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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 11:23
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Perth to London

First flight Sat 24th!
So who is the brave crew taking on the first service?
Lots of empty seats to ensure they make London, or are Qantas backing themselves with this one?
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 11:46
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Spare crew ready in FRA just in case the oily rag starts to sniff
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 11:55
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Plus a spare airframe in Perth before departure - "just in case". I.E 50% of the fleet avail for this departure
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 11:56
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Unreal, good stuff.
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 12:24
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Game Changer

What a wank
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 13:20
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What The...I'm glad i don't work with you, you sound like you are real fun to be around.

It is a game changer, it is historic. It's as historic as the double sunrise Catalina flights. First scheduled RPT direct flight between the colonies and the motherland.

Soon, Sydney to London. Now that will be an historic occasion.

9 months on HMS Bark Endeavour, is transformed to 22 hrs on VH-XXX.

Human endeavor at it's best, even the most miserable have to acknowledge that.
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 13:45
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How are they getting the Economy pax of at the other end? Wheelchairs? Stretchers or something?
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 13:45
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Yeah but QF is about 8 years behind with the 787 and they only are getting 8....
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 16:49
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Better late than never. Even makes Perth look like a half decent place to live. Lol, just kidding!
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 17:25
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Well done to QF for trying something different to Europe/UK. If it works, may mean more destinations ex Perth.

However the amount of noise/marketing about ‘game changing’ ‘long flight’ blah blah blah, you’d think Qantas were the only airline flying that distance!!! Plenty of other airlines fly that far or further...
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 18:49
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Yes flying OZ to Europe direvt is historic but all the other stuff is.just over the top rubbish. It isnt the worlds longest flight. The fact they have a standby 787 ready to go is laughable....the aircraft has been flying for 3 weeks, it hasnt just arrived.

I wonder how many people are actually paying to be on the flight considering the media, airline execs, corporate comms and others.....

I do feel for the punters stuck in Y
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 20:35
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It’s a fuel efficient 767.
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 21:33
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Originally Posted by aviation_enthus View Post
Well done to QF for trying something different to Europe/UK. If it works, may mean more destinations ex Perth.

However the amount of noise/marketing about ‘game changing’ ‘long flight’ blah blah blah, you’d think Qantas were the only airline flying that distance!!! Plenty of other airlines fly that far or further...
That’s the Australian way though. Look in the media it’s “worlds best this worlds best that”.
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 21:51
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I know the Aussie press do go over the top on such Aussie 'firsts' but thats only because they live in a country no one has any interest in.

However it is a signifcant step ona historic route so deserves some coverage.
If its not the longest flight what is -Delhi-NY or DXB to Buenos Aires?
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 21:52
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I am pretty sure you sound like a few of the greasy pole climbing suckhole wannabe management corridor creepers I work with.
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 22:02
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It is Historic, but the over the top hype has cheapened the event i my opinion.
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 22:23
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PER - LHR = 9010 Statute Miles
DXB - EZE = 8498 Statute Miles
AKL - DOH = 9032 Statute Miles which is I believe currently the longest flight by distance until Singapore resume SIN - JFK at 9537 Statute Miles.

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Old 24th Mar 2018, 00:05
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I was thinking the coverage was over the top but I unfortunately think the coverage is needed. As an airline we just don’t stand out from the crowd anymore. The generation that used to prefer to fly Qantas because it was Qantas (its national pride, service, network and safety) are disappearing, and the brand means nothing to the newer generations who either look online for a cheaper airfare or who culturally have no ties to an Australian brand.

Qantas needs to reinvent itself to the Australian public, and get back to being a proud progressive airline, not a social commentator. I sincerely hope for the future of our newest recruits that this route and the opportunities it may open up will be a reason for the board to approve more of these desperately needed aircraft and more routes.
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Old 24th Mar 2018, 00:15
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One captain identified at least. I'm not allowed to post URLs yet but Perthnow.com.au has Captain Lisa Norman as PIC of the first flight.
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Old 24th Mar 2018, 00:26
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Originally Posted by pax britanica View Post
I know the Aussie press do go over the top on such Aussie 'firsts' but thats only because they live in a country no one has any interest in.
Apart from the huge number of whinging poms who now live here. Please take them back.
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