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Are we in for five weeks of Qantas-woe-is-us reporting?

Commentary  The possibility that Qantas is as inept at PR strategy as it is in running its airline activities is underlined by more news reports and proprietary financial analysis anticipating massive losses when it reveals its year to 30 June financials, both underlying and statutory, on 28 August.

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Jetstar fades, Tigerair goes hungry, is Australia ‘over’ its LCCs?

Are we ‘over’ low cost carriers, and if so, what happens next?

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Tigerair says big drop in May load factors being fixed

While Virgin Australia doesn’t have a long haul low fare subisidiary its 60 percent owned domestic Tigerair operation had a very empty month in May.

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Air Asia returns to Japan with new franchise partners

After falling out with partner All Nippon Airways last year over the original Air Asia Japan venture the Malaysia headquartered brand is re-entering the Japan market with new partners.

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Jetstar long distance load factors drop into unsurvivable bracket

Commentary  Among the very poor traffic and yield figures in the latest Qantas guidance to the ASX in monthly traffic stats, Jetstar International continues to fly enough empty seats to kill itself, or if nothing gets done, the parent company.

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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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Airline ‘drip pricing’ might lead to ‘strip’ pricing

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 ‘strip’ pricing

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Qantas quits Gove, Jetstar flags quitting Avalon

The airlines are playing the role of being the canary in the mineshaft again when it comes to warnings that the Australian economy is losing momentum.

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Jetstar quits Lombok, Perth-Brisbane flights

It has turned out to be a case of  ‘Lombok beautiful any day, but not viable till the next’ for Jetstar, with its flights to the Indonesian island from Perth being part of route “adjustments”.

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Volcano now tourist attraction, Bali flights back to normal

Updated  Sangeang Api has now reverted to being a scenic, if smoking, attraction for visitors to Indonesia rather than a threat to their flights

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Thai martial law adds new stress to troubled airlines

If things looked bad for the airline game in southern Asia in recent times, martial law in Thailand could make them even worse.

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Qantas: Is the ‘not flying Qantas’ fee imminent?

Irony alert The only logical recourse left to a desperate Qantas which has introduced surcharges for customers choosing to fly Qantas is to levy a ‘not flying Qantas‘ fee on those who select a different airline for their trip, unless of course it is Emirates.

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SingaporeAir’s premium economy will cause unintended consequences

Singapore Airlines’ decision to enter the longer haul premium economy sector from mid 2015 is the stuff of marketing theory dreams because of the very large range of consequences, some unintended, that it might cause.

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Air Asia gets India operating permit

Air Asia has scored another goal in the very, very long game of gaining access to the one billion population sized market for inexpensive air travel in India by getting an operating certificate for a franchise to be based in Chennai.

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Qantas tells WA it’s unworthy of international services

Commentary Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce appears to have just told a luncheon in Perth that ‘it’s all your fault’ that the resource capital of Australia no longer has any of its international services on a year long basis.

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Qantas quiet as deadlines for 787s, and job losses approach

A personal perspective Qantas has been very quiet since late February when it outlined the massive job cuts that have yet to happen other than in a token way, and the Abbott cabinet slammed the money box shut on its fingers when it asked for a $3 billion unsecured loan.

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Australian ATC sends Jetstar A320 through path of Singapore A330

While ‘stuff’ happens everyday in air traffic control systems, it continues to happen too much around Darwin.

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Tigerair Mandala doubts cast shadow over Asia LCCs

While idle fleets of newly delivered Jetstar A320s burn holes costing millions of dollars a month in the Qantas accounts, the competing Tigerair franchise in Asia is in a similar crisis in Indonesia.

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