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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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Photo: Virgin Australia livery revealed early

The Virgin Australia livery has been revealed a few hours ahead of its official launch thanks to a spotter who captured Airbus A330-200 VH-XFB departing Subang, Malaysia as ferry flight VOZ9062 for Sydney with Sir Richard Branson onboard. Read more… You can follow updates from this morning’s events through my posts on Twitter. Photo: Jon […]

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There’s more than ‘Australia’ to Virgin’s Wednesday

When Virgin Group chief executive Sir Richard Branson tomorrow morning steps off Airbus A330-200 VH-XFB at Sydney airport and declares that after 10 years, 8 months, and 4 days of the Virgin Blue operation it will be re-branded as Virgin Australia in a Virgin Atlantic-esque look, that will only be the start of the next round […]

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Virgin Blue back to being stuck between Qantas, but for how long?

With Virgin Blue announcing more details of its domestic A330 service offering, it is evident the carrier is back to where it is trying to depart from: stuck in the middle between Qantas.Before John Borghetti joined as the carrier’s chief executive, the middle market position Virgin embraced and others derided was Virgin offering more than […]

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Meet Sydney’s gate 40, future boarding point for Virgin A330 flights

While Virgin Blue is preparing for the A330-200 to join its fleet–the first aircraft arrived in Melbourne last Saturday–with announcements about the new business class seat (or “chair” as it was labeled in a press kit), preparations are also underway at Sydney airport’s terminal two, where the aircraft will operate from on runs to Perth.The […]

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In transcon showdown, Qantas ditches unpopular business class and introduces more wide-body service

Photograph: Yannick Delamarre. As the transcon Australian market heats up with Virgin Blue’s forthcoming A330 services, Qantas today announced major upgrades to its transcon operation by increasing capacity by 15%, or 4300 seats a week into and out of Perth, removing its unpopular 2-3-2 business configuration, and deploying more premium, wide-body aircraft. In doing so, […]

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In defense of Joyce & Qantas fleet planning

Photo: Ken DeJarlais/Boeing. When Boeing in the 1990s went to create its new long-haul twinjet, the 777, it took the hitherto unprecedented step of involving ten airlines in the aircraft’s design. All but one of those airlines would go on to order scores of 777s.The standout? Qantas.In recent years commentators have come down hard on […]

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Airbus To Modify A330/A340 Software in Wake of Accidents

The second “interim factual” report to the Qantas A330-300 that dove 1000 feet in minutes has just been released [opens as PDF].Airbus is modifying the flight control software in A330s and A340s. An interim modification will be made to all Qantas A330s by the end of this month. A standard modification for all A330s and […]

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Safety Board to Release Second Report of Qantas A330 Accident

Following Tuesday’s release of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB) tests on oxygen bottles, tomorrow the ATSB will release its final second interim report on the Qantas A330 that dived 1000 feet in a matter of minutes over Western Australia.Let’s have a recap of the event and the first interim report (opens as PDF).Basics Flight: […]

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