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Flight Review: Vietnam Airlines in Domestic Economy

Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321 – Photo: Aero Icarus | Flickr CC After spending the previous couple of cold winter months in Seattle, New York, and Boston, as well as visiting Tokyo (cold), Kyoto (cold and breezy), Taipei (rainy), and Hong Kong (windy and rainy) on this trip, I was glad to have planned a [...]Show More Summary

Airbus makes second electric flight English channel crossing

Due process by Airbus and a ‘just-do-it’ attitude by a private electric aircraft owner saw two small multi-engined planes make battery powered crossings of the English Channel to Calais in the last two days. The first on Thursday evening UK time was by Hugues Duwal in an electric Colomban Cri Cri E-Cristaline, as recounted in [...]

All Nippon returns to Australia, adds to 787 seats battle

  Australian Business Traveller has called the return of All Nippon Airways (ANA) to Australia from October, and it looks set to add to competitive pressures on Qantas to make sure its 787-9s are as generous in seat pitch and width as its full service competitors on the Japan routes. ANA will use its 215 [...]

Historic electric English channel flight all charged up to go

Another electric moment is fast approaching in history of flight, and this one has direct practical applications for future zero carbon emitting airliners. It comes on the form of a flight across the English Channel, from Lydd in Kent to Calais in France, about 0900 UK time today by an Airbus E-Fan demonstrator two seater [...]

Bali volcanic ash crisis may force major evacuation airlift

Speculation It’s too early to know if the RAAF may be called in, but the flight home from Bali for holiday makers stranded by a volcanic ash cloud might be in a windowless but otherwise spacious C-17 Globemaster. Why? Because the longer the delays caused by the plumes drifting over Denpasar, the island’s airport persist, [...]

A Day in the Life of an Airline Mechanic

Ground crew checking out a grounded plane – Photo: David Parker Brown | AirlineReporter As one might imagine, the life of an aircraft mechanic is not a glamorous one. Earlier, I passed along a few memorable tales of my time as a mechanic for a larger regional airline. This time, I would like to [...]Show More Summary

Qantas acts over too low approach by A330 to Melbourne

On 8 March 2013, a Qantas A330 with over 300 seats, found itself much too close to the ground while flying a visual approach toward a still distant landing at Melbourne Airport. The ground proximity warning device on the jet called TERRAIN followed by PULL UP and the crew flew a recovery manoeuvre and subsequently [...]

Air Canada joins rush to fly 787s here before Qantas gets any

While on its record Air Canada will not be as generous with economy seat spacing as Qantas it isn’t waiting around for the Australian carrier to bring the 787s it hasn’t yet officially ordered to the Vancouver route. From next June it will add its own 787-8s three times weekly nonstop between Vancouver and Brisbane [...]

Triple computer system failures raise hack attack fear in US

United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange and the Wall Street Journal were all brought down for a period overnight (Australian time)  by computer systems failures. The official line from US authorities is that the incidents do not appear to have been caused by ‘nefarious activities’. However it was also said that the causes of [...]

BoatReporter: Heading to the Arctic to See Some Bears

This is the M/V Ortelius, registered in Limassol Cyprus. It’s got the highest ice-class a vessel can attain. – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter If you were to ask me to spend a week on a boat for all but maybe two reasons, I’d be likely to risk prison to get out of it. [...]

Boeing’s first 787 Dreamliner lands forever at Nagoya

As the first Dreamliner to appear, and eventually fly, 787 ZA001 is now a beautiful part of the history of flight, at Nagoya’s Centrair International Airport. Some airports display historic DC-3s or military transports, a few have early jets or turbo-props, but through its donation by Boeing, Nagoya now has the unique distinction of permanently [...]

PR guidance says logos no-goes at airline crash sites

It is rather shocking to read an article in PR Week that deals openly with the taboo topic of how an airline might use data to shape its strategy to protect its brand and business from adverse consequences after a crash. Perhaps even more shocking is the advice given by the expert quoted in that [...]

Tigerair: More beach less city in new schedule changes

Tigerair is quitting Melbourne-Mackay, one of its earliest routes, for good in September to add to services to the Gold Coast and Whitsunday Coast.The Melbourne-Gold Coast route will increase by one flight to up to four A320 services a day in the same month, and the Sydney-Whitsunday Coast route will be get an extra [...]

TAM Airlines’ Ownboard Magazine Delivers a Personalised Copy to Each Passenger

Do you remember the last time you read an in-flight magazine? No, flipping through it while the aircraft is taxing towards the runway or taking off, does not count. I certainly do not remember doing much more than that. In the age of...Show More Summary

As Qantas decides on 787s, the A350s come over horizon

On current indications, it looks as though Qantas rivals Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific could  have their early A350-900s  flying routes to Australia’s cities from more than year before the flying kangaroo can put its first 787-9s into service. The latest evidence of this is the first Cathay Pacific A350-900, which has now come together [...]

A Whale of a Birthday Present – Emirates A380 Visits Prague

AvGeeks in Action – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter The 1st of July, 2015, marked the fifth anniversary of Emirates services to Prague. To celebrate this achievement, Emirates substituted an Airbus A380 on the Dubai to Prague route, which is normally served by a Boeing 777-300ER. I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation [...]Show More Summary

Qantas is in the money, but what might it do with it?

Qantas has arrived at a place it never foresaw when it asked the Abbott Government for a $3 billion unsecured loan early last year, nor when fuel benchmarks in USD were twice what they have been in recent times. Its employees are in a place they never saw either when they accepted a pay freeze [...]

Thoughts on the U.S. Export-Import Bank Shutdown and Why it Matters

Boeing is one of the largest exporters of anything in the U.S. in terms of dollar value – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter Before their summer recess, the U.S. Congress didn’t get many things finished; some would say intentionally. Most crucial for those of us in the aviation realm is the “sunsetting” of the [...]Show More Summary

Qantas to make 5% bonus payment to those on pay freeze deals

Qantas is ‘in the money’ and has announced that a one-off bonus payment will be made to all employees covered by an 18-month wage freeze policy as part of their collective agreement after it announces in August this financial year’s profit results.  Shareholders will no doubt be encouraged by the possibility that this means they [...]

Framework for Airbus A330 completion factory in China agreed

As expected, Airbus has confirmed that ‘green’ A330s built in Toulouse will be flown to Tianjin in China to a new completion facility which will value add to the basic airframes before delivery to customers under a newly agreed framework with its PRC partners.The move is seen as adding to the success of Airbus in [...]

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