More than two month’s after AirAsia X’s Indonesian franchise damaged the holiday plans of Australians booked on its Melbourne-Denpasar flights by cancelling them just before Christmas it has been issued with an air operator certificate by CASA.READ MORE
In a grim preview to the first anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, parts of the wreckage of another of its 777-200ERs, which was operating its flight MH17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine last July, have been put on display at the Netherlands military airbase at Gilze-Rijen.READ MORE
Some years ago on a family visit by a US relative to Auckland, we treated our guest to an All Blacks game at Eden Park, complete with a full haka (there being no half measures when the action involves the Wallabies).
She couldn’t quite get that the ceremony was all bluff, but alas, as usual, prophetic as to the outcome.READ MORE
Emirates delivers another lesson in market building, this time in BaliREAD MORE
Recent well placed hints by Australia that it is looking to winding up the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have made it to the New York Times. The implications of this need to be carefully considered.READ MORE
The Minister responsible for aviation and its safety, Warren Truss, has just released a statement about Australia participating with Indonesia and Malaysia in a trial of actually using to its potential existing non-radar based tracking technology on jet airliners flying across remote oceanic air routes.
Such as the one believed to have been followed to its doom in the southern Indian Ocean by missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which was a 777 with 239 people and items of secret air freight on board when it crashed almost a year ago.READ MORE
European airliner giant Airbus and Canadian ‘minnow’ Bombardier made very different headlines on either side of the Atlantic overnight.READ MORE
By coincidence, yesterday’s strong return to viability by Qantas came on the same day as a Productivity Commission report refuting its special pleadings over restricting foreign competitors.
It might well be the right time for Qantas to stop bleating about the claimed end-of-the-line geographical disadvantages of its network, or the cost advantages of its ‘tormentors’ and leverage instead its excellenceREAD MORE
Qantas has posted an underlying profit before tax of $367 million for its first half results to 31 December, beating expectations of between $300-350 million but the dividend drought continues.READ MORE
Also overlooked in the Senate Estimates treasure trove last night was news that the MH370 search being run by Australia, has found what appear to be man made objects as large as shipping containers.READ MORE
While media attention was understandably diverted elsewhere in Senate Estimates hearings yesterday, AirServices Australia was given a grilling that raised some very serious safety, competency and integrity issues.READ MORE
One of the most careful dissenting voices in the MH370 mystery is US science writer Jeff Wise, who has today published a study of tractor work on a patch of earth in Kazakhstan that matches the dimensions of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER.READ MORE
Fiji Airways has only seven jets, three A330-200 wide bodies and four single aisle Boeing 737s, but has just shamed its much larger Australian and NZ peer airlines with massive profits and worker bonuses.READ MORE
Commentary With airline activity continuing to surge in China and the Middle East it might be time to replace the tyranny of distance arguments about Qantas ‘protection’ with a discussion about the tyranny of growth.READ MORE
After the killing of 162 people in an AirAsia crash and the unhappiness caused by the cancellation of AirAsia X Bali flights the group’s founder Tony Fernandes might do the travelling public the courtesy of being careful in his timing of trans Tasman flight plan announcements.READ MORE