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Jetstar HK debacle underlines perils of LCC franchising in Asia

After years of sometimes bombastic rhetoric about how Qantas would control its Jetstar franchises in Asia through what would have been puppet managements the prolonged efforts to set up a Jetstar Hong Kong operation have been rejected by its authorities.

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Jetstar’s Hong Kong carrier refused permission to operate

Jetstar’s application to operate a Hong Kong subsidiary has been rejected by Hong Kong’s Air Transport Licensing Authority. It’s a serious blow to Qantas’s significant investments in setting up a network of low cost trans border Jetstar franchises in Asia.

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Qantas moves to silence book called Fighting Words

It’s reasonable to say there wouldn’t be a ‘real’ reporter who doesn’t want to read Fighting Words a new book by Lucinda Holdforth the long-time speechwriter for the airline’s chief executive, Alan Joyce.

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‘Propstar’ confirmed: Five Jetstar Q300s for NZ regional flights

It’s official. As reported earlier, Jetstar is launching a turbo-prop operation in New Zealand to take on routes where the Air NZ presence is either vulnerable or overpriced.

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Where did Qantas levy-workers-for-future-strikes idea come from?

Had it not been for Germanwings the story of the last week would have been Qantas seeking powers to dock employee pay for articulating naughty thoughts about going on strike at a future date.

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Qantas beats consensus with strong profit rebound but no dividend

Qantas has posted an underlying profit before tax of $367 million for its first half results to 31 December, beating expectations of between $300-350 million but the dividend drought continues.

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Grounded: How Qantas CEO Joyce pulled it down with a txt

SMH business journalist Matt O’Sullivan’s new book Mayday about the ideological and egotistical struggles over the future of Qantas reveals much about the planning Qantas CEO Alan Joyce put into his October 2011 ambush grounding of the airline.

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Qantas hasn’t addressed the Joyce failures

Opinion The essential problem holding back Qantas from capitalising on good fortune with fuel and capacity restraint, and a rediscovered focus on its full service operations, is Jetstar and the group CEO Alan Joyce.

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Qantas mangement flattened, but Andrew David stands tall

Among the many interesting aspects of this afternon’s great flattening of the Qantas executive team, Andrew David stands out as the astute airline manager who grows larger every time the spear lands close to him.

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Qantas letter confirms international spin off process underway

A letter to a highly placed union official by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce confirms that the company is in full pursuit of the creation of a new entity to take over its international operations.

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Qantas responds to Xenophon questions at investor meeting

Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford and its group CEO Alan Joyce have described what critics claim are ‘selective’ briefings to financial analysts and institutional investors as ‘clarification’ and one on one Q and A sessions.

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Joyce: Qantas is now in underlying state of profitability

Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce has told the no-media-questions AGM that it has made a profit on an underlying basis in the first quarter of this financial year, and is on track to continue that profitability through to the first half results to 31 December.

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Qantas media blackout to be broken by shareholder Xenophon?

Even if Qantas tries to ignore shareholder Xenophon tomorrow, his publishing his queries in advance means there will be no shortage of punters ready to ask them for him.

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Qantas: Is it finding its way back?

More Qantas, less Jetstar, goodbye London? hullo (more of) America? Major changes in strategy at Qantas are becoming apparent

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Qantas loss $2.843 billion, live blog

Qantas has just reported a statutory loss after tax of $2.843 billion dollars and an underlying loss after tax of $646 million for the year to 30 June. The loss far exceeds market expectations, and was primarily driven by a massive write down in the value of the international fleet.

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Qantas Town Hall meeting hears of $720 million group loss

According to some present Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce has told attendees at a recent ‘town hall’ style meeting with employees that the company will lose around $720 million in the current financial year, which closes on 30 June.

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Qantas versus Piloting excellence-the axe swings again

Qantas pilots have received an email from Chief Pilot Dick Tobiano saying a ‘significant number’ of pilots will be hit by demotions in the ranks of Captains and First Officers to be announced tomorrow Thursday 5 June.

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Qantas capacity cuts will not ‘save’ the airline

By deciding not to grow available seats faster than available passengers Qantas aims to prevent further loss of value in a game where it cannot survive in the form that it’s in today.

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