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Editor's Insights

While study papers like one release this week by the Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council are necessary to bring attention to the shortcomings and deficiencies in this sector I can't help but have niggling doubts that this might just end up another talkfest paper.

Observation Deck

I do like the new Qantas safety video. No doubt the inspiration for such an innovative safety tool has come from Air New Zealand’s long history of imaginative videos, but Qantas has taken it to another level.

Emirates tops, but airlines fare poorly in brand rankings

Emirates has been ranked the world’s most valuable airline brand in the 2016 Brand Finance Global 500 report for the fifth year in a row.

Virgin well and truly back in the black

Virgin Australia has lifted its preliminary tax-paid December 31 half year profit to $62.5m, up from a $47.8m loss in the previous corresponding period on the back of higher domestic revenue and improvements in the international business.

Aviation workforce study reinforces need to get cracking

An Aviation Workforce Skills Study, circulated this week among industry participants, reiterates many of the issues that have been bubbling away in the aviation sector for some time, but with a renewed sense of urgency.

Australian stripped of helicopter photo grand prize

Winning photo of dramatic sea rescue above the Warriewood blowhole on Sydney's Northern Beaches (Adam Ward, copyright News Corp).

New South Wales helicopter rescue airman, Lou Kambanaros is to be stripped of his grand prize in an international competition for the best helicopter photo.

Virgin stops flying to Vanuatu

Port Vila's Bauerfield Airport

Virgin Australia today suspended flights to Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila because of the degraded condition of the runway.

Editor's Insights

The aviation sector churns out a flurry of information that fills the inbox daily, but every now and then some information crosses the desk that has such thought provoking statistics it just has to be shared.

Air New Zealand gears up for Queenstown night flights

Queenstown Airport, New Zealand.

Air New Zealand is the first carrier to take advantage of night flights into Queenstown this winter, subject to regulatory approval, but at this point the service will only be a domestic one out of Auckland.

Observation Deck

IATA is warning of a softening of the travel market this year, with the latest figures from last year still showing growth but in smaller numbers.

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