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More on the Qantas Manila ripper incident from the ATSB

More on the Qantas Manila ripper incident from the ATSB

The second billing in today’s double header from the ATSB is the release of another interim factual report into the 25 July 2008 emergency landing in Manila by a Qantas 747-400 after an oxygen cylinder ruptured in the forward cargo hold area and tore a gaping hole in the jet. Exhaustive inquires by the air […]

Electromagnetic interference back in frame as possible cause of Qantas A330 incidents

Electromagnetic interference back in frame as possible cause of Qantas A330 incidents

The ATSB has ordered new tests to determine if electromagnetic inference from military installations near Learmonth in WA is a possible cause of serious incidents involving Qantas A330s. The interim factual report into the QF 72 accident on 7 October, which seriously injured 12 people during an emergency descent to Learmonth reveals that two similar […]

Departure taxes, biosecurity and internet p*rn filters

The soften-them-up pre-Federal budget rumours include an increase to the departure tax which is currently $47. The claimed reason is to better fund border security including improved biosecurity. Canberra has been sold a crippled pup when it comes to biosecurity in its allegedly more sophisticated variations, such as finger print matching, data mining (how many […]

Is jet fuel made from algae taking root, or just rooted?

The grail that is supposed to render aviation a zero emissions industry is fuel derived from algae. Progress has so far been amazingly fast, with a trial in the New Year of a twin engined Continental Airlines 737 in which one of the engines ran using a blend of algal grown octanes and aviation grade […]

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Australia’s southern polar express makes a point

Australia’s southern polar express makes a point

In the southern polar day now ending the smallish Airbus A319 operated by Skytraders for the Australian Antarctic Division made a point about how Canberra could significantly raise its influence over the future of the continent of ice in terms of environmental protection or mineral exploitation. The jet was acquired to provide an air link […]

Michael O’Leary p*sses on the media from a great height again

It says much about how daft the British media and the UK in general has become in these times when Michael O’Leary, the rude, crude and hugely successful chief executive of Ryanair, p*sses on them again from a great height. On Friday O’Leary made a supposedly off hand comment on the BBC about how in […]

V Australia, Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch

V Australia, Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch

Virgin Blue might be playing Brer Rabbit pleading not to be flung into the Briar Patch over the misfortunes of its V Australia subsidiary. The generally negative coverage given to V Australia’s ‘ruinously costly’ tilt at the Qantas dominated routes between Australia and the US doesn’t quit fit into the hole dug for it by […]

Air NZ versus the French investigation

Air New Zealand’s CEO, Rob Fyfe, is indignant that the French accident investigation bureau, the BEA, did not take the airline’s input into its preliminary findings concerning the crash of one of its A320s into the sea near Perpignan, on 27 November last year. But why should it have done so? The purpose of the […]

Virgin Blue is red, but far from dead

No doubt to the dismay of those behind rumours that Virgin Blue is variously poised between imminent closure, or bleeding cash at a rate not seen since Ansett went down, the airline today posted disappointing but far from terminal results for the 6 months to 31 December 2008. The headline numbers in the real announcement, […]

Why aren’t the big Australian airlines doing better?

Tomorrow’s late morning (23 February) half yearly financial results announcement and briefing by Virgin Blue should fill in some of the gaps in the public knowledge of how well, or poorly, the main Australian carriers are performing. Virgin Blue’s CEO Brett Godfrey is the person primarily responsible for an airline that has held more than […]

Qantas Moodys the waters as shares sink deeper

New Qantas CEO Alan Joyce knows how to moody the waters to perfection. Moody’s Investor Services reduced its credit rating today from Baa1 to Baa2, causing the share price to tank by 4.28 % to a record low closing price of $1.675. In its commentary, the investment and risk rating company said “Qantas’s credit profile […]

Desperate times: Dismissal proof air fares offered in America

New York based ‘hip’ low cost airline JetBlue has launched dismissal proof air fares in the epicentre of the global financial crisis. Under its Promise Program, most buyers of air fares will be eligible for a full refund if they are fired before they fly. Small businesses and large families can claim refunds on bookings […]

Qantas ‘invades’ NZ with Jetstar

Although long anticipated, this morning’s announcement that Jetstar will invade the tiny New Zealand domestic market means it is backs-to-the-wall time for Air New Zealand. To summarise bluntly, Qantas has wanted Air NZ either dead or stuffed or under its complete control for a long time. The ‘stuffed’ scenario is looking strong today. Air NZ […]

Singapore to cut capacity and lop pay from the top down

Singapore Airlines says it will cut capacity by 11% in its next financial year starting 1 April. It is talking to its unions about sacrifices, and says any pay cuts will start at the top. This could cause consternation at Qantas. Can anyone recall any senior management in a major Australian company talk about cutting […]

How Airbus nearly killed 155 people according to an idiot

There is a rather childish email going around about the alleged truth behind the Hudson River water parking incident, headed An opinion about the A320 from one unidentified pilot! I didn’t know Sully the A320 pilot who landed in the Hudson River . I’ve seen him in the crew room and around the system but […]

The Apocalypse Now tactic for saving bushfire lives

Just as the complex failures of a delayed national emergency warning system hit the headlines about Black Saturday a startlingly simple suggestion, the Apocalypse Now proposal, has been made by an aviation authority. Colin Weir, the managing director of the auditing service Flight Safety, says emergency services helicopters should be fitted with loudspeakers easily heard […]

Air traffic controllers endorse possible industrial action

Air traffic controllers have voted by 701 to 42 in favour of industrial action as may be directed by their union Civil Air over grievances concerning pay negotiations and levels of overtime. This is not a vote for an immediate strike. While it could lead to a strike controllers say overtime bans are a more […]

Bowser theft by airlines continues to fall

Jetstar has just removed the last of its fuel surcharges by eliminating the remaining international imposts and savings its customers up to $68 each way. The benchmark fuel price has been below $US 40 per barrel in recent days and has sagged to $35 this morning. This welcome move, which one would expect Qantas to […]