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No good news ever comes from being called to the Qantas lounge service desk.  "Mr Ayala...please come to the service desk and see one of the customer service representatives".  Over the year

Having a cigar or two at City Cigar lounge. Love the place! Oliva Melanio Churchill is excellent.

Jersey is absolutely breathtaking. I arrived to a long lunch in town with Stu and some friends. Great people. Cigars and drinks on the terrace before Rob flew in at six.  Then the party

Looking forward to watching this thread continue…safe travels, Rob!

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3 minutes ago, El Presidente said:

"Keep your belt on mate,  Just liquids and laptops people....we don't give a rats about the rest" 

Love places like this,   I remember being stood on the train station platform in Weston-super-Mare.  And the girl on the announcement speaker was basically having sex whilst she was informing commuters of a delayed train to Bristol.  It went something like this. 

"Passengers on platform 6 please be aware......".........F**kin---ell John gerroff,   Jesus!, no not now.....  giggling....... "The 12:30 service to Bristol........"  Oooo! you dirty bugger, I'm trying to.........I'm trying to........shut the door..................(sounds of papers and pencils being swept off a table)  etc etc

I remember standing in a state of shock, looking around at all the other commuters on the platform,  you could sell all the locals weren't batting an eyelid, and the rest of the city slickers,  like me with stunned faces. 

Brilliant place

 

For those that don't know the accent, it sound something like this.  Everything they say sounds hilarious, even getting parking tickets. 

 

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3 hours ago, 99call said:

Love places like this,   I remember being stood on the train station platform in Weston-super-Mare.  And the girl on the announcement speaker was basically having sex whilst she was informing commuters of a delayed train to Bristol.  It went something like this. 

"Passengers on platform 6 please be aware......".........F**kin---ell John gerroff,   Jesus!, no not now.....  giggling....... "The 12:30 service to Bristol........"  Oooo! you dirty bugger, I'm trying to.........I'm trying to........shut the door..................(sounds of papers and pencils being swept off a table)  etc etc

I remember standing in a state of shock, looking around at all the other commuters on the platform,  you could sell all the locals weren't batting an eyelid, and the rest of the city slickers,  like me with stunned faces. 

Brilliant place

 

For those that don't know the accent, it sound something like this.  Everything they say sounds hilarious, even getting parking tickets. 

Never been out that part of England, but oddly enough when reading that, the accent automatically popped in my head.

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Will be good to finally meet after all these years!

Safe travels. 

I guess for Sydney to London, you still have to go via Dubai, yeah?

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4 hours ago, Toast & Taste said:

You mean to tell me that FOH doesn't have a Gulfstream?

 

Big Al 

They should considering the price of cigars!😁

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1 hour ago, LordAnubis said:

Is @Ken Gargett in charge while you are away Pres? Asking for a friend.

mus, what does him being away have to do with it? 

 

not sure if rob is aware of this. 

apparently the stumbling wombat (because a break of two years to get things right was not long enough) has been offloading luggage in darwin. hopeless. from the SMH. 

‘I’ll be home before my luggage’: Qantas passengers’ fury after being left in Britain without luggage

By Latika Bourke
Updated May 4, 2022 — 3.37pm

Qantas has been offloading baggage in Darwin belonging to passengers flying on the route to the UK because works required on that airport’s runway meant Dreamliner planes could not take off with their full weight. 

A Qantas plane in Darwin.

A Qantas plane in Darwin. CREDIT:LISA MCTIERNAN

Department of Defence, which operates the Northern Territory-based airport jointly with the Airport Development Group, said the works were completed on Saturday, April 30.

Qantas has promised to courier bags to passengers pending confirmation of UK addresses. “All bags have now been re-accommodated on later flights and will be couriered directly to customers as soon as we’re able to confirm the correct address.”

But passengers like Corrie McLeod, who departed Australia on Sunday night, remain in the UK without their bags.

McLeod was told 15 minutes before arriving at Heathrow at 6am on Monday that her luggage – packed with her work clothes and warm coats – had been left behind in Australia.

She is due to return home on Thursday and said she doubted her luggage would catch up with her, as there had been no updates provided by Qantas on her missing luggage.

“I think I’ll be home before my baggage gets to the UK,” she said.

“I would have been fine to just pack more carry-on for the short trip if they’d just told me.

“These fares aren’t cheap, the minimum you’d expect for any class of passenger is a basic line of communication but Qantas is just silent.”

Anthony Neiland his wife Denise left Darwin last Wednesday for their trip of a lifetime – a five-week holiday around the UK to celebrate their wedding anniversary which had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recently retired 65-year-old said they specifically paid more for their tickets to fly the non-stop Australia-to-UK flight to avoid baggage troubles.

“We chose to fly Qantas because we thought if we fly direct to England from Australia that will minimise our chances of getting COVID and reduce the risk of our luggage being lost during a stopover in Asia,” he said. “COVID was the number one reason, baggage problems was number two.”

But they said they were only informed about the delay about 20 minutes before landing when aircrew asked them to fill in some forms identifying their luggage.

 

“These fares aren’t cheap, the minimum you’d expect for any class of passenger is a basic line of communication but Qantas is just silent.”

Corrie McLeod

Nearly six days later, they still have not seen their luggage nor heard from Qantas.

 

“We have tried ringing the numbers in Australia and in England but that just went through to the Australian one and after three hours on the phone, I gave up because it was clear they weren’t going to answer,” he said.

Denise’s email to Qantas also went unanswered.

 

“We still haven’t heard anything back, we’ve received no phone calls at all,” he said. “That’s been the biggest frustration, even if they lost our luggage they could contact us and give us some sort of update,” he said.

Anthony said he had fortunately packed his medicine with him but that they had no warm clothes with them.

“I’m very disappointed in Qantas, I’m worried they’ve cut back too much so they can’t offer the service.”

Anthony Neil

The couple had planned to travel across the UK but have now had to wipe the first week of their travel plans to stay put in the hope that Qantas will deliver them their bags.

“We’re worried that they’ll never quite get to us, or they’ll deliver it to the wrong place,” he said. “It’s been frustrating, annoying and stressful.

 

“I’m very disappointed in Qantas, I’m worried they’ve cut back too much so they can’t offer the service and in this day and age communication is not that hard,” he said.

 

The Perth-to-London route, the first non-stop direct flight between Australia and the UK was launched in 2018 and has become Qantas’ most profitable route.

However, during the pandemic, the flight was rerouted via Darwin and the airline closed down its international service because the Australian government shut its borders while Western Australia closed itself off from the rest of the country.

On Wednesday, Qantas announced it would be rerouting one of the Darwin to London flights, QF9/10, back through Perth, three weeks earlier than anticipated.

 

This will enable Qantas to board more passengers per flight out of Perth because the route is shorter, meaning flights can carry less fuel.

Flights QF1/2 will continue to fly Darwin to London, until the Singapore transit stop is restored on June 18.

Qantas International CEO Andrew David said Qantas was grateful to the NT government for stepping up.

“The NT Government and Darwin Airport went above and beyond so that we could operate these services when WA kept its borders closed, and we’re extremely grateful for their partnership,” David said.

“While it has been great to operate from the Top End, we’ve always said that Perth remained the long-term home of these flights.”

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2 hours ago, El Presidente said:

I took a half hour kip on the couch and then a little grocery shopping around Soho where I also tried to find some RTW reading glasses as I managed to leave mine on the plane. I am idiot. I apologise to JohnS in advance as he will be having panic attacks correcting my spelling errors until I find some glasses :D

All good. As Alexander Pope said (in the 18th century), ‘To err is human; to forgive, divine’. You did well here El Pres, only two errors that I needed to fix and it was my pleasure to do so. What do you say to some Ron Zacapa XO and Pol Roger Champagne on me the next time we catch up to have a laugh about it all?  :clap: :ok:

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7 hours ago, El Presidente said:

 

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Great choice with that apartment! I noticed it has a fire blanket..... :rolleyes: And you'd better check where the smoke alarm is.:P

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