Archive | December, 2009

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Tonight: A380 Inaugural Flight to Antarctica

Antarctica, as seen from a previous Qantas 747-400 sightseeing trip. (Croydon Travel) In two hours at 6:10 PM Australian eastern time, a Qantas A380 charted by Croydon Travel will depart Melbourne as QF 2903 for a 12 hour sightseeing trip to Antarctica. It will be the first time an A380 has been in the south […]

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Qatar’s Sydney Plans Revealed?

On a recent Virgin Blue flight I was flipping through its in-flight magazine Voyeur. On page 124 listing codeshares and interline agreements, I read this curious statement under Qatar Airways:  Direct flights between Melbourne and Doha commence December 2009, and between Sydney and Doha commence April 2010. Yes, Qatar started services to Melbourne earlier this month. […]

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As Europe Recedes, Asia Leads in Oz (Updated)

AirAsia X and Singapore Airlines in Oz, but where’s the roo? (Photos: author) As this decade draws to an end (if you ignore when the millennium actually was) and commentators seek to define it,aviation’s decade legacy in Australia is clear. On the internationalfront, traffic shifted from European carriers to Asian carriers.Australia had historically been tied […]

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