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Are we in for five weeks of Qantas-woe-is-us reporting?

Commentary  The possibility that Qantas is as inept at PR strategy as it is in running its airline activities is underlined by more news reports and proprietary financial analysis anticipating massive losses when it reveals its year to 30 June financials, both underlying and statutory, on 28 August.

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Jetstar fades, Tigerair goes hungry, is Australia ‘over’ its LCCs?

Are we ‘over’ low cost carriers, and if so, what happens next?

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Virgin Australia brings heads of three airlines into its boardroom

Bring the competing ambitions  of the leaders of three of the world’s most dynamic airlines into the board room of Australia’s second largest airline, Virgin Australia, and very interesting things are sure to happen.

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Tigerair says big drop in May load factors being fixed

While Virgin Australia doesn’t have a long haul low fare subisidiary its 60 percent owned domestic Tigerair operation had a very empty month in May.

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Virgin Australia’s vigilance causes global checks of E-190s

A problem Virgin Australia noticed in its popular ( wide seated) Embraer E-190 jets is causing global safety action today by other airlines operating the Brazil made jet.

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Etihad ready to seal Alitalia deal

Abu Dhabi’s sovereign owned Etihad Airways is ready to go where most airlines would fear to fly, with a major investment in Italy flag carrier Alitalia. 

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Airline ‘drip pricing’ might lead to ‘strip’ pricing

The Australian competition authority’s legal tackle on Jetstar and Virgin Australia for ‘drip’ pricing could force radical changes on how airlines compete for a sale. Such as ‘strip’ pricing

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Virgin Australia flew 13 passenger flights in broken turbo-prop

Where on earth is CASA as well as Virgin Australia and the Minister for Aviation in relation to the shocking update by the ATSB in the case of a damaged 68 passenger ATR72 turbo-prop that was allowed to fly 13 times in scheduled service after a turbulence event on a Sydney-Canberra flight in February?

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ATSB Mildura fog crisis report delayed for good reasons

It’s nearly a year since 737s being flown by Qantas and Virgin Australia had to land almost blind in heavy fog at Mildura or run out of fuel and crash because of failures in weather forecasting and fuel rules that might with the benefit of hindsight be considered seriously flawed.

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Volcano now tourist attraction, Bali flights back to normal

Updated  Sangeang Api has now reverted to being a scenic, if smoking, attraction for visitors to Indonesia rather than a threat to their flights

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Qantas blinks. What happens next?

Now that Qantas has blinked in the capacity war with Virgin Australia the obvious questions concern what other failing policy settings it might adjust.

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Qantas blinks in capacity war with Virgin Australia

Qantas will not grow its domestic airline capacity in the first three months of FY15, a signal, no doubt inadvertent, which could be viewed differently by passengers, airport owners and investors in Qantas and Virgin Australia.

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Mallee biofuels could power Perth jets in next decade

Airline operations from Perth could see flights fueled up to 100% with an aviation grade bio kerosene made from young mallee trees grown and processed in Western Australia’s Great Southern district by 2030

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Tiger Airways Holdings drops bad news on Virgin Australia

The full year figures to 31 March for Tiger Airways Holdings released last night in Singapore imply that Virgin Australia’s 60 percent stake in Tigerair Australia lost around $A 6.96 million in the first three months of this year.

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Tigerair gets route reassignments and a fare test

When airlines run parallel full service and low fare brands, like Qantas and Jetstar or Virgin Australia and Tigerair, the burning question is how much will punters really pay for slightly less crammed seating, and maybe a free muffin and coffee or tea?

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Was it a bird, or a stuff up? The Virgin ATR questions

Whatever it was that the ATR hit, it was definitely too damaged to continue to operate in the state in which it came to rest in Albury

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Virgin Australia’s leg breaker ATR now ATSB tail breaker

There are some peculiar matters to note about the misfortunes of a 68 passenger Virgin Australia region ATR72 turbo-prop in February.

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Tigerair flies across Australia without proper fuel load

How a Tigerair crew flew an A320 all the way from Sydney to Perth on Monday (3 March) without noticing they had incorrectly fueled the 180 passenger capacity jet is now a question for the ATSB to answer.

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