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Lion Air of Indonesia damned by Bali crash inquiry

Those who need to fly between the many islands of Indonesia’s vast, exciting, and spectacular archipelago need to read reports like this one just published on Flightglobal. It cover the final report by the country’s air safety authority into the crash landing in shallow water of a Lion Air 737-800 near Bali’s Denpasar airport in [...]

Qantas, Virgin under criticial analysis re capacity war

As a recipient of a number of regular proprietary financial institution bulletins they historically tend to be very weak at picking downtrends in consumer demand, and this is could mean bad news for Qantas and Virgin Australia and their low cost brands. In an informative review of some of those bulletins Jamie Freed at Fairfax [...]

The New Baggage Carts Are Here, The New Baggage Carts Are Here!!

YVR’s new 2014 baggage carts, now rolling in an airport near you…if you live in Vancouver! Image: YVR Our friend in Vancouver, Chris, is usually running around YVR airport’s terminals, ramp, and grounds. With his smartphone in hand, he tweets, blogs, posts, and helps to keep YVR’s social media presence timely and responsive. He’s [...]Show More Summary

Xiamen Airlines Takes Delivery of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Xiamen’s first Boeing 787 conducting test flights at Paine Field – Photo: The Boeing Company On Friday, another airline took delivery of their first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner; Xiamen Airlines. This event was special for the airline, since the 787 is the first wide-body to join their fleet. The airline currently operates Boeing 737-700s, 737-800s [...]Show More Summary

CSeries jet setback as first intended buyer backs off

Concerns about the future of the all new Canadian regional jet the Bombardier CSeries have deepened as the first intended buyer Braathens in Sweden seeks to delay deliveries until after other airlines are using it.  In this report in the Globe and Mail Braathens says ““We have informed Bombardier that we will not assume the [...]

Indonesia sets high tourism target as Australia loses the plot

You don’t have to dig all that deeply to uncover unease in Australian inbound tourism stakeholders as to the calibre of the Coalition’s understanding and support for promoting travel to this country. Or for that matter, the benign neglect with which inbound tourism was treated by its Labor predecessor. Which makes the ambitions of the Indonesian [...]

Freshly Painted Qatar Airways Airbus A350

Qatar Airways’ freshly painted Airbus A350 on the factory floor in Toulouse, France – Photo: Airbus Qatar Airways and Airbus have released photos of their newly-painted Airbus A350-900XWB. The aircraft has just been released from the paint hangar in Toulouse and is the first to feature the full Qatar Airways livery. Unlike other aircraft, [...]Show More Summary

Malaysia Airlines restructure plan hits raw nerves in Australia

Opinion  The arguments, mainly promoted by organised labour and political figures in Australia, that government intervention is necessary in Qantas, took hits this week from two sources.  The first came from Qantas on Thursday, when it went for a balance sheet restructure with a $2.6 billion write down of fleet assets, which might, in a [...]

Third Time Lucky – Flight Review of Etihad Airways Pearl Business Class

Having experienced both first and economy class on Etihad, it was now time to try business Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter ETIHAD AIRWAYS PEARL BUSINESS CLASS REVIEW BASICS: Airline: Etihad Airways Aircraft: Airbus A330-200 Departed: Abu Dhabi (AUH) Arrived: Amsterdam (AMS) Stops: Non-stop flight Class: Business class Seat: 7A Length: About 7.5 hours Cheers: [...]Show More Summary

Virgin Australia to ‘obsolete’ new Qantas A330 business class

Virgin Australia had surprises for both major competitor Qantas and major shareholder Air New Zealand today. For Qantas, it has a new business class seat and cabin setting that it will put in A330-200s and Boeing 777-300ERs, and for Air NZ, which owns 25.99 per cent of the Virgin action, it will put a real [...]

Virgin Australia posts record $355.6 million loss

Virgin Australia’s statutory loss of $356 million after tax is higher than market speculation. The underlying loss before tax of $211.7 million appears to be where analysts expected it to be, plus or minus a few million. The announcement follows yesterday’s record Qantas loss of $2.8 billion, although much of that was a fleet valuation [...]

MH370 Investigators ping media about important phone call

There are two possible reasons why a satellite phone on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 didn’t respond to calls from frantic airline officials after it went missing on 8 March. One would be that a conscious decision was made not to take the call, and the other, that there was no one near it who [...]

I Say “No” to Reclining My Seat

There is not a lot of room in economy to begin with, and reclining makes it worse I am a non-recliner and I am not afraid to admit it. What does that mean? It means that when I am flying economy (and sometimes in domestic first or a similar product), I just do not [...] The post I Say “No” to Reclining My Seat appeared first on

Qantas: A massive loss creats a massive share punt

Investors had two Qantas activities to consider today. The one that flies passengers and continues to do a very poor job of it in terms of returns, and the one that pumps ‘optionality’ in offering new stock structures for its domestic and international arms. The latter won and the stock soared despite a staggering $2.8 [...]

The biggest key to success in airline marketing? Vision. And the guts to pursue it.

A couple of years ago, in the HQ of an Asian airline, I was having coffee with the SVP of Corporate Communications. When I asked about why the airline doesn’t “listen” to customer on social media, her reply left me stunned. She said, “If it’s important enough, I will read it in the newspapers next morning. Show More Summary

Bad Technology Day

I've been struggling with my phone lately, not getting text messages, not having it ring when I'm called. An update to the OS did the trick, even though the OS update notes were all for apps I don't use. I heard someone in the air having an equally frustrating time with technology. "We're struggling with the FMS right now. Show More Summary

Qantas loss $2.843 billion, live blog

Qantas has just reported a statutory loss after tax of $2.843 billion dollars and an underlying loss after tax of $646 million for the year to 30 June. The loss far exceeds market expectations. (more to come)  

Etihad announces the return of the $50,000 London fare!

Etihad's over the top $50,000 London flights take us back to similar equivalent fares for kangaroo route flights post WWII

As predicted Knee Defenders turn flight into fight

The main problem of the Knee Defender is the confrontational 'courtesy card' thoughtfully provided for you to serve on the passenger seated in front of you, telling him or her that you are taking control.

MH370 Two very ugly scenarios get some detailed attention

Two detailed, reasonable, and deeply disturbing hypothetical scenarios seeking to explain the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been posted by Jeff Wise, a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics and the author of Extreme Fear. One involves the landing of the Boeing 777-200ER and its 230 murdered souls at Banda Aceh near the northern [...]

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