Did Virgin’s CEO leave the job on a high?
Australian Aviation Podcast Network
by Momentum Media
3d ago
This week, Virgin Australia’s CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka, shocked the industry by stepping down as the airline’s CEO. But has she left on a high, or is there more to the departure than meets the eye? This week, Adam and Jake discuss the latest and speculate on who could take the top job. Plus, the pair discuss never-ending strikes at Qantas and the return of the ACCC’s quarterly reports on aviation.  ..read more
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Inside Babcock’s work at Ambulance Victoria
Australian Aviation Podcast Network
by Momentum Media
1w ago
Babcock Australasia and Ambulance Victoria perform vital work in the state, serving 5.5 million people and retrieving or treating 6,000 patients a year – many of them in critical condition. This week, we speak to two of Babcock’s aviation personnel working on the front line, senior base pilot Heath Mastin and senior aircrew officer Ryan Hurrell. The pair discuss how the team in the air works together in pressurised situations, the types of missions they respond to and where their passion for aviation came from ..read more
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Boo returns to the Australian Aviation Podcast
Australian Aviation Podcast Network
by Momentum Media
1w ago
Former fighter pilot Christian “Boo” Boucousis was one of the original hosts of the Australian Aviation Podcast when it launched in 2020. Now he’s back from his new home of Miami, Florida, to talk about how the industry has changed from the dark days of the pandemic. He tells host Adam Thorn why the enhanced opportunities to fly in the US don’t compare to the perfect Aussie lifestyle and what air forces worldwide need to do to retain their pilots. Plus, the pair discuss Boeing’s unending nightmare with its MAX – and what they can do to fix it ..read more
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Is Qantas’ new safety video really that bad?
Australian Aviation Podcast Network
by Momentum Media
3w ago
This week, Qantas unveiled a flash new safety video that took in destinations as varied as Litchfield National Park and Lapland. The problem is not one bit of it was filmed in an aircraft. This week, the team discuss whether it’s too smart for its own good, endangering safety, or whether the Flying Kangaroo’s critics are more interested in holding a grudge. Plus, will Western Sydney Airport finally break the monopoly of monopoly airports and bring competition to the country’s domestic aviation sector?  ..read more
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Airlines rush to pop the champers on performance data
Australian Aviation Podcast Network
by Momentum Media
1M ago
The release of the December BITRE data for on-time domestic performance has seen carriers such as Rex and Qantas rush to claim victory over their rivals. But with on-time performance across the board still well below the long-term average – plus airfares still too high – should major airlines really be celebrating? Adam and Jake crunch the numbers, including a horror month for Bonza in the wake of its Gold Coast nightmare. Plus, Sydney Airport draws a line under COVID-19, Virgin receives an unexpected ally in the battle for Bali, and Australian Aviation branches out into buses ..read more
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Can Bonza recover from its Gold Coast headache?
Australian Aviation Podcast Network
by Momentum Media
1M ago
It’s been an unpleasant couple for weeks for Bonza, the new kid on the Australian aviation block, with mass cancellations of its new Gold Coast routes while it waits for CASA to clear its wet-lease operations with Flair. With customers fuming and damage control efforts underway, whose fault is the Gold Coast debacle, and what could have been done differently? In the last Australian Aviation podcast for the year, Adam and Jake discuss the fallout and the optics for Bonza, and how its rivals are capitalising on its misfortune. Plus, Richard Branson graces Australia with his august presence once ..read more
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The future of aviation until 2050, with UNSW
Australian Aviation Podcast Network
by Momentum Media
1M ago
In November, UNSW Aviation held a panel to discuss the government’s aviation white paper, which will create a long-term strategy for the industry for the next three decades. The session featured a collection of senior figures who gave a diverse range of views, including those who are pilots, lawyers, executives and policy experts. It was chaired by Australian Aviation’s Adam Thorn. In this special podcast, we’re giving our audience the chance to listen to the full debate ..read more
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World’s first all-sustainable-fuel flight points the way
Australian Aviation Podcast Network
by Momentum Media
1M ago
In a spectacular proof of concept, Virgin Atlantic has flown the world’s first commercial flight – from London to New York – powered entirely by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) derived from waste fats and plant sugars. At a time when standards dictate a maximum of 50 per cent SAF blend, will Virgin Atlantic’s argument of “if you make it, we’ll fly it” spur further action from industry and governments? Jake and Adam discuss the implications of the flight and how it could be a major step on the road to net zero. Plus, Mildura Airport repairs its runway almost as fast as the lightning t ..read more
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How Alan Joyce transformed Qantas
Australian Aviation Podcast Network
by Momentum Media
1M ago
In the wake of Alan Joyce’s exit from the Flying Kangaroo, aviation luminary Peter Harbison has released Alan Joyce and Qantas: The Trials and Transformation of an Australian Icon. The book charts the former CEO’s life and career, from his youth in Ireland through to his defection from Ansett to Qantas, his role in the launch of Jetstar, and his turbulent 15 years as CEO of Australia’s biggest airline group. In this exclusive interview, Jake Nelson talks with Harbison about his book, as well as his impressions of Alan Joyce’s successes, failures and legacy. Plus, Harbison offers his insights o ..read more
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Hudson changes course on Alliance deal
Australian Aviation Podcast Network
by Momentum Media
1M ago
This week, new CEO Vanessa Hudson made her first big call as she unwound Qantas’ agreement to buy Alliance. That deal, of course, was led by her predecessor, Alan Joyce. Chris, Jake and Adam discuss whether this is the start of a new, more diplomatic era for the Flying Kangaroo.  Plus, Bonza CEO Tim Jordan swaps the airport for the train station as he rages against high airfares.  ..read more
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