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Old June 22nd, 2019, 11:45 PM   #15181
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- MH sending A380's for the next 3 days (including today), operating MH148/149. MH will also be increasing MEL-KUL to x17 weekly from 01JUL.

- Video of Air Vanuatu's inaugural Melbourne services by HD Melbourne Aviation:


Pictures by Dave Soda (from Australian Aviation article):




Read More: https://australianaviation.com.au/20...ourne-flights/
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 12:29 AM   #15182
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I'm showing MH A380s for the whole week.....

SQ’s is back too so MEL should see 7 A380 flights over the next few days.
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 05:58 AM   #15183
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Looks like MH is sending them until 28JUN.

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Old June 23rd, 2019, 12:57 PM   #15184
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- Tough day for D7 at AVV today, both flights have been forced to divert to MEL due to fog. The morning flight diverted to MEL, refuelled then continued to AVV. The night flight has landed at MEL and looks like it will be departing from MEL at 1:00, pax are most likely being bussed to MEL from AVV or were probably notified early and went direct to MEL.

- Melbourne Airport breaks ground on $300 million project to build new taxiway system

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Old June 23rd, 2019, 10:47 PM   #15185
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Fantastic result for Victoria and Melbourne with the latest Australian intl tourism numbers. For the year ended 31 March 2019 and comparison with 2018.

https://www.tra.gov.au/ArticleDocume...2019.xlsx.aspx

Victoria - see Table 3a

Total visitors smashed through 3,000,000.
Visitors up 5.0% to 3,087,575. An increase of 145,706

Total visitor nights increased 5.6% to 71.7 million. An increase of 3.8 million visitor nights.

Total expenditure smashed through $8.5 billion. Expenditure up 7.6% to $8.548 billion. An increase of over $601 million.

Melbourne - see table 9a

Melbourne alone has become an $8 billion tourism powerhouse. By far the second most visited city in Australia also in terms of visitor nights and expenditure. Melbourne has the highest average spend per visitor in the country. Huge numbers.

Intl Visitors increased 132,336 to 2,926,587. An increase of 4.7%

Visitor nights increased over 3.3 million to 63,445,935. An increase of 5.5%.

Expenditure increased over $580 million to $7.966 billion. An increase of 7.9%. Almost smashed that $8 billion mark.
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Old June 24th, 2019, 01:57 AM   #15186
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Fantastic result for Victoria and Melbourne with the latest Australian intl tourism numbers. For the year ended 31 March 2019 and comparison with 2018.

https://www.tra.gov.au/ArticleDocume...2019.xlsx.aspx

Victoria - see Table 3a

Total visitors smashed through 3,000,000.
Visitors up 5.0% to 3,087,575. An increase of 145,706

Total visitor nights increased 5.6% to 71.7 million. An increase of 3.8 million visitor nights.

Total expenditure smashed through $8.5 billion. Expenditure up 7.6% to $8.548 billion. An increase of over $601 million.

Melbourne - see table 9a

Melbourne alone has become an $8 billion tourism powerhouse. By far the second most visited city in Australia also in terms of visitor nights and expenditure. Melbourne has the highest average spend per visitor in the country. Huge numbers.

Intl Visitors increased 132,336 to 2,926,587. An increase of 4.7%

Visitor nights increased over 3.3 million to 63,445,935. An increase of 5.5%.

Expenditure increased over $580 million to $7.966 billion. An increase of 7.9%. Almost smashed that $8 billion mark.
That goes some way to explaining the largest hotel construction boom Melbourne has ever seen.
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Old June 24th, 2019, 02:32 AM   #15187
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That goes some way to explaining the largest hotel construction boom Melbourne has ever seen.


Yes. Not only increased visitors but tend to be staying longer and spending more.

Visitor nights market share also increased over 1 full % point to 23.4%. Should be able to hit 25% with the way things are trending. Expenditure market share increased to over 26% compared to 25.5% last year.

Tourism in Victoria still quite Melbourne-centric but there has been decent growth in other areas of the state. Great Ocean Road has seen a decent boost perhaps fuelled a bit my AVV.
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Promising numbers, thanks for sharing Malvern3144!

- Qantas has begun its new seasonal MEL-ZQN service, operating alongside JQ, NZ and VA on the route

- Japan Airlines will be serving Air MOS on its flights in Premium and Economy class exNRT

- Taxiway Zulu works are expected to take up to 3 years, with more space for international planes, and open up "access to new destinations".

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Melbourne Airport breaks ground on record investment project
BY HAZEL KING | JUNE 24, 2019


Melbourne Airport’s chief of aviation, David Hall, said, “Today [June 24] is not just about breaking ground on a A$300m investment in our airfield; it is about transforming the travel experience for our passengers. When completed, these new taxiways will mean better on-time performance for flights, more space for international aircraft and access to new destinations. It’s all part of our vision to support Melbourne on its journey to become Australia’s biggest city.”

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3 years to construct a taxiway and DXB rebuild a runway in 80 days using slave labour.
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Old June 25th, 2019, 12:57 AM   #15190
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Saw a short clip of the sod turning last night. Dudes chucked the sod into the air off the shovels like maniacs. Quite amusing.
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Old June 25th, 2019, 01:27 AM   #15191
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The 'hole's' in T3's E pier will also be infilled shortly, enabling more space and retail.
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The 'hole's' in T3's E pier will also be infilled shortly, enabling more space and retail.

This is welcome news as a VA FF. The entire T3 refurbishment / expansion project will be fantastic when all completed.... assuming based on all the renders I've seen.
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Old June 25th, 2019, 05:34 AM   #15193
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The 'hole's' in T3's E pier will also be infilled shortly, enabling more space and retail.
Would be easier to just demolish Pier E and just start again if you ask me
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Would be easier to just demolish Pier E and just start again if you ask me
Yeah Pier E (The main virgin pier) should just be bulldozed. It cramped, small and outdated. When the pier opened in the 1970s for Ansett, it would have been fine, but with the extra traffic and security requirements, its vastly inadequate.

By completely re-doing the pier the would be able to add swing gates and more space for the passengers.
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Old June 25th, 2019, 04:42 PM   #15195
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Remember, MEL avoids any investment in new buildings where they can. Their modus operandi is patchwork extensions and refurbishments here and there, i.e. the bare minimum to save $$.
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Remember, MEL avoids any investment in new buildings where they can. Their modus operandi is patchwork extensions and refurbishments here and there, i.e. the bare minimum to save $$.
Absolutely right. That press release is a load of BS.

Everything is done on the cheap and delayed as long as possible. Gee even the third runway has gone quiet. T3 is about adding more retail to increase revenue and nothing about ‘improving passenger experience’ other than providing more opportunities to get ripped off on overpriced substandard coffee and sandwiches. The runway Was supposed to have been under construction by now. No one squeezes the lemon like the owners of Melbiurne Airport. They make some private equity corporate breakup specialists look good.
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We could possibly see Melbourne > Sao Paulo Non-stop in 2020, as the Victorian Government is trying to lure direct flights by providing incentives. I can see LATAM Brasil operating the flights with their A350's, the article also mentions QF, could we see the LAX 789 capacity re-directed to Sth America instead?

Exciting developments!

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Brazil and Australia negotiate direct flights from 2020
Ricardo Meier | June 25, 2019

Countries that have never had a direct flight, Australia and Brazil will be able to debut a route in the first quarter of 2020 between the cities of Melbourne and Sao Paulo. The information was revealed by Brazilian officials and the Australian ambassador to Brazil, Timothy Kane, after the end of the visa requirement for Australian tourists visiting the country of South America.

According to Kane, the state of Victoria would have the interest and financial resources to propose a direct flight between the cities of Melbourne and Sao Paulo, the financial capitals of both countries. “This flight will be another tool to expand our air connection, as well as facilitate connection with other countries, such as New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and China. From Shanghai and Beijing, the Chinese will be able to reach Brazil with just one connection, “said Gilson Neto, president of Embratur, a state-owned company that encourages tourism in the country – according to him, Brazil received only 60,000 of the 150 million Chinese tourists in 2018.

Australia has sent just over 40,000 tourists to Brazil last year, an increase of 24% compared to 2017. Currently, one of the most accessible routes to Oceania is through Santiago de Chile where LATAM has a direct flight to Melbourne held five times a week with a Boeing 787, plus a daily frequency to Auckland, New Zealand. Qantas flies four times a week from Sydney to the Chilean capital – the plane used on the route is the Boeing 747-400.

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Aside from the fact that the above article is riddled with so many mistakes and inaccuracies (e.g. saying that QF flies MEL-YVR for example), I've been told by people in the know that any direct Australia-Brazil flight will likely be from SYD and/or BNE initially given there is a heavy focus on leveraging the large numbers of Brazilian students who study in Australia, predominantly in those two cities.
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Aside from the fact that the above article is riddled with so many mistakes and inaccuracies (e.g. saying that QF flies MEL-YVR for example), I've been told by people in the know that any direct Australia-Brazil flight will likely be from SYD and/or BNE initially given there is a heavy focus on leveraging the large numbers of Brazilian students who study in Australia, predominantly in those two cities.
I did notice those, but perhaps that section was the author's own speculation so I just ignored it. There are articles in Portuguese about the flights though.

Are you referring to QF? Student traffic is not the most high-yielding, I doubt airlines would solely based their decision on that but part of the equation - especially for flights 15+ hours. If the Victorian government is willing to give incentives, and there is a business case, I think there could be a chance for flights to happen. Victoria is now focusing on building business ties with Sth America and direct flights will further facilitate this.

I think an important point that is raised also is using Melbourne as the connecting point between APAC and Brazil - interesting discussion and potential for traffic outside VFR/O&D.
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Looking at the latest population stats by country and you’ll see that Melbourne’s South American population has grown significantly and is now only behind Sydney which still has the #1 Latin American population by far in Australia.

Based on 2016 Census. Sydney has about 43.2% of the South American population. Melbourne is a distant second at about 21.6%. All other Australian cities are 10% or less.
For every country reporting Sydney has the highest population followed by Melbourne.
Brazil and Chile have the largest populations of South American countries in Australia, followed by Colombia.

Melbourne’s has grown significantly in the last 10 years.

Like I said in a recent post. Statements made 5 - 10 years ago no longer apply.
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