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Qantas is in the money, but what might it do with it?

Qantas has arrived at a place it never foresaw when it asked the Abbott Government for a $3 billion unsecured loan early last year, nor when fuel benchmarks in USD were twice what they have been in recent times. Its employees are in a place they never saw either when they accepted a pay freeze [...]

Thoughts on the U.S. Export-Import Bank Shutdown and Why it Matters

Boeing is one of the largest exporters of anything in the U.S. in terms of dollar value – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter Before their summer recess, the U.S. Congress didn’t get many things finished; some would say intentionally. Most crucial for those of us in the aviation realm is the “sunsetting” of the [...]Show More Summary

Qantas to make 5% bonus payment to those on pay freeze deals

Qantas is ‘in the money’ and has announced that a one-off bonus payment will be made to all employees covered by an 18-month wage freeze policy as part of their collective agreement after it announces in August this financial year’s profit results.  Shareholders will no doubt be encouraged by the possibility that this means they [...]

Framework for Airbus A330 completion factory in China agreed

As expected, Airbus has confirmed that ‘green’ A330s built in Toulouse will be flown to Tianjin in China to a new completion facility which will value add to the basic airframes before delivery to customers under a newly agreed framework with its PRC partners.The move is seen as adding to the success of Airbus in [...]

Bali flights in disarray because of volcanic ash cloud

School holiday flights to Bali are being cancelled or delayed or put at risk because a cloud of volcanic ash from Mount Raung in East Java has drifted into airspace used for the airport at Denpasar.  Jetstar has been contacting hundreds of passengers before they leave for Australian airports, but all passengers on any carrier [...]

Flight Review: Gatwick to St Lucia on Virgin Atlantic in Economy Class

Virgin Atlantic’s “Golden Girl” Airbus A330 – Photo: Alastair Long This guest article was written by Alastair Long for AirlineReporter I recently flew Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick (LGW) to St. Lucia (UVF). It was a first-time experience for me, both flying the airline and riding on an Airbus A330-300. The flight was part [...]Show More Summary

Taipei turbo-prop crash reports hit recycle button

It is disturbing that reports today are saying that the crash of a TransAsia ATR turbo-prop in Taiwan early this year  was caused by one of the pilots inadvertently shutting down the remaining good engine on the commuter flight after one of its two engines had failed shortly after take off. This was widely reported [...]

Air NZ makes point about ski holidays with giant snowball fight

Air NZ has revived the roman catapult or trebuchet in its opening shot in the trans Tasman ski holiday contest that always breaks out at this time of year. Being a sucker for really good marketing, and New Zealand in general,  Plane Talking has broken its own rule about avoiding PR campaigns to draw attention [...]

Has the Dreamliner been ruined by some airlines that fly it?

There is, at the very least, a note of caution for Qantas in one of those listicles in which a web site has provided 10 illustrated reasons for avoiding flying in economy on Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Qantas is considered highly likely to convert some options or purchase rights that it holds for 787-9s for deliveries [...]

Belavia Airlines: Its Soviet Past and Passenger Experience Present

Belavia’s chief Tu-154 pilot, Deputy Director of Marketing and International, and Head of Technical at a quasi press conference in Minsk – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter Bernie, why are you starting a flight review with a picture of a bunch of Russian men at a table? Because this is not a story about [...]Show More Summary

Ceres the micro planet gets stranger as probe closes in

That pyramid shaped protrusion from the side of micro planet Ceres has now been seen from another closer angle, and … it is as strange and unexplained as ever. From the perspective of this new image from NASA probe Dawn the pyramid shaped object looks more like an elongated mountain comprising lighter coloured material which [...]

Big A330 order moves Airbus closer to wide-body factory in China

Orders and commitments to up to 75 A330s for China’s airlines are being reported in France as a step closer to Airbus setting up a wide-body completion factory in the PRC. This would compliment the single-aisle A320 final assembly line at Tianjin, which went into operation in 2008, and underlines the global airliner manufacturing and [...]

Emirates rebuts subsidy claims, but who will read it?

Opinion Emirates has handed US authorities a massively documented rebuttal of claims by America’s three largest airlines that is unfairly competing with them, and that as a consequence, it should be locked down by restrictions on its access to key air travel markets. The document, variously quoted as being 210 or 388 pages in size [...]

Seaplanes! Checking Out Kenmore Air’s Maintenance Operation

Forklifting this Beaver to its parking spot for the night Kenmore Air is the world’s second largest seaplane operator, with their main base of operations located just northeast of Seattle (in Kenmore) and just a few miles away from where I live. I have had a few opportunities to fly their seaplanes, but I [...]Show More Summary

Vietnam pushes on with massive airport for Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam is reported as having further advanced the construction of a massive new hub airport for Ho Chi Minh City which will could grow to a capacity to handle more than 100 million passengers a year by the middle of the century. It’s a story with some striking similarities to that of Sydney and its [...]

Hello Kitty! Quite the Hoedown in Texas with EVA Air

Houston sees its first Hello Kitty EVA Air Boeing 777-300ER (reg: B-16722) It is hard to be a part of modern society without at least having a basic idea that Hello Kitty exists. I really had my first true run-in with the girl (she is not a cat, apparently), when covering the new international [...]Show More Summary

[Presentation] 5 Ways HR Can Lead Airline Brands into the Age of the Connected Traveller

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting at the APDC (Airline Personnel Directors’ Council) Annual Conference in Singapore. In a closed-room setting with some of the most senior “People Executives” in the industry, I delved into why...Show More Summary

Hainan Airlines Celebrates Inaugural Services in Seattle and San Jose

Hainan Airlines inaugural of new non-stop service to Shanghai, Gate S1. – Photo: Kevin Jeffries | Port of Seattle What’s better than one inaugural flight? Two, of course. Recently, Hainan Airlines started service from Shanghai (PVG) to Seattle (SEA) using an Airbus A330-200, and also Beijing to San Jose (SJC) using a Boeing 787-8. [...]Show More Summary

Xenophon hits out at 2nd Sydney Airport ‘monopoly’ risks

One of the disturbing things about Sydney’s much needed second airport at Badgerys Creek is the unwillingness of the major parties to do anything to break the monopoly pricing situation that would arise if it becomes owned by the same interests as the existing airport. Last week in the Senate Nick Xenophon, the independent Senator [...]

Calls for MH17 guilt tribunal raise tricky issues

The limitations the UN body ICAO sets on air crash investigations would support fresh calls for a separate tribunal to identify and if possible pursue those responsible for the mid air destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine on 17 July 2014. But such a renewed call (first made very early in the crash [...]

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