Archive | March, 2010

Super Hornet Fly Over at Amberley

The first five of 24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets for the Royal Australian Air Force have arrived in Australia at its largest air force base, Amberley in Queensland. The F/A-18Fs are Canberra’s first new combat aircraft in 25 years. More here, including an update on Boeing’s efforts to sell the Super Hornet to other countries.Here’s my […]

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Super Hornets in New Zealand

Yesterday the first 5 of 24 Super Hornets arrived in Australia from Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. The Super Hornets’ trip across the Pacific involved multiple stops, including in Auckland where AirSpace photographer Peter Clark (NZpeteair) snapped these photos. On the ground at Auckland Departing Auckland for Amberley Peter also captured two accompanying aircraft, […]

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Quirky News: Create a Cocktail, Snack or Eye Mask for Air NZ

How would you like to have that as your business class eye mask? Air NZ is inviting the public to design cocktails, snacks, and eye masks.Last year when V Australia unveiled its first B777-300ER, it boasted of a women-only loo, wall paper with hidden Australian icons, and salt and pepper shakers modeled after the Sydney […]

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Australia’s Super Hornet Timeline

In about 14 hours the first 5 of 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets for the Royal Australian Air Force will touch down for the first time on Australian soil at Amberley Air Force Base, southwest of Brisbane in Queensland.Wings Down Under will be at the base for the event. You can follow me on Twitter for […]

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Air NZ: Please Spoon (Yes, As In the Innuendo)

In this edition of quirky news, when Singapore Airlines introduced its first class suite on its A380, it had to make clear “appropriate” and “inappropriate” behaviour, which roughly translated as no sex, although squeaky clean Singapore never used the S word.Air New Zealand, however, to promote its quasi-bed economy seat is actively using a different, […]

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Air NZ’s Unbundling–Misdirected or Way Forward?

The Virgin Blue executive team’s Thursday was bad enough, given their, um, recuperation from the previous night’s party celebrating V Australia’s JNB flights.And then Air NZ announced it was re-structuring its product and prices on Trans-Tasman (flights to Australia) and Pacific Island flights*, which it hinted at during its half-year results last month. Business class […]

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Slideshow: Virgin Blue Converts 737 to Rock Concert Arena

Last October Virgin Blue converted B737 VH-VUA to host an in-flight Black Eyed Peas concert. Here’s a slideshow chronicling the very unique modifications. (I’m trying out some new software, so please leave feedback about how it works.)

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Winners and Losers in the Jetstar, Tiger and Hobart Airport Fee Battle

Will Horton South and detached (physically, although some might argue in other ways too) from mainland Australia, Tasmania is frequently forgotten. Ditto for the island state’s Hobart Airport, which sees approximately 22 passenger flights a day, primarily on narrow-bodies. But now the airport is in a fight with LCCs over fees. The airport announced last […]

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New Virgin Blue CEO Appointment Imminent?

Virgin Blue has just issued an alert for a conference at 11am this morning in Sydney for a “a significant announcement for the Virgin Blue Airlines Group”.Neil Chatfield, Chairman, Virgin Blue Holdings Limited, will hold the conference. Most past conferences are billed as being held with CEO Brett Godfrey (left).Looks like Godfrey’s replacement will be […]

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More Berating from Tony Davis

Tiger Airways group CEO Tony Davis (right) is at it again, dismissing the AirAsia-Jetstar JV. Last month when he proclaimed the JV was “doomed”, his action was almost excusable given some cheap shots Qantas CEO Alan Joyce made.As my colleague Ghim-Lay Yeo reports, Davis has branded the JV as “nothing more than a publicity stunt”. […]

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