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AirAsia finds new Japan venture partner?

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

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

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.

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Brindabella licence cancellations reduce reasons to buy it

Updated*  One of the negative consequences of the NSW Government cancelling Brindabella’s exclusive licenses to serve tiny communities is that the receivers KordaMentha are left with even less to sell.

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

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’s largest airline, Aegean, from 30 March.

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

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.

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

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 cities from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok as well as one new one stop flights to the US.

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China Southern can’t fill its Sydney A380 service

According to sources China Southern is pulling its daily A380 off the Sydney-Guangzhou route from late February because of poor loads.

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Scoot, Tiger and AirAsia X all flag new ambitions

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

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Brindabella suspends ops indefinitely, receivers appointed

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 appointed receivers and managers.

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Qantas offering discounts to Brindabella customers

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 shortly Qantas has stepped up to assist stranded Brindabella ticket holders with special fares, and is assessing options including flights to towns that were exclusive to the Canberra based carrier.

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Etihad adds Perth flights from July

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 A330-200 to its Abu Dhabi hub from 15 July.

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

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 May.

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

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

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Be afraid, very afraid: A 475 seat A340 proposal

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.

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The blarney at Qantas will not save it

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 chairman Leigh Clifford. None of them have demonstrated the slightest capacity to solve its external or self inflicted wounds, and it is the latter which [...]

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Qantas finally tells ASX it’s in trouble

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 December.

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Qantas claims relationship with Cathay Pacific, no really!

Buried in the statements made by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce about the much foreshadowed code-share with China Southern announced today is a claimed relationship with Cathay Pacific. Seriously? That’s like the relationship between a prisoner (Qantas) and a jailer (Cathay Pacific).

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Antarctica ice balance study takes off for one more ‘day’

Now for something completely different to Qantas versus Virgins!

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