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  • Naysayers don't realise we have lots of places in between Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Newcastle and Sydney, and Sydney - Canberra - Melbourne that would grow far more if we had high speed trains. Shepparton, Wagga Wagga, Goulburn, Taree, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Ballina. It's been incredibly succes...

    Jan 16, 2018, 06.01 AM / High-speed rail now rivals air travel on key Asian, European routes

  • About time we had high speed trains. This air route would lose millions of passengers if we had this other more efficient, comfortable and less stressful method of transport.

    Jan 12, 2018, 06.35 PM / Sydney-Melbourne is now the world's second-busiest airline route

  • EK is an airline I avoid, and the photo of that Arabic 'bling' in the seven-across J class confirms my decision. Are yields higher out of MEL than BNE? Media always suggests that for most airlines yields are higher ex SYD than ex MEL.

    Jan 12, 2018, 06.30 PM / Emirates suspends Brisbane Airbus A380 flights

  • Even Turkey has embraced high speed rail, but in Australia, we still don't have it from Brisbane to Sydney to Canberra and then Melbourne. If we did, on all but Brisbane - Melbourne and Coolangatta - Melbourne, of the major routes there, it would kill the airlines. Politicians just don't listen...

    Jan 12, 2018, 06.27 PM / High-speed rail now rivals air travel on key Asian, European routes

  • 'IFE' = 'in flight entertainment' such as monitors fixed to the seat in front of a passenger, or that sometimes swivel out from under the armrest where there is no seatback in front of a traveller.

    Jan 09, 2018, 04.47 PM / Here’s where Qantas pilots sleep on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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  • There is so much competition on many routes that you may be able to find a lower priced competitor than QF who gets you there and back during a weekend.

    Nov 23, 2017, 01.45 PM / Minimum stay away on sale fares

  • Unfortunately UL (Sri Lankan Airlines) has a similar tale of woe. BI (Royal Brunei Airlines) has also had a chequered history.Notably, Singapore Airlines (efficient, great passenger service, non corrupt but non democratic government), Philippine Airlines (which almost folded for good in about 19...

    Oct 25, 2017, 07.08 PM / Malaysian Airlines CEO Peter Bellew Quits

  • Am I correct to suggest that the fares to Africa ex Oz on a per kilometre basis (nautical mile if you must) are far more expensive than to South America? I reckon fares to the latter have declined in recent years, but to the former flights remain expensive whichever airline one chooses.

    Oct 25, 2017, 01.25 PM / Warning: South African Airlines technically trading insolvent

  • The part of QF's offer that is 5000 QFF points is extremely mediocre: that part may be 'worth' as little as A$50.I would send a letter via Australia Post - not an email - to Qantas' head office in Mascot, Sydney and politely ask for an improvement in the offer.You could include an itemised note o...

    Oct 25, 2017, 01.21 PM / When is it worth complaining?

  • I haven't been on SQ218 but have travelled at least three times on SQ217 and it's always been well patronised.

    Oct 22, 2017, 05.00 PM / Singapore Airlines stuffing Melbourne around.....again.

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