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First RAAF PC-21 completes maiden flight

The first Pilatus PC-21 advanced trainer for the Royal Australian Air Force has completed its first flight. Bearing both Swiss civil registration HB-HWA and its ADF military serial A54-001, the aircraft completed its first flight from Pilatus’s Stans, Switzerland facility on July 21. “This initial flight of the first Australian PC-21, only seven months after contract signature, i...

Virgin Australia's Award-Winning International Business Class Launches In Los Angeles

Virgin Australia’s new International Business Class was officially launched today at Los Angeles International Airport, representing a significant enhancement to the customer experience on the trans-Pacific route and an important investment in travel and tourism between Australia and the United States. The airline’s flagship Business Class product ‘The Business’ and a ne...

Aviation Mart appoints Gerald Timmermans to sales director for Asia-Pacific

Launched in June at the Global Procurement Expo in London, Aviation Mart aims to accelerate the pace of innovation within the aviation sector and pioneer accessible e-commerce for the trading of aircraft spare parts, to make the sales of parts easier and faster. Timmermans (above) is based in Sydney, Australia, and has over 25 years’ experience within the aviation sector working with Fokk...

A$1.2bn QantasLink Contract Extension awarded

Cobham has signed a contract to extend its current QantasLink contract for the provision of airline services through to the end of 2026. Cobham announced today that it has been awarded a 10 year, A$ 1.2 billion contract to continue provision of airline services to QantasLink, supporting their fleet of 20 Boeing 717 aircraft to the end of 2026. The Cobham-Qantas partnership commenced in 1991...

Airbus developing automatic refuelling and datalink relay tech for the A330 MRTT

Australia has expressed interest in automatic refuelling and datalink relay technology Airbus Defence & Space is developing for the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport. The RAAF operates five MRTTs as the KC-30A (with two more on order) and is watching closely the development of the automatic refuelling technology in particular, Airbus DS head of engineering Miguel Angel Mo...

Qantas completes $500 million share buyback, eyes further shareholder returns

Qantas is looking ahead to potentially returning further capital to shareholders after concluding a $500 million share buyback. In a regulatory filing to the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday, Qantas said its $500 million share buy back program bought back 143.6 million shares for a weighted average price of $3.4819 per share since the program began in March. The highest price paid w...

Avidyne receives European certification of IFD540 and IFD440 GPS FMS systems

Avidyne’s innovative IFD-Series FMS systems approved for installation in European-registered aircraft; IFD-Series offers easy-to-use hybrid touch GPS navigation, powerful VHF communication and full color mapping. Avidyne Corporation announced today that they have received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval of their IFD540 and IFD440 GPS-based Flight Management Systems. &ld...

Qantas announces new premium international lounge for Brisbane

Qantas has announced that construction of a new multi-million dollar premium lounge at Brisbane Airport’s international terminal will begin within weeks. The new lounge will combine Qantas’s international first and business class lounges to create one large premium lounge. To facilitate the works, Qantas’s existing lounge facilities will close on June 29, with affected...

Tigerair Australia celebrates 20 millionth passenger

Tigerair Australia is celebrating carrying its 20 millionth passenger since the now Virgin Australia-owned low-cost carrier began flying in 2007. Passenger Sarah Del Medicio from Adelaide was presented with a $2,000 voucher for travel on the Tigerair network as the milestone passenger, when she flew aboard flight TT449 from Melbourne to Adelaide on Monday morning. To celebrate the milestone,...

Embraer Begins Legacy 450/500 Production in Melbourne

  Embraer Executive Jets began the production of its Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 in Melbourne, Florida, holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony, today, at its recently expanded facility, where the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 are already in production. At the ceremony, which included Florida Governor Rick Scott, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, U.S. Congressman Bill Posey, Florida, Brevard County and Melbou...

Sold out exhibitor space highlights a successful Rotortech 2016

Around 350 delegates attended the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s Rotortech 2016 conference and exposition at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast over May 27-29, despite the global downturn in the helicopter industry. More than 40 exhibitors displayed their wares at the three-day event which also attracted large numbers of general&nbs...

Asian stopovers to Europe regaining popularity: Finnair

Finnair’s Australian boss Geoff Stone says stopping over in Asia on the way to Europe is coming back into favour amid geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. Although Finnair does not serve this market with its own aircraft, the airline has codeshare arrangements with British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qantas, as well as interline agreements with Japan Airlines, to take passengers from...