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Angry Flyers Lounge-Qantas stuffs up an economy Plus upgrade offer

Ben SandilandsMay 29, 20091 Comment

There have been a few calls about this but this is the most succinct account of what seems to have been a Qantas promotion gone wrong:- G'day, Being a blunt

Qantas posts some bad numbers that also look good

Qantas posts some bad numbers that also look good

Ben SandilandsMay 29, 2009

The provisional Qantas traffic figures for April and the 10 months to the end of April show that it continues to shrink on domestic routes while Virgin Blue and Tiger and its own Jetsta

The Airbus debut that made headlines for just over a day

The Airbus debut that made headlines for just over a day

Ben SandilandsMay 29, 20093 Comments

The A300 was only expected to sell around 300 jets, it didn't fly until 28 October 1972, and it struggled in the market until the second half of the 70s, when large orders began to

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Not quite a credit cardiac bypass but cash cards likely to fly

Ben SandilandsMay 28, 20091 Comment

Tiger Airways has extended the option to use debit or 'cash' cards to all its fares. This will cut out its total of $10 in credit card 'convenience fees' for both parts of a return

Guten tag, your papers, and full name please

Ben SandilandsMay 27, 20091 Comment

Ever since shortly after 9/11 regular travellers have been made aware by their travel agents and some media reports of the merits of ensuring that you book flights in your name precisel

Jetstar opens lounge, shuts out Qantas free loaders

Jetstar opens lounge, shuts out Qantas free loaders

Ben SandilandsMay 27, 20092 Comments

In a bold bid for headlines, Jetstar is refusing to admit Qantas Club members to its new lounge at the Gold Coast airport for free. It sounds like war between the Qantas brands, whic

Can the airlines kick their credit card fee addictions?

Ben SandilandsMay 27, 20095 Comments

Tiger Airways has hit the anger button for anyone who hates bank fees and credit card charges. They have dropped the $5 'convenience fee' on a new range of 'raw' fares for anyone usi

Legroom to London is no longer going begging

Legroom to London is no longer going begging

Ben SandilandsMay 25, 20094 Comments

The days of queuing up early at Qantas check in counters to try and score an exit row seat on long international flights are soon to end. It will sell the prized seats for a $160 sur

Angry Flyers Lounge-Jetstar fails to know compassion

Angry Flyers Lounge-Jetstar fails to know compassion

Ben SandilandsMay 25, 20092 Comments

Jetstar has a detailed compassion policy unknown to at least two of its call centre operators. In the Crikey Daily Mail today this item was lodged on the anonymous Crikey 'tip off' l

Angry Flyers Lounge-Tiger turns on the charm offensive

Ben SandilandsMay 25, 2009

At the risk of having to open a Happy Flyers corner, Tiger seemed to sever its 'cultural' links with Ryanair yesterday and today as one jet, and one sixth of its fleet, remained on the

Someone is bailing out of Bankstown and general aviation could be a very big loser

Someone is bailing out of Bankstown and general aviation could be a very big loser

Ben SandilandsMay 24, 20091 Comment

A one third stake in the lease hold land at Bankstown Airport is up for sale. This ad in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday spells potential calamity for GA or general aviation st

More action at Everett as the engines turn for the 787 test fleet

Ben SandilandsMay 24, 2009

'Flightblogger' Jon Ostrower has developments at Paine Field, Everett, well and truly

Virgin Blue piles the pressure onto Qantas with latest traffic figures

Virgin Blue piles the pressure onto Qantas with latest traffic figures

Ben SandilandsMay 22, 2009

Today's traffic figures for April and the 10 months to 30 April from Virgin Blue show the relevancy of the full service Qantas domestic product is under siege.

Tiger reaffirms interest in becoming an Australian flag carrier

Tiger reaffirms interest in becoming an Australian flag carrier

Ben SandilandsMay 21, 2009

Tiger Airways has told analysts in Singapore this afternoon that it is now advancing as Australian carriers retreat. It also had international services by its Australian division 'on

Not just 'another' A320 takes off in Tianjin

Not just ‘another’ A320 takes off in Tianjin

Ben SandilandsMay 19, 20091 Comment

But China has around 700 Airbuses on order, most of them single aisle jets from the A320 family followed by substantial numbers of twin aisle A330s and cut its teeth on assembly tec

Jetstar mounts an escape into Changi

Jetstar mounts an escape into Changi

Ben SandilandsMay 18, 2009

Until now, the main benefit of Changi to Qantas has been to transfer passengers between Qantas flights from Australia and consolidate loads to London and Frankfurt. But this is l

Branson talks about how Virgin Atlantic could go broke

Ben SandilandsMay 15, 2009

Richard Branson said overnight that he couldn't guarantee the survival of Virgin Atlantic, which is 51% owned by his family company, if a revenue sharing and price fixing alliance was a

Anti-Christ update; Ryanair launches home printed boarding pass fee plus a hefty fine

Ben SandilandsMay 14, 20093 Comments

Ryanair has found new ways to shake down its customers with a £5 fee for printing their own tickets at home, and which is unavoidable, as it is also shutting down all of its check-in d