Wednesday October 22, 2014

Cathay celebrates 40 years of service to Sydney

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... [Continue reading]

Joyce says Virgin forced to “scramble” in bid to keep up with Qantas

Joyce says Virgin forced to “scramble” in bid to keep up with Qantas

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says his airline’s upgrade of business class seats across its Airbus A330 fleet has forced rival Virgin Australia to “scramble” to keep up. Although Virgin was first to unveil its new business suite at a presentation... [Continue reading]

Analysis – how the new Qantas A330 business class seat measures up

Analysis – how the new Qantas A330 business class seat measures up

Qantas’s new Business Suite is set to take to the skies “from later this year” aboard Airbus A330-200 aircraft serving domestic transcontinental routes. Asia services will see the new Thompson Vantage XL seat next year as refitted aircraft return... [Continue reading]

Qantas unveils new business class seat

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... [Continue reading]

Qantas to build new Perth domestic business lounge

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,... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia plans full ownership of Tigerair Australia

Virgin Australia plans full ownership of Tigerair Australia

Virgin Australia says the takeover of Tigerair Australia will fast track the low-cost carrier’s path to profitability through international expansion and back room cost efficiencies. Australia’s second-largest carrier will pay A$1 to pick up the... [Continue reading]

Virgin says losses narrowed in first quarter of 2014/15

Virgin says losses narrowed in first quarter of 2014/15

Virgin Australia says consumer conditions remain weak as the carrier reported a $59.1 million statutory net loss in the first quarter of 2014/15. The airline, which has moved to quarterly reporting of its financial performance, says the underlying loss... [Continue reading]

Qantas signs 20-year lease on new LAX hangar

Qantas signs 20-year lease on new LAX hangar

In a sign of confidence regarding its Airbus A380 operations, Qantas has signed a 20-year lease for a new maintenance facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The new hangar will include two parking pads capable of taking Airbus A380 aircraft,... [Continue reading]

Skytrans boss upbeat despite contract loss

Skytrans boss upbeat despite contract loss

Skytrans chief executive Simon Wild is confident there will be new opportunities for the airline after losing three Queensland government contracts. The regional carrier, which operates a mix of regular public transport, fly-in/fly-out and charter flights,... [Continue reading]

Essendon Airport welcomed Australia’s first domestic jet 50 years ago

Essendon Airport welcomed Australia’s first domestic jet 50 years ago

Australia’s domestic airlines entered the jet age 50 years ago today, October 16, when a pair of Boeing 727-100s landed at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport. The two aircraft – first Ansett-ANA’s VH-RME flown by Captain A Lovell and then... [Continue reading]

Water leak prompts mop change at Qantas

Water leak prompts mop change at Qantas

The humble cotton mop has been identified as the likely culprit behind the flooding of the business class cabin on a Qantas Airbus A380 in July, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says. Qantas flight QF94 headed for Melbourne was forced to... [Continue reading]

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