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Bonza makes aviation history with the arrival of its first aircraft

Bonza first aircraft touched down at Sunshine Coast Airport, marking a major milestone for Australia's only independent low-cost carrier. After making the largest new route announcement in Australia’s aviation history earlier this year, the arrival of the first aircraft supports Bonza's ongoing momentum with the regulatory process. It is the first Boeing 737 MAX to be based...

Jetstar first A321 LR touches down in Australia

After a four year count down, Jetstar Airways first brand new, state-of-the-art Airbus A321LR NEO aircraft has touched down in Melbourne this morning, lifting the bar for low fares travel in Australia.The long-range, fuel-efficient aircraft, which has come directly from the Airbus production line in Hamburg Germany, will significantly enhance the inflight experience for customers, with a...

Microflite orders new five-bladed H145

Victoria-based premium charter and commercial aircraft operator Microflite has ordered a new five-bladed H145 as part of its fleet expansion and modernisation plan, to bolster the company’s commercial, rescue and utility operations. Microflite is Airbus’ largest Australian civil helicopter customer. It currently operates an exclusively Airbus fleet of 19 rotorcraft, comprising the i...

Airbus presents inaugural Rotary-wing Safety Award for civil helicopter innovations

Airbus presented the “Civil Helicopter - Innovation in Rotary-wing Aviation Safety Award” to the inaugural recipient, Eye in the Sky, at the annual Rotortech exposition in Brisbane, Australia. The New Zealand-based aviation company was recognised for their significant contributions in improving aviation safety performance, and making a tangible difference to safety in the rotary-wing i...

Qantas & Airbus joint investment to kickstart Australian biofuels industry

Qantas Group and Airbus will invest up to US$200 million to accelerate the establishment of a sustainable aviation fuel industry in Australia, in a landmark agreement.The Australian Sustainable Aviation Fuel Partnership was signed by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury in Doha today, ahead of the IATA AGM. Due to the lack of a local commercial-scale SAF industry, A...

Stronger in Australia - Leonardo AW139 fleet grows with three more HEMS/SAR helicopters

Leonardo further expansds its fleet of AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in Australia with an order for three aircraft as part of Western Australia’s Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service (ERHS) fleet modernization effort to provide enhanced airborne capabilities. The helicopters will be supplied by leading helicopter operator CHC Australia to carry out a range of HEMS, Search an...

Jetstar unveils new livery for its Airbus NEO fleet as delivery countdown for first aircraft begins

In celebration of its 18th birthday today, Jetstar has unveiled the new livery for its world-class fleet of Airbus NEOs as the airline prepares to embark on a new era of flying. The first of Jetstar’s pipeline of 38 NEO aircraft is set to arrive in Melbourne in the coming months, with the A321LR aircraft commencing flying on some of Jetstar’s most popular domestic routes, inc...

Qantas confirms Project Sunrise aircraft order of future Airbus fleet for non-stop flights to Australia

Qantas Group has confirmed that it will order 12 A350-1000s, 20 A220s and 20 A321XLRs. The news was announced at a ceremony in Sydney attended by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, Christian Scherer. The A350-1000 was selected by Qantas following an evaluation known as Project Sunrise and will enable the carrier to operate the world...

World latest high-tech twin comes to Australia - Hallmarc Aviation as exclusive Eastern Australian distributor for P2012

Tecnam has appointed Hallmarc Aviation as the exclusive Eastern Australian distributor of the Italian made P2012 Traveller aircraft. Hallmarc Aviation will be the exclusive Australian sales agents for the Tecnam P2012 Traveller and SMP model aircraft in the Eastern territory. The P2012 is the first clean sheet design aircraft in its class in decades and it will prove to be an excell...

Bigger than Texas - flying Kangaroo doubles down on flights from Melbourne to the US

Melbourne post-COVID tourism recovery is set to accelerate with Qantas launching a new direct route from Dallas Fort Worth and significantly increasing flights from Los Angeles. From 2 December 2022, the national carrier will operate four weekly return flights between Melbourne and major US hub, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), with its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. These are the...

AMSL Aero brings eVTOL manufacturer perspective to Greenbird

Advanced Air Mobility industry collaboration platform, Greenbird, is pleased to announce the addition of AMSL Aero as a founding ecosystem partner. AMSL Aero is Australia’s leading eVTOL aircraft developer, developing Vertiia - an eVTOL aircraft that will be powered by electric battery and hydrogen. Vertiia will provide the fastest door-to-door passenger transport for dista...

Alto Group took delivery of Australia first Bell 429 wheeled landing gear helicopter

Bell announced the sale and delivery of a Bell 429 in a wheeled landing gear (WLG) configuration to Australia’s Alto Group. This would be the first Bell 429 WLG helicopter in Australia and Alto Group’s third Bell helicopter. The Alto Group is a leading Australian automotive retailer, employing over 600 people and selling upwards of 12,000 vehicles annually. When delivered, the Alt...