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Melbourne Airport welcomes it’s 12th non-stop Chinese route

Xiamen Airlines launched its inaugural service from Hangzhou to Melbourne today, thus becoming the 12th non-stop route from China.  This brings a conclusion of a very busy year of new flights and airlines at Melbourne Airport.   Xiamen Airlines’ new route is on top of routes to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou,[…]

Air Canada comes back to Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport has become the third port of call in Australia for Star Alliance member Air Canada. The airline launched its seasonal Melbourne-Vancouver flights on December 3 2017, and will continue until February 2018.  The service will operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11:40am landing in Vancouver at 7:30am[…]

Colombo to Melbourne, SriLankan returns to Australia.

Departing as Flight UL604 from Colombo the Airbus A330-300 4R-ALM Touched town approximately at 3:20pm at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. Making a welcome return to Australia for the airline which stopped operating to Australia in 2001. The flight takes nearly 11 hours and will be operated daily connecting the large Sri Lankan[…]

LATAM Airlines comes to Melbourne with their 787-9

VIVA CHILE!! LATAM South American airlines flight LA805 arrived at Melbourne’s Tullamarine International Airport at approximately  18:39 pm local time. This being their first service into the Melbourne and operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner  CC -BGN for the inaugural service.  The Oneworld alliance member will be bringing their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner[…]

Thai Airways brings the Airbus A350 to Melbourne.

October 1st at approximately 1:03pm HS-THH touched down on its 1st visit and 1st international revenue service for Thai Airways. Thus becoming the third operator of the new generation Airbus A350 into Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. While Singapore Airlines was the first to operate to the airport, Thai’s Airbus A350 service will[…]

Japan Airlines comes to Melbourne Airport.

In the early to mid 1990’s passenger travel between Australia and Japan was at an all time high. With some two and a half million seats sold between the two countries. The SARS crisis and the Global Financial Crisis dramatically slowed traffic there after. Fast forward to today and Traffic[…]

Honeywell Veteran brings its new tricks to town.

Honeywell, a name ceremonious with aviation across the world for more ways than one. Producing aircraft engines, cockpit systems and displays, inflight entertainment, gas turbine auxiliary power units and avionics to name a portion of the company’s business. Recently Honeywell brought a rare type to Melbourne as part of a demonstration[…]

Virgin Australia launches Melbourne-Hong Kong Services with a special guest!

July 5th saw yet another International service launch from Melbourne International Airport. And in what has become a common occurrence from the fantastic staff at Melbourne International Airport, the morning was launched a distinctive flair with a huge Chinese Dragon, drums and Chinese Lion following a procession of Virgin Australia[…]

Fire Season wrap up 2016-2017

They are a permanent fixture around Australia now, with fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft being stood up across the country to protect our assets. The practice of aerial fire management isn’t exactly new, Royal Australian Air Force Westland Wapiti biplanes were used by the Victorian Forest Commission in the[…]