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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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Is Virgin Australia hiding that it has in-flight connectivity?

Recent Boeing 737-800 deliveries to Virgin Australia have been notable not for their all white scheme or new livery but rather a small hump on the rear crown of the fuselage that Virgin will not comment on what it is, such as a radome for connectivity to use mobile phones or Internet in-flight. See this […]

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Southwest’s fuselage tear and the lessons Qantas (and Boeing) already learned

Those following last week’s five-foot-long fuselage tear (bottom right photo) in a Southwest Boeing 737-300, and the implications for regional 737 Classic operators here, may have read the Wall Street Journal’s account of Southwest’s and Boeing’s initial reactions to the incident and how to progress, with the key emphasis on Southwest possibly starting a new […]

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Air NZ expected to inspect entire 737 fleet for fatigue cracking

Air New Zealand Boeing 737-300 ZK-FRE (which is no longer with the carrier) at Auckland airport in 2009. Photograph: AirSpace user FlyPHANUK All 15 of Air New Zealand’s Boeing 737-300 aircraft will require fatigue crack inspections since the aircraft have line numbers in the affected series (2553-3132) identified by Boeing as being at risk for […]

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Why it’s only four 737s Qantas is inspecting for fatigue cracking

Although the Qantas Group operates 21 Boeing 737-400 aircraft, it only needs to inspect four of those aircraft for fatigue cracks following an airworthiness directive issued after a Southwest 737-300 developed a five foot hole in-flight. (Note: no Qantas aircraft have been grounded.) Why does Qantas only have to inspect four aircraft?The US Federal Aviation […]

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A flying reminder of a changing market as Virgin Blue unveils 737 in AFL livery

Virgin Blue wasted little time promoting its win of sponsoring the AFL, previously Qantas’s turf. The carrier unveiled a 737, VH-VUY, in a special AFL-themed livery, albeit incomplete: Virgin Blue’s logo was left out in anticipation of next month’s brand re-launch.Although some sections of the AFL are not pleased to be flying on Virgin Blue […]

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