Just when the role of Qantas as ‘essential to the security of the country’ is getting a workout by its apologists, the airline has finished its disposal of Qantas Defence Services, the wholly owned subsidiary that provided maintenance for Hercules aircraft, performed essential work on the RAAF A330 MRTTs or Multi Role Tanker transports and maintained the two Prime Ministerial Boeing BBJs.READ MORE
The Prime Minister Tony Abbott said this morning that he recognised that for Qantas to operate as an international carrier carrying the Australian flag its foreign equity would have to remain capped at 49%.READ MORE
As the Qantas crisis moves closer to today’s critical Coalition cabinet meeting, Labor has placed itself in a very difficult position.
In short it has taken sides with the Joyce management which holds the Opposition and the ACTU in total contempt.READ MORE
Rolls-Royce is proposing to re-invent the A380 with new tech engines that would give it non-stop Australia-Europe range.READ MORE
Plane Talking publishes links to the suppressed ‘public’ submissions to a critical review of air safety safety regulation in Australia.READ MORE
What is it about Brisbane Airport, Airbus A330s, and mud daubing wasps that could cause airlines to stock up on insecticide for walk around pre-flight inspections?READ MORE
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On what should have been a day of pain for Virgin Australia — reporting its own set of very, very bad numbers in a first-half loss of $83.7 million — it’s Qantas where matters seem to be deteriorating fast.
When a national air safety investigator, like the ATSB, tells a national air navigation provider like AirServices Australia, that its staff are ignorant in respect of some of their obligations, and that it hasn’t adequately dealt with important safety issues, we have a problem that makes bad financials from Qantas and Virgin seem less urgent.READ MORE
Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti says the age of entitlement for Qantas is over and that no airline is entitled to government support to maintain a set market share.READ MORE
Virgin Australia has paid a high price for the capacity war with Qantas, with a group statutory loss after tax of $83.7 million.READ MORE
Embattled Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce’s key initiates at Qantas are under acute stress as their consequences for the company’s performance become painfully apparent after its dismal first half profits briefings yesterday.READ MORE
The news for Qantas is much more serious than the figures for its first half results suggest, and they are very, very bad figures.READ MORE