DJ to operate ADL-OLP

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  1. Hi there

    Virgin Blue will add Olympic Dam to it's network from July 02, flights will operate 3xdaily (M-F) and 1xdaily (Sa/Su) and will be operated in conjunction with Alliance Airlines.

    Bookings thru the DJ website and the flights earn Velocity points and lounge access is available at ADL for members and those on qualifying fares.

    Cheers
    DJ737
     

  2. Reggie

    Reggie Established Member

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    Is this instead of rex, or as well as?

    Interesting that at Mt Keith and Leinster formerly owned by WMC but now owned by BHP changed from QF to Alliance, now Olympic Dam from the same stable is changing to Alliance. .

    Any idea what aircraft they will use?
     
  3. N860CR

    N860CR Established Member

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    I'd imagine it would have to be the Fokker 100 (unless Alliance has picked itself up some new aircraft). The flights carry non-standard DJ flight numbers 5*** and note that they are operated by Alliance, so a DJ 737 is off the cards.

    ... Actually, to correct myself, they have the Fokker 50 as well which is a turbo prop so perhaps thats more likely (given the F100's are noisy little Fokkers)
     
  4. Reggie

    Reggie Established Member

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    I thought it was too good to be true, Also OLP's runway would be too short.

    But at least no more flying cigars.
     
  5. markis10

    markis10 Veteran Member

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    REX are leaving the route from July 2 and the runway is longer than Harvey Bay so no issues with 737's or F100's, its 500ft shorter than Hamilton Island!
     
  6. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    :confused:
     
  7. ColinP

    ColinP Member

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    Flying cigar = Metroliner?
     
  8. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    ahh - we called jetstream flying cigar, and metroliner flying pencil (being thinner and shorter I suppose).
     
  9. Reggie

    Reggie Established Member

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    Thanks Colin. Have you had the pleasure of flying into Broken Hill on one of these?
     
  10. littl_flier

    littl_flier Active Member

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    Or the Flying Dildo according to the BHP miners I met in Moranbah. :D

    This is the only aircraft I have ever felt airsick in! :shock:
     
  11. ColinP

    ColinP Member

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    Not Broken Hill Reggie. Being in the marine business, Broken Hill is out of my domain. Port Lincoln, and Kingscote are more common destinations for me.
    It's a pity QF abandoned KGC and PLO last year just when I was starting to rack up some points and SC's. 1,000 points and 10 sc's for a 70 mile flight costing (iirc) $69 was excellent value I reckon.
     
  12. Reggie

    Reggie Established Member

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    Is it correct now that other than Adelaide, QF don't fly within SA?
     
  13. ColinP

    ColinP Member

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    That's correct. QF affiliate, O,Connor airlines fly a few routes but REX has virtually no competition in SA at the moment.
     
  14. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    I have done Broken Hill-ADL just the once in REX on one of those. Only marginally less comfortable than when I was flying myself in a Bulldog. Amazed that for the whole flight there were no electronic devices allowed and hand luggage was pretty much nil....
     
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