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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...

Tigerair Australia clears capacity hurdle for Bali flights

Tigerair Australia’s plans to begin overseas flights in 2016 have taken a step forward after the International Air Services Commission (IASC) approved the transfer of capacity from parent Virgin Australia for its services to Bali. The low-cost carrier is scheduled to fly to Bali from Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne from March 2016, taking over routes currently flown by its pa...

Air New Zealand Unveils New Flagship International Lounge at Auckland Hub

Air New Zealand has unveiled a large new flagship international lounge in Auckland that can be used by business class and high-status travellers flying on Air NZ and partner Virgin Australia's trans-Tasman flights. It will also serve as a stop-over lounge for Australians flying on Air NZ flights to North and South America via Auckland as the Kiwi carrier targets more traffic from Australian...

Engine Fire on Cathay Pacific Plane Flying from Perth to Hong Kong Forces Emergency Landing

An engine on a plane flying from Perth to Hong Kong caught fire shortly after take-off overnight, forcing an emergency landing in Indonesia. A man has contacted the ABC saying his brother was onboard Cathay Pacific flight CX170 when there was a loud bang and sparks and flames. The cabin was then reported to have gone dark. He said about 15 minutes later the captain reported a problem with...

Moorabbin Airport turns to farming in aid of charity

Moorabbin Airport has gifted a 3,000 square metre plot of land on site to a local charity kitchen for growing vegetables. The initiative with Victoria’s FareShare, a charity kitchen which rescues food and cooks meals for more than 400 charities across the state, is expected to produce 12 tonnes of vegetables such as pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower and capsicum a year, enough for one millio...

Cathay adds fifth Adelaide frequency

Cathay Pacific will add a fifth weekly flight to Adelaide from December 2, thanks to “high demand” from both inbound and outbound passengers, the Hong Kong-based carrier announced on Thursday. The new services will see a new Wednesday evening departure from Hong Kong, arriving and then departing Adelaide on Thursday mornings. “Since we introduced our new schedule in ea...

Sir Angus Houston awarded Oswald Watt Gold Medal

Sir Angus Houston has been awarded the Oswald Watt Gold Medal for his role in the search for MH370 and his work as Australia’s special envoy to Ukraine after the shooting of MH17. The retired Air Chief Marshal and current chairman of Airservices was presented with his medal at Canberra’s Parliament House on Tuesday night, where he delivered the Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial lect...