Once again it’s Qantas all the way but this time our friend Richard Muirden was on board the first Qantas flight to San Francisco since 2011 :)
CASA goes for awareness rather than registration for drones.
To wrap things up, we have sad news: It’s taken some thinking and some angst but Steve & Grant have decided it’s time to pull back from the Australia Desk and take a break. While the regular weekly (or at least, mostly weekly :) ) episodes are going on hold, they’ll no doubt be back here & there if super important news from down under needs to be mentioned.
For now it’s so long and thanks for all the laughs as the boys sign out & take a well earned break. It’s Summer, it’s Christmas so it’s time to fire up the barbie and go hang out at the beach. Thanks to everyone for all the fun and who knows, we may be back before you know it :)
Grant’s been flying a balloon which means getting up at stupid o’clock and then trying to get his body clock back into synch. Sadly he failed so he’s having an early night and the AusDesk gets to take another break.
Steve’s back in the studio so the sound quality is up and so is the number of stories:
Steve’s relaxing in Fiji but still takes a moment to chat with Grant & record some content for the OzDesk before going back to his strenuous relaxation program.
Virgin Australia were the most punctual airline in October but Steve’s aborted take off in one of their aircraft heading to Fiji won’t be helping them achieve the same result in November’s results. Ooops.
Meanwhile, following on from our story last month about Alliance Airlines getting their Fokkers serviced in Austria, it seems that Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines (that’s AUSTRIAN not AUSTRALIAN :) ) are taking a 12% stake in Alliance in return for giving them Austrian’s old Fokkers. Let the “Old Fokker” jokes commence!
Posted in Australia Desk
Tagged Alliance Airlines, Austria, Austrian Airlines, Fiji, Fokkers, holiday, Lufthansa, punctual, relaxation, Steve, Virgin Australia
Big news this week as the RAAF lands one of their C17s on the Wilkins ice runway in Antarctica.
The RAAF may also be looking at a new, bigger VIP aircraft as our Prime Minister needs a bigger executive jet to take his entourage with him on longer summit missions.
Despite the PM considering a bigger jet, mining magnate & politician Clive Palmer is trying to offload his lovely Citation X as well as his MD80s that have been sitting around for a while. Ooops, guess the mining boom is indeed coming to an end.
Meanwhile, shifting over to Steve’s favourite airline: TigerAir’s first 737 has been seen in the wild (as opposed to their usual A320s). These aircraft will be operated to Bali by Virgin Australia tech crew (TigerAir’s owner) but with TigerAir cabin crew & a 1-class seating layout (some might say “no class” but we digress…).
Posted in Australia Desk
Tagged Bali, BBJ, bigger, Boeing, C17, Citation X, Clive Palmer, Malcolm Turnbull, MD80, Prime Minister, RAAF, TigerAir, VIP, Virgin Australia