Archive | April, 2011

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Safety concerns may delay Virgin Blue A330 services

A series of concerns from air safety regulator the Civil Aviation Safety Authority may delay Virgin Blue’s 26 May introduction of its A330-200 aircraft featuring business class to better compete with Qantas and achieve higher yields.Last week one of the aircraft’s crew failed a line check, a formal test of airmanship measured against regulations, and […]

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Virgin Blue applies for Virgin Australia name change

If the hints were not enough that Virgin Blue would re-brand as Virgin Australia, the airline has today applied to the country’s corporate regulator to formally begin changing its name to Virgin Australia.In forms signed by Virgin Blue company secretary Merren McArthur, Virgin Blue International Airlines has reserved Virgin Australia International Airlines for its name […]

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Virgin Australia to forgo red tail in new livery

The former Virgin Blue’s shift to Virgin Australia has been a gradual transition to a closer alignment with Virgin Atlantic, first with new uniforms and most recently with a similar logo. But the future Virgin Australia will not complete the look with a red tail.Virgin Australia’s tail will instead be a white/silver base with the […]

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Yes, Qantas is now looking at the 747-8 and 777 but…

…Qantas is only interested in the freighter versions.As we reported last week on Air Transport Intelligence: Qantas is mulling a plan to lease Boeing 747-8 or 777-200LR freighters, according to sources familiar with the matter. The lease would likely be for a single-digit number of aircraft and will be announced in the coming months. It […]

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Air NZ helps explain why the 777 isn’t right for Qantas

While perusing Air New Zealand’s entertainment booklet on my way back from New Zealand last week to visit the carrier’s new Aviation Institute, I saw this page–and had a revelation.This humble graphic listing the carrier’s fleet offers the most simplistic explanation to date of why the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is perfect for Air New Zealand […]

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Qantas to start third A380 LAX route next year?

One of Qantas’ newest A380 aircraft, VH-OQI, departs Melbourne on 17 April. An article on LAX’s terminal expansion from California paper Contra Costa Times offers this small but interesting nugget: “Qantas intends to add a third A380 jetliner to its Los Angeles routes in 2012″. A Qantas spokesman could not be drawn to comment on […]

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Photo: Virgin Australia logo revealed

Virgin Enterprises Limited, the brand management arm of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, has submitted the above logo to be trademarked with the Australian government’s brand management body, IP Australia, who only displays black and white versions of submissions. The Virgin Australia name has been registered as a trademark for an airline name and affiliated […]

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Jetstar’s Pinnacle seat retrofit good news for passengers

Jetstar passengers will be sure to notice a cabin retrofit the carrier will begin later this year.The carrier plans to retrofit half of its A320 fleet with B/E Aerospace’s Pinnacle seat, as we reported earlier today. The Pinnacle seat has relocated the “literature pocket” (where the in-flight magazine, safety card, and air sickness bag are […]

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Air India to launch Delhi-Melbourne flight as it eyes Sydney service

Air India plans to brings its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Melbourne starting 28 June, the latest in a series of launch dates. Photograph: Yannick Delamarre. Air India has set 28 June as the new start date of a daily Delhi-Melbourne service, which will be the only direct flight between the two countries, after a much […]

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Gladstone terminal opens for more competition & Strategic’s first flight

Gladstone airport today opened its new $7m terminal that features expanded arrival and departure areas, security screening, and new facilities for passengers–and it could not come soon enough.Passenger numbers have doubled at Gladstone in the last seven years, according to Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Anthony Albanese MP. Passenger numbers will further grow […]

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