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Old 18th Aug 2009, 07:35
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Their website says 'non stop'.

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Old 27th Aug 2009, 03:16
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From watoday.com.au today:

"Virgin has previously talked of flying to Hong Kong and Tokyo but Mr Godfrey said it was more likely V Australia would increase flights between Melbourne and South Africa (via Perth) and across the Pacific before expanding its international network further."

Notice the via Perth


link: Virgin Blue cautious on recovery
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Old 27th Aug 2009, 03:25
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direct vs non stop

Direct means...same flight number regardless of number of stops.EG QF1 to LHR goes via BKK, but is still QF1 'direct' to LHR.

Non stop means no stopping anywhere on route to destination.

Confused? yes, me too, but that is how it is.


Not commenting on what VA may be doing, just on the clarification of direct and non stop.
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Old 27th Aug 2009, 04:42
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Will be VIA Perth not direct as first reported, that is solid.
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Old 27th Aug 2009, 04:48
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Banner on the V Australia website quotes "Non-Stop Melbourne to Johannesburg", although it wouldn't be the first time their marketing and commercial teams haven't been communicating with each other...

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Old 27th Aug 2009, 14:36
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Thank you for everyone's help in clearing that up.
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Old 27th Mar 2010, 00:09
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If the article is acurate, doesn't look like V-OZ got any relief from the 180min rule, as some were predicting!
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Old 27th Mar 2010, 00:51
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I woudn't be gloating too much.

When the EDTO fire suppression limits are applied to all aircraft , in the near future, the 744 will be equally stuffed.

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Old 27th Mar 2010, 01:18
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Who's gloating?

Merely pointing out the article. I'm sure there is still much negotiation going on in the backgroud.

The article bravely states how much safer B747's are! I know which one I'd rather travel on!
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Old 27th Mar 2010, 02:07
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Yet another aviation article where the author really has no idea what's going on.......

In latitudes near the South Pole, the prevailing winds, often called the "Roaring Forties" because of the latitude and the wind strength, generally come from the west at a minimum of 40 knots (74 kilometres an hour) but can be 100 knots-plus.
Yeah at sea level........that has nothing to do with the high level jetstream and the 100kt head winds the 777 is pushing into.

The 747 is considered so reliable it faces few restrictions on where it is allowed to fly.
No it has nothing to do with reliability it has to do with redundancy. 4 engines = four sources of electrical power and thrust etc etc. You could lose two engines........highly unlikely and still be ok. If that happened in a 777 then you are swimming.

And hence the regulation over fire suppression......it is about redundancy.

In its certification program, Boeing flew the 777-300ER as far as 5Ĺ hours from the nearest airport and it performed flawlessly.
Well that didn't help the United crew who shut one down just past the PNR in the middle of the night over the Pacific!!! They then flew for 192 minutes on one engine!!!

Why is it in a age where so much information is accessible to so many people a journalist cannot write an accurate article about aviation in a newspaper??
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Old 27th Mar 2010, 04:48
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ETOPS is the least of their problems. When the crew get back to MEL with empty suitcases or even non at all, then you know you have been Jo-burged!

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I thought there was also an issue with their CC's duty limits re: JNB (??) with the airline wanting to push it out further -
- seem to recall reading somewhere a few weeks ago that their union had gone to the commission on the matter.

Any details? - just curious.

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Old 27th Mar 2010, 05:39
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The word is the 777 is T/O weight limited due second segment out of Johannesburg
I can confirm that. Usually restricted to about the 320T mark.

No problem JNB-DXB, but MEL would be a stretch!
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With an average minimum temperature during the hottest time of the year of 14įC, you could expect the temperature to be around 20įC by the Vaus departure time of 8:30pm. A quick look at an RTOW for one of our 777-300ERís out of JNB reveals a max ATOW of 320.3T for RWY 21R (up hill), 20įC, 1013, 0 Wind, F15, Packs Off or APU to Packs, Alt CG ≥ 31.2% and TO Bump. The max structural TOW for our ERís is 351.53T so there is still quite a weight penalty (31.23T) to be suffered at this time of the day. If you compare this to one of our 400ís with the same conditions the weight penalty is about 22Tís.

Looking at the Vaus web site they have scheduled the MEL → JNB sector in 16 hours which is doable for the -300ER and JNB → MEL in 13 hours. The distance is 5572.5 nm which looks like they are doing both sectors non-stop.
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Minimum fuel for a 13hr sector is in the region of 120T, so with a MZFW of 237T, they will definatley be payload limited to the tune of 37 Tonnes!!

DOWs are usually around 175, so that leaves them with the the princely sum of around 25T payload.

Our 15 hr SFO flights in a 300ER are restricted to about 220T ZFW


Sorry, something does not compute.
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6400 Statute Miles !
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We (CX) operate the ER,s to JNB in the winter with similar flight times of 13 hours return. We do it nonstop but I will concede that the payload is very limited. It isnít the ideal aircraft for the sector. By far the best aircraft we operated there was the A340-600 but they are now history.
Just for interest we operate the ERís nonstop to JFK from HKG with a similar sector length to you DXB to SFO. These flights too are limited to a ZFW of about 220T because they are at MTOW. That unfortunately is the nature of ULH ops though.

So do I think Vaus can operate the -300ERís nonstop to and from JNB from MEL? Yes. Are they making money? Questionable, especially with the sector time to JNB.
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Old 27th Mar 2010, 11:51
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As Capt Fathom has said, that is Statute Miles not Nautical Miles. Unfortunately that is a very common mistake when one uses an American aviation web site.
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Old 27th Mar 2010, 11:52
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Great Circle Mapper, quite correctly shows the distance from Melbourne to Johannesburg to be 5582NM. The EDTO rules applied by VOZ, hasthe aircraft remaining within 1340NM of a useable airport. Coasting out over Geraldton, you can route straight for Mauritius, followed by a slight dog-leg towards destination. Not as inefficient as it seems, as you are staying away from the roaring forties more often than not. Of greater consequense is that the return flight from JNB-MEL doesn't get to take advantage of favourable tailwinds to the extent one would desire. Some payload restriction out of JNB for ultra long haul is a fact of life, regardless of type. The economics of the 300ER is still VERY hard to beat!
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Old 27th Mar 2010, 11:58
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At a guess I would say this would be close to what they are doing.
As you can see it is a long way off the great circle and straight into the headwinds. Might see some record low ground speeds over the winter!!

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