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Oops, why non-stops to Europe aren’t going to ‘kill’ Middle East hubs

Oops, why non-stops to Europe aren’t going to ‘kill’ Middle East hubs

Airbus makes it clear that the Middle East is a huge growth zone not just a place to refuel, or interrupt a flight to Europe

Etihad’s new X factor terminal reshapes airport competition

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.

Is this where Virgin Australia stops on its way to Europe in 2017? Or will something else happen?

Is this where Virgin Australia stops on its way to Europe in 2017? Or will something else happen?

The Abu Dhabi government has approved the building of a  Midfield Terminal Complex costing $6.7 billion for a 2017 opening, and it may become very familiar to Australian travellers by then, but this is by no means a certainty. By 2017 Airbus or Boeing may have become more serious about making an airliner that will […]

Virgin Australia has a pain in the United Arab Emirates

Virgin Australia has a pain in the United Arab Emirates

Virgin Australia had a pretty encouraging annual general meeting today. But there is a problem, a big problem, with its own metal part of the alliance with Etihad Airways, on its flights to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where passengers to the growing Asia, Europe and Africa network of its partner can make […]

Does a Superbus have a future at Australian airports?

Does a Superbus have a future at Australian airports?

While Sydney and Melbourne struggle to sort out access to their main airports (and quite a few other public transport inefficiencies) a contact in the UAE draws attention to the all-electric 250 kmh 23 passenger Superbus project to link Abu Dhabi to Dubai and their respective airports. It needs to be said at the outset, […]

“Singastar” is about more than Qantas/Jetstar

“Singastar” is about more than Qantas/Jetstar

Qantas and Jetstar as well as every major airline from Japan to the Middle East will be reviewing their strategies and outlook following Singapore Airline’s decision to launch a medium to long range wide bodied low fare carrier. SQ has not given any details of fleet or routes, further adding to the uncertainty, but there […]

New competitive realities emerge for Australian airlines

New competitive realities emerge for Australian airlines

The competitive topography of air transport in Australia changed today. Virgin Blue gained ACCC approval of a trans Tasman alliance with Air New Zealand, and a provisional approval of its alliance with Abu Dhabi based Etihad. Jetstar also began flying an Australian registered A330 based in Singapore using Singapore rates of pay and conditions on […]

Not your usual windsock

Not your usual windsock

A glimpse of the outline of the 828 metres tall Burj Khalifa tower can remind those landing at Dubai airport that this is a city which has made some phenomenal investments in cutting edge design and technology. However near neighbour in the UAE, Abu Dhabi could be about to do something rather more subtle but […]

Seeking sustainable biofuels in seawater

Seeking sustainable biofuels in seawater

The seawater route to carbon neutral jet fuels may seem far fetched, but such a venture announced today is a case of serious money and investors chasing new possibilities. This is what was announced: ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 18, 2010 – Boeing [NYSE: BA], the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Etihad Airways […]

Decoding the Qantas Middle East code share

Decoding the Qantas Middle East code share

Qantas may have just started the airline equivalent of a ‘holy war’ in the Middle East. Of course no-one in Qantas would be as tactless as a Crikey blog in so describing today’s announcement of a code share with Etihad Airways. The official term is that the deal is ‘strategic’ which in itself is quite […]