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Old December 29th, 2007, 12:11 AM   #61
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Air NZ operating a nice loop through melb now to accomodate summer Queenstown flights

friday night A320 from Auck at 21:30 overnights and leaves for Queenstown sat morning 6:40

on sat NZ 843 (A320) arrives from Rarotonga & Christchurch at 9:45am and NZ 837 (737-300) from Queenstown at 14:35

flight to Auckland departs at 15:35 (A320), 737-300 leaves for Christchurch at 17:55

as shocking as the 737-300 is, at least its something different


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Old December 29th, 2007, 12:59 PM   #62
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I'm in Queenstown right now!

Saw a few NZ A320s taking off today so one of them could have been the above flight.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 06:00 PM   #63
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The Queenstown flight would have to be one of the best landings you can do in this region. It is...AMAZING.


The airport is dead in the middle, the plane is doing a turn to fly into the airport.


And such a nice airport (even better looking than Melbourne Airport...LOL!)
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Old December 30th, 2007, 02:45 AM   #64
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Looking forward to parallel runways.....planes creap up on you !
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Old December 30th, 2007, 02:47 AM   #65
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Old December 30th, 2007, 03:19 AM   #66
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San Francisco.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 07:10 AM   #67
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Just came return from Sydney on Jetstar from Avalon wouldnt bother if the fare was not so cheap .The walk from the plane to the terminal is a long way with no cover the same to the carpark so it would be a big hassle in wet weather.
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Old December 31st, 2007, 12:34 AM   #68
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Gees that's a bit precious. Since when did people get so worried about the elements that they'd chose the 5 x longer walk of a major airport to the utter simplicity that is Avalon - just because there's a section of uncovered walkway.

In any case, Tulla and Sydney both load the rear steps, meaning you have to walk outside, and if it rains they give you an umbrella.
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Old December 31st, 2007, 02:13 AM   #69
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The real problem with Avalon is the distance from the city. In many cases the bus trip into Melbourne's CBD is longer than the flight from Adelaide.
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Old December 31st, 2007, 02:22 AM   #70
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Yep, Tayser's right...San Francisco. Wouldn't be amazing to see the future when Tullamarine and Avalon Airports are linked to the city with a high speed...as in world standard..not current Vic. Government standard Rail Transit system....maybe even Maglev......You could even connect flights from both airports with a 10 minute ride?......It may not happen overnight...but it will happen one day.
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Old January 1st, 2008, 12:52 AM   #71
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Gees that's a bit precious. Since when did people get so worried about the elements that they'd chose the 5 x longer walk of a major airport to the utter simplicity that is Avalon - just because there's a section of uncovered walkway.

In any case, Tulla and Sydney both load the rear steps, meaning you have to walk outside, and if it rains they give you an umbrella.
Not really,for all those who were bitching about how "bad and ugly" Tulla is they should go and look at Avalon. BTW Sydneys Mascot is nothing special either.
And while Im on our "global"city whats with the PT and the ugly 19th century prison grey on the trains and stations?
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^ Jetstar and the train in one weekend?

You had one classy weekend.
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 03:40 AM   #73
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Not really,for all those who were bitching about how "bad and ugly" Tulla is they should go and look at Avalon. BTW Sydneys Mascot is nothing special either.
And while Im on our "global"city whats with the PT and the ugly 19th century prison grey on the trains and stations?
Are you refering to Melbourne or Sydney? Because Connex colour scheme is pretty dull also; consisting of "prison grey"; or if you are lucky "suicide purple" for seats.

Re: Tullamarine appearence. Yes, the complex is looking old (bar international terminal extentions from 1996 onwards and new Qantas domestic pier), but it's been there since 1970 and has grown. It's not a fresh-from-stracth terminal (KL or Dubai); it's more like Gatwick/Heathrow or Toronto Pearson; an older airport that's been added on over the years. The State Government is aware of this and the expansion/ renovations beginning in the next few weeks will expand the international terminal and provide consistancy and modernity in the exterior. As I said previously, It will look like a whole new airport, from the front, to rear. The expansion and renovation is actually larger than what Kingsford Smith underwent in the leadup to the 2000 Olympics (excluding the underground railway, of course)

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I don't like Dubai airport, even if it is new.
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Are you refering to Melbourne or Sydney? Because Connex colour scheme is pretty dull also; consisting of "prison grey"; or if you are lucky "suicide purple" for seats.

Re: Tullamarine appearence. Yes, the complex is looking old (bar international terminal extentions from 1996 onwards and new Qantas domestic pier), but it's been there since 1970 and has grown. It's not a fresh-from-stracth terminal (KL or Dubai); it's more like Gatwick/Heathrow or Toronto Pearson; an older airport that's been added on over the years. The State Government is aware of this and the expansion/ renovations beginning in the next few weeks will expand the international terminal and provide consistancy and modernity in the exterior. As I said previously, It will look like a whole new airport, from the front, to rear. The expansion and renovation is actually larger than what Kingsford Smith underwent in the leadup to the 2000 Olympics (excluding the underground railway, of course)
You seem to know a lot about this!

Do you know by any chance if they are going to do anything to the exterior of the DJ terminal? It's just embarassing!
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^ Jetstar and the train in one weekend?

You had one classy weekend.
So what? I was staying near Central Station and FYI I also took taxis,busses, ferries and trains in Sydney.
Some of us might not be as well off as you claim to be and sorry to disappoint you but I had a wonderful time in Sydney..
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[QUOTE=Alphaville;17433075]Are you refering to Melbourne or Sydney? Because Connex colour scheme is pretty dull also; consisting of "prison grey"; or if you are lucky "suicide purple" for seats.


Sydneys older trains are just awfull with the public service grey walls and dark blue seats and the City circle stations /Central need renovations to bring them up to 21st century standards.
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Sydneys older trains are just awfull with the public service grey walls and dark blue seats and the City circle stations /Central need renovations to bring them up to 21st century standards.
I agree with you, but this is something that rings true to ALL Australian cities; especially Melbourne. The overall standard of Sydney's outer suburban stations is better than that of Melbourne. But that's not to say CityRail gets full marks---- its far from it.
However it would be so much easier for Melbourne to bring it's network up to a European standard than Sydney--- which makes it even more embarressing for the Victorian Government.
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