Saturday October 25, 2014

Philippine Airlines adds extra seats to Darwin, Brisbane over summer

Philippine Airlines is adding extra seats to Darwin and Brisbane for the school holiday period through the use of larger aircraft. The airline will replace Airbus A320 aircraft on its thrice weekly Manila-Darwin-Brisbane service with an Airbus A321 between December 8 2014 and January 16 2015, according to updates in Global Distribution Systems. PR221 departs […]

Domestic discount airfares lower than a year ago

Australia’s domestic carriers’ recent pullback of capacity growth appears yet to have an impact on prices, with the cost of the cheapest economy tickets remaining below last year’s levels. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics’ monthly measure of domestic ticket prices found best discount and full economy tickets in August were lower than […]

Cobham wins four-year FIFO contract

Cobham Aviation Services will fly Arvo RJ85 jets to West Australian mining sites as part of a new four-year fly-in, fly-out contract with Gold Fields Australia. The contract involves flying the 82-seat jet aircraft equipped with what Cobham says is gravel kit capability to Gold Fields Australia’s mines at Granny Smith and Darlot, both situated […]

Domestic market still suffering from capacity excess

Australia’s domestic aviation market continues to suffer from too many seats and not enough passengers, latest figures show. Data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) found Australia’s domestic carriers suffered a drop in load factors – an industry measure of how full planes are – in May. The report found overall […]

Virgin pilots call for air traffic control inquiry

One of the unions representing Virgin Australia pilots has called for a government inquiry into Australia’s air traffic control systems. The Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA) says federal infrastructure minister Warren Truss needs to hold a comprehensive and independent inquiry into the management of Australian airspace. VIPA executive director Simon O’Hara says the government needed […]

Newcastle Airport posts small traffic lift

Newcastle Airport has posted a slender increase in passenger numbers despite losing services to Sydney and Canberra after the collapse of Brindabella Airlines. The Hunter region airport said 1.19 million travellers passed through the terminal in the 12 months to June 30 2014, up 1.2 per cent from 1.18 million in the prior corresponding period. […]

Boeing opens expanded delivery centre

Boeing has opened an expanded delivery centre for its twin-aisle jetliners, a somewhat awkwardly timed event given that its most eagerly anticipated offering remains grounded by safety authorities. The expanded Everett Delivery Centre, located at Boeing headquarters in Washington state, boats three floors of amenities including a customer lounge, cafe, more than 20 conference rooms, […]

Pilatus to reveal new PC-24 biz jet

Pilatus will reveal its highly touted new twin-engine business jet at EBACE next month, the company has said. The Swiss manufacture has kept the project under a tight lid, saying only that the PC-24 jet will be its “biggest, fastest, most complex aircraft yet.” Reports have indicated the PC-24 is likely to seat up to […]

General Aviation trade show postponed to 2014

An inaugural trade show for recreational, sports and general aviation has been postponed until 2014. Organisers of the Aviatex show said the decision to push back the event, which had been scheduled for next month, came in response to industry feedback. “After widespread industry consultation, we are convinced that Aviatex offers the well-located, professionally presented […]

Jetstar NZ flies 5 millionth passenger

Jetstar New Zealand has carried its five millionth passenger since launching domestic operations in 2009. Auckland is Jetstar’s busiest destination with over 2.1 million domestic passengers flying in and out with the airline since their domestic services began in June 2009. “This is an extremely impressive result for Jetstar and proves that Jetstar’s commitment to […]

F-35B conducts first night STOVL

A US Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter has made its first night time short takeoff and vertical landing. (See video below). Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C.R. Clift conducted the flight April 2 to gather data on the helmet and lighting conditions for night time operations.The test was one of a series of events […]

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