Boeing 787: A Pilots Perspective

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I was fortunate enough to be invited by Boeing and Qantas – along with a very small number of other television, radio and print journalists – to be part of Media Team 787, a media only flight from Sydney to Brisbane and return on board N787BX (ZA003). Configured with 135 seats, less than 30 guests […]

Boeing 787 Review: The Passenger Experience

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I was fortunate to be invited by Boeing and Qantas – along with a very small number of other television, radio and print journalists – to be part of Media Team 787, a media only flight from Sydney to Brisbane and return onboard N787BX (ZA003). Configured with 135 seats, less than 30 guests were permitted […]

Boeing 787 Confirmed for Jetstar in August 2013 (Full Press Audio from 26th May 2012)

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I was fortunate to be invited by Boeing and Qantas – along with a very small number of other television, radio and print journalists – to be part of Media Team 787, a media only flight from Sydney to Brisbane and return onboard N787BX (ZA003). Configured with 135 seats, less than 30 guests were permitted […]

A Discussion with Jetstar Jeff

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One of the things I like best about aviation is the amazing stories from all the people I’ve worked with. Unlike most traditional (boring) jobs, the career of a pilot generally has a unique and fascinating back-story that deserves to be told. Jeff has worked for a few general aviation organisations, he’s owned a number […]

[Video] Jetstar Employee assaults passenger

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This video shows an Auckland SkyCare employee (as a service representative to Jetstar) repeating hitting New Zealand radio personality Iain Stables multiple times in the head after a checkin dispute. Stables claimed that he arrived at the counter three minutes after Jetstar’s three-minute check-in rule. When told he was unable to fly, the employee allegedly […]

Jetstar’s Kevin Rudd Advertisement

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Australia’s Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, was dumped on Wednesday night for his deputy, Julia Gillard – or Jihad Julia as she’s affectionately known to millions. Gillard is Australia’s first female and our first unmarried PM. For Kev, Kevin 07 was once his election slogan – now it’s his approval rating. Despite his pathetic poor performance, […]

Jetstar Cadet Program

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Jetstar has launched a cadet pilot training program in Australia and New Zealand to support the airline’s expanding Asian-Pacific operations. The program was jointly developed by the Oxford Aviation Academy based in Moorabbin and the CTC Aviation Group, based in Hamilton, New Zealand – both in consultation with Jetstar. The airline will – upon successful […]

Jetstar and the iPad as IFE

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While interviewing a Jetstar Social Media employee last week, they let it slip that the airline would be launching iPads as an IFE alternative with avionics supplier BlueBox. We talked about it only briefly before I was sworn to secrecy. The conversation did, however, inspire my last post. Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Australia’s low cost […]

Jetstar Inaugural Service into Fiji

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Jetstar Airways flew its inaugural Airbus 320 service into Fiji today with 140-passengers and Jetstar executives on board. The decision to fly to Fiji has fuelled speculation that Qantas is looking to offload its 46% share in Air Pacific – currently 51% owned by the Fijian Government. It’s believed that Qantas invested in Air Pacific […]

Jetstar and Sunrise – Cash for Comment

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When Jetstar made a so-called exclusive appearance on Australia’s channel 7′s morning show, Sunrise, it caught the attention of the ABC’s Media Watch program. The riveting Sunrise ‘interview’ challenges the fuzzy line and blurry interpretations between a sponsored advertisement and true editorial/news content. The painful three and a half minute interview, headlined as ‘JETSTAR’S BIG […]

Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO, on Inside Business

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Alan Kohler, from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘Inside Business’ program interviewed the garden gnome of the airline CEO world recently on Qantas’ 100 million dollar profit for the last financial year – down amost 90% from the previous year. Joyce cites increased competition on their most profitable routes, lower yields, and the global money meltdown […]

Jetstar: Flight attendant in Captain’s seat

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A Jetstar flight attendant has been photographed in the Captain’s seat of an Airbus airliner in what appears to be level flight. Crikey’s Ben Sandilands originally reported the photographs on Tuesday, and the pictures have created a bit of a buzz in aviation forums and in various media as journalists and uneducated media commentators banter […]

World Airline Awards 2008 (Qantas & Virgin Blue)

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The results from the Skytrax World Airline Awards are in and both Qantas Airlines and Virgin Blue have made an honourable presence in the top rankings alongside some of the world’s respected airlines… reinforcing what we Aussies already know – that our airlines are among the world’s best!