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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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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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Air New Zealand’s sharp words for Boeing over new 787-9 delay

Add Air New Zealand to the list of customers not mincing words with Boeing over delays to its 787 Dreamliner. Chief financial officer Rob McDonald in Sydney yesterday had a concise message over news the carrier’s first 787-9, for which it is the launch customer with an order for eight, has been delayed from late […]

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Where art thou, Emirates A380 in Melbourne?

Emirates A380 A6-EDJ makes a late adjustment on approach to Heathrow. Photograph: AirSpace user Eclipse Now that Virgin Australia’s re-branding is complete, there seems to be no question bigger on some minds than when Emirates will extend to Melbourne the honour it has given to Sydney by deploying the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus A380.The […]

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Tiger Airways Australia pulls out of aviation conference

For those of us counting on next week’s Australia Pacific Aviation Outlook Summit to receive real answers about Tiger Airways Australia’s grounding, keep looking.Tiger Australia managing director Crawford Rix–whose resignation was announced last week–has pulled out of delivering a keynote at the conference and has not been replaced. A conference spokeswoman confirmed Rix’s and Tiger’s […]

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