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Very important that we get this sort of information, as it tells AFFers what they can expect (or negotiate for.) So an important 'data point.'
It shows the slackness of bookings at present when the competitor's flight has spare seats. One might expect a Monday departure ex ADL at 0900 to be busy, because it's the start of the traditional working week.
With continuing unsettled Melbourne conditions, VA279 on 14 February (the scheduled 1650 hours MEL - CBR airborne at 1753 with B738 VH-YFV) is headed for a 50 minute tardy arrival at 1845 hours in the early evening.
Later, VA875 (1800 hours MEL - SYD in the sky at 1853, VH-YFN) shoudl arrive at 1902 tonight, 37 minutes behind schedule.
With the thunderstorms in MEL at around 1840 hours, VA347 (1800 hours MEL up to BNE, B738 VH-YFC) was airborne at 1858 so suggested arrival becomes 2002 hours, 52 minutes tardy.
VA875 (1800 hours early evening MEL up to SYD) was in the sky about 1849, about 35 late. VH-YFY is however not arriving until 2045, 85 lat, as with storms around the Wollongong area south of Sydney, it had to fly to north of Dubbo before turning east and then south to land from the north.
Later on Sunday 23 February, VA287 (1845 hours MEL up to CBR) was airborne at 2000 hours. Suggested arrival for ATR72 VH-FVQ is 2100 hours mid evening, 45 behind. This is normally a B738, but the week coming may not be a Federal Parliamentary sitting week so passenger numbers on a Sunday night will be far lower.
With MEL down to single runway operations in the early evening of Tuesday 25 February thanks to earlier thunderstorms, VA96 (scheduled 1550 hours CHC to MEL that took off early at 1601 hours with B738 VH-YIW) is arriving at about 1812, 32 minute stardy.
VA804 (Thursday 27 February, the 0630 hours SYD down to MEL that did not take off until 0808) should arrive at 0924 hours, 79 minutes late. The very welcome A332 VH-XFJ is the operating aircraft. This plane did not have any duties yesterday but had come in from HKG nine minutesw early yesterday morning at 0731, so it may have required maintenance,
VA679 (0915 hours MEL - PER) and VA686 (1205 hours PER - MEL) will be delayed as a consequence.
The 1600 hours afternoon MEL - BNE, VA337 has got the flick.
VA859 (Sunday afternoon, 1 March 2020 with B738 VH-YVC) is the 1600 hours MEL up to SYD airborne at 1712, arrival at gate being suggested as 1826, 61 late as there's much traffic fairly closely ahead of it.
The 1400 hours on the same route is far worse, with VA849 (VH-YFK) not pointing skywards until 1655 hours, so arrival should be 1803 hours, 158 minutes tardy.
Southbound SYD down to MEL VA858 is the 1600 hours in the sky at 1713 hours. VH-VUZ looks to be arriving 55 minutes tardy at 1830 hours.