Boeing 737 100th for Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia and Boeing will celebrate the delivery of the 100th 737 to this Australian airline. This is a great achievement for Virgin Australia which already has 70 Boeing 737-800 aircraft in its fleet.

A total of 100 Boeing 737 aircrafts this includes older models, 737-300 and 737-400, which is operated by the airline in the past years as Virgin Blue and Boeing 737 aircraft has been a mainstay for the company to serve domestic and international routes.

In addition to ordering the Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, Virgin Australia also has booked the latest model of the Boeing 737, the Boeing 737 MAX. The airline ordered 23 Boeing 737 MAX 8s with delivery scheduled between 2019-2021.

QANTAS Adds Extra Chile Service

QANTAS, Sidney Australia adding extra 4th weekly service on Sydney - Santiago de Chile route, with new service operates on Fridays, start from December 20, 2014 to January 10, 2014. The new flight is subject to Government approval. These route will be served by Boeing 747-400 configuration 371 seats on tree class, consisting Business Class 56 Seats, Premium Economy 40 Seats and Economy Class 275 Seats.

Route & Scheduled Boeing 747-400 QANTAS
Update July 22, 2013 as follows:
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Sydney - Santiago de Chile QF27 11:25 09:55 1,3,4,6
Santiago de Chile - Sydney QF28 13:35 17:35+1 1,3,4,6
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.

Photo by Qantas

New head of flight operations for JETGO

Charter airline in Australia, JETGO has appointed Captain Andy Goodsall as Head of Flight Operations.

Goodsall’s experience as a senior 777 captain and training captain will add significant experience in heavy airline operations to JETGO’s flight operations management team as the airline continues to expand. Although having spent the last eight years based in Dubai, Goodsall is well-known in Australian aviation circles having previously flown for Virgin Blue and a number of regional airlines in Australia.

JET COMFORT AT TURBOPROP ECONOMIES JetGo Australia is a new provider of Air Charter & Fly In Fly Out services for Australian Industry. JetGo only operator 3 Embraer ERJ 135 aircraft configuration 36 and 50-seat regional jet aircraft and serves mining and tourism contracts from bases in Brisbane, Sydney and Townsville.

Virgin Australia Acquires 60% Equity in Tigerair Australia

Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd. recently announced the completion the acquisition of 60 percent stake Tigerair Australia, formerly known as Tiger Airways Australia. With this purchase, Virgin Australia will put his men on board of directors Tigerair Australia.

Quoted from Business Spectator, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Australia's John Borghetti will be appointed as Chairman Tigerair Australia, while Wendy Cheah was appointed as Chief Financial Officer.

"The acquisition Tigerair Australia, allows Virgin Australia for comeback again on the segment of low-cost airlines. We are very pleased to partner with Tigerair on Tigerair Australia and hoping to accelerate its growth, "said Borghetti.

Tigerair Australia Chief Executive Officer Rob Sharp said the transaction is an excellent foundation to build Tigerair Australia, guarantees the right scale to compete effectively.

"Our target is Tigerair Australia still continue to survive and become low-cost airlines were respected in Australia," said Sharp.

Previous Virgin Australia has also been successful in the acquisition other Australian airline, Skywest, which is now melt into the Virgin Regional Airlines of Australia based in Perth.

Jetstar launches nonstop flights Perth to Lombok Island

Jetstar Cheap flights from Australia, will launch flights between Perth and Lombok island in Indonesia start from September 24. 

This new route and the first nonstop service from Australia to the emerging tourism destination and becomes the airline’s 15th international destination and fifth to Indonesia. “The size and scale of Jetstar allows us to open new routes and provide opportunities for more people to travel more often, and we could be operate four flights a week to this island," Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall said.

"Lombok Island is a popular choice Australians for holiday destination," David Hall said. “We know from our experience the introduction of a low fares carrier helps create new market demand and has a positive impact on the tourism sector,” he said, noting Lombok is the 62nd port for the Jetstar Group.

On this route will be served by an Airbus A320, flying scheduled on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday with a flight time of around three hours and 40 minutes.

Jetstar’s lead-in fare for the route starts at $179. Lombok is a small island located 1600km north-west of Darwin offering a mix of accommodation and activities for the leisure market and is described as reminiscent of Bali in the 1990s.

Planned schedule for this 4 weekly flights as follow:
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Perth - Lombok JQ112 10:30 14:10 Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun
Lombok - Perth
JQ111 15:10 18:45 Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.
Reservation already open, service Start from September 13, 2013.
Operate by Airbus A320 aircraft.

Lombok is a new destination for JetStar and QANTAS Group’s network.

Photo by Chris Finney

Jetstar Receive First 787 Dreamliner in late September

Jetstar Receive First 787 Dreamliner in late September

Jetstar, low-cost flight by Qantas subsidiary, is scheduled to receive its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in late September on this year.

Group CEO Bruce Buchanan said Jetstar would be the first airline based in Australia, and the first budget carrier in the world, to fly the Boeing 787 on routes.

Sources from the company said the new aircraft will be operated around November.

Initially operate Boeing 787 Dreamliner on domestic flights, flight route Goald Coast - Cairns before using it on international routes.

Jetstar will receive at least three 787 Dreamliner aircraft on this year, and now still on process of final assembly at Boeing manufacturers, Everett - Washington.