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Old 25th Mar 2018, 09:32
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
Anyway, all is well. Simon Calder is taking QF10 to Perth this afternoon.
One way ticket?

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Old 25th Mar 2018, 09:42
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A journalist for the West Australian newspaper was on board and wrote this article. This point in particular explains the appeal of ULH for many:

As we reached the point where weíd be usually be expected a wander around a middle eastern airport, I was out cold. The last thing I wanted was to be thrust into the fluorescent airport lights shopping for duty free.

Itís for this reason the non-stop flight wins out for me. A family sitting near me would have had to disturb their children to traipse through security once again. The parents didnít want it, the kids didnít want it, nobody wanted it. We wanted to keep resting Ė and we could.
Yes, lots of people like to break a long trip nearer the middle, but for many it'll be preferable to push on through and have as long an uninterrupted flight time as possible.
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 11:50
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Originally Posted by Logohu View Post
Anyone who's flown QF economy will understand why they couldn't muster 480 victims in one go

With the lower number of seats on the 787 they are probably hoping to get a yield premium for the PER traffic that prefers nonstop.

But as others have said if I'm going to SYD, BNE or MEL I'll be sticking to an A380 via SIN (or anywhere for that matter) thanks
And if you travel on their A380 from DXB to Oz don't expect your baggage to arrive at the same time as you, apparently it has become a regular thing to leave some 200 bags behind.
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 14:49
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Hmm - one of the few airlines that ever lost my luggage was Qantas.............
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 15:12
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
Anyway, all is well. Simon Calder is taking QF10 to Perth this afternoon. During an interview on the BBC earlier today, he quoted an Australian blogger (I wish I could remember the name) who was on QF9 and didn't have a particularly rosy view of the flight, complaining of a lack of comfort. No doubt Mr Calder will have reams to write about the trip and I am sure we are all agog, hanging on his every word!
Not me I'm afraid. I would rather take notice of a travel journalist who knows a lot about a little, rather than one who knows a little about a lot. Calder is wheeled out again and again, generally to give us his negative opinion.
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 16:14
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Calder normally pays for his flights

other travel journos are "guests" of the airline - hence the gushing rubbish they write
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 20:35
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
Anyway, all is well. Simon Calder is taking QF10 to Perth this afternoon. During an interview on the BBC earlier today, he quoted an Australian blogger (I wish I could remember the name) who was on QF9 and didn't have a particularly rosy view of the flight, complaining of a lack of comfort. No doubt Mr Calder will have reams to write about the trip and I am sure we are all agog, hanging on his every word!
Who is Simon Calder?
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 20:58
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He's the travel correspondent of the Independent newspaper (actually online only now), but also the BBC's go to person. Indeed I'm not sure if any other national newspaper has a travel correspondent any more.
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Old 26th Mar 2018, 00:33
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One of my guests at the moment is a Brit/Aussie and travels annually to UK, he resides in SYD, when I mentioned to him about the PER/LHR service at first he joked about the Western Australians not being sufficient to justify the service but once he gave it some thought he commented that there are a lot of poms living in the outlying regions of WA.

But when I pointed out to him that en-route stops in the likes of DXB, BKK & SIN are wasted time but during a stop in PER one could clear customs & immigration and arrive in SYD as a domestic passenger his face lit up, he liked that idea.
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Old 26th Mar 2018, 06:43
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Great in FIRST but the experience in economy appears to be shocking hemmed in by fat snoring suits.... not sure it will last more than a couple of years.
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Old 26th Mar 2018, 07:33
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Originally Posted by Navpi View Post
Great in FIRST but the experience in economy appears to be shocking hemmed in by fat snoring suits.... not sure it will last more than a couple of years.

I haven't travelled in a QF B787 but I have travelled in a 10 across seating AF B777 for a 12 hour night flight and a B787 simply cannot be so bad.

Furthermore my longest flight to date was 14.5 hours MNL/AMS and this was in the days when I was a smoker, some 15.5 hours without a fag, and it wasn't so bad, once one has been in the air for some 14 hours what's another 3 hours?
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