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Michael Doran-

Michael Doran

About Michael Doran

Journalist - A professional aviation journalist writing across the industry spectrum. Michael uses his MBA and corporate business experience to go behind the obvious in search of the real story. A strong network of senior aviation contacts mixed with a boyhood passion for airplanes helps him share engaging content with fellow devotees. Based in Melbourne, Australia.

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India Heads The Airport On-Time Performance Table

The latest Cirium airport on-time performance report shows that getting more than 90% of flights away on time is proving difficult.

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Air New Zealand Says Goodbye To The Blue Wave TEAL Livery

Air New Zealand is ending the Teal Blue era and repainting its last eight turboprops in the current highly distinctive black and white livery

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Bonza Introduces Thousands To Its Sunshine Coast Backyard

Bonza has completed its rollout at the Sunshine Coast Airport, with the 13th route launched yesterday.

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Regulator Blocks Deal Between Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines

Once again the Australian competition regulator has thrown out an airline deal it considered to be anti-competitive.

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Cebu Pacific Posts First Profit Since COVID-19 Hit

Cebu Pacific has joined the growing list of Asian carriers reporting their first profits in three years.

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IATA Global Traffic At 88% Of Pre-Pandemic Levels

In March, global traffic hit 88% of 2019 levels, driven largely but a resurgent Asia-Pacific region.

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Bonza Launches More Routes With Line Dancing And Festival Artists

This week Bonza launched two more routes and has just five more to complete its initial network of 27.

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Vietnam Airlines Adds More Melbourne Flights

Competition between Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet is hotting up with new flights from Melbourne Airport to Hanoi starting next month.

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Vietjet Delivers Healthy Profit And Fast Growth In First Quarter

Vietjet is following the successful low-cost carrier playbook to generate both revenue and profits.

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Airbus Q1 Revenue Steady But Net Income Drops 62%

Airbus has much to do to meet its 2023 delivery targets, and the Q1 results are not all that promising a start.

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Yum Cha Back As Qantas Reopens Hong Kong Lounge

Qantas passengers in Hong Kong can now enjoy an upgraded lounge experience with the renowned Yum Cha trolley back in service.

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Vietjet Success Already Means More Flights To Australia

With ultra-low fares between Australia and Vietnam it's no wonder Vietjet is adding more flights just a few weeks after launching the routes.

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Qantas Scholarships Encourage Flight Deck Diversity

Qantas needs 1600 new pilots and wants to encourage more women and First Nations people to take up flying as a career.

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BREAKING: Alan Joyce To Leave Qantas With Vanessa Hudson Appointed CEO

After 15 years Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is leaving the airline he is synonymous with and Vanessa Hudson will take over the reins in November.

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Adelaide Airport Adds Batik Air Malaysia To Its Network

Adelaide Airport is the latest Australian hub to add nonstop connections to Asia, this time with Batik Air Malaysia.

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Air New Zealand And Air China Add More Kiwi Connections

Air New Zealand and Air China are ramping up NZ-China connections this week, with the Chinese carrier back after three years away.

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AirAsia X Adds 50% More Pax In First Quarter

AirAsia X has increased capacity and sold more tickets, which is hopefully a strategy other Asia-Pacific airlines will soon follow.

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South Pacific Airlines Partner Up With Wet Lease Deal

Solomon Airlines and Air Vanuatu are extending their wet lease arrangments by adding international flights to New Zealand.

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Qantas Heads West And Launches Limited Edition Indigenous Amenity Kits

Qantas has launched nonstop transcontinental flights between Melbourne and Exmouth today.

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Asia-Pacific Airlines In No Hurry To Add Capacity

Asia-Pacific airlines are miles away from returning to 2019 passenger levels but way ahead of where they were last year.

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