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CASA’s new director of safety faces multiple public safety threats

Opinion Retired RAAF Air Vice-Marshal Mark Skidmore has been accorded polite, even deferential media on his being appointed as the new director of safety at CASA. He has in this brief report in Australian Aviation said he will be a ‘good listener’. With respect to the new DAS, he will also have to be a [...]

PHOTOS: American Airlines’ First Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Full Livery

American Airlines’ first Boeing 787 Dreamliner seen in full livery – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren American Airlines’ first Boeing 787 came out of paint last night giving us a first glimpse at the Dreamliner in AA’s new livery. When the airline takes delivery, by the end of the year, they will become the second US-based [...]Show More Summary

What is the Future of Airline Loyalty in the Age of the Connected Traveller? 10 Questions to Wake up Airlines

Something’s gotta give. I write this, not only as a consultant on digital communication and social marketing, but also as one of the millions of passengers who fly frequently enough to be in the twilight zone between occasional flyers and frequent flyers. Show More Summary

Airbus goes upwardly Mobile with its A321NEO

There is a major new contest taking shape between Airbus and Boeing for what is sometimes labelled the 757 replacement market, but which involves a much broader struggle for airliner leadership in the 2020s. Part of the contest is reflected in the overnight announcement that the Airbus final assembly line which is being set up [...]

There is a humorist in hiding in Southwest Airlines

Southwest, the famous, durable, inexpensive and ‘folksy’ low fare American carrier, has been copping much criticism in US media and forums in recent times for its more straight laced, less ‘friendly’, and often no longer competitive air fares. From here, it is impossible to say whether those reports are fair or not.  But an American [...]

Emirates takes 100th Boeing 777-300ER, read it and weep

The delivery of the 100th Emirates 773ER is a painful spectacle for Qantas watchers. The jet is the most successful wide-body airliner yet built, and had Qantas not lost the plot when it came to fleet back in the 1990s, in fact well before the -300ER variant was a committed project, it would have purchased [...]

Tour: Condor Airlines’ Maintenance Facility in Frankfurt

Condor Boeing 767-300ER being worked on in their maintenance facility With Condor Airlines being a smaller, low-cost carrier, it is not a huge surprise that their on-site maintenance facility at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is quite small (well, in comparison to others like Lufthansa Technik). Just because the hangar might not have the volume of [...]Show More Summary

Which were the best airport marketing campaigns from the third quarter of 2014? Find out in our Airport Marketing Benchmark Report

In a world of short attention spans and increasing options, advertising is undergoing an unprecedented change. Our latest airport marketing benchmark report highlights the airport brands that are developing strategies that will resonate with 21st-century travellers. Show More Summary

Polar poker: China plays its ace in Australian Antarctica

China’s announcement that it will build an airstrip a comparatively short distance from Australia’s Davis station will make it the dominant air power in this country’s large territorial claim in Antarctica by the end of this decade. It may also make it the major user of Hobart Airport as a technical stop for air services [...]

Post Mortem

Well what a clusterfailure that was. Imagine if that vacuum and indication failure had all happened over the course of once turbulent flight in night IMC across the mountains. Suction failures are extremely dangerous. The suction-driven...Show More Summary

Gone Gliding – Part One

Gliders flying in formation near Lake Tahoe – Photo: Soaring NV If you’ve ever flown into Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) when the winds are howling out of the west, you know that the approach and landing can be…sporty. In fact, it sometimes gets so turbulent that the mainline jets head for Sacramento International Airport [...]Show More Summary

Rolls-Royce’s big play for the future of jet engines takes wing

It could be the next big thing, flying on the last big thing. The new thing is a composite carbon titanium jet engine fan blade mounted inside a Rolls-Royce  Trent 1000 ALPS (Advanced Low Pressure System technology) engine on the wing of the old thing, a much loved Boeing 747,  which if the buzz is [...]

Dreamliner goes to new length with United’s 787-9 MEL debut

The arrival this morning of the inaugural United Airlines 787-9 service to Melbourne from Los Angeles sets a new distance record for Boeing’s Dreamliners. It also signals the rising importance of the 787 in international flights in the Australia market, and underscores the importance airlines put on bypassing connections at Sydney’s very inconvenient airport when [...]

My Dinner with Audrey – The Last Commercial MD-11 Flight

PH-KCE (Audrey Hepburn) arriving at gate A55 after a water cannon salute – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter In October of 1934, KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) took delivery of their first Douglas aircraft: a DC-2. This DC-2 was entered into an air race from London to Melbourne. It placed second. Not only did it [...]Show More Summary

Indonesian AirAsia X launches a Bali blow

AirAsia X’s new Indonesia franchise will make Bali-Melbourne one of its launch routes this Boxing Day, 26 December with five weekly flights using the same 377 seat format already found on its other longer haul A330-300 services. Indonesia AirAsia Extra only received its AOC in Jakarta last month, and follows the setting up of another [...]

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 [...]

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