://www.9news.com.au/National/201...ntas-Boeing-767-makes-final-flight

QF 767 is about to or has just departed (due to depart 1700 ESST Sat 27 Dec). Press release is a little early!!
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:33 am

FR24 shows QF767 has only just departed Melbourne (30-odd minutes after STD but I don't suppose that many people on it want it to be on time anyway...) and that VH-OGL is doing the honours.

It is a sad day for aircraft that have done a lot of hard work and still have a lot of life left in them, and also for the flight crews who, I'm lead to believe, for the most part will be transitioning onto other aircraft but at lower ranks.

I'll surely miss them for having one of the most spacious Y-class cabins in the skies, and I'm very glad I managed my own send-off with OGU and OGM on Tuesday.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:44 am

Quoting DavidByrne (Reply 88):
Isn't this also JQ's second attempt at OOL-ZQN? If I recall, this would have been three-ish years ago, and the idea was that Japanese tourists would arrive in OOL direct from Japan, and then fly straight out to ZQN on-line after a few days in SEQ. But I don't think it lasted long - or am I dreaming that it even happened?

Yes, and will be their second attempt at OOL-PER as well (though as previously mentioned, they have dropped BNE-PER now so will pick up ex-BNE passengers). Interestingly, CHC and AKL both connect well (and I believe this was done deliberately) for the NRT service, however ZQN and WLG do not connect well at all.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 112

Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:30 am

I hope all those who were on today's final QF 767 flight had a wonderful time. From the tidbits of social media that I have seen it looks like you did!

Also looks like AirAsiaX did get the right approvals to fly between Bali and Melbourne and the flights were cancelled with a day's notice. Ouch!

Instead passengers were rerouted via KUL, incurring significantly longer travel times.

I feel that AirAsiaX have definitely lost some customer service points there. However, I do suggest that if passengers wish to book LCC flights for weddings and special events, especially involving long overseas flights, that they try to arrive a couple of days beforehand. Same really for any airline - but I've had more delays and cancellations on LCCs.
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