Archive | February, 2010

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As Earthquake Hits Chile, Airline Operations in Flux

Following Saturday’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile, LAN’s operations to Australasia are in flux.A statement from the carrier says LAN’s Saturday Sydney-Auckland-Santiago flight  LA800 arrived in Chile but was diverted to an unspecified airport. Authorities shut Santiago’s airport for at least three days from Saturday.Sunday’s LA800 to Chile arrived in Auckland on its scheduled stop […]

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Photo of Note: V Australia First Flight One Year Ago

It was one year ago today Virgin Blue subsidiary V Australia made its first commercial flight, taking off from Sydney for Los Angeles. Yours truly was on the Sydney tarmac that day to capture the above photo of VH-VOZ making her last few seconds of contact with the runway.Flightglobal publication Airline Business went on an […]

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Air NZ Half-Year Results; Will Improve Trans-Tasman Service

At Air NZ’s half-year financial results, CEO Rob Fyfe announced his carrier will make undisclosed improvements to itsTrans-Tasman product. The carrier will start to unveil the improvementsin mid-March, after which Fyfe said competitors would be “scrambling to catch up”.The improvements come as Air NZ faces “unstable market dynamics” on the Trans-Tasman market, as Fyfe characterized […]

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Quirky News: Pacific Blue’s Cheeky Ad

Virgin Blue subsidiary Pacific Blue gets props in this edition of quirky news. The honour is for its cheeky ad campaign promoting NZ-Australia flights.First, some context: an earthquake last July moved New Zealand’s South Island 30cm closer to Australia.And now the ad from an e-mail sent earlier this week:For those looking to brush up on […]

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A Very Slow Rebound in Japanese Market

A Qantas A330-300 at Narita last July. Starting this July Qantas’s SYD-NRT flights will be operated with B747-400s and A330-200s in lieu of A333s. (Photo: Author)Qantas announced today it will add more seats to the Tokyo market. Qantas currently has a daily A330-300operation to Narita from Sydney. From 5 July a 2-class B747-400 willreplace the […]

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Virgin Blue Half-Year Earnings Press Conference

After an hour the Virgin Blue half-year earnings press conference is still going on, but here are some highlights:Financial results Virgin Blue posts A$62.5m profit after tax for the six months to December 2009 compared with a $101.4m loss in the same period a year earlier. Virgin Blue’s half-year profit was $4.5m more than that […]

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A Note on the V Aus Fiji Rights Return

V Aus 777 on the ground at SYD. An aircraft not in the sky is an aircraft not making money. The headline of V Australia applying to return to sister-carrier Pacific Blue its rights to fly to Fiji is gaining a lot of traction, but it’s important to read the details.Emphasis added from Etravelblackboard: In […]

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Quirky News: Air NZ’s Drink-Driving Problem?

In this edition of quirky news, it’s bad enough for an airline when one its pilot gets arrested for being drunk. But it’s really bad when a police superintendent says an airline has an underlying alcohol problem, as Air New Zealand has been accused of.From January to May 2008, according to recently released documents, four […]

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Qantas 747/380 Re-vamp Emphasies Y+, Affirms Air NZ and V Aus

First class is being thrown out on Qantas 747s (above) My colleague Siva Govindasamy attended this morning’s Qantas press conference. The Qantas Group announced traffic was marginally up, its half-year earnings were down 72% compared to last year, and the big ticket item: from the end of 2011 to 2012 Qantas will undergo a A$400m […]

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Qantas: A Jetstar Airline?

What in this livery might have to change soon? My friends Grant McHerron and Steve Visscher over at the excellent Plane Crazy Down Under podcast have a joke slowly becoming true.Jetstar aircraft are branded as “A Qantas Group Airline” (above). Yet Qantas’s new CEO, Alan Joyce, came from Jetstar–which he founded–and Qantas is adopting Jetstar […]

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