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Qantas goes after Virgin on leisure routes, but will it hit Jetstar?

There are other explanations for the return of Qantas to the Sydney-Sunshine Coast and Melbourne-Gold Coast routes apart from the official announcement which puts it down to satisfying demand and offering more choice.

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Bali and that damned volcano, is it time for the fly-cruise option?

With Virgin Australia again forced to shut down its Bali flights by volcanic ash, someone in the travel industry must be thinking about fly-cruise options.

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Two early lessons from Bali on air travel versus volcanoes

Although the complaints may not have yet turned into a torrent of references to small claims tribunals, there are two lessons from the Bali volcanic ash crisis.

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Consumer ‘ditch the tick’ campaign targets Jetstar unfarely?

Sometimes even well meaning people stuff up, as seems to be the case with Choice and its ‘ditch the tick’ campaign, which mainly targets the Jetstar on-line booking pages.

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All Nippon returns to Australia, adds to 787 seats battle

  Australian Business Traveller has called the return of All Nippon Airways (ANA) to Australia from October, and it looks set to add to competitive pressures on Qantas to make sure its 787-9s are as generous in seat pitch and width as its full service competitors on the Japan routes.

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Air Canada joins rush to fly 787s here before Qantas gets any

While on its record Air Canada will not be as generous with economy seat spacing as Qantas it isn’t waiting around for the Australian carrier to bring the 787s it hasn’t yet officially ordered to the Vancouver route.

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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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