Tag: Virgin Australia

Australian Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers Raise Concerns Over New Drone

Reading Time: 3 minutes Pilots and air traffic controller groups have called for new Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations on the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) to be thrown out due to safety concerns. Under new rules that came into effect from Thursday, commercial operators of RPAs, or drones, weighing less than two kilograms did not have […]

Etihad Airways Increases Flights Between Abu Dhabi and Sydney

Reading Time: 1 minute Etihad Airways will add three weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Sydney to operate a double-daily schedule from 6 February 2017. The morning departure from Abu Dhabi – EY450 – and the afternoon departure from Sydney – EY451 – will increase from four to seven flights per week. This enhancement to the airline’s Sydney schedule […]

Virgin Australia Posts $225 Million Loss

Reading Time: 1 minute Virgin Australia will post an annual loss of $224.7 million due to the impairments and charges it expects to record from its plans to position the airline for future profitability. Australia’s second biggest carrier reports its full year results on August 5, but in a fourth quarter trading update has warned of the impact of […]

World’s Second-Largest Airline Caterer to be Sold

Reading Time: 1 minute Chinese conglomerate HNA has extended its CHF1.4 billion ($1.4 billion) offer for the Zurich-based airline catering company Gategroup. By the end of the initial acceptance period, HNA had originally acquired 63.6% of ownership of Gategroup. In April, HNA had said the deal for the Swiss company required a 67% buy-in. This minimum has now been […]

Air NZ & Virgin Australia Launch Search for Aviation Biofuel Opportunities

Reading Time: 1 minute Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia today announced a partnership to investigate options for locally produced aviation biofuel. The trans-Tasman alliance partners are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to the market to explore the opportunity to procure locally-produced aviation biofuel. Air New Zealand Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer Captain David Morgan says the […]

Virgin Australia’s Plane has Received a Bomb Threat

Reading Time: 1 minute A security hoax has forced a Virgin Australia flight bound for Los Angeles to divert to Brisbane before it was searched by Australian Federal Police. The Boeing 777 left Sydney at 11am on Wednesday for the Californian destination, but landed in Brisbane four hours after departure over a safety threat understood to be a hoax. […]

Australian Aviation Market Grows Together with Asia-Pacific Region

Reading Time: 4 minutes The first part of Australia’s series “Is it time to change Australian aviation rules?” discussed why Australia is changing its aviation rules in order to make it closer to ICAO and European standards. Overall, the change is a great achievement for Australia as it is moving side by side with the international standards. The question […]

Virgin Australia Signs With Delta TechOps for CFM56 Maintenance

Reading Time: 1 minute Delta TechOps maintenance division—will perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services for Virgin Australia’s fleet of CFM56-7B engines through a 13-year exclusive agreement. The new 13-year engine maintenance contract provides the opportunity for both carriers to collaborate on aircraft engineering, reliability and other maintenance-related activities. “Delta TechOps provides a unique value proposition as the maintenance arm […]