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Andrew Curran-

Andrew Curran

About Andrew Curran

Lead Journalist - Southwest Pacific -.A Masters level education and appetite for travel combine to make Andrew an incredible aviation brain with decades of insight behind him. Andrew’s first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing Australian airlines adds exciting depth and color to his work. Andrew is based in Sydney.

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Here's Why The US Government Flies Aircraft Into Hurricanes

Hurricanes Hunters help provide real-time data to the NHC.

British Airways Concorde Landing 1
How Much Did It Cost To Fly On Concorde?

Fares slowly went up which drove down load factors.

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Why The Airbus A380 Is Only Equipped With Reverse Thrust On Its Inside Engines

It's a big and magnificent bird. But with its massive size, why does it only have reverse thrusters on two of its four engines?

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Wizz Air Offers More Free Tickets To Ukrainians But Also Plans A Return To Moscow

Wizz Air is playing both sides in the Ukrainian/Russian conflict with more free tickets for embattled Ukrainians while planning a return to Moscow.

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American Airlines Eyes 8 Roundtrip Flights A Day To Havana

American Airlines has asked the US DOT to let it increase its 6 daily roundtrip flights between Miami and Havana to 8 daily roundtrip flights.

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Air New Zealand Cuts Down 6-Month Flight Schedule Due To Staff Sickness

Air New Zealand is getting on the front foot and proactively canceling flights over the next 6 months to avoid disruptive last-minute cancelations.

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Qantas Engineers Vote For One Minute Strike Action From Late August

Engineers at Qantas, Jetstar, and Network Aviation will commence industrial action later this month, starting with one-minute work stoppages.

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Alliance Airlines Contract & Wet Lease Flying Spikes In FY2022

Alliance Airlines has just released its results for the 2022 financial year, revealing big gains in its core wet lease and contract business.

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Emirates Wants To Spend $2 Billion Improving Its Soft Product

Emirates is promising refurbished cabins and new menus as part of multi-billion dollar investment in its soft product.

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You Can Now Be A Pilot Or Air Traffic Controller In United Airlines’ App

Joining United's flight simulator game on their mobile app is Cleared to Land, a new game where you can practice your air traffic controller skills.

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Unlucky: 3 Incidents In 3 Days For Qantas Boeing 737-800s

In a run of bad luck, the Qantas Boeing 737-800 fleet has experienced 3 incidents in 3 days, including a lightning strike and flames from an engine.

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Boeing's Monthly Deliveries Halve In July

Boeing had a pretty ordinary July with only 26 planes delivered and 126 net orders while rival Airbus comfortably bested Boeing on both counts.

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Air New Zealand To Remove Boeing 777s From Victorville Storage Facility

Air New Zealand is preparing the first of four Boeing 777-300ERs to leave the long-term aircraft storage park at Victorville.

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Russia Tipped To Remove Pratt & Whitney Engines From Test MC-21s

Irkut plans to retrofit Russian-made Aviadvigatel PD-14 engines on an MC-21-300 jet after removing Pratt & Whitney engines from the plane.

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FlyPelican Takes Over From Rex On The Sydney - Bathurst Route

FlyPelican reckons they can do what Regional Express (Rex) couldn't do - make flights between Sydney and Bathurst financially viable.

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Labor Shortages & Training Challenges Squeeze Sun Country Airlines

Sun Country Airlines has posted a Q2 2022 net loss of US$3.9 million, blaming training challenges limiting scheduled services and charter growth.

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Wow: Airbus Clocked Over 400 New Aircraft Orders In July

Airbus had a very good July, recording 401 new aircraft orders including orders for 292 planes from four Chinese state-owned airlines.

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Alliance Airlines Sells 5 Fokker 50s For $4.6 Million

Alliance Airlines is becoming an all-jet airline after confirming the sale of its last five Fokker F50 turboprops

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Flair Airlines To Move LA Flights From Burbank To LAX

Flair Airlines is switching its Los Angles operations from Hollywood Burbank to LAX on October 31.

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Qantas Wants 100 Execs To Work As Ground Handlers For 3 Months

In a leaked internal memo, Qantas CCO is asking for 100 volunteers from the airline's senior ranks to work as ground handlers for three months.

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