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

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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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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Air India to deploy 787 to Melbourne from October

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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No Australian subsidiary soon, AirAsia says

A fleet of AirAsia Airbus A320s could be on their way to Australia, but not soon. Photograph: AirSpace user commercial aviation The current woes of Tiger Airways Australia are not enough for competing pan-Asian carrier AirAsia to fast-track its evaluation of launching a subsidiary in Australia.“Regarding AirAsia Australia, it remains a possibility although not in […]

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Don’t pop the champagne yet on Qantas returning to Beijing

News of the Qantas Group returning to Beijing, after the mainline carrier withdrew in 2009, should be embraced cautiously rather than with a wide-armed ni hao.And that is not because the Airbus A330-200 route, via Singapore, is another example of the familiar protest concerning Qantas shuttling routes and anything new to Jetstar. The route raises […]

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