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Hello travellers,

Merry Christmas and happy holidays

Yep, you are right, this weeks newsletter arrived a day early on Sunday, instead of Monday. I'm hoping to make that a permanent thing for 2020. 

Hope you are all in the festive spirit and full of travel plans for the new year.

I, me, myself will be playing it quiet on the travel scene this holiday period. Although given the fires and smoke-filled air, I wish I was somewhere else at times.

I made a quick trip to Adelaide this week to visit family, staying at the Intercontinental. Interestingly, I kept a close eye on Expert Flyer seat plans for my flight and I think my observations about 'shadow' or blocked seats are probably correct. You can catch up on my observations here.


What happened last week?

Jetstar probably won the PR war about its disputes with pilots and ground staff, although there are still a few rounds to go.

Qantas completed the third of its Project Sunrise  test flights, this time from New York, but without the service flow changes and destination timezone targetting of the first two flights. In that sense, the final flight acted as a 'control' for the other Sunrise experimental flights. 

And out of Seatle, Boeing has officially suspended 737 Max production, thus giving them only 400 planes to find parking spaces for.

What's coming up?

Well Christmas is knocking at the door, so my advice is – arrive for all your flights early over the next week or two because airports will be c-r-a-z-y. 

I'll be catching up on reviews over the Christmas period, so check on 2PAXfly regularly for content as you relax these holidays.

Merry Christmas and an excellent New Year to all.

You can catch up on posts from last week below. Until next week . . .

Happy Travels,


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In the 12/22/2019 edition:

Qantas: Final Project Sunrise test flight

By 2paxfly on Dec 19, 2019 08:41 am

The final test flight in the current run of Project Sunrise Dreamliner delivery flights from London and New York to the east coast of Australia has arrived. Different flight? This flight apparently was delayed on its departure from New York by a little over an hour, departing at 10:05 pm rather than 9 pm. Instead […]

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Review: The Pullman, Brisbane Airport Hotel

By 2paxfly on Dec 19, 2019 08:00 am

Introduction This hotel stay was meant to be the first step in a longer Qantas status points run but got turned into a day trip to Brisbane for a business meeting and to catch up with family. Brisbane has a bunch of new hotels, including a W, The Calile, The Emporium South Bank, an Ovolo, […]

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Boeing: 737 Max production suspended

By 2paxfly on Dec 17, 2019 10:49 pm

With the suspension of this plane from flying, Boeing has a bit of a storage problem. It has kept on producing the jets for the last 10 months, without the ability to fly them commercially. Apparently there are about 400 of them lounging around waiting to be called into service. No Surprise Well on the […]

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Jetstar: What game are you playing?

By 2paxfly on Dec 16, 2019 03:04 pm

Industrial disputes are rarely simple and straightforward. First of all, there are at least two sides, with the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Jetstar was the subject of protected industrial action last weekend. Jetstar cancels 10% of flights Jetstar has been in negotiations, or dispute with a few of its unions pending new industrial […]

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