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AirAsia finds new Japan venture partner?

AirAsia finds new Japan venture partner?

Ben SandilandsDec 20, 2013

While it's all tweets and rumors so far, AirAsia seems like resurrecting its Japan low cost venture and running amok in Lombok.

Sichuan Airlines comes to Sydney, from China's wild west

Sichuan Airlines comes to Sydney, from China's wild west

Ben SandilandsDec 20, 20132 Comments

China hands say that Sichuan is its wild west, uncrowded in its wilderness spectacles, yet crowded with economic strength and potential in its major cities of Chengdu and Chongqing.

Brindabella licence cancellations reduce reasons to buy it

Brindabella licence cancellations reduce reasons to buy it

Ben SandilandsDec 20, 2013

Updated*  One of the negative consequences of the NSW Government cancelling Brindabella's exclusive licenses to serve tiny communities is that the receivers KordaMentha ar

Etihad works its new Greek connections in SYD, MEL and PER

Etihad works its new Greek connections in SYD, MEL and PER

Ben SandilandsDec 20, 20132 Comments

Australia's Greek air connections have been in a state of neglect for many years, and are something Etihad clearly intends to address with its newly announced codeshare with Greece'

Fiji Airways and the pleasures of small, friendly, unhurried flights

Fiji Airways and the pleasures of small, friendly, unhurried flights

Ben SandilandsDec 19, 20137 Comments

Catching flights in Fiji works this way. You sit on the verandah with a cool drink. It is the day of travel. You ask you host, or the hotel, when you should be ready. They give you an approximate time, and then someone drives you off to the airport at a leisurely pace and everything gradually happens, more or less on time, if anyone is actually keeping time.

AirAsia X buys big on longer range A330s for EU, US routes

AirAsia X buys big on longer range A330s for EU, US routes

Ben SandilandsDec 19, 20136 Comments

An order by AirAsia X for a further 25 Airbus A330-300s signed in Paris overnight includes the new extended range version for high payload flights non-stop to western European citie

China Southern can't fill its Sydney A380 service

China Southern can't fill its Sydney A380 service

Ben SandilandsDec 17, 20133 Comments

According to sources China Southern is pulling its daily A380 off the Sydney-Guangzhou route from late February because of poor loads. The big Airbus will then be repl

Scoot, Tiger and AirAsia X all flag new ambitions

Scoot, Tiger and AirAsia X all flag new ambitions

Ben SandilandsDec 16, 20133 Comments

Moves toward rationalisation of LCC brands in Asia are underway. Where might Jetstar fit into this?

Brindabella suspends ops indefinitely, receivers appointed

Brindabella suspends ops indefinitely, receivers appointed

Ben SandilandsDec 15, 20134 Comments

Brindabella Airlines is now 'dead' but could be resurrected if sold. It suspended all operations indefinitely effective this afternoon, with KordaMentha, of Ansett fame, being ap

Qantas offering discounts to Brindabella customers

Qantas offering discounts to Brindabella customers

Ben SandilandsDec 14, 20139 Comments

Sunday update: Receivers have been appointed, the airline has been closed down indefinitely, and it is up for sale. A new story will be filed shortl

Etihad adds Perth flights from July

Etihad adds Perth flights from July

Ben SandilandsDec 13, 201312 Comments

Etihad, supported by Virgin Australia, will take on Emirates, supported by Qantas, and Qatar, supported by no-one, on the Perth to Middle East routes by launching a daily two class

Jetstar to fly Melbourne-Tokyo non-stop from 29 April

Jetstar to fly Melbourne-Tokyo non-stop from 29 April

Ben SandilandsDec 11, 20136 Comments

Melbourne gets back non-stop flights to Tokyo four times a week from 29 April in a move that will subsequently see the Gold Coast lose its Jetstar wide body flights to Osaka from 8

Jetstar's Avalon deal could last longer than Qantas as we know it

Jetstar's Avalon deal could last longer than Qantas as we know it

Ben SandilandsDec 11, 20132 Comments

Avalon could become to Melbourne what Stansted or Luton became to London, which are respectively strongholds for low cost giants Ryanair and easyJet

Be afraid, very afraid: A 475 seat A340 proposal

Be afraid, very afraid: A 475 seat A340 proposal

Ben SandilandsDec 9, 20139 Comments

The discussions were interesting from a range of perspectives, but the one that grabbed the more popular media focus abroad was the capacity of the A340s to dramatically improve operating costs by making them incredibly uncomfortable with huge numbers of tiny seats.

The blarney at Qantas will not save it

Ben SandilandsDec 5, 201318 Comments

Opinion Alan Joyce has no answers to the problems facing Qantas, especially those he caused and inflicted on it. The same criticism can be made of the board, and its chai

Qantas finally tells ASX it's in trouble

Qantas finally tells ASX it's in trouble

Ben SandilandsDec 5, 20133 Comments

Qantas has at last come clean with the stock market today, admitting it is in trouble and to the tune of an underlying  $250-300 million loss  before tax in the six months to 31 Decem

Qantas claims relationship with Cathay Pacific, no really!

Qantas claims relationship with Cathay Pacific, no really!

Ben SandilandsDec 2, 20133 Comments

Buried in the statements made by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce about the much foreshadowed code-share with China Southern announced today is a

Antarctica ice balance study takes off for one more 'day'

Antarctica ice balance study takes off for one more 'day'

Ben SandilandsDec 2, 2013

Now for something completely different to Qantas versus Virgins! The one day of the high polar year is well and truly underway over the highest latitudes of Antarctica