The mid afternoon 1515 hours JQ517 was the airline's only offering southbound from SYD down to MEL on Tuesday 27 October 2020. A320 VH-VGD took off at 1612 hours, arriving at 1721, 31 minutes late.
QFd and VAd each operated one flight southbound on this route today, so the lean pickings for airlines, staff and passengers continue as State Premiers decline to open borders, even though minimal or in some cases zero COVD-19 infections (and no deaths) are daily reported. Farcical, and one well understands the annoyance of QF Chairman Richard Goyder at yesterday's AGM.
JQ672, the Friday 30 October 2020 scheduled 1100 SYD up to DRW (A320 VH-VGP) took off at 1207 hours, arriving at 1501 hours, 66 late. The return (JQ671), the 1435 hours, took off at 1603 with SYD arrival expected shortly at 2112, 42 minutes tardy.
JQ935, the 2045 hours mid evening CNS down to BNE on Saturday 31 October 2020 has been cancelled. As at 1540 AEST mid afternoon, ferocious storms were buffeting Brisbane, with earlier reports of 13cm hailstones (big).
JQ936, the late afternoon 1745 hours BNE - CNS has also got the boot.
The 1330 hours ADL - BNE (JQ783) has A320 VH-VFP) and should arrive at 1607, 47 late although it was only about five minutes late in taking off at 1350 hours. Given the weather, not surprising.
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Sunday 1 November 2020 sees JQ205, the 1140 hours late morning from SYD across to AKL expected to depart at 1300 this afternoon. This is JQi's only offering today, although NZ has two flights to AKL. Strangely QFi lacks any but that's true for the whole of the QFi (former) network ex Sydney today.
On Thursday 12 November 2020, JQ460, the mid afternoon 1445 hours from SDYD up to increasingly popular BNK departed at 1645 and took off at 1707, arriving at 1807, 127 minutes behind schedule. Aircraft was A320 VH-VQH.
This plane must have substituted for a failed class member as it arrived from AYQ at 1608 hours (22 minutes early) as flight JQ661.
JQ461 from BNK to SYD is expected to arrive at its gate at 954, 114 minutes tardy.
JQ513 (Saturday 14 November 2020, the timetabled mid afternoon 1415 hours SYD down to MEL) did not take off until 1522 with A320 VH-VFX. Arrival was at 1640, 50 late. This is the only flight this aircraft has operated in teh last seven days so not sure why it was late. Problems bringing it back into service?
JQ672 on Wednesday 18 November 2020, the scheduled 1145 hours SYD up to DRW (A320 VH-VQP) did not depart until 1245, taking off promptly at 1253 hours and arriving at 1530, 50 minutes tardy. This flight is running four days a week at present during coronavirus.
This aircraft had not been used since Saturday 14 when it operated JQ7991 from NTL down the short hop to SYD, having on 13 November had flights from SYD to OOL and then OOL to NTL. Unusual to run empty between Newcastle and Sydney.
Given the sudden six day lockdown imposed on South Australians, Friday 20 November 2020 sees JQ760, the early morning 0700 hours SYD across to ADL cancelled while JQ764, a proposed 'high noon' 1200 hours departure is to similarly suffer. This leaves JQd with JQ768 at 1730 hours from SYD as the sole remaining flight on the route.
All JQ flights (a grand total of one) from BNE down to ADL have been cancelled on Friday: JQ782 at 1610 hours got the gong. The same applies to all VAd flights on the route while one QFd flight out of five meant to run remains on the schedules.
Saturday 21 November 2020 saw JQ513, the 1415 hours mid afternoon SYD down to MEL depart at 1445 with A320 VH-VQR. It did not take off until 1505 hours so arrival was at 1620, half an hour behind schedule. This was the first use of this aircraft in the last seven days. There was only one other flight from SYD down to MEL today: QF409 at an early 0700 hours.
Tomorrow (Sunday 22), JQ760, the 0700 hours SYD to ADL is cancelled due to what has become the short lived SA lockdown, as is JQ764 at 1200 'high noon'. However at this stage, the 1730 hours JQ768 is operating. Stablemate QFd has cancelled three of its five westbound flights on the route while VAd is cancelling two of its three.
On Friday 27 November 2020, JQ703 (0920 hours morning from MEL down to HBA) did not take off until 1047 hours. A320 VH-VGF arrived in the island capital at the JQd equivalent to a 'gate' at 1054 hours, 74 minutes tardy. Returning, the 1120 hours HBA back up to MEL was worse, not being airborne until 1313 hours with Tulla arrival 97 minutes behind at 1417 hours.
The plane then formed JQ709, the 1450 hours mid arvo down again to HBA, taking off right on 1600, and arriving in Tassie's major airport at 1706, 56 late. JQ710, the 1650 hours peak period HBA - MEL was airborne at 1807 with projected arrival at 1913, 63 minutes tardy.
JQ678 (A320 VH-VGD, the 1250 hours MEL - DRW) was up up and away at 1426, arriving at 1652, 72 minutes behind the timetable. This aircraft seems to have ben substituting for a failed colleague as it was earlier on JQ505, an 1145 hours SYD down to MEL, not due in the southern capital until 1320 (but arriving four minutes early at 1316 hours). JQ678 was always going to be late.
JQ526 (1410 hours afternoon MEL - SYD, A320 VH-VFU) was worst of all, taking off at 1840, more than four hours late so still in the air as I type. Arrival should be at 2004 hours, 269 minutes behind the schedule. Again, this aircraft must be subbing for another unavailable class member, as the plane ran JQ746 from LST to SYD (the 1315 hours) and then to get it down to MEL, JQ531, the 1625 hours, arriving in MEL at 1753, seven minutes ahead of schedule. At least the JQd terminal is airconditioned although once there are delays, it has a grossly insufficient number of seats on days when flights are well loaded (assuming delays compound so often one will have multiple late running planes for MEL-originating patrons).
This VH-VFU aircraft came across from AKL to SYD on JQ204 yesterday as it had been in New Zealand operating domestic flights for at least the previous half dozen days.
Back to the JQd shocking timekeeping days of old (although defunct TT was usually worse).