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#77

Qantas to cut MEL-LHR services over the next few months due to "lack of demand".

I think it's safe to assume the route will be eventually cut.

Source: http://www.afr.com/p/business/companies/qantas_cancels_three_flights_Man...

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Mark Baljak's picture
#78

full article for those not able to access

Qantas Airways has cancelled three of its A380 double-deck return flights from Melbourne to London via Dubai during the next two months for lack of demand as it works to return its loss-making international business to a break-even position within 18 months.

The move comes amid speculation over the longer-term future for the route, particularly the Dubai-to-London portion.

A Qantas spokesman said it was not unusual for airlines to reduce the number of flights on some routes during quieter periods. “In the case of the UK and Europe, things tend to slow down in winter,” he said. “These cancellations represent 1.5 per cent of our total services to London in February and just over 3 per cent in March.”

The cancelled flights are QF9 from Melbourne to London via Dubai on February 17, March 11 and March 24, and the return QF10 flight from London to Melbourne via Dubai on February 18, March 12 and March 25. This appears to be the first time Qantas has cancelled QF9/10 due to low demand since moving its European hub to Dubai as part of its alliance with Emirates last year.

Qantas will re-accommodate any bookings on other services. Options could include partner Emirates’ three daily return flights from Melbourne to Dubai, the Qantas QF1/2 return flight from Sydney to London via Dubai or the QF9/10 service on another day. Qantas flies to London only from Sydney and Melbourne. It dropped services from Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide when it shifted its hub to Europe from Singapore to Dubai.

The Qantas flights to London from Melbourne and Sydney arrive at Heathrow about 5am and 6am respectively after reaching Dubai about midnight. The early arrival in London is typically not a preferred option among leisure passengers. There are anecdotal reports some are choosing Emirates flights that arrive later in the day as a result.

HOURS-LONG LAYOVERS
For those connecting through Dubai on Emirates flights to destinations other than London Heathrow, the midnight arrival means there can often be hours-long layovers. Taking Emirates all the way can make for a shorter trip.

There has been industry speculation that the Dubai-London return portion of the QF 9/10 route could be axed and those passengers placed on that portion of QF1/2 given the similar flight timings.

A Qantas A380 pilot said the airline’s flights from London to Australia were “chockers” over the Christmas holiday period, although outbound flights to London were not as full. The pilot said flights to and from Sydney were typically a bit more full than those to and from Melbourne.

Statistics from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics showed Qantas filled only 48.2 per cent of seats on flights from Australia to Britain in October but return flights from Britain to Australia were 95.6 per cent full.

The data does not provide any indication of the ticket prices. Fares on European routes have been under pressure as a result of capacity added by foreign carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.Qantas has told investors that yields, or returns on fares, on international routes have been down due to “challenging market conditions”.

The airline aims to restore its international division to a break-even financial position by the 2014-15 financial year.

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#80

United Airlines to fly new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on Melbourne route

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United Airlines has slated new non-stop flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles as the first route for its Boeing 787-9s, the new stretch version of the Dreamliner, in a move that should please passengers on both sides of the Pacific.
It represents a major upgrade in service from the US carrier, which had already announced plans to phase out its ageing 747s which lack seat-back in-flight entertainment in economy class from April. They will be replaced by newer 777s on the Melbourne-Sydney-Los Angeles and Sydney-San Francisco routes.
United will launch the new six-day-a-week flights on October 26, subject to government approvals.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/united-airlines-to-fly-new-boei...

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Mark Baljak's picture
#81

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#82

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/bold-plan-to-build-1-billion-m...

Bold plan to build $1 billion monorail above the Tullamarine Freeway under way

The Airshuttle proposal is being developed by tourism infrastructure entrepreneur Peter O’Brien, who describes it as a hi-tech alternative to a slow diesel train link that could take years to come online.

Themonorail would be above major roads including CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway and would connect with either Southern Cross Station or Flinders St Station.

WOULD YOU LIKE A MONORAIL LINKING THE AIRPORT AND THE CBD? HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

The monorail would be similar to one recently commissioned in Incheon, South Korea, and would be driverless, operated from a central command office.

It is virtually silent, runs on rubber wheels, can be powered by green energy, and would be capable of moving 40,000 people an hour.

The plan is in its early stages of development, but has piqued the interest of leading Australian infrastructure developer the Plenary Group.

The founding principal of the Plenary Group, John O’Roarke, said more analysis was needed to determine if Airshuttle was the best option.

“It’s early days, but the concept does have merit,” he said.

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Martin Mankowski's picture
#83

Sounds ambitious, but its not the worst idea I've heard. Short of an underground link, it would be the most direct route to the airport, def more direct than the Albion corridor, which in most cases would be slower than Skybus.

A few questions though:

If its gonna run elevated over the Tullamarine, I assume it would have to run above all the overpasses - ie Brunswick Rd/Moreland Rd/Bell St/WRR as there would be enough room to run under them. That would be a logistical and expensive feat.

Getting it to the Dynon Rd/Footscray Rd Junction would be one thing, getting it to Southern Cross problematic, getting it to Flinders St virtually impossible. What route would it take? The gauge incompatibility is a big hindrance in an already crowded CBD network.

40,000 pax an hour for a monorail sounds like a lot. Most monorail train lengths/capacities are quite small.

If these issues can be solved it may have legs. $1 Billion sounds like a bargain. Probably too good to be true...

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Alastair Taylor's picture
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Martin Mankowski's picture
#85

Looks good. Might do a detailed analysis of it in the next few weeks when more details come to light.

This could be an interesting election issue if the Libs have already funded it. Labor could have little choice but to back it given it finished on top of a desired transport projects poll last week.

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#86

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Melbman's picture
#87

I'm torn on the monorail proposal..

In one way it is great as it will alleviate the need for the already expensive Metro Rail Tunnel to be built first to allow for a rail link to occur, but it would also likely be a less than ideal connection with the network.

A traditional monorail would not be quick enough though for this route, and maglev is not in the ballpark price they are talking about,

Given it would be privately funded, unless the govt chips in some cash to invest in it, this will likely also drive up the usage costs.

Overall, still many questions to answer, especially around how CityLink will view this as construction will have to effect their roadway at times. That would drive up the costs already, given the compensation that will likely be required.

Not the ideal solution, but worth investigating at least.

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Qantas743's picture
#88

Does anyone know what the prefab building in the second pic is?

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shadow_bunga's picture
#89

8MW Tri-Generation Plant which will supply two thirds of the airports power supply for the next 15 years.

Seems like slow progress across the southern precinct including MLS and T4.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#90

^^ Melbourne Airport is also constructing a new 8MW Tri-generation plant onsite to meet a growing energy demand with a cleaner energy source, due to be completed in November 2014. The Tri-generation facility works by producing energy through burning natural gas; the combustion of gas produces steam which passes through a turbine to produce electricity. The excess heat is then used to service the heating and cooling system used in the terminals. It is estimated that the Tri-generation facility will reduce CO2 emissions by 920 000 tonnes in the 15 year life design period - See more at:

http://melbourneairport.com.au/about-melbourne-airport/environment/energ...

also Feb figures out, very healthy

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

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Mark Baljak's picture
#91

one of these two for Avalon soon enough, can see them with pax flights any time soon after sydney flights didn't work
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Chinese airline Hainan set to fly into Avalon Airport under new deal
Cameron Best

Avalon Airport has struck a deal with a Chinese airline to establish international commercial flights within a year.

The deal is with the HNA Group which runs Hainan Airlines and includes airfreight services between Avalon and China.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed during Prime Minister Tony Abbott's visit to China and details plans to establish commercial flights and air freight services between Avalon Airport and China within the next 18 months.

"We are thrilled to partner with one of the world's most professional airline groups," Avalon Airport executive chairman David Fox said.

"This is a significant step for Linfox, particularly Avalon Airport and a great sign of things to come."

"Today's signing heralds a major step forward in realising my father Lindsay Fox's vision of giving Asian markets ready access to Australian fresh produce."

Avalon has been courting international carriers for more than a year after the Federal Government paved the way for the airport to become Victoria's second international airport.

Avalon chief executive officer Justin Giddings said the MOU represented an enormous opportunity for the Geelong region.

"We will work closely with the HNA Group and the Australian and Chinese Governments over the coming months to remove barriers and ensure the success of future operations," he said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-11/chinese-airline-hainan-set-to-fly-...

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Melbman's picture
#92

If I remember correctly, they flew their SYD flight from Shenzen. It was marketed as a Hong Kong alternative really and never gained any traction.

I could see them trying a Beijing or Hainan Island flight from Australia if it is a pax service. Cargo would be a decent addition too.

The real question is, with MOU's signed with 2 carriers (Cebu Pacific and HNA), is that enough of a commitment to build the terminal? Its certainly not a firm agreement by the looks of it, but an intention to start flights. I guess AVV (Linfox) will have to take the risk and build it first, and if it all falls over, it will have to be re- purposed until something comes along..

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Blair's picture
#93

The new T4 structure is starting to take shape. The link to Pier F will be demolished soon. If you visit out there at the moment, there is another temp structure over the tarmac linking the 2 piers.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#94

I see SQ have dropped the A380 for a 77W from Summer schedule

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Melbman's picture
#95

Not really that unexpected TBH. I had wondered when this would occur for a while.

Their LF% into Australia is decreasing, and the A380 product (especially R class) and capacity is likely better suited to other markets at this stage.

It may well end up being a temporary change, but one would expect it to be an important step to right sizing its Australian capacity for the time being.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#96

UNITED from 08MAR15 plans to increase Los Angeles – Melbourne operation, with the addition of 7th weekly service. Boeing 787-9 operates this route, starting 26OCT14.

Schedule from 08MAR15 to 26MAR15 as follow.

UA098 LAX2130 – 0715+2MEL 789 4
UA098 LAX2230 – 0815+2MEL 789 x4

UA099 MEL1015 – 0650LAX 789 x6
UA099 MEL1415 – 1050LAX 789 6

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Mark Baljak's picture
#97

recent days - sergi cranes pics

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Qantas743's picture
#98

What are they doing here?

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Laurence Dragomir's picture
#99

BALT Extension?

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shadow_bunga's picture
#100

Demolition of Pier F wrapping up after day/night shift for the last two weeks

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Blair's picture
#101

Nope. That's the preparation work for the International Terminal expansion. The 'A380' extension will extend west towards the new Int pier.

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