Thursday October 23, 2014

Virgin completes partial sale of Velocity, pockets $336 million

Virgin Australia has received a $336 million boost to its balance sheet after completing the partial sale of its Velocity Frequent Flyer program. The deal to sell a 35 per cent stake in Velocity to investment firm and fund manager Affinity Equity Partners that was announced in August has been concluded, Virgin said in a […]

Cairns farewells the Qantas 767

Cairns has joined the list of ports to say goodbye to Qantas Boeing 767-300ER services. The last Qantas 767 flight from Cairns left the North Queensland tourist spot on Tuesday October 21 when QF925 operated by VH-OGI departed for Sydney at 1206 local time. Cairns-based ARFF fire trucks gave VH-OGI, which was delivered to Qantas in August 1991, […]

Rex and Qantas claim on-time honours for September

Despite a strong improvement in on-time performance from Virgin Australia, Qantas and Regional Express (Rex) have maintained their position as the nation’s most punctual airlines. Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed Rex led all Australian airlines for on-time departures in September, with 90.4 per cent of its flights pushing […]

Archerfield Airport opens new student accommodation facility

Archerfield Airport in Brisbane’s south-west has opened a new $4 million student accommodation facility. The airport, which is about 11km from Brisbane’s CBD and caters for general aviation and flying schools, has about 10 providers of pilot training and aviation-related courses. The two-storey Aviation Student Accommodation Complex (ASAC), which was leased and managed by Basair […]

Expansion work begins at Queenstown Airport

As the ski season ends and summer approaches, work has begun on Queenstown Airport’s new international terminal. The project is expected to increase terminal space at the airport’s southern end by a third, adding 4,080 square metres of extra floor space and allowing Queenstown to double its international operations. The outer shell was expected to […]

Cathay celebrates 40 years of service to Sydney

Forty years ago, a Cathay Pacific Boeing 707 took off from Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport bound for Sydney. When it landed some nine hours later on October 22, 1974, it marked the start of Cathay’s 40-year unbroken run of service between the NSW capital and Hong Kong. In that time, the Hong Kong flag […]

B-24 Liberator site secured

The Victorian government has announced that it has secured the future of the B-24 Liberator Memorial on the corner of Princes Highway and Farm Road in Werribee in Melbourne’s west. The signing of a land transfer agreement between the state government, Melbourne Water and the B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund had paved the way for […]

Qantas unveils new business class seat

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says the airline’s new business class seat represents the best domestic in-flight experience in the world. The new seats were unveiled at the Qantas domestic terminal at Sydney Airport on Tuesday. The modified Thompson Aero Seating design developed in collaboration with Marc Newson will allow customers to stay in the recline position […]

Aviation and medical student takes out AWPA-RAAF scholarship

An aviation and medical student has won the Australia Women Pilot’s Association’s (AWPA) navigation component scholarship, sponsored by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Jasmine Morris of Healesville in Victoria was awarded the RAAF scholarship worth $7000. As a second-year para-medicine student and student pilot, Morris hoped to combine her aviation and medical interests in […]

Aviation Australia to offer courses in Melbourne

Training school Aviation Australia has set up a new operation in Melbourne in partnership with the Victorian government. The school has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Victorian government and will offer a number of training courses in Melbourne from January 2015. Victorian Minister for Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips said aviation was worth more […]

Qantas to build new Perth domestic business lounge

Qantas has broken ground on a new domestic business lounge at Perth Airport due for completion in 2015. The new 1,365m2 facility with capacity for 350 people would increase lounge capacity in Perth by 30 per cent, Qantas said on Monday Perth joins Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney as the fifth airport with both a […]

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