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Mark Baljak's picture
#27

well JAL would be something else!

MH increase didn't last long

Malaysia Airlines Shelves Planned Melbourne Service Increase in NW13
by JL

Update at 0500GMT 16AUG13

As per 16AUG13 GDS timetable display, Malaysia Airlines has shelved its plan to increase Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne operation in Northern Winter 2013/14 season. The oneWorld member previously planned to increase operation from 14 to 16 weekly from 21NOV13 to 26JAN14, however new flights (MH147/146) never opened for reservation.

Previously planned schedule:

MH129 KUL1015 – 2110MEL 333 D
MH147 KUL2000 – 0645+1MEL 772 46
MH149 KUL2210 – 0905+1MEL 333 D

MH128 MEL0045 – 0605KUL 333 D
MH146 MEL1000 – 1500KUL 772 57
MH148 MEL1500 – 2020KUL 333 D

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Melbman's picture
#28

BNE have been chasing JL for a couple of years now with no success so it will be interesting to see if MEL has any more luck with its efforts.

Given that OOL has substantial service from JQ to Japan, with a JL codeshare I think, it makes sense that it may overlook those advances, but the MEL market should hold more promise given the growth rates of late. When QF dropped the MEL-NRT route years back JL were said to be very disappointed, as it was said to be doing well for them with their codeshare, but they had numerous other issues to deal with which would have stopped them taking the route on themselves.

As for MH, it made no sense to increase anyway given D7's increase also. There will be 5 x daily flights on MEL-KUL during peak season as it is (2 X MH, 2 X D7, 1 X EK).

AI arrives in around 2 weeks, which will be an addition to our network atleast.

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Melbman's picture
#29

Further to the above, MH seem to have now made the move to 3 X daily from Nov. So much for me saying there was no sense in moving to 16 weekly :)

http://melbourneairport.com.au/News-Events/Listing/Overview/melbourne-ai...

Interesting info: "The works are part of our transformation of Melbourne Airport which will include a major upgrade and expansion to our international terminal with new aircraft gates and check-in counters, and efficiency improvements in baggage and border processing areas.” Hadn't seen that before in previous releases but i may have missed it I guess.

Overall, very substantial increase. The largest International growth in a while.

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Qantas743's picture
#30

Napthine leading a trade mission to Japan (and China) in October.

Good chance direct flights between NRT and MEL could be announced IMO (see above post).

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Melbman's picture
#31

^^ On the last China trade mission with the former Mr Quiet Premier was when Sichuan Airlines was announced so maybe we may well see some movement on this front.Who knows what will come from either China or Japan this time.

Can only hope that it happens.

If it happens before BNE, I know there may well be several people very annoyed considering they say JL approached BNE airport about restarting flights. Can't see both BNE and MEL getting JL service. Oh well, they have OOL down the road :)

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Mark Baljak's picture
#32

hrrrm

Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff calls for a rail link to the airport 'sooner rather than later'
Amelia Harris
Herald Sun
August 26, 2013

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/melbourne-airport-ceo-chris-wo...

Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff has called for a rail link to be built "sooner rather than later" but warned it wouldn't be a silver bullet.

Speaking at the airport's annual stakeholder event, Mr Woodruff said the aviation hub was spending tens of millions to improve access including "the mother of all elevated loop roads" but "there was only so much we can do".

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Melbman's picture
#33

Tell him hes dreamin' :)

The only way to allow this to happen in the foreseeable is for a Airtrain connection to the Cragieburn line, or a dedicated Skybus lane all the way to the city is created. More Smartbus routes to the airport would also be a big benefit.

Given that a dedicated rail connection has already identified that the Metro Rail Tunnel is a prerequisite for an Airport Line, they will be waiting a while. Even if the Metro Tunnel is built, the amount of money needed for the Airport line works will not be available for a while to come after that also.

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Qantas743's picture
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Mark Baljak's picture
#35

hrrrm, ok i guess

Probuild have started prelim works out there - not sure if they have overall build?

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Qantas743's picture
#36

Also if you scroll down on the below document there's a sneak peak of international terminal upgrade:

http://melbourneairport.com.au/docs/130826-stakeholder-update-2013-final...

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Melbman's picture
#37

Thanks for the link Qantas. I was wondering when they would release this, considering the T2 upgrade had a number of flythroughs on their website when it was built.

T4 is better than I expected, but its definitely nothing special. At the end of the day, it will do what its targeted Tenants want.

That T2 sneak peak is really hard to work out where it will go. It looks completely different again to the terminal space they just finished in its design which is a concern. MEL really is taking on a far too patchwork quilt type look with minimal consistency in its design. I see some similarities with T4 to the T2 works recently completed, but its a faint comparison.

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Alastair Taylor's picture
#38

thanks for the link QF743.

Only thing missing from that video is what it looks like down near the gates.

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Melbman's picture
#39

I found it odd the vid stops at the start of the gates,.

That will be a very long walk to the new pier.

One thing for sure, there are many projects on the go which will make a trip to the airport quite frustrating for a while to come yet.

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Melbman's picture
#40

Anyone else notice that T3 seems to get an added level in that T4 video? Any idea what that would be?

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Mark Baljak's picture
#41

777-200 for SQ 207 this afternoon - the rarest of rare

happened to be working nearby, anyways not suprised AI was late arriving and well late to depart - 787 quite the plane though

Tullamarine - News, Projects & Construction

Tullamarine - News, Projects & Construction

and pier works with NZ 777-300

Tullamarine - News, Projects & Construction

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Melbman's picture
#42

Interesting SQ used a 772. Indication of soft loads from their extra daily flight maybe?

Certainly no surprise regarding AI and their late arrival and even later departure.

Will be interesting to see how they go, especially as it seems most Indians that I know just laugh when I ask them if they will fly AI next time they fly to India. Certainly not a great reputation and most say they will continue to use SQ or even EK. The backtrack via DXB is apparently still preferable :)

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Mark Baljak's picture
#43

^^ possibly, they subbed an A330 for the morning A380 flight last week

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Alastair Taylor's picture
#44

MEL-HKT (Phuket) launching 2x weekly, going to 3x weekly in MArch on JQ.

MEL-HNL 3x to 4x weekly. MEL-SIN going 5x to 6x weekly.

http://www.jetstar.com/mediacentre/latest-announcements/detail?Id=d7a164...

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Melbman's picture
#45

^^ Good additions.

With the 787's coming online soon, it will be interesting to see how it adds these into its schedule.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#46

Jetstar to move into new $400 million Melbourne Airport terminal
September 13, 2013 - 1:46PM

Jetstar will become the main tenant for Melbourne Airport's new $400 million fourth terminal once construction is completed in 2015, freeing up space in terminal one where Qantas is located.
Tiger Australia, which is located in the existing fourth terminal, is in ongoing talks with the airport about its longer term plans but is expected to continue operating from the new T4 once the redevelopment is completed.
Jetstar will begin operations in the second half of 2015 from the new terminal to be built in between T3, where Virgin Australia is located, and the existing fourth terminal occupied by Tiger

The new terminal will include space for Jetstar's self-service kiosks and so-called "bag-drop" facilities on the ground floor. The departure lounge on the upper floor will include food and retail shops.
It will also have the potential to be expanded to an extra 17 aircraft parking bays and, because of its location, offers shorter taxi times to the runway. Melbourne Airport serves as the base for Jetstar's network.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/jetstar-to-move-into-new-400-million-mel...

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Melbman's picture
#47

Quick pic taken today of the new T4 area/VA lounges. Sorry about the not so clear windscreen and pic quality :)

Tullamarine - News, Projects & Construction

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Mark Baljak's picture
#48

interesting idea

moonee valley leader

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Mark Baljak's picture
#49

http://airlineroute.net/2013/09/16/mu-sydmel-jan14/

01JAN14 to 19FEB14

Shanghai Pu Dong – Melbourne
MU737 PVG2015 – 1000+1MEL 332 D
MU739 PVG2340 – 1325+1MEL 332 135

MU738 MEL1200 – 1920PVG 332 D
MU740 MEL2130 – 0505+1PVG 332 246

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Alastair Taylor's picture
#50

Essendon Airport are dreamin', the new section of track to leave the Albion corridor will be well before Essendon airport.

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Martin Mankowski's picture
#51

^^ Absolutely. They only want to it service their retail precinct, so whats that got to do with an airport line to Tullamarine anyway? Are they hoping passengers will get off at Essendon DFO for a quick shopping trip rather than go straight to their hotel/airport? Deluded!

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