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Rotor Work
26th Oct 2016, 07:22
From ABC

I wonder what aircraft they will use.

Regards RW

Capt Claret
26th Oct 2016, 08:53
I saw part of a TV news item on this tonight. A 747 was mentioned but I'm not sure in what context.

compressor stall
26th Oct 2016, 10:33
Hmm, where could a 747 presumably full of milk and fuel park and take off from in Tassie? The HB runway expansion doesn't seem to be running to schedule...

Southern handler
26th Oct 2016, 12:12
Wasn't Hobart needing a international flight to give the project a go ahead.

26th Oct 2016, 19:35
I think there are flights from Hobart to Australia?

26th Oct 2016, 20:36
There was talk of a 77F running Hobart to China via Brisbane. I expect that is how they will get around the runway length at YMHB.

26th Oct 2016, 20:56
I heard Qantas are going to do it, hence the new white hats.... :}

Capt Claret
26th Oct 2016, 21:15
Geez, pick on Hobart! :}

RWY to be lengthened 500m to allow wide body twins to make Asia with decent load & obviate the need to stop in at the big island for fuel. Support works have commenced but actual RWY extension works have not yet started but will soonish.

International service intent was the requirement to get the project off the ground, as I understand it. :ok:

RENURPP, the mainland of Tasmania services the big island to the north, quite well! :p

26th Oct 2016, 22:45
The flights are expected to start 1Q17 operating 1 weekly Hobart to Ningbo airline not yet selected, assuming it will have to operate via a mainland city for now. Contact is by a Chinese company that just brought out a number of large dairy farms in TAS.

Duck Pilot
27th Oct 2016, 01:50
Heard from a reliable source that there maybe a startup operator planning to base a 767 freighter out of Hobart to service China.

27th Oct 2016, 12:34
I look forward to having to pay 10 dollars for a litre of milk.
No, seriously, will Tassie be "value adding" melamine to the product as well?


27th Oct 2016, 12:42
yep...... adds a new meaning to "Milk Run"


27th Oct 2016, 12:53
I believe the absence of melamine is the valuable part! Chinese middle class likes the prestige of imported goods and produce.

Eastwest Loco
28th Oct 2016, 09:14
Just wait for the first tech problem that requires a close in diversion and landing.

I can just see the headlines. "Air freighter dumps milk over lactose intolerant community". Exceeding Maximum Lactose Weight?

And if we had nuts as external ballast...................:}

Best all


7th Nov 2016, 22:48
From ch-aviation

Hobart International Airport in Tasmania could resume scheduled international operations early next year if plans to export locally prodcued milk to China go ahead.

According to Bloomberg, Chinese-backed Moon Lake Investments Pty. acquired Tasmanian dairy producer Van Diemen’s Land Co. in March of this year and has since begun talks with unspecified carriers to start a weekly Ningbo-Hobart cargo service during the first quarter of next year. The service will cater specifically to the dairy market, and may increase to up to 3x weekly if demand warrants it. Beijing Capital may also be added at a later stage.

The Banjo
7th Nov 2016, 22:57
I hope the runway extension is to the south. If they want to extend R32 the land acquisitions in Launy and greenie negotiations will take 20 years......,,,

8th Nov 2016, 00:04
I'm sure they'll milk it for all it's worth.

8th Nov 2016, 08:01
side map of tassie has become popular.

8th Nov 2016, 08:16
Map of Tasmania has ALWAYS been popular. Such a pity it's rarely seen with modern YLs!!

Sorry, I can't resist!!

Pinky the pilot
8th Nov 2016, 09:20
Map of Tasmania has ALWAYS been popular. Such a pity it's rarely seen with modern YLs!!

Mustafagander; You dirty old man!!:D:E (Said in my best Harry H Corbett voice!:E)

Dunno 'bout the modern YLs but I can assure you it is still de rigueur with those of my generation!:ok::D:E

25th Nov 2016, 04:48
Qantas to start weekly Hobart to Ningbo, China flights, carrying milk | afr.com (http://www.afr.com/business/transport/aviation/qantas-plays-milkman-to-china-20161124-gswqws)

25th Nov 2016, 07:17
Hobart-Ningbo is 4,500 nm plus as the crow flies. 50,000 litres of milk is 50,000kg plus packaging. QF Freights 763F can lift about that but doesn't have the legs. Guess it might just make it from Cairns. The economics of carting what is 90%+ water around in an aircraft is another matter. I know some is/was being carted out of Sydney to Shanghai but believe there have been various issues especially given the short shelf life and importation problems that suddenly arise if the market is overstocked. Good luck but get the freight paid up front.

Rotor Work
25th Nov 2016, 22:15
Story from local Newspaper

Direct flights for dairy | The Advocate (http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/4317583/direct-flights-for-dairy/?cs=5312)

Regards R W

26th Nov 2016, 10:01
It will be operated by the EFA 76F.

27th Nov 2016, 20:34
RW12 threshhold displaced by 420m during Stage 1 of the runway works and later stages have RW30 displaced by 370m so tech stop required for now

28th Nov 2016, 04:52
Hobart gets international (freighter) service | Australian Aviation (http://australianaviation.com.au/2016/11/hobart-gets-international-freighter-service/)