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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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Reprise for Air New Zealand’s 747s as retirement postponed until 2014

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 747-400 fleet is getting a stay of execution thanks to a fresh delay to the 787-9.The 747 fleet was due to be retired by the end of next year but will now remain in service until the carrier’s first 787-9 is delivered sometime in 2014, chief financial officer Rob McDonald said.Air […]

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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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Air Pacific begins restructure with eye on new widebody aircraft

Better times ahead? Photograph: AirSpace user boeing777 Debt-ridden Loss-making carrier Air Pacific hopes to turn its prospects around by restructuring its schedule and fleet by retiring its Boeing 767 and adding a 737 as it finalises an imminent acquisition plan for widebody aircraft.The Fijian national carrier expects to announce its wide-body selection within a month, […]

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Announcements pending for Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia is expected to make the most of Sir Richard Branson’s ongoing visit to Australia by disclosing strategic decisions. The Virgin Group founder is in Australia for charity talks, announced Virgin’s eucalyptus biofuel project, and is having some mid-flight fun with toilet paper.Some announcements were due to be released late last week but were […]

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Qantas to retire 767s no later than 2018

Qantas expects 2018 to be the latest year by which it will retire its 26-strong Boeing 767 fleet.The indicative timing was the only forward projection of the airline’s fleet disclosed to a recent Macquarie conference.A Qantas spokesman says the carrier could look to retire its large-capacity domestic workhorse earlier than 2018 if deliveries of 787 […]

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Photo: First F70LR arrives in Australia

Over the weekend resource industry fly-in, fly-out provider Alliance Airlines took delivery of the first of two Fokker F70 long range aircraft, as seen above. Alliance has recently acquired the pair, along with two more Fokker F100 aircraft.“The capabilities of the F70LR and the ability to easily integrate the aircraft into our existing fleet made […]

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Qantas domestic cuts bring it back to reality

Qantas, including Jetstar, will trim domestic capacity and defer or cancel forthcoming narrow-body aircraft, including Boeing 737-800s. Although the Qantas Group’s domestic network–mainline and Jetstar–is not as glamorous as its international network, it is profitable and, along with the frequent flyer programme, props up Qantas’s loss-making international network. It thus seems especially concerning when Qantas […]

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Qantas may cancel aircraft deliveries? Let’s do the math.

Boeing image of a Qantas 787, released at the time of the company’s order. The prospect of Qantas culling kangaroos in the form of new aircraft deliveries warrants a closer look.As Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce told The Australian, “everything is on the table” when it comes to reviewing the airline’s loss-making international operations, including […]

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