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Qantas opens new Darwin lounge

The new Darwin Qantas Club lounge is more than double the size of the previous lounge and is able to provide seating for more than 350 customers.

First Australian F-35A flies

Australia's first JSF will stay in the US for some years for training purposes.

The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter for Australia made its first flight from the manufacturer’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas on September 29.

EASA type certification for A350-900

Airbus announced on September 30 that its A350-900 wide-body twin has achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification.

Qantas launches A380 Dallas Service

The new service will operate between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth daily except Tuesdays (QF7), departing at 1310 and arriving at 1345 local time on the same day, thanks to the east-bound crossing of the international dateline.

Qantas launched its inaugural A380 service to Dallas/Fort Worth on September 29, in conjunction with a revised scheduled, which the airline says will increase available on the route by more than ten per cent.

First Flight of A320neo

The maiden flight kicks off a 3,000 hour flight test programme by eight aircraft, ahead of service entry in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The first flight of the Airbus A320neo occurred on September 25, with a successful two and a half hour flight from the manufacturer's facility in Toulouse.

Airbus forecasts requirement for over 31,000 new aircraft over next 20 years

Airbus is predicting that passenger traffic will grow at 4.7 per cent annually.

Airbus released global market forecast figures on September 24 which predicts a need for around 31,400 new passenger and cargo aircraft by 2033.

AIM Aviation acquires Altitude Aerospace Interiors

AIM Aviation prides itself in offering highly engineered Galley solutions featuring market leading design and functionality using the latest technologies and lightweight materials.

UK-based AIM Aviation announced on September 22 that it had acquired Altitude Aerospace Interiors from Air New Zealand.

Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines link loyalty programmes

Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines will allow members of their loyalty programmes to convert miles and points in an arrangement announced on September 24.

August on-time performance statistics released

The BITRE released its airline on-time performance statistics for the August 2014 period on September 19.

Virgin Australia opens premium exit from Melbourne lounge

Virgin Australia announced on September 16 the first 'premium exit' from its Australian domestic lounge network.

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