Tuesday September 02, 2014

Pioneer woman pilot Dr Dorothy Herbert dies

Dorothy Herbert AM was not just a pilot and a doctor, but an inspiration for all aspiring pilots and doctors everywhere. Herbert died on Friday. She was 91. An active pilot for 50 years, amassing 2,200 flight hours in powered aircraft and a further 300 in gliders, she caught the aviation bug in her teens thanks […]

QantasLink ends Gladstone-Sydney service

Residents of Gladstone have lost their direct service to Sydney after QantasLink ended its flights on the route on Friday. The last service, QantasLink flight QF2129, left Gladstone Airport at 1651 and arrived at Mascot a little behind schedule at 1946 on Friday, August 29. In July, Qantas said in an advisory note to travel agents […]

Xiamen flags 787 for Australian routes

Xiamen Airlines has joined a growing list of carriers planning to fly the Boeing 787 to Australia. The Chinese airline has received the first of six 787-8s on order due for delivery between now and September 2015. While the airline plans to use the aircraft on domestic routes initially, they will eventually be deployed to international […]

Rex says aviation sector in “deep crisis”

Regional Express (Rex) has declared the Australian aviation sector to be in deep crisis after reporting a near halving of full year net profit. The airline said net profit for the 12 months to June 30 2014, fell 44.9 per cent to $7.725 million, from $14.018 million in the prior corresponding period. Revenue fell 1.9 […]

Sydney confirmed as Etihad’s second A380 route

Etihad Airways will add Sydney as the airline’s second Airbus A380 destination when it deploys the double-decker superjumbo to the NSW capital from its Abu Dhabi-hub on June 1 next year. The airline confirmed Sydney as the second A380 route on Wednesday, with London the inaugural city. The daily A380 service, operating as EY454 from […]

Flight Centre says airfares fell 3.5pct over past year

Australia’s largest travel group says the cheapest advertised fares to the top 10 international destinations are down a little over three per cent from a year ago as airlines compete for passengers amid a soft leisure market and weak consumer confidence. Flight Centre’s analysis showed ticket prices to Asia and Europe had fallen over the […]

Air New Zealand upbeat on future after 45 per cent profit rise

Air New Zealand has posted a strong rise in full year net profit and expects to grow capacity and profits in 2014/15. The Kiwi flag carrier reported net profit after tax of $NZ262m ($A235m) for the 12 months to June 30 2014, up 45 per cent from $NZ181 million in the prior corresponding period. It […]

Virgin unveils faster, more streamlined online check-in system

Virgin Australia hopes an improved online check-in system will save passengers time and will be more user-friendly. The airline unveiled a new check-in system for domestic flights on Tuesday for use on smartphones, tablet devices and computers. Virgin says passengers will be able to “check-in faster, with a more streamlined process that reduces the number of steps […]

Auckland Airport reports hefty lift in full year net profit

Auckland International Airport has posted a hefty lift in full year net profit on the back of increased passenger numbers and says new international services should support growth in 2014/15. The company reported net profit of $NZ215.9 million for the 12 months to June 30 2014, up 21.3 per cent from $NZ178 million in the […]

Qantas and China Airlines launch new codeshare partnership

Qantas is again offering direct flights to Taiwan after announcing a deal that will see it place its QF code on China Airlines flights from Brisbane and Sydney to Taipei from October. China Airlines flies four times a week between Sydney and Taipei and operates Brisbane-Taipei three days a week. Qantas said there would be up […]

Jetgo’s first Embraer ERJ-140 due in October

Regional carrier Jetgo’s first Embraer ERJ-140 has emerged from the paintshop sporting the airline’s colours and is undergoing final checks and awaiting the installation of some avionics upgrades before making its way to Australia. The Embraer ERJ-140LR, registration VH-ZJG, is at Republic Airlines’ facility in the US state of Kentucky having completed its paint job and […]

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