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Qantas to resume A380 dailies to London via Singapore

Qantas to resume A380 dailies to London via Singapore

Ben Sandilands August 31, 2017 50 Comments

Make no mistake, Qantas is making it clear it is in a new battle with the rise of Singapore Airlines and its Changi hub

There is more to the Sydney Airport ‘rip offs’ than costly parking

There is more to the Sydney Airport ‘rip offs’ than costly parking

Ben Sandilands March 6, 2017 31 Comments

The annual ritual of having monopoly services overcharging rubbed in the face of airport users is upon us again

Consumer trust crisis stalks Qantas, Virgin Australia

Ben Sandilands November 18, 2015 5 Comments

Whether they like it or not, Qantas and Virgin Australia may have a growing crisis of trust to deal with among their customers.

Sydney’s 2nd airport ownership raises competition concerns

Sydney’s 2nd airport ownership raises competition concerns

Ben Sandilands June 23, 2014 8 Comments

The damage that could be done to the NSW economy by allowing the new 2nd airport to be built at Badgerys Creek to be owned by the interests that own the existing Sydney Airport have been emphasised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims at a conference today Monday.

Airline ‘drip pricing’ might lead to ‘strip’ pricing

Airline ‘drip pricing’ might lead to ‘strip’ pricing

Ben Sandilands June 20, 2014 14 Comments

The Australian competition authority’s legal tackle on Jetstar and Virgin Australia for ‘drip’ pricing could force radical changes on how airlines compete for a sale. Such as ‘strip’ pricing

South African Airways goes all Virgin on Australia flights

South African Airways goes all Virgin on Australia flights

Ben Sandilands March 5, 2014 2 Comments

In a micro scale sense given the macro sized Qantas issues, its former code share partner, South African Airways has completed its Virginisation of flight connections for Australian travellers.

Qantas faces further freight fixing penalty payments

Ben Sandilands October 5, 2013 5 Comments

When Qantas conspired with a range of other airlines to rob its freight customers through illegal cartel like behaviour involving price fixing between 2000 and 2007 it clearly didn’t expect to be faced with the risk of damages and compensation payments in 2013 and perhaps beyond. But that’s part of the painful lesson in crime […]

Virgin Air NZ alliance told to ‘keep doing it’

Ben Sandilands July 10, 2013

The ACCC has again reminded the big players on the trans Tasman routes that if they start or engage in a capacity war (more seats, lower fares) they can only stop it at its pleasure, not theirs.

ACCC damns major airports, urges more investment

Ben Sandilands April 30, 2013 10 Comments

The competition authority the ACCC says the five biggest airports in Australia are failing their customers to an unprecedented degree and has called for increased infrastructure investment to overcome congestion and dissatisfaction with their performance. ABC News 24 has already blitzed the airports with live vox pops with travellers this morning, with apologists outnumbered about […]

Tiger Airways gives it away, begs ACCC mercy killing

Tiger Airways gives it away, begs ACCC mercy killing

Ben Sandilands April 17, 2013 1 Comment

Only a week away from D-day when the ACCC decides whether or not Virgin Australia can buy control over Tiger Airways, the airline has gone on sacrificial sale for $10 one way everywhere it flies, subject to all sort of fine print you must read on its website.

ACCC resets the clock on Virgin-Tiger deal

Ben Sandilands April 16, 2013 3 Comments

Australia’s competition authority the ACCC has restarted the countdown on the Virgin Australia-Tiger Australia deal, setting 24 April as decision day. It is also dealing with calls by Emirates and Qantas for what could be summarised as fairness and consistency in relation to approvals for multi airline marketing deals on the Australia-New Zealand market.

Xenophon letters to Qantas, ACCC over Emirates released

Ben Sandilands April 4, 2013 9 Comments

Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, has asked the Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and the chairman of the competition regulator, the ACCC, Rod Sims, to respond to or clarify a set of public interest concerns about the authorisartion of the Qantas-Emirates partnership.

Some clues as to why the ACCC dismissed Qantas arguments

Some clues as to why the ACCC dismissed Qantas arguments

Ben Sandilands April 3, 2013 6 Comments

Historical oddity. The Qantas licensed engineers associated gave Qantas management a big tick for cost and labour efficiency when it argued against the Qantas-Emirates partnership.

Who misled Minister Albanese over Qantas-Emirates?

Ben Sandilands March 27, 2013 6 Comments

Students of ministerial statements will be well aware that the busier the minister the more likely that a daft statement will be written for him or her and circulated by the messaging machines deployed by all political parties.

ACCC didn’t give Qantas-Emirates deal a ringing endorsement

ACCC didn’t give Qantas-Emirates deal a ringing endorsement

Ben Sandilands March 27, 2013 6 Comments

The ACCC has acted to improve competitive choice. It hasn't done anything to stop Qantas imploding on the routes to Europe by giving away customers to Emirates.

Qantas-Emirates partnership approved, with Tasman conditions

Ben Sandilands March 27, 2013 15 Comments

So, why exactly did the ACCC let Qantas dump most of Australia off its London routes in favour of Emirates if it explicitly rejects the Qantas-is-failing-on-world routes hype?

Qantas-Emirates? T minus 5 days and counting

Ben Sandilands March 26, 2013 3 Comments

Today’s ACCC authorisation of broad ranging co-operation between Jetstar franchises in Asia, including the Jetstar Hong Kong venture that has yet to gets its own authorisation in the Special Administrative Region of China, might be the curtain raiser to final approval for the Qantas-Emirates business partnership due to begin this Sunday. Or it might not.

Qantas-Emirates? T minus 9 days and counting

Ben Sandilands March 22, 2013 17 Comments

It’s all gone very quiet in Qantas in relation to the critical final approval by the ACCC of the Qantas-Emirates business partnership, which has been chugging along under provisional approval to begin on 31 March.