Aviation

Yes, I do like forms of transport that aren’t trains!

Transiting through Doha’s old airport

On my 2012 trip to Europe I flew with Qatar Airways – one of many Middle East based carriers who fly from anywhere to everywhere via their petrocurrency funded airports. At the time of my flight the current Hamad International Airport had not yet yet opened, so I passed through Doha’s original international airport – and it was quite the avgeek’s paradise.

Qatar Airways A330-200 rego A7-ACF at Doha

Delays at Melbourne woeful international airport

When arriving into Melbourne Airport on an international flight, it isn’t Australia’s famous scenery that greets visitors, but massive queues. So what the hell is going on?

The queue to exit stretched around the entire baggage carousel!

Melbourne Airport and de-icing in cold weather

Earlier this week the temperature in Victoria plummeted, with a low of -0.6C being recorded at Melbourne Airport on Monday 20 July. The result – aircraft being covered with ice, and major flight delays due to trouble removing it. So what made the ice so hard to move?

Waiting at the gate, Qatar Airways A321-231 rego A7-AIA

Qantas bookings and a ‘4609 error’

The other week I headed up to Sydney, taking the train up on way, and a Qantas flight home. Unlike other airlines in Australia, Qantas still offers a full meal service on many of their domestic flights, so setting my my meal preferences was on my todo list.

Qantas A380 VH-OQF

Airline CEOs and reciprocal first class travel

I’m currently reading the 1987 book Struggle For Take Off: The British Airways Story by Duncan Campbell-Smith, and the start of chapter 4 contained an interesting anecdote about Sir Freddie Laker, founder of Laker Airways – free first class air travel on any airline!