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[Stuff.co.nz] Despite increased security travel measures around the world, one woman managed to board the wrong plane, with the wrong airline – all under the wrong name.

Despite the fact that she was travelling under a different name, on passenger was able to board a Cathay Pacific plane.

According to The South China Morning Post, the incident happened at Taiwan Airport when a woman, known as “Ms Hong” was flying to Hong Kong.

The first error in the series of incredible events happened when she checked into the Cathay Pacific desk – instead of Hong Kong Airlines.

Despite checking in with the wrong carrier, Hong was processed. She was also holding a boarding pass that belonged to a man with the same surname, also flying to Hong Kong.

The flights had been booked by Hong’s boyfriend who was told his partner had not boarded her Hong Kong Airlines flight.

SCMP reports that the woman was furious.

“The name on the air ticket wasn’t me. Even the sex on the air ticket was not right. This is ridiculous,” she said.

Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines have since come together to ensure Hong made a safe return trip, she was also given the use of Cathay’s executive lounge.

A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific confirmed there had been an ……

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Stuff.co.nz
27th February, 2016


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[Airport Informer] Struggling Australian carrier Qantas on Tuesday said it was committed to slashing costs by Aus$2 billion (US$1.8 billion) but refused to confirm or deny a report that it will axe 5,000 jobs.

A Qanta Boeing 747 on final approach to Heathrow Airport. photo: Courtesy Wikipedia

he airline has been battling record fuel costs and fierce competition from subsidized rivals and in December said 1,000 jobs would go while warning it faced a half-year loss of up to Aus$300 million.

Its interim result is due on Thursday and the Sydney Daily Telegraph, citing a Qantas source, said the job losses would be much worse as the airline restructures its finances to convince the government it deserves a debt guarantee.

As well as sacking 5,000 staff, the newspaper said Qantas may sell some of its terminals, while The Australian reported it would accelerate the retirement of older planes and defer new orders.

The airline refused to go into details.

Read the full story at Business Insider Australia here….


Business insider
24th Feb, 2014


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[BBC News] An Airbus A380 plane operated by Singapore Airlines was forced to make an emergency landing in Azerbaijan due to loss of cabin pressure.

Oxygen masks were released ahead of the emergency landing

Oxygen masks were released ahead of the emergency landing. Picture: BBC / Amelia Yeh

The plane was flying from London to Singapore and had 467 passengers and 27 crew members on board.

The airline said that oxygen masks were deployed and the aircraft landed “uneventfully” at the Baku airport.

It said that none of the passengers or crew was injured and that it was investigating what caused the problem.

“We are seeking clearance from local authorities to transfer affected customers to a hotel until a replacement aircraft arrives from Singapore,” a spokesman for the airline said in a statement.

In response to passenger reports that it was because of a faulty door, a Singapore Airlines spokesman said that “on the earlier flight into London there was a noise reported from one of the main deck doors”.

But he added that “the door was inspected by engineers on the ground in London with no findings, and the aircraft was cleared for continued operation”.

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BBC News
6th Jan, 2014



[Gulf Daily News] DUBAI: Abu Dhabi‘s rapidly-growing Etihad Airways has bought a four per cent stake in Virgin Australia, its fourth overseas deal since December as the airline tries to compete with Gulf rivals.

Etihad said it had acquired the 3.96pc Virgin Australia stake for $35.6 million via market purchases over the past few weeks. Photo: Wikipedia

Etihad said it had acquired the 3.96pc Virgin Australia stake for $35.6 million via market purchases over the past few weeks. Photo: Wikipedia

The airline, founded eight-years ago, has already bought stakes in three other carriers in a push to chase the big Gulf state-backed airlines like Dubai’s Emirates and Qatar Airways.

Etihad said it had acquired the 3.96pc Virgin Australia stake for $35.6 million via market purchases over the past few weeks.

“At a point in time, we would like to take it (stake) to a minimum of 10pc, if we get the necessary approvals,” Etihad chief executive James Hogan.

“This is a long game. There’s no race here. We have a 10-year commercial relationship with Virgin Australia. This is just step by step building.”

The Virgin stake shows Etihad’s willingness to make acquisitions to compete with its larger Gulf rivals, which are increasingly challenging European, Asian and Australian carriers on long-haul routes.

Hogan said that the growth strategy is designed to make it the Gulf’s top carrier. He said the airline would take delivery of 100 aircraft over the next eight years but still would not be the biggest airline in the Gulf.

“We believe that by investing and partnering it enables us to extend our network,” he said.

In December, the unlisted airline raised a stake in Air Berlin to nearly 30pc from just under 3pc, for about 73m euros. Last month, it bought a 3pc stake in Irish airline Aer Lingus as a precursor to a commercial tie-up that could…….

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Gulf Daily News
Wednesday, June 06, 2012



[Herald Sun] A fully loaded Air Mauritius aircraft was forced to make an emergency return to Melbourne Airport this afternoon after a passenger is believed to have made a bomb threat to the crew. 

It is believed a man was detained on board, but other passengers were safely escorted from the plane, which was undamaged.

It is believed a man was detained on board, but other passengers were safely escorted from the plane, which was undamaged. Phot: Derrick Den Hollander

The Airbus A340 had take off from the airport just after 2.30pm when the crew advised the control tower of the need to return, with Federal Police boarding the aircraft after it touched down and stopped at the end of the runway.

The aircraft involved was Air Mauritius flight MK943 bound for Perth.
It is believed a man was detained on board, but other passengers were safely escorted from the plane, which was undamaged.

Sources said there had been a bomb threat, but this was not confirmed by an aiport spokesman.

A  Federal Police spokeswoman said the incident was ongoing but there was no danger to the travelling public.

She said passengers had been….

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By Neil Wilson
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May 23, 2012



It’s  never been cheaper to fly, says Qantas boss Alan Joyce.   

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says flying is now within reach of more families than ever before. Picture: Craig Greenhill

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says flying is now within reach of more families than ever before. Picture: Craig Greenhill

Just one week’s wage will get the average worker an airline ticket to London, the chief executive of the world’s oldest continually operated airline said.

He said the cost flying had dropped significantly in the past 70 years due to improved technology and the airline’s innovative use of new aircraft, such as the A380.

“(In 1935) it used to cost 122 weeks of a average person’s salary, in 1960… that airfare went down to 20 weeks of an average person’s salary, and with the A380 it’s one week of average person’s salary,” Mr Joyce said.

“The longevity of Qantas over 92 years is because we continue to (introduce) product innovation and product change.”

More Australians were taking advantage of the strong Australian dollar and travelling overseas, especially on low-cost airlines such as Jetstar, Mr Joyce said.

“When we set up Jetstar in 2004, again that was a new innovation because we could see that was the way the market was going.

“Ten per cent of Jetstar’s travellers have never flown before, so it’s a completely new market,” he said.

Mr Joyce was speaking at a business forum hosted by the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Sydney.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday reported a…..

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Adelaide Now – April 25, 2012



AFP, SYDNEY: Australian flag carrier Qantas is still considering Singapore as the base for a premium carrier in Asia, chief executive Alan Joyce said in a report published yesterday.

Qantas’ Asia plans sparked a fierce domestic backlash when unveiled last year

Qantas’ Asia plans sparked a fierce domestic backlash when unveiled last year

Qantas’ Asian plans — which it sees as key to its strategy of revitalizing its loss-making international business — were dealt a blow when talks with Malaysian Airlines over the premium joint-venture collapsed last month.

Talks with Singapore on the issue had also lapsed, but Joyce told the Australian newspaper that the airline was still looking at a range of options for a premium Asian airline, including the city state.

“This will take a bit longer than we originally thought, but we’re still keen to set up a premium airline in Asia and we’re still looking at a range of options available to us — and Singapore is one of them,” Joyce said.

He added that Qantas was still talking to the Singapore government on the idea.

“We work with them on a range of issues and one of them is keeping the door open to the possibility of a premium airline,” Joyce told the newspaper.

Qantas holds a 65 percent share of the domestic Australian market, but has struggled with an underperforming international business.

It is attempting to refocus on Asia, the world’s fast-growing aviation market, and last month announced a new Hong Kong-based budget airline, Jetstar Hong Kong, which it hopes will be in the air next year.

However, Joyce said that for long-term success, Qantas, which has a weak market share in Asia, needed to participate in the premium end of the regional market.

“Qantas could probably live with it for the next few years, but I’m committed to [the idea] that in the future we have to address it, and the way to address it is to be involved in a premium airline in Asia,” he said…..

Read the full story at The Taipei Times…..


Taipei Times
23rd April 2012



[Australian Business Traveller] Virgin Atlantic will reveal its new ‘Upper Class Dream Suite’ business class seats this weekend, with the cabin’s first flight on the daily London-New York (VS003/004) service on April 21st.

Sir Richard Branson wants to give Virgin Atlantic's business class a lift

Sir Richard Branson wants to give Virgin Atlantic's business class a lift

Sources at Virgin Atlantic confirmed the launch date to Australian Business Traveller, with April 21st tied to the debut of Virgin Atlantic’s newest Airbus A330.

This will be Virgin’s first A330 fitted with business class, and will sport 33 seats over nine rows (in a mosty 1-2-1 layout) in the same space where the current A330s have 59 premium economy seats (arranged 2-3-2).

What Virgin Atlantic promises to be a “cutting-edge Upper Class cabin” will also include an updated bar design located by the entrance, a new in-flight entertainment system plus a refreshed “fine dining” menu, with an ‘express supper menus’ for lighter meals and quicker service.

“This is not just about the seat” says Virgin Atlantic chief operating officer Steve Griffiths.

“This is about creating a gap [with our competitors]. It involves new product, new in-flight entertainment and investment in the service. It will absolutely make Virgin Atlantic the best in class.”…..

Read the full story at the Australian Business Traveller….


By David Flynn
22 APR, 2012



[Reuters] – Australia’s Qantas took its repaired A380 superjumbo back to the skies on Saturday, resuming a 3,900 mile (6,300 km) journey dramatically interrupted 18 months ago when one of its engines blew up over Indonesia.

Airport security surround the repaired Qantas A380 VH-OQA passenger jet during a media tour on the tarmac of Singapore's Changi Airport April 21, 2012: Credit: Reuters/Tim Chong

Airport security surround the repaired Qantas A380 VH-OQA passenger jet during a media tour on the tarmac of Singapore's Changi Airport April 21, 2012: Credit: Reuters/Tim Chong

After $140 million of repairs, the world’s largest jetliner took off for Sydney shortly before midnight, carrying Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce and members of the crew that safely landed the crippled Airbus in Singapore with 440 passengers on board.

“She’s running a little late… 18 months,” Joyce earlier told reporters under the left wing of the big jet, which was sprayed by shrapnel as the engine blew apart shortly after take-off from Singapore in November 2010.

The return to service of the flagship European jetliner ends a harrowing episode for the airline, plane maker Airbus (EAD.PA) and engine supplier Rolls-Royce (RR.L).

Investigators have blamed the incident on a potential manufacturing flaw at Britain’s Rolls-Royce, which endured blunt criticism from Joyce following the Trent 900 engine explosion.

Qantas and Airbus said the aircraft is safe and nearly as good as new after going through what they described as the biggest repair job on a single aircraft in aviation history.

The only visible scars are two patches of metal under the left wing where it was pierced by debris, some of which shot out at an angle that narrowly missed the top of the fuselage….

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By Harry Suhartono
SINGAPORE | Sat Apr 21



In a year that proves to be as difficult as ever for the airline industry, three more well known brands have collapsed in spectacular style.

What to do when an airline goes bust !!!

What to do when an airline goes bust !!!

So far 2012 has seen the end of the line for the Spanish carrier Spanair, who closed for business in January, closely followed in February by Hungary’s national carrier Malev and just a few short weeks later down-under, we saw the sudden demise or Air Australia. All this turbulence has left doubt in the mind of international traveller as to just how secure are their travel arrangements once they’ve parted with their money.

Industry experts think that with continuing pressures on the business, more will follow.

When Spain’s Spanair collapsed in January 20,000 people were left stranded.

Carmen Roberts from BBC  reports on possible warning signs of an airline getting into trouble, what you can do if you are left stranded and what chance you have of getting your money back…..

See the BBC feature video here….


BBC News
17th April 2012