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Has Southern Hemisphere learned from north about ash?

A column of smoke and ashes expelled by the Puyehue volcano in Entre Lagos, 1.100 km south of Santiago, capital of Chile. Southern Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century Saturday. Photo: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features. As Chile’s Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano eruption brings operations to a halt at Melbourne airport and causes […]

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A lounge worse than McDonald’s and service lower than a “snake’s scrotum”: funny complaints to Air New Zealand

For some weekend fun I thought I would transcribe funny complaint letters Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe received and shared during an address at the National Aviation Press Club in Sydney last year.Fyfe preceded the tales by noting he generally receives four compliments for every complaint and that he personally responds to ever […]

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Quirky News: Create a Cocktail, Snack or Eye Mask for Air NZ

How would you like to have that as your business class eye mask? Air NZ is inviting the public to design cocktails, snacks, and eye masks.Last year when V Australia unveiled its first B777-300ER, it boasted of a women-only loo, wall paper with hidden Australian icons, and salt and pepper shakers modeled after the Sydney […]

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Air NZ: Please Spoon (Yes, As In the Innuendo)

In this edition of quirky news, when Singapore Airlines introduced its first class suite on its A380, it had to make clear “appropriate” and “inappropriate” behaviour, which roughly translated as no sex, although squeaky clean Singapore never used the S word.Air New Zealand, however, to promote its quasi-bed economy seat is actively using a different, […]

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Air NZ’s Unbundling–Misdirected or Way Forward?

The Virgin Blue executive team’s Thursday was bad enough, given their, um, recuperation from the previous night’s party celebrating V Australia’s JNB flights.And then Air NZ announced it was re-structuring its product and prices on Trans-Tasman (flights to Australia) and Pacific Island flights*, which it hinted at during its half-year results last month. Business class […]

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Air NZ Half-Year Results; Will Improve Trans-Tasman Service

At Air NZ’s half-year financial results, CEO Rob Fyfe announced his carrier will make undisclosed improvements to itsTrans-Tasman product. The carrier will start to unveil the improvementsin mid-March, after which Fyfe said competitors would be “scrambling to catch up”.The improvements come as Air NZ faces “unstable market dynamics” on the Trans-Tasman market, as Fyfe characterized […]

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Quirky News: Air NZ’s Drink-Driving Problem?

In this edition of quirky news, it’s bad enough for an airline when one its pilot gets arrested for being drunk. But it’s really bad when a police superintendent says an airline has an underlying alcohol problem, as Air New Zealand has been accused of.From January to May 2008, according to recently released documents, four […]

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Qantas 747/380 Re-vamp Emphasies Y+, Affirms Air NZ and V Aus

First class is being thrown out on Qantas 747s (above) My colleague Siva Govindasamy attended this morning’s Qantas press conference. The Qantas Group announced traffic was marginally up, its half-year earnings were down 72% compared to last year, and the big ticket item: from the end of 2011 to 2012 Qantas will undergo a A$400m […]

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Setting the Naysayers Right About BA’s Biofuel Programme

Taken by AirSpace user berniec Earlier this week British Airways announced it will build a plant to convert landfill waste to jet fuel, and use the fuel by 2014.This is a big step forwarding for aviation & the environment, a topic I’ve been interested in, but naysayers are doubting the plan. From The Independent: BA […]

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Quirky News: Drag Queens and Virgin’s New Flag

In this edition of quirky aviation news, drag queens are taking over the industry. (Cue Seinfeld: Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)Virgin Blue announced its holiday division will offer a special Mardi Gras themed flight, 25 February’s DJ 857 from Melbourne to Sydney, host of the gay and lesbian Mardi Gras. Virgin Blue is […]

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