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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...

Virgin Australia director Joshua Bayliss steps down

The Virgin Group’s representative on the Virgin Australia board Joshua Bayliss has stepped down from the airline’s board after almost four and a half years as a director. Virgin Australia said on Wednesday Bayliss has been replaced as the Virgin Group’s representative by John Patrick Moorhead, who is chief financial officer at the Virgin Group and had been Bayliss’s alte...

Qantas Captain Bryan Welch ends record run on the 747

Until July 1, Captain Bryan Welch held the title of the longest-serving Boeing 747 pilot in commercial aviation. During a four-decade long career, Welch flew every model of the Boeing 747 Qantas operated, from the 747-200 and 747-300 Classics to the 747-400 and 747-400ER still in service today. That run came to an end of a dark winter’s morning in July when Welch said farewell to...

Virgin dismisses Qantas’s concerns on Tigerair Bali flights

Virgin Australia has dismissed Qantas’s request for more information regarding its application to the International Air Services Commission (IASC) for capacity for its wholly-owned subsidiary Tigerair Australia to fly to Bali. Tigerair plans to begin services to Bali from Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne from March 2016, taking over routes that are currently flown by its parent Virgin....

Virgin Australia Rewards Flight Attendants with Big Pay Increases

Virgin Australia's short-haul cabin crew will receive generous annual pay rises ranging from 4 percent to nearly 10 percent over a four-year period, after voting in favour of an enterprise bargaining agreement the Transport Workers' Union says will make the airline better and more sustainable. The airline, which reported a AU$49 million pre-tax underlying loss in the last financial year...

Immigration Staff Again on Strike at Australian Airports

Immigration and border force workers went on strike at Australian airports on Monday, creating chaos for thousands of international travelers and airlines. A dispute over pay and conditions between staff and the federal government has stretched back more than a year, but has now become more serious. The staff union has hit at the peak school holidays period, and for the next 1...

Alliance signs new five-year contract with BHP Billiton

Alliance Airlines has signed a new five-year contract with mining giant BHP Billiton that maintains service to Olympic Dam until 2021. The new contract, which begins after the current deal between Alliance and BHP expires in 2016, involves operating 15 flights a week between Adelaide and Olympic Dam, with the flexibility to add extra services should there be demand for more flights. All...

Sydney Airport passenger numbers up in August

Sydney Airport has reported a 1.7 per cent increase in passenger numbers for August, led by healthy growth in international travellers. The airport handled 3.256 million passengers in August, up 54,000 from the prior corresponding period, Sydney Airport said on Friday. The number of international travellers rose 3.4 per cent to 1.106 million, while domestic passengers were up 0.8 per cent at...

DSEI: Australian helicopter chief delivers blunt message to NH Industries

NH Industries (NHI) must continue its effort to rein in the scope of its NH90 helicopter programme “towards a more manageable number of versions” for the rotorcraft to be “truly a success”. That was the blunt message delivered by Rear Adm Terry Dalton, head of helicopters with the Australian Defence Organisation. Although several NH90 customers bear the scars from a p...