Valius Venckunas

Rex to expand, take on Qantas and Virgin Australia directly

Australian regional airline Rex announced a plan to launch domestic major city jet operations on March 1, 2021. This marks significant expansion into the realm previously dominated by Australia’s ailing major airlines, Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia....


Pijus Jauniskis

Qantas looks to consolidate and centralize its property

Qantas Group announced it was reviewing some of its key operating facilities’ size and location as 20,000 employee stand-downs near finalization....


Valius Venckunas

Virgin Australia axes booking change fee, bids on holiday season

Virgin Australia announced that it will temporarily eliminate the booking change fee and allow for unlimited booking changes until January 31, 2021....


Pijus Jauniskis

Despite redeployment programs, 85% Qantas ex-pilots jobless?

Despite several employment programs that Qantas has, 85% of the airline’s stood-down pilots have not been able to find jobs elsewhere, said the head of the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA). ...


Pijus Jauniskis

Qantas and Virgin to catch a break with new COVID-19 vaccine?

Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison announced plans to make a potential COVID-19 vaccine mandatory. Qantas and Virgin Australia may catch a break as the vaccine could open international borders and “return the country to normal life.”...


Clement Charpentreau

Secretive Boeing Loyal Wingman prepares for taxi trials

The first prototype of the stealth unmanned aerial vehicle known as the Loyal Wingman,  developed by Boeing Defence Australia, was spotted on a runway for the first time....


Clement Charpentreau

U.S. and Australian aircrews assist in real-life Robinson rescue

Three sailors were stranded for three days on the tiny remote island of Pikelot, in the western Pacific Ocean. They were spotted by rescue aircraft and rescued thanks to the SOS message they had written in the sand....


Clement Charpentreau

Freighter takes off with tail strut in Benny Hill-esque incident

You thought only James Bond or Tom Cruise could catch up with a departing plane?... you were right. After a captain and an engineer failed to comply with checklist procedures, a freighter began its take-off roll with a tail strut still attached. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau released its final report into the incident....


Clement Charpentreau

Two final bidders picked for Virgin Australia takeover

Virgin Australia administrators announced that two potential buyers remain to compete for the airline takeover, after its collapse in April 2020 amidst the global aviation crisis due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic....


AeroNewsX

Final two bidders for Virgin Australia to be revealed next week

Deloitte, the administrator of Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd, is expected to announce the final two preferable bidders to take over the airline. The deadline for indicative offers for the airline elap...