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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:52 pm

Happy new year folks
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:10 am

Happy New Year!!!

I saw a beautiful Qatar A340 parked at SYD this morning - next to the fence of the business jet parking area on the North side of runway 25.

Couldn't make out the sub-type or rego, but does anybody know what it was doing there???
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:12 am

It was Qatar amiri flight. A7-BAA IIRC. A340-300. They flew in yesterday and departed today. Less than 24hrs in town. I assume the royal family wanted to see the NY fireworks  
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:08 am

Quoting thai77w (Reply 152):
It was Qatar amiri flight. A7-BAA IIRC. A340-300.

A7-BAA is a 77W. It would be A7-AAH
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:41 am

Thanks Mr789. Knew there was lots of A's.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:14 pm

Quoting thai77w (Reply 152):
A340-300. They flew in yesterday and departed today. Less than 24hrs in town. I assume the royal family wanted to see the NY fireworks

Thanks for that!

It looked like a 343 but It was early in the morning after NYE  

Possibly being in town just for NYE makes a lot of sense.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:39 am

Quoting thai77w (Reply 123):
Fares on QLink WTB - SYD are normally $150 ++ one way and is well patronised. The people of Toowoomba really got behind it. I'd expect similar prices at least to MEL. Air North certainly aren't the cheapest airline around but definitely offer so much convenience.

will this flight go into the QF terminal in melbourne (t1?) or the new JQ pier in T4?
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:36 am

Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 156):
will this flight go into the QF terminal in melbourne (t1?) or the new JQ pier in T4?

I would say it will use T4 along with JQ and TT. I think all domestic LCC's will use T4 now.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:01 pm

Quoting Flyingsottsman (Reply 157):
I would say it will use T4 along with JQ and TT. I think all domestic LCC's will use T4 now.

I don't consider Air North a LCC. I consider them a regional carrier, like REX, who are at T3 still. As for terminal, I think it might depend on how much connecting traffic they might expect at MEL with QF.

Will the Air North service have a QF codeshare flight number? If so, might make sense to put them at T1. Some check-in space might be available where JQ was (haven't been to T1 in ages).

If not, I expect to see them at T4.

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:06 am

Air North could go anywhere at MEL IMHO. They could go to T1 as a Qantas-aligned full service carrier, could share space and facilities with Rex in T3 as an independent regional, or go to T4 as a random carrier who doesn't fit anywhere else.

Personally I think that the QantasLink/Jetstar pier in T1 would be the best bet. While not a QantasLink carrier they are strategically aligned with Qantas and use their space in many ports, the same way that Brindabella used to.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:36 am

Hey all. Maybe some Melbourne spotters can help out here. Was just at Niddrie Woolies and saw a white or grey A330 (maybe with a bit of a grey swoosh towards the front) that looked to be turning onto quite a late final to 34 at MEL. FR24 yielded nothing and all other ops on 34/16 are using 16 at the moment as far as I can tell. So what could this mystery plane have been/what was it doing?
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:42 am

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 159):
Personally I think that the QantasLink/Jetstar pier in T1 would be the best bet. While not a QantasLink carrier they are strategically aligned with Qantas and use their space in many ports, the same way that Brindabella used to.

And they could possibly use the checkin space down the end where JQ used to checkin at T1 too.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:37 am

Just saw N224UA United 777-200ER parked in the remote area in SYD. Anybody know why she's still there?

The ANA 789 was also there, but not R2-D2 - it's just not the same when R2 is not in town  
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:50 pm

I cannot remember if it was here or elsewhere, but somewhere I read about some concern over the new AA SYD-LAX route and the inferior to QF product that AA has. Well, I can say without a doubt that is unfounded. I recently flew AA72/AA73 and the international service on AA was just as good as the international service on QF. On AA72 I flew economy in the upgraded seat with more legroom, very comfortable and the meal services were great. On AA73 I flew business class and the service was even better, comfortable seats, good privacy and great wine list and wonderful food. So do not listen to any naysayers, the AA SYD-LAX service is not bad at all if you are looking at it. Now LAX on the other hand, that airport is on my list of airports that I hate the most, god I hate that airport, so much so that I might look at going SYD-DFW in the future. I have another flight on AA72/73 in June, so I'll give LAX another chance.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:59 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 162):
Just saw N224UA United 777-200ER parked in the remote area in SYD. Anybody know why she's still there?

There always seems to be a UA 777 going tech in SYD
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:45 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 162):
Just saw N224UA United 777-200ER parked in the remote area in SYD. Anybody know why she's still there?

I landed at SYD yesterday morning after a month overseas and thought I had accidentally gotten on a flight to the US there were so many UA 77Es about. I think I counted four, two on stands and two at the terminal.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:48 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 162):
Just saw N224UA United 777-200ER parked in the remote area in SYD. Anybody know why she's still there?

There were four in yesterday morning, one of which left around 1130 from memory. There were apparently a couple of SYD-bound flights diverted to HNL over the weekend, both of which were the extras in SYD yesterday.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:48 am

Quoting a320fan (Reply 164):
There always seems to be a UA 777 going tech in SYD

The tradition of UA 747s going tech in SYD has carried on with their 777s.

Let's hope UA has better luck with their 787s once they take over SYD flights from the 777s.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:08 am

Quoting qf002 (Reply 165):
I landed at SYD yesterday morning after a month overseas and thought I had accidentally gotten on a flight to the US there were so many UA 77Es about. I think I counted four, two on stands and two at the terminal.
Quoting DeltaB717 (Reply 166):
There were four in yesterday morning, one of which left around 1130 from memory. There were apparently a couple of SYD-bound flights diverted to HNL over the weekend, both of which were the extras in SYD yesterday.

Thanks for that!

You both got in just before my last reply  

Still wishing UA better luck with their 787s in SYD on the tech side of things...
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:28 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 167):
The tradition of UA 747s going tech in SYD has carried on with their 777s.

Let's hope UA has better luck with their 787s once they take over SYD flights from the 777s.

On the plus side UA is contributing to Australian maintenance and engineering jobs more than they would like to. So that's a plus for the economy.  
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:31 am

Quoting sydscott (Reply 169):
On the plus side UA is contributing to Australian maintenance and engineering jobs more than they would like to. So that's a plus for the economy.

LOL

In that case, bring the 747's back!  
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:50 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 170):
In that case, bring the 747's back!

No need to because.........

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 168):
Still wishing UA better luck with their 787s in SYD on the tech side of things...

we'll need an expanded 787 maintenance infrastructure here soon. I can already envisage the UA 787's going tech.  
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:33 am

Hi Guys

Saw today and yesterday QF operated both SYD-HKG flights as an A333 (QF 127 and QF 117) . Is it scheduled that QF 127 was meant to become an A333 on those days? I thought it was meant to be either a 744 or 388?
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:36 am

Quoting JakeNorton (Reply 172):

Hi Guys

Saw today and yesterday QF operated both SYD-HKG flights as an A333 (QF 127 and QF 117) . Is it scheduled that QF 127 was meant to become an A333 on those days? I thought it was meant to be either a 744 or 388?


QF also operated QF127/128 with the A333 last Tuesday (29/12) as well. They have also being operating the ex JQ A332's to SIN from SYD MEL & BNE quite a lot over the past week or so

For PER spotters there will be 3 NZ flights in today, the daily from AKL plus the CHC plus an extra from AKL which is being operated by a 789 as well. Both NZ flights to AKL will leave within about 30 minutes of each other
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:02 am

Quoting qf789 (Reply 173):
QF also operated QF127/128 with the A333 last Tuesday (29/12) as well. They have also being operating the ex JQ A332's to SIN from SYD MEL & BNE quite a lot over the past week or so

It's been happening ex BNE for at least a few weeks. My best guess is either maintenance or reconfiguration of the A333's leading to a lack of availability of them. Had been quite used to seeing the A332's exclusively on domestic runs out of BNE being my home airport and studying full time next to the finals on 01 and 19 departures. The HKG and NRT runs ex BNE have kept their A333's
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:32 am

An A333 operated the QF25 last Sunday too? B744 issues?
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:54 am

Apparently QF are down a 744 too at the moment.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:47 am

Quoting JakeNorton (Reply 172):
Quoting qf789 (Reply 173):
Quoting PoleHillSid (Reply 175):
Quoting thai77w (Reply 176):

I believe their down 3 B744's with tonight's QF25 overnighting...

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:19 pm

Quoting EK413 (Reply 177):
I believe their down 3 B744's with tonight's QF25 overnighting...

I have heard that 1 of the 744's is under maintenance due to corrosion.

Also earlier in the week one of QF's 380's had to undergo an APU change that saw it out of action for a couple of days.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:29 pm

Quoting ZuluAlpha (Reply 178):

They have 1 aircraft stranded in JNB with today's QF63 operating via PER due to weight restrictions with the operating aircraft carrying a replacement engine & an aircraft stranded in SFO. The QF25 which overnight stopped 5JAN will be operated by VH-OEJ currently inbound from YVR.

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:35 pm

Well, I didn't know about the one stranded in SFO !

Thanks !
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:17 pm

And with 2 X 330s out of action that really stretches the fleet.


I wonder if they looked at borrowing OJA 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:08 am

N224UA flew back to LAX as UA2104 - I assume this was just a re-positioning flight?

Quoting sydscott (Reply 171):
Quoting 777Jet (Reply 170):
In that case, bring the 747's back!

No need to because.........

Still need from an aviation enthusiasts perspective  
Quoting sydscott (Reply 171):
I can already envisage the UA 787's going tech.

Sadly, this might indeed happen  
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:28 am

Article from the Herald Sun complaining about Melbourne T4

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/vic...y/a68e06c5c0ea1ed608d7a1e77e79a9f1
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:45 am

Quoting thai77w (Reply 181):
Quoting ZuluAlpha (Reply 180):

Photos to come shortly  

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:46 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 182):
Still need from an aviation enthusiasts perspective

We still have a fleet of QF 744's.......................which also breakdown when they're not on home soil just like United's! hahaha
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:42 am

http://i1362.photobucket.com/albums/r687/pcl138/0C66328A-0AB6-4ECB-9B5F-20177DE8D2CF_zpsbejzlnpc.jpg

http://i1362.photobucket.com/albums/r687/pcl138/ECC20183-D668-4B84-858C-FBBF6F99CB97_zpshma30i5i.jpg

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:53 pm

Quoting sydscott (Reply 185):
We still have a fleet of QF 744's.

The more 747s the better  
Quoting EK413 (Reply 186):
.

Awesome!

Been a while since I've seen a pic of a 5th pod...

[Edited 2016-01-06 15:05:43]
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:12 pm

Were there any pax on that flight or was it just used as a means to ferry the engine? Do flight rules/laws allow for pax when something like this happens?
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:14 pm

Quoting csturdiv (Reply 188):

Were there any pax on that flight or was it just used as a means to ferry the engine? Do flight rules/laws allow for pax when something like this happens?

That flight actually had a full pax load, hence the stop in PER to take on more fuel.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:46 am

UA ferried 2 X 777 in the other day as UA21xx to operate cancelled flights.


In BNE news today EVA sent B16311 A330-200 which wears a hello kitty livery. A first for us as they normally do regional flights only (A330 that is) shame I was working.

EK A380 A6-EOT apparently has a special livery.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:50 am

http://www.smh.com.au/business/qanta...ore-us-routes-20160106-gm0enu.html

Some interesting info - some out there, but good to confirm it.

QF/AA are in a revenue share based on capacity, excluding Hawaii which is not part of the deal (mainland US/Canada only).

New routes already under consideration.

If they happen, it will be with the 789 after 2017.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:09 am

Quoting QF2220 (Reply 191):
http://www.smh.com.au/business/qanta...ore-us-routes-20160106-gm0enu.html

Some interesting info - some out there, but good to confirm it.

QF/AA are in a revenue share based on capacity, excluding Hawaii which is not part of the deal (mainland US/Canada only).

New routes already under consideration.

If they happen, it will be with the 789 after 2017.

I can't wait until the new routes are announced even though we have a good idea as to what they might be... SYD-YVR, SYD-ORD, MEL-DFW, MEL-SFO... SYD-?!?

And NZ at it again...

Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon has criticised the new Qantas alliance with American Airlines, claiming the Australian carrier drew the short straw with its plan to fly direct daily Sydney-to-San Francisco services — a market it has failed to previously conquer.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/subs...14b299390afcb69d&memtype=anonymous

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:40 am

Quoting EK413 (Reply 192):
And NZ at it again...
“Flying from Sydney to San Francisco does not make a lot of sense because there is no American (Airlines) hub in San Francisco,” Mr Luxon told The Australian ahead of meetings with fellow Star Alliance chief executives in Chicago recently.

So I guess NZ will be dropping EZE then? And LAX, of course.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:12 pm

VA has announced that they are going to overnight an aircraft at NTL on Friday and Sunday nights. I guess they are trying to take business pax's of QF and JQ.

Flt Details Effective Date Freq Dept Time Arvl Time
VA 1108 21FEB2016 ....5.7 BNE 19:10 NTL 21:30
VA 1098 22FEB2016 1...... NTL 07:00 BNE 07:15
VA 1099 27FEB2016 .....6. NTL 07:00 BNE 07:15

VA increases NTL Flights

Is this a sign of big things to come for NTL? Only asking as they have to put a lot of effort into overnighters with GSE and engineering equipment. It's a lot of hassle for only 2 flights a week?

[Edited 2016-01-08 05:14:51]
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:29 pm

VA planning twice weekly ATR72 charter from Brisbane to Middlemount from Nov 2016:
http://airlineroute.net/2016/01/08/va-bnemmm-nov16/

Xiamen Airlines to commence twice weekly Xiamen to Melbourne from July 2016:
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:34 am

Quoting EK413 (Reply 192):
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon has criticised the new Qantas alliance with American Airlines, claiming the Australian carrier drew the short straw with its plan to fly direct daily Sydney-to-San Francisco services — a market it has failed to previously conquer.

He might have somewhat of a point. If its going to be O&D traffic, Australian traffic is likely the drawcard for the premium end and QF might be handing revenue over to AA that it may not have needed to. It might be like the Hawaii flights, no so much dependent on the AA flyers connecting to other places.... How much AA loyalty is there in SFO, one of UA's main (and largest??) hubs, that would now pick QF over UA?

Quoting EK413 (Reply 192):
new routes

Agreed. I have problems managing my patience. This doesn't help!
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:42 am

Quoting EK413 (Reply 192):
I can't wait until the new routes are announced even though we have a good idea as to what they might be... SYD-YVR, SYD-ORD, MEL-DFW, MEL-SFO... SYD-?!?

I think MEL-DFW and SYD-YVR are the most likely first new routes to be launched.

Quoting EK413 (Reply 192):
And NZ at it again...

Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon has criticised the new Qantas alliance with American Airlines,

Should we expect anything different from Luxon  
Quoting qf002 (Reply 193):
“Flying from Sydney to San Francisco does not make a lot of sense because there is no American (Airlines) hub in San Francisco,” Mr Luxon told The Australian ahead of meetings with fellow Star Alliance chief executives in Chicago recently.

So I guess NZ will be dropping EZE then? And LAX, of course.

Only if Luxon applies the logic behind his comments to NZ's route network  
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:51 am

I'm just impressed NZ could comment on another airline without it being done passive aggressively through social media.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 134

Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:14 am

Quoting qf002 (Reply 193):
So I guess NZ will be dropping EZE then? And LAX, of course.

Spot on!

Quoting QF2220 (Reply 196):
How much AA loyalty is there in SFO, one of UA's main (and largest??) hubs, that would now pick QF over UA?

Who wouldn't pick QF over UAs terrible teen B777's. I know QF had some bad luck with 3 B747's the past week but they are far more reliable than UA.

Quoting QF2220 (Reply 196):
Quoting EK413 (Reply 192):
new routes

Agreed. I have problems managing my patience. This doesn't help!

My patience are running out  
Quoting 777Jet (Reply 197):
I think MEL-DFW and SYD-YVR are the most likely first new routes to be launched.

Agreed.

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