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As Qantas decides on 787s, the A350s come over horizon

On current indications, it looks as though Qantas rivals Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific could  have their early A350-900s  flying routes to Australia’s cities for more than year before the flying kangaroo can put its first 787-9s into service.

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Qantas is in the money, but what might it do with it?

Qantas has arrived at a place it never foresaw when it asked the Abbott Government for a $3 billion unsecured loan early last year, nor when fuel benchmarks in USD were twice what they have been in recent times.

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Bali flights in disarray because of volcanic ash cloud

  Update All Bali flights now appear to have returned to normal, but it would be prudent to check your airline’s site before heading to the airport. School holiday flights to Bali are being cancelled or delayed because a cloud of volcanic ash from Mount Raung in East Java has drifted into airspace used for [...]

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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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‘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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Coming to NZ, and maybe Tasmania ….. Propstar!

Let’s savor the prospect of what Jetstar is said to be about to do in New Zealand, and thus speculate on its doing the same thing in places like Tasmania.  Get ready for ….. Propstar!

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Tigerair takes aim at queues, counters with a hip hit team

iPad toting customer service staff with holster mounted printers started the process of eliminating much of the counters and queues for Tigerair passengers at its Melbourne Airport terminal today.

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Jetstar’s Gold Coast China deal adds to pressure on Tiger

Jetstar’s deal for non-stop flights from Wuhan to the Gold Coast with China’s tourism, retail and property investor Dalian Wanda Group poses the question, where is the Virgin Australia Group’s policy for its participation in the fastest growing inbound market in Australian travel?

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April was a bad month for the Qantas Jetstar fleet

Photos have emerged of a mishap that damaged two Jetstar A320s at its Newcastle maintenance facility on 23 April, during the storm and flooding crisis that crippled much of eastern NSW.

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Jetstar responds to super rumours

There has been some buzz today about Jetstar conducting a ‘payroll review’ to correct errors in superannuation payments. In part this is true, but apparently the necessary adjustments will be small.

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NZ acts to impose new cockpit rules on Qantas subsidiary

The switch to US style cockpit management rules has now come to the Qantas Jetconnect subsidary based in Auckland after New Zealand mandated those changes today following the murder of 149 passengers on a Germanwings flight by one of its pilots this week.

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Tiger tightens cabin carry on rules

The difference between the not so low fare airline experience and the full service options in Australian domestic airlines has been made more tangible by Tigerair today with new luggage rules.

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Qantas Jetstar move jointly on more Whitsunday flights

Qantas is covering all bases with its new dual brand strategy for developing the potential of the Victoria-Whitsunday Coast market with its premium and low fare operations.

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A costly ‘low cost’ year ahead for Qantas and Virgin?

We’re going to be so cheap Air-India and Philippine Airlines will set up call centres in Cairns and Charleville.

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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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Jetstar’s vomit smelling jet adds to Qantas turnback focus

Thongs, spilled chips, dirty jets and routine mechanical delays. Its been a rough day on social media for Qantas and Jetstar

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AirAsia X reported to be cutting back Australia flights

There are more signs of distress in the longer haul low cost part of the Australian international air travel market.

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