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Friday, October 31, 2014

Sad & Beautiful

THE SAD

Air New Zealand has lost one of its first female captains to a suspected brain aneurism shortly after she landed NZ175 a Boeing 787-9 in Perth.

Captain Ann Barbarich a 27 year veteran with the airline, was well respected in the Air New Zealand and New Zealand Aviation communities.

She was part of a four man flight crew on board the flight, and made a textbook landing before becoming unwell.  She was initially treated by doctors on board before being rushed to Perth hospital.

The thoughts of this blog are with her family and colleagues after this terrible event.

Read about Captain Barbarich via The New Zealand Herald HERE or stuff.co.nz HERE



THE BEAUTIFUL

The New Zealand Herald have also run an article this week on the interior refits of the Air New Zealand Boeing 777-219 fleet.  The article and video mentions and shows the second of the aircraft to undergo the upgrade ZK-OKE.


Business Premier refit of ZK-OKE - photo © New Zealand Herald

Read the story and watch the video HERE

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Speculation mounts on future VA International routes

Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti has started a speculation war announcing to a Travel & Tourism function that Virgin Australia will add two or possibly three new International routes int he next three years.

This appears to be on top of the recent announcement that now TigerAir Australia is 100% owned by Virgin Australia they will launch international services from Australia as well.

Speculation mounts as to where the routes will be and which aircraft will they use? B738? A330? B773? Asia? North America? Europe? Pacific?

Australian Aviation weighs in HERE and Australian Business Traveller HERE if you have a theory on routes or aircraft please add it in the comments

Behind the scenes of the most epic safety video ever

Air New Zealand have released a behind the scenes video detailing some of the behind the scenes action from their latest Hobbit themed safety video.  it is well worth a look


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