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Qantas’ 14th 717 is on its way to Australia.

Qantas’ 14th Boeing 717 and first aircraft to be configured in a domestic two-class configuration is on its way to Australia. After technical acceptance of the aircraft in the US earlier this week, the aircraft is currently scheduled to arrive in Adelaide on Friday for final acceptance by Cobham.

Rescued from the Californian desert, the aircraft was previously operated by Midwest Airlines, and more recently Mexicana Click but has been in storage in the US since Mexicana went bankrupt in 2010. The delivery flight is being undertaken under the aircraft’s US registration N406BC, with the aircraft to be registered VH-YQS upon arrival in Australia.

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Air New Zealand Boeing 767-319ER ZK-NCJ. Image: Les Bushell.

Air New Zealand’s 767s heading south for summer.

On October 5 Air New Zealand is returning to Antartica. The carrier has been invited by Antartica New Zealand to conduct a Boeing 767-300ER route proving flight from Auckland to the blue ice runway at Pegasus Field, McMurdo Sound in Antartica to test the suitability of potential charter services.

If successful the route proving flight could be followed by an additional two services this summer season.

Air New Zealand's first aircraft - A320 ZK-OXB - in the carrier's new fern livery. Image: Air New Zealand.

Air New Zealand’s new fern takes to the sky.

  Air New Zealand has unveiled its first aircraft – an Airbus A320 registered ZK-OXB – to be painted in carrier’s bold new monochromatic fern livery. The livery is the second iteration of Air New Zealand’s new corporate branding first revealed in July 2012, and part of a substantial NZD$20 million marketing campaign with Tourism […]

Rendering of Lufthansa's 777-9X. Image: Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Boeing’s 777-9X is almost go as Lufthansa commits to order for 34.

Lufthansa has become a launch customer for the yet to be launched next generation Boeing 777X project ordering 34 777-9Xs in addition to 25 Airbus A350-900s, with options and purchase rights for an additional 60 aircraft – 30 each of the 777-9X and A350-900.

The 777-9X will be powered by the General Electric GE9X and feature a new advanced composite wing, which at 71 metres will be the longest aircraft wing Boeing has produced. The result? An estimated 20 per cent better fuel efficiency and a 15% reduction in operating costs over the 777-300ER resulting in the lowest seat kilometre costs in the industry.

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Boeing's obligatory Mount Rainier first flight fly-by. Image: Boeing.

Another day, another maiden flight: Boeing 787-9.

Updated 18 September

Boeing’s first 787-9 has successfully completed its five hour 16 minute maiden sortie touching down on Boeing Field’s runway 13R at 23:18 GMT.

During the flight BOE001 reached an altitude of 20,400ft and a maximum speed of 250 knots. In challenging weather conditions, the aircraft spent a significant amount of the flight in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).

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CSeries First Flight. Image: Bombardier Aerospace

Up, up and away! CSeries is Airborne!

Update 17 September

CS100 FTV1 silently touched down at 1623 GMT successfully completing the two and a half hour maiden flight. During the sortie FTV1 reached a height of 12,000 ft and a maximum airspeed of 230 knots.

The flight crew undertook testing including flap and landing gear retractions and extensions, simulated landings, and general validation of the flight control system. Continue reading “Up, up and away! CSeries is Airborne!” »

FTV1 lifts its nose of the runway for the first time. Image: Bombardier Aerospace.

Bombardier CSeries ready for first flight

Today’s forecast in Montreal: Unseasonably cool and rainy with a chance of first flight. The long awaited first flight of Bombardier’s #CSeries #CS100 is now tantalisingly close. Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) first flight window opens at GMT13:30 from Montreal’s Mirabel Airport.

Yesterday, FTV1’s nosed gear lifted off the runway for the first time while undertaking high speed taxi tests in preparation for first flight. High speed taxi testing has been ongoing over the last week, with FTV1 accelerated to its V1 ‘decision speed’ of 124 knots (230 kph). Watch the high speed taxi test video below carefully. You’ll see the aircraft make some interesting movements as it the crew test flight control inputs and braking systems.

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Virgin Australia

Results day 2: Virgin Australia – a much darker year.

The last of the regions’ airlines to post Financial Year ’13 results was Virgin Australia.  The Virgin Australia Group posted a statutory loss of $98 million dollars, on slight 2.5 per cent increase in revenue to $4.02 billion.

Virgin Australia’s result was no surprise, with the results in line with the significant profit downgrade announced in May. However, it wouldn’t be Virgin without flair to artfully put a positive spin on such a poor result; CEO John Borghetti highlighting a “pivotal” year of challenges and transformation for the airline. Continue reading “Results day 2: Virgin Australia – a much darker year.” »

Air New Zealand

Results day 1: Air New Zealand, Qantas and REX

Here’s a brief summary of yesterday’s annual results releases:

Air New Zealand

The day started with the flag carrier carrier at the very end of the world announcing it’s best annual result for five years with a underlying pre-tax profit of NZ$256 million, a statutory profit of NZ$183 million a 156 per cent increase on FY2011/12. This was on a slight three per cent increase in revenue to NZ$4.618 billion.

This strong result was supported by ANZ’s strongest load factor results in five years of 83.6 per cent. This was an increase of .8% over last year and came even as the airline grew Available Seat Kilometre (ASK) capacity by 1.7 per cent across its network.

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