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Debut for a new aircraft and a new look

The RAAF Roulettes team is scheduled to include the new Pilatus PC-21 as part of its displays at this year’s Avalon airshow.

Jetstar enters second decade

From the Boeing 717 that took off as JQ371 from Newcastle bound for Melbourne 10 years ago, Jetstar’s distinctive bright orange star has become a fixture over Australian skies. Jetstar celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sunday with a party at its maintenance hangar in Melbourne, where some of the crew on that first flight on

Virgin says passengers numbers up in April

Virgin Australia has reported higher passenger numbers and load factors in April alongside a slight reduction in capacity. The airline’s monthly traffic statistics published on Monday showed Virgin’s domestic operations had 4.9 per cent more passengers in April compared with the prior corresponding period. Load factors increased 5.8 percentage points to 77.3 per cent, while

Qantas, Virgin Australia Regional top on-time stats

Qantas and Virgin Australia’s regional operations can both claim honours in April for on-time performance, new figures show. The monthly report from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics on punctuality in the skies found 86.3 per cent of Qantas domestic flights pushed back from the gate within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure

Eglin completes 500th F-35 sortie

The Eglin Air Force, Florida based Integrated Test Force has completed 500 F-35 JSF sorties. Operating both the CTOL F-35A and STOVL F-35B, the Integrated Test Force accomplished the 500 sortie milestone in 238 days, Lockheed Martin says, reducing the time between each 100th sortie from initially 123 days to currently 16 days. There are now

Brisbane Airport opens new taxiway, aprons

Brisbane Airport has officially opened a new taxiway and four additional parking aprons at the international terminal. Taxiway Bravo, in front of the international terminal, allows aircraft to simultaneously arrive and depart the international apron and offers a more direct route to the runway.  According to the airport the $12 million works will cut several


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