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Melbman's picture
#52

Linfox really do seem intent on getting free investment from govt for Essendon and Avalon.

I agree, this idea is a non starter. Might as well call for a Tram extension from Airport West to MEL to connect with the rail line, as it would have more chance than this one.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture
#54

Another huge car park, nice.

Another "cost-effective" and functional extension to add to the architectural wasteland that is Melbourne airport.

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Melbman's picture
#55

^^It's a LCC terminal. Can't expect much else. They will only get the airline's to sign up to something simple, as at first the words "Taj Mahal" were apparently thrown around at an earlier concept plan.

The one thing that caught my eye was the existing T4 will be used as a Bus Gate. If I read that right, this will mainly be for regional services. Now that will be interesting for Rex.

As a whole, I don't mind the plan, but I also do wish that they could have build something a bit more interesting, but the reality is that this is likely the best we could have hoped for.

In a way now, I hope they do use the similar materials and general exterior style (with a few tweaks) for the new T3/2/1 forecourt extension which is planned in the future. It may not be the grandest, but at least it will bring together a coherent look. The interior definitely would need to be more upmarket though :)

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Melbman's picture
#56

Posted these on SSC but I thought I'd add them here also :)

JQ 787 has arrived.
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The aircraft seemed to produce a fair bit of smoke for a while after about 10-15 mins once it docked at its gate.
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Just a few random pix.. Control towers
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New T3 VA Lounges
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T2 a bit empty after a few midday departures
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#57

awesome stuff.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#58

plastic fantastic

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Mark Baljak's picture
#59

Airport chief hits back at Planning Minister's quip

Melbourne Airport chief executive Chris Woodruff has his hit back at Planning Minister Matthew Guy's quip that the airport's car park was so large it should have its own postcode and suburb name.
Mr Woodruff said the government was not doing its share to improve transport links to the airport.
He said a list of transport upgrades provided by Transport Minister Terry Mulder to a business lunch in Melbourne on Tuesday did not include "access upgrades to Melbourne airport".
"This is woeful, we are a major economic driver in this state and we expect the state to come to the party," he said.
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"We need a rail link and we need road improvements connecting Melbourne airport to the major freeways," he said.
He said the airport was not going "take over the state's responsibility to provide connecting infrastructure to one of its main economic powerhouses".
"We call on them to accelerate the upgrade of the Tullamarine Freeway, to accelerate building of a rail link to the airport," he said.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/airport-chief-hits-back-at-planning-mi...

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#61

Quest leads way to suburbs, regions

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This week Quest began construction of a 97-apartment complex at Tullamarine Airport, which it expects to finish within a year. Builders Mercon Group will erect the five-level building on airport land.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/property/quest-leads-way-to-suburbs-regio...

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Mark Baljak's picture
#62

Royal Brunei to Launch Boeing 787 Service to Melbourne from April 2014
by JL
Update at 1750GMT 07NOV13

Royal Brunei starting 01APR14 is introducing Boeing 787-8 operation on its daily Bandar Seri Begawan – Melbourne route, replacing Boeing 777-200ER. Reservation for the Boeing 787 service is now available.

BI053 BWN2000 – 0600+1MEL 787 D
BI054 MEL1215 – 1725BWN 787 D

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Mark Baljak's picture
#63

noted shanghai airlines A330-200 today, how long have they been in town?

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Melbman's picture
#64

^^ a month or so from memory. The Shanghai Airlines A330s are newer to their fleet.

It's a mix of China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines A330s operating the daily MEL-PVG service. It increases up to 10 weekly as a seasonal increase soon.

Not sure why China Eastern deploy the Shanghai Airlines aircraft into MEL though. Used to be the 767 they used in the latters branding, but atleast it adds some variety I guess.

It just goes against the usual efforts airlines usually go for to ensure the brand is front and centre.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#65

$370 Million Melbourne Airport win for Leighton Contractors

1 Oct 13
Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd has secured a $370 million contract for the construction of an integrated transport facility and a new airline terminal for Australian Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd (Melbourne Airport), as part of a capacity upgrade for Melbourne Airport.

Leighton Contractors’ delivery of the transport facility includes construction of a seven storey car park, elevated access roads and ramps, an underground service tunnel, electrical substation and ancillary infrastructure.

Leighton Contractors will deliver the new Terminal 4 in a Joint Venture with its subsidiary Broad Construction. The works include baggage handling and re-claim facilities, check-in kiosks and associated infrastructure, staff amenities, retail areas and connections to existing concourses.

first sign of construction eveident - looks like tiger tower is getting the chop as well

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747's becoming a rare sight
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Melbman's picture
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#67

guess that puts pay to any japan airlines flights...

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#68

^^ JL will likely just codeshare with JQ.

As much as it is a pity that it is not a new tail, it's important that we had Japan service. For that, JQ should be given credit for further building their MEL base.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#69

Jetstar's Boeing 787 to start Melbourne-Auckland flights

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Jetstar will run one of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners between Melbourne and Auckland next year.
However, the trans-Tasman 787 service will run for just one month, from February 26 to March 28, 2014, with seats now on sale.
"While many New Zealanders may not be planning a long-haul trip, this is a great opportunity to try out the aircraft that everyone's talking about, on a Tasman flight" said Jetstar's NZ chief Grant Kerr.
Jetstar's first Boeing 787 will begin international service on the Melbourne-Bali route from tomorrow, Wednesday December 18, after a month-long series of domestic flights between its Melbourne base and the Gold Coast and Cairns.

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Melbman's picture
#70

^^ JQ's operational strategy with the 787 is very interesting.

Starting out with MEL-DPS and MEL-AKL for a limited period, but then moving them onto SYD-DPS and SYD-HKT, along with the new non-stop BNE-DPS (BNE currently has no JQ widebody ops)

Seems that the aircraft will see limited MEL 787 routes until further frames arrive. As we are the base for these aircraft though, some sort of rotation through here is likely to be required.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#71

Finally! AirCalin back to Melbourne

April Tuesday/Friday
SB110/111
ARR: 1210
DEP: 1330

https://coordaus-public.sharepoint.com/datafiles/Documents/Slot%20Files/...

also GA daily to Jakarta with 777-300ER

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Qantas743's picture
#72

GA website still showing A332 all through next year.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#73

^^ see what happens I guess

applied for slot
GA 722 GA 725 30MAR05APR 1234567 31477W CGKCGK1900 2010 CGKCGK JJ

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Mark Baljak's picture
#74

other notables request from the above list - 436 seat A330-300

cebu pacific
5J 7313 5J 7314 06APR03OCT 0030507 436333 MNLMNL0630 0800 MNLMNL JJ

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Mark Baljak's picture
#75

AFR
Singapore the hot airline route

By moving its European hub to Dubai, Qantas stopped offering flights to Europe from Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. That, combined with giving customers the option of direct connections to cities like Paris, Rome and Frankfurt from Dubai, has meant Qantas has far less connecting traffic for its A380s flying between Dubai and London.

There is speculation that Qantas could cancel the Dubai to London portion of its current flights from Melbourne to London as a result. It is less likely the Dubai to London portion of its Sydney flights would be cancelled, as that would leave it without any presence in the UK capital.

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Melbman's picture
#76

^^ Wouldn't be a huge loss really. As long as they kept the MEL-DXB leg, this would still provide the substantial benefits of the DXB hub.

I would say though that QF really should look at another European destination to fly into.

It would then offer QF operated service at a scissor hub in DXB, with SYD-DXB-LHR and a MEL-DXB-??? (FRA? CDG? DUS? BER?). The only issues are traffic rights, as EK may struggle to be able to codeshare on those flights. Add in QF's issues with getting adequate CDG rights, it would be hard work though.

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