Thursday October 23, 2014

Virgin completes partial sale of Velocity, pockets $336 million

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... [Continue reading]

Cairns farewells the Qantas 767

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... [Continue reading]

Rex and Qantas claim on-time honours for September

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... [Continue reading]

Expansion work begins at Queenstown Airport

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... [Continue reading]

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]

B-24 Liberator site secured

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,... [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]

Datalink upgrade for Army Tiger ARHs

Datalink upgrade for Army Tiger ARHs

The acquisition of an interim Tactical Data Link for the Australian Army’s ARH Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters has been approved by Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston. A total of 21 helicopters are set to be upgraded. The project, which... [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]

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