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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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Virgin Australia, safety regulators, wake in fright in Moranbah

Another totally unacceptable safety breakdown at the remote Queensland outback town of Moranbah has appalled Virgin Australia and the ATSB.

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South African Airways goes all Virgin on Australia flights

In a micro scale sense given the macro sized Qantas issues, its former code share partner, South African Airways has completed its Virginisation of flight connections for Australian travellers.

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Qantas: PM Abbott says 49% foreign equity cap stays (but…)

The Prime Minister Tony Abbott said this morning that he recognised that for Qantas to operate as an international carrier carrying the Australian flag its foreign equity would have to remain capped at 49%.

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Virgin’s blues no match for the deterioration of Qantas

This article appeared earlier on Crikey On what should have been a day of pain for Virgin Australia — reporting its own set of very, very bad numbers in a first-half loss of $83.7 million — it’s Qantas where matters seem to be deteriorating fast.

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Virgin Australia says Qantas aid could send us back to the ’80s

Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti says the age of entitlement for Qantas is over and that no airline is entitled to government support to maintain a set market share.

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Virgin Australia loses $83.7 million including Tiger share

Virgin Australia has paid a high price for the capacity war with Qantas, with a group statutory loss after tax of $83.7 million.

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Virgin Australia CEO demands debt equality for all

When Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti took to the broadcast media today to protest against the Qantas bias in Treasurer Joe Hockey’s thoughts on a debt guarantee for Qantas, he left some ammunition unused in what will be a critical issue not just for his airline, but the likes of REX and any future new [...]

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Qantas debt guarantee: Could it kill the Virgins?

Opinion The Qantas-Virgin brawl over Government support for the poorly managed Qantas group could go ‘nuclear’ so easily.

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Qantas ‘relief’ to come after the next bad news day

Will the Abbott Government find itself endorsing support for a Qantas which might, for example, announce multi billion dollar asset sales, like part of the frequent flyer program, or the Jetstar franchise?

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Virgin pilots highlight Sydney Airport’s serious problems

The debate about a second airport for Sydney is fast becoming a matter of safety rather than economics according the Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA).

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South African booking VA pax to JNB on QF jets, go figure

Updated A late night statement from South African Airways announcing a new codesharing agreement with Virgin Australia does raise a few questions.

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Not everyone would be upset by low Virgin Australia share price

The worrying line in today’s letter from Virgin Australia to the ASX answering its query about recent trading in its shares is not its confirmation of analyst estimates of a half year loss before tax of $49 million.

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