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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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Qantas gradually breaks the bad news about cheaper fuel

Get over it! Falling petrol prices at the service station pumps aren’t a reliable sign as to what will happen to air fares on domestic and international flights in Australia.

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China might not become a wide open gateway to Europe

The ‘improved’ air services agreement with China to be announced today Friday might be an excuse for firing up the ‘lock up our skies’ debate to protect Qantas, but this isn’t a simple issue.

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Qatar Airways already testing live black box uploads

Qatar Airways group CEO Akbar Al Baker made an astonishing disclosure to a media conference this week about live streaming data from flight recorders, which no one seems to have picked up on for its implications for new tech high efficiency air traffic control systems.

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A costly ‘low cost’ year ahead for Qantas and Virgin?

We’re going to be so cheap Air-India and Philippine Airlines will set up call centres in Cairns and Charleville.

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Bigger Australian airports want more foreign flights

Seeking a Qantas bypass, airports ask for more Qatar, Emirates and Etihad jets in a cause that will inflame protectionist versus free trader conflicts

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Etihad’s new X factor terminal reshapes airport competition

Why there needs to be a discussion about transport infrastructure costs in Australia, whether in airports, rail or roads.

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Oil drops below $US60 barrel and airlines face good news crisis

The good news about benchmark US oil prices falling below $60 a barrel this morning comes with the bad news that Qantas and Virgin Australia are going to have to break to their customers.

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Cheap fuel bonanza for airlines not quite what it seems, yet

It is much clearer to work out what record low oil prices mean for Airbus and Boeing than for airlines, and it isn’t good news for their newest designs.

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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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