Virgin Australia, Qantas largely unaffected by CFM56 AD

US NTSB investigators inspect the damaged engine on board Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 N772SW. (NTSB/Flickr)

Australia's two major airlines say they are largely unaffected by emergency airworthiness directives (AD) issued by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) over the weekend mandating inspections of the Boeing 737's CFM56 engine. Worldwide more … [Read more...]

Nine wide – life at the back of the bus on QF9

Qantas flight QF9 arrives at London Heathrow Airport after its 17-hour journey from Perth. (Qantas)

So what is it like spending 17 hours in an aircraft while flying some 8,000nm? Australian Aviation was among the 140-odd passengers in the economy cabin of Qantas's inaugural QF9 service between Perth and London Heathrow, operated by Boeing 787-9 VH-ZND. The passenger offering on the 787-9 was, in … [Read more...]

History made as Qantas Flight 9 touches down in London

Qantas flight QF9 arrives at London Heathrow Airport after its 17-hour journey from Perth. (Qantas)

When Qantas Flight 9 touched down in London at the end of its historic nonstop flight from Perth a little after 5am local time on Sunday, the remarkable had been made to seem routine. For the first time, Australia and the UK were linked by a direct nonstop air service. For the 229 passengers on board the … [Read more...]