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Old January 25th, 2011, 10:48 AM   #721
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Chinese arrivals lift Sydney Airport profit
21 January 2011
Daily Telegraph

SYDNEY Airport's owner announced yesterday that its $773.3 million earnings were a 12 per cent increase in unaudited consolidated earnings for the full year before interest, tax, debt and amortisation.

MAp CEO Kerrie Mather welcomed ``increases across all revenue streams and strong traffic growth.'' Some 11.391 million international passengers passed through the terminal last year, up 37.1 per cent since 2003. This was forecast to reach 20 million by 2020 and 30 million by 2029.

Sydney hosts 44 per cent of Australia's international passengers and 38 airlines at the international terminal.

China, Korea and Japan inbound passenger numbers were strong. ``Chinese arrivals into Sydney nearly doubled from 147,148 in 2004 to 282,641 in 2010,'' Sydney Airport CEO Russell Balding said.

Hainan Airlines' first A330 Sydney flight landed yesterday.

``NSW is home to about 55 per cent of Australia's Chinese-born people,'' Mr Balding said.
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Nothing wrong with flying old jets if they're properly serviced but shows yet again the pitfalls of being a guinea pig for a new aircraft type.

Ageing jets to fly on
20 January 2011
Herald-Sun

QANTAS will be forced to keep its fleet of ageing Boeing 767 jets in service until late next year with yet another delay to deliveries of the much-troubled 787 Dreamliner.

The 767s, some of them built more than 20 years ago, were to have been pensioned off three years ago.

Qantas had planned to hand the first 15 787s to budget offshoot Jetstar and take back its modern Airbus A330s as 767 replacements.

But all of that went awry when assembly issues, parts problems and a more recent problem with the 787's electrics left airlines that ordered the jet in limbo.

Qantas has leased additional A330s to ensure Jetstar is able to meet its plans to expand long-haul services to North Asia.

A Qantas spokeswoman said yesterday the latest delay meant that Jetstar would wait a further six months to receive its first 787, which sources suggest is to be used to launch cut-price services to Athens and Rome. The first 787 to enter commercial service was expected to be delived to Japan's All Nippon Airways late this year, Boeing said yesterday.

The revised delivery schedule allows Boeing more time to install and certify design changes to the aircraft following a fire on a test aircraft last November.

The latest delay is the seventh involving the aircraft.

The plane-maker said the new schedule included the time required to produce, install and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels in the flight-test and production aircraft.

The head of the 787 program, Scott Fancher, said the revised timeline accommodated the work to be done to complete testing and certification.

Because of the delays, Malaysia's cut-price carrier, AirAsia X, has stolen a march on Jetstar on introducing cheap flights to Europe.

AirAsia X already flies to England and recently launched four weekly low-fare flights to Paris, its second European destination after London.

Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan said the airline was looking at regional growth opportunities and new services from bases in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam before entering the US and European markets.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 02:34 PM   #723
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A Qantas Boeing 747 suffering mid-air mechanical trouble was forced to land in Bangkok, a Thai official said Wednesday, in the latest of a string of problems for the Australian airline.

The Sydney-bound flight developed difficulties on Tuesday evening soon after taking off from the Thai capital and returned just after 7:00 pm (1200 GMT), said Somchai Thean-Anant of Thailand's air traffic control.

Reporting from Sydney, the Australian Associated Press said the plane was carrying 352 passengers, and quoted a Qantas spokesman as denying that the airline was suffering from systemic maintenance problems.

Also on Tuesday, a Qantas Boeing 737-400 carrying 99 passengers lost cabin pressure mid-flight en route from Adelaide to Melbourne, prompting the pilot to dive 8,000 metres (26,000 feet) and panicking passengers.

Qantas has endured a dramatic few months. In November it temporarily suspended flights of its Airbus A380 superjumbos after an engine on one exploded after taking off from Singapore, damaging the plane.

Last week a Qantas flight bound for New York made an unscheduled stop in Fiji after the Boeing 747 developed a problem with a fuel valve supplying one of its engines.
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Hundreds stranded by Qantas engine trouble
27 January 2011
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MORE than 350 Qantas passengers were unable to call Australia home yesterday after their jumbo jet was grounded in Bangkok due to an engine problem.

A Boeing 747-400 operating QF2 from London to Sydney returned to Bangkok on Tuesday night after flight crew noticed the No 1 engine was using too much fuel after the plane had levelled off from the climb.

The decision to return to Bangkok and check the engine meant passengers spent Australia Day in the city's hotels.

``We're still trying to get to the bottom of it but it looks like some kind of internal oil leak in the engine,'' Qantas spokesman Tom Woodward said yesterday.

Qantas last night sent a replacement aircraft, carrying a spare engine, to pick up the 352 passengers and they were expected to depart early today. Mr Woodward conceded the passengers had faced a hefty delay and said missing Australia Day ``is obviously frustrating for all concerned''.

But he did not believe the engine failure was linked to a string of other engine problems experienced on Qantas jumbo jets in the past year.

The problems involving Rolls-Royce RB211 engines powering the 747s range from a rare uncontained failure near San Francisco last year to an engine which ``cooked'' itself on departure from Sydney earlier this month.

Mr Woodward said in this case the engine had not suddenly failed but had not performed as it should by consuming fuel at a much faster rate than normal.

``In my memory, I don't think we've had this sort of issue, certainly in the past year or so.'' he said.

``Obviously we'll be trying to get to the bottom of it.''
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Virgin confident given Navitaire's credentials
27 January 2011
The Age

VIRGIN Blue chief John Borghetti can be assured of at least one thing in his $20 million claim over the collapse of the airline's booking and ticketing systems last September — the provider can easily afford to pay.

The crash-landed Navitaire system used by Virgin, and a host of other airlines around the world, is owned by consulting firm Accenture, which is a $US38 billion company turning over close to $US25 billion a year.

Accenture is the former consulting and outsourcing arm of now defunct big five global accounting firm Arthur Andersen. The two parted company a decade ago over a turf war, resulting in the "Accenture" name. Partners of the consulting firm had the last laugh when Andersen went down in a sheet of flames only a couple of years later over its role as auditor to corporate house of cards Enron.

The Australian offshoot of Accenture, which generates most of its business from work for clients like Telstra, governments and the new national broadband network, is only a fraction of its born-in-Bermuda, listed-in-New-York and now living-in-Ireland parent's global operations.

Yet, in the 12 months to August 31 last year, the local arm generated revenue just short of $1 billion, according to accounts filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission just before Christmas, and a profit of $105 million — half of which was paid as a dividend, although not directly to Ireland.

Accenture's global structure shows it has taken a leaf out of the book of its former celebrity endorsement, Tiger Woods ("We know what it takes to be a Tiger"), by doing the business everywhere.

Accenture Australia Holdings is incorporated here but its main operating subsidiary, Accenture Australia, is domiciled in Bermuda — as are some other Australian operations. Accenture Australia Holdings, though, is owned through a Danish entity of the same name, which can be traced back to the Irish parent.

And, while the Navitaire airline system is run globally through Navitaire LLC in the US, in 2007 Navitaire Australia sold its business here to Bermuda-based Accenture Australia.

Bizarrely, Navitaire Australia now makes more money than when it had a real business. From revenue of $3.4 million in 2010 it turned a $4.8 million profit, thanks to tax benefits. The "revenue" was really a reversal of what Navitaire said was $3.3 million it had overprovided for interest expenses from past years.

If I was a client I would be worried that a group looking after my cash flows could get their own interest costs so wrong — particularly given Navitaire only used to have about $20 million a year of turnover, and its debts were pretty much nominal and usually with other Accenture subsidiaries.

Still, all's well that ends well, and Navitaire also managed to find $13.5 million in cash to ship off as dividends to the US parent in 2010 — which would just about cover Virgin Blue's claim against it.

While Virgin's assertion that it lost $15 million to $20 million of pre-tax profit due to Navitaire (advertising motto: Growth, Innovation, Results. Delivered.) looks a little on the high side for a company that earned less than $80 million before tax in the whole of its last financial year, the airline has some detailed accounting.

Well beyond normal costs like loss of revenue, penalties paid to airports, fuel and other service providers, Virgin picked up the tab for "guests" stranded by the crash — including food, hotels and taxis. Virgin did not have to look after its customers, but the brand damage of leaving passengers sleeping on airport doorsteps can be far higher.

Because the outage of the system lasted only 36 hours in the strictest terms, Virgin's insurers have apparently been able to walk away from paying any substantive claims.

The airline says there is no court action yet, and talks with Accenture are ongoing. Navitaire executives have been shuttling from its Minnesota home to Brisbane for the inconclusive talks, so there is no doubt they are taking the problem seriously.

Still, what seemed a marriage made in heaven — Virgin flies through them and Navitaire's service is cloud-computing based — could well be headed for the divorce courts.

ONE of the biggest sellers of Virgin Blue stock to Air New Zealand last week was David Paradice's funds management group, which tipped 94 million shares into the pot.

Paradice is a huge fan of John Borghetti's skills as an airline executive (he also admires Air NZ's Rob Fyfe), and thinks that if anyone can pull Virgin out of its profit dive, he can.

As a fund manager, though, he is a pragmatist and knows it could be a couple of years before Virgin gets back on course — which means he does not have to hold lots of Virgin shares right now.

When Fyfe's broker, Deutsche, came along offering 51¢ a share last Thursday, it would have been irresistible. Given that Paradice paid an average of less than 38¢ a share for the bulk of the holding (coincidentally, only a couple of days before the Navitaire crash-landing), selling 94 million shares at 51¢ a share gives him a $10 million-plus pre-tax profit.

On its last notices, Paradice still has about 30 million Virgin shares, and is happy to keep the stake. Air NZ's arrival as a substantial investor, even though Richard Branson might reduce his stake, is likely to give Borghetti and Fyfe a stable ownership environment to focus on their alliance and give Qantas a serious run for its money.
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Qantas aircraft punt comes unstuck
January 25, 2011
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/busi...124-1a2v6.html

It was the high-flying world of aircraft sales. Boeing and its European rival, Airbus, were ''aggressively'' pricing their aircraft to tempt Qantas into handing over billions of dollars for new aircraft.

And Rolls-Royce, the company synonymous with British enterprise, was engaged in similar tactics with its US competitors at General Electric and Pratt & Whitney to win the contract to supply dozens of jet engines worth more than $10 million a piece.
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In the end Airbus and Rolls-Royce beat their respective US rivals when Qantas opted for the A380 superjumbo powered by the British company's jet engines over a stretched version of Boeing's 747 jumbo jet. The Americans did even the score later when Qantas committed to a big order of Boeing's much-trumpeted 787 Dreamliner.

Ten years on, a near-disaster involving a Qantas A380 shortly after take off from Singapore has shone the spotlight on aircraft procurement and Qantas's decision to pour billions into new models of passenger jets. Over the next decade Qantas is due to take the keys to more than 150 aircraft.

A lawsuit filed last month against Rolls-Royce, the maker of the engines for the A380s, offers a rare glimpse into the purchasing process and the decision-making from the Qantas hierarchy.

The case has triggered the release of hundreds of pages of documents, including top-level advice to the Qantas board and contracts with Rolls-Royce. The more commercially sensitive parts have been kept from the public gaze after Qantas lawyers sought to have them blacked out.

The scramble to fill the gaps left by the temporary grounding of its A380s has also raised questions about whether it is now paying the price for betting on two new types of aircraft to make up the bulk of its long-haul fleet. Apart from the controversy surrounding its A380 fleet, Qantas faces the double-whammy of yet another delay - the seventh - to the delivery of 50 Dreamliners.

Early last decade Qantas chose the high-risk strategy of leapfrogging from the dependable 747 to completely new models in the A380 and the 787. Before then Qantas had a tendency to buy later versions of aircraft to avoid the teething problems that often beset new models.

As far back as 2000, the court documents reveal unease from some quarters of the Qantas board about putting its faith in the A380 - or the A3XX as it was then known.

Qantas was weighing up its choice of replacement 500-seat aircraft for ''2006-07 onwards'' - the A380 or a stretched version of Boeing's 747.

''Both manufacturers have priced their aircraft aggressively in an attempt to secure a launch customer base. It is anticipated that these prices cannot continue to be offered, given the investment required,'' says a confidential ''request for approval'' in November 2000 from Qantas executives including Grant Fenn and David Cox.

''The competition for launch customers has helped Qantas secure from Airbus greater delivery stream flexibility and superior walkaway right conditions for the significant elements of project risk, compared with Boeing.''

Later that same month the ''request for approval'' to buy 12 superjumbos, as well as six Boeing 747-400 and 13 A330 aircraft, went before the Qantas board.

Confidential minutes of a meeting shows that Qantas committee members discussed at length the paper and ''details of reductions in price offered by Airbus and Boeing'' for a swag of new aircraft including 12 A3XX-100 superjumbos and an option for 12 more.

The minutes highlight that ''while not opposing the resolutions'', Roger Maynard, the then British Airways representative on the board, ''expressed reservations on whether acquiring a very large aircraft fleet is the correct long-term decision for Qantas''. The committee subsequently approved the purchase of 12 superjumbos for an undisclosed price and an option to buy 12 more.

Documents made public from the legal tussle also show that Rolls-Royce was similarly aggressive in trying to win over Qantas's business. The British manufacturer proposed a ''competitive package of concessions'', including a reduced price and a ''further package of credits''.

Qantas eventually selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine for its A380s over that from an alliance of GE and Pratt & Whitney because it offered the ''lowest capital requirement and superior NPV [net present value]''.

It also believed that the Trent 900 engines had a ''reduced risk of exposure to entry-into-service teething problems (i.e. will enter service on other carriers six months prior to Qantas)''.

Airlines are forced to make big bets on their financial future when they buy aircraft. They spend countless hours weighing up the virtues or otherwise of planes.

After all, it is an airline's biggest capital outlay. Qantas is investing billions of dollars in the A380 and 787 (those aircraft are worth a total of $US22 billion at list prices). And with 50 on order, the Australian airline has the second-biggest order in the world for the 787 Dreamliner.

To its dismay, the superjumbos began arriving at Qantas's jet base in Sydney two years late, and the delivery of the Dreamliner is almost three years behind schedule.

Those setbacks and the latest A380 incident have raised questions about Qantas's mix of aircraft and why it did not buy Boeing's much lauded 777 aircraft, which has proved highly valuable for Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

Singapore Airlines has 65 of them - making up the biggest slice of its 105-strong fleet - while Cathay Pacific has 33. Known as a ''hub buster'', the long-range 777s are suited to more routes than the A380 or the jumbo jet. Not only can the more modern versions carry almost 400 passengers, but the total cost of flying the 777 is about a third less than operating a 747-400 jumbo.

''The 777s should always have been in Qantas's mix,'' an industry insider says. ''It is a perfect aircraft to fill this void caused by this incident [involving the A380]. Those in the industry shake their heads in disbelief - they have a gaping hole in their fleet.''

As the global economic slowdown hit, Singapore Airlines was able to park some of its jumbos in the Mojave Desert, California, and at its Singapore base while using its 777s on routes where demand had dropped. It was still able to retain the same flight frequency on the routes, which is especially important in order to retain lucrative business travellers.

Another insider says: ''I think it was the biggest mistake [for Qantas not to buy the 777]. They don't have the right aeroplanes. You can't buy them now because there is such demand.''

Last month Boeing announced that it would step up its production rate for the 777 due to strong demand.

But Macquarie Equities believes the biggest headache for Qantas from the repeated delays to the 787 Dreamliners is the likelihood of it having to extend the operating lives of its ageing Boeing 767s.

By next year the average age of Qantas's 26-strong 767 fleet will be 20 years. A further delay will mean that Qantas is likely to have to keep its 767s in service until at least 2015. The less fuel-efficient 767s, which mainly fly domestic routes, are more expensive to maintain the older they get. Jetstar has also been forced to use Airbus A330s as a stop-gap measure for the delays to the Dreamliner.

The debate within the industry about Qantas's fleet selection is often highly emotive.

Ian Thomas, a managing consultant at CAPA Consulting, is one who does not believe Qantas can be criticised for its fleet planning. He doubts the airline saw the 777 as a credible replacement aircraft, and believes the A380 and, to a lesser extent, the 787 remain game-changing aircraft for Qantas.

''In their minds, and I am sure it's still the case, they are very positive about those aircraft types. I really think they went through the process in a reasonable way.''

It is easy to be critical with the benefit of hindsight. If the superjumbos and 787s had arrived on time observers would now probably be describing their purchase as a top strategic decision.

And, despite the delays, Qantas did secure the planes at prices insiders describe as a ''steal'' because it was a ''launch customer''. It has also gained compensation from Boeing for the late delivery of the Dreamliner, a figure Macquarie Equities has estimated at almost $300 million.

The Boeing 777 is anything but a cheap aircraft, with a list price of $US246 million. Buying them would have required an enormous capital investment for Qantas. It is likely to have meant the airline would have had to delay the acquisition of the superjumbo and the 787, or drop purchases of other planes.

However, even those who speak in defence of Qantas's aircraft purchases believe the latest woes reinforce the need for contingency plans to cope with unforseen events such as fleet groundings and late deliveries.

For its part, Qantas argues that its efforts to shift other aircraft from its fleet to plug holes in its network left by the grounding of the A380s in November demonstrates that its contingency plans work effectively.

And despite the problems besetting the Dreamliner program, the airline says it remains committed to the aircraft and does not have any plans to splash out on the 777.

A Qantas spokeswoman, Olivia Wirth, says: ''We are very much committed to the make-up of the Qantas fleet, including ongoing commitment to the 787.''

But the fallout from the grounding of Qantas's A380 fleet shows that much hangs on purchase decisions made years ago. Given that some passenger jets can remain in service for more than 20 years, the importance of choosing the right aircraft and engines from the get-go is paramount.

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A Qantas flight from London to Singapore was stopped from flying into Iraqi air space.

A Qantas spokeswoman told AAP that Iraq air services would not allow the flight into Iraq air space on Monday as they did not "recognise the authority" who had pre-approved the flight path.

The QF32 flight had to divert to Dubai to refuel in order to allow for a different flight path.

Qantas said the airline had been flying on this route for some weeks and didn't know why this incident had now occurred.

The Australian carrier is now liaising with Iraqi authorities to investigate why the plane had been denied entry.

The QF32 is the same flight number of the A380 Airbus which suffered an engine explosion flying from Singapore to Sydney on November 4 2010.

The pilot managed to land the plane and nobody was injured in that incident.

Qantas is now completely confident Rolls Royce has fixed the engine fault on that jet.
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Helicopter giant decides to follow the petro dollars
15 February 2011
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AUSTRALIA'S biggest commercial helicopter operator CHC Australia is moving its headquarters from Adelaide to Perth after securing a major contract with WA oil and gas company Woodside.

The company, formerly Lloyd Helicopters which was established in 1969, will maintain its Adelaide airport hangar but will move its Greenhill Rd, Wayville, corporate office with 40 jobs believed to be affected.

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), which takes possession of the Wayville building on June 1, will move its 30 staff across from Enterprise House later in the year, SA executive director Stephen Myatt said.

Meanwhile, CHC Australia managing director Rick Burt has said the Woodside Energy contract is worth up to $500 million which would drive a doubling of the company's revenues over the next three years.

It expects to create about 150 jobs, mostly in Karratha.

``It's a cornerstone contract with a top tier client and for us that's a foundation,'' CHC Australia managing director Rick Burt said when the contract was awarded in November.

CHC will take over the contract from Bristow in June 2011 and operate four 19-passenger Eurocopter EC225s and two Augusta Westland AW139s, capable of carrying 12 to 15 passengers, out of Karratha.

The Western Australian contract adds to the company's workforce of 420 people at 22 bases Australia-wide. CHC Helicopters has been an SA success story, trading under Lloyd Helicopters until 2000 when it changed its branding to its Canadian-based parent CHC.

In 2004, it secured a 10year, $129 million deal with the RAAF to operate its search and rescue aircraft adding to its now 31-year-old dedicated air ambulance service which operates in Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia. Mr Burt, a former pilot, was brought in to run CHC Australia in June last year after more than 20 years working for oil and gas helicopter contractor Cougar.

He was unavailable at the time of publishing yesterday.
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AUSTRALIAN airports have taken a hammering in a leaked confidential report on consumer satisfaction.

Rated the best Australian airport, Sydney Airport only managed to make it to number 67 on the list by Airports Council International, according to Bloomberg.

t was beaten by New Zealand's Auckland Airport, which came in at number 63.

Notorious for being one of the world's worst airports, Heathrow managed to beat Melbourne Airport, which came in at 104.

Townsville (71), Adelaide (72) and the Gold Coast (75) beat Melbourne, and Perth fared even worse at number 120.

Singapore's Changi Airport took out the number one spot, followed by Incheon Airport in Seoul, Hong Kong International, Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and Beijing Capital International, China.

Also among the top rated were Pu Deng Shanghai, China, in sixth place, Gimpo International in Seoul in seventh place, Jackson Mississippi, US, in eighth place, Humberside Airport in the UK in ninth place and Kuala Lumpur International in tenth place.

Some of the major European airports were close to the bottom of the table. London's Heathrow - the world's fourth busiest airport - was in 99th place, with passengers complaining of long security queues and poor "ambience".

Amsterdam Schiphol in Holland was 93rd on the list, Ireland's Dublin Airport 98th, Frankfurt Airport in Germany 126th and Paris Charles de Gaulle five from the bottom at 137th. The Times did not say which airport was 146th on the list.

The ranking came from the ACI's Airport Service Quality standings based on passenger surveys in the second quarter of 2010.
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Lol, just goes to show what a load of crap those rankings are. How the hell did Townsville outrank Adelaide or Brisbane for gods sake? It's an okay terminal but access is woeful & the landside area looks like a tin shed. Auckland's airport is pretty ordinary as well.
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Qantas jet turns back
6 April 2011
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A Qantas plane en route from Perth to Broome was forced to turn around yesterday after a gauge which assists with landing in cloudy weather failed.

Passengers boarded at 9.35am and expected to arrive in Broome about noon, but with thick cloud blanketing the town, the pilots decided to turn back about 11am.

Passenger Damian Pio, of Broome, said pilots announced the gauge had stopped working and they needed it to land in Broome.

“As soon as we touched down in Perth, they had the problem fixed within five minutes,” he said.

Some people fed up with the delay left the flight, causing more delays.

The plane arrived in Broome about 4pm.
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The West Australian
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A Qantas plane en route from Perth to Broome was forced to turn around yesterday after a gauge which assists with landing in cloudy weather failed.

Passengers boarded at 9.35am and expected to arrive in Broome about noon, but with thick cloud blanketing the town, the pilots decided to turn back about 11am.

Passenger Damian Pio, of Broome, said pilots announced the gauge had stopped working and they needed it to land in Broome.

“As soon as we touched down in Perth, they had the problem fixed within five minutes,” he said.

Some people fed up with the delay left the flight, causing more delays.

The plane arrived in Broome about 4pm.
I get fed up when I read news about passengers complaining about a technical issues being rectified so that the aircraft can 'safely' land at their destination... Wake up and smell the coffee, its either the technical repair be carried out or you dont arrive at your destination!
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I get fed up when I read news about passengers complaining about a technical issues being rectified so that the aircraft can 'safely' land at their destination... Wake up and smell the coffee, its either the technical repair be carried out or you dont arrive at your destination!
Well, from the passenger's perspective, they may think why didn't maintenance pick this up and kept the plane in good order so this delay didn't need to happen at all.
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Air NZ flight safety video an online hit
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WELLINGTON (AFP) – An Air New Zealand in-flight safety video featuring camp US fitness guru Richard Simmons has gone viral on the Internet, the airline said Wednesday, attracting a million hits in three days.

Air New Zealand said the video "mile-high madness", which has a sequin- and lycra-clad Simmons taking passengers though pre-flight safety routines on a plane decked out like a disco, had been hailed as the best safety video ever.

The airline's marketing manager Mike Tod described the online response to the video as "quite extraordinary".

"In a matter of hours the new safety video had become a global hit on YouTube," Tod said.

The three-minute video, which includes a cameo appearance from Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe in a sweatband and shorts, began screening on Air New Zealand flights this week.

The airline has previously had safety videos featuring cabin staff wearing nothing but body paint, and New Zealand's famous All Blacks rugby union team.

A scene from the latter, showing New Zealand centre Richard Kahui refusing to kiss a male flight attendant, was cut after complaints it could spur gay suicides.

Air New Zealand has also stirred controversy with advertisements featuring a furry puppet called Rico who makes double entendres as he extols the airlines virtues, with some staff labelling it a "sleazeball".

The airline bemused many New Zealanders with an advertisement released this month which had the puppet starring alongside US rapper Snoop Dogg, reciting lyrics such as "from Cali to Kiwi -- we do it big in the New Zee".

The Simmons video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iaTEgoezNQ

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Great photos of a great airline!!! i flew on Air New Zealand back in 97 on the 747-400 and thought it was a very good flight. At the end of my tour i travelled from CHC to AKL on a ANZ 737 and that was equally good.
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Shock as Qantas chief Alan Joyce grounds airline's domestic and international fleet
Simon Benson and Vanda Carson The Daily Telegraph October 29, 2011 5:02PM

QANTAS has today grounded all its domestic and international flights.

The airline made the announcement at 5pm this evening.

In a shock move, Mr Joyce announced at a news conference just minutes ago that he planned to lock out all workers in dispute with Qantas from 8pm Monday night.

Because of the severity of the measure, the airline was grounding all flights immediately, he said.

Flights in the air would land at their destinations as normal but no other Qantas flight would take off until further notice, Mr Joyce said.

"The airline will be grounded as long as it takes to get a resolution on this.''

Mr Joyce said staff not in dispute with Qantas would not be locked out, but all those unions involved in the dispute would be locked out and would not be paid from 8pm Monday.

Mr Joyce said the lockout would continue until the unions withdrew their "extreme plan" of disruption due to start from from 8pm Monday.

“Qantas is losing $15m a week from strike action – a continuous debt we can’t afford.

“The business is bleeding badly and the grounding of the fleet has been forced directly by the extreme action of unions”

He said the unions were slowly killing Qantas. The number of people expressing intention not to fly Qantas had risen from 5 % to 30 %.

Mr Joyce said a full refund will be available to those affected by the grounding. Affected passengers whose travel has already started will be accommodated in hotels.


You can also change the date of your flight or check travel information here http://t.co/u8ATj91v

The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the airline informed the Federal government of its intentions at 2pm this afternoon.

The move follows a protacted pay dispute with the unions.

Mr Joyce warned on Friday that the airline would have no option but to close half its operations and slash tens of thousands of jobs if the industrial action continued.


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Speaking to The Daily Telegraph following an annual general meeting in Sydney yesterday, Mr Joyce said parts of the airline would begin to be shut down if the current dispute with engineers, pilots and ground staff is not resolved.

"If action continues as the unions have promised, we will have no choice but to to shrink the airline bit by bit," he said.

"If it goes for more than a year, we estimate we will have to shut down half of Qantas operations. That's 50 per cent of Qantas, gone.

"It goes without saying that this would have very grave consequences for jobs."

His stark assessment of the financial costs of industrial action now crippling the airline - estimated to be $2 million a day - has put a cloud over at least 17,000 jobs, or almost half the Qantas workforce.

Services and flights would soon start to be wound down, with major disruptions to commercial and tourism travel within Australia and overseas.

Yesterday's AGM, held under tight security and a heavy police presence at the University of NSW, was told that the strike action had already cost Qantas $68 million, on top of the disruption to the public and tourism industry.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday said she was receiving regular briefings on the dispute, but would not say when or if the government would intervene.

Shareholders boo Joyce's $2 million bonus

"I am maintaining regular briefings with the relevant ministers about the Qantas dispute so I am making sure I am continuously informed," she said.

"I believe Australians expect the parties to this dispute to get it fixed."

Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon, who is tipped to win the nomination as the next national Labor Party president in December, said meetings held around the country yesterday endorsed further industrial action if Qantas does not guarantee job security.

The fireworks that were expected to occur did not eventuate at the meeting.

There was a brief 10-minute protest by the Occupy Sydney group before the meeting started at 11am.

Shareholders booed during the meeting when Mr Joyce was awarded a $2 million pay rise.

However, in a vindication of his management of the airline, 98 per cent of shareholders voted in favour of it.

In addition to pay rises, the engineers, pilots and ground staff are protesting at Qantas's plans to restructure the airline with job losses of 1000 and a new non-Qantas branded offshoot to be based in Asia.

The unions claim the restructure amounted to off-shoring pilots, engineers and catering jobs. Qantas management reject this.

Budget offshoot Jetstar's overheads are far lower than those of Qantas. It has cut costs by outsourcing flight crewing, payroll and its call centre to Manilla.

Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers' Association secretary Steve Purvinas warned industrial action could extend until the middle of next year.

Mr Purvinas argued Qantas' call for government intervention was unnecessary because flight cancellations were negligible.

In September, when the entire month was affected by industrial action by engineers, Qantas only cancelled 1.8 per cent of it's flights and Jetstar cancelled 2.1 per cent.

Vice President of the Australian and International Pilots Association, Richard Woodward, said pilots would also be ramping up its industrial action over the coming weeks and months.

Mr Purvinas said the Qantas board was "trying to shift the best part of our airline to Asia. Which is something that I think most Australians despise".

He warned that more "severe action" may need to be taken by his union in coming months.

"The licensed engineers have a number of options up our sleeve (including) stoppages of up to 48 hours," he said.

"At this stage we haven't come to anywhere near that stage but we are of course concerned about government intervention and now with the premiers of NSW and victoria calling for this intervention so that they can save their tourism industry."
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damn, that's is very significant... just imagine the immediate as well as the ripple effects it will cause...
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