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A Qantas 787-9 performs a test flight at Paine Field. This aircraft is used on the carrier's flagship Perth to London Heathrow flights. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Perth Airport and Qantas Resolve Latest Ongoing Dispute

According to Perth Airport, Qantas Airways and the airport have reached an agreement to ensure the essential services Qantas provides to Western Australia, including vital flights, freight services and repatriation flights can continue. Both parties haven't revealed the details of the settlement of the feud. This is not the first dispute between Perth Airport and Qantas over the past few years. A legal case over an unpaid sum of aeronautical fees in 2018 has not yet to be settled. Perth…

Virgin Australia Aircraft Blocked at Airports Around Australia

In response to Virgin Australia’s numerous outstanding invoices at Perth Airport, the airport authority has parked vehicles in front of four Virgin Australia jets to prevent the aircraft from leaving the airport. According to Perth Airport, it is “working cooperatively with Virgin’s administrators to try to help the airline come…

Australia Contracts 15 Carriers to Keep Goods Moving

In hopes of keeping some industries afloat, the Australian government has created the International Freight Assistance Mechanism in hopes of keeping some trade routes open for those seeking high demand, limited lifespan items. The project has been agreed upon by Hon Michael McCormack MP, Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional…

Richard Branson Offers Private Island to Secure Rescue Money for…

Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson has stated in a public letter that he is willing to offer his private island as security against any deal from the U.K. government. Although the tycoon has committed $250 million of his own money, Virgin Atlantic says it requires around an extra $615…

Qantas Group and Virgin Australia Increase Flights

As flying programs across the globe get cut due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one airline group will be increasing the number of flights operated. The Qantas Group has announced it will be adding additional flights to its schedule in cooperation with the Australian government. The group will be part…

Virgin Australia Adjusts Capacity as Low Demand Hampers Profits

Softening demand in both business and leisure markets is projected to send Virgin Australia’s accounts into the red. In an investor update delivered to the markets on May 17, the Australian carrier announced estimated earnings in 2019 at least A$100 million lower (69 million U.S. dollars) than the A$64.4 million…

Virgin Atlantic Mulls London to Perth Flight in Direct Competition…

Virgin Atlantic founder and eccentric British entrepreneur Richard Branson said in a recent interview on "Your Money" that the airline is mulling a nonstop flight from London to Perth, Australia. If the plan comes to fruition, Virgin Atlantic would join Australian national carrier Qantas as the only two carriers on…

Australian REX Accuses Rivals of Stealing Pilots

Australian regional airline Regional Express, also known as REX, has accused domestic rivals Qantas and Virgin Australia of hiring large numbers of its pilots. In practices referred to as "rapacious", "selfish", and "irresponsible", REX has said that the two larger competitors have hired around 17 percent of its first officers…

Delta to Add Refreshed 777-200 to Sydney Market in March…

Delta Air Lines has put their newly refurbished Boeing 777-200ER back into service after the aircraft received a cabin overhaul. The aircraft flew Detroit to Beijing fitted with Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, and the widest Main Cabin seats in Delta’s international fleet, according to the airline's press release.…

Virgin Australia’s CEO to Step Down in 2020

Virgin Australia’s Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti has announced he will not be renewing his contract as the CEO. Borghetti’s contract is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2020. Borghetti joined the Virgin Australia Group on May 8, 2010, after leaving his executive general manager position at Qantas. Virgin Australia…