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Virgin to sell entire Fokker 50 fleet

Virgin Australia’s regional arm is disposing of its eight Fokker 50s and adding four Fokker 100s and an Airbus A320 as part of fleet and operational changes in Western Australia. The 46-seat Fokker 50s have been used to serve West Australian government regulated routes to Albany, Esperance and Ravensthorpe in the state’s south west, as well as regular public transport (RPT) flights...

American 777-300ER to visit Sydney in November ahead of SYD-LAX route launch

Aviation enthusiasts will be in for a treat in November when American Airlines brings its flagship Boeing 777-300ER to Sydney for a flying visit ahead of its resumption of service to Australia. The aircraft is scheduled to land at Sydney on the morning of Friday, November 13, a statement from alliance partner Qantas said on Thursday. American and Qantas are inviting aviation, corporate and s...

New stripes aim to change perceptions of Tigerair

With a new uniform and a significant investment into its customer-facing and backend IT systems, Virgin Australia-owned low-cost carrier Tigerair is hoping to change passengers’ perceptions of the airline.  “Our flights have never been consistently more punctual, our customer service never stronger and our customer satisfaction levels are now at an all-time high. It’s tim...

Borghetti to join Coca-Cola Amatil board

Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti is joining the board of bottler Coca-Cola Amatil in December. It will be Borghetti’s fourth non-Virgin directorship, as he is currently on the board of Energy Australia, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and NSW Customer Advisory Board. He also sits on the Virgin Australia board. CCA noted Borghetti, who has been in his current role as Vir...

Government releases Badgerys Creek draft airport master plan and EIS

The federal government has released the draft airport plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, paving the way for construction to begin in 2016. The documents cover indicative flight paths, noise contours, the building requirements for stage one of the airport’s development and the long term vision for the facility. Deputy...

Qantas to unveil Retro Roo II in November

Qantas says it will add a second retro-jet to its fleet in November when it unveils another Boeing 737-800 in one of the airline’s historic liveries as part of its 95-year anniversary celebrations. The airline hopes the second ‘Retro Roo’, which will feature one of Qantas’s 12 historic liveries since 1920, will spark a “fresh wave of Australian aviation nostal...

Qantas boosts North American network with more codeshare flights

Qantas has boosted its North American network through new codeshare services with American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Westjet. The new codeshares come into place for travel after October 25 and cover about 40 routes to the US, Canada and Mexico, Qantas said on Friday. They include flights from San Francisco, which Qantas is resuming service to from Sydney in December, to cities such...

Australian Airports Vulnerable to Hackers

Australian airports may have a strong safety culture, but they are vulnerable to hackers with malicious intent because they have been focusing more on their physical assets than on their IT systems, says former hacker turned IT consultant Phil Kernick. Mr Kernick, now the general manager of CQR Consulting, said cyberspace should now be considered the fifth domain of warfare after land, sea...

Qantas cabin crew models sure to turn heads

Over the years, Barbie and Ken have worked as teachers, lifeguards and even a pilot. And now, based on the latest pop-up display in the Qantas Club at Sydney Airport, the pair can add cabin crew uniform model to an already lengthy CV. To help celebrate the airline’s 95th anniversary Qantas has put 44 Ken and Barbie dolls on display at its Sydney Qantas Club wearing the various cabin crew...

Australian Women Pilots’ Association to honour founder Nancy-Bird Walton

The NSW branch of the Australian Women’s Pilots’ Association (AWPA) is celebrating the career of Nancy-Bird Walton on what would have been the pioneer aviatrix’ 100th birthday. The dinner is being held at Dolton House in Sydney on Friday October 16, a hundred years to the day from Walton’s birth in 1915. Walton, who was the youngest Australian women to gain a pilot&rs...

Brisbane Airport awarded capital city airport of the year

Brisbane Airport has taken out the capital city airport of the year award at the Australian Airports Association (AAA) national conference for a second straight year. The AAA recognised Brisbane Airport for its digital departure card initiative, as well as the upgrades to the international terminal and how it managed the aircraft movements for the G20 conference in November 2014....

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce calls for investment in airports

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says investing in Australia’s airports will help boost tourism and bring improved returns for the nation’s airport operators. However, Joyce stresses that investment should come from either government or the airport owners and operators rather than from the airlines that use the facilities. “Our airports show that there are some eye-waterin...