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Emirates is taking over Auckland one A380 at a time. Image: Emirates.

Taking over the world one A380 at a time.

Alone, unafraid, last week Emirates’ inaugural A380 service on its daily Dubai – Brisbane – Auckland route winged its way south-east. The service becomes Brisbane’s first and only scheduled A380 service increasing capacity on the route by approximately¬†193,000 seats per annum. Meanwhile, across the pond, Auckland is now the only airport outside Dubai to host […]

QantasLink's 14th B717

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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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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JAL is preparing to sue the Japanese Government over favoured allocation of slots at Haneda Airport. Image: San Diego International Airport.

Japan Airlines is bringing the dream to Sydney.

Pushing ahead with it’s 787 expansion, Japan Airlines will be the first international airline to introduce Boeing 787 services to Sydney. Operating the daily JL771/772 service from Tokyo Narita, the Boeing 787-8 will replace the Boeing 777 currently operated from December 1. Three months after the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was grounded in late-January, the aircraft […]

British Asia Airways. Image: Daryl Chapman

British Airways: “Down under’s not over”

There’s a great modernity about British Airways’ simple but stylish Australian newspaper advertisement. Taking a subtle, cheeky swipe at Qantas following the ending of the Joint-Service Agreement in favour of Emirates, British Airways is keeping calm and carrying on. BA will upgrade all its Australian services to new B777-300ER aircraft from March 30, 2012. Timed […]

Australia’s obsession with engaging Asia: Can aviation play a role?

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post, and to kick things off again I thought I’d take a look at Australia’s renewed obsession with Asia, triggered by the Australian Government’s recently released Asian White Paper. I went to a fascinating forum last week on Australia’s Engagement in Asia through Future Foreign Policy. Hosted by […]

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