The Week in Brief 16 August 2012

The new Tourism Australia international advertising campaign, There’s nothing like Australia, has already been downloaded more than 20 million times in China alone, signifying the tourism market potential in that sector.

 

Federal Parliament this week passed the Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Screening) Bill which provides for the introduction new full-body scanners from November, following successful trials of the technology in Sydney and Melbourne.

 

With its fifth A330 scheduled to start transcontinental services on 21 September, Virgin Australia this week announced major enhancements for guests flying from Australia’s East Coast to Perth, offering more internationally configured wide-bodied aircraft, increased frequencies and inclusive catering.

 

Singapore Airlines this week started its second daily A380 service from Melbourne, meaning that two of the airline’s three daily services out of Melbourne are now operated using the popular big popular Airbus.

 

Etihad has announced plans to increase flights between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi from three times a week to a daily service from February 1, 2013. This will bring to 28 the total number of flights Etihad operates between Australia and Abu Dhabi, together with partner airline Virgin Australia. The additional four services will continue to operate via Singapore in both directions and provide a new daily link between the city pairs.

 

And Singapore Airlines has appointed BMW Group subsidiary DesignworksUSA and UK and Singapore-based James Park Associates to help develop the next generation of in-flight cabin products that will be introduced from the second half of next year. Revamped seats and cabin interiors as well as the latest in-flight entertainment offerings will be introduced progressively, starting on new B777-300ERs that will enter service from the latter half of next year; and followed by A350s and B787s, in addition to possible retrofits to aircraft already in service.

 

 Work is currently underway by Airservices Australia to install en route radar in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, to provide air traffic control surveillance in the region and enable Airservices to respond to the increase in air traffic due to significant resource sector growth.

 

CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited, a major player in airline pilot training, is holding an open day at its state-of-the-art Crew Training Centre in Hamilton on Saturday, 8 September. Attendees must register ahead of time via the website www.ctcwings.com/nz.


Former Chief of Army, Lieutenant General (retired) Ken Gillespie, AC, DSC, CSM, has joined the Board of Directors of Australian Aerospace.

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