Archive | July, 2011

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Senator’s proposed cabin crew rights bill more humble than revolutionary

Domestic tag flights between international services on Jetstar Airbus A330 flights are in contention with Senator Nick Xenophon. The prospect of the government banning foreign cabin crew on domestic flights, as reported in some outlets, would be a bold step–but if only it were true.In reality the private bill Independent Senator for South Australia Nick […]

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Before grounding Tiger showed signs of growing up

A cub no more? Before the Civil Aviation Safety Authority grounded Tiger Airways effective 1 July, the carrier was showing signs of operational maturity, although Tiger’s two low approaches in June and its subsequent grounding clearly indicate the safety side of the airline was deficient.The positive operational signs were coming via a series of network […]

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Tiger to resume services to only 5 cities?

Tiger’s reservation system on the home page now shows the carrier only offers flights from Melbourne to five cities, a sharp decrease from the 14 routes the carrier planned to be operating prior to its grounding.The Navitaire-powered service shows Tiger flying in Australia only from Melbourne to Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, and Sydney (right).Apparently […]

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One way or another, Tiger Australia service resumption in sight

Soon opening for business again? The Civil Aviation Safety Authority now believes Tiger Airways Australia is nearing a position to safely resume services.Yesterday the safety regulator indicated it had concluded its basic investigation of Tiger as it gave the carrier a set of undisclosed conditions, some of which Tiger must comply with before resuming services […]

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Virgin Australia finally unveils little-surprise regional route network

A Virgin ATR 72-500 bearing a French test registration. Photo: AirSpace user commercial aviation. Another of Virgin Australia’s poorly-kept secrets was made official today: Virgin’s new ATR 72-500 aircraft, to be operated by Skywest, will be used initially on the east coast to commence new services in October to Gladstone and Brisbane to Port Macquarie. […]

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Now Air New Zealand magically agrees with Boeing about 787-9 delivery date

Air New Zealand is now toeing Boeing’s line about the 787-9 delivery schedule after being put in the docket by the airframer for issuing harsh words about the embattled aircraft programme.To recap, last week in Sydney Air NZ chief financial officer Rob McDonald said his carrier expected to deploy the 787-9, for which it is […]

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24 August is a rebirth, not death, for Qantas

Navigating the challenges For those of you digging through wardrobes to find your best black attire and recalling years of memories to pick a few salient points to eulogize Qantas on 24 August when chief executive Alan Joyce announces a re-structure for its international division, you would be better off to stop what you are […]

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Photos: Inside the ATR 72-600, coming soon(ish) to Virgin Australia

This month Virgin Australia is due to take delivery of its first ATR turboprop aircraft, an ATR 72-500 after previously expecting the aircraft in May. It will be the first of four -500 variants and will be followed next year by four ATR 72-600, which received EASA certification in May.Virgin ordered up to 18 ATR […]

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Tiger ban likely to be lifted this week

Signs are strong that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is nearing satisfaction with a turn around at Tiger Airways and could early this week lift the grounding it imposed at the start of the month for a week and then extended until 1 August.CASA finally seems satisfied with the seriousness Tiger has taken to its […]

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Still no intention to serve Australia, American Airlines reaffirms

Boeing 777-300ERs to American, yes. To Australia, no. American Airlines has reaffirmed it has no intention to fly its own aircraft to Australia.The carrier’s comments follow a remark to Executive Road Warrior that its forthcoming Boeing 777-300ER aircraft had the range to operate routes like Los Angeles to Sydney. That acknowledgement sent speculation into overdrive […]

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