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Turbulence at top, or business as usual, for Virgin Australia?

Ben Sandilands June 30, 2017 2 Comments

Does a dive down the exit chute by Virgin's group executive John Thomas means things will be better or worse for its 'guests'?

Is another blue day on the way for Virgin Australia?

Is another blue day on the way for Virgin Australia?

Ben Sandilands May 20, 2017 43 Comments

Virgin Australia isn’t going to succeed by becoming a super-Qantas product, or even one which charges more ancillary fees that its stronger competitor

James Hogan, Etihad, from 22 to 120 jets in 10 years

James Hogan, Etihad, from 22 to 120 jets in 10 years

Ben Sandilands January 24, 2017 1 Comment

Whatever happens next for James Hogan and Etihad, it will keep both deeply involved in the development of Abu Dhabi as a finance and aviation hub

Virgin AGM spared excitement of pending new announcements

Virgin AGM spared excitement of pending new announcements

Ben Sandilands November 16, 2016 5 Comments

There was some good news at Virgin Australia's AGM, but the topics that excite consumers aren't yet ShowTime ready

Cathay Pacific in profit crisis warning

Cathay Pacific in profit crisis warning

Ben Sandilands October 13, 2016 6 Comments

With the benefit of hindsight Cathay Pacific seems to have prepared for this news for weeks

Emirates hires the top gun when it comes to airlines in crisis

Emirates hires the top gun when it comes to airlines in crisis

Ben Sandilands June 28, 2016 4 Comments

Malaysia Airlines' CEO Christoph Mueller to join Emirates, whose President Tim Clark has rejected the official narratives about MH370

James Hogan heads giant new Etihad airline Group

James Hogan heads giant new Etihad airline Group

Ben Sandilands May 9, 2016

The sovereign owners of Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways have consolidated control of their global airline investments in a new entity lead by James Hogan

Qantas AGM likely to focus on future rather than past

Qantas AGM likely to focus on future rather than past

Ben Sandilands October 23, 2015 19 Comments

If as Senator Nick Xenophon reminded us in this Fairfax opinion piece, Qantas had successfully extracted a $3 billion unsecured loan from the Abbott Government early in 2014, there would have been some dramatic consequences.

Safety and financial concerns close in on Thai International

Safety and financial concerns close in on Thai International

Ben Sandilands July 27, 2015 8 Comments

The ‘real’ news about Thai International is getting worse as safety and financial performance concerns generate negative headlines in Bangkok.

Qantas is in the money, but what might it do with it?

Qantas is in the money, but what might it do with it?

Ben Sandilands July 4, 2015 21 Comments

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.