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Consumer trust crisis stalks Qantas, Virgin Australia

Ben SandilandsNov 18, 20155 Comments

Whether they like it or not, Qantas and Virgin Australia may have a growing crisis of trust to deal with among their customers. The pressure points are their so called loy

Sydney's 2nd airport ownership raises competition concerns

Sydney's 2nd airport ownership raises competition concerns

Ben SandilandsJun 23, 20148 Comments

The damage that could be done to the NSW economy by allowing the new 2nd airport to be built at Badgerys Creek to be owned by the interests that own the existing Sydney Airport have

Airline 'drip pricing' might lead to 'strip' pricing

Airline 'drip pricing' might lead to 'strip' pricing

Ben SandilandsJun 20, 201414 Comments

The Australian competition authority's legal tackle on Jetstar and Virgin Australia for 'drip' pricing could force radical changes on how airlines compete for a sale. Such as 'st

South African Airways goes all Virgin on Australia flights

South African Airways goes all Virgin on Australia flights

Ben SandilandsMar 5, 20142 Comments

In a micro scale sense given the macro sized Qantas issues, its former code share partner, South African Airways has completed its Virginisation of flight connections for Australian

Qantas faces further freight fixing penalty payments

Ben SandilandsOct 5, 20135 Comments

When Qantas conspired with a range of other airlines to rob its freight customers through illegal cartel like behaviour involving price fixing between 2000 and 2007 it clearly didn't ex

Virgin Air NZ alliance told to 'keep doing it'

Ben SandilandsJul 10, 2013

The ACCC has again reminded the big players on the trans Tasman routes that if they start or engage in a capacity war (more seats, lower fares) they can only stop it at its pleasure, no

ACCC damns major airports, urges more investment

Ben SandilandsApr 30, 201310 Comments

The competition authority the ACCC says the five bigg

Tiger Airways gives it away, begs ACCC mercy killing

Tiger Airways gives it away, begs ACCC mercy killing

Ben SandilandsApr 17, 20131 Comment

Only a week away from D-day when the ACCC decides wheth

ACCC resets the clock on Virgin-Tiger deal

Ben SandilandsApr 16, 20133 Comments

Australia's competition authority the ACCC has restarted the countdown on the Virgin Australia-Tiger Australia deal, setting 24 April as decision day. It is also dealing with calls b

Xenophon letters to Qantas, ACCC over Emirates released

Ben SandilandsApr 4, 20139 Comments

Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, has asked the Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and the chairman of the competition regulator, the ACCC, Rod Sims, to respond to or cla

Some clues as to why the ACCC dismissed Qantas arguments

Some clues as to why the ACCC dismissed Qantas arguments

Ben SandilandsApr 3, 20136 Comments

Historical oddity. The Qantas licensed engineers associated gave Qantas management a big tick for cost and labour efficiency when it argued against the Qantas-Emirates partnership.

Who misled Minister Albanese over Qantas-Emirates?

Ben SandilandsMar 27, 20136 Comments

Students of ministerial statements will be well aware that the busier the minister the more likely that a daft statement will be written for him or her and circulated by the messaging m

ACCC didn't give Qantas-Emirates deal a ringing endorsement

ACCC didn't give Qantas-Emirates deal a ringing endorsement

Ben SandilandsMar 27, 20136 Comments

The ACCC has acted to improve competitive choice. It hasn't done anything to stop Qantas imploding on the routes to Europe by giving away customers to Emirates.

Qantas-Emirates partnership approved, with Tasman conditions

Ben SandilandsMar 27, 201315 Comments

So, why exactly did the ACCC let Qantas dump most of Australia off its London routes in favour of Emirates if it explicitly rejects the Qantas-is-failing-on-world routes hype?

Qantas-Emirates? T minus 5 days and counting

Ben SandilandsMar 26, 20133 Comments

Today's ACCC authorisation of broad ranging co-operation between Jetstar franchises in Asia, including the Jetstar Hong Kong venture that has yet to gets its own authorisation in the Sp

Qantas-Emirates? T minus 9 days and counting

Ben SandilandsMar 22, 201317 Comments

It's all gone very quiet in Qantas in relation to the critical final approval by the ACCC of the Qantas-Emirates business partnership, which has been chugging along under provisional ap

Tiger, dead or alive, poses burning questions about where air travel is headed

Ben SandilandsFeb 27, 2013

There is much uncertainty about where the low fare airline case is headed in Australia even though it is closing in on nine years since Jetstar started services as its first such carrie

Virgin Tiger decision postponed until 14 March

Virgin Tiger decision postponed until 14 March

Ben SandilandsFeb 7, 20132 Comments

The ACCC says it will not make a final decision on the proposal that Virgin Australia take a controlling 60% stake in Tiger Australia until the middle of March, and that the issue as to