Melbourne to Perth in Business Class

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  1. leahm

    leahm Junior Member

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    Hi All

    I'm thinking of flying Melbourne to Perth using points in business class in late August or early September this year.

    My question is, to get the best business class experience am I best off choosing to fly via Sydney? If so which type of plane? Any other information gratefully received.

    Many thanks
    Leah
     
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  2. NM

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    The 747-300s will still be operating some MEL-PER-MEL flights in September. Book one of those for the best business class experience to PER.

    Don't route via SYD since QF charge the fuel fines per sector and adding an extra two sectors will cost you in cash.
     
  3. Evan

    Evan Established Member

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    Still operating ? Why, whats the planned change ?

    I am on QF485 on Sunday on a 743.
    Still seeing J9 D4 atm MEL-PER
    by QF 71 PER-SIN is showing J0/C0/D0 :( actually its also showing Y2 so a full full flight it looks. (BA16,QF5,QF9 etc are allow showing 0 inventory in just about all classes, busy school holiday week)

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  4. NM

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    No changed implied. But they won't stay forever once some more capacity arrives for QF. EBU and EBT are now history, and its only a matter of time running out for the rest of the 743 fleet as they come due for major maintenance.
     
  5. Evan

    Evan Established Member

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    Yes, too true. Maybe those new A332's QF are getting ?
    Otherwise they have no other new aircraft besides A380 for some years, the 787 will first go to Jetstar then QF they say.

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  6. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    I think the A332's will free up some more 767's to operate domestically
     
  7. NM

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    The first 3 A380s are expected before the end of 2008, starting with teh first delivered in August 2008. So not too far away now.
     
  8. littl_flier

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    Thanks NM, been meaning to ask for a while now (and bump this to an A380 thread if you think) whether I am stupid routing a DONE4 on LHR-SIN-SYD instead of LHR-HKG-BNE to try an pick up an A380 in May 2009. I know nothing is ever guaranteed but some thoughts would be nice. :p
     
  9. serfty

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    AFAIK, 'Tis impossible to book an xONEx with any flight segments departing more than one year in advance & the last segment must be within 12 months of the first segment.

    So May 2008 is the earliest you may book a segment for May 2009.
     
  10. littl_flier

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    Thanks Serfty, I realise it would need to be an open dated segment but the routing I mentioned is not my preferred routing but I would happily route through SIN and to SYD if I had a chance of picking up an A380. The question was more relating to how quickly you think QF will put the A380 on the SYD-SIN-LHR route. Any ideas?

    I will probably look in September/October about having some availability held for a July/Aug 08 departure as I will take 11 months over the DONE4 so I need to start working out a routing.
     
  11. Evan

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    But i would imagine these will mostly be running routes currently services 744's ? and those 744's would be re-fitted F cabins when required and re-deployed, probably not MEL-PER etc but more like MEL-NRT and so on.

    And your right, not all that far away at all.

    littl_flier, i think you would find LRH, LAX etc will be some of the first destinations to be services by A380's, but a lot can change in the next 12 months. My guess is the shortest hop an A380 will do initially will be SYD-SIN

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  12. NM

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    Initial QF A380 aircraft will be used on MEL-LAX and SYD-LAX. I expect the three initial aircraft will be busy on the LAX routes and it will not be until they get more aircraft that they will be able to commence the LHR run.

    So I would suggest the best way to get on an A380 on a DONE4 will be to route MEL-LAX rather than LHR-SYD.
     
  13. NM

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    Qantas has stated many times that the first operations will be MEL-LAX and then SYD-LAX. As they will have 3 aircraft arriving in a short period of time after August 2008, and then a gap before the next delivery, I don't anticipate seeing them on anything other than MEL-LAX initially (3 aircraft can handle that route as a daily operation) and then the next three will go to SYD-LAX. So it could be quite some time before we see them on regular ops to LHR via SIN, BKK or HKG.
     
  14. Reggie

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    Do you or anyone know why they have chosen MEL-LAX over SYD-LAX to run them on first. With all the complaints of Sydney centric at times, this seems strange.
     
  15. NM

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    I assume that MEL is where they have a need for more than one daily 744, but can't justify two. Which is why the second one goes via AKL. So by operating an A380 MEL-LAX they can possibly make the QF25/26 only operate AKL-LAX-AKL and perhaps use a 767 for the MEL-AKL-MEL route.

    SYD-LAX already has enough demand for 2 or 3 daily 744s, so swapping one for an A380 still means the same number of flights but just more capacity.
     
  16. Reggie

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    Any here I was being cynical and thinking SYD gets the J PJ's so MEL gets the A380's:p
     
  17. simongr

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    Hmm - I do hope I am still with my current company in September next year - we would be planning for a general catch up meeting in New York in September :)

    I wonder how they will bring the A380 on board for bookings etc. and if demand just to be on the eraly flights will preclude the D seats .... or even A ;)
     
  18. NM

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    or maybe they will just an A380 Surcharge to the +++ line on the ticket :evil: .
     
  19. littl_flier

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    Thanks NM, I knew someone would be clued up! :p

    :evil: How Evil :evil:
     
  20. simongr

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    One would hope that would be reflected in a --- for the 763 to Japan ;)
     

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