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Recent content by Mr Pumblechook

  1. Mr Pumblechook

    What happens to all the grounded aircraft ?

    That's correct; the cross runway, which was due to close after Easter, has already been modified for parking and won't be used again. The new parallel runway is still being prepared for commissioning (although commissioning it and actually using it for regular operations are two different things).
  2. Mr Pumblechook

    Virgin Australia Financially Secure?

    I left my ~200,000 points in VFF. I couldn't see the point in having KF miles, which expire, will almost certainly soon be heavily devalued, and which are for a product (international travel) that might not even be available for another 12-18 months. If VA survives, I'll probably be using my...
  3. Mr Pumblechook

    Virgin Australia Financially Secure?

    Although 31 March 2016 was a Thursday and in fact it's specifically mentioned in the AA article from 30 March 2016. It's not the best journalism but I admit I've made the same sort of error once before :D
  4. Mr Pumblechook

    Virgin Australia Financially Secure?

    Surely if VA gives a refund to everybody entitled to one it will go broke before even half its customers get their money back. As somebody who cancelled flights just a couple of days before VA cancelled them anyway, I'd like to see Australia do the same as what Canada did to protect the value...
  5. Mr Pumblechook

    Anyone Still Flying Domestic?

    The borders might be open but non-essential travel that's not part of your regular activities is discouraged.
  6. Mr Pumblechook

    Virgin Australia Financially Secure?

    Fair enough, let me correct my statement. Giving taxpayer's money to airlines - one with a CEO who earned $24 million in a single year, and the other majority owned by foreign governments - so they can pay that money on to airports, would not be a popular policy.
  7. Mr Pumblechook

    Virgin Australia Financially Secure?

    I don't know if giving taxpayer money to an airline with the highest paid CEO in the world, and another 90% owned by foreign governments, to subsidise their payments to airport operators (themselves famous for overcharging and underinvesting) would be a popular policy.
  8. Mr Pumblechook

    Virgin Australia Financially Secure?

    TBH the fact that TT still exists is a modern miracle. What other budget airline could be the subject of a TV show that revelled in the poor treatment of its customers, be grounded by the regulator over safety concerns, be banned from operating to Bali because its dodgy workaround setup didn't...
  9. Mr Pumblechook

    Virgin Australia Financially Secure?

    So VA is ending the debacle of the TT fleet transition by turning it into more of a fleet retirement - replacing seven A320s with just two B737s. Is this closing TT without the bad press associated with closing TT?
  10. Mr Pumblechook

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Respiratory illness - Effect on Travel

    If the NZ government wants to use NZ taxpayer's money to pay for the evacuation and two weeks' accommodation of Australian citizens, that sounds like the preferred outcome for Australian taxpayers as well!
  11. Mr Pumblechook

    VA flights now (randomly) posting to Velocity quicker [Dec 2019]

    Yep retro claim after 14 days and an email every subsequent two weeks. I'm still nine months from my requalification date so I'm just enjoying the adventure.
  12. Mr Pumblechook

    VA flights now (randomly) posting to Velocity quicker [Dec 2019]

    Flew BNE-LAX on 23 Nov 2019 and still waiting, which is a new record for me.
  13. Mr Pumblechook

    Boeing has fired CEO Dennis Muilenburg

    What a sad decline :( Boeing used to convince people that its aircraft were reliable by building reliable aircraft. Now it builds shoddy crap and hands out little cards to the passengers to try and convince them to step on board.
  14. Mr Pumblechook

    JetStar Pilots' Strike

    That makes no sense at all. Employees engaging in industrial action need customers on their side to place pressure on the employer to negotiate in good faith. The most effective industrial action will cost the employer dearly while not affecting customers. Edit: I imagine the only way for the...
  15. Mr Pumblechook

    JetStar Pilots' Strike

    Alan? Is that you? :p It seems pretty obvious that the intention of the industrial action is to cause difficulties for the employer, not its customers.
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