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Airbus A320 No 200 from China rolls out, 3000 more to come?

The significance of the China market for airliners, and what it might mean for the future shape of Airbus and Boeing, was on display yesterday when an A319 for China Eastern rolled out of the Airbus Tianjin final assembly line. It was the 200th such A320 family jet to be delivered from the Tianjin facility [...]

Helicopter Flightseeing Over the Las Vegas Strip

The northern end of the Las Vegas Strip, with the Wynn, Encore, & Stratosphere dominating the skyline A great way to get a different perspective of a place is to take a flight over it. Heading to somewhere you haven’t been before, well why wouldn’t you take a flightseeing trip to get that different [...]Show More Summary

Call for ATSB chief’s removal over Pel-Air report fiasco

Senior mandarins in aviation tried to lock their Minister, Warren Truss, into a position he no longer wants to be in. A very bad career move

ATSB told second rate not good enough in Pel-Air inquiry

Senior mandarins in aviation tried to lock their Minister, Warren Truss, is a positon he longer wants to be in. A very bad career move

ATSB ‘asked to consider’ re-opening Pel-Air crash inquiry

The minister responsible for aviation, Warren Truss, has called for a new look at the Pel-Air crash, in which a Westwind corporate jet flying a medical charter, was ditched off Norfolk Island in November, 2009. The conduct, integrity and competency of the the investigating agency, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and the regulator, the Civil [...]

The TSA Pre?™ Dilemma, and Why it’s Not For Me

TSA Expert Traveler Podium – Photo: Michael Gray | Flickr CC I was recently invited to sit down with a local news outlet to discuss TSA’s Pre ?™ program from the perspective of a frequent flyer who hadn’t signed up, and questions its utility as the program stands today. To be clear, I do [...]Show More Summary

Damning review of ATSB Pel-Air investigation released

Memo Tony Abbott and Warren Truss. Second rate isn't good enough in air safety investigations, and the Canadian peer review of the ATSB re Pel-Air makes us look very grubby.

Boeing, FAA deficiencies led to 787 fires, NTSB finds

Inadequate design work by Boeing, shoddy standards by Japanese battery maker Yuasa Corp, and the corporate capture of the FAA  in its failure to properly certify a critical part of the Dreamliner 787,  this NTSB investigation has it all. But you won’t get it all unless you read the full report. While Boeing and the [...]

G20 2014 – The Day the World Came to Brisbane and Brought Their VIP Airliners

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the G20 in Brisbane aboard a C-32 The annual G20 (group of twenty) Summit is the gathering of the world’s 20 most powerful and influential nations to discuss various political and economic issues facing the world. As with any gathering of major international powers, there was [...]Show More Summary

Australian ATC didn’t know Melbourne flights were at risk for two years

A disturbing dossier of evidence as to the unsatisfactory and abjectly incompetent state of public administration of air safety in Australia is being assembled by the hard core membership of the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport. On Friday afternoon one of its key members, Senator Nick Xenophon (Independent SA) took [...]

Bloomberg News Examines What it Means To Be an AvGeek

AirlineReporter’s own Bernie Leighton in front of a helicopter at Boeing Field (BFI) – Photo: Britton Staniar | Bloomberg News When Julie Johnsson, Aerospace Reporter with Bloomberg News, asked if I knew of a good plane spotter in Seattle that she could speak with, Bernie Leighton quickly came to mind! Bernie is a Managing [...]Show More Summary

Cheap fuel bonanza for airlines not quite what it seems, yet

It is much clearer to work out what record low oil prices mean for Airbus and Boeing than for airlines, and it isn’t good news for their newest designs. The sales merits of fuel saving new tech engines and airframes are reduced versus cheaper to buy current airliners which means they may have to discount [...]

Etihad adds Scandinavian to its coat of many colours

There are two types of relationship between Europe’s airlines and those of the Gulf countries. Stand alone head on conflicts, like that of Emirates versus the world, and Etihad’s collaborative alternative of buying-into-them or signing-them-up in a common cause. Etihad has done the latter overnight, by announcing an extensive code share treaty with SAS, which [...]

Happy Thanksgiving and Stuff(ing)

I don’t know if I would fly Turkey Airlines – Original Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDLMedia – Photoshop: David Parker Brown Although our readership has grown quite a bit outside the United States, we still have about half of our readers based in the country. And for those of us in the US, today [...]

China Southern’s A380 to make summer return to Sydney

China Southern has only five A380s but is recalling one of the them to Sydney to serve peak holiday demand from Friday week 5 Deecember until 26 February on the Guangzhou route. The 506 seat three class A380 will operate daily in addition to one of its A330-300s adding 222 more seats to CZ’s daily [...]

Is this the Boeing plan for a New Small Airplane?

Airbus could claim the credit for the latest Boeing leak that it will launch in 2018 a new 757-200 sized jet for service in 2024-2025 to counter a version of the A321 (the NEO LR) which might have been in service for six or seven years by the time the US planemaker’s response flies. Maybe [...]

VIDEO: Qantas Retires Their Boeing 767s [60 Minutes]

If you are a fan of the Boeing 767, this video might make you a bit sad. Qantas Airways is in the process of retiring their final 767-300ERs and the TV show 60 Minutes produced a story following VH-OGG from Australia over to Victorville Airport (VCV), home of probably the most famous airliner graveyard. [...]Show More Summary

AirAsia X founder tweets that he’s resuming London flights

The founder of the AirAsia low cost carrier franchise and its group CEO, Tony Fernandes, has tweeted that he’s keen to start flying to London. In fact AirAsia X stopped flying to London and Paris in 2012 after being unsuccessful on those routes, and the industry will be wondering what might have changed, other than [...]

MH370: Vast margins for error and disagreement in search zones

Months of expert debate as to which parts of the Indian Ocean sea floor should get priority in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have started surfacing in the general media. This account of the disunity among the advisory panels that appears in the Wall Street Journal coincides with bean counter stress in [...]

Gone Gliding – Conclusion

Another amazing photo by Gordon Boettger, from 26,000 feet over the Carson Valley, during a glider wave flight Let’s pick up where we left off in Gone Gliding, Part Two, shall we? We’re at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Soaring NV’s LS4 glider, hooked up to the Piper Pawnee towplane, and just starting our takeoff roll. [...]Show More Summary

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