Friday September 19, 2014

Sydney, Melbourne airports report August lifts in passenger numbers

Sydney Airport has posted a one per cent increase in passenger traffic in August, underpinned by growth in international travellers. The airport handled 3.202 million passengers in August, up from 3.17 million in the prior corresponding period, Sydney Airport said on Friday. International passengers rose 1.8 per cent in the month to 1.067 million, while there […]

Nextant secures first NZ air ambulance sale

Nextant Aerospace has completed its first sale in New Zealand, annoucing on Friday that it had sold a 400XTi quick-change air ambulance to Skyline Aviation for operations with its New Zealand Air Ambulance Service operation. New Zealand Air Ambulance Service directors Mike and Annabel Toogood said the Nextant 400XTi would be the first fully-accredited intensive care jet ambulance […]

Qatar joins A380 club

  Qatar Airways is the 12th and newest operator of the Airbus A380 after taking delivery of its first of 10 double-decker jumbos on order during a ceremony in Hamburg on Wednesday. Acceptance of the aircraft, A7-APA, had been delayed a number of months as the airline finalised the aircraft interiors, but the Doha-headquartered carrier expected to have four of […]

Air New Zealand’s second 787 in flight testing

Air New Zealand’s second Boeing 787-9 has completed a second day of flying over Washington State as the aircraft enters the final stages of its preparations before delivery. Flight tracking website shows ZK-NZF took off from Snohomish County Airport in Everett – the location of Boeing’s 787 production line – at 1052 local time on Wednesday and […]

Tigerair Australia joins gate-to-gate club

Tigerair Australia is the last of Australia’s major carriers to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices in flight mode from the moment they board to the time they step off the aircraft. The low-cost carrier said on Thursday it had received Civil Aviation Safety (CASA) approval for mobile phones, tablets and e-readers to be […]

Air NZ 787-9 flights to Shanghai, Tokyo pushed back

Air New Zealand has pushed back the start dates for Boeing 787-9 flights to Tokyo and Shanghai. In an update on global distribution systems, the Kiwi flag carrier’s first Dreamliner flight to Tokyo will now commence on December 2, about three weeks later than the previously scheduled debut of November 10. Similarly, the first 787-9 flight […]

Pilot seminar to be held in Sydney

A leading international flight school with a name most will recall from the 1970s will host a pilot training seminar in Sydney on September 27. The free seminar, run by the US-based Pan Am International Flight Academy and flight simulator company Flight Experience, will be held at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. […]

Qantas’s foreign shareholding reaches 44.7 per cent

Qantas says its foreign ownership level has risen to 44.7 per cent, edging closer to the 49 per cent legislated cap. In an update to the market on Wednesday, Qantas said its total foreign ownership level had risen from 43.7 per cent at July 31 to 44.7 per cent at August 25. Under Australian Securities […]

RAAA scholarship winners for 2014 announced

The Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) has announced the six recipients of its 2014 scholarships. RAAA’s Ansett Aviation Training scholarships were awarded to Alexis Herzog from Airline Academy of Australia and Danica Henderson from Australian Airline Pilot Academy. The pair will take an endorsement course on either the Beechcraft Super Kingair B200 or Metroliner […]

SriLankan and Qantas enter codeshare agreement

SriLankan Airlines has inked a codeshare partnership with Qantas over flights between the Colombo and Australia, its fifth codeshare deal with a oneworld carrier, having joined the global alliance in April 2014. Under the partnership, Qantas will add its QF airline code on SriLankan’s daily service between Colombo and Singapore. The Flying Kangaroo already codeshares on […]

Qantas operates last 767 int’l flight as fleet winds down

Qantas has retired one more Boeing 767 and withdrawn the aircraft from international services as part of its fleet renewal program. The 767’s last international flight in Qantas colours, which was operated by VH-OGU, landed in Sydney at 1708 on Saturday September 13 after a nine hour 43 minute journey from Honolulu, Hawaii. The Sydney-Honolulu […]

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