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#127

^^ May as well just redeploy the A380.

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#128

I agree, but at the same time who knows how well R class (suites) were selling on the A380.

The seasonal increase seems consistent with other cities getting a few extra SQ flights over that period, including BNE with extra 2 weekly.

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#129

NCP pics

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#130

Thanks so much Martin

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#132

Qantas adding 3 new weekly MEL-LAX services from January:

http://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-boosts-flights-to-los-angeles-santiago-re...

Great to have the 747 back at MEL too!

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#133

QF, PR and SQ - any other extras over this summer?

third crane going
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#134

Melbourne Airport builds logistics “super hub” for TNT

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LARRY SCHLESINGER
Construction of a new 38,000-square-metre transport and logistics “super hub” for express delivery company TNT has begun. It is part of $200 million worth of new industrial projects under way in ­Melbourne’s north west.

The parcel sorting facility – big enough to hold five soccer pitches – is being built on a 121,000-square-metre site at the Melbourne Airport Business Park, Tullamarine. It will be the largest in TNT’s global network once completed in July 2015.

The facility will cost $40 million to build. An additional $28 million is being spent on automated sorting equipment.

Melbourne Airport Park is owned by Australia Pacific Airports Corporation Limited, the owners and operators of Melbourne Airport. APAC controls a 2300-hectare Melbourne landbank under leasehold from the Commonwealth government. The consortium’s major shareholders are AMP, global fund manager IFM Investors, the Future Fund and Deutsche Bank Australia.

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#135

Das Age

United Airlines has downgraded some of the first Dreamliner services on its new Melbourne-Los Angeles route from the brand new Boeing 787-9 to the slightly smaller and older 787-8 model.

The airline will launch the route with a new 787-9, the first of which was delivered to the US carrier last week, on October 28 eastbound.

But from October 29 to November 16, it will use a 787-8 on three of the six days per week during on which the route operates. The 787-8 will operate westbound on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and eastbound on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

United's corporate communications department said the change had been made due to "aircraft availability" rather than weak demand from passengers.

"Interest in the nonstop service from Melbourne to Los Angeles has been meeting our original expectations and we anticipate continued strong demand going forward," the company said.

From March 12, the service is due to become daily.

United's Melbourne-Los Angeles flights are poised to be the longest route in the world flown by a Dreamliner of any type. However, the 787-8 has a shorter range than the 787-9.

United said it planned to block a "small number of seats" on the westbound flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne to ensure the aircraft had enough range.

United's 787-8 seats 219 passengers, including 36 in business class, 70 "economy plus" seats with extra legroom and 113 in economy class.

The 787-9 seats 252 passengers, including 48 in business class, 88 in economy plus and 116 in economy class.

United's decision to offer direct services from Melbourne to Los Angeles rather than providing one-stop services via Sydney led Virgin Australia to abandon its three weekly 777 Melbourne-Los Angeles flights in favour of a daily offering on the Brisbane-Los Angeles route.

Qantas Airways, in turn, has announced it will add an extra three weekly 747 flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles from January 21.

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#136

New MEL T2 announced last night at yearly stakeholder update.

Renders below:

http://melbourneairport.com.au/docs/map-stakeholder-pres-2014_final_low-...

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#137

AirAsia X Indonesia schedule for Melbs-Denpasar

D7400/401 - arr0910 / dep1040 daily - wonder when flights will commence

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#139

SQ temporarily reinstating A380 services in 2015 on a sporadic basis.

http://airlineroute.net/2014/10/13/sq-sydmel-s15update1/?utm_source=soci...

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#140

Indonesia AirAsia X Denpasar - Melbourne service effective 22DEC14 according to Jetspotter

XT800 DPS0830 - 1750MEL 333 26
XT801 MEL1840 - 2215DPS 333 26

XT802 DPS0005 - 0925MEL 333 357
XT803 MEL0940 - 1320DPS 333 357

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#141

^^ 5 X weekly. Interesting.

If this does indeed play out, we will now await what response is from the competitors on the route, as that is a lot of added capacity.

As for the SQ A380, interesting period to bring it back. School Holidays demand?

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#142

Would school holidays be heavy with First/Business demand? Guess that's what the A380 is for, otherwise SQ could throw on another A330 like this summer

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#143

^^ Interesting point.

Certainly a move I wasn't expecting them to make on such a limited basis.

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#144

Indonesia AirAsia Extra picks Bali-Melbourne for inaugural route

Indonesia AirAsia Extra will enter the competitive Australia-South East Asia market with Bali-Melbourne as the low-cost carrier’s inaugural route.
The newest affiliate of the AirAsia X group of airlines will launch with five times a week service between the Victorian capital and popular Indonesian tourist spot with Airbus A330-300 aircraft from December 26 2014.
The carrier will be the second AirAsia X group airline to operate to Tullamarine, with Malaysia-based AirAsia X offering twice daily services from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur.
AirAsia X chief executive Azran Osman-Rani, who launched the inaugural route in Melbourne on Monday, said Indonesia AirAsia Extra would boost capacity on the route by 28 per cent and give the the airline a 22 per cent market share in terms of total seats on Melbourne-Bali.

http://australianaviation.com.au/2014/10/indonesia-airasia-extra-picks-b...

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#145

Melbourne airport pushes for early start on rail link

Melbourne Airport has called for the proposed rail link to the airport to be completed before 2026 to cater for the massive growth in airport use - but Victoria's government and opposition are divided over the project's timing.
Airport chief Chris Woodruff said the planned 2026 construction date "should be brought forward", as the airport had already done most of the planning for the link.
A multibillion-dollar expansion of the airport is transforming the precinct into a major commercial and transport hub.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the Coalition had fully funded Melbourne Rail Link, which will include a link to Melbourne Airport.
"Should we be re-elected, then construction on this project will commence in the next term of government," he said. "Should Labor be elected, this project including the Airport Rail Link, will be dumped."
An Opposition spokesman said the airport rail link was worthy, but not a priority. The Labor Party favoured building Melbourne Metro Rail first, he said – an underground rail tunnel that goes through the CBD to the north of the city.
Mr Woodruff said the airport rail project should have bipartisan support. "Whatever, the entry point to the airport has been agreed by both sides. The previous [Labor] government signed off on the master plan," he said.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/melbourne-airport-pushes-for-early-start-...

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#147

I'm planning on going to Sth America next year. Any ideas on the best way to get to either Argentina or Brazil. From what I have already seen looks like it's a real schlep to get there from Australia.
BTW, Melbourne to London with Etihad was fantastic.

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#148

The only real options available really are going up to SYD and flying either SYD-AKL-SCL on LAN or a SYD-SCL QF flight and connect onto a connecting flight there.

It's not exactly a place that has much choice from this part of the world.

As for EY,, they were great with the A345/6 with 8 abreast seating but with the 77W now being 10 abreast seating its lost its appeal to me. Service is better than the other ME3 carriers though.

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#149

Thanks Melbman.

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#150

interesting take off airliners.net

CA moving to 3 daily on some days by the look of it
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Scoot Airlines to offer $229 Melbourne to Singapore flights from next year

Melburnians will be able to fly direct from Melbourne to Singapore for less than $300 when Scoot Airlines launches its new Tullamarine-to-Singapore service in November next year.
Scoot, a low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines founded in 2011, plans to run five flights a week, with a one-way trip costing $229 and a return priced at $460.
The carrier has managed to significantly undercut the market by modifying its planes to have less space between seats, so more passengers can be packed on board.
It also keeps its aircraft in the air for longer by flying at unsociable times. The Melbourne-to-Singapore flight will leave at 12.30pm and arrive at 5.30pm, while the Singapore-to-Melbourne leg departs Singapore after midnight and arrives in Melbourne at 11.20am

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/aviation/scoot-airlines-to-offer-229-melb...

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