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Greens propose closing Sydney Airport while buying its rail link

If the Labor decision to cripple a second Sydney Airport with a curfew was a surprise move in the current NSW State election campaigns, consider the plan by the Greens to close the existing airport and abandon the second airport project. Plane Talking is indebted to 7 News, and Fairfax industry reporter Jamie Freed, for [...]

Labor kicks massive own goal over 2nd Sydney Airport

It didn’t take long this morning for the wings to fall off Labor’s efforts to score state election points with its support for the second Sydney Airport project at Badgerys Creek in the city’s far west. All was in fact going well, until the state labor leader, Luke Foley, promised to impose the same ‘safeguards’ [...]

United Airlines is Updating Their Gate Experience

Updating the gate area means seating that can be enjoyed by everyone – Photo: United On my recent trip to Chicago with United to experience their new United Club cuisine, we were shown something that the airline had been working on. Something that would have been obvious to so many, but that not so [...]Show More Summary

Virgin tubo-prop incident in Qld exposed safety breaches

Try as it does to downplay safety breaches, the ATSB report into a Virgin Australia Regional turbo-prop incident at Moranbah in Queensland in 2013 uncovered a culture of ignoring air safety laws that has gone unpunished. During the incident a 68 passenger capacity ATR 72 was abruptly flown at a high rate of descent through [...]

Rohit Talwar on the Future of the Airline Industry

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth part of our series on the Future of Air Travel. For this exclusive series, SimpliFlying consultants have been interacting with leading thinkers and futurists and tapping their valuable insights. Earlier...Show More Summary

Airbus, Boeing adjust strategies for A380, 757 replacements

The big two jet makers Airbus and Boeing keep adjusting their course headings when it comes to an an A380 NEO or a replacement for the 757, make that, as of today, a super 757 that isn’t really a 757. Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy has most recently been reported as saying an A380 [...]

The Boeing 757 – A Beloved Airliner

Icelandair use 757s to connect their hub in Reykjavik to European and North American destinations – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter What has been the most talked about aircraft as of late in aviation circles? I would have to say it is the Boeing 757 — an aircraft that seems irreplaceable. This aircraft is [...]Show More Summary

Hong Kong Airport stalemate means CX and city both losers

The implication in a statement from Cathay Pacific about Hong Kong airport last night means that the  airline and the city state’s economy have jointly screwed themselves through the stalemate over building a much needed third runway. Seen from here, its confirmation that being destructively stubborn isn’t after all the exclusive franchise of infrastructure approvals [...]

Flying from Aruba on Southwest’s Inaugural International Service to Houston

Over the Caribbean Sea – Photo: David Delagarza | AirlineReporter That’s one small flight for a 737, one giant leap forward for Southwest Airlines and Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). In a sign of things to come, Southwest added to its daily Aruba service out of Baltimore and Orlando with a seasonal weekly flight between [...]Show More Summary

Hawaiian Airlines Revitalizes Their Boeing 717 Fleet

Hawaiian Airlines is streamlining their 717 cabins – Photo: Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines is now the second-largest operator of Boeing 717s in the world — with a fleet of 18 (tied with QantasLink — Delta is number one). Even though it is a smaller fleet, the airline operates five different configurations of the aircraft [...]Show More Summary

Cathay Pacific upscales Sydney flights, but what comes next?

There are some interesting problems caused by restricted slots and strong growth that are demonstrated by Cathay Pacific announcing that it would converts a second of its four daily slots at Sydney Airport from A330s to larger 777-300ERs from this October. Sydney like Hong Kong airport, is congested, forcing airlines to use larger jets for [...]

SimpliFlying completes five years – how fantasy took flight

Life comes a full circle On June 12, 2014, as I entered the Emirates Lounge at New York’s JFK Terminal 4, I saw a familiar scene - the lounge decked up in a conference setting, canapés being served to guests, who were mostly senior aviation and financial journalists. Show More Summary

MH370 factual update underlines early government lies

The latest MH370 report cannot, because of its charter, find out why the government of Malaysia hit the ground lying from Day 1 about the year old mystery

Pilots and kids views of Qantas gift landing on short runway

From the ground, and from the cockpit, the Qantas gifting of its first 747-400 to HARS, the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society at the tiny Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park looked sensational. As the frame from the cockpit Go Pro camera at top of page shows, the closed roadway under its wheels as it settled [...]

Qantas lands its first 747-400 at tiny Illawarra airport

Thousands of people watched in awe this morning when the first Qantas 747-400, VH-OJA, turned slowly over the Illawarra escarpment and descended for a flawless landing at the tiny Albion Park aerodrome south of Wollongong. It had taken but nine or so minutes for the jumbo jet to make the trip south from Sydney Airport.  [...]

One year on, mass murder is most plausible MH370 theory

The most unpalatable of theories, that the pilot did it in an insane act of mass murder, has become widely regarded as the most likely cause of the loss of MH370 on 8 March last year. Other pilots spoken to find this likelihood both shocking but compelling on all the evidence, and it was advanced [...]

Canberra’s international ambitions dashed by Air NZ

Despite the logical strength of the case for international flights to Canberra, the business case continues to fail in presentations to such key prospects as Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines. The latest rebuff is reported in the Canberra Times today. One of the more interesting parts of the story is the reference to Canberra [...]

Flight Review: Aeromexico Boeing 767 Business Class to Buenos Aires

An Aeromexico Boeing 767 – Photo: Jason Rabinowitz I recently had the opportunity to experience the premium product on two major North American (non-US) carriers. I thought it would be a good chance to evaluate and compare the two different products and see how they stack up! I was invited to Buenos Aires, Argentina, [...]Show More Summary

PM makes it clear, #MH370 search cannot continue at current costs

After a somewhat untidy handling of its attitude to the search for MH370 this week, Australia’s PM Tony Abbott has made it clear it will wind it back rather than abandon it should nothing be found in the near future. In an address to Parliament marking the first anniversary of the airliner’s disappearance Mr Abbott [...]

When the MH370 ‘red-eye’ turned nasty, what we know a year on

  Crikey Insider today looks at the impending first anniversary of the disappearance of MH370 in terms of a scandal that apparently dares not fall from the lips of our gutless political leaders if this morning set piece statements by PM Tony Abbott or his feeble Labor opponent Bill Shorten to parliament are true indications [...]

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