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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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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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