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Jetgo delays launch of Dubbo-Melbourne service

Jetgo has delayed the launch of its new Dubbo-Melbourne service after the regional carrier was unable to secure terminal space at Tullamarine and prevented from operating to Essendon Airport due to a lack of passenger screening facilities. The new three times a week offering was due to begin in late October and run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with 36-seat Embraer ERJ-135 region...

MH-60R Romeo’s Hellfire missile accepted into Navy service

The Navy has accepted the Lockheed Martin AGM-114N Hellfire air-to-ground missile into service with the weapon to equip the Fleet Air Arm’s MH-60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters. Navy says the first live firing of the Hellfire N in Australia in is planned to occur early next year. “Although the Australian Navy now has experience firing the weapon in the US...

Virgin chooses Amadeus system to manage aircraft load control processes

Virgin Australia will manage its aircraft load control processes using a flight management system from airline IT company Amadeus as part of a new partnership between the pair. While Virgin will maintain its use of Sabre for its passenger service system (PSS), the airline has chosen the Amadeus Altea Departure Control Flight Management (Altea DC-FM) system as a standalone product for its a...

Global project investigating aviation safety data collection

A global project is investigating how airlines, regulators and other aviation groups collect, analyse and share safety data. The project began in 2012, when Flight Safety Foundation signed a memorandum of cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to look at ways of enhancing aviation safety through the exchange of safety information. And while initial observations...

Queenstown Airport CEO Scott Patterson dies after short battle with cancer

Queenstown Airport (QAC) chief executive Scott Patterson has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 57. The airport confirmed the sad news in a media statement on Wednesday. Scott Patterson. (Queenstown Airport) Queenstown Airport chairman John Gilks said Patterson was a highly respected colleague and manager and would be “sorely missed by us all”. “On beha...

First Gold Coast-China Direct Commercial Flight Touches Down at Coolangatta

The first direct commercial flight from China to the Gold Coast has landed at Coolangatta airport. The flight touched down about 8:00 a.m. (AEST) today. The airport's chief operating officer, David Collins, said the 300 passengers were given a warm welcome. "We are very excited, our first flight from Wuhan has arrived this morning in all its glory, to be greeted by water can...

Qantas Foundation reveals new Museum of Contemporary Art Australia donation

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Qantas and Tate have today announced an unprecedented International Joint Acquisition Program for contemporary Australian art. Made possible through a $2.75 million corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation, this ground-breaking collaboration will increase the international profile of contemporary Australian art as part of the national carrier’s r...

Star Alliance boss says Virgin Australia would fit in well as a Star member

Star Alliance chief executive Mark Schwab says Virgin Australia would very much fit in should it choose to be a part of the 28-airline alliance. However, the boss of the Star Alliance believes Virgin's partnership with Delta Air Lines, which Australia’s competition regulator recently reauthorised for a further five years, and the airline’s strategy of working with a number of ca...

Citation Latitude heading to Australia for demonstration tour

Aeromil Pacific will officially launch the Cessna Citation Latitude in Australia at Sydney Airport on October 8 ahead of a demonstration tour around the country. The nine-seat Citation Latitude and achieved certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June 2015, allowing first deliveries began in August. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney...

Jetstar Ends A330 Operations, Moves to All-787-8 Long-Haul Fleet

Jetstar has completed the transition of its long-haul flying to an all-Boeing 787-8 operation and returned the last Airbus A330-200 in its fleet back to Qantas. The final A330 service touched down on Saturday, with VH-EBE operating flight JQ6 from Honolulu to Brisbane landing just before 1700 local time. It marks the end of a two-year transition from the A330 to the 787-8, following delivery...

Aviation experts raise $400 million to return Concorde to the skies

The most impressive passenger jet in history could return to our skies, with a committed group of fans raising nearly $400 million to see the supersonic wonder restored to its former glory. The world’s only supersonic passenger plane could return to the skies, with a group of aviation enthusiasts raising more than $400 million to see the Concorde fly again. The aircraft was retired in...

Dayton to host aviation writers

A dozen aviation media professionals with national or international audiences will get an exclusive, in-depth look at many of the Greater Dayton region’s nationally important aviation heritage sites, during the Aviation Writers Summit, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The first National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) Aviation Writers Summit Presented by Dayton International Airport will feature exclus...