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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:56 am

Quoting qf789 (Reply 98):
From 29 October 2016 VN will operate 787-9 to both SYD & MEL on a daily basis

Great news!

I was hoping VN would use the A350 to SYD for selfish reasons (just to have an easy option to log one) but the 787 will be an improvement!
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:53 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 99):
Quoting QF2220 (Reply 96):
I don't want to be a downer, but is it just me or has aviation in Australia of late been a little less exciting than it was say 3 or 4 years ago?
Quoting QF2220 (Reply 96):
Anyone feel simlar?

I feel the same.

IMHO, things were much more exciting when QF had the awesome 767s, and more A330 widebody frequencies than now, flying on the SYD / MEL / BNE routes.

In the time since I left, Australia seems to have become the Fokker capital of the world, with both major airliners getting in on the act, so that's one bright point.

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 97):
following:

'Between 2013 and 2016, 60 people were charged with flying under false names.' - From the above article.

and...

'Two Australians a day removed from flights following potential security risk threats'

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/30968182/...g-potential-security-risk-threats/

"New figures show an average of two Australians per day are being removed from flights by counter-terrorism units on national security grounds.

A large number of the passengers being “removed” are suspected of trying to reach the Middle East to join terrorism organisations.

Figures confirmed by Yahoo7 show that since August 2014, where counter terrorism units have been active there have been 652 “offloads” of passengers in total.

Mostly alarmingly however half of these “offloads” have reportedly occurred in the past seven months resulting in the rate of passenger “removal” increasing by around 60 per cent.

“Offloads” are categorised as interventions to remove people from a flight on suspicion that they may possibly pose a national security risk.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed to Yahoo7 that there has been a significant rise in the total number of people being “offloaded” from aircrafts by counter terrorism units in conjunction with Australian Border Force and the Australian Federal Police."

Cool, now we're actually getting somewhere with this discussion. What would be interesting to know is of the 652 offloads, how many were from international flights and how many from domestic, and also how many were offloaded on suspicion of planning to unlawfully interfere with the flight, versus how many were offloaded on suspicion of travelling to join a terror group.

One thing which could be interesting to have happen is an unannounced trial of post-check-in ID checks at one airport, to see how much impact they have. Given ID is already a requirement for flying, there shouldn't be a problem trialling this unannounced.

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:58 am

Quoting QF2220 (Reply 96):
I don't want to be a downer, but is it just me or has aviation in Australia of late been a little less exciting than it was say 3 or 4 years ago? I mean its great to see QF (and the industry) doing better, but has that come at the cost of spark, intreague etc? I mean on the QF front, all we need now is the seat count of the 789s and what routes its going to fly and there really isn't much more to know for now. Anyone feel simlar?

I don't think its you, I feel the same , go to our airports now not so much Sydney cause they still get a great variety of airlines
and aircraft, but Melbourne and the rest of the country its all Twins and there really is nothing new, as far as plane spotting
goes (apart from Sydney) it is very less exciting.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:13 am

Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 101):

Yes apparently Perth has more Fokkers than any other airpor...although that may decrease slightly with the retirement of the VA F50s
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:17 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 99):
more A330 widebody frequencies than now, flying on the SYD / MEL / BNE routes

Que? At no point, other than maybe way back when QF introduced the "CityFlyer" branded A330s, has there been more A330s on SYD-MEL and SYD-BNE than right now. It just feels that way as widebody flying is down after the 767s were retired.

Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 101):
What would be interesting to know is of the 652 offloads, how many were from international flights

652 of them.

Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 101):
how many were offloaded on suspicion of planning to unlawfully interfere with the flight, versus how many were offloaded on suspicion of travelling to join a terror group.

0.

But please don't let me get in the way of 777Jet's agenda  


777Jet, I invite you to correct me if I am wrong, but the AFP's concern as it relates to domestic flights specifically is entirely focussed on inter-state organised crime and has almost nothing to do with potential terror risks.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:58 pm

Quoting QF2220 (Reply 96):

   Agreed! Thought it was because I am getting older. Wunala Dreaming and a flurry of B767 action - Those were the days....

To spark things up again I think we need a couple more A340 and 747 flights in and out, a few CEO's to help out/ guide/ payout, and endless speculation about something like 'tray-less meals in Y' or new uniforms.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:54 pm

Quoting jrfspa320 (Reply 103):
Yes apparently Perth has more Fokkers than any other airpor...although that may decrease slightly with the retirement of the VA F50s

When are the F50s on their way out? I'd be keen to get on one before they go.

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:25 pm

Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 106):
When are the F50s on their way out? I'd be keen to get on one before they go.

VARA's last RPT F50 services were a few weeks ago, when Rex took over the contract for Albany and Esperance.

[Edited 2016-03-11 15:25:57]
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:30 pm

Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 101):
What would be interesting to know is of the 652 offloads, how many were from international flights and how many from domestic, and also how many were offloaded on suspicion of planning to unlawfully interfere with the flight, versus how many were offloaded on suspicion of travelling to join a terror group.

Do you think a person already flagged as potentially traveling elsewhere "to join a terror group" should only be prevented from flying on international flights? Or, should they be prevented from flying on all flights? They are the same 'flagged' individual - they pose the same risk / threat to national security - whether they are on the CBR-SYD domestic sector of their journey or on the SYD-KUL international sector of their journey (random routing example).

Consider a person "planning to unlawfully interfere with the flight" and another person "travelling to join a terror group" - should one be allowed to fly and the other not? Or, should they both be prohibited from flying? I would not want to be on a flight with either.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 104):
But please don't let me get in the way of 777Jet's agenda

My agenda... LOL

I have read a lot of ridiculous comments in these threads but that is near the top!

You tell me who the one with the agenda is; Those against domestic flight ID checks because it would waste their valuable time? Those against domestic flight ID checks because it would cost some money to implement? Those against domestic flight ID checks because either their staff or themselves could no longer arrive at the airport just twenty minutes before departure after a late finishing meeting? Or... Somebody like me who just supports the position of the AFP and security experts who call for ID checks on domestic flights because ID checks contribute towards security and therefore safety.

Quoting AirNiugini (Reply 105):
To spark things up again I think we need a couple more A340 and 747 flights in and out,

Are there any regularly scheduled A340s to SYD now???

And apart from QF, the only other passenger 747 operator to SYD now is TG.

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:42 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 108):
Are there any regularly scheduled A340s to SYD now???

AKL is probably your closet bet for getting on an A340 these days, they still fly AKL-PPT 3x weekly with an A340. Also CX does AKL-HKG up to twice daily with a340 as well, but that is to become an a350.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:42 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 108):

Are there any regularly scheduled A340s to SYD now???

Philippine Airlines but not sure they're daily A340's.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 2:18 am

Quoting zkncj (Reply 109):
AKL is probably your closet bet for getting on an A340 these days, they still fly AKL-PPT 3x weekly with an A340.

PER still see the daily SA one. Either A343 or A346.

Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 106):
When are the F50s on their way out? I'd be keen to get on one before they go.

Last RPT was Saturday the 27th of Feb. WIth Rex taking over Sunday the 28th.

VARA did do a retirement flight on the 28th, which included a low orbit of the city and Rottnest and then a water cannon salute at the end. They will not fly for VARA again, apart from a possible flight to storage somewhere (not sure).

Flight route:

http://uk.flightaware.com/live/fligh...H/history/20160227/0700Z/YPPH/YPPH

Not sure how long that link will last. After a while, flightaware history won't show the route (unless you are a paying member?)

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:37 am

Quoting Flyingsottsman (Reply 102):
I don't think its you, I feel the same , go to our airports now not so much Sydney cause they still get a great variety of airlines
and aircraft, but Melbourne and the rest of the country its all Twins and there really is nothing new, as far as plane spotting
goes (apart from Sydney) it is very less exciting.

You do realise that MEL also gets 4 x daily A380's (will be 6 x daily mid this year) and regular scheduled 747 Freighter movements right? When it comes to MEL or SYD, there are a few more airlines operating into the latter but the aircraft mix isn't much different though.

It may appear boring at times, and I also have stated similar in the past, but we have to be realistic. That's the way aviation is these days, and will be moving more and more into the twins generation with the larger A350 and 77X coming online.

The A340's will become rarer and rarer over the next 5-10 years, and the way things are going the A380 will also have a shorter life than many would have expected, leaving it even less appealing as a spotter. I miss the DC-10/MD-11's though, as they added something different for a while.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:35 am

Quoting zkncj (Reply 109):
AKL is probably your closet bet for getting on an A340 these days, they still fly AKL-PPT 3x weekly with an A340.

I might have to look into the cost of AKL-PPT-LAX on the Air Tahiti Nui 343...

Quoting PoleHillSid (Reply 110):
Philippine Airlines but not sure they're daily A340's.

I knew I forgot PR!

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 112):
You do realise that MEL also gets 4 x daily A380's (will be 6 x daily mid this year) and regular scheduled 747 Freighter movements right?

Does any airport other than SYD see the 748 cargo?

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 112):
The A340's will become rarer and rarer over the next 5-10 years,

Sadly, it's looking sooner than that  
Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 112):
I miss the DC-10/MD-11's though, as they added something different for a while.

At least we get the FedEx and UPS MD-11s in SYD.

And... the DHL 757  
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:12 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 113):
Does any airport other than SYD see the 748 cargo?

CX operates the 748F to MEL on a regular basis.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:31 am

Hawaiian considering HNL - MEL. If it happens, it's likely to start in 2017.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/busi...y/ff94ffc374ad1c35e4373181d1c6c48e

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:27 am

Do they want to shove JQ off that route too?
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:25 pm

^^ That will possibly be the outcome, but unlike BNE it will not have the first mover advantage.

HA's overall market offering is a stronger though, with the strength of the HNL hub that JQ can not offer.

Hardly an ideal time to look to add capacity into HNL though so we will see.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:28 pm

Quoting HAL (Reply 115):
Hawaiian considering HNL - MEL. If it happens, it's likely to start in 2017.

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:39 pm

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 113):
At least we get the FedEx and UPS MD-11s in SYD.

And... the DHL 757

Would love to see them down here.

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 112):
You do realise that MEL also gets 4 x daily A380's (will be 6 x daily mid this year) and regular scheduled 747 Freighter movements right? When it comes to MEL or SYD, there are a few more airlines operating into the latter but the aircraft mix isn't much different though.

I think its very different yes we get the A380s and QF still run the 747s out of here, and as for freighters yes SQ,CX, Polar
have a look at the freighter ramp SYD its full in the day, and with the MD-11s still flying in and a 757, SYD still get A340s,744s,757, MD-11s plus all the usual twins
so there is a very big difference between SYD and MEL. That's despite how many A380s we get.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:26 pm

And not just the type of aircraft, also the airlines. I can't think of an airline that flies to MEL but not SYD, whereas there are several that fly to SYD but not MEL.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:40 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 120):
And not just the type of aircraft, also the airlines. I can't think of an airline that flies to MEL but not SYD, whereas there are several that fly to SYD but not MEL

Not to disagree with the basic premise, but Royal Brunei springs to mind.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:17 pm

Quoting alatar144 (Reply 121):
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 120):
And not just the type of aircraft, also the airlines. I can't think of an airline that flies to MEL but not SYD, whereas there are several that fly to SYD but not MEL

Not to disagree with the basic premise, but Royal Brunei springs to mind.

Two weeks ago QR would have been on that list too.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:28 pm

From a post earlier, who operates a A340 into SYD these days?

From a spotters perspective, SYD's curfew condenses more operations into daylight hours, as opposed to MEL or BNE which has a broader spread of ops.

But as time goes on all airports will likely see less variety. Just the way things are moving.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:48 pm

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 123):
From a spotters perspective, SYD's curfew condenses more operations into daylight hours, as opposed to MEL or BNE which has a broader spread of ops.

There aren't a lot of ops that occur between 11pm and 6am in either MEL/BNE, so it really isn't curfew, more that it's not a great time to be arriving/departing.

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 123):
From a post earlier, who operates a A340 into SYD these days?

None that I can think of.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:06 am

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 111):
Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 106):
When are the F50s on their way out? I'd be keen to get on one before they go.

Last RPT was Saturday the 27th of Feb. WIth Rex taking over Sunday the 28th.

Oh fizzbungle.

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:12 am

SYDSpotter, a busy international period at MEL actually occurs In the 11pm-1am period.

It's a very different situation to SYD in that regard.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:54 am

Quoting SYDSpotter (Reply 124):
There aren't a lot of ops that occur between 11pm and 6am in either MEL/BNE, so it really isn't curfew, more that it's not a great time to be arriving/departing.

Maybe not a lot, but BNE gets (not all daily) FJ, CX, SQ, EK, ON, VA, JQ arrivals and departures between those times, not to mention freighters. Less a point on variety but more a point that significant activity does take place between those times.

Rumoured XT services were also meant to happen around midnight as well.

Obviously can be argued that a lot of those services would still operate if a curfew existed (CX, SQ, EK especially) but it gives airlines flexibility and also reduces strain on airport by decreasing peak periods.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:20 am

For those who are interested, The Australian has an interview with VA's new Chairperson, Elizabeth Bryan!

From where I sit Virgin Australia this is another positive forward step forward for VA.

Sorry, the article is behind a paywall. I was able to read the article by googling the heading.

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:03 am

Quoting TruemanQLD (Reply 127):
not to mention freighters

What Freighters go into Brisbane?
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Sun Mar 13, 2016 6:47 pm

Quoting SYDSpotter (Reply 124):
Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 123):
From a spotters perspective, SYD's curfew condenses more operations into daylight hours, as opposed to MEL or BNE which has a broader spread of ops.

There aren't a lot of ops that occur between 11pm and 6am in either MEL/BNE, so it really isn't curfew, more that it's not a great time to be arriving/departing.

I counted SQ, CX, EK, D7, TG, EY, JQ (x3), QF, MH and at least one Chinese carrier all departing between 23:00 and 06:00 last night. The terminal was absolutely packed too. Personally I would consider MEL to be a very busy place over at least part of that period.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:23 am

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 123):
SYD's curfew condenses more operations into daylight hours, as opposed to MEL or BNE which has a broader spread of ops.

It's a shame that SYD doesn't get with the times and get rid of the curfew.

I hope that the West Sydney airport won't have its potential restrained by a curfew from the beginning.

I can certainly see ME3 & Asian carriers being interested in operating into Sydney during current SYD curfew hours and flights at such hours would suite many passengers heading to particular regions, such as Asia and Europe.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:35 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 131):
It's a shame that SYD doesn't get with the times and get rid of the curfew.

It won't happen. Way too much politics involved in that one.

KSA's location is its advantage and disadvantage at the same time.

The only way that Sydney will get curfew free ops will be out at Badgerys Creek but as KSA is still going to be the main focus that likely won't sway many carriers across to the new airport.

The best chances of using the new facility in the medium term will likely be the LCC's, including international ops from Air Asia X, Scoot and Cebu Pacific.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:39 am

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 132):
It won't happen. Way too much politics involved in that one.

I know. That's why it's a shame.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:58 pm

According to CAPA Malaysia's Malindo Air is planning to commence flights from Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane and Melbourne via Bali in 2H2016. Services would be operated by the airline's fleet of 737 aircraft:

Source - CAPA
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:07 pm

http://www.ausbt.com.au/photos/view/maxsize:1750,777/mode:shrink/56e6356513484d9a934d5701767f2254-air-new-zealand-brisbane-lounge-920.jpg

http://www.ausbt.com.au/first-look-n...land-star-alliance-brisbane-lounge

The first of the New Lounges at BNE open this week (16 March) with the New NZ Lounge opening on Level Four, looks like they have lifted the game at BNE. Will be interesting to see what Qantas does during there rebuild later on this year.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:34 pm

The decor really doesn't do it for me, frankly I think it looks awful JMO, but it is undoubtedly a MASSIVE improvement over the old NZ lounge.

Do any BNE insiders know where QF is going. Hopefully the new space is at least double the existing area.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:02 am

Quoting travelhound (Reply 128):
For those who are interested, The Australian has an interview with VA's new Chairperson, Elizabeth Bryan!

From where I sit Virgin Australia this is another positive forward step forward for VA.

Sorry, the article is behind a paywall. I was able to read the article by googling the heading.

The follow up article in Monday's business section (also quoting Bryan) painted a less stellar picture regarding VA's balance sheet.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:47 am

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 136):

The decor really doesn't do it for me, frankly I think it looks awful JMO, but it is undoubtedly a MASSIVE improvement over the old NZ lounge.

Agreed, it is clean and fresh looking, but I'm not a fan, while it is a massive improvement, in a very similar vein to the VA lounges this NZ lounge looks quite sterile and bland. Good to see it actually has a view now and not just of the carpark lol.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 136):
Do any BNE insiders know where QF is going. Hopefully the new space is at least double the existing area.

Unless it has changed I think the plan is to open up both the Qantas lounge and existing first/platinum lounge into one big space. With the increase of QF flights recently and other airlines using their lounge it be nice if QF would take over the old space below which was the NZ lounge and turn it into a lounge for platinums/ow emeralds....or use the upper level above the existing lounge which used to be extra lounge space (they would just need to add a lift access to it which was lacking previously along with stairs).
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:48 am

Quoting 747m8te (Reply 138):
Agreed, it is clean and fresh looking, but I'm not a fan, while it is a massive improvement, in a very similar vein to the VA lounges this NZ lounge looks quite sterile and bland. Good to see it actually has a view now and not just of the carpark lol.

I guess its apart of them trying to be cool, and fit in with VA.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:39 am

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 133):
Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 132):It won't happen. Way too much politics involved in that one.
I know. That's why it's a shame.

Why would we want to get rid of the curfew ? Being selfish, it gives us more scope to get photos during the daylight hours and let's face it, if an airline really wants to fly to SYD they'll find a way, just ask QR.

Let's face it, SYD isn't the only airport in the world with a curfew and if LHR can survive with one, so can SYD. Airlines find a way, if the demand for flights to a destination which has a curfew is big enough, airlines will schedule accordingly and if the connection times end up being a bit longer to fit in, then the passengers either put up with it, or find another way to get there.

The curfew at SYD is here to stay, it ain't going anywhere and nor should it.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:41 am

Just landed in CBR and seen the Iran Government A340. Now I've seen some exciting aircraft over the years, but I think this one takes the cake. It actually took me quite a while to figure out what it was.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:33 am

Quoting jupiter2 (Reply 140):
Why would we want to get rid of the curfew ? Being selfish, it gives us more scope to get photos during the daylight hours and let's face it, if an airline really wants to fly to SYD they'll find a way, just ask QR.

Let's face it, SYD isn't the only airport in the world with a curfew and if LHR can survive with one, so can SYD. Airlines find a way, if the demand for flights to a destination which has a curfew is big enough, airlines will schedule accordingly and if the connection times end up being a bit longer to fit in, then the passengers either put up with it, or find another way to get there.

The curfew at SYD is here to stay, it ain't going anywhere and nor should it.

While it is true that some/most of the demand will be re-accommodated during non-curfew hours, an argument can be made that removing the curfew would stimulate extra demand in some markets (unfortunately not really a way to accurately measure this without doing it and comparing the figures). It also reduces the strain on airport infrastructure as it reduces the peak periods as some flights move into the 11pm-6am time and reduces the inconveniences for passengers with flights that miss curfew having to be re-accommodated.

Personally, I understand the curfew given SYD location (still don't support though) but would be more open to a curfew that was fairer on delayed flights. e.g. QR909 is scheduled to leave at 10:20pm. If it runs late, it can depart at any time throughout the night though there is something like a 95% rule that at least 95% of the time the flight has to leave within curfew or there is a financial penalty.

The ridiculousness of aircraft coming all the way from DXB but having to divert to MEL for the night, or because of a technical delay of ~30mins an aircraft full of 300 people has to stay overnight in hotels in Sydney is absurd.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:06 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 141):
Just landed in CBR and seen the Iran Government A340. Now I've seen some exciting aircraft over the years, but I think this one takes the cake. It actually took me quite a while to figure out what it was.

I saw her when I was driving past CBR last evening and I totally agree (although I knew that's what was here). Ain't she pretty! UAE Amiri B787 is in CBR at the moment, until early this afternoon I believe. And we have quite a contingent from USAF among others, too.
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:02 am

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 141):
Just landed in CBR and seen the Iran Government A340. Now I've seen some exciting aircraft over the years, but I think this one takes the cake. It actually took me quite a while to figure out what it was.

Yes, I agree. I never ever expected to see an Iranian VIP jet (and an A340! Wow!) at Sydney Airport! And to see it with the UAE Dreamliner! Double heaven!

I drove a great distance last night to capture the Iranian A340 and UAE Dreamliner at Sydney Airport. Watched the former land and stop directly in front of 'the mound' before taxying around to 99 where she parked next to the Dreamliner after some awkward moves by the tug.
Got lots of great photos but those dual parallel security fences are a nightmare for photography! Sadly, they will stop my pics from being accepted by a.net, but hey! I got Iranian and Emirati VIP jets in the one photo, with the bonus of the scheduled DHL 757 taxying in the middle between them! For me, that's gold!
And the rain stopped at exactly the right moment!

I will probably drive down to Canberra this afternoon to see the USAF stuff plus the Pakistan Govt Gulfstream, if it's still there.

Cheers,
Bunumuring.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:53 am

Quoting bunumuring (Reply 144):

Even if it won't pass photo screening would you at least be able to post photos in this thread for our viewing pleasure?

Is there any word on exactly what USAF stuff is down at CBR?
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:54 am

Quoting travelhound (Reply 128):

An issue that Virgin has is it's lack of cash, it has around $10m in reserve to draw on apparently and it was something that Elizabeth Bryant spoke about as a significant focus on in future. They need to lift the amount of cash they hold, one of the reasons for this is probably a result of the unsuccessful capacity war they had that burned cash and at least now some rationality and sensibility has come back into the market. It is always going to be a tough ask for VA as they battle against the reinvigorated Qantas with deep pockets. Undeniably VA has some big shareholders, however as discussed plenty of times previously in this forum, they are not prepared to plough anymore cash into VA in the short term. Be interesting to watch VA and see how they turn this situation around.

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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:43 pm

Congratulations to Brisbane Airport, voted as Best Airport in Australia/Pacific at the 2016 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

For the region (2016 rank - airport - 2015 rank):
17 Brisbane Airport 20
21 Auckland Airport 15
23 Sydney Airport 21
25 Melbourne Airport 25
51 Christchurch Airport 76
55 Gold Coast Airport 42
69 Adelaide Airport 63
73 Perth Airport 75

Mention also to Perth which took the title of Best Airport Staff in Australia/Pacific.

http://www.worldairportawards.com/Aw...ds/airport_award_winners_2016.html
 
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:51 pm

Quoting TruemanQLD (Reply 147):

For the most part well deserved. Brisbane International is a great facility, and the Virgin and common use domestic piers are looking pretty good now too. Qantas domestic is what is letting the side down IMHO, the Qantas domestic facilities are pretty poor especially compared to Virgin. Qantas has done a good job adding concessions, and for shopping and dining the Qantas side is definitely better than Virgin, but that doesn't make up for the generally tatty nature of their pier. The toilets in particular are in desperate need of a refurbishment, and the decor could do with a face lift as well.
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RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 137

Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:12 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 145):
Is there any word on exactly what USAF stuff is down at CBR?

In collaboration with the "secret" visit to NZ by the US spy chief?:

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11605462

"US spy boss in NZ on secret visit

The US director of national intelligence, James Clapper, is in New Zealand for farewell talks with the Government and spy chiefs.

It had been a secret visit until Mr Key was asked at his post cabinet press conference if he knew why a Globemaster C-17 was parked at Wellington airport.

Mr Key said "Yes, because Jim Clapper's in town."


Not so "secret" any more.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-1...cretive-visit-to-australia/7251590

"US spy boss James Robert Clapper Jr makes secretive visit to Australia"

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[Edited 2016-03-16 14:15:36]
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