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Qantas eyes expansion of partnership with Emirates

Australian carrier Qantas is looking at ways it can expand its partnership with Emirates, such as on new routes into Australia, its chief executive told Reuters on Thursday. “We would like to see Emirates flying into more Australian destinations, which they’re keen on,” Alan Joyce said on the sidelines of the Capa World Aviation Summit in Helsinki. “We think it’...

Fatigue contributed to RJ85 low-altitude incident: ATSB

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has highlighted the impact of fatigue on pilots’ decision making, following an incident where a Cobham Aviation Services Australia British Aerospace Avro RJ85 descended below minimum altitude. The incident occurred on 23 June, and involved the aircraft registered VH-NJW. There were five crew and 67 passengers on board, says the ATSB in its rep...

Jetgo headed to Melbourne Avalon

Regional carrier Jetgo has confirmed it will be able to begin flights between Dubbo and Melbourne on October 27 after securing access to Avalon Airport. Jetgo had planned to fly to Melbourne Tullamarine but said recently it was unable to get terminal space. Moves to operate into nearby Essendon Airport then hit a roadblock because of a lack of passenger screening facilities and regulatory...

Qantas’s Joyce named airline CEO of the year

Aviation consulting house CAPA – Centre For Aviation has recognised Qantas and its chief executive Alan Joyce for the airline’s recent revival. Qantas received the airline turnaround of the year award, while Joyce was named airline chief executive of the year, at the World Aviation Summit held in Helsinki. CAPA executive chairman Peter Harbison described Qantas’s retur...

Airservices to look at space-based ADS-B with Aireon

Airservices is the latest air navigation services provider to look at a space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) from US-based Aireon. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Airservices and Aireon was announced on Tuesday and allows the pair to “collaborate to examine the value of space-based ADS-B”, Aireon vice president Cyriel Kronenburg said in a statemen...

Crash Delays Auckland Airport Traffic

A three-car crash is causing delays for motorists heading to Auckland Airport. A police spokesman said the crash on State Highway 20B between Puhinui Rd and Hape Dr happened about 2:30 p.m. on Monday. Police received reports of the crash from people at the airport. Emergency services were on their way to the scene. New Zealand Transport Agency warned motorists to avoid the area if po...

Lockheed Martin targets further MH-60R sales, building on Australian success

Lockheed Martin has hailed progress on the Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ project, with 14 of the 24 naval combat helicopters being acquired so far delivered ahead of schedule. Of those, 13 aircraft are already here in Australia, and one is in the US for the purposes of testing. Three more of the anti-submarine warfare/anti-surface warfare multi-mission helicop...

Cathay begins second 777-300ER service to Sydney

Cathay Pacific has commenced a second Boeing 777-300ER rotation to Sydney. Flight CX101 from Hong Kong, operated by B-KQR, arrived at Sydney a little after 1030 local time on Friday. The reciprocal CX100 took off from the NSW capital just past 1600. Upgauging a second of four daily Cathay flights between Hong Kong and Sydney from the Airbus A330-300 to the 777-300ER represents an eight pe...

NSW Rural Fire Service demonstrates air attack capabilities

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has demonstrated a range of its fixed wing and helicopter firefighting capabilities at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, including an impressive display by the recently arrived McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT). October 1 marked the official start of a two-year $9.8 million trial to allow the NSW RFS...

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...