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Qantas fares to rise as it trims capacity to mitigate fuel spike

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Domestic airfares are set to rise as Qantas trims capacity which will increase demand on fewer flights in July and August.

Qantas says “fuel prices have kept rising over the past month and require the Group to rebalance capacity and fares in response.”

Airlines have multiple fares levels on each flight from sale fares to last-minute business class and the greater number of passengers on each flight (load factor) the higher the fares as all the cheaper seats are snapped up.

The airline said cuts to domestic flying levels for July and August are being deepened with capacity moving from 107 per cent of pre-COVID levels to 103 per cent.

These reductions will progressively flow into booking and reservation systems in the coming days.

Qantas said it will continue to monitor market conditions and adjust capacity as needed.

Qantas added in a statement that “these adjustments are not expected to materially impact customers due to a large number of flights on most routes; those impacted will be contacted directly and offered different options. In practical terms, these changes will generally lead to a higher seat factor on flights across the Group.”

On the international front, the airline said it “continues to see strong demand, particularly as we move towards the northern summer peak and more countries relax restrictions.”

Group International capacity remains unchanged at just under 50 per cent of pre-COVID levels by the end of the fourth quarter of FY22 and rising to around 70 per cent by the end of the first quarter of FY23.

Qantas said it will bring a third A380 back from storage, which will return to service from June 6 on the Melbourne-Los Angeles route.

Following the recent relaxation of New Zealand border restrictions, Qantas and Jetstar’s Tasman flying has ramped up significantly, including:

  • Flights resumed from Australia to Queenstown and Wellington, and additional routes to Christchurch.
  • Qantas has doubled the frequency on flights to Auckland from Melbourne and Sydney and is operating some flights from Brisbane with A330s.
  • Jetstar has restarted flights on all Australia to Auckland markets and will restart on the remaining Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington markets in the next few weeks.

As Japan starts to relax its borders restrictions:

  • Jetstar will resume flights from Cairns-Tokyo (Narita) from July 20 and Cairns-Osaka from July 26.
  • Qantas will resume Sydney-Tokyo (Haneda) services from September 12, and from Melbourne and Brisbane to Tokyo (Haneda) from the end of October, using A330s.

Strengthening demand for travel to Bali has seen Jetstar restart direct services from all seven Australian cities it flew from pre-COVID and will be close to pre-COVID levels of capacity on the majority of routes by the end of June 2022.

Also, the airline advised;

  • Qantas will increase frequency between Sydney and Manila from five flights per week to six from 20 June increasing to daily from mid-September.
  • Qantas will resume flights from Sydney to Santiago from 30 October, with four flights per week using its 787s.
  • Qantas has pushed back the restart of flights between Sydney and San Francisco from 30 July to 30 October. Customers will be re-accommodated on flights via Los Angeles.

As previously announced, the Qantas Group will start the following routes in the coming months:

  • Qantas will start a seasonal Perth-Rome service from June 22.
  • Qantas will start flights from Sydney to Bengaluru (Bangalore) from 14 September.
  • Jetstar will start a Sydney-Seoul service from November 2 and Qantas will start on the route on 10 December.
  • Qantas will start flights from Melbourne to Dallas Fort Worth from December 2.

 

Museum of Flight adds VR 3D tours of classic planes

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The Museum of Flight, south of Seattle, is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world and has just added 3D VR tours of some of its classic aircraft.

With over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozens of exhibits and experiences and a world-class library, the Museum and its people bring mankind’s incredible history of flight to life.

The new Matterport 3D Tours give you the opportunity to access the cockpits and interiors of our aircraft at your leisure. These 3D self-guided virtual tours were created by scanning the interior of the Museum’s aircraft using the Matterport 3D Camera.

There is also 360° Panorama Gallery with images of the inside of its aircraft. The photographs were taken by expert 360° panoramic photographer, Lyle Jansma.

The aircraft are;

Antonov An-2

Boeing 247D

Boeing B-17F

Boeing B-29

Boeing VC-137B “Air Force One”

Boeing 727-022

Boeing 737-130

Boeing 747-121

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Concorde

Douglas DC-2

NASA Space Shuttle Trainer

Matterport 3D Tours and 360° Panoramas may not work on all devices. Please make sure you running the latest browser or OS versions, and that WebGL is enabled. Older devices may not be able to view these features. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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Airlineratings.com was developed to provide everyone in the world a one-stop shop for everything related to airlines, formed by a team of aviation editors, who have forensically researched nearly every airline in the world.

Our rating system is rated from one to seven stars on safety – with seven being the highest ranking. Within each airline, you will find the country of origin, airline code, booking URL and seat map information. The rating system takes into account a number of different factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies, lead associations, as well as the airlines, own safety data. Every airline has a safety rating breakdown so you can see exactly how they rate.

Over 230 of the airlines on the site that carry 99 per cent of the world’s passengers have a product rating. Given that low cost, regional and full-service carriers are so different we have constructed a different rating system for each which can be found within each airline.

Bonza edges closer to seat sale as it seeks ambassadors

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Bonza has launched a search to find local ambassadors in its 17 destinations ahead of the opening of its seat sale.

The airline is planning to crown one passionate local in each destination as the ‘Bonza Local Legend’ (See map below for destinations).

Bonza expects to start operations in September.

The campaign aims to provide a platform for the airline to work with locals and tourism destination marketing organisations to support inbound tourism to their 17 destinations and 27 routes – 85 per cent of which are not currently served by any airline and 96 per cent of which are not currently served by a low-cost airline.

Locals are encouraged to upload a 30 second or less video to Facebook or Instagram to show fellow Aussies why they should visit on holiday.

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The airline says that “Legend” status means free VIP flights on the first-ever Melbourne flight (with three other mates or family members). In addition, Bonza intends to work with the appointed legend to help put their hometown firmly on the map through a range of other engagements, help identify deserving members of the community to also be on the inaugural flight, join important taste testing of the all Aussie menu and road test the airline’s first uniform.

Bonza’s Chief Commercial Officer Carly Povey said: “We’re an airline for the many and not the few. That’s why we’re calling on locals to share their travel tips and in turn, help fellow Aussies explore their own backyard. If you’re a legend, larrikin, or personality about town – come forward. We’re looking for big hearts, welcoming arms and people who aren’t shy to give it a go and promote their slice of Allstralia.”

“We are about creating new markets for Australia’s domestic tourism industry with a particular focus on regional locations. We’re an airline for teachers, tradies, kids and carers and we want to reflect that in the way we spotlight the many incredible destinations on our route map,” Ms Povey said.

Locals legends are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring by sharing a 30 second or less video on Facebook or Instagram tagging @FlyBonza with #BonzaLocalLegends.

 

Jetstar unveils new livery and interior for A321neo

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Celebrating its 18th birthday today, Jetstar has unveiled the new livery for its new fleet of Airbus A321neos.

The first of Jetstar’s new fleet is set to arrive in Melbourne in the coming months, with the A321neoLR aircraft commencing flying on some of Jetstar’s most popular domestic routes, including from Melbourne to Cairns.

Featuring a unique orange tail and underbelly, and freshly branded wingtips, the new livery
uses a two coat ‘basecoat-clearcoat’ system which is longer lasting and reduces paint weight by up to 30 per cent, resulting in a fuel saving of up to 108 tonnes each year across the whole A321LR fleet and a saving of nearly 350 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Jetstar says in addition to being 15 per cent more fuel-efficient, the A321LRs feature a number of benefits that will enhance the customer experience including:

• Wider seats than the existing Jetstar A320/21 fleet
• Extra-large overhead bins with 40 per cent more storage space
• Up to 50 per cent quieter engines
• Flip-down smartphone and tablet cradles and in-seat USB power

 

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Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said the arrival of the NEO fleet was one of the most
significant milestones in the airline’s 18-year history.

“Today we’re excited to not only be celebrating our 18th birthday but also unveiling a new
look for our incoming fleet of NEOs, representing a new era of flying for Jetstar,” Mr Evans
said.

“These modern aircraft are world-class in terms of performance, comfort and sustainability,
ensuring our customers will enjoy a new range of benefits on board.

“With the NEOs arriving in our 18th birthday year, their arrival symbolises how we’ve grown
to become the largest and most successful low-cost carrier in the Asia Pacific region.

“In addition to flying on our most popular domestic routes, the long-range NEOs open up
new international opportunities, providing us with an opportunity to expand our international network and deliver on our promise to offer more low fares to more destinations.”

Delivery of a further eight A321LRs will take place between August 2022 and May 2023, with all 18 aircraft expected to be delivered by mid-2024.

A further 20 A321XLR aircraft will arrive between 2024 and 2029, providing an even longer
range of narrowbody flying.

 

Boeing unveils new safety plan that sharpens focus and culture

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Boeing's 777X gets its engines installed.

Boeing has published its 2022 Chief Aerospace Safety Officer Report which reveals a host of major changes to sharpen focus and improve culture.

The report covers four main areas; Strengthening Engineering, Enhanced Oversight Mechanisms, Safety Management System Implementation, Investing in a Safer Industry and Fostering Transparency and Openness.

The report is an extremely important document and thus we have decided to reproduce in full as under, bolding important facts and numbers.

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Strengthening Engineering

A strong engineering foundation enables Boeing to design, develop, build and maintain its products with safety, quality and integrity. In September 2019, Boeing realigned its 50,000 engineers into a single integrated organization, reporting to the company’s Chief Engineer.

The realignment strengthens engineering expertise and promotes continued companywide focus on customer, business unit and operational priorities. The realignment results in an even greater emphasis on safety as it increases transparency, collaboration and accountability across all engineering designs and decisions.

A crucial enabler for delivering engineering excellence has been the implementation of Design Practices. Introduced in 2020, Design Practices give the company a standard method to capture, protect, maintain, integrate, and share critical technical and engineering knowledge and lessons learned.

This effort supports achieving exceptional levels of safety and quality in Boeing products and services. Design Practices are maintained, managed and accessed within a company-wide repository. As of early April 2022, 1,172 Design Practices have been developed, reviewed and approved for implementation.

Building on Design Practices, Boeing also initiated Design Enhancement projects at the end of 2021 to augment the Design Practices system, increasing technical rigor in Technical Design Reviews to ensure product requirements are met. These reviews are, in part, a transparent dialogue with experts—engineers reviewing engineering work and leveraging the extensive knowledge across the company to reduce risks and errors early in the design process.

Boeing is also strengthening its Organization Designation Authorization (ODA). This U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program authorizes certain approved Boeing personnel to act as representatives of the FAA for certain purposes. Boeing employees selected as ODA unit members perform a critical role on behalf of the FAA in aircraft certification and safety assurance. Prospective unit members participate in a comprehensive, multiyear training and mentoring program to ensure they meet all of the FAA expectations. Boeing’s efforts to continue to strengthen its certification capability are focused both broadly across Engineering and also with ODA personnel. With direction from and in coordination with the FAA, the Company is working to improve the ODA oversight, its administration, and to further improve the unit member appointment process and skills development.

Across Engineering, the Company has implemented organizational changes to ensure that leaders with deep regulatory knowledge are in a position to provide advocacy for and support to ODA unit members.

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Enhanced Oversight Mechanisms

Boeing has made fundamental changes to enhance oversight of safety processes and procedures, and strengthen accountability, transparency and collaboration across the company.

In August 2019, Boeing’s Board of Directors established an Aerospace Safety Committee (ASC) to increase the effectiveness of its oversight of safety in all aspects of operations, including engineering, design, development, manufacturing, production, maintenance and delivery of products and services. The ASC is comprised of independent directors with relevant knowledge and experience. Learn more about their responsibilities here.

The Board of Directors also amended the Company’s Corporate Governance Principles to include safety-related experience as one of the criteria it will consider in choosing future directors. Additionally, the Board brought on new independent directors who have deep safety, engineering and manufacturing experience.

In June 2021, Boeing elected Lieutenant General Stayce D. Harris to the Board of Directors. As a member of the Aerospace Safety Committee, Harris applies her experience as a Boeing 747 pilot, with over 10,000 flight hours safely transporting passengers and cargo worldwide for United Airlines. She is type rated in Boeing 747-100/200/400, 757/767 and 777 aircraft, and was a United Airlines pilot for nearly 30 years before retiring from the company in 2020. She is a retired Air Force Lieutenant General, who last served as the Inspector General of the United States Air Force.

In August 2021, Boeing elected David L. Joyce to the Board of Directors. Joyce chairs the Aerospace Safety Committee. An accomplished aerospace executive with a demonstrated track record of safety leadership, Joyce retired from General Electric (GE) as vice chair in 2020, where he also served as president and CEO of GE Aviation. During his 12-year leadership of GE’s largest division, Joyce also led customer and product support for more than 19,000 global engines and 500 airline customers, and oversaw the implementation of an industry-leading safety management system at GE Aviation.

In January 2021, Boeing established the Chief Aerospace Safety Office (CASO), appointing Michael P. Delaney Chief Aerospace Safety Officer. Delaney is responsible for strengthening the safety practices and culture at Boeing and developing the company’s comprehensive global aerospace safety strategy. Serving on the Executive Council, Delaney reports regularly to the Aerospace Safety Committee and the Board of Directors.

CASO is specifically designed to be separate from the day-to-day business operations and maintains a higher-level focus on safety in order to drive endto-end accountability throughout the safety ecosystem. Within CASO is the Product & Services Safety organization which consolidates and strengthens the reporting of, and accountability for, safety issues.

Safety Reviews of all safety and potential safety reports are conducted weekly to increase transparency and ensure visibility of safety-related issues. Presidents of all business units, Boeing’s chief engineer, functional and program leaders, and members of the FAA attend these reviews. These reviews increase transparency and ensure safety reports from all levels of the company are reviewed by senior management.

In 2022, Boeing is establishing an ODA Ombudsperson Program which will provide ODA unit members with an additional channel to raise work-related concerns. Reporting to the company’s Chief Aerospace Safety Officer, the ombudsperson will serve as a neutral third party to advise and assist ODA unit members with any concerns.

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Safety Management System Implementation

Boeing is implementing an enterprise-wide Safety Management System (SMS) that is grounded in a positive safety culture that encourages employees to speak up and report hazards and concerns. Recognized worldwide as an industry best practice, SMS is an integrating framework for managing safety risks.

SMS identifies Boeing’s Chief Executive Officer as the Accountable Executive who retains the ultimate responsibility, authority and accountability for the safety performance of the company. Together, the Accountable Executive and Boeing’s Chief Aerospace Safety Officer independently report to the Aerospace Safety Committee and the Board of Directors.

Boeing’s SMS Safety Policy describes its commitment to the safety, quality and compliance of its products and services for those who operate, maintain and fly on Boeing products. It is signed by Boeing leaders, including the CEO as the SMS Accountable Executive. Read more about Boeing’s safety policy here.

Boeing’s SMS evaluates data from employee reporting, as well as from the design, build and operation of its products to identify and mitigate product safety risks. The Safety Management System helps the company have the right conversations with people at the appropriate levels to address risks before they become issues.

Embedding the SMS into the company’s culture and processes involves training all employees on the value of an SMS, the approach to risk management and safety assurance, and the importance of a positive safety culture, which is the foundation of this framework.

In 2021, employees completed SMS overview awareness training and completed more detailed training on the Safety Risk Management process by the first quarter of 2022.

In December 2020, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) formally accepted the SMS for Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). In July 2021, the FAA completed an evaluation and determined the BCA SMS is meeting regulatory expectations and operating as intended. Boeing continues to work with the FAA to ensure it is meeting expectations as it further integrates the SMS into Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Boeing Global Services and other parts of the company.

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Investing in a Safer Industry

A critical part of strengthening the safety culture within Boeing and across the broader aerospace industry is collaboration with the common goal of improving the global aviation safety ecosystem. Through its Global Aerospace Safety Initiative, Boeing is collaborating with airline customers, regulators, academia and other industry stakeholders to develop and implement comprehensive solutions to enhance aerospace safety. Some of these solutions include:

  • Aligning safety management systems. As Boeing implements a Safety Management System (SMS) to augment existing safety processes, the company is working with airline operators to connect our respective SMSs to better understand hazards and how best to mitigate operational risks.
  • Enhanced support for customer aircrews and maintainers. Boeing is enhancing support to airline customers, including sending Boeing pilots to customer locations in order to provide customer aircrews with onsite, face-to-face support and guidance on how to best safely and effectively operate their Boeing airplanes. This support role is modeled on the company’s network of Field Service Representatives, which assists airline maintenance teams worldwide.
  • Evolving to competency-based training and assessment. As airplanes and the technologies within them evolve—and in order to keep raising the already high level of aerospace safety—Boeing is evolving its approach on training customers’ pilots and maintainers. Thanks to this data-driven approach, customers’ pilots and maintainers will learn not just the essential technical knowledge about how to operate Boeing products safely, but also the skills, attitudes and values to maximize the benefits of this knowledge and deliver even higher levels of safety.
  • Using Advanced Analytics. Through the use of data science and data analytics, the company is developing the Boeing Safety Intelligence solution that will deliver insights to proactively identify hazards and monitor emerging safety trends. Boeing is studying key system engineering and accident causation models and analyzing the operational data. The approach includes broadening our safety data ecosystem, collaborating with airline operators, industry partners and regulators to ensure diverse perspectives. Learn more about this effort here.

Fostering Transparency & Openness

As part of the Safety Management System, the company is fostering a positive safety culture that is grounded in humility, inclusion and transparency. A positive safety culture enables proactive identification and mitigation of risks in order to prevent accidents, injuries or loss of life. It is an environment where everyone feels comfortable communicating safety issues, learns from errors and successes, and acknowledges that safety is a top priority.

In August 2019, Boeing implemented a confidential reporting channel called Speak Up. This internal online platform provides every employee the opportunity to voice safety concerns and offer ideas for improvement. The company celebrates employees who speak up and ensures there is protection from retaliation when concerns are raised. Since its introduction, hundreds of inquiries have been investigated and resolved. Equally important is that many Speak Up submissions have led to improved ways of working.

In May 2021, the company also introduced Seek, Speak & Listen (SS&L) habits. These habits are embedded in everything we do to help us create a culture of trust, care and connection by encouraging employees to seek out different perspectives, to speak up with ideas or concerns, and to listen and learn from one another. By practicing these habits, Boeing is building stronger teams and achieving better business outcomes.

To further promote a culture of learning and transparency, Boeing is developing a digital experience for employees and stakeholders that will provide an engaging and collaborative forum for discovering and sharing safety information. This highly interactive and persona-based digital experience will include information on the company’s safety journey, Safety Management System, safety assurance processes, and collaboration efforts to ensure the safety of the aerospace system.

All of these changes are an important part of the ongoing Boeing safety journey. They are making a difference in how teams work together, how the company makes decisions, how it collaborates with customers and other stakeholders, and how the company achieves its commitments to improving safety, quality, integrity and transparency.

As part of the Safety Management System, the company is fostering a positive safety culture that is grounded in humility, inclusion and transparency. A positive safety culture enables proactive identification and mitigation of risks in order to prevent accidents, injuries or loss of life. It is an environment where everyone feels comfortable communicating safety issues, learns from errors and successes, and acknowledges that safety is a top priority.

In August 2019, Boeing implemented a confidential reporting channel called Speak Up. This internal online platform provides every employee the opportunity to voice safety concerns and offer ideas for improvement. The company celebrates employees who speak up and ensures there is protection from retaliation when concerns are raised. Since its introduction, hundreds of inquiries have been investigated and resolved. Equally important is that many Speak Up submissions have led to improved ways of working.

In May 2021, the company also introduced Seek, Speak & Listen (SS&L) habits. These habits are embedded in everything we do to help us create a culture of trust, care and connection by encouraging employees to seek out different perspectives, to speak up with ideas or concerns, and to listen and learn from one another. By practicing these habits, Boeing is building stronger teams and achieving better business outcomes.

To further promote a culture of learning and transparency, Boeing is developing a digital experience for employees and stakeholders that will provide an engaging and collaborative forum for discovering and sharing safety information. This highly interactive and persona-based digital experience will include information on the company’s safety journey, Safety Management System, safety assurance processes, and collaboration efforts to ensure the safety of the aerospace system.

All of these changes are an important part of the ongoing Boeing safety journey. They are making a difference in how teams work together, how the company makes decisions, how it collaborates with customers and other stakeholders, and how the company achieves its commitments to improving safety, quality, integrity and transparency.

 

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United Airlines and Virgin Australia launch comprehensive code-share

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Virgin Australia and United Airlines have celebrated their new partnership with a launch at, Sydney International Airport, today.

The media event, ahead of United’s first San Francisco flight under the new partnership (UA870) was hosted by Virgin Australia CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka and United Airlines’ Managing Director of International Sales, Marcel Fuchs.

Dancing cheerleaders and Aussie surfers plus free donuts and pretzel giveaways were all part of the launch.

Virgin Australia Group struck the new partnership with United Airlines in December last year and it will triple the airline’s reach into the Americas, with customers to access more destinations and more benefits when traveling to cities across the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America.

The partnership establishes code-share co-operation, as well as reciprocal loyalty benefits for Velocity Frequent Flyer members to earn, redeem and receive tier benefits when traveling on United’s vast domestic and international network, connecting from the carrier’s multiple Australian gateways.

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The United deal replaces the airline’s former relationship with Delta Air Lines, and is critical as Virgin Australia no longer has its long-range capable Boeing 777s that used to ply the Pacific to the US.

The partnership is a coup for Virgin Australia as United Airlines is a dominant Pacific player and it is leading the airline world with purchases and investments in both supersonic business jets and numerous environmental and electric aircraft.

The partnership will also extend United’s large Australian presence, as the airline offering more flights to Australia than any other U.S. carrier, including daily direct flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Sydney, with flights from Houston and direct services to Melbourne expected to resume later in 2022.

At the time Virgin’s Ms Hrdlicka (below) said the partnership was an exciting opportunity for Virgin Australia customers while tripling the airline’s reach into the United States.

Virgin Australia

“The United States is a key market for Virgin Australia, and we know Australians are excited to be able to travel overseas again, so we’ve created hundreds of new ways they can do that through United’s extensive services to and from Australia.

“Virgin Australia customers will have significantly more options for travel from Australia to the States, with more than three times as many services available to them, which is great news for Australian travelers.

United new CEO

In December United Airlines chief executive Scott Kirby (above) said that the US and Australia “share a special bond and I’m especially proud that United was the only airline to maintain a vital link between these two countries throughout the pandemic.”

“Looking ahead, Virgin Australia is the perfect partner for United. Our partnership provides considerable commercial value for both airlines and a shared commitment to offer the best travel experience for our customers,” he said.

Virgin Australia said that the new partnership will see the two airlines work together to improve customer experience and share best practices in areas such as innovation and sustainability.

Campbell Wilson Scoots to climb a mountain at Air India

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Air India’s new chief executive, New Zealander Campbell Wilson, is typifying his new role at the once-proud Indian airline as a mountain climber.

Some would say turning Air India around — with its tardy service, dated product and bureaucratic culture — will be like scaling the Himalayas, which on a clear day he can see from his office.

In his new office in New Delhi, that is what Mr Campbell needs — clear air and a clear hand to bring to Air India the benefit of working for Singapore Airlines and running its low-cost subsidiary Scoot for the past 26 years.

However, there is also a major change at Air India as it was recently acquired from the government by the giant and highly respected Tata Group, which in fact, founded the airline in 1932. Nationalised in 1953, Air India slowly fell behind the rest of the world’s airlines in product and service. Late last year Tata was the winning bid to take over the airline and return it to its former glory and took control in January.

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In the last financial year, the combined 29 Tata companies’ revenue was US$103 billion and the group has a market capitalisation of US$314 billion. Mr Wilson will need to tap the clout of the Tata group to rejuvenate Air India which faces domestic competition from the giant Indigo as well as Spicejet and on the international front from a host of world-class airlines with industry-leading in-flight products.

Mr Wilson was challenged by his severing of ties with the SIA Group. In a note to staff, he said: “It is especially hard to leave Scoot which, in two chapters, I have had the honour and pleasure of nurturing — together with a wonderful, wonderful group of people, past and present — from a mere spreadsheet to, amongst many other things, the World’s Best Long-Haul, Low-Cost Airline.”

He added: “But there are other mountains to climb, and I am humbled to have been selected by Air India’s board as that airline’s new chief executive. It is a fantastic opportunity to lead a historic airline, now owned by the Tata Group, to new heights, and I am grateful to embark on that exciting challenge with the full blessings of the SIA management team.”

Singapore Airlines was very gracious at losing such a key executive and said Mr Campbell went with the airline’s “full blessing.”

Mr N Chandrasekaran, chairman of Air India says that he is “delighted to welcome Campbell to Air India. He is an industry veteran having worked in key global markets cutting across multiple functions. Further, Air India would benefit from his added experience of having built an airline brand in Asia. I look forward to working with him in building a world-class airline.”

Mr Wilson has high hopes for Air India saying that the airline was at the “cusp of an exciting journey to become one of the best airlines, offering world-class products and services with a distinct customer experience that reflects Indian warmth and hospitality.”

Qantas takes majority stake in TripADeal to offer online packaged holidays

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Qantas has taken a 51 per cent stake in online travel company TripADeal, allowing its frequent flyers to use their points to buy holidays.

The airline said the stake allows Qantas Loyalty to immediately expand its exposure to the estimated $13 billion online packaged holiday booking market, which is experiencing significant growth as leisure demand booms and the shift to e-commerce continues.

TripADeal packages cover a host of holiday options from African safaris, Japanese ski trips and exploring Antarctica to South Australian wine tasting tours and Bali beach holidays.

Qantas said the ready-made holidays could be booked using Qantas Points, regardless of which airline is part of the package. Frequent Flyers will also earn three points for every $1 they spend with TripADeal and can also use “points plus pay”.

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Pre-COVID, TripADeal had an annual growth rate of more than 40 per cent and in the 12 months prior to the pandemic, bookings were in excess of $200 million.

Monthly bookings are now significantly higher.

Qantas joins existing shareholders, the founders of TripADeal and private equity firm BGH Capital, which bought a stake in 2020.

The full terms of the all-cash purchase have not been disclosed. The agreement provides a mechanism for Qantas to acquire the remaining 49 per cent of TripADeal in four years at an agreed multiple of TripADeal’s bookings at the time.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said it was the perfect time to make the investment.

“Coming out of the pandemic, people want a holiday experience that is special but also tried and tested, and there is a huge shift to booking online,” Mr Joyce said.

“That’s exactly what TripADeal does. It’s an Aussie success story built on delivering ready-made holidays at very sharp prices, and their level of repeat customers shows how well they do it.

“Partnering with TripADeal means we can make Qantas points part of the equation, which is great news for our Frequent Flyers and for our loyalty business more broadly. Buying a majority stake at the same time means we can benefit from the strong growth that’s going to follow as a result.

TripADeal, based in Byron Bay, was established in 2011 by co-founders Norm Black and Richard Johnston to specialise in packaged holidays with set itineraries including flights, hotel accommodation and tours.

The company employs around 100 people in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, with dedicated personnel in more than 30 countries to manage the experience on the ground.

 

Ukraine’s President wants to build another AN-225

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A file pic of The AN-225. Photo: Antonov Airlines.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has announced his intention to build another AN-225 MRIYA aircraft, dedicating this project to the memory of pilots who died in the war and, in particular, during the defence of Mariupol.

According to the official Ukraine News Agency, Interfax during an online meeting with Ukrainian students Mr Zelensky said the project would cost US$800 million.

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“But in this case, it’s not a matter of money, it’s a matter of ambition. Ukroboronprom, the Antonov team, approached us. This is a question of the image of our country and all the excellent professional pilots who died in this war,” Mr Zelensky said.

“How much they have done, and today we can already say how many lives of people who remained in Mariupol, especially in Azovstal they saved … How many pilots gave their lives to bring everything there, from weapons to water. And how many wounded they took from there. A large number of these people died heroically,” the President said.

“To build a MRIYA (Dream) for the memory of heroes is the right state position,” Zelensky stressed.

The world’s largest transport aircraft, the AN-225 MRIYA was destroyed during the battles for the airport Gostomel at the end of February 2022.

AN-225 MRIYA holds a series of world records for the transportation of commercial cargo.

There is a second unfinished MRIYA with the fuselage almost complete along with the critical wing box to which the wings are attached.

 

The wings, tail and engines of the MRIYA, severely damaged in February, are relatively intact and may be able to be repaired and used for the second aircraft.

In an earlier post, the Antonov, which operates the AN-225 and the smaller AN-124 said that “the destruction of the legendary, unique An-225 plane by the Russians became a heavy blow not only for the “ANTONOV” company but also for the entire world community. Therefore, for us, the restoration of “Dreams” is an important task!”

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With its maiden flight in late 1988, the Mriya became the world’s heaviest aircraft with the largest wingspan (88.4 meters).

Throughout its 30 years in service, it set over 200 world records, including for the heaviest cargo load (253.8 tons) ever lifted by an aircraft.

 

 

Rare video of the KSSU DC-10 handover

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Airlineratings.com has obtained a rare video of the KSSU DC-10-30 handover in 1972.

The model was first delivered to KLM and Swissair on November 21, 1972, and first introduced in service on December 15, 1972, by Swissair.

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Here are some photos of the event.

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