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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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Ansett: The other $1 deal that no-one bought in 2001

Friday’s soon to be formally accepted offer by Virgin Australia to buy 40 per cent of Tigerair for $1 isn’t the first time such a gold coin has been the price for all or part an Australian domestic airline.

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Singapore Airlines to take control of newly cashed up Tiger

The mail from Singapore sources this morning was correct.  Singapore Airlines has disposed of Tigerair Australia as part of a process aimed at driving Jetstar Asia out of contention and taking control of the low cost carrier action in the Lion City.

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Virgin Australia goes quarterly, posts $59m loss after tax

The good, better, but also bad news points about Virgin Australia came in a rush today when it began filing quarterly financial results with the ASX  to align it with quarterly equity accounting by its 22 percent shareholder Singapore Airlines.

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Virgin Australia to restructure cost base with $1 Tigerair control deal

Australia’s second largest airline Virgin Australia made a bold move this morning to end the losses in its 60 percent owned Tigerair domestic subsidiary by redirecting excess capacity to a set of international routes on which it is currently wasting its own full service product.

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Etihad targets Star, Oneworld with new Partners brand

How will Etihad compete for customer loyalty with the big two global alliances, Star and Oneworld? By keeping their long broken promises it seems.

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We should all now go to Nashville, and it’s just become easier

Just a few days ago the question was what Virgin Australia might do to compete with really truly non-stop Qantas flights to Dallas Fort Worth? Well, the answer is Nashville, as in Nashville, Tennessee

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Qantas A380s DFW-SYD could open competing US routes

With its A380s now serving Dallas non-stop both ways, Qantas hasn’t just done what has been urged on it for years, but could cause a large competitive focus on new routes to America

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Virgin Australia upstages new Qantas business class, seat wars anyone?

Will Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines force Qantas to ditch its new bizclass seats and fix its ‘complex’ new loyalty program? Or are we dreaming?

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Qantas, Virgin under criticial analysis re capacity war

As a recipient of a number of regular proprietary financial institution bulletins they historically tend to be very weak at picking downtrends in consumer demand, and this could mean bad news for Qantas and Virgin Australia and their low cost brands.

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Virgin Australia to ‘obsolete’ new Qantas A330 business class

Virgin Australia had surprises for both major competitor Qantas and major shareholder Air New Zealand today.

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Virgin Australia posts record $355.6 million loss

Virgin Australia’s statutory loss of $356 million after tax is higher than market speculation. The underlying loss before tax of $211.7 million appears to be where analysts expected it to be, plus or minus a few million.

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As predicted Knee Defenders turn flight into fight

The main problem of the Knee Defender is the confrontational ‘courtesy card’ thoughtfully provided for you to serve on the passenger seated in front of you, telling him or her that you are taking control.

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Air NZ posts strong profits as curtain raiser to Qantas, Virgin losses

As a curtain raiser to a dismal two days of Qantas and Virgin Australia losses to finish off this last week of the financial year reporting season, Air NZ’s strong $NZ262 million net profit announced in Auckland this morning is a lot of salt to sprinkle over the wounds of the Australian carriers.

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Did British Airways just ruin breakfast at Qantas and Virgin?

Imagine the angst in airline managements all around the world this morning. British Airways has come up with a new evolution of business class seating that makes everything else look second if not third rate.

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