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The stormy night an Australian town rescued an airliner

It's the night of the Uiver again in bordertown Albury tonight, commemorating one of the great historic rescue stories of early civil aviation

German intelligence says stolen missile downed MH17

If the scoop in Der Spiegel is correct, and there have been no official denials, then Russian separatists did shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with a BUK missile, but one stolen from a Ukraine military base, rather than supplied by Russia. The first English language reports appeared on the Reuters wire service, then Today [...]

Mitsubishi rolls in Japan’s first jet airliner prototype

Mitsubishi has broken new ground for Japan’s long established aerospace industry in Saturday’s ‘roll in’ ceremony for the 70-90 passenger regional jet design. The guests at the ceremony in Nagoya assembled inside the hanger and the star attraction was wheeled in to meet them. This could work rather well in Seattle. That of course was [...]

Ansett: The other $1 deal that no-one bought in 2001

Friday’s soon to be formally accepted offer by Virgin Australia to buy 40 per cent of Tigerair for $1 isn’t the first time such a gold coin has been the price for all or part an Australian domestic airline. On  4 September 2001, Singapore Airlines declined an offer by the acting chairman of Air New [...]

Singapore Airlines to take control of newly cashed up Tiger

The mail from Singapore sources this morning was correct.  Singapore Airlines has disposed of Tigerair Australia as part of a process aimed at driving Jetstar Asia out of contention and taking control of the low cost carrier action in the Lion City. The $1 Virgin Australia will symbolically pay for taking the residual 40 percent [...]

Virgin Australia goes quarterly, posts $59m loss after tax

The good, better, but also bad news points about Virgin Australia came in a rush today when it began filing quarterly financial results with the ASX  to align it with quarterly equity accounting by its 22 percent shareholder Singapore Airlines. The good news for Virgin Australia’s owners was the full take over, for a mere [...]

Virgin Australia to restructure cost base with $1 Tigerair control deal

Australia’s second largest airline Virgin Australia made a bold move this morning to end the losses in its 60 percent owned Tigerair domestic subsidiary by redirecting excess capacity to a set of international routes on which it is currently wasting its own full service product. But wait, there’s more, much more. This is what is [...]

Are there one or two Ns in "Brokenness"?

I start the engines the next day to do some VFR work. As the engines fire up, the engine start checklist directs my eyes to the tachometer, then the oil pressure, and to the suction gauge. The suction gauge indicates that the right vacuum pump has died. Show More Summary

The End of the (Passenger, Widebody) Trijet: Saying Goodbye to the MD-11

A KLM MD-11 coming in for a landing at Montreal – Photo: Doug | Flickr CC The MD-11 was probably a bad idea. McAir came up with the aircraft because it was a bigger, meaner, DC-10. So much DC-10 that there originally was not going to be an MD-11, but a DC-10 stretch. There [...]Show More Summary

Qantas responds to Xenophon questions at investor meeting

Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford and its group CEO Alan Joyce have described what critics claim are ‘selective’ briefings to financial analysts and institutional investors as ‘clarification’ and one on one Q and A sessions. In response to questioning from shareholder Senator Nick Xenophon, the chair and CEO denied these briefings were ‘selective’, saying that they [...]

Joyce: Qantas is now in underlying state of profitability

Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce has told the no-media-questions AGM that it has made a profit on an underlying basis in the first quarter of this financial year, and is on track to continue that profitability through to the first half results to 31 December. Mr Joyce said Qantas international yields had ‘been positive’ for [...]

A Unique AvGeek Wedding – Inside the First 747

The right cuff-links for the occasion – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | When I moved to the USA in May of 2012, I packed up my entire life, left everything and everyone behind in Australia, and began a new life in Seattle. Pretty soon I was meeting up with all kinds of people, especially [...]Show More Summary

Qantas files improved traffic+yield stats before AGM

In a curtain raiser for this morning’s AGM in Melbourne, Qantas traffic filings for the month, as well as year to September, show a general improvement in yields and load factors. The details can be studied here. The qualifications the filings make as to changes in QantasLink and mainline Qantas domestic statistics are important, but [...]

The Legendary Men Behind the Historic Boeing 747

Joe Sutter and Brien Wylge – Photo: Kris Hull Recently, the Museum of Flight in Seattle finished the first phase of restoring the historic first 747 to its original 1969 appearance. To celebrate this accomplishment, they hosted an afternoon seminar with Joe Sutter, who led the engineering team and is credited as the “Father [...]Show More Summary

Qantas media blackout to be broken by shareholder Xenophon?

Even if Qantas tries to ignore shareholder Xenophon tomorrow, his publishing his queries in advance means there will be no shortage of punters ready to ask them for him.

Airline Social Media Outlook 2015: Budget, Challenges and Metrics

Social Media for Airlines: Now and Tomorrow Social media marketing has secured a firm position in the marketing strategies of most airlines. Yet, many executives see a chasm between where airlines are and where they should be in leveraging social media to achieve business goals. Show More Summary

Let’s Avoid Ebola Paranoia and Stop All These Airplane Quarantines with Some Handy Tips

Media can make things get out of control – Image: Original photo via ChameleonsEye | Full story originally posted on via Brett Snyder… Had I said to you a month ago that your flight was quarantined because of an Ebola scare, you would have laughed out loud (unless, of course, you’re from [...]Show More Summary

AirServices CEO queried over knowledge of Crimes Act

Early this week during Senate Estimates hearings the CEO of AirServices Australia, Margaret Staib, was questioned as to why she didn’t refer a manager who stole up to $20,000 from the Commonwealth to the Director of Public Prosecutions. This is what is reported in Hansard, but was apparently too hot for the general media to [...]

Ryanair has a Great Brand. What is the Secret to its Success?

Ryanair has a great brand It sounds counter-intuitive but it’s true. The Ryanair brand is smart, and other airlines have much to learn from it. What is the secret to its astounding success? Read on to find out. The Ryanair brand is built on a solid foundation and personified by its CEO — with his ? The post Ryanair has a Great Brand. Show More Summary

Standby Adventures: Spending the Night in Newark

Spending the night on standby in Newark – Photo: Jared and Corin | Wiki Commons While my experiences of flying standby this summer were filled with many last minute decisions, changing of plans, and an overall change in traveling lifestyle, I never imagined anything crazier than having to fly through an extra city or [...]Show More Summary

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