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Air New Zealand vows to take more of Australian market

The end of the capacity war between Qantas and Virgin Australia has run into a problem.  It didn’t include Air New Zealand.

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Virgin Australia’s new biz seat is a stunner, but are there too few?

  There is only one problem with the outstandingly attractive new wide body business class seat that Virgin Australia debuts on its A330-200s this morning.

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The AirAsia X factor comes to the too often ashen skies over Bali

It’s quite possible that the expansion of AirAsiaX’s reach to the Sydney-Denpasar route from October announced today will do more damage to Jetstar, VirginAustralia and the planned Tigerair Australia flights to Bali than the all too frequent eruptions from the nearby Mt Raung volcano. 

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Why not make all Qantas turbo-prop flights Propstars?

Jetstar has previewed its upcoming turbo-prop operations in New Zealand by wheeling its first Q300 in its livery out of the paint shop in Townsville.

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Tigerair to get roomiest economy seats in an Australian jet!

In a no doubt unintended consequence, Virgin Australia is planning to transfer some 737-800s to its low cost brand Tigerair that will have the most legroom in economy class in a main line single aisle jet in the country.

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Virgin Australia defers jets keeps cost advantage over Qantas

Virgin Australia has pulled a number of levers to engineer what is the most confident guidance of a return to profitability it has given in the 15 years since the launch of the original Virgin Blue.

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Virgin Australia turns Tiger loose on Bali in route changes

Tigerair Australia will take over some Virgin Australia 737-800s and fly a bunch of routes to Bali that its full service parent is leaving in a major realignment of the groups international product offerings.

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Virgin Australia cuts losses sharply in fourth quarter filing

In a curtain raiser to its full financial years result to 30 June Virgin Australia has this morning filed greatly improved fourth quarter results.

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Delta buys symbolic stake in China Eastern, but why?

After making a huge fuss over the alleged unfairness of sovereign ‘subsidies’ in Middle East carriers, US behemoth Delta is buying a symbolic stake in China Eastern, widely regarded as the most subsidised state owned airline of current times.

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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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Airbus completes runway crash prevention system availability

For Australian aviation watchers there is a certain irony in Airbus achieving European certification of its runway overrun prevention system for A330s when recent safety reviews in this country focused on how a Qantas A330 and a Virgin Australia 777 had problems even getting to their intended runway for landings at Melbourne Airport.

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Virgin Australia runs into a seat design problem or two?

A rather forensic overseas report into the delays in Virgin Australia introducing a new business class seat for its A330s and 777s is something of a blow for competition at the top end of Australian air travel market.

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ATSB tweets that Qantas Melbourne incident was an accident that nearly happened

The ATSB has tweeted its media followers that the definition of a serious aviation incident is one in which an accident nearly occurred.

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Virgin Australia gets wake up call over botched Melbourne 777 approach

Less than a week after the ATSB pinged Qantas for a seriously too low A330 approach to Melbourne Airport it has called out Virgin Australia for flying much too low to the same airport in a Boeing 777.

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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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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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