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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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AAPA Director General Says Asia-Pacific Momentum Won't Slacken

Today AAPA Director General Subhas Menon spoke exclusively with Simple Flying on the pace of recovery for airlines in Asia-Pacific.

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Rex Group Member National Jet Express Adds 9th Dash 8-400NG

National Jet Express is adding a second aircraft to its Queensland network with the arrival of another De Havilland Dash 8-400NG.

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AirAsia X Returns More Airbus A330s And Posts 2Q Profit

AirAsia X is following a disciplined recovery plan by adding aircraft and capacity on routes that have already been successful in the past.

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Auckland Airport Delivers Successful Marriage Proposal

For all those who ignore airport public address announcements, here is something to think about.

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Virgin Australia Unveils Aussie First Bag Tracking Tool

Virgin Australia has launched its new baggage tracking tool, hoping to restore passenger confidence in checked bags.

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Fiji Airways A350 Business Class Sets A High Bar

Fiji Airways will soon have four Airbus A350s with very comfortable business class cabins and an experience that will be hard to beat.

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Auckland Airport Puts Airlines Offside As Profit Plummets And Charges Rise

Auckland Airport is soon to reach full COVID recovery but it seems years of turbulence will surround the multi-billion dollar upgrades.

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Virgin Australia Velocity Launches Luxury Escapes And Lures Qantas Gold FFs

Virgin Australia frequent flyers have a new way to spend and earn Velocity points and take a luxury holiday at the same time.

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Cathay Pacific Launches Cabin Crew Recruiting In Mainland China

Cathay Pacific has taken swift action to turn around a bad situation and is now hiring cabin crew directly from Mainland China.

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Batik Air Flying Boeing 737 Max From Kuala Lumpur To Auckland Via Perth

Batik Air has launched a new route between Auckland and Perth which is connected to its Perth - Kuala Lumpur service.

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HARS Museum Lines Up Vietnam War Aircraft For Next Tarmac Day

The HARS Museum in New South Wales is paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the end of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Bonza 737 MAX Links Gold Coast To Tassie Nonstop

Thanks to Bonza the island at the bottom of Australia will soon have low-cost nonstop flights between Launceston and the Gold Coast.

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Qantas Posts A$2.47 Billion Profit And Launches Mega Sale And Points Giveaway

After losing A$7 billion in three years Qantas has clawed back a third of that in the twelve months ended June 30th, 2023.

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Air New Zealand Profit Means More Airbus A321neos And Trans Tasman Seats

With a solid profit under his belt Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran thanked customers for their loyalty while the airline emerged from COVID.

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Qantas Orders Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s To Replace A330s and A380s

Speculation around fleet renewal at Qantas ended today when the airline announced it has ordered Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 widebodies.

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Virgin Australia CEO Weighs Into Qatar Airways Dispute

The decision to block Qatar Airways from adding more flights to Australia has created a media storm in Australia.

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Rex Adds Another Aviation Heavy Hitter To Its Antarctic Team

Rex Group and Enterprise Aviation Group are collaborating on the upcoming Antarctic tender to provide aerial services to Australia.

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Cathay Pacific Refreshes Long Haul Dining Experience

Cathay Pacific is introducing new tasty plant-based meals for economy and premium economy passengers to improve wellness and sustainability.

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Qantas Returns Two Airbus A380s And Adds 250,000 Extra International Seats

With more 787 Dreamliners and A380s coming back into service Qantas is ramping up capacity on some of its most popular routes.

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Australian Airlines Are Letting Their Customers Down

While some airlines are doing better than others Australian aviation needs to lift its game in terms of reliability and on-time performance

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