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Jetstar HK debacle underlines perils of LCC franchising in Asia

Jetstar HK debacle underlines perils of LCC franchising in Asia

Ben SandilandsJun 26, 201521 Comments

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 se

Scoot, Tiger and AirAsia X all flag new ambitions

Scoot, Tiger and AirAsia X all flag new ambitions

Ben SandilandsDec 16, 20133 Comments

Moves toward rationalisation of LCC brands in Asia are underway. Where might Jetstar fit into this?

Jetstar copies Tiger, charges $$ to get low fare offers

Jetstar copies Tiger, charges $$ to get low fare offers

Ben SandilandsJun 5, 20133 Comments

In what traditional media might find an alarming development, Jetstar has embraced the switch from paid ads that go out to everyone whether a traveller or not, to a paid subscriptio

Singapore Air, Tiger fortunes diverge in 4Q FY13

Singapore Air, Tiger fortunes diverge in 4Q FY13

Ben SandilandsMay 17, 20132 Comments

Tiger up, Singapore Airlines down as low cost trumps full service in fourth quarter earnings.

Singapore Airlines has Pacific ambitions for Virgin Australia

Singapore Airlines has Pacific ambitions for Virgin Australia

Ben SandilandsApr 25, 20136 Comments

  To understand where Singapore Airlines wants Virgin Australia to go it is necessary to keep in mind the strategic agenda of modern Singapore. Which is to dra

Virgin Australia files new flight plans with Tiger and SIA

Ben SandilandsApr 24, 20137 Comments

In the last 24 hours Virgin Australia has been cleared to pursue growth in the low fare branded airline game through control of Tiger Airways (Australia) and gained a massive show of su

ACCC resets the clock on Virgin-Tiger deal

Ben SandilandsApr 16, 20133 Comments

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 b

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

Ben SandilandsFeb 27, 2013

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 carrie

Air France low fare blitz under world wide study

Air France low fare blitz under world wide study

Ben SandilandsJan 8, 20132 Comments

Air France could be running up the white flag when it comes to full service domestic flights, something Qantas and Virgin are trying to resist in Australia

Qantas Jetstar booking anomaly illustrated

Qantas Jetstar booking anomaly illustrated

Ben SandilandsOct 1, 201212 Comments

But as illustrated below, Jetstar was offering the same flight for $65 , and making a best price of the day offer of $35 if the customer was OK with flying to Avalon instead of Melb

China's regulated airline policy stymies low fare travel, but is it time for change?

Ben SandilandsSep 28, 2012

A well researched Canadian report about the stif

Tiger completes SE Asia pincer movement in Philippines

Ben SandilandsAug 14, 20125 Comments

Yet another play in the contest for low cost airline franchise territory in Asia has been completed, this time by Tiger Airways in sealing its 40% stake in Philippines carrier Southeast

Qantas reconnects with Gold Coast

Ben SandilandsAug 13, 20127 Comments

While the details haven't yet been released, Qantas is about to announce its reconnection with the Gold Coast which it had abandoned to its often loathed Jetstar supposedly low fare and

Fare war turns Sydney-Melbourne gold mine into mud pit

Ben SandilandsJul 3, 20129 Comments

Using Friday 13 July as an example, the Sydney-Melbourne route illustrates how the once golden domestic trunk routes have turned to mud for Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger,

Is Indonesia too hard to crack for Australia's airlines?

Ben SandilandsJul 2, 20126 Comments

The overwhelmingly large proportion of Australians going to Singapore or beyond to do business in Asia fly over Indonesia in the dark, and asleep. As a current article in the

Singapore Airlines shifts toward low cost integration

Ben SandilandsMay 23, 20122 Comments

In a review of Singapore Airlines year to 31 March results, which included an operational loss in the last quarter, its CEO Goh Choon Phong says the group will tap into premium single a

Virgin Australia goes happy hours for the cheap seats

Ben SandilandsJan 18, 20124 Comments

Virgin Australia did more than launch a class war today with its nation wide business class, but a drinks war, with free alcohol for the cheap seats. Today's announcement by Virgin A

A quick guide to the latest domestic air fare battle

Ben SandilandsNov 15, 20119 Comments

Air Australia nominated the Brisbane-Melbourne route for the