Archive | June, 2011

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AirAsia X cleared to serve the world–except Sydney

Photo: commercial aviation. Sydney is still off-limits for AirAsia X to fly to despite the Malaysian government lifting route restrictions on the low-cost, long-haul carrier.“Basically there will be no further route restrictions on AirAsia X. Previously there was something about you’ve got to fly three new routes before you are allowed to fly one parallel […]

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AirAsia X cleared to serve the world–except Sydney

Photo: commercial aviation. Sydney is still off-limits for AirAsia X to fly to despite the Malaysian government lifting route restrictions on the low-cost, long-haul carrier.“Basically there will be no further route restrictions on AirAsia X. Previously there was something about you’ve got to fly three new routes before you are allowed to fly one parallel […]

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Qantas complacency at its finest, and how Joyce may be its only hope

For some, a recent Hitler parody video explains all that is wrong with Qantas. But for those wanting a more insightful and accurate account, look no further than 13 words chief executive Alan Joyce delivered last week about Qantas International: “It has achieved its required returns only three times in the past 15 years.”And if […]

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Hold on–is Qantas dying or highly profitable?

Sunset or sunrise for Qantas? Photograph: AirSpace user flcriminal At first glance Qantas’s announcement that it expects to make $83m-133m this half for an annual profit before tax of A$500-550m–a 1.07-1.18% increase from last year–seems incompatible with statements four months ago effectively predicting the end of the airline, let alone its claims it cannot afford […]

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Global and local perspectives of the Paris air show #PAS11

As we head into the third day of the Paris air show (our fourth day covering the show), it is interesting to compare the local and global perspectives of the show.Case in point: the Ryanair and Comac announcement. In Australia the Sydney Morning Herald is running with the headline “Ryanair steals spotlight at airshow”. Let […]

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Are these Virgin Australia’s new A330 business class seats?

Half-way through a promotional video interview with Virgin Australia creative director and livery designer Hans Hulsbosch, the film crew turn their cameras to computer screens depicting the uniform manual, livery design, lounge layout, and a set of business class seats.But the business class seats shown–screen captured above from the video’s 1:28 mark–are not seats installed […]

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John Travolta’s 707 is at the Paris Air Show–but why?

Way, way, way in the background of the above pic taken while walking about the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget is John Travolta’s Boeing 707, N707JT. It is parked with some vintage jets away from the publicly-accessible static area, and thus no opportunity to pry further.We do know Travolta loves aviation, and he did […]

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Government v. airlines as the next step for biofuels

One possible bio-derived jet fuel option: juncea. The series of bio-derived jet fuel demonstration flights that commenced in 2008 with Virgin Atlantic and later Air New Zealand left no doubt biofuels could be a reality in aviation, and the flights helped start the biofuel certification processes.As certification is now expected imminently, there is a debate […]

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Video: Qantas explains why it didn’t fly during the ash cloud

This week Qantas has seemed helpless responding to Air New Zealand’s assertion that the Australian carrier, unlike Air NZ, opted not to spend extra money on fuel to fly around or below the ash cloud, sometimes increasing the flight route’s distance by 10%. Qantas was adamant with its short “safety over schedule” maxim while Air […]

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Cebu Pacific eyes Australia service with A321neos

Australia is one destination Philippine-based low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific will be able to serve thanks to its order today of 30 Airbus A321neos (above), with 10 options due for delivery from 2015. The carrier also firmed options for an additional seven A320s.“Cebu Pacific has made the largest firm order for the Airbus A321neo aircraft in […]

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