Australian Aviation enjoyed record reader numbers and engagement on our website in 2018.
In a year when Qantas launched nonstop Perth-London flights with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the RAAF’s first F-35s to be based in Australia arrived home, the pilot shortage saw Qantas and Virgin Australia launch pilot academies, and Australia’s airports and airlines engaged in a robust debate over airport charges, these are the top 20 most read stories on australianaviation.com.au in 2018:
- 20 – Mixing the fleet – Network brings the A320 to Qantas
- 19 – Qantas receives eighth Boeing 787-9
- 18 – Is this the 767 replacement Qantas has been looking for?
- 17 – Canberra Airport calls Qantas 737 ransom claim “absolute baloney”
- 16 – New image shows extent of the fire damage to RAAF Growler
- 15 – First completed Boeing 777X emerges from final assembly
- 14 – Qantas Boeing 747-400 VH-OJT retired
- 13 – Jetstar to operate Airbus A321LR
- 12 – RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag
- 11 – Virgin Australia’s Embraer era comes to an end, accepts last 737NG delivery
- 10 – Qantas unveils indigenous livery Boeing 787-9
- 9 – First Qantas-painted Airbus A320 lands in Perth
- 8 – Qantas to set up its own pilot academy
- 7 – Air New Zealand suspends flying two 787s for engine repairs
- 6 – Making a sausage – Boeing’s plans for a tasty “new mid-market airplane”
- 5 – First Qantas Airbus A380 repainted in new livery
- 4 – Emirates to repaint Qantas A380s
- 3 – Qantas to retire the Boeing 747 in 2020
- 2 – Home again – the repairs and return of Qantas A380 VH-OQA Nancy-Bird Walton
- 1 – Qantas says 737 held for ransom at Canberra Airport
We hope you enjoyed reading our content on australianaviation.com.au in 2018. Let us know in the comments below what you enjoyed reading about in 2018, and what you would like to read about in 2019.