October 26, 2021| 71 0

QANTAS YAM DREAMING 787 DREAMLINER DAMAGED BY TORNADO

A Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner suffered undisclosed damage after an unexpected tornado tore through Brisbane Airport on Friday afternoon. Video footage of the aircraft, registration VH-ZND, shows the strong winds dramatically tugging and pushing the 128-tonne plane, as it stood at the gate. The three-year-old Dreamliner, boasting the iconic Yam Dreaming livery, had landed at Brisbane at 6:30 am on Friday morning after completing flight QF16 from Los Angeles. The footage suggests the jet could have sustained some damage to its fuselage, due to being struck by ground services equipment that had been abandoned by the aircraft when people ran for shelter. However, the damage was not sufficient enough to keep the plane grounded, as, at the time of writing, the aircraft is currently being ferried from Brisbane to Melbourne Tullamarine. VH-ZND took off from Brisbane just before 3 pm local time as QF6142 and is due to touch down in Melbourne just before 6 pm. No passengers were on board the aircraft at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported. Qantas has been contacted for comment. VH-ZND is named Emily Kame Kngwarreye, after the original artist of the 1991 painting Yam Dreaming, which this aircraft’s livery is based on. The painting was adapted for the aircraft by leading Indigenous-owned design studio Balarinji. The tornado itself lasted a number of minutes, and caused damage to multiple sections of the airport, including one section of its roof, causing torrential rain to pour inside the airport. According to reports, sheets of metal were blown across taxiways and the apron, while airport trailers were flipped and even trees uprooted. The airport’s hangars were also said to have sustained damage. Rachel Bronish from Brisbane Airport said the team was working speedily to execute repairs. “The team will continue working throughout the evening and throughout the night to make sure those repairs happen,” she said. Last month, VH-ZND successfully delivered over 450,000 additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the UK to Australia, just days after Prime Minister Scott Morrison struck a new deal to add four million doses to Australia’s supply. The […]

October 26, 2021| 79 0

BONZA SAYS 30 AIRPORTS HAVE SHOWN INTEREST AHEAD OF LAUNCH

The founder of the new Australian budget airline Bonza has told the Australian Aviation Podcast that 30 airports have already “responded positively” to a request to launch routes. Tim Jordan also doubled down on criticism against the airline for not having a confirmed network in place ahead of its launch next year, arguing its financial backer, 777 …

October 23, 2021| 102 0

Virgin Atlantic Ups Flights To The US For Border Reopening

Virgin Atlantic will increase flights to the US on November 8th to coincide with the border reopening. With fully vaccinated travelers now allowed to fly to the US, Virgin will restore flights to Orlando and Las Vegas and up services to New York. Let’s find out more about the carrier’s plans. Virgin Atlantic is sending its largest jet, to Orlando to …

October 21, 2021| 91 0

First Lufthansa Dreamliner To Be Named After Germany’s Capital

For more than 60 years, Lufthansa has had a tradition of naming its aircraft after German cities, but only less than a handful have been given the privilege of being named after the German capital, Berlin. Besides being the German capital, Lufthansa and Berlin have had a long and special relationship as it has been flying to Berlin for more than thr …

October 21, 2021| 83 0

Boise Gets Another Boost From Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is adding two new routes from Boise. Set to start in summer 2022, Boise will be connected to Las Vegas and Idaho Falls. With the addition of these new flights, Alaska Airlines will be flying up to 36 daily departures to 15 destinations nonstop from Boise as it builds out another key base where it sees plenty of room for growth. Alask …

October 21, 2021| 84 0

Sydney Airport Slaps Down Cash To Lure Back Airlines

Sydney Airport is joining forces with the New South Wales Government to lure back airlines with cold hard cash. The airport and government are tipping in US$45 million each to incentivize airlines to return with tasty treats like flight subsidies. Sydney Airport is teaming up with the NSW Government to lure airlines back to the airport. Photo: Getty …

October 13, 2021| 122 0

Air New Zealand transforms 787 Dreamliner into a COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Are you interested in taking a tour of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in exchange for a COVID-19 jab? Air New Zealand is offering just that as an incentive to encourage people living in Auckland to get vaccinated.  The ‘Jabaseat’ flight at Auckland Airport (AKL) takes place on October 16, 2021, a date dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ by the New Zealand government, which has announced a day of vaccination events to boost take-up of the jab.   New Zealand’s borders have been closed since March 2020, as part of a strategy to keep COVID-19 out entirely. However, with the Delta variant having got through, lockdown measures were re-imposed and the government has switched its focus to driving vaccination rates.   “In addition to a behind-the-scenes glimpse of an aircraft hangar, visitors will tour Business Premier, enjoy free inflight snacks and receive a special boarding pass to commemorate the moment,” Air New Zealand announced on October 13 in a social media post.  The ‘passengers’ will board through the front door and receive their Pfizer vaccine in the plane’s business class section before exiting via economy class. Air New Zealand has stated that face masks and physical distancing are mandatory.   Aucklander Lauren Tinsley, studying for her private pilot’s license (PPL), is among those who snapped up the chance to receive a vaccination on board the Air New Zealand plane.  “I had a booking in a few weeks to get my second jab but I am absolutely made up that I managed to secure a spot on Saturday instead,” the student, originally from Britain, tells AeroTime. “Under Level 3 restrictions, my flight training is on pause and I haven’t been on a wide-body jet in nearly two years, so I am really looking forward to this.”  On October 3, 2021, Air New Zealand announced that, as of February 2022, it will require passengers traveling on its international network to be fully vaccinated. According to data from New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, 80% of Kiwis aged 12 and over have had their first jab, while 57% are fully vaccinated. 

October 13, 2021| 79 0

Air Serbia Restores Kraljevo Service

Air Serbia has resumed operations between Kraljevo and Vienna for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The carrier will maintain two weekly flights between the two cities with its ATR72 aircraft. Services have so far been scheduled until December 30. “We are glad to be gradually expanding our offer and that w …

October 13, 2021| 96 0

Etihad Cargo revamps website

Etihad Cargo has revamped the etihadcargo.com portal to provide customers with a “heightened and intuitive” online experience. The new-look website includes the introduction of quicker booking processes and streamlined flows, a personalized dashboard, recommendations, and dynamic pricing. Following customer feedback, the site also now incorporates a …

October 13, 2021| 91 0

Routes Asia and World 2022 locations announced

As the 2021 edition of the event drew to a close, SEA Milan Airports handed over the hosting responsibilities of the event to Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and McCarran International Airport. “It is an honor to once again serve as the host airport for Routes World,” said Rosemary Vassiliadis, Clark County director of aviation. …

September 27, 2021| 152 0

Qantas Preparing To Skip Perth When UK Flights Resume

Today, September 27th, the Qantas Group updated its flying schedule to fit with the reopening plans and latest border assumptions across much of Australia. Assuming vaccination thresholds are reached, this will see international flights gradually restart in late December. However, the airline’s flagship service to London will not be using Perth unt …

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