Tag Archives: John Adlard

Sriwijaya Air is planning to order 10 new Boeing 737-800s

Sriwijaya Air (Jakarta) is planning to place an order for 10 new Boeing 737-800s according to this article in The Jakarta Post.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Boeing 737-4Q8 PK-CKC (msn 26285) is pictured at Surabaya.

Air New Zealand sees a four-fold increase in profits to $58 million

Air New Zealand (Auckland) reported fiscal year net profit of $58 million for the year ending on June 30.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Boeing 747-419 ZK-NBS (msn 24386) taxies at Sydney.

Virgin Blue Holdings swings to a full year profit

Virgin Blue Holdings (Virgin Blue Airlines and V Australia) (Brisbane) has swung to the black again, reporting a fiscal year net profit of $18.8 million for the year ending on June 30.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. V Australia’s sleek Boeing 777-3ZG ER VH-VOZ (msn 35302) arrives back at the Sydney base.

Virgin Blue and Etihad Airways sign a commercial agreement, will acquire Airbus A330-200s

Virgin Blue Holdings Limited (Brisbane) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) have signed an agreement establishing a commercial partnership that will enable Virgin Blue’s international arm, V Australia, to launch direct services to Abu Dhabi in 2011 and the two airlines to offer a joint network of more than 100 destinations from October 1, 2010.

Together, Etihad and V Australia will move towards a total of 27 weekly services between Abu Dhabi and Australia – including double-daily services between Abu Dhabi and Sydney, daily Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights and six frequencies per week between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane.

V Australia will operate three Sydney-Abu Dhabi services per week from February 2011 and three Brisbane-Abu Dhabi services per week by February 2012, using its new fleet of three-class Boeing 777-300ER and becoming the first Australian carrier to operate to the Middle East since 1991.

From October, Virgin Blue Group customers can access Etihad’s network of 65 destinations across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Subcontinent. All Virgin Blue services will be available to Etihad customers, opening up 45 destinations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and to Asia, South Africa and Los Angeles.

In other news, The Virgin Blue Group of Airlines announced the second phase of its network review with the introduction of Airbus A330-200 aircraft for its domestic network and an overhaul of its international long haul network.

The introduction of the two Airbus A330-200 will increase the fleet size to 90 aircraft. The first A330-200s will operate services between Perth and the east coast of Australia.

From February 2011, Virgin Blue will consolidate its international V Australia network to two strategic hubs in Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi providing a gateway to a truly international network through partnerships.

V Australia will withdraw from its loss making Boeing 777-300 services to South Africa and Phuket.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Boeing 737-8FE VH-VUA (msn 33997), decorated with the “Mile High Karaoke” markings taxies at Sydney.

Pacific Blue Airlines to leave the New Zealand domestic market by October 17

Pacific Blue Airlines (flypacificblue.com) (subsidiary of Virgin Blue Airlines) (Christchurch) will drop all domestic routes in New Zealand by October 17 due to the continued losses. The subsidiary will concentrate on its trans-Tasman routes.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBB (msn 33797) approaches Sydney for landing.

QANTAS Airways sees a 4% drop in its yearly profits

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) reported a four percent drop in its yearly profits to slightly over $100 million (US) for the fiscal year.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. An unusual angle photo of QF’s giant Airbus A380-841 VH-OQC (msn 022) at Sydney.

JAL to retire the last McDonnell Douglas DC-9-81 (MD-81) at the end of September

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) will be retiring the last McDonnell Douglas DC-9-81 (MD-81) (all ex-JAS) at the end of September. As a way of saying goodbye to the classic, JAL will conduct a “MD-81 Farewell Tour” on September 19-20. On the first day, the aircraft (registration is undecided at this time) will depart from Osaka (KIX) at 8:45 a.m. (0845), arriving at Oki (OKI) at 9:45 a.m. (0945). At Oki passengers will be able to walk around the tarmac to take photos of the aircraft. At 3 p.m. (1500), the airliner will leave Oki for Sapporo (CTS), arriving at 5 p.m. (1700). On the second day, the aircraft will leave CTS
at 7:45 a.m. (0745), arriving at OKI at 9:45 a.m. (0945). Passengers on the special flight will again be able to take photos, plus the aircraft will perform touch-and-go’s on this day. At 4:30 p.m. (1630) the airliner will leave OKI for KIX, arriving at 5:35 p.m. (1745). Tickets are being sold by JALTours.

In other retirement news, JAL quietly phased out its last three Boeing 767-200s. JA8231 was withdrawn from service in December 2009 and both JA8232 and JA8233 were withdrawn from scheduled service in March 2010 and became back-up equipment. JA8233 left the fleet on June 4, 2010 followed by JA8232 on June 11, 2010.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-81 (MD-81) JA8553 (msn 53298) prepares to land at Fukuoka.

Air Austral orders two Boeing 777-200 LR Worldliners

Air Austral (Reunion) has announced an order for two Boeing 777-200 LR (Longer Range) Worldliners. The two airplanes were previously listed on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website as unidentified.

The 777-200LR is the only wide-body airplane that can fly nonstop from Reunion Island to Paris with a full payload from the short runway on the island of Mayotte. The carrier currently operates 777-200 ERs (Extended Range) on the route.

Air Austral has a current Boeing fleet of two 777-300 ERs, three 777-200 ERs and two 737s. In addition, Air Austral will receive two new 737-800s at the end of 2010, a third leased 777-300 ER early next year as well as these two new 777-200 LR in mid-2011 and 2012.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Boeing 777-2Q8 ER F-OMAY (msn 29402) at Sydney showcases the updated 2009 look.

QANTAS orders seven additional Bombardier Q400s

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has placed a firm order for seven additional Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen turboprop airliners. The aircraft will be operated by QANTAS’ regional carriers operating under the QANTAS Link banner.

This order will increase to 28 the number of Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners operated by Sunstate Airlines (QANTAS Link). The group also operates two Bombardier DHC 8-200, three DHC-8-200 (Q200) and 16 DHC-8-300 (Q300) aircraft.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Sunstate’ special DHC-8-402 VH-QOH (msn 4132) arrives at Sydney.

ANA to merge Air Central and Air Next into Air Nippon

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has decided to move ahead with the merger of its subsidiaries. Air Central and Air Next will be merged into Air Nippon (Air Nippon Network Company) on October 1, 2010. Air Nippon in turn will be renamed ANA Wings (ANA Wings Company Limited) on October 1.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Air Next’s Boeing 737-5L9 JA355K (msn 28129) is pictured on final approach at Fukuoka.