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Jetstar flight makes emergency landing

A Jetstar flight carrying 309 people bound for the Gold Coast has been forced to land on the Pacific island of Guam due to safety concerns. Flight JQ12 from Narita, Japan, was diverted to Guam on Sunday after the aircraft displayed an indicator message relating to oil pressure, Jetstar said in a statement. The pilot turned off one engine after seeing the oil pressure message. Boeing 787s...

Vector Aerospace signs exclusive PT6A service agreements with multiple Australian operators

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it has entered into exclusive Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A engine service agreements with four leading agricultural aviation and aerial firefighting operators in Australia. The four affiliated operators entrusting Vector with their PT6A support a...

Victoria to spend $11.1m to secure extra firefighting aircraft

The Victorian Government will spend $11.1 million to secure four extra aircraft for the coming bushfire season. Two of the world's biggest firefighting air tankers will again be added to the state's fleet this summer, as well as an extra helicopter and support plane. The Government said the large air tankers were critical in stopping the spread of fires at Wye River, Scotsburn and Ba...

Qantas, Destination NSW renew partnership

Qantas has signed a fresh three-year agreement with Destination NSW worth $28 million to jointly promote travel to the state. The new three-year deal extends a relationship that kicked off in 2013, when the pair agreed to spend $30 million on joint activities in what at the time was the largest tourism and major events marketing partnership in the state’s history. The focus on the new...

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...