From April, Virgin Australia’s boutique fleet of 777s gets new premium cabins
In the big picture of its half yearly financial results released this morning Virgin Australia has managed to lift fares and operating efficiency to levels that go way above the net exchange rate adjusted benefits of cheaper fuel.
An easyJet A319, maybe not so easy on the eyes in its new livery
An easyJet/Cranfield University proposal to use a hydrogen fuel cell to haul its jets around taxiways to save fuel and fossil carbon emissions comes with numbers that could mean big savings on short haul routes like Sydney-Melbourne.
The head on lights of one Qantas 737 from inside another in Melbourne ATC stuff up
*Updated with YouTube link ABC News, and possibly the commercial networks, will tonight air an inflight passenger video of a set of near collisions involving two Qantas 737s and an Emirates 777 at Melbourne Airport last July.
A reader has sent us this link to a YouTube of the recovery late last year of the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from the sea floor wreckage of the Pel-Air Westwind jet that was ditched near Norfolk Island in November 2009.
A better photo of the 737 MAX 8 making its first flight
The Wall Street Journalsays Boeing may deliver the 737 MAX to customers much sooner than previously intended and has plans to give its new tech single aisle family a better wing, higher undercarriage and bigger engine further down the track.
The 737 MAX 8, Boeing’s answer to a fuel price crisis that no longer exists, flew for the first time through gloomy Seattle skies today, but there were good reasons for its executives and flight test crew to be smiling for the post landing press conference.
The clipped wing version of the Emirates 777-200LR, a design conundrum?
Normally Emirates flags its new routes a year or more in advance. But Dubai-Auckland, no way, it’s starting on 2 March, daily, with Boeing 777-200LRs and will become the world’s longest non-stop scheduled passenger flight.
The failed state of Vanuatu’s shoddy runway at the Bauerfield, Port Vila airport has finally become evident to Virgin Australia, which like Qantas and its main shareholder, Air New Zealand, is now taking its jets home until things get fixed.
A reporter since November 30, 1960, Ben Sandilands looks at what really matters up in the sky: public administration of air transport and its safety, the accountability of the carriers, and space for everyone’s knees.