Boeing takes issue with good customer Delta paying too little for a better jet it doesn't make. Really!
The US decision has implications for attempts in Australia to ban or restrict Middle East carriers like Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways
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.
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.
Qantas faces some substantial objections to its proposed ‘coordination’ arrangement with China Eastern from Australia’s competition guardian the ACCC, which has served notice that it proposes to deny its application its approval.
Something doesn't add up in the hysterical push by American carriers to shut out Arab airlines. Could their appetite for buying into European, even Australian airlines, be the real reason for attacking them?
While Emirates marshals its lawyers, it’s Middle East rival, Qatar Airways, has gone for the nitty gritty in its response to the increasingly shrill US campaign against the big three Gulf carriers.
To use a popular Australian term, Emirates is telling critics who insist it is subsidised to ‘put up or shut up’.
Commentary With airline activity continuing to surge in China and the Middle East it might be time to replace the tyranny of distance arguments about Qantas ‘protection’ with a discussion about the tyranny of growth.
Is IATA sounding the death knell for Australia’s consumer protection laws when it comes to advertising air fares, or is it on the wrong side of history?