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Tigerair counts down to new Bali service

Tigerair Australia chief executive Rob Sharp says events such as the volcanic ash cloud and Jakarta terrorist attacks have not dampened demand for the low-cost carrier’s proposed Bali flights due to kick off in March.   The Virgin Australia-owned airline has completed the reconfiguration and repainting of the first of three Boeing 737-800s, VH-VUB, that will be used to operate Ade...

China Southern begins new Sydney-Shenzhen service

China Southern has boosted its presence in the local market with a new Sydney-Shenzhen service that opens a new gateway to Australia from one of China’s stronger economic regions The inaugural flight, CZ3071, took off a little after 1930 local time in Shenzhen on Wednesday, with the Airbus A330-300 B-6501 touching down just before 0800 in Sydney on Thursday. The aircraft was on the gro...

Minister unveils first Bombardier Challenger jets for AMSA

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has unveiled the first batch of Bombardier Challenger CL 604 twin-jets which will replace Aerorescue Dorniers for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) operations. On Wednesday, Truss inspected the first of four Bombardier Challenger CL 604, which was currently being fitted for sea...

Rex, Qantas and Virgin top on-time honours for December

Regional Express (Rex), Qantas and Virgin Australia were among the most punctual domestic airlines in December, government statistics show. Qantas had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals in December, with 88.6 per cent of its domestic flights reaching their destination within 15 minutes of schedule. The figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE...

RAAF’s first PC-21 pilots begin conversion training

The first Australian pilots to undertake conversion training on the Pilatus PC-21 pilot training aircraft recently arrived in Switzerland, the RAAF has announced. These pilots will form the transition team responsible for the development of the new training curriculum and simulators that are being acquired under the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System project, the contract for which has been awarded...

Gold Coast ILS project approved

Gold Coast Airport has received the green light to install an Instrument Landing System (ILS) as part of efforts to reduce the number of missed approaches, diversions and delays due to weather. The ILS, which assists pilots on equipped aircraft with a precise radio navigation aid, will be installed for flights landing from the north on Runway 14, which the airport has said previously is the dir...

Southern Belle heads south

The DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) firebomber Southern Belle has relocated from New South Wales to Avalon in Victoria. The DC-10, temporarily named Southern Belle for its deployment to Australia, had been based at RAAF Base Richmond, alongside an L-100-30 Hercules Large Air Tanker, after arriving in Australia in late September. “Now the risk is decreasing in the northern part of NS...

A340 testbed visits Darwin for ice crystals detection trials

An Airbus A340 testbed is currently operating out of Darwin Airport in search of icing conditions in tropical thunderstorms as part of a flight test campaign to trial new technologies developed to detect icing conditions. A340-300 F-WWAI – in fact A340 MSN1, the original A340 flight test development aircraft, which first flew in October 1991 – arrived in Darwin on January 11 and is...

Virgin Australia To Codeshare On Singapore Airlines’ New Canberra Services

Virgin Australia has welcomed today’s announcement that Singapore Airlines will introduce direct international services from Canberra to Singapore and Wellington from September 2016. As part of the alliance between the two airlines, Virgin Australia will codeshare on Singapore Airlines flights between Canberra and Singapore, providing Virgin Australia customers with greater access to Asia...

Melbourne takes increasing share of Asia traffic

Melbourne Airport has increased its share of all Australia-Asia passenger traffic from 15 per cent in 2000 to 25 per cent in 2013, while Sydney Airport’s share fell from 45 to 35 per cent over the same period, according to a research paper published in the University of Melbourne’s Journal of Transport Geography. ‘The fortunes of air transport gateways’ researc...

Learn on the fly with Virgin Australia’s wireless inflight edutainment system

“On your next flight, why not pass the time as you learn a new skill whilst flying above the clouds?” Virgin Australia asks as it launches its latest inflight entertainment innovation: short hour-long modules on a variety of subjects delivered via its wireless streaming inflight entertainment system. “Are you interested in learning a new skill, but just don’t seem to fin...

Virgin Australia’s new Perth terminal a seamless passenger experience

Thanks largely to a revitalised and business-focused Virgin Australia, Perth Airport is now home to what is possibly the best domestic terminal in Australia; Virgin’s T1 Domestic Pier. Over 4,200 people were involved in the construction of T1 Domestic. The project took 1.8 million man-hours, resulting in a concourse that stretches 250 metres; longer than the height of WA’s largest s...