"News from Aviation, Maritime, Railroad"

Wednesday 8th June 2016                                                       Email our editor at BobBell@AirSeaRailRoad.com            

              

SYDNEY HARBOUR CRUISE SHIP MOVEMENTS

MS "Pacific Jewel" and MS "Pacific Aria" are next cruise ships to arrive in Sydney Harbour. They arrive Friday 10th of June. "Jewel" arrives at 7am at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West (OPT), while "Aria" arrives 9am at the White Bay Cruise Terminal, Balmain East (WBCT). Both ships depart for sea at 4pm.

BEST SHOT OF THE YEAR TAKEN YESTERDAY INSIDE  NEWCASTLE HARBOUR - BY OUR OWN PHOTOGRAPHIC GURU GARRY LUXTON

"Surfing a 5 foot Barrel in Newcastle Harbour" (Made possible by the wild weather that was part of the eastern low that struck QLD, NSW, VICTORIA and TASSIE.)

The photograph was deservedly featured on Prime TV News in Newcastle on Tuesday evening.

SOME ADS-B LIVE SCREEN SHOTS OF ARRIVAL VIRGIN AUSTRALIA FLIGHT VOZ536 FROM GOLD COAST AIRPORT (QLD) TO SYDNEY AIRPORT NSW)

Boeing 737-800 VH-YVA departed Gold Coast delayed from RW32 at 6.32pm local. Flight Planned for FL380 (38,000 feet), waypoints DCT-APAGI-H62-CORKY-H12-BOREE-SYD, cruising at 460 knots. The aircraft touched down in Sydney on RW34R at 7.42pm local.

QATAR AIRWAYS LOSES PATIENCE WITH AIRBUS OVER DELAYS AND CANCELS ORDER FOR IT'S FIRST A320neo!

From Bob Bell

Qatar Airways has cancelled its first Airbus A320neo and remains at an impasse with the European plane maker over delays in deliveries caused by engine problems. The delays are having an impact on Qatar Airways' bottom line, but the carrier said it is not seeking compensation, Akbar Al Baker told AirSeaRailRoad.com. The airline announced in May it was reducing the frequency of more than a dozen routes from Doha because of hold-ups in the delivery of new aircraft from Airbus. "We are 5 aircraft down this summer. This is why we are screaming because it is making a huge impact on my bottom line," Al Baker said. "We are still at an impasse. We have walked away from our first A320neo because more than a certain number of days late, so exercised a walk away clause," Al Baker said. He said he still expects Airbus will be able to deliver 10 of the larger A350s as promised this year. "We will have no alternative but to lease. We are awaiting final response from Airbus," he said. We are "not talking about compensation. It is about us getting planes so we can meet network requirement."

"THE LORD DELIVERS, AND THE LORD ALSO TAKES AWAY......"

Photos and story by Garry "Harbourmaster" Luxton

MV "Sygna" was caught in a nasty storm in Newcastle waters in May 1974, and paid the ultimate price at that time, running aground.

But now, in 2016, forty two years later, amidst the latest heavy storms that were part of the extraordinary low pressure system that NSW and Queensland have experienced over past days, she has finally been taken back by the sea! Here are my "before" and "after" images.