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The day the music stops in Tamworth for Qantaslink

Virgin Australia is starting Sydney-Tamworth turbo-prop ATR72 flights six returns weekly from 25 May.  Which means there goes the music, in the country and western capital of Australia, as far as Qantaslink is concerned.

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Virgin Australia opens new international strategy with Fiji

Fiji will be served in peak periods from 4 April by Virgin Australia A330-200s as well as the 737s which fly its current schedule on routes between Australia and Nadi, marking the start of its recently foreshadowed new international initiatives.

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Virgin Australia flags major international initiatives

The consumer take away from this morning’s Virgin Australia first half financial briefing is that profitable competition will continue to rule on domestic routes, at least for the time being.

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Virgin Australia shrinks losses in strong first half year

Virgin Australia Holdings, which now includes 100 percent of the Tigerair Australia franchise, has grown overall revenue much faster than costs have increased in its half year results to 31 December.

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Virgin Australia back in the money in latest results

Virgin Australia has posted second quarter results for the current financial year that show a big turnaround in the profitability of its full service brand as well as low cost unit Tigerair Australia.

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Would you really fly to Beijing one stop if non-stop is available?

Air China 中国国际航空公司 has posed an interesting dilemma for loyal Qantas and Virgin Australia customers with its new non-stop flights between Melbourne and Beijing with an initial four times weekly service from 1 June using two class Airbus A330-200s.

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Qantas gradually breaks the bad news about cheaper fuel

Get over it! Falling petrol prices at the service station pumps aren’t a reliable sign as to what will happen to air fares on domestic and international flights in Australia.

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China might not become a wide open gateway to Europe

The ‘improved’ air services agreement with China to be announced today Friday might be an excuse for firing up the ‘lock up our skies’ debate to protect Qantas, but this isn’t a simple issue.

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Qatar Airways already testing live black box uploads

Qatar Airways group CEO Akbar Al Baker made an astonishing disclosure to a media conference this week about live streaming data from flight recorders, which no one seems to have picked up on for its implications for new tech high efficiency air traffic control systems.

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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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Bigger Australian airports want more foreign flights

Seeking a Qantas bypass, airports ask for more Qatar, Emirates and Etihad jets in a cause that will inflame protectionist versus free trader conflicts

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Etihad’s new X factor terminal reshapes airport competition

Why there needs to be a discussion about transport infrastructure costs in Australia, whether in airports, rail or roads.

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Oil drops below $US60 barrel and airlines face good news crisis

The good news about benchmark US oil prices falling below $60 a barrel this morning comes with the bad news that Qantas and Virgin Australia are going to have to break to their customers.

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Cheap fuel bonanza for airlines not quite what it seems, yet

It is much clearer to work out what record low oil prices mean for Airbus and Boeing than for airlines, and it isn’t good news for their newest designs.

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Delta could be set to fly new Airbuses to Australia

For an airline which drives hard bargains for ‘run out’ model jets, Delta has broken its recent form by ordering 50 new, indeed, as yet not in service wide-body Airbus models.

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Key indicators continue to move in Virgin Australia’s favour

As the heat goes out of the apparently dying embers of a capacity war with Qantas, and fuel prices sag to levels no-one in the airline game dared dream about even a few months ago, Virgin Australia is cautiously optimistic about the future.

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Is a quality war replacing a fare war in Australia?

If the big dots are connected Qantas appears to be turning back to quality rather than price as a selling point in the Australian market.

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There has to be more to Virgin’s Alice-Darwin ambitions

Virgin Australia has announced three times weekly 737 flights between Alice Spring and Darwin from the end of March. QantasLink flies the route now 14 times a week. What are we missing?

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