The word is out that Virgin Australia is likely to move its corporate headquarters to Sydney. That really should come as no surprise given that the airline has most of its senior team already ensconced in its Sydney office close to the Quay. There’s also the likelihood that J Borghetti is well and truly over commuting between the two cities. The reason given is that much of that corporate business the airline wants to capture is in Sydney, not Brisbane. But, let’s face it, the Virgin HQ is only in the northern east coast capital because of a bunch of tax breaks provided over five years at establishment – but that’s ancient history now.


Body scanners are now operating in Melbourne’s international departures terminal in conjunction with the walk through metal detectors. Passengers will be randomly selected to be screened by either the new body scanners or the walk through metal detectors. Passengers who are selected and refuse to undergo the body scan, and do not have a valid medical or physical condition, will be not permitted to board their flight. Melbourne is one of eight international airports in Australia to introduce body scanners.


The ATSB has released a report following a sytematic review of the effectiveness of safety management systems. The review found that safety management systems do appear to reduce accidents and improve safety in high-risk industries. At present, however, there have only been a small number of quality evaluations and it is unclear as to whether any individual elements of a SMS have a stronger influence on safety than other elements. At the same time, it is clear that management commitment and appropriate safety communications do affect attitudes to safety. To access the full report click here.



Former head of safety and regulatory compliance at Qantas, Ron Bartsch, has launched a one-of-a-kind guide to international aviation law, supplemented by a free online platform, that provides a reliable and comprehensive suite of international aviation law resources. International Aviation Law provides a uniquely global focus for aviation practitioners, students and lawyers with particular interests in aviation, and responds to a growing industry demand for one single, comprehensive guide to international aviation laws. For further details click here.


The IATA Airline Industry Forecast released recently says that passenger numbers will grow by an average of 5.3 per cent per annum between now and the end of 2016, while international freight will see three per cent annual growth over the same period. Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East will have the biggest growth, with routes within or connected to China leading the way. The US will continue to be the largest single market for both domestic and international passenger traffic.


Tiger Australia chief Andrew David is making yet another move, this time to Jetstar to oversee that airline’s long-haul operations. Before Tiger he served time at Virgin Blue. David will stay on at Tiger until a replacement is found. Tiger has a history of short-term CEOs, but that should change once the John Borghetti stamp is firmly on the budget airline. 


After what he has described as “24 interesting and challenging years” Damien Wallace will be leaving Qantas at the end of December. Damien joined Qantas as Director of Government Affairs, but most recently he has been working to address the congestion issues at our four major airports. For the time being he will continue as chairman of Airport Coordination Australia.

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