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Old 31st Dec 2016, 03:45
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Qantas' broken and overworked A380 fleet

Theres no spare planes and they are worked hard without a huge amount of TLC. Early production serial numbers that still give troubles.

Qantas passengers bound for Sydney stranded in Dubai on New Year's Eve

A technical problem has grounded the A380 QF2 at Dubai International Airport overnight, and rolling delays mean there is little chance travellers will make it to Sydney before 2017.

Can we trade them in for good used samples from EK?
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Old 31st Dec 2016, 06:20
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I know zilch about running an airline but how realistic would it be today for a middle ranking airline like Qantas to have spare aircraft sitting around waiting for a breakdown? If anyone had a spare 380 I'd have thought it might be EK at their home port given that they own most of the type. Qantas might have had to charter it but that could have been a price worth paying.
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Heavy fog at both Dubai and LHR the last 24 hours probably isn't helping with at least one QF A380 now sitting in DWC after diverting. As a result EK's schedules are all a bit upside down too.
T'is the season etc...!!
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Old 31st Dec 2016, 07:34
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I'd like to be home on New Years Eve, oh yes I'd like to fly halfway around the world and arrive just in time.
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Old 31st Dec 2016, 07:37
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how realistic would it be today for a middle ranking airline like Qantas to have spare aircraft sitting around waiting for a breakdown?
They should have something, doesn't have to be an A380. Its criminal they have stranded people on the other side of the world, yet again.

You can bet your bottom dollar they would have been home long ago, if Alan Joyce was a passenger. Lets see them film this one in their next "Not" Ready For Takeoff" episode.

How hard would it be to get "some" passengers onto other competitors flights, even if not direct flights, while another aircraft of some description was dispatched to Dubai to take the remainder home, again, even if they needed to stop over somewhere along the way to fill up, or whatever.
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Originally Posted by 1a sound asleep View Post
Theres no spare planes and they are worked hard without a huge amount of TLC. Early production serial numbers that still give troubles.
Not only the A380's, every night I hear QF25 fly overhead on its way to Japan, you can tell when the older B747's are being used, because they "whine" like they are struggling to keep running. The more modern ones don't have the whine.

Clearly they need more and better maintenance.
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Old 31st Dec 2016, 08:01
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Originally Posted by p.j.m View Post
You can bet your bottom dollar they would have been home long ago, if Alan Joyce was a passenger.
oh, what a surprise! I wonder if it was the next available codeshare EK flight, 40 minutes later than everyone elses cancelled QF flight?

Several passengers have told Fairfax Media that Mr Joyce was a passenger on the first of two Qantas flights to experience lengthy delays in Dubai while travelling from London to Sydney.

While hundreds of passengers remain stranded in Dubai for New Year's Eve, it is understood Mr Joyce flew out along with other travellers who were transferred onto another Qantas flight to Sydney.
Qantas passengers bound for Sydney stranded in Dubai on New Year's Eve
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"because they "whine" like they are struggling to keep running. The more modern ones don't have the whine."


Really?? Seriously.........
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QF10 is delayed arriving into Melbourne 2:35am (01/01) delaying QF9 back to Dubai-London to 5am

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Old 31st Dec 2016, 09:27
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Haven't been any available seats on an EK aircraft to oz for weeks. That time of year when staff travel sucks and a tech delay hurts.
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And nothing on anyone else either.
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Originally Posted by porch monkey View Post
"because they "whine" like they are struggling to keep running. The more modern ones don't have the whine."


Really?? Seriously.........
Jaassus mate, they all whine.They always have.
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Old 31st Dec 2016, 11:57
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So what is wrong with the airplane(s) in DXB?

(Apart from the fact that they are A380s) :-)
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Old 31st Dec 2016, 15:37
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Originally Posted by p.j.m View Post
Not only the A380's, every night I hear QF25 fly overhead on its way to Japan, you can tell when the older B747's are being used, because they "whine" like they are struggling to keep running. The more modern ones don't have the whine.

Clearly they need more and better maintenance.
They'd be the Rolls Royce powered 744s you hear with the whine, the GE powered 744ERs don't have that whine.
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Old 31st Dec 2016, 19:34
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Originally Posted by p.j.m View Post
Not only the A380's, every night I hear QF25 fly overhead on its way to Japan, you can tell when the older B747's are being used, because they "whine" like they are struggling to keep running. The more modern ones don't have the whine.

Clearly they need more and better maintenance.
Please tell me this is a subtle joke.
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Old 31st Dec 2016, 20:44
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What is wrong with the passengers of today?? Suck it up and enjoy the forced stopover in Dubai ( definitely not my favorite place in the world ) and remember it was only a few years ago when very few international aircraft ran on time. The biggest whining you hear these days isn't from the RB211's but the over pampered travelling public. Some of the most memorable times my wife and I have spent was with fellow stranded flyers in hotels waiting for the aircraft to be repaired and everything except the alcohol being paid for by the airline.
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I agree, years ago you would have only got a meal voucher, now airlines will bend over backwards for passengers. I wouldn't mind spending New years eve in a 1st class hotel at the airlines expense.
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Ida down, hope your attention to detail is a bit better now you're not pissed. I quoted another poster. Obviously the sarcasm of my post was lost on you.
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