- Jan 8, 2003
I think you mean MEL-SYD. That would explain why the last 4 flights BNE-SYD on Friday night were delayed by 40 minutes or more.My Mel-STD flight on Fri was completely cancelled. Been a while since that's happened to me. Every flight Mel-STD was delayed by at least an hour.
Good old qantas
I wasn't aware that Qantas flew to Santo Domingo...
JohnK,We sat there and sat there and then more people started to board. A total of 11 more people in business class and another person in economy. This was getting very frustrating for all on board. I got up to complain to CSM but no point as it is not his fault.
Not good enough but unfortunately there is no viable alternative....
I don't think so. I think they were business class passengers from QF557 which was the next flight. As far as I understand delayed connections had nothing to do with it.could some or all of them be from a connecting flight that QF elected to wait for :?:
<..> We then had to divert to Sydney for fuel due to weather in Melbourne being below minimum for possible divert. Arrived 3 hours late.
Have been diverted for fuel coming back from LAX a few times recently. You guess it's genuine though the weather in Melbourne didn't actually seem too bad. You have to wonder if QF saving carrying the extra 40t of fuel all the way from LAX for possible weather divert, knowing they can pick it up in Sydney or Brisbane if they have to.
This plus the continuous bad weather at lower level. eg across south east Aust this evening the winds at 18500 (I can't look higher easily) are westerly at 25 - 45 kts and the forecasts have moderate to severe turbulence with areas that have rain, showers, snow and even fog in some places. These winds require extra fuel to be carried and the others can either require holding fuel or sufficient fuel for alternates.Maybe it's been as simple as there having been a consistent, strong, south-westerly jet stream flow over Victoria and the Tasman/SW Pacific the past few week; certainly it's been cold, damp and windy here.
Note that IME, LAX-MEL flights generally fly directly over SYD (@39,000ft) so are flying directly into this.
Look at this animation of the weather movement over OZ: National Loop
It's been basically like that for most of August.
the idea of departing with less than appropriate fuel never comes into the equation although as other correctly point out some of the legs can be rather tight even when everything is going fine.
In May, Qantas (domestic jet) had 81.3% on time departures for all flights in Australia (no more than 20 mins delayed). Virgin Blue had 87.7% of departures on time.
If you delve into the facts further, Qantas and Virgin Blue had the following on-time departures from Perth:
PER-SYD 62.7% (DJ 97.1%)
PER-MEL 64.1% (DJ 91.1%)
PER-BNE 68.5% (DJ 74.2%)
PER-ADL 84.6% (DJ 100%)