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Absurd MH370 related tracking statement made by Minister Truss

The Minister responsible for aviation and its safety, Warren Truss, has just released a statement about Australia participating with Indonesia and Malaysia in a trial of actually using to its potential existing non-radar based tracking technology on jet airliners flying across remote oceanic air routes. Such as the one believed to have been followed to [...]

Bombardier CSeries CS300 Achieves First Flight

Bombardier CSeries CS300 takes flight for the first time – Photo: Seth Miller | AirwaysNews The full story was written by Seth Miller on The Bombardier CS300, the newest commercial aircraft on the market, made its maiden flight just after 11:00 a.m. yesterday at Montreal’s Mirabel airport. The larger CSeries variant follows [...]Show More Summary

Contrasting tales of big profits, small jets on opposite sides of Atlantic

European airline giant Airbus and Canadian ‘minnow’ Bombardier made very different headlines on either side of the Atlantic overnight. Airbus Group turned in a very strong profit performance, despite a huge penalty provision for delays to its military transport the A400M, and Bombardier’s stretched regional jet, the CSeries 300, made its maiden flight near Montreal. [...]

Goodbye Mr Spock, our kids’ kids will make that Star Trek

NASA has released the following photo on news of the death of actor Leonard Nimoy who was Mr Spock in the Star Trek cinema and television series. He is shown in 1976, with the first Space Shuttle Enterprise, in the open necked blue shirt in them middle of the image, and without the famous pointed [...]

What to Do When Your Britannia 314 Only Has Three Working Engines in Libya?

Caledonian Airways’ Bristol Britannia taken in February 1969 at Sabha Airport – Photo: Ken Fielding Just after joining Caledonian Airways in February, 1969, I went to Tripoli, Libya, to help handle Caledonian’s Hajj contract, taking passengers to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj Pilgrimage, sub-contracted by KLA Kingdom of Libya Airlines. The contract was [...]Show More Summary

Qantas: Has it broken free of the need for protection?

Opinion By coincidence, yesterday’s strong return to viability by Qantas came on the same day as a Productivity Commission report refuting its special pleadings over restricting foreign competitors. It might well be the right time for Qantas to stop bleating about the claimed end-of-the-line geographical disadvantages of its network, or the cost advantages of its [...]

Qantas beats consensus with strong profit rebound but no dividend

Qantas has posted an underlying profit before tax of $367 million for its first half results to 31 December, beating expectations of between $300-350 million but the dividend drought continues. These are the headline results posted to the ASX this morning. It is just over a year since Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce was refused [...]

Savings not safety drives Australia to merge civil military ATC

  An ABC report says the long overdue merger of civil and military air traffic control is at last firmly committed to by Government. This could save many lives, rather than just the money that is mentioned as driving the decision. The danger spots in the current system, long identified and studied in considerable detail [...]

AirServices Australia grilled over integrity and competency issues

While media attention was understandably diverted elsewhere in Senate Estimates hearings yesterday,  AirServices Australia was given a grilling that raised some very serious safety, competency and integrity issues. The only way to appreciate what transpired, short of being there, would be to watch a high quality YouTube, or set of same, conveying the hearing [...]

Was MH370?s flight south ‘spoofed’ as it really flew north?

One of the most careful dissenting voices in the MH370 mystery is US science writer Jeff Wise, who has today published a study of tractor work on a patch of earth in Kazakhstan that matches the dimensions of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER. However Mr Wise doesn’t back the conclusion that this is where [...]

MH370 search finds man made objects, none from jet

Also overlooked in the Senate Estimates treasure trove last night was news that the MH370 search being run by Australia, has found what appear to be man made objects as large as shipping containers. The ATSB crash investigator directing the search operations, Peter Foley said eight such level two objects had been detected by sonar [...]

Tiny Fiji Airways banks huge profit and rewards employees

Fiji Airways has only seven jets, three A330-200 wide bodies and four single aisle Boeing 737s, but has just shamed its much larger Australian and NZ peer airlines with massive profits and worker bonuses. On top of that the man who was in charge as CEO, Stefan Pichler, has been snatched from his rich and [...]

Qantas versus Growth revives aviation-trade policy issues

Commentary With airline activity continuing to surge in China and the Middle East it might be time to replace the tyranny of distance arguments about Qantas ‘protection’ with a discussion about the tyranny of growth. And with Qantas possibly outlining firm plans to begin expanding its fleet at its first half year financial results briefings [...]

OPINION: Why Passengers Should Care About Open Skies

An Emirates 777-31H/ER sits in a delivery stall at the Boeing Paine Field – Photo – Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter It’s that time again. Time for me to give you some of my personal thoughts on a topic. Some might call it a rant. You know the time when an American aviation lobby group [...]Show More Summary

Innovation at Airbus – Chief Innovation Officer, Yann Barbaux shares his Vision

When the Mission Statement of your company itself says “strengthening of technological progress”, the role of the CIO becomes all the more vital for the organisation, especially when innovation is part of the company’s DNA. As part of...Show More Summary

Time-Lapse Video of Salt Lake City International Airport

Airports are a complicated part of the airline business. Planes, vehicles, and people are constantly in motion, sometimes 24 hours per day. This video gives a pretty good idea of what goes down, during the typical day at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Tweet The post Time-Lapse Video of Salt Lake City International Airport appeared first on

Is The Best Part Taking Off?

A friend wrote today to congratulate me and my countrymen on the 106th anniversary of powered flight in Canada, and then he followed up to ask "is the best part taking off? I always imagine that the best part must always be taking off."...Show More Summary

Will Beacons Disrupt the Airport Experience and usher in Real-Time Marketing?

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Amanda Anthony, CEO of FlyinStyle, a mobile app designed to improve the airport experience with tips on shopping, dining, entertainment and more. Welcome to the age of the Connected Traveller! With...Show More Summary

Flight Review: Flying Low Cost, the Way it Should Be – flydubai Economy Class

  flydubai Boeing 737-800 landing in Prague – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter FLYDUBAI ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT REVIEW BASICS: Airline: flydubai Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 Departed: Prague (PRG) Arrived: Dubai (DXB) Stops: Non-stop flight Class: Economy Class Seat: 16A Length: About six hours Airline flydubai is one of the fastest growing low-cost carriers (LCCs) in [...]Show More Summary

Follow Along With Aviation Geek Fest 2015

This weekend is our sixth Aviation Geek Fest and it is going to be one wild ride. For those who weren’t able to make it this year, you can follow along via Twitter at the hashtag #AGF15. Full Ticket schedule Mini Ticket schedule Join the AGF email list (for future events) Below is a [...] The post Follow Along With Aviation Geek Fest 2015 appeared first on

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