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Airbus has delivered its 5000th A320, with the landmark aircraft (pictured) going to Lebanon's MEA.

 

The ACCC is taking AirAsia to court alleging a failure to publish all-inclusive pricing for some airfares out of Australia. The matter will come up in the Federal Courton 2 March, with the ACCC looking for published corrections, penalties and costs.

 

And the ACCC has granted interim approval to the corporate alliance between Virgin Australia and Skywest, enabling the partnership to offer air services to corporate customers looking for integrated charter, domestic and international services.

 

Melbourne Airport is to acquire three additional explosive trace detection machines for the international terminal, courtesy of the Federal Government’s $2.6 million Explosive Trace Detection Program.

 

A massive solar eruption threatens to disrupt satellite and radio communications in the northern hemisphere as it nears Earth. Some airlines using polar routes have temporarily changed their routing to avoid any problems. But astronauts stuck on the international space station may be exposed to high levels of radiation.

 

Not that it means much when the real deals are done, but out of interest, here are the official list prices for Airbus aircraft for 2012: A320 US$88.3 million; A320neo $96.7 million; A330-300 $231.1; A350-900 $277.7; and A380 $389.9.

 

Sydney Airport Corporation is seeking expressions of interest in the provision of Call Centre Management Services at the airport. Further information from - and registrations of interest to - amanda.zeballos@syd.com.au. Submissions must be lodged by 1400 on 10 February 2012 at Tender Box, SACL, 10 Arrivals Court, Sydney International Airport 2020.

 

The German aviation accident bureau has declared the top five safest airlines in the world, without a hint of Qantas. The Top 5 are All Nippon Airways, Finnair, Etihad, Cathay Pacific and Hainan Airlines. Interesting (and debatable?) choice.

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