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Episode 232: Qantas, Western Australia, Woomera, Wyong, stealth and airports
Episode 23223rd January 2013 • The Australia Desk • Southern Skies Media
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Grant's sorry he was late last week and is making up for it by bringing Steve his coffee, warmed over an exploding lithium-ion battery. That's enough for Steve to let him into the studio, so they're able to review the latest news this week:

  • Qantas have delayed one of their 787-8 orders, not due to the development problems Boeing are sorting out, but rather because it pushes the spend to the other side of the financial year.
  • Cobham are operating Q400s & 717s in Western Australia for QantasLink and the boys note that the 717s used to belong to Impulse, the airline that went under and then became Jetstar when it was purchased by Qantas.
  • The union for Qantas' International pilots is already starting to position themselves for their contract renegotiations that will be occurring in 2014... you know, 14 to 18 months away.
  • Qantas have not provided concrete proof of their international losses that justify their partnership with Emirates to anyone but the ACCC.
  • BAe Systems are producing a new unmanned stealth drone called Taranis and are test flying it in the Woomera Range Complex, an area of 122,188 square kilometres located some 450km North-West of Adelaide.
  • Helicopters New Zealand (HNZ) have taken delivery of Augusta Westland 109SPs in Western Australia for use on the Rio Tinto mine projects.
  • Wyong city council to the North of Sydney have offered to be the site for the second Sydney International airport but were turned down as Badgerys Creek remains the preferred site, if only the political manoeuvring would get wound up.





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