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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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What Alan Joyce thinks of Virgin’s corporate and A330 plans

Over the next few weeks Virgin Blue is expected to make a number of announcements to help the carrier capture more of the corporate market and strengthen its network. Since new strengths will come at the expense of Qantas, it is worth considering what Qantas thinks of Virgin’s plans and how Qantas plans to fend […]

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Slideshow: Virgin Blue Converts 737 to Rock Concert Arena

Last October Virgin Blue converted B737 VH-VUA to host an in-flight Black Eyed Peas concert. Here’s a slideshow chronicling the very unique modifications. (I’m trying out some new software, so please leave feedback about how it works.)

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Qantas 747/380 Re-vamp Emphasies Y+, Affirms Air NZ and V Aus

First class is being thrown out on Qantas 747s (above) My colleague Siva Govindasamy attended this morning’s Qantas press conference. The Qantas Group announced traffic was marginally up, its half-year earnings were down 72% compared to last year, and the big ticket item: from the end of 2011 to 2012 Qantas will undergo a A$400m […]

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