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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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Virgin Australia Y+ upgrade a sign of more Pacific flight changes

Virgin Australia has announced its new premium economy cabin for its 777-300ERs, which will form part of its responses to the new Qantas-American Airlines route initiatives between Australia and the US. The cabin becomes smaller, but the seats more widely spaced.

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More evasiveness by ATSB over two jet Mildura fog crisis

It’s almost two years since a Virgin Australia 737-800 nearly ran out of fuel and was forced to make a perilous landing in dense fog at Mildura.  At the same time, and for essentially the same reasons, a Qantas 737-800 was also forced to make a low fuel landing at the fog shrouded rural airstrip.

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Qantas, American add to mounting problems for Virgin and flyers in general

Whether its in fleet planning, or offering adequate frequency, or in the pressure on fares and the games airlines can play with them, today’s moves by Qantas and American on the Australia-US routes pose major challenges for Virgin Australia and its main equity holder, Air NZ.

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MAX ONE starts getting its panels together at Boeing

That rather rakish looking Virgin Australia 737 -8 MAX  shown above is nudging closer to reality with news that Boeing has started building the first of its 737 MAX jets at its Renton assembly line in Seattle, last week. 

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Etihad’s A380 debut in Sydney is ‘tiny’ part of grand plan

There is far more to Etihad’s ambitions in Australia than the Airbus A380 that upscaled its Sydney-Abu Dhabi services today.

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Tigerair takes aim at queues, counters with a hip hit team

iPad toting customer service staff with holster mounted printers started the process of eliminating much of the counters and queues for Tigerair passengers at its Melbourne Airport terminal today.

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Virgin Australia tames the Tiger but overall losses persist in Q3

Virgin Australia continued to lose money in the three months to the end of March,  but has also posted very substantial improvements in its Virgin and Tigerair branded airlines.

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Virgin Australia’s new chair has long experience in finance and fuel

The appointment of Elizabeth Bryan as the new chair of Virgin Australia ticks the big boxes of experience in fuel, finance and public administration for an airline.

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Virgin’s full service roll out ends, the real battle begins

Virgin Australia’s completion today of its moves to offer complimentary food and drinks (as fitting the hour of travel) across its services, as well as free checked luggage is not so much the start of a bun fight between the major carriers, but the onset of harsh performance comparisons.

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Virgin Australia adds Spain and Scotland codeshares

As promised earlier this year, Virgin Australia keeps adding new international codeshares with Etihad that can compete with the Qantas-Emirates partnership.

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Virgin turbo-prop incident in Qld exposed safety breaches

Try as it does to downplay safety breaches, the ATSB report into a Virgin Australia Regional turbo-prop incident at Moranbah in Queensland in 2013 uncovered a culture of ignoring air safety laws that has gone unpunished.

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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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