Thursday, 21 November 2019

Emirates drops Brisbane to Singapore sector

EMIRATES A380-842 A6-EUU (CN 238)











Emirates will cease flying the Brisbane-Singapore route from the 30th March, 2020. This Emirates fifth-freedom route is currently operated daily as Brisbane-Singapore-Dubai using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Emirates will retain its daily Brisbane-Dubai direct flight, and Qantas will still fly from Brisbane to Singapore beyond the 30th March 2020. The Dubai-based airline had initially revealed its intention to withdraw from the Brisbane-Singapore route in September, claiming it was losing money. However, this required the approval of the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) because Qantas and Emirates had voluntarily agreed to increase capacity on the airlines’ overlapping routes between Australia and Singapore when the Qantas-Emirates alliance was formed in 2013. This was part of the basis on which the CCCS had approved the alliance in 2013, so Emirates needed to gain approval to reduce capacity. The CCCS yesterday approved Emirates’ withdrawal from the Brisbane-Singapore route as Emirates had provided evidence to support its claims about the route’s lack of profitability. Additionally, the CCCS received no objections. Emirates’ withdrawal will leave Qantas with one daily flight and Singapore Airlines with four daily services on the Brisbane-Singapore route. Flight EK433 departs Brisbane at 2.45am, arriving in Singapore at 8.10am. EK432 leaves Singapore at 10.10am for a 7.45pm landing in Brisbane. Emirates will continue to fly from Melbourne to Singapore. The airline also still has one fifth-freedom flight remaining across the Tasman, from Sydney to Christchurch using the A380. Emirates used to operate many more fifth-freedom flights to Australia, but earlier this year ended flights from Sydney to Bangkok. The daily Emirates A380 flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland also ended in March 2018, with Qantas picking up some of the capacity. In the past, Emirates also flew from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur.




Sunday, 17 November 2019

Many faces of Alliance Airlines

Back on the 10th June this year I wrote a story about Alliance Airlines painting up an aircraft to celebrate the winners of the 1919 Great Air Race. You can click on the link below to read the story below.

https://madaboutplanes.blogspot.com/2019/06/alliance-to-celebrate-1919-great-air.html

Well this week the aircraft turned up and today I managed to get a few photos of it just as it got towed to a bay ready for its first run in its new colour scheme.
 FOKKER F28 MK 70 VH-QQW (CN 11596)














I really love this artwork so much, but then it got me thinking about Alliance Airlines and all the different liveries it has had over the years including the aircraft they have bought from overseas.

FOKKER F28 MK 100 VH-FKA (CN 11345)

FOKKER F28 MK 100 VH-XWS (CN 11314)
STILL SPORTING THE GERMANIA COLOUR SCHEME

FOKKER F28 MK 100 VH-XWS (CN 11314)
IN BETWEEN PAINT JOBS
FOKKER F28 MK 70 OE-LFQ (CN 11568)
PHOTO - LLOYD FOX
FOKKER F28 MK 70 PH-KBX (CN 11547)

FOKKER F28 MK 100 VH-FGB (CN 11446)

SPORTING THE FIRST EVER TRANS PACIFIC FLIGHT


FOKKER F28 MK 100 HB-JVE (CN 11459)

FOKKER F28 MK 100 HB-JVG (CN 11478)

FOKKER 28 MK 70 VH-JFB (CN 11521)

SUPPORTING AUSTRALIANS AFFECT BY BREAST CANCER
MARCH 2016

FOKKER F28 MK 70 VH-NKQ (CN 11572)

SPORTING THE PAUL KELLY TOUR LOGO



FOKKER F28 MK 70 VH-NUU (CN 11532)

SUPPORTING AUSTRALIANS AFFECTED BY BREAST CANCER
OCTOBER 2019






Saturday, 16 November 2019

Happy 99th Birthday Qantas

A red triangle containing a white silhouette of a kangaroo, with the word Qantas beneath the triangle
IATAICAOCallsign
QFQFAQANTAS

THE SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA (Company Slogan)


QANTAS A380-861 VH-OQL (CN 0074)















Qantas Airways Limited, the third oldest airline in the world after KLM (7th Oct 1919) and Avianca (5th Dec 1919) celebrate their 99th birthday today having been founded on the 16th November 1920. Qantas is the flag carrier of Australia and its largest airline in Australia by fleet size, international flights and international destinations. It began international passenger flights in May 1935. The Qantas name stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services", and is nicknamed "The Flying Kangaroo". The airline is based in the Sydney suburb of Mascot with its main hub at Sydney Airport. Various subsidiary airlines operate to regional centres and on some trunk routes within Australia under the QantasLink banner.  Qantas also owns "Jetstar Airways", a low-cost airline that operates both international services and domestic services  and operates in Australia and New Zealand. Fergus McMaster was a wealthy grazier who took little convincing about the benefits of aviation. He was crossing the sandy bed of Queensland's Cloncurry River when his car broke an axle. Paul McGinness helped repair the vehicle and the two struck up a friendship. Back in Brisbane, McGinness and Fysh outlined to McMaster their plans for an air service, beginning with joy rides and air taxi trips. McMaster, fired with enthusiasm, convinced business acquaintances to invest with them. With their former flight sergeant Arthur Baird as aircraft mechanic, Fysh and McGinness travelled to Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney, where they ordered two Avro aircraft. The purchase agreement, dated 19 August 1920, was in the name of The Western Queensland Auto Aero Service Limited. A new company name was later adopted, Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited, which was quickly abbreviated to the acronym 'QANTAS'.  Papers formally establishing Qantas were signed in the Gresham Hotel, Brisbane, on 16 November 1920. The company, based in Winton, was registered with Fergus McMaster as Chairman. In 1921 the Qantas fleet consisted of two biplanes - an Avro 504K with a 100 horsepower (74 kw) water-cooled Sunbeam Dyak engine and a Royal Aircraft Factory BE2E with a 90 horsepower (67 kw) air-cooled engine. The BE2E was purchased for £450 ($900) from Charles Knight, a Longreach stock and station agent who, having experienced a turbulent delivery trip, swore nothing would induce him to fly again. Today QANTAS fleet consists of 118 aircraft. 



As of September 2019, the Qantas mainline fleet consists of the following aircraft:




Aircraft Active On Order Total 

Airbus A330
Airbus A330-200                 18                                              
Airbus A330-300                 10
                                            28

Airbus A380
Airbus A380-842                 12
                                            12

Boeing 737
Boeing 737-800                   75
                                             75

Boeing 747
Boeing 747-400                     6
                                               6



Boeing 787                           10
Boeing 787-9                        10 

                                     Total 132


Qantas had 11 Boeing 787-9's on order, their first one was delivered on the 20th October 2017. To date 10 have been delivered, the 10th (VH-ZNJ CN 66074) arrived in Sydney yesterday after operating the 2nd Project Sunrise flight from London to Sydney nonstop. This flight took 19hrs 19 mins.  The first Project Sunrise research flight operated between New York and Sydney on the 18th October and took 19 Hrs 16 Mins. A third research flight, repeating the New York-Sydney route, will take place in December using their next and final 787-9 VH-ZNK.

QANTAS B787-9 VH-ZNJ (CN 66074)
Photo taken by PRESTON FIEDLER
IMAGE TAKEN FROM FLIGHTRADAR 24


























Qantas has an option of 8 more 787's and these will replace the aging fleet of 747's which will be completely retired by the end of 2020.


QANTAS B787-9 VH-ZND (CN 63390)
















Qantas changed it's colour scheme in October 2016 and the new scheme will eventually be transferred to every aircraft in their fleet.

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VYD (CN 33992)

QANTAS A330-303 VH-QPJ (CN 712)          




































Qantas is also a member of the "One World" Alliance


BOEING 747-438 VH-OJU (CN 25566)

AIRBUS A330-202 VH-EBV (CN 1365)

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Sydney Spotting Day 2

As today was a much better day weather wise, crystal blue sky's and no wind, I decided to head back out to the airport for a while. Just as I pulled up the Qatar A350-1000 was already rolling.


QATAR A350-1041 A7-ANI (CN 241)
OFF TO DOHA


ETIHAD B777-3FX A6-ETO (CN 39690)
OFF TO ABU DHABI

QANTAS A330-202 VH-EBR (CN 1251)
OFF TO DENPASSAR

EMIRATES B777-31H A6-EGI (CN 38986)
OFF TO DUBAI


QANTAS A380-842 VH-OQI (CN 027)
OFF TO SINGAPORE



SINGAPORE AIRLINES B777-312 9V-SWH (CN 34573)
ARRIVING FROM SINGAPORE

FED EX MD 11 N604FE (CN 48460)
ARRIVING FROM HONOLULU 

FLY PELICAN BAe JETSTREAM 32 VH-ACV (CN 974)
OFF TO MUDGEE

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-VOT (CN 33801)
OFF TO MELBOURNE


ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE B737NG A36-002 (CN 30790)


QATAR A380-861 A7-APG (CN 193)
ARRIVING FROM DOHA


QANTAS B747-438 VH-OEH (CN 32912)
OFF TO SAN FRANCISCO


UPS B747-44A N575UP (CN 35664)
ARRIVING FROM HONOLULU


ETIHAD A380-861 A6-APC (CN 176)
ARRIVING FROM ABU DHABI

SPORTING THE "CHOOSE UNITED KINGDOM" LIVERY