We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
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Tamsin Creed, Publisher
Today’s order of another 32 Airbus A380s by Emirates is about as many of the giant jets as it would need to operate all of its current or approved flights between Australia and New Zealand and its Dubai hub. Or put another way, when Emirates has 90 A380s in service, for argument’s sake, by 2020, […]
There used to be a thing called a ‘library’ in newspapers, which might have been useful if consulted by the writers of some stories about Virgin Blue this week following its profit downgrade ambush last week. The plan to enact single branding of the Virgin Blue group, which includes Pacific Blue and V Australia, was […]
Qantas has followed this morning’s last minute profit downgrade by Virgin Blue with a note inside its provisional April traffic and yield figures posted on the ASX this afternoon that its guidance for the full year is for a profit before tax (in underlying terms) of between $300-$400 million, which is unchanged. It says something […]
Helped by high trolley ‘lolly’ sales such as food and drinks in-flight, and a tax credit against earlier losses in Australia, Tiger Airways has posted a net profit after tax of $SIN 28.2 million for the combined operations of its Singapore and Australia operations in the full year to March 31. Tiger Airways president and […]
There is a fine piece of ‘nation unbuilding’ double speak in last night’s Federal Budget in its allocation of $8.5 million for an ‘Aviation Strategic Plan for Sydney‘. The title is as misleading as Laurie Breteton’s decision in 1995 to ‘stop work on Badgery’s Creek in order to fast track it,‘ in relation to building […]
Jetstar has just told the Singapore media that it will become Singapore’s first long haul low cost airline from late this year, flying A330-200s to Australia and North Asian or European destinations from Changi Airport. It has also sent a signal to Qantas employees that the jobs being created to put the group’s services back […]
Singapore Airlines has issued a press release this morning concerning a small number of code share arrangements with Star Alliance Spanish carrier Spanair. It’s no big deal. But I detest the way airlines expect the media and public to have amnesia about airline disasters involving themselves or those they want to do business with. This […]
This report about Jetstar concerns passengers being treated like sh*t by the carrier, and some very unprofessional and threatening attitudes by staff, with one exception. It also requires someone very senior in the airline to put themselves in the passenger’s position, and seriously reflect on the issues raised. And it also details the total failure […]
Even if the ‘black boxes’ from Air France flight AF447 which have just been located are retrieved and read, there is a question of great importance to all airlines that they mightn’t be able to answer. And that is, to what extent (if any) was this disaster caused by pilots thinking more like accountants or […]
A few week’s after Virgin Blue began flying in 2000 its co-founder and now departing CEO Brett Godfrey said a key element of its business plan was to ‘be different from everyone else.’ This principle was abundantly obvious at the Brett Unbuckled farewell event at The Ivy in Sydney last night. You knew it was […]