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This will hopefully clarify the significant discrepancy between the NSW plan and the recently announced federal govt plan. Or maybe just add more confusion. One would think a bit of consistency would be in everyone's interest at the moment, but hey, what do I know…
A privatised Air India will be "a formidable force, but [the sale by govt] is good for the industry and the nation," says IndiGo CEO Dutta. He believes AI will be a more responsible market competitor under private ownership #CAPALive
IndiGo will continue taking deliveries as scheduled, focusing on replacing older A320s rather than increasing fleet size, CEO Dutta says. Will return to significant fleet growth in late 2023/early 2024, and "treading water" until then #CAPALive
About 40% of IndiGo's ops will be international by 2025, CEO Dutta predicts (was at 25% pre-pandemic). Not much growth for next 18 months - after that there will still be some domestic expansion, but international will increase much faster #CAPALive
Pacific Island airline industry officials say these carriers will need to work together much more if they are to survive and attract external funding. While some have been calling for this for decades, the pandemic could be a catalyst for greater cooperation #CAPALive
They'll launch with 2-3 aircraft. Using 737 MAXs leased from U.S.-based 777 Partners, which also happens to be the major owner of Bonza. That will give them a lot of flexibility in fleet plan (they aim to grow fairly rapidly). 777 Partners has 24 MAXs on order
No routes named yet, although in talks with 40-odd airports to gauge interest in partnering. Discussions also underway for HQ location, which will be somewhere in regional NSW or Queensland. They'll start with one aircraft base, but quickly add more as fleet builds
This was our take on Australian startup LCC Bonza after chatting with Mr. Jordan. They need AOC and FIRB approval, and prelim discussions have begun. The regulators have indicated that the startup timeline is appropriate (Q2 2022)…
Big development for recovery of Indian aviation - govt allows full restoration of domestic capacity for the first time since May 2020. Demand has rebounded strongly after second COVID wave receded, and IndiGo in particular has pushed for removal of caps…
Virgin Australia boosts domestic network: three new flights to Gold Coast from Launceston, Cairns, Hobart to launch Dec. 7, 9, 13, also resuming Adelaide-Sunshine Coast from Dec. 14
Thailand intends to put 10 countries on its initial list for quarantine-free entry from Nov. 1 (fully vaxxed, departure/arrival tests). PM says Thailand must "not miss the opportunity to entice some of the [upcoming] holiday season travelers"…
Fiji is going to be popular... Virgin Australia announces it will resume Australia-Fiji from Dec. 16 (Fiji Airways restarts in this market on Dec. 1, Jetstar Dec. 17 and Qantas Dec. 19)
Fantastic news that @FijiAirways plans to resume scheduled international flights from Dec. 1, from Australia, NZ, the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore, following Fiji govt reopening announcement (for fully vaxxed and tested travelers)
Qantas pencils in resumption of Sydney-London and Sydney-LA for Nov. 14 (both 3 per week) after govt eases restrictions - although the exact restart date may shift to earlier or later in the month. Some other intl routes still scheduled to restart Dec. 18…
To help stimulate domestic travel, Malaysia Airlines is offering a RM100 travel voucher for first 6,500 customers (for Malaysians, and requires signup), travel through Dec. 31…
2/ Qantas wants to operate daily Melbourne-Darwin-London, but if that doesn't work out, will use Singapore instead of Darwin as the stopover. Decision on routing expected in the next two weeks
(CORRECTED) Qantas says it will not use Perth as gateway for its direct London flights when(if) they resume in Dec, due to domestic border restrictions (as previously warned). So it is in discussions to instead use Darwin as a gateway until at least April…
As noted by @WandrMe, I somehow wrote Townsville instead of Darwin in this tweet... one of those days
Seems a bit ironic... Air India chairman enters govt as aviation secretary, at the same time as the govt is selling off Air India…
(3/3) the airline “is reviewing an array of decarbonization technologies and would welcome a follow-up project with Airbus to implement trials or test prototype aircraft if the technology is mature enough.”
(2/3) @FlyAirNZ says while the MOU is focused on research level, “the goal is for the collaboration to involve actionable and tangible work and may evolve into trialing of technology once the initial investigation is completed..."
More on this story... Airbus says @FlyAirNZ MOU is the third research agreement it has signed with airlines regarding hydrogen-powered aircraft (but first in Asia-Pac). Other two were with easyJet and SAS…
AAPA confirms that Korean Air is no longer a member, having left the industry association a couple of months ago. H/T to Jordan Chong of Orient Aviation for the question during a media roundtable today...
the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (@AAPAirlines) has announced that all of its members have jointly committed to the goal of net zero emissions by 2050. Five of its members had already made the commitment (JAL, ANA, SIA, MH and Cathay)
Philip Goh takes over as @IATA regional VP for Asia-Pacific from today, succeeding Conrad Clifford. Goh has a long airline career, most recently as Singapore Airlines' regional VP for Southwest Pacific
Australia's ACCC rejects Qantas-JAL application for JBA (following draft decision in May). ACCC notes they accounted for 83-92% of capacity and pax between Australia-Japan each month in the year before the pandemic. Here's ACCC summary of Japan-Australia routes as of Jan 2020
My Q&A with @FlyAirNZ's Capt. David Morgan just aired in today's #CAPALive event. David talked about sustainability initiatives in Air NZ and the industry, including SAF, electric aircraft, govt policy and emissions goals. I think the replay will be available soon
In case you missed our (gated) weekend story - Philippine Airlines plans to cut 21 aircraft from pre-pandemic fleet, including four of its six A350s, and four of its 10 Boeing 777s. Most of the cuts are in the widebody fleet, with A330s also affected…
More on PAL's Chapter 11 bankrupcty filing (gated) - full restructuring plan will come later, but expected to cut 21 aircraft - including four of the six A350s and four of the 10 777s…
Philippine Airlines has finally filed for Ch. 11 restructuring in the U.S. (SDNY bankruptcy court). They've also set up a restructuring page with some details
Malaysia Airlines has 25 737 MAXs on order, although deliveries have been pushed back until 2024 (with option to take some in 2nd half of 2023 if needed)…
Virgin Australia reveals details of vaccination incentive prize draws... points, lounge memberships, flights etc for Velocity FFP members, and for employees (jabbed b4 Nov. 15) it also includes holiday trips, extra leave. Winners need to prove vax status…
Virgin Australia proposes requiring frontline workers to be vaxxed by Nov. 15, others by March 31 (aligns with Qantas deadlines). Consulting with unions before final policy. 75% of frontline staff have had at least one jab, another 9% booked in. For office staff, its 56%/27%
More on the nine 737-800s Virgin Australia is leasing (from Friday's story, gated). A few were formerly operated by Virgin and are still in its livery. Most of the rest are former SilkAir a/c. Op readiness program will ensure they are compatible with fleet…
Qantas is also considering its options for providing lie-flat crew rest areas on the A330s, which would be required for the longer flights
To extend the range of its A330-200s, Qantas is working with Airbus to increase the maximum takeoff weight to a higher certifiable limit. The higher weight limit - enabling more fuel to be carried - was not available when these aircraft entered service with Qantas
COVID has enabled Air NZ to accelerate fleet simplification plans, Thomson says. From 8 a/c types with 10 different engines in FY2011, to four a/c types with six engine types by FY27
When the 787-10s were ordered in May 2018, they were intended to replace the 777-200s. But with the early retirement of -200s due to COVID, they will now replace the -300s instead, Thomson says. With the -200 retirements, the long-haul fleet drops from 29 to 21 a/c
Air NZ CFO Thomson says 777-300s will be phased out "within this decade" (777-200s were permanently grounded last year). The -300s will be replaced by the 787-10s due from FY24. The airline is "set to have an all-787 fleet for our long-haul business" by FY27
CEO Joyce said Qantas expects the A380s to be part of the fleet for "many years to come" - interesting contrast with the increasing number of carriers looking to phase out A380
this is a significant change - until recently Qantas had indicated it could cover the pre-COVID A380 routes with its 787s while the A380s remained parked for 3 years
Lot of interesting bits in Qantas intl. fleet update... five of the 12 A380s will be reactivated in mid-2022, about a year ahead of previous plan (which was to leave them parked for 3 years). Another 5 could come back by early 2024 if demand warrants, and two will be retired
With today's extension of the lockdown, Air NZ will continue operating a very reduced domestic schedule. Just 3-7 daily return flights for Aug. 25-31 period.
Air NZ is dramatically cutting back its domestic schedule from Friday due to the Level 4 lockdown restrictions. Just 7 flights on 5 routes on Friday. For Auckland (under lockdown longer), there will be a total of 2-3 daily flights (on CHC and WLG routes) through Tuesday
Virgin Australia is considering whether to require vaccinations for some or all work groups. It will conduct risk assessments and consult work groups/unions to determine best way to protect workforce. Recent survey found 84% of frontline staff are vaccinated or registered to be
Following NZ's lockdown announcement, Air NZ says it will operate normal domestic sked for next 48 hrs to allow travelers to get home. Aside from that, travel limited to essential services only. Lounges closed from tonight, onboard food/beverage service suspended
...and here's a pic of some of the evacuees arriving back in NZ (presumably via Singapore) on a C-130, April 23 1975…
New Zealand is sending a C-130 to Kabul for evacuation... shades of the fall of Saigon, when the last RNZAF flight out of the city was on April 21, 1975, with a Bristol Freighter carrying evacuees to Singapore. Here's the passage from Portrait of an Air Force (Bentley/Conly)
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