Tag Archives: John Adlard

ANA considers a new low-cost subsidiary

ANA (All Nippon AIrways) (Tokyo) is considering establishing a new-cost subsidiary to operate both domestic and regional international routes. The new subsidiary would be based at Osaka (Kansai) if it decides to move forward with the project. The new subsidiary would operate under a different name and brand.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. ANA’s Airbus A320-211 JA8386 (msn 170) prepares to land at Fukuoka.

QANTAS’ Airbus A330-303 VH-QPF comes to the rescue of Abby Sunderland in the Indian Ocean

QANTAS Airways’ (Sydney) crew on board Airbus A330-303 VH-QPF (msn 595) was responsible for finding lost sailor Abby Sunderland.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. VH-QPF is pictured at Sydney before the rescue mission.

Virgin Blue Airlines is reviewing its entire network

Virgin Blue Airlines Group (Virginblue.com.au) (Brisbane) is reviewing its entire operation and network and may decide to discontinue some of its brands. The Pacific Blue operation is reportedly losing money and may be axed.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Virgin Blue’s special 50th Aircraft scheme as painted on Boeing 737-7FE VH-VBY (msn 34323).

Tiger Airways voted the least favorite airline by Australians

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Tigerairways.com) (Melbourne) has work to do to repair its relationship with the traveling public. Its customers are the least satisfied airline travellers in Australia, while people who fly REX-Regional Express and QANTAS Airways are the happiest.

Roy Morgan Research’s latest Airline Satisfaction report found more than 83 per cent of people who travelled on REX-Regional Express in the last year were satisfied.

Passengers who travelled on QANTAS Airways, QANTASlink and Virgin Blue Airlines were next happiest.

What is troubling for Tiger is only about one half of the passengers who flew on Tiger Airways were satisfied, compared to about two thirds who flew on rival Jetstar Airways.

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In other news, Tiger Airways announced it will base two Airbus A320s at Avalon Airport with new service starting on November 10 to the Gold Coast.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Airbus A320-232 VH-VND (msn 3296) is pictured at Sydney.

QANTAS Airways reports an engine surge on VH-OJF

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) continues to have problems being reported by the media. The company issued this press release on the latest incident:

“The Boeing 747 operating QF Flight 1 from Bangkok to London Heathrow this morning (April 6) experienced a surge in one of its four engines shortly after take-off at 0100 local time (0400 Sydney time). Following procedures, the captain of the aircraft shut down that engine and carried out an air return to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, landing at approximately 0230 local time.

There was no safety issue at any stage – Boeing 747 aircraft can fly normally on three engines. Engine surges do not occur regularly, but are not an unknown event on jet aircraft. QANTAS pilots are trained to handle them if they occur.

A replacement aircraft is being flown to Bangkok from Sydney and the 335 passengers on board have been transferred to hotel accommodation. The revised departure time for the service from Bangkok to London Heathrow is 1850 local time (2150 Sydney time).

Engineers are examining the aircraft in Bangkok. The aircraft last underwent a maintenance check at QANTAS’ Avalon maintenance facility in March 2010.

QANTAS regrets the inconvenience caused. However, safety is our highest priority and we have full confidence in the actions taken by the flight crew operating the aircraft.”

The aircraft involved is believed to be the pictured Boeing 747-438 VH-OJF (msn 24483) at Sydney. Ironically the aircraft was delivered exactly 20 years ago today to QF. Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

QANTAS grounds a Boeing 747-400 due to a cracked windshield

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Boeing 747-438 ER VH-OEI (msn 32913) on approach at Sydney was the aircraft involved.

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) stated today one of its Boeing 747-400s had been grounded after developing cracks in its windshield while flying from the United States. The Boeing 747-400 landed safely in Melbourne this morning after a flight from Los Angeles but was immediately grounded. The first officer noticed the cracks during the flight, a spokesman said.

The windshield is expected to be replaced according to this report by Reuters and the plane was expected to leave for the United States again early on Tuesday.

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www.reuters.com/article/idCNB71973620100405?rpc=44

V Australia starts Los Angeles-Melbourne service today

V Australia Airlines (Sydney) today (November 29) launches a new route linking Los Angeles with Melbourne.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

Please click on photo or link below for a full view, information, prints for sale and other photos:

http://airlinersgallery.com/2/2691ff0/#/gallery/v-australia-airlines/v-australia-777-300er-vh-voz-08-apr-syd-j4-lr-904226/

QANTAS supports its Socceroos national team

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.  Boeing 747-438 VH-OJS (msn 25564) is pictured at Sydney with the new markings.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Boeing 747-438 VH-OJS (msn 25564) is pictured at Sydney with the new markings.

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) is supporting its national soccer (football) team with a new logojet introduced today. The Australian national team will compete in the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa.

Can Air Pacific survive QANTAS-Virgin Blue war

Air Pacific (2nd)

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

(Nadi) is coming under risk of failing due to QANTAS’s recent announcement it wants to sell its 46 percent share in the airline and V Australia’s announcement it wants to fly to Nadi from Sydney with Boeing 777-300 ERs.

News link:

www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=130857

Jetstar Airways opts for A330 higher gross weight

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Jetstar Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) has opted for the higher gross weight model for its new Airbus A330-200s on order. This could permit the lower-cost carrier to fly to Europe before the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners arrive in 2013.

Flightglobal news link:

www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/10/01/332966/qantass-jetstar-opts-for-higher-gross-weight-a330s.html