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FAA bends rules for Airbus as well as Boeing

The Seattle Times reports that the FAA has bent the rules for making fuel tanks lightning proof to help the much delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner achieve certification. As usual with anything about the Dreamliner, this will inevitably cause a frenzy of fandom angst among those with a mental age of about 10. However the changes […]

Fake Qantas engineers. Does CASA do anything useful?

The ‘discovery’ of another fake licensed engineer at Qantas and rumours of more to come begs the question as to whether CASA does anything useful. In the previous two years CASA has shown that it can detect serious failings in small regional carriers like the defunct third level carrier Transair, which killed 15 people in […]

Branson’s unguarded moment concerning United Airlines

Richard Branson’s comments prior to the delivery of V Australia’s first Boeing 777-300ER would find strong support among many, many travellers but must have caused a bit of pain at Virgin Blue. A report in the Sydney Morning Herald says:- Sir Richard, the largest shareholder in Australia’s second-largest airline Virgin Blue, took a broad swipe […]

Hansen sorry but sticks to jets and global warming comments

One of the clearest voices expressing concern over anthropogenic global warming, James Hansen, has revisited his controversial interview in The Observer in which he refused to support opposition to a third runway for London’s Heathrow airport and which was mentioned earlier in Plane Talking. In a note Hansen says:- I have relearned a basic lesson […]

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More rude wake up calls for airline investors

This morning’s cancellation of another 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, this time by Dubai based leasing company LCAL, has almost nothing to do with that airliner’s problems and everything to do with something far more worrying for all airlines and their shareholders regardless of their size or the aircraft they use. The problem is finance. There […]

WARNING: Jetstar to go offline for more than two days!

Jetstar is being incredibly up-front about what lies in store for its travellers from this Friday afternoon until sometime next Monday morning. They are swopping computer reservations systems, and in what could be a world first, telling the punters that this could be hell. There will be among other things, no online bookings, in fact […]

AGW authority refuses to support airport protest

A climate change authority and campaigner for urgent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, Dr James Hansen, has refused to support activists opposed to the construction of a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport. Instead he has urged them to concentrate on the fossilized carbon emissions released by the burning of coal which he says in […]

A dead cat bounce moment in Melbourne

The switchboard at Melbourne’s International Airport appeared busy denying Tiger Airlines had shut down this morning following a call to Neil Mitchell on 3AW by ‘John who works there.’ John said the Tiger terminal was closed and drew the conclusion, shared with Mitchell’s very large radionce that they had been grounded. We (the spies, spotters […]

Qantas:-a quick look at the figures

The Qantas half yearly results have been posted on the ASX website without the usual simultaneous press conference with the CEO, as Alan Joyce is still in Madrid after attending a tenth anniversary board of governors meeting for the oneworld marketing alliance. The headline numbers are group PBT for the 6 months to 31 December […]

Qantas will drop the curtain on the good times this afternoon

Details are still under wraps, but Qantas will this afternoon release its half yearly results two weeks sooner than planned as late as yesterday morning when 19 February remained the official date. The abrupt change in plan follows the two day trading halt which it was granted yesterday morning after the ASX queried the company […]

MacAir stops flying as debts rise and contracts dry up

The Queensland regional carrier and resources industry charter airline MacAir has entered voluntary administration with local press reports of debts of around $14 million. The state government refused a request from its owner, former fisherman and prospector Terry Byrt, for a $7 million ex-gratia payment in order to continue in business last week. Schedule flights […]

Boeing still doesn’t get it

Boeing provided more insights into its decline into incompetency overnight which deserve to be studied by large businesses in general. Chief executive Jim McNerny said that it would cut a total of 10,000 jobs this year in response to the effects of the global financial crisis, saying “We must prepare the company, including being more […]

Another perfect ditching from way back

Another perfect ditching from way back

The perfect precedent for the recent Hudson River ditching of a US Airways jet occurred on 16 October, 1956, when a Pan American World Airways Stratocruiser ended up in the Pacific Ocean halfway between Honolulu and San Francisco. The story behind these images appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. It was a different era in […]

Changi gets a Singapore trim

The longest scheduled flight in the world from Singapore to Newark will be reduced below daily frequency from mid February by Singapore Airlines because of the global financial crisis. Reports in Singapore say that four of the daily non-stops the carrier currently flies between Changi Airport and Los Angeles as well as Newark (for Manhattan) […]

The silent revolution gathers speed at Qantas

The cone of silence is well and truly in play at Qantas as it builds up the number of mobile phone enabled jets in advance of launching in-flight connectivity for the non voice use of smart phones like Blackberrys and iPhones on domestic routes. Sometime in the near future Qantas will have enough of these […]

Gone at last. The biggest looser in the Qantas fleet

Gone at last. The biggest looser in the Qantas fleet

The last of the delay prone ‘classic’ era Qantas jumbo jets, a Boeing 747-338 left Sydney for the desert scrap heap at Marana, Arizona, last night. Its departure, a mere 45 minutes late, is believed to have been held up by air traffic control delays. The jet built in 1985 spent much of its final […]

President Obama and the First Jet

Everything you could wish to know about the flying command post that is Air Force One is here on Jon Ostrower’s Flightblogger site, if you enable the Air Force One tag below the lead item. In the early hours of tomorrow morning Eastern Australian Daylight time the specially modified Boeing 747-200 jet becomes one of […]

Tiger wants a cut from your hotel room rate

Tiger Airways might just be after a portion of your hotel bill, maybe even a bit of what you spend on food and drinks. The budget priced carrier is moving to enforce the same one-stop on-line sales strategy that Ryanair and easyJet have perfected in Europe by putting an extensive inventory of hotel and resort […]