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The competitive tsunami caused by Delta Air Lines entering the Australia-US air travel market may drive defensive consolidation counter measures by Qantas, Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand. The Australian carriers were keeping their cards close to their chests today, but the mood is unmistakable. They cannot afford to be smashed by the entry of […]
Oil is dropping like a rock this morning, and at 8.30 EDT was $US 36.20. The robbery called fuel surcharges on Australian tickets continues even as foreign carriers start lining up to fly levy free. The ACCC continues to think that the surcharge label of being for fuel is not deceptive conduct. The airlines here […]
Not yet announced in Australia, the Delta Air Lines website says it will start daily non-stops between Sydney and Los Angeles on 1 July with Boeing 777-200LRs. Presumably all the government approvals are in place. Under the US-Australia air traffic treaty, any American carrier can fly here on request. Delta, which recently merged with another […]
Now that Qantas+ BA has become Qantas-BA, what might be the next step? The failure of the merger talks “at this point in time” to quote the Qantas statement is no surprise. There wasn’t a single analyst of adult age who believed it would work. But given that Qantas is unlikely to stop scoping deals […]
What goes on, up there.
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Following weekend rumors published in Flightblogger which claimed delamination of carbon fibre composites had occurred in the wing of a static test 787 a statement Boeing made to Jon Ostrower, that blog’s author, has been released to Plane Talking. Our tests continue to confirm that the composite construction of the 787, including the wing, is […]
A few weeks back Airbus sent an alternative fuels expert to Australia (Sebastian Remy) to explain how it could reduce the release of fossilised carbon from jet fuel by half by 2020, and create a major new agricultural industry that would not impact food production. Canberra didn’t want to know. For over a year Remy’s […]
OK, start breathing again. After a whole day Boeing has said nothing about the delamination rumors but Flightblogger has spoken to his sources and established they are false. It is troubling that Boeing can’t make the effort to speak openly and accurately about this program.
Boeing must urgently address US rumors in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and referenced on Jon Ostrower’s Flightblogger here that the wing on the static test 787 Dreamliner in Everett is delaminating. The key weight saving feature of the 787 is the extensive use of reinforced sheets of carbon fibre bonded together with an epoxy resin and […]
Plane Talking has been serving it up to Boeing ever since the blog launched at the end of September. A few retards in the juvenile aviation world have said the blog is therefore biased towards Airbus. It is always nice to hear from an aviation subset that thinks about airliners at the same level of […]
Boeing has announced that the Dreamliner 787 will not fly until the second quarter of next year, and that the first of the ‘plastic fantastics’ will not be delivered to All Nippon Airways until sometime in the first quarter of 2010. But on 26 September Boeing said the prototype of the medium sized twin engined […]
The ACCC isn’t interested in the fuel surcharge ripoffs. A spokesman says, “The ACCC doesn’t vet or approve the prices charged by airlines. “We don’t have a role in the setting or monitoring of airline surcharges. “If there is any evidence of false representations which could be misleading or deceptive the ACCC may have a […]
US reports are now predicting the oil benchmark may sag into the USD 30s band in coming days, making the continued imposition of fuel levies by airlines even more untenable than it has been since early November. This morning it was USD 43.52, weakening from a high of USD 45.26. Keep in mind that our […]
Alan Joyce’s speech yesterday blaming a ‘confluence of events’ and excessive media coverage of trivial incidents poses the question as to what type of reporting Qantas really needs. Today’s Crikey bulletin reports on the safety problems at Qantas that Joyce forgot to include during his swipe at ‘disproportionate and alarmist’ coverage. But why did he […]
The QF+BA circus performs its next act in Sydney this afternoon. At short notice the media has been invited to ‘observe’ new CEO Alan Joyce make his first major speech in that role to an Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce luncheon in the Sydney offices of law firm Blake Dawson. A Qantas spokesperson confirmed that ‘observe’ […]
The Qantas follies continue, but at least the operational mishaps of the last few days weren’t life threatening. On Friday night the Airbus A330 that was to operate the red-eye to Tokyo was towed off a taxiway and sunk into mud before it even reached the gate. On Saturday another A330 that was to fly […]
From today, with the fuel benchmark in the low USD 40 range, every dollar of every fuel surcharge collected by every airline is theft. None of these surcharges are remotely justifiable at these prices notwithstanding the AUD exchange rate. The airlines will no doubt argue in some cases that the structure of their fuel price […]
On 29 September 2006, the wing tip of a brand new Embraer Legacy corporate jet sliced into a GOL 737 flying in the opposite direction over the Amazonian rain forest, causing the airliner to crash with the loss of all 154 people on board. Vanity Fair has published a detailed account of this accident by […]
Flightblogger, Jon Ostrower is offering downloads of an astonishing internal Airbus dossier on Boeing’s problems with the very late Dreamliner 787 project which is of critical importance to the route developments and efficiency gains Qantas wants it to deliver for itself and Jetstar. Airbus appears to have gained its intelligence from inside the dysfunctional outsourced […]