Still no intention to serve Australia, American Airlines reaffirms

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

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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

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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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Appointing ex-Qantas safety boss won’t alone fix Tiger’s problems

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Tiger Australia chief executive Tony Davis will be receiving safety advice from Chris Manning. How will the two work together? Tiger Airways Australia is further showing how serious it is about improving its safety tract, deficiencies in which led it be grounded on 2 July, by appointing former Qantas chief pilot Chris Manning to the […]

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Where art thou, Emirates A380 in Melbourne?

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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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Air New Zealand and Qantas take top honours at strategy awards

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On Sunday evening in London Air New Zealand and Qantas took top honours at the 10th annual Airline Strategy Awards, hosted by Flightglobal publication Airline Business. UK representatives of the carriers accepted the awards at Lincoln’s Inn.Air New Zealand won for marketing, with our judges–who include Ray Webster, Joe Leonard, and Geoff Dixon–saying Air NZ […]

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Auckland moves forward as Asia-South America hub, with potential unknown

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A Dubai of the southern hemisphere? Auckland is moving forward with a goal to become a network hub for flights between Asia and South America.The New Zealand government has given its officials a mandate to negotiate new and more liberalised air service agreements with China and Brazil, as well as up to eight other countries, […]

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Tiger Airways Australia pulls out of aviation conference

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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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Air Pacific begins restructure with eye on new widebody aircraft

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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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Air India to deploy 787 to Melbourne from October

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Air India 787 awaiting delivery. Photograph: AirSpace user Gloabl Ranger Melbourne will be the first Australian city to receive scheduled 787 service when Air India deploys the aircraft on its new Delhi-Melbourne route in October. “Direct flights to Australia are the top priority for us. The route will be profitable for Air India and is […]

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