The fuel on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is missing between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing with 239 people on board, will by now be many hours exhausted. It is unclear where the 777-200 has come down. The flight took off from, Kuala Lumpur just after midnight local time and was last heard of two [...]
The big two airliner companies are ‘cracking up’ again but this time the new issues in the wings of Airbus A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners aren’t anywhere near to being as serious as some of their earlier respective design and manufacturing problems. The major story is that at least 42 undelivered 787s are going to [...]
How a Tigerair crew flew an A320 all the way from Sydney to Perth on Monday (3 March) without noticing they had incorrectly fueled the 180 passenger capacity jet is now a question for the ATSB to answer. Did they press on regardless? Or is the performance of the A320 so forgiving even at the [...]
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is missing. The flight, operating KUL-PEK, disappeared and “lost contact” with the airline according to AFP. Malaysia is currently working with Chinese Search and Rescue officials to locate. We cannot confirm what has happened, but things are looking grim. Malaysia Airlines official statement: MEDIA STATEMENT released at 7.24am/8 Mar 2014 MH370 [...]Show More Summary
A6-EYI cruising high above the Australian Outback Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter Following my experience flying Etihad first class it was time for me to give their economy product a go. Etihad Airways (airline code: EY) had by far the cheapest available ticket from Brisbane to Singapore by about $250, and given my prior [...]Show More Summary
Last week, we were invited to deliver a presentation at the Airline Retail Conference (ARC), Asia-Pacific 2014, held in Singapore. The focus of the presentation was on driving revenues from the Connected Traveller — I spoke about the...Show More Summary
Well done Mr Joyce and Mr Clifford. What a disgraceful and inexcusable cop out.
While Qantas watchers are in the brace position when it comes to promised route cuts, its domestic arm, not Qantaslink, has announced new routes. It’s news that many will welcome. This is what Qantas said: Through better utilisation of aircraft Qantas will provide customers with access to the following new routes: Brisbane to Port Macquarie, [...]
Another totally unacceptable safety breakdown at the remote Queensland outback town of Moranbah has appalled Virgin Australia and the ATSB. On Wednesday 5 March one of Virgin’s ATR turbo-props landed at the airport to discover the runway occupied by the “aerodrome safety car’”. It managed to stop safely. In its notification of a serious [...]
A group of AvGeeks in front of a Boeing 747-8I – Photo: The Boeing Company What a ride! This year’s Aviation Geek Fest was bigger and better than ever. I have to say that I am very honored by the fact that I get flown around the world to do some pretty amazing aviation-related [...] The post Experiencing the Amazing Aviation Geek Fest 2014 appeared first on AirlineReporter.com.
Qatar Airways new A380 First Class – Photo: Qatar Airways This week, Qatar Aiways unveiled what their new First Class product on the Airbus A380 will look like and it is impressive. There are some immediate things that jump out and excite me beyond the hard statistics. The colors and branding fit right in [...]Show More Summary
Someone should have warned Opposition leader Bill Shorten against playing the Qantas safety card today in Parliamentary Question Time because of the dismal record of his shadow transport spokesperson Anthony Albanese as a former Transport Minister with responsibility for CASA and the ATSB. Shorten urged the view that the Qantas safety record would be at [...]
An expanded codeshare agreement between Turkish Airlines and Singapore Airlines further reduces the possibility of the Turkish flag carrier flying to Australia in its own right in the foreseeable future. There had been a surge of hype about Turkish coming to Australia last year, as plans for a gigantic airport expansion at Istanbul to eclipse [...]
Odds are pretty good that you have seen a little Cessna 172 high above you at the beach hauling an advertisement banner in tow. But have you ever wondered how exactly the process of attaching that banner to the aircraft works? Does the pilot just take off with the banner dragging down the runway? Is [...]Show More Summary
The loudest noise in the Qantas faux crisis this morning is the sound of its group CEO Alan Joyce in full reverse thrust mode contradicting his earlier statements and pleadings. The news media reports reflect this mess, hours before government legislation to repeal the foreign ownership restrictions on Qantas is introduced in parliament. Joyce had [...]
Checking in for a very special flight – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter This is the final part of a three-part series documenting the DC-1o’s final passenger flights. Click here for Part 1 (flying from Dhaka to Kuwait City) or click here for Part 2 (flying from Kuwait to Birmingham). I felt lucky, but [...]Show More Summary
The worry about the proliferation of premium economy seating is whether or not it will prove the precursor of new high density standard economy products so insufferable that the Y+ product becomes the new minimum standard for tolerable long haul flight.
Opinion Everything that happened in the so called Qantas crisis today would support a suspicion that the airline’s management attempted to touch the public purse for $3 billion to distract attention from a sorry record of inept leadership. Exhibit A is the revelation that Qantas asked for that amount of money as an unsecured loan, [...]
Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce avoided re-committing to a split of Qantas into separate domestic and international airlines in a tightly managed press conference in Sydney this afternoon. His evasive responses came less than a week after airline sources made it clear that such a split, which had been underway at great cost for more [...]
Several troubling financial matters are of concern in the Qantas situation today. The first is that it has been disclosed that the government wasn’t just asked for a debt guarantee by Qantas, but an unsecured loan of $3 billion. Which on independent financial advice, Cabinet rejected. Following that revelation the Deputy PM and Transport Minister [...]