Archive | March, 2011

Virgin Blue prepares truthful April Fools’ jig

For April Fools’ tomorrow Virgin Blue is expected to launch a campaign that it will pass off as a joke, as a fun, laid-back Virgin carrier might do. But it is believed an element of that campaign will actually be true.Let the guessing begin.

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The serious side to Jetstar telling pilots to “toughen up princesses”

With much objection from Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce, Senator Nick Xenophon tabled at this morning’s Senate inquiry into pilot training a letter from a Jetstar line pilot telling his approximately twenty fellow Perth-based pilots that if they were experiencing fatigue to “toughen up princesses!” because “You aren’t fatigued, you are tired and can’t […]

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How QF32 should not have been able to land & other stories

Damage on Qantas A380 VH-OQA from the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 uncontained engine failure last November. Photo: Dave Evans. After shedding an $11 million dollar engine’s intermediate pressure chamber, having a continuous fuel leak that caused the port wing to be 10 tonnes lighter than the starboard wing, and addressing some 58 ECAM messages generated by […]

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Rolls-Royce had early warning of Trent 900 manufacturing problems

We finally have part of an answer to a big outstanding question from last November’s uncontained Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine failure on Qantas A380 flight QF32: what Rolls-Royce knew of the powerplant’s weakness and why the C mod was introduced.Following QF32 it became clear problems on the Trent 900 were confined to two of three […]

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New insight into QF32 Trent 900 failure on ABC Four Corners Monday night

At 8:30 tonight the ABC1 Four Corners programme will air an hour-long documentary on November’s QF32 accident. Full reviews are embargoed until tonight, but those interested in the matter will definitely want to watch the programme. ABC has released in advance for reviewers the first half hour, which covers the flight from departure to return […]

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Virgin Blue’s US-Canada codeshare with Delta gives clues to Delta-V strategy

A line of three Delta Boeing 767-400s parked at London Heathrow’s T4. Photograph: AirSpace user Allan The Canadian Transportation Agency this month has approved a three year agreement for V Australia to codeshare on Delta’s flights between the United States and Canada.The approval is for Delta flights operated by the Atlanta-based carrier or its regional […]

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Balancing game change and short cash at Virgin Blue

The epithet “the airline industry is always in crisis” could be your reaction to Virgin Blue’s announcement this morning that it expects to post a financial loss of A$30-80m this year compared to last year’s $34.3m profit.Indeed, Virgin Blue has been directly affected by a number of incidents that are affecting travel demand: Queensland floods, […]

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Setting the record straight about that John Travolta Qantas safety video

John Travolta arrives in his 707, Jett Clipper Ella, at the Qantas 90th birthday celebrations in Brisbane last November. A small group of Qantas staff are upset with his appearance in the airline’s safety video. Photo: Will Horton Some stories are so sensationalist and lacking in objectivity that they deserve not to be talked about, […]

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Meet Sydney’s gate 40, future boarding point for Virgin A330 flights

While Virgin Blue is preparing for the A330-200 to join its fleet–the first aircraft arrived in Melbourne last Saturday–with announcements about the new business class seat (or “chair” as it was labeled in a press kit), preparations are also underway at Sydney airport’s terminal two, where the aircraft will operate from on runs to Perth.The […]

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Pictures: air-to-air with Hornets over Melbourne

Earlier today the Department of Defence and RAAF took a number of journos up on a C-130 for an air-to-air photo shoot with Hornets to coincide with this week’s Avalon airshow. You can view the slideshow below or go here for a full-screen view.

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