Japan Airlines touches down in Melbourne

Japan Airlines inaugural flight to Melbourne on September 1 2017. (Victor Pody)

Japan Airlines has underlined the resurgence in the Australia-Japan market with the start of nonstop Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) flights. The inaugural service, operated as flight JL773 by Boeing 787-8 JA845J, touched down at Melbourne Tullamarine just before 2200 on Friday night after a 10 and a half hour … [Read more...]

RAAF finishes repaint of C-130J fleet

C-130J Hercules, A97-448, emerges from the Douglas Aerospace hangar at Wagga Airport following the aircraft's repaint. (Defence)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has finished the repainting program of its fleet of 12 Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules airlifters. The last C-130J to be repainted in the current two-tone dark grey scheme, A97-448, emerged from the Douglas Aerospace hangar at Wagga Wagga Airport in mid-August, images … [Read more...]

Qantas’s first 787-9 in final assembly

Qantas's first Boeing 787-9 at final assembly. (Qantas/Instagram)

Qantas’s first Boeing 787-9 is now under final assembly ahead of its anticipated October delivery date. A photo posted to Qantas’s Instagram account on Friday shows the fuselage joined to the nose and tail, while the wings were in the process of being attached at Boeing’s Everett facility. Qantas said … [Read more...]

Oldest Qantas 747 retires to the desert

The oldest aircraft in the mainline Qantas fleet, Boeing 747-438 VH-OJM, has been retired, operating its last revenue flight on Sunday. VH-OJM Gosford operated QF73 from Sydney to San Francisco, the 13 hour flight departing just before 1:15pm on Sunday. After a few hours on the ground the quad-jet then … [Read more...]