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South African Airways goes all Virgin on Australia flights

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 travellers.

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Qantas faces further freight fixing penalty payments

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 expect to be faced with the risk of damages and compensation payments in 2013 and perhaps beyond. But that’s part of the painful lesson in crime [...]

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Virgin Air NZ alliance told to ‘keep doing it’

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, not theirs.

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ACCC damns major airports, urges more investment

The competition authority the ACCC says the five biggest airports in Australia are failing their customers to an unprecedented degree and has called for increased infrastructure investment to overcome congestion and dissatisfaction with their performance. ABC News 24 has already blitzed the airports with live vox pops with travellers this morning, with apologists outnumbered about [...]

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Tiger Airways gives it away, begs ACCC mercy killing

Only a week away from D-day when the ACCC decides whether or not Virgin Australia can buy control over Tiger Airways, the airline has gone on sacrificial sale for $10 one way everywhere it flies, subject to all sort of fine print you must read on its website.

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ACCC resets the clock on Virgin-Tiger deal

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 by Emirates and Qantas for what could be summarised as fairness and consistency in relation to approvals for multi airline marketing deals on the Australia-New Zealand market.

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Xenophon letters to Qantas, ACCC over Emirates released

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 clarify a set of public interest concerns about the authorisartion of the Qantas-Emirates partnership.

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Some clues as to why the ACCC dismissed Qantas arguments

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.

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Who misled Minister Albanese over Qantas-Emirates?

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 machines deployed by all political parties.

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

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.

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Qantas-Emirates partnership approved, with Tasman conditions

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?

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Qantas-Emirates? T minus 5 days and counting

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 Special Administrative Region of China, might be the curtain raiser to final approval for the Qantas-Emirates business partnership due to begin this Sunday. Or it might not.

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Qantas-Emirates? T minus 9 days and counting

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 approval to begin on 31 March.

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

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 carrier. Will the ACCC approve Virgin Australia taking control of Tiger? Does Virgin Australia hope it doesn’t? Might the ACCC approve it and [...]

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Virgin Tiger decision postponed until 14 March

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 whether or not the low cost carrier would shut down its operations in the absence of approval will be ‘highly [...]

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