Archive | April, 2010

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Air Austral to Upgauge SYD With 777-300ER

Air Austral’s B777-300ER will operate on the Reunion-Sydney-Noumea route from next February. Photo by AirSpace user dream.Following an anti-terrorism training exercise in which an Air Austral B777-300ER was accidentally shot at, the carrier’s two-strong -300ER fleet is going to receive some Pacific rejuvenation.Reunion-based Air Austral will from next February upgauge its twice-weekly Reunion-Sydney-Noumea service from […]

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Round-the-World Trip With Gyroplane Passes Through NZ

Melanie and Andreas Stuetz are on an around-the-world adventure in their gyroplane and recently passed through New Zealand. They’ve released the above photo of their gyroplane.Their website says: The flight went from the Skyranch in Manilla, through the Dividing Range, over Tiger Country to the East Coast and headed further North. After that Melanie & […]

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Excuse Me, Have You Seen My Landing Gear Doors?

A Swiss PC9, taken by AirSpace user Jackus39 In this installment of quirky aviation news, the Royal Australian Air Force has issued a statement that a RAAF PC9 conducting a training mission over Heyfield in eastern Victoria  today “had two landing gear doors separate from the aircraft during flight”.For the uninitiated, the RAAF is kind […]

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V Australia Delays Last Two 777s, Might Not Take Delivery

Will Horton [Updated with commentary at end]V Australia, Virgin Blue’s long-haul subsidiary, has converted its last two B777-300ER on firm order to options, according to a company spokeswoman.This was done in conjunction with Virgin Blue’s recent firm order for 50 Boeing 737s, which came with options for another 55 B737s.Boeing was about to commence work […]

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Photos of Wheel and Tyre Damage to Qantas A380

Remember the Qantas A380 that burst its tyres upon landing at Sydney on 30 March?Well here are some photos sent to me of the damage of the QF32 flight. Not only were the tyres shredded, there was substantial damage to the undercarriage with the bottom portions of some wheels entirely chipped off.It is rumored the […]

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A Week of Resurrected Airline Rumours

Perhaps fitting since Sunday was Easter, this week saw two resurrected airline rumours.TIGER TO AVALON?First was that Tiger Airways would start flights out of Melbourne’s Avalon airport, which the carrier refused to confirm or deny. Presently only Jetstar serves Avalon, 55 km from Melbourne’s CBD, where transport options from the CBD are to drive or […]

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Challenges Abound For Air Pacific’s New CEO From Virgin America

AirSpace user Seat 1A What words of encouragement might Air Pacific outgoing CEO John Campbell have for his successor?“There is a saying that when two elephants fight, the grass is crushed. We’re the grass.”Campbell was speaking to the Wall Street Journal last year about new and strong competition from Australia’s Jetstar and V Australia, the […]

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Fly on a DC-6 in 2011 in Australia

Namibia Commercial Aviation Next February Namibia Commercial Aviation’s DC-6B (above) will arrive in Australia for a two-month long tour to commemorate Australia’s centenary of powered flight. (Historically speaking, I presume they mean the centenary of Australia’s powered passenger flight–which occurred in 1911–as Australia’s first powered flight was in 1909.)The DC-6B, V5-NCG serial no. 45564, was […]

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Virgin Orders 50x 737s, But Where’s The -900ER?

A 737-800 takes off from Melbourne Tullamarine. (Photo: Will Horton)Whatever April Fool’s pranks punters come up with–787 in-flight restaurant, hologram IFE–Boeing can relax knowing it has today signed an agreement with Virgin Blue for 50 B737-800s with 25 options and 30 purchase rights for delivery from next year until 2017.The order is the largest in […]

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