Monday September 22, 2014

Air New Zealand’s second 787 in flight testing

Air New Zealand’s second 787 in flight testing

Air New Zealand’s second Boeing 787-9 has completed a second day of flying over Washington State as the aircraft enters the final stages of its preparations before delivery. Flight tracking website flightaware.com shows ZK-NZF took off from Snohomish... [Continue reading]

Tigerair Australia joins gate-to-gate club

Tigerair Australia joins gate-to-gate club

Tigerair Australia is the last of Australia’s major carriers to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices in flight mode from the moment they board to the time they step off the aircraft. The low-cost carrier said on Thursday it had received... [Continue reading]

Air NZ 787-9 flights to Shanghai, Tokyo pushed back

Air NZ 787-9 flights to Shanghai, Tokyo pushed back

Air New Zealand has pushed back the start dates for Boeing 787-9 flights to Tokyo and Shanghai. In an update on global distribution systems, the Kiwi flag carrier’s first Dreamliner flight to Tokyo will now commence on December 2, about three weeks... [Continue reading]

Qantas’s foreign shareholding reaches 44.7 per cent

Qantas’s foreign shareholding reaches 44.7 per cent

Qantas says its foreign ownership level has risen to 44.7 per cent, edging closer to the 49 per cent legislated cap. In an update to the market on Wednesday, Qantas said its total foreign ownership level had risen from 43.7 per cent at July 31 to 44.7... [Continue reading]

SriLankan and Qantas enter codeshare agreement

SriLankan and Qantas enter codeshare agreement

SriLankan Airlines has inked a codeshare partnership with Qantas over flights between the Colombo and Australia, its fifth codeshare deal with a oneworld carrier, having joined the global alliance in April 2014. Under the partnership, Qantas will add... [Continue reading]

Qantas operates last 767 int’l flight as fleet winds down

Qantas operates last 767 int’l flight as fleet winds down

Qantas has retired one more Boeing 767 and withdrawn the aircraft from international services as part of its fleet renewal program. The 767’s last international flight in Qantas colours, which was operated by VH-OGU, landed in Sydney at 1708 on Saturday... [Continue reading]

Rex disappointed with “token” $1mln enroute scheme

Rex disappointed with “token” $1mln enroute scheme

Regional Express says it is disappointed with the government’s revival of the enroute subsidy scheme given it offers only a fraction of the assistance available from the previous scheme. Rex chief operating officer Neville Howell says the $1 million... [Continue reading]

Delivery of Virgin Australia’s newest A330 nears as another leaves fleet

Delivery of Virgin Australia’s newest A330 nears as another leaves fleet

Virgin Australia’s newest Airbus A330-200 has been sighted at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, as its delivery date nears. The aircraft has been allocated the Australian registration VH-XFJ, and is due to be delivered to Australia before... [Continue reading]

Qantas returns to Canada with nonstop summer services to Vancouver

Qantas returns to Canada with nonstop summer services to Vancouver

Qantas is to operate nonstop flights to Canada for the first time, with six seasonal return services between Sydney and Vancouver planned for January 2015. The direct flights will be operated by three-class Boeing 747-400 aircraft and will run twice... [Continue reading]

New colours, name for “Brett’s Jet”

New colours, name for “Brett’s Jet”

Virgin Australia has repainted and renamed the Boeing 737-800 which was named Brett’s Jet after Virgin Blue founding chief executive Brett Godfrey. The 737, VH-BZG, was one of the last aircraft in the Virgin Australia fleet still wearing the old... [Continue reading]

Industry welcomes government revival of enroute scheme

Industry welcomes government revival of enroute scheme

While the regional aviation sector has welcomed the revival of a scheme that subsidises the cost of navigation charges for flights to smaller regional centres, it says the new $1 million a year scheme is much smaller than the one it replaces. The federal... [Continue reading]

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