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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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Qantas works on its Pacific strengths with new US flights

Qantas has announced a suite of trans Pacific schedule changes for its US and Chile flights that certainly help to defocus some adverse speculation about next Thursday’s full year financial results.

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Qantas wins on punctuality, skies go dark with delayed Virgins

Qantas has just reminded everyone of something that counts more than points, lounges, or even legroom, when it comes to the serious need to fly a lot.

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Airbus shows off A350 to a Virgin ready to make a choice

Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti wasn’t giving anything away as to what the airline might choose as a replacement for its 777-300ERs and A330-200s when he took a detailed look at the Airbus A350-900 making a world tour when it was in Sydney yesterday.

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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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