Thursday July 31, 2014

MH17 shootdown highlights “gap in the system”

MH17 shootdown highlights “gap in the system”

Airlines need clear and accurate information on where and when it is safe to fly, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says. While the tragic shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine “exposed a gap in the... [Continue reading]

Velocity error puts space travel briefly within reach

Velocity error puts space travel briefly within reach

Some members of Virgin Australia’s frequent flyer program Velocity were dreaming of space after an error temporarily gifted them about 23 million points. The unexpected 22,863,297 boost to their points balance, supposedly from a hotel stay booked... [Continue reading]

Countdown begins for first 787-9 commercial flight

Countdown begins for first 787-9 commercial flight

The race is on between All Nippon Airways and Air New Zealand for bragging rights as the first airline to operate the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on a scheduled commercial flight. Air NZ was the first to take delivery of the new aircraft, when the all-black... [Continue reading]

Straight-talking Air NZ sorry for delay

Straight-talking Air NZ sorry for delay

Air New Zealand has issued an unreserved apology and will shell out more than $220,000 in compensation payments after leaving passengers stranded for three days in Honolulu. The airline has let down the 227 people booked on the flight, general manager... [Continue reading]

Air NZ retires second-last 747-400

Air NZ retires second-last 747-400

For Air New Zealand it is a case of out with the old and in with the new. Fresh from taking delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the Kiwi flag carrier has retired one of its two remaining Boeing 747-400s. 747-475 ZK-SUH (msn 24896), has landed... [Continue reading]

Qantas to continue flying over Iraq

Qantas to continue flying over Iraq

Qantas says there is no risk to its flights to London flying through Iraqi airspace. The airline’s services between Dubai and London currently fly over Iraq, as do a number of other airlines’ flights between Asia and Europe. Qantas chief pilot... [Continue reading]

Qantas, Rex take on-time honours for June

Qantas, Rex take on-time honours for June

Qantas and Regional Express were Australia’s two most punctual airlines in June, new figures show. Qantas led all the major domestic carriers with 86.6 per cent of its flights departing within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure in June, the... [Continue reading]

Cobham wins four-year FIFO contract

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... [Continue reading]

Air NZ’s 787-9 makes first Australian visit

Air NZ’s 787-9 makes first Australian visit

Air New Zealand’s newly-delivered Boeing 787-9 made its first visit to Australia on Friday when the aircraft, ZK-NZE, flew a return Auckland-Sydney-Auckland proving flight. It was ZK-NZE’s first flight since arriving on delivery into Auckland... [Continue reading]

Domestic market still suffering from capacity excess

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... [Continue reading]

Virgin pilots call for air traffic control inquiry

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... [Continue reading]

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