50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Australia aviation news

BITRE stats show the changing fortunes of Qantas International

Here’s a stat that illustrates how Qantas International has turned the corner – for the month of October 2015, the number of passengers Qantas carried on its international operations to and from Australia grew by over five per cent, according to latest government data. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)’s latest monthly ‘International...

Rex resumes Mornington Island flights

Regional Express (Rex) has resumed services to Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria after CASA closed the runway there to aircraft larger than 5,700kg MTOW on December 16 “Recent runway repairs removed the runway length restriction yesterday and have enabled Rex to deploy its lighter Chieftain aircraft (operated by its subsidiary Air Link Airlines) as a shuttle service between Mor...

Singapore Airlines to launch Changi-Canberra-Wellington A330 flights?

Singapore Airlines seems set to start Canberra’s first long-haul international services with a four times weekly service from its hub at Changi Airport, which will continue as a tag flight to the New Zealand capital Wellington. The SQ service, expected to be announced by Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong next week in Canberra, according to the Australian Financial Review, wi...

Hong Kong Airlines’ first Australian service to Gold Coast and Cairns touches down

Hong Kong Airlines operated its inaugural Hong-Kong-Gold Coast-Cairns-Hong Kong service on the weekend. The new thrice-weekly extended season of charter flights will operate through until March including the Chinese New Year period, the peak travel season for the Chinese market. The flights depart Hong Kong for the Gold Coast on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings, returning to Hong Kong via...

Start-up digital disrupter, Airly, says it's found a big hole in the aviation industry

There's a new way to fly Australia's busiest air routes without standing in long lines to check in. A company called Airly is offering unlimited private flights between Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney for members who pay a monthly fee.  But aviation experts say the start-up is doomed to fail because it's never been a better time to fly regular commercial domestic jets around...

Qantas plane flies with an extra engine on the wing

You've probably never thought too much about how to quickly transport a 10-tonne plane engine, but Qantas has the answer. Just strap it to the wing of a Boeing 747. Qantas Flight 63 took off from Sydney with an extra Rolls Royce turbofan attached to the left wing between an inner engine and the plane's body. The engine was not powered; it just came along for the ride to Johannesburg,...

Air force spending $90 million to convert luxury corporate jets into spy planes

The Royal Australian Air Force is spending more than $90 million to convert luxury corporate jets into state-of-the-art spy planes. PM can reveal the high-tech surveillance aircraft are due to come into service at the end of next year. Here's defence reporter Andrew Greene. ANDREW GREENE: The Gulfstream G550 is a luxury corporate jet boasting the ability to fly more than 12 hours nons...

Hobart Airport masterplan approved

Minister for Infrastructure Warren Truss approved the latest masterplan for Hobart Airport in the days before Christmas. Central to the plan, under which the airport maps out how it will address forecast passenger growth over the next 20 years, is the planned extension of the airport’s runway (12/30) to 2,751 metres. “Approval of this plan allows for the construction of the...

Cobham lands new resource contracts

Cobham Aviation Services says it has been awarded two new contracts for one existing and one new fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) client. The new contract is with Karara Mining, providing eight flights a week in support Karara’s iron ore operations 105nm south-east of Geraldton in mid-west Western Australia. The short 30 minute flight from Perth features a reduced cabin service, reducing the we...

SQ to bring premium economy to Melbourne with seasonal A380 flights

Singapore Airlines’ new premium economy product will debut on the Singapore-Melbourne route from late June when the airline resumes seasonal Airbus A380 flights. The A380 returns to Melbourne on the SQ217/218 rotation as part of a seasonal capacity increase during the holiday peak and will operate three times a week from June 26 until September 3, Singapore Airlines said. “U...

Special missions Gulfstream 550s for the RAAF?

L-3 Communications will modify an unspecified number of Gulfstream G550 aircraft for Australia under a US$93.6 million foreign military sales deal announced by the US Department of Defense on December 28. “L-3 Communications Mission Integration, Greenville, Texas, has been awarded a $93,632,287 firm fixed-price undefinitised contract action task order (1648) for Australia Government...

Challenger arrival heralds new era for Australian SAR

The first of four Bombardier Challenger 604 special missions jets which Cobham Aviation will operate under a 12-year contract to provide search and rescue aircraft for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has arrived in Australia. The aircraft, currently registered to Canada’s Field Aviation as C-FIDT, arrived into Adelaide around midday on Wednesday after d...