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Old 17th May 2007, 13:54
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Their Captains wear 4 silver stripes. The DN refueller told me the other day that the aircraft is due early June, and that four pilots have so far completed their endorsements overseas.
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Old 17th May 2007, 13:57
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that maybe so but the holdup is always engineering
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Old 18th May 2007, 03:10
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The aircraft to be leased is ex HKE, and is currently in the HKE hangar. There are a team of Airnorth maintenance and enginering people in Honk Kong right now.
The aircraft lease is linked to a ten year contract with Macarthur River Mine, in other words, the customer is underwriting the cost. (This has been announced publicly, so no secret there).
Miffy ex NJS is leading the AOC project (and he has doen this lots of time before). They also have Maint Controller ex NJS (who has lots of jet / AOC / CASA experience).
The aircraft is due in to commercial service in October. Ferry planned ex HKE end of June. Project started over a year ago.
No where near the same scenario as XR "Airbuses", which I am sure are not even in the container yet.
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Old 18th May 2007, 03:52
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Grand News
May I suggest they name it ....

McArthur River Diversion ?
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Old 7th Jun 2007, 05:28
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Airnorth E170 arrives Darwin 2200 6 June 07

Friends in Airnorth tell me the first E170 arrived Darwin last night ex Hong Kong. Now enroute to BNE for a new paint job
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Old 7th Jun 2007, 09:23
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With Miffy running the show, Air North will deliver the airplane and the high capacity AOC on time.
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Old 7th Jun 2007, 09:46
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Go the grunt! Worst thing the CIA did for NJS was shaft him...
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Old 14th Jun 2007, 14:41
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rumour has it that the aircraft will operate :
KNX-BME services
and a new weekly KNX-PER service on Saturdays on behalf of QF who recently withdrew from KNX, co-inciding with the withdrawal of the 146 from the QLink fleet.
This will mean 2 jet service options for KNX locals who have recently had the fortune of a significant expansion of XR services to the town...


Lets remember the date then. 27th Oct.
RENURRP I think we should be close to the date...told ya!!!
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Old 7th Jul 2007, 03:19
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Some photos of the airnorth e170. Looks great.


Congratulations on the new jet, and wishing your jet operations well, and hope it turns out a success.
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Go the grunt! Worst thing the CIA did for NJS was shaft him...
..........................now that IS funny Bloggsy. I think you will find he shafted himself old boy.
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Old 7th Jul 2007, 04:21
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Nice Jet guys, hope we can get some.
Congrats Airnorth, good luck to those who get a slot.

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Old 7th Jul 2007, 09:26
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Lets remember the date then. 27th Oct.
They take delivery some time in Oct and you sugest they will be operating it the next day, or even week?
It will be in excess of 12mths even if only slightly.
Renurrp???
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Old 7th Jul 2007, 09:33
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Airnorth flies around Hidden Valley with Team Tasman

Thursday 21st June, 2007
Media Release
Tuesday, 19 June 2007

TASMAN MOTORSPORT JETS INTO DARWIN WITH AIRNORTH

Greg Murphy and Jason Richards' Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodores will fly the Airnorth banner during this weekend's SKYCITY Triple Crown in Darwin.

The arrangement, part of the team's segmented sponsorship program, coincides with the arrival of Airnorth's new 74-seat Embraer E170 Regional Jet.

Headquartered in Darwin, Airnorth is Northern Australia's major regional airline, flying 152 weekly services to six domestic and two international destinations including, Maningrida, Gove, Groote Eylandt, Kununurra WA, Broome WA, Dili East Timor and Kupang, Indonesia.

Due to start regular services to Kununurra, Broome, McArthur River and Perth in early September the E170 will see Airnorth's passengers enjoying the benefits of new generation technology, ergonomic design with increased passenger comfort in seating and interior design.

Richards said Airnorth's support meant Tasman would feel at home in the Top End.

"We are going into this weekend excited as a team we've gone quite well at Hidden Valley in the past and this year we've got the support of Darwin's own Airnorth," Richards said.

"Traditionally, Hidden Valley has been a circuit that's hard on tyres, requiring good chassis balance and, with its long straight, lots of power.

"This year, Murph and I have brand new VE Commodores and more grunt under the bonnet.

"We've had pace at most of the rounds this year, though we've struggled over long distances. We're throwing everything we can at the cars and ideally, we'd like to have a set-up that has both the pace and comfort of Airnorth's new E170. We'd be sure of a result then!"

Practice for the SKYCITY Triple Crown takes place this Friday, with qualifying and Race 1 Saturday followed by Races 2 and 3 Sunday.
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Did KP get a shot at it?
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yep but no
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Old 7th Jul 2007, 16:54
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With Miffy running the show, Air North will deliver the airplane and the high capacity AOC on time.
Just like he won that tender for the AAE 727 contract?

Something about AAE ringing up miffy after the tender close date and asking 'we got everybody elses where is your tender?'

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Old 13th Jul 2007, 12:21
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Are they operational yet. Saw it taxy at Darwin yesterday and later heard it on centre heading down towards Broome? Does anyone know who will be crewing it yet?
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Old 13th Jul 2007, 12:36
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Crewing based on seniority. Have some overseas crews to start with to assist with ICUS. Good on them for looking after long term drivers as there are a couple of jet drivers who did not get a go first. Well done to the boys who worked constructivly with Management to get the EBA through a year ago. At his stage they appear to be about 4 weeks ahead of schedule for AoC issue. Launch date 27th July in the hanger with the DSO.
Dress is Territory Formal. What is that again???
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Old 13th Jul 2007, 13:29
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This is wonderful

This is the best thing that has happened in the N.T. for decades. The only way the N.T. will get decent air services is to have it's own airline. Hopefully this is the start of it.
Good luck Air North.
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Old 13th Jul 2007, 23:56
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The only way the N.T. will get decent air services is to have it's own airline.

Hmmm....seem to remember similar comments back in 1980 when Northern Airlines kicked off. Hope it is a better outcome this time.
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