Hi there, does anyone have any idea why QF8 has been diverted to Auckland for quite a few times in recent days?

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Waynec

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Member since 23 Aug 2012

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Hi there, does anyone have any idea why QF8 has been diverted to Auckland for quite a few times in recent days??

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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Cross winds? Too much cargo in the hold?

I'm not sure but it doesn't sound very professional (or safe) to cut it down so thin like that.

"We promise to get you from DFW to BNE non stop but for your safety we might make a stop. Oh and by the way we are not going to tell in advance when we might have to make a stop. We'll only tell you when you're actually on the aircraft so make sure you build some fat into your work schedule...it is for your safety after all".

Talk about boxing you in!

am

Member since 15 Apr 2011

Total posts 216

Every Pacific flight has to make fuel related diversions from time to time. LAX-MEL suffered far worse than DFW-BNE is back before the A380s arrived, and I don't remember anything like the same level of fury that seems to be directed at Qantas back then.

This is probably related to the meteorological after effects of recent weather in the US. If you don't want to take the risk, then don't. For traffic outside Brisbane, there's very little advantage in flying through DFW on the return, so just do what the rest of us do and come back through LAX.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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@am

Fair point. Thanks for that. 

I'm curious to know what the premium cabin loads are like on that route.

FrequentFlyer

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Member since 20 Mar 2012

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The flight is still very popular, in particular the DFW-BNE leg. Many times, the premium cabins (business and premium economy) are full and they have very good factors in economy. It's one of Qantas' most profitable routes.

mackey

Member since 29 Nov 2012

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My friends were on one of those flights. It was diverted to Auckland because of the risk of extreme weather forcing delays into Brisbane. Due to the large storm two weeks ago in Brisbane which bought the large hailstones with it, they decided before takeoff to divert to Auckland to refuel incase there delays in Brisbane as there is not enough fuel onboard to safetly divert to Sydney if the weather turns bad an hour or two out from landing.

markus3032

Member since 20 Aug 2013

Total posts 21

Why not go thru Tokyo, then Tokyo to New York. Lot easier on the body, and the aircraft arent chock a block...

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