Opening New Horizons: Delta’s Seasonal Route from Brisbane Airport to Los Angeles

Delta has announced a new seasonal route between Los Angeles and Brisbane, set to begin in December 2024 and operate three times a week until March 2025. 

Joe Esposito, Delta’s Senior vice president of Network Planning, revealed that this addition to their upcoming summer schedule will offer customers up to 17 weekly flights between Australia and the U.S., marking their most extensive schedule to the South Pacific to date.

Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport, expressed his pride in becoming Delta’s second destination in Australia. He highlighted Brisbane’s growing appeal to North American visitors, attributing it to factors such as the upcoming Olympics and the popularity of cultural icons like Bluey. De Graaff emphasized the significance of Delta’s move in strengthening ties between the United States and Queensland, boosting the local visitor economy, and opening doors to explore destinations like the Gold Coast, Noosa, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Outback.

Delta’s expansion to Brisbane provides U.S. customers ample opportunities to immerse themselves in Australia’s charm, from exploring Brisbane’s art galleries and scenic cycling trails to venturing to the world’s largest Koala sanctuary. The airline’s network also facilitates easy access to popular Queensland destinations such as the Gold Coast, Noosa, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Outback, enriching the travel experience for passengers.

The Brisbane-to-LAX route will operate on the Airbus A350-900, and offer four product experiences: Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+, and Main Cabin. Delta One passengers will enjoy enhanced privacy and luxury with fully reclining seats, plush bedding, artisan-made amenity kits, chef-curated meals, and additional comforts. Delta Premium Select will provide passengers with a wider seat, deeper recline, expanded space, and an enhanced dining experience, among other amenities, ensuring a premium travel experience for all passengers.

Delta’s expansion in the South Pacific region reflects its commitment to providing customers with enhanced travel options. The Brisbane-to-LAX route joins a series of investments in the region, including additional seasonal frequencies from Sydney to LAX introduced in summer 2022.

As the leading global carrier at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Delta continues to expand its footprint, offering customers greater connectivity and convenience in the South Pacific.

Published 8-March-2024

Macca’s Takes Flight at Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal

Hungry travellers passing through Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal will soon have a new dining option to satisfy cravings on the go. 

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Construction is now underway on a new McDonald’s restaurant, complete with a McCafé section, slated to open in mid-2024.

The upcoming McDonald’s will be part of a major revitalisation initiative by Brisbane Airport Corporation aimed at enhancing the passenger experience. McDonald’s is one of the 10 new dining establishments that will be launching over the next few months as part of the airport’s redevelopment. 

McDonald’s at the BNE Service Centre (Photo credit: S M Roknul Azam/Google Maps)

According to Martin Ryan, the Executive Commercial General Manager for Brisbane Airport, the company is aware that Brisbane passengers have been eager for a McDonald’s outlet within the terminal. 

“If there is one thing BNE travellers have been asking for it’s a Maccas! It has consistently remained the most requested retailer and we couldn’t be more delighted to deliver,” said Mr Ryan. 

For many passengers, grabbing a quick McDonald’s bite has become routine before flying. With the opening of McDonald’s, Brisbane Airport travellers can soon pick up coffee or McNuggets without leaving the terminal, helping make travel through the airport even smoother. The iconic golden arches will likely give a taste of home even before takeoff.

As part of the airport’s $5 billion “Future BNE” redevelopment plan, they are bringing exciting new dining establishments into the retail mix that passengers will be excited about.

Other upgrades aimed at improving customer flow and experience include state-of-the-art security systems, more spacious gate lounges with new furnishings, and more.

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Travellers will notice a smoother journey through security with this major terminal upgrade. Cutting-edge screening technology and processes will be implemented to enhance both safety and convenience. 

Passengers using the Skywalk entrance with carry-on luggage only will be able to access the Domestic Terminal directly after online check-in. This allows travellers to keep their personal belongings packed as they pass through new state-of-the-art scanners. 

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The new McDonald’s outlet will complement the existing 24-hour McDonald’s located at the BNE Service Centre, a short drive from the airport terminals. 

Published 13-December-2023

Latest Data: More Flights Have Been Directed Over Water as Part of Aircraft Noise Mitigation Measures

Recent Airservices Australia data showed a significant increase in flights being directed over the waters of Moreton Bay as part of noise mitigation measures. Aircraft noise has been the subject of complaints from impacted residents in Ascot and other suburbs under the flight path since the new runway opened in 2020.

The latest Airservices Australia showed a 35 per cent increase in SODROPS, a mode of operation that directs aircraft landing and taking off over water to reduce the impact of aircraft noise. 

“Brisbane Airport Corporation welcomes Airservices Australia data showing a rise in SODPROPS mode because it directs all flights over water and shields communities from the impact of aircraft noise, while still delivering Queensland the significant benefits travel and trade offers,” Stephen Beckett, Brisbane Airport Head of Public Affairs said.

“We look forward to an expansion of Simultaneous Opposite Direction Parallel Runway Operations as Airservices Australia methodically and safely implements the independent Trax International recommendations.”   

The SODPROPS trial has been expanded since it was launched in 2022, from between the hours of 10 pm to 6 am, it now includes Saturdays 6am-8am, 8pm-10pm and Sundays 6am-8am. 

The expansion has since resulted in a 30 per cent rise (data between 9 July and 9 November 2022) or an increase of 137 hours, compared to the numbers recorded between 9 March and 8 July 2022. That is equal to additional 799 aircraft flights directed over water instead of flying over the city. 

“The trial reflects Airservices’ commitment to improving noise outcomes for the Brisbane community, where safe and operationally feasible,” an Airservices Australia spokesperson said.

Latest Data: More Flights Have Been Directed Over Water as Part of Aircraft Noise Mitigation Measures
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Brisbane Flight Path Community Alliance, however, was not as enthusiastic with the figures. They argue that whilst there was an increase in aircraft movements over the water, “there has also been a steep increase in the post-COVID recovery, which likely saw 30% more aircraft movements over the city, too.”

“…BFPCA will verify Airservices’ misleading claims once BITRE data for these time periods becomes available,” BFPCA’s statement said.

“BFPCA found that while SODPROPS for weekend use has gone up slightly, total SODPROPS movements for 24 hours have gone down. The number of planes over our homes have actually increased as well and getting back to pre-COVID levels. 

“This means we still see only 52% over the Bay for a 24 hour period since opening of the new runway or 48% operating over the city. An overall increase of 2% from when only the Legacy runway was in use.

“Airservices seems to take the view that SODPROPS is limited by environmental factors and capacity constraints. BFPCA suggests that it is the number of flight movements that should be limited by the ability to safely use SODPROPS. That is how this project was sold to the community by Brisbane Airport and Airservices.”

Airservices Australia plans to increase SODROPS mode with an increased capacity, enhanced decision-making criteria and flight path changes for daytime operations, which have a proposed completion by Q4 2023 at the year’s end.

Published 7-February-2023

New Qantas Flight Training Centre Lands at Brisbane Airport

Qantas has unveiled its new flight training facility adjacent to Brisbane Airport that can accommodate up to 900 pilots a year and will also be accessible to other airlines in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Qantas Group Flight Training Centre, which houses four state-of-the-art aircraft simulators – Boeing 737, 767F and 787 Dreamliner and Dash-8 Q400 plus a Q400 flight training device, used to be located in Sydney. The facility had to be moved to Brisbane to make way for the major road work taking place around Sydney Airport.

Queensland is currently home to more than 500 Qantas pilots who will now have access to the new Brisbane-based training facility for their recurrent training, along with other pilots from neighbouring states and future recruits.

The new training facility will also complement the pilot academy which recently opened in Toowoomba. The new academy which can train up to 250 pilots per year can now have its student pilots go straight to the new facility instead of completing their training program in Sydney.

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“We are pleased this state-of-the-art facility in Brisbane will mean a pilot can start their career at the Toowoomba Pilot Training Academy, complete their training at the Brisbane simulator centre and then embark on a Qantas Group career flying from their Queensland home base to everywhere from Longreach to Los Angeles,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said

The facility will also be opened to other airlines in the Asia-Pacific region, which means that small flag carriers can now take advantage of the new training facility’s simulators for new-recruit training, tenured pilots’ upskilling, and ongoing training.

The transfer of the training facility to Brisbane Airport was made possible through the State Government’s support. Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick said that the partnership brings “extra aviation training capability to Queensland and creates new employment opportunities for training pilots and simulator technicians, including 18 new direct operational jobs.”

“This suite of flight training simulators reinforces Queensland’s pre-eminence as a destination of choice for the aerospace and aviation support industries,” Mr Dick said

“In a state as vast as Queensland, with our proximity to Asia and the Pacific, aviation industries are a natural fit. Our government is determined to make the most of our competitive advantages when it comes to attracting aerospace companies and aerospace jobs, right across Queensland.

“These simulators mean Queensland-based flight crew don’t have to leave the state to complete their ongoing training.”

Will Ascot be Affected by Aircraft Noise from New Runway Opening in July?

Brisbane Airport has announced a projected opening date of July 2020 for its new runway and residents in Ascot and other suburbs are wondering how (and if) aircraft noise from the projected runway traffic will affect their suburb.

The new runway, which has taken eight years to build due to the need to pile sand onto the river delta, will seemingly double the capacity of the present airport, bringing it closer to the capacity of those in Melbourne and Sydney.

Coming in under its $1.3 billion budget by around $200 million, the runway will be able to accommodate widebody aircraft, with its 3,300-metre length. The current short second runway which is exclusively for smaller aircraft.

Brisbane Airport and its runways. Photo Credit: Brisbane Airport

“It’s surreal to think we are just months away from seeing the first aircraft land and depart on this infrastructure masterpiece,” said Brisbane Airport Chief Gert-Jan de Graaff.

New Runway Noise

Based on Brisbane’s new runway flight path tool, Ascot does not directly fall under a flight path. However, it should be noted that since flight paths do not precisely follow a single line and can be more accurately called flight path ‘swathes,’ the flight path can vary up to several kilometres. So it is highly possible that aircraft will fly over the suburb.

Through the flight path tool, users can also get an overview of the noise level that the suburb will experience. The following is a comparison of the noise level with the existing runway versus noise level when the new runway is in use, with the green pin placed on Ascot.

Noise level with the existing runway
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Noise level with new runway
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The flight path tool indicates that aircraft flying near Ascot are likely to be at an altitude where the aircraft noise level will be less than 70 decibels. According to Australian standards, a noise level of 70 decibels is likely to interfere with people speaking indoors (with the windows open). 

Since Ascot is only a few kilometres from an arrival flight path, it will experience noise from 36 average flights and a maximum of 74 flights.

Average and maximum flights near Ascot
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Effect on Real Estate Values

A study commissioned by Brisbane Airport Corporation and conducted by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) explored the impact of aircraft noise on Brisbane residential properties.

Analysing 25 years of data, the QUT research highlighted that: “housing and units in Brisbane located under designated flight paths have their value and price determined by a range of factors and these factors are not detrimentally impacted by aircraft noise.”

“The location of a property under a flight path will have minimal if any impact on the price, saleability, investment performance and capital growth of that property,” the study concluded.

Reporting Noise Issues

Meanwhile, the Australian aviation industry assured they will help identify issues of concern and possible opportunities for improvements through Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS).

The service will be managed by Airservices Australia, who will be responsible for Australia’s airspace management, flight paths, providing noise information and managing complaints.

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