Recycling initiatives for RAAF Williams Point Cook upgrade

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A planned infrastructure upgrade of RAAF Williams Point Cook will incorporate recycled materials to help reduce the base’s waste sent to landfill.

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UK recruits RAAF pilots to fly armed Reaper drones in Iraq

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The UK is thought to have moved to employ Australian pilots due to a “challenging” shortage of its own crew, according to reports.

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Retired Air Vice-Marshal reflects on Exercise Pitch Black

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John Quaife looks back on a long association with the RAAF’s biennial capstone exercise and reflects on changes to Pitch Black.

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Australia invests $1.3bn in new drone defence program

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Defence Minister Linda Reynold has announced the government will invest $1.3 billion in a new drone development program. 

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Air New Zealand puts trans-Tasman services on ice

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Air New Zealand has hit pause on bookings to Australia for the next month, citing new measures which cap the number of passengers arriving.

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Drone jamming business announces US and European deals

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The deal represents the biggest breakthrough for the Sydney-based company since its offerings were chosen as the preferred anti-drone solution for the European Union’s police forces in May.

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Last Classic Hornet completes service at RAAF Base Williamtown

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Defence Minister Melissa Price said 150 jobs in the Hunter region were supported through the deep service works, facilitated by Boeing Defence Australia.

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Feature: Qantas customers ask ‘where’s our money’ over refunds

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Australian Aviation investigates hundreds of complaints from Qantas customers angry over their inability to get refunds or information.

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Cyrus lifts the lid on Virgin 2.0, plans for Tigerless ‘hybrid’ 

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Cyrus Capital adviser and former Virgin America CEO Jonathan Peachey has detailed the company’s plans for a Virgin Australia reboot, as pressure mounts in the run-up to deadline day. With less than a fortnight left until binding offers are due, the Cyrus adviser revealed over the weekend that the company is moving forward with plans to […]

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Emirates returns to Brisbane and Perth as UAE lifts restrictions

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Emirates has announced it will return to Brisbane and Perth and increase services to Sydney and Melbourne from 15 June following the UAE’s announcement that it will lift transit restrictions.

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Virgin Group stays silent on shortlisting

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British business magnate and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has declined to comment on which of two remaining bidders his company prefers, according to a reports. “As the founder shareholder and licensor of the Virgin brand, Virgin Group will continue to engage with the administrator, bidders and management team in bringing Virgin Australia out […]

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Qantas Boeing 747-400 VH-OJU at the airline's Los Angeles maintenance facility. (Jordan Chong)

In full: The updated Qantas network

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With the recent unveiling of an expanded domestic travel network, Qantas services between state and territory capital cities are set to ramp up dramatically across the month of June. Intra-state services to regional hubs including Cairns and Broome are also set to receive a boost. The full list of current and additional flights operated by […]

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Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are heading their separate ways on the Tasman. (Rob Finlayson)

Canberra Airport calls for expressions of interest in trans-Tasman flights

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Canberra Airport has called for expressions of interest for the first trans-Tasman flight to Wellington, which it said could operate as soon as 1 July – subject to government approval. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry unveiled the full details of its proposal on Thursday, which allows would-be travellers to register their interest. The […]

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Qantas Boeing 787-9 VH-ZNA. (Qantas)

The Great Restart: Qantas adds 300 more weekly flights in June

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The business also announced it could increase capacity “up to 40 per cent” by the end of July depending on demand and the lifting of state border restrictions.

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Unis could fund quarantine for returning international students, hints Andrews

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has spoken on how to get “international education back on its feet,” arguing that some form of jointly-funded quarantine will likely be necessary. With strict border restrictions leaving thousands of international students trapped abroad, Universities Australia estimates that the sector faces losses of between $3.1 billion and $4.8 billion this year […]

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Samoa to welcome series of repatriation flights

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The first of a series of repatriation flights bound for Apia, the Samoan capital, has departed Auckland as Air New Zealand works with the national government to repatriate citizens stranded abroad. The Airbus A321A aircraft departed Auckland at 9:05am today and is due to arrive in Apia at 1:40pm local time. Repatriation flights between the […]

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Feature: Aerospace, COVID-19 and mounting challenges for lawyers

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In this cross-posting from Australian Aviation’s sister title Lawyers Weekly, Jerome Doraisamy speaks to HFW partner Mert Hifzi and senior associate James Jordan on how the business of aviation will change after the coronavirus pandemic has subsided. The legal tasks for professionals in the aviation space keep piling up, say two senior lawyers from HFW. […]

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Trans-Tasman bubble could open September, says travel coalition

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Quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand could “commence as early as September”, according to a travel industry group comprising of experts from both countries. The Trans-Tasman Safe Border Group is made up of representatives from 11 government agencies, six airports, two airlines, as well as a host of aviation, biosecurity and medical experts. “We […]

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Rex to face probe from corporate watchdog

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After Regional Express chose to publicly spruik its plan to compete with major carriers on capital city routes, the company could face millions in fines. On 12 May, Rex deputy chairman John Sharp announced to The Australian Financial Review that the company was seeking $200 million to fund the move, without giving prior notice to […]

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Pandemic to make Perth new ‘door to Australia’, claims industry vet

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Linus Bauer, managing consultant at Bauer Aviation Advisory, said that the influence of the COVID-19 outbreak will prove a boon for Qantas’ “ultra-long haul” (ULH) direct flights between Perth and London, and suggested that the West Australian capital could emerge as a key intercontinental hub over the next two-three years. In a report published by […]

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Morrison hints Sydneysiders could fly to Auckland before Perth

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Speaking to the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday, he also stated that Australia will not open its borders to international travellers “anytime soon.”

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Air New Zealand's is deferring deliveries of Airbus A321neo aircraft. (Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand yet to access government loan

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Air New Zealand has yet to tap into its $900m (NZD) of government loans, documents submitted to the country’s stock exchange reveal. 

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Partners – Virgin Blue and Delta Airlines planned to form an alliance. (Seth Jaworski)

TWU tells government’s Virgin representative bidders need assurances

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The union met with former Macquarie boss Nicholas Moore on Tuesday and told him a lack of reassurance means serious bidders are “trying to crunch numbers in the dark

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Virgin bidder pitches return to low-budget roots

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Indigo Partners’ Bill Franke has suggested that a shift towards a low-cost model could allow Virgin Australia to bounce back from administration. Franke co-founded Indigo, which recently emerged as one of four suitors short-listed for the Virgin Australia sale. The company specialises in investment in low-cost carriers (LCCs), maintaining stakes in both Frontier Airlines and […]

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