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Pegasus has flown under the radar for years, but its profitability and client roster has helped it lock in big bucks.

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Virgin Australia shares video of planes being ‘woken up’ with flights to resume – NEWS.com.au

Virgin Australia shares video of planes being ‘woken up’ with flights to resume

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Virgin Australia is in the process of waking up many of its aircraft that were grounded during COVID-19 in preparation to fly again.After it was forced to ground its international flights and almost all its domestic flights due to the pandemic, Virgin Australia is ramping up flights around Australia, and is scheduled to operate flights to close to 30 domestic destinations by the end of August.
That means bringing many of its passenger jets back to life after they spent months parked at ports in Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon and Brisbane.
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And it’s no easy feat – veteran Virgin Australia aircraft engineer Todd Chamberlain said it was a careful process of checking each plane before it could finally return to the skies.
“Each aircraft requires over 350 hours of inspections and functional tests to make sure everything is moving like it should and to ensure these aircraft are safe to fly,” Mr Chamberlain said.
“The Virgin Australia engineering team is working hard to get these aircraft back in the sky, so people can get flying again.”
One of the planes that’s getting attention from the engineering team is a Boeing 737 passenger plane that was gutted of its cabin seats and repurposed as a cargo freighter during the pandemic.
Now, engineers are reinstalling its eight business class seats and 168 economy seats that were removed to make way for freight.
“Since COVID-19 hit we had to park the majority of our Boeing 737 fleet so we came up with some pretty dynamic ideas to keep aircraft in the air and one of those ideas was carrying additional cargo,” Mr Chamberlain, a Virgin Australia veteran of 20 years, said.
Virgin Australia said it expected demand for domestic travel to continue increasing as state
and territory borders reopen.
A survey of the airline’s customers found about 73 per cent wanted to book a domestic holiday within three months of travel restrictions being lifted.
Virgin Australia is waiving any applicable change fees for bookings made between now and September 30, 2020, including unlimited changes to booking dates.

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Worker falls at Saracen Mineral Holdings’ Dervish gold mine – PerthNow

Work has been suspended at the Goldfields mine after an underground worker fell from a height.

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Work has been suspended at a gold mine in Western Australias Goldfields region after an underground worker fell from a height.
Saracen Mineral Holdings has put its shares in a trading halt after reporting the incident at its Dervish mine, south of Laverton, to the ASX.
The condition of the worker is not yet known.
WAs Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is aware of the incident and has sent representatives to the site.
Operations at Saracens Carosue Dam operations, including the Dervish mine, have been suspended while a full investigation is completed.

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Qantas will cancel all international flights until March 2021 – NEWS.com.au

Qantas will cancel all international flights until March 2021

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If you were holding out hope that flights overseas may trickle back by Christmas given some Australian border have started to reopen think again.In another sign that holidays overseas will be off the cards until well into 2021, Qantas have officially removed international flight bookings – bar New Zealand – from their website until March 28, 2021.
Pulling of all international inventory comes weeks after Group CEO Alan Joyce announced that services overseas wouldn’t likely resume for another 12 months.
According to Executive Traveller, while flights overseas to the US, Asia and Europe can still be made through the Qantas website, the flights will be serviced with partner airlines such as Emirates and Cathay Pacific.
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The closing of flights and changing of bookings isn’t unexpected, given Mr Joyce signalled that all international flying would be suspended until the middle of 2021.
Last month, the national carrier announced it was grounding 100 aircraft in the US’s Mojave Desert, had axed at least 20 per cent of its workforce and parked some of the airline’s fleet of A380s (used for flagship international routes) for “at least three years”.
Mr Joyce said that while a trans-Tasman route may be operational before mid-2021, other popular routes around the world won’t restart “in any real size (until) July next year”.
“We have to be realistic about it and say with what’s happening in the rest of the globe, it is probably an extended period of time,” Mr Joyce said, adding it would be “years before international flying returns to what it was” for the airline.
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Following the announcement last month, a Qantas spokesperson told news.com.au the much-hyped New Zealand travel bubble was expected in the coming months however, the surge in cases Victoria was currently experiencing could impact the start date.
“We’re planning to be back to 40 per cent of our pre-crisis domestic flying during July and hopefully more in the months that follow. But we’ll be living with COVID for some time and recent events show we can’t take a low infection rate for granted,” Mr Joyce said.
“(For) international, we have to be realistic about it and in staying with what’s happening in the rest of the globe, it is probably an extended period of time before we’ll open up those borders.
“We’re parking the A380 for at least three years because they don’t have any use, we think, during this period of time.”

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