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Airlines Instructed to Inspect A380 Wings

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released an airworthiness directive (AD) advising six airlines to inspect the wings of early-build Airbus A380s. The regulator states that cracks have been found in the outer rear spars, between wing ribs 33

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Western Sydney Airport Takes Off

Two of Australia’s largest airline groups, the Qantas and Virgin Australia have signed memorandum of understanding to provide insights into the design and planning for the new Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird Walton) Airport. The groups will also conduct early

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Qantas and American Joint Venture Within Weeks?

Qantas and American Airlines have said they welcome the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) tentative approval of the carriers’ joint business. If signed off by regulators, the deal will enable much closer commercial integration between the two oneworld airlines, including

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Qantas Launches “Points Plane” to Tokyo for Frequent Flyers

Qantas is to operate a series of flights exclusively available to travellers redeeming frequent flyer miles. An Airbus A380 will operate the inaugural “Points Plane” service from Melbourne/Tullamarine to Tokyo/Narita on 21 October, with frequent flyers able to book one

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Qatar Airways Eyes Alliance Exit

Qatar Airways could withdraw from oneworld as early as next year as tensions continue to simmer with its fellow alliance members. Speaking in New York on October 18, the Doha-based flag carrier’s CEO Akbar Al Baker emphasised the importance of

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Qantas Hints at London Non-stop Ambitions

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has made the clearest indication yet that the airline is serious about non-stop travel from Sydney to London. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Joyce said the carrier could place an order for an

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QantasLink Cabin Refresh

QantasLink has revealed its first upgraded turboprop aircraft to feature the Australian regional carrier’s refreshed cabin. The revamped Bombardier Dash 8-Q300, VH-SCE (c/n 602) Birdsville, was unveiled on June 26 at the company’s maintenance facility at Tamworth Airport, New South

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Tasman Codeshare

Air New Zealand (ANZ) and Qantas have agreed plans for a reciprocal codeshare agreement that will leverage the strengths of both carriers’ domestic networks. This, the airlines say, will making travelling within Australia and New Zealand much easier for customers. 

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JAL to Add Low-Cost Long-Haul Unit

Japan Airlines (JAL) is establishing a low-cost long-haul carrier at Tokyo/Narita, which is due to start operations before the 2020 summer Olympic Games being held in the Japanese capital. The as-yet unnamed airline will initially use a pair of Boeing

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More 787s for Qantas

Australian flag carrier Qantas has placed a firm order for six additional Boeing 787-9s for its international network operations. This latest deal will bring the airline’s Dreamliner fleet to 14 by the end of 2020.  The arrival of these new

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