The RED Airlines fleet continues to ebb and flow to meet our changing needs and to align with our strategic directions.
To provide challenge for our more experienced pilots, we have purchased a Lockheed L049 Constellation. The first production L-049 flew on July 12, 1945 and was delivered to Trans World Airlines on November 14, 1945. Pan Am received its first L-049 on January 5, 1946.
A Lockheed C121-C Super Constellation is on displayat Illawarra Aircraft Museum.
Aircraft enthusiasts can also now walk through a glamorous piece of Australian aviation history, with a 1940s Lockheed Super Constellation restored to its former glory in outback Queensland.
RED currently has a total fleet of 121 aircraft. Of these, 11 are in long-term parking and a further 2 are listed for sale. That leaves 108 active aircraft. This number needs to reduce further.
One of our experienced pilots derserves some recognition for quiet achivement. Henry has taken the B377 Stratocruiser on a world trip, starting from Brisbane through Darwin to Singapore through Dubai into Europe and on into America. The B377 is currently undergoing maintenance at KSFO after landing at 15 different airports. I understand Henry use real-world weather through Active Sky Next. Parts of Europe would have thrown up a few challenges.
Henry aims to fly back to Brisbane through Honnolulu, Wake Island Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong Singapore, Darwin and Alice Springs. A sterling effort Henry! Well done.
A samll number of aircraft need to be relocated before their two year mandatory maintenance falls due. As per previous arrangements, flights will be listed as will a pilot nomination form.
Qantas has pushed back the deadline for a final decision on whether to proceed with plans to operate nonstop flights from Australia’s east coast to London and New York by three months to March 2020.
Despite the delay, Qantas said on Friday it had chosen the Airbus A350-1000 as the aircraft to complete these ultra long-haul missions, should it opt to proceed with what it has called Project Sunrise.
No orders have been placed for the A350-1000. Instead, Qantas said Airbus had given the airline a one-month extension to March 2020 to place an order for up to 12 aircraft without impacting the proposed flights beginning in the first half of calendar 2023.
That extra time would be used to continue discussions with pilot groups for a new work contract covering the proposed ultra long-haul services, Qantas said. The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) is the union representing Qantas pilots.
“The discussions are aimed at closing the last remaining gap in the Project Sunrise business case,” Qantas said.
“Qantas has put forward a number of suggestions to AIPA on how the gap might be closed while still offering three per cent annual pay increases and promotional opportunities to its long haul pilots.”
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People fly for many reasons. Qantas connects Australians with the rest of the world and with each other. Aviation matters more in Australia than it does in most other countries due to vast travel distances at home and overseas. Some of the busiest domestic air routes in the world are Australian.
During WW2 Qantas evacuated non-combatants from the line of fire and kept open Australia’s only civilian air link across the Indian Ocean with Catalina and Liberator aircraft.
In 1944, Qantas Liberators were the first to carry the flying kangaroo symbol. Constellation aircraft first flew all the way to London from Sydney in 1947 and Qantas routes circled the earth via both hemispheres from 1958.
Recent developments suggest that by 2023 we will have the ability to skip time-critical and congested routes by opting for an aerial ride-sharing service.
Many eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft) organisations around the world are currently prototyping and testing these aircraft. However, in order for us to safely use this ride-sharing option, they will need certification.
Melbourne is set to be one of the first cities in Australia to trial flying taxis, with Uber Air announcing it will be testing flights as soon as 2020.
If you’re stuck in traffic or in a ride-sharing vehicle, be sure tune in and listen to Natasha’s report on delivering this fully autonomous or piloted service to our skies within the next decade.
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Pilot Bonus Award
The top three pilots by flight! According to the monthly flight report will have
Month : December
flights : 13
Miles : 18,244
Score : 237,172