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Old 8th Jun 2011, 00:25
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PW-127M is just a tweaked -127F with better 1-Inop power, about 5% extra for take-off and max continuous. The 72-500 can and are being fitted with the M. The 72-600 has more improvements in cockpit and cabin technology, the airframe and performance are much the same as the -500 with a little better short field and payload capability brought on by the improved single engine performance.
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Old 17th Jun 2011, 01:05
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Something that might interest the readers here is a statement made at the 2:22 mark.

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Old 17th Jun 2011, 01:17
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Good pickup Mr Hat! The plot thickens......
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Old 17th Jun 2011, 01:38
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I would not read too much into his comments. He was flattering a WA crowd. Just like when a rock and roll star comes out on stage and says "hey Sydney, I love this place, yeah" plays to the egos of the locals.
Of course he would tell a WA audience how important they are to VA.
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Old 17th Jun 2011, 01:50
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I think he's got more of an eye for WA than his predecessor thats for sure. The new crew room in Perth is a bit of an indicator..

I'd love to ask him what his position is on mining contract work. Maybe I will next time I have the chance.
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Old 5th Jul 2011, 09:43
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When does the first ATR arrive?
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Old 5th Jul 2011, 13:52
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Today apparently.
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Old 6th Jul 2011, 08:15
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Delayed a couple of weeks I hear (supposed to be here this week and maybe two aircraft arriving at once instead of the one)

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Old 28th Jul 2011, 06:33
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BNE-GLT
BNE-PQQ
SYD-CBR (extra services)

Starting as of October this year in a shiny new ATR.

Virgin Australia to expand regional network « Virgin Australia Blog
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Old 28th Jul 2011, 07:03
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bye bye Strategic then on BNE-GLT
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Old 28th Jul 2011, 07:35
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Virgin Australia Expands Regional Network Adding Gladstone and Port Macquarie and Increased Canberra Services

BRISBANE 28 JULY 2011: The Virgin Australia Group of Airlines today announced the first routes for its new ATR aircraft, under its regional alliance with Skywest (subject to regulatory approval).

From October 2011 the airline will commence new services from Brisbane to Gladstone and Brisbane to Port Macquarie and add extra services between Canberra and Sydney, bringing the total number of flights between the two cities to 60 each week.

Virgin Australia’s Group Executive of Alliances, Network and Yield, Merren McArthur, said the introduction of the new routes of Brisbane to Gladstone and Brisbane to Port Macquarie reflected the airline’s commitment to the expansion of its regional network.

We are adding services to two unique regional markets to provide guests with more choice and more convenient schedules to connect with our domestic and international services and partner airlines.

“Gladstone is a booming city with a thriving economy that supports the resources, tourism and primary production sectors. We have introduced a schedule to suit both the corporate and leisure traveller in this very important market,” Ms. McArthur said.

Ms. McArthur said the daily services from Brisbane to Port Macquarie on New South Wales’ mid-north coast meant guests no longer need to transit via Sydney when visiting Queensland. The services also provide access to Virgin Australia’s extensive range of international and domestic connections from Brisbane.

Virgin Australia will now operate Sydney to Port Macquarie services using the new ATR aircraft, replacing the Embraer E170 aircraft.

The ATR 72-500 aircraft will operate:

Double daily week-day return Brisbane to Gladstone;
Daily return Brisbane to Port Macquarie;
Double daily Sydney to Port Macquarie; and
Up to six daily return services between Sydney to Canberra

Ms McArthur said the introduction of the ATR aircraft represented a new era in Australian regional air travel.

“The 68-seater one class turbo-prop aircraft is spacious and stylish in keeping with Virgin Australia’s new business model.

The first two ATR aircraft are named after the Far North Queensland beaches - Mission Beach and Four-Mile Beach.

Under the alliance, Skywest will operate and maintain the aircraft on behalf of Virgin Australia using Virgin Australia’s branding and quality inflight product and service.

The new aircraft fleet will be leased from specialist leasing company Avation PLC (LSE: AVAP), with an initial term of 10 years.
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Old 28th Jul 2011, 07:36
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Have any arrived yet? Pics? Very interested to see the livery...
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Old 28th Jul 2011, 07:39
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See here for a pic

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Old 28th Jul 2011, 07:59
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There is a pic of the E-Jet in new livery floating around as well. It looks much better on smaller aircraft where there isn't so much whitespace on the body IMO.

EDIT: Found it.
http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/...10727_YSSY.jpg
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Old 28th Jul 2011, 08:07
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Thanks for that. The Ejet looks good, dunno bout the ATR though, looks a bit weird!
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Old 10th Aug 2011, 22:49
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Can't book a ATR seat yet ?

We were booking flights yesterday & noticed that we can't yet book with V - via Skywest - to fly BN-PQQ ?
We also tried BN-GLA without any luck either ?
Most prop that CASA have to approve the running etc...
Flights to PQQ still via SY & onto an Ejet to PQQ in Oct.
Very surprised that V are looking at the BN-PQQ sector with the ATR considering its recent poor performances ???
Recent news that Brindy pax #'s BN-CFS-BN sector are down on their M3 & considering a reduced schedule next month.
Skywest is looking at ramping up 1 more round of recruiting this year due to lack of expected ATR ANZ interest & poor interview notices issued earlier on !
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Old 10th Aug 2011, 23:42
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Thanks for that. The Ejet looks good, dunno bout the ATR though, looks a bit weird!
That pretty much sums up the ATR!
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Old 10th Aug 2011, 23:58
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I may have said this before, but can anyone tell me how they are going to get anywhere near a reasonable return, on what by any stretch is a significant investment?
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Old 11th Aug 2011, 01:53
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I'm guessing they'll be doing the BNE-PQQ-BNE sector to physically cycle the a/c from BNE to SYD, much the same as Qlink flying the Q400 from BNE to CBR.

I'd say once the network grows and there are more a/c they'll drop it if the numbers aren't there. DJ would have the figures on how many people are flying from BNE to PQQ via SYD too to have a bit of an idea if it will work. The ATR will be able to offer more competitive pricing than what Brindy were with a Metro or the Jetstream.

Remember the days of the coastal milk run - BNE-OOL-BNK-CFS-PQQ-TRE-WLM !
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Old 11th Aug 2011, 16:35
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Planned ATR72 aircraft operational routes and its effective date as follows. Note these are currently appearing in Amadeus timetable only. Virgin Australia’s website has not yet showing these changes. Also, there are some discrepancies on planned ATR72 operation to/from Sydney:

Brisbane – Gladstone eff 17OCT11
DJ1709 BNE0615 – 0735GLT AT7 x67
DJ1715 BNE1540 – 1700GLT AT7 x6

DJ1712 GLT0805 – 0925BNE AT7 x67
DJ1718 GLT1730 – 1850BNE AT7 x6

Brisbane – Port Macquarie eff 19OCT11
DJ1766 BNE1000 – 1225PQQ AT7 D
DJ1763 PQQ1010 – 1030BNE AT7 x6
DJ1765 PQQ1325 – 1345BNE AT7 6

Sydney – Port Macquarie eff 19OCT11
DJ1188 PQQ1255 – 1400SYD AT7 D

Sydney – Canberra eff 30OCT11 (Below are flights currently loaded with ATR72 in Amadeus timetable display)
DJ632 SYD0805 – 0900CBR AT7 D
DJ642 SYD1105 – 1200CBR AT7 D
DJ664 SYD1805 – 1900CBR AT7 6

DJ627 CBR0630 – 0720SYD AT7 x67
DJ639 CBR0930 – 1020SYD AT7 D
DJ647 CBR1230 – 1320SYD AT7 D
DJ655 CBR1530 – 1620SYD AT7 D
DJ673 CBR2100 – 2150SYD AT7 5
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