Member since 17 Sep 2015
Total posts 73
Can';t be definitive but given that USA has 315 million plus residents and multiple large cities that attract Australians in droves, it makes sense that many would be connecting to and from cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Los Vegas, Portland, Chicago, Boston, Vancouver (Canada) and even New York or Miami.
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 26 Oct 2014
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United Airlines - Mileage Plus
Member since 29 Jan 2011
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Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 26 Apr 2016
Total posts 6
I just checked VA2's history for the last week. There were serious delays out of LAX on many flights, but I do not blame VA for this. What I did notice, however - is the pretty impressive flight times for the LAX-SYD legs. You can clearly see they made every effort to make up lost time on many flights. I don't create tight itineraries as a general rule - so late departures are not something I tear my hair out over. And if I'm flying business class - well it just means another scotch in the Lounge.......ho hum.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 12 Nov 2012
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You should look at Flight Radar 24 more often...
Member since 12 Aug 2017
Total posts 31
Perhaps the airlines should factor for typical delays and make the flight times more realistic. It would mean arrival times appear later but no one ever complains about being an hour early.
I think that they do this in the UK on domestic flights where they advertise longer flights to compensate for the overcrowding in and out of Heathrow. Even so some flights are late but there is at least a buffer. The incentive over there, apart from the population having a reputation for complaining, is that EU regulations come in very quickly for compensation. That doesn't happen with Australian flights.
Member since 07 Dec 2015
Total posts 56
That's a seriously tight connection for LAX, less than 2 hours. My experience with connecting at LAX (as a J pax and often without checked luggage) is anything under 3 hours and you are dancing with the devil. There are so many variables at that airport that I just don't risk it anymore. I always book the DL @ 0920 to JFK coming off VA7 or VA1 and I've had that nearly go pear shaped earlier this year off VA7. Good luck!
Member since 03 May 2017
Total posts 39
I flew back into Sydney this morning on VA2. I think the problem with the delays to VA2's departure out of LAX is due to gate assignments.In the past when I've caught VA2 from LAX, it was using a regular gate off the main terminal. On my flight last nite the flight was leaving from Gate 142 which is a gate situated at the far end of the terminal where you are taken by bus out to the plane parked at a remote stand.
Was curious to see what the latest situation was with VA2 LAX-SYD. There hasn't been one on-time departure in the past 7 days!! Closest to an 11.45pm departure was on Aug 11 when the flight departed at 12.06am.
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