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June, 2009


Some last statistics from Qantas and Virgin Blue before things get even worse

The May provisional traffic statistics from the Qantas and Virgin Blue brands are the last insights into their operations before black Friday, 3 July. This Friday is the day Delta, the world’s largest carrier, enters the Australia-US market on the Sydney-Los Angeles route, and Singapore Airlines’ Jetstar clone, Tiger, takes on everybody and Jetstar in [...]

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V Australia adds Hong Kong to list of possible new routes

A leak that says Virgin Blue is asking for slots at Hong Kong airport for its V Australia subsidiary isn’t surprising, except for taking so long. The two factors in this move are the caustic losses being made by all carriers on the crowded trans Pacific non-stops to the US, and the synergy of a [...]

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Attempt to lessen legal obligations of airlines blocked in Senate by pilot unions

A back door attempt to water down the absolute responsibility of airlines for the actions of their employees and criminalise pilots has been blocked in the Senate. The government attempted to use the device of a Select Legislative Instrument (SLI) to amend the Aviation Transport Security Act 2005 to place off-duty airline flight crew outside [...]

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Dreamliner-An Impossible Dream?

The most alarming question to arise from the Dreamliner fiasco is whether high composite airliners are doomed to fail. Not fail as in fail to reach production, although that is a possibility even at this stage, but fail as in start crashing after large numbers of the two high composite airliners in question, the Boeing [...]

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Where might the Dreamliner fiasco take Boeing and Airbus?

It needs to be recognised that the 787 project has the potential to ruin the Boeing Commercial Airplane business and force the company as a whole to re-organise its defence, space and other technologies activities into a separated entity. Such thoughts are probably already being entertained in EADS, the owner of Airbus, as to how [...]

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Dreamliner nightmare-Qantas cancels 15 and defers first deliveries of others by 4 years

Qantas has cancelled 15 Boeing 787s and delayed the first tranche of deliveries from the balance of a remaining firm order of 50 of the jets for four years. The move saves the airline $US 3 billion in capital expenditure liabilities, and also keeps it clear of the consequences of current issues with the design [...]

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The Dreamliner debacle-Time to tell the truth

One of the most troubling aspects of the Dreamliner nightmare is the failure of the jet’s composite structures to behave as predicted by the computer models used by Boeing. If the assumptions made in the design diverged so sharply from results when the wing was put under stress, what confidence remains in the overall robustness [...]

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Angry Flyers Lounge-Why can’t I use my laptop?

Why can’t I use my laptop or mobile phone when the plane is taking off or landing? The answers to this question from a Crikey reader come at a time when Qantas is about to launch a system in which ‘dangerous’ mobile phones are made safe, for a fee of course, using new communications technology. [...]

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Dreamliner ‘Neverliner’ bonanza for Airbus-up to 12 more A330s for Jetstar, maybe.

The numbers varied, but the hot tip earlier this morning was that up to 12 Airbus A330s will be added to the Jetstar fleet by late 2010 or early 2011 to replace the 787 capacity Boeing has failed to deliver according to any of its past broken promises. This was followed by another hot tip [...]

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Qantas review of 787 program moving toward conclusion

Boeing has a new definition of wing. It is ‘side of airplane’. This means it wasn’t really the wing that was starting to break two months ago under static testing, it was just the side of the Dreamliner. Easily fixed. Could have flown on time. Nothing to worry about. This tripe, swallowed in its entirety [...]

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Dreamliner-The wing began to break

Getting the truth out of Boeing is a real struggle. This issue that the company is trying to represent as something minor that can be patched internally was the wing starting to delaminate at something less than 120% of the maximum design load. The side location dutifully noted by the US media in a Boeing [...]

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Bad times at Boeing, Dreamliner delayed again pending further design fixes

There is no new schedule for flight testing of the Boeing Dreamliner following the postponement of the first flight due by 30 June because of the discovery in April of design deficiencies in the area where the wing joins either side of the fuselage of the high composite ‘plastic’ airliner. Boeing issued this statement a [...]

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Angry Flyers Lounge-Sending a letter to Jetstar

We have invited Jetstar to reply to this complaint in writing to our POSTAL ADDRESS ONLY. Subject: how far have JETSTAR come with technology?? Hi Guys, I think maybe the actual answer is: not forward but backward! Yes! It seems they are able to have great huge iron birds fly through the air carrying thousands [...]

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Laser a plane, go to jail

An item in the Cairns Post this morning adds to the rising number of fools with lasers being caught doing something that might have seemed like a coward’s cheap thrill in pointing a laser at an aircraft. A TEENAGE boy has become the first person charged under Queensland’s new laser laws after he allegedly targeted [...]

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Minor injuries reported on Qantas flight to Perth from Hong Kong this morning due to turbulence

Qantas has acted ahead of media reports this morning to announce some minor injuries caused by severe air turbulence on an A330 service from Hong Kong to Perth. This is the full statement:-

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