Topic archives: Etihad

Etihad’s Garuda deal is strategic issue for Australian carriers

October 19, 2012 11

In a reminder that Indonesia is much more than Bali, Etihad has stitched up a deal with Garuda that could also stitch up Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia

Etihad to add KLM codeshare to Australian flights

October 8, 2012 2

Etihad does codeshare deal with Air France KLM, and leaves unanswered what the reality of the all of this additional virtuality to Australian travellers will really be.

While we were watching Qantas ….

August 25, 2012 1

While our attention was all on Qantas the city of Albury-Wodonga learned that it was to have its jet services to Sydney on Virgin Australia E-190s replaced by lower and slower flying ATR 72 prop-jets, which will not offer business class either. Never mind. The major corporate account using Albury-Wodonga air services is the ATO. […]

Etihad’s new Brisbane flights seem as much about Singapore as Abu Dhabi and beyond

August 16, 2012 6

Etihad’s much anticipated increase in its Brisbane flights to daily from 1 February on the Abu Dhabi run raise a few issues. One is that the two class A330-200s used on the route will of necessity stop somewhere along the way, and they will continue to do so in Singapore, the home base of Singapore […]

Emirates could solve its US issues with oneworld

August 14, 2012 10

Hat tip to FlyLo for spotting the FT reference There is a hint by American Airlines CEO Tom Horton in the Financial Times that Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways might soon announce plans to join the oneworld alliance which is a reminder that if that airline is Emirates, it would solve some challenges it has […]

Renewed fare wars on overseas flights breaking out

July 23, 2012 1

Some reports from retail travel agents this morning imply that intense fare discounting including in business class has broken out on the various networks where the airlines compete on a route by route basis. Emirates for example has emailed agents with a range of fares for quick sale that include London for under $2000 return […]

Qantas anger over evil Etihadians has a downside

July 20, 2012 4

The downside for Qantas in its war of words with Etihad is that it might cause the media to ask harder questions about the performance of the group under chairman Leigh Clifford and CEO Alan Joyce. Etihad, which has approval to lift its stake in Virgin Australia to 10%, which is substantially less than held […]

A crowded morning for new moves by major players

A crowded morning for new moves by major players

July 3, 2012 9

A series of big moves affecting the major Australian players were announced this morning. Jetstar Japan operated its first flight, between Narita and Sapporo, in the type of inaugural airline inflight bonding session only possible when 180 people are stuffed into an A320 originally envisaged by its designers as a civilised 124 passenger jet. Virgin […]

ACCC grants draft approvals to Emirates and Etihad for links to low cost services and Germany flights

June 27, 2012

The two UAE carriers, Emirates and Etihad have won important draft approvals for commercial initiatives which will expand their product offerings in Australia. The ACCC says it proposes to finalise its approval for an affiliation agreement between Emirates and the FlyDubai low cost regional carrier based at its Dubai hub which would allow combined fares […]

Qantas comes under network pressure from Emirates

June 14, 2012 27

It looks increasingly likely that after not getting any sense out of Qantas about a closer relationship Emirates is going to keep on doing what it does best, serving markets the Australian carrier neglects, by making its long expected move on Adelaide. Emirates’ plans are similar to those of Virgin Australia alliance partner Etihad. Serve […]

Qantas debate avoids the tough questions

June 6, 2012 8

On the morning after the ultra late Qantas profit downgrade, and the deep harm that it did its share price, the key issues are being given the softly, softly treatment by some of the commentators relied upon in the media. Such as the timing. It is outrageous by any standard that Qantas should wait until […]

Etihad buys into Virgin Australia as Qantas dives to record low on profit downgrade

June 5, 2012

Etihad has revealed a purchase of  a 3.96% stake in Virgin Australia on the same morning that the Qantas stock price has plunged to a record low of $1.16 at one stage  following its announcement of a 90% profit guidance downgrade. (See earlier post) Virgin Australia shares initially fell but then stabilised in the middle […]

Brazil and UAE reality checks, courtesy Etihad

June 5, 2012 1

On the face of it, Etihad Airways announcement of a route from Abu Dhabi, where the money is in the UAE, to Sao Paulo, where the money is in Brazil, has no relevance to Australia. The service, which starts in a year’s time, is the last thing anyone in Australia would contemplate if they were […]

Why is there talk of EK equity in QF in the ME?

May 28, 2012 17

Update A Qantas spokesperson has driven the proverbial sharpened stake through the heart of the Middle East report which has been added in full to the end of this post Where did the 30% stake in Qantas-domestic-by-Emirates in this story originate? Such precision in what is always a carefully written and carefully line-by-line read journal […]

Qantas: Emirates stages dramatic cameo appearance

May 22, 2012 9

While the story may seem a teaser, Emirates didn’t raise the prospect of a new commercial alliance with Qantas for fun. And it wouldn’t have caused much rejoicing at Virgin Australia, no pun intended. Just as Qantas is larger than Virgin Australia, Emirates is larger, way larger, than Etihad. And with Virgin Australia in a […]

New moves by Emirates, Etihad get interim ACCC approval

May 17, 2012

The ACCC has given interim approval to moves by Emirates and Etihad that will significantly increase their activities in Australia, not just at the expense of Qantas, but that of the SE Asia hub airports in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Emirates was granted interim authorisation for a proposed Affiliation Agreement between Emirates and the […]

Etihad’s Irish punt keeps Virgin Australia in quiet corner

May 2, 2012

The Etihad purchase of just under 3% of Irish airline Aer Lingus does leave the elephant in the room unmentioned when it comes to Australia, which is when or if it will be ‘invited’ to take equity in recently reorganised Virgin Australia Holdings, the entity that happens to own 100% of unlisted Virgin Australia International […]

Air France says it has been approached by Etihad as the UAE carrier awaits Virgin Australia invitation

March 9, 2012 5

In a move that is bound to be misunderstood, Air France says it has been approached by Etihad for talks the same day its CEO, James Hogan was in Sydney, awaiting an equity invitation from Virgin Australia. There are in fact two different things happening as Etihad builds its global network. One of them is […]

Virgin Australia to split company, made more ‘real’ money than Qantas in first half

Virgin Australia to split company, made more ‘real’ money than Qantas in first half

February 23, 2012 1

Updates throughout morning Virgin Australia is proposing to split the company into domestic and international businesses, a move which clearly sets it up for an investment by Etihad Airways. It has also reported a statutory net profit after tax of $51.8 million in the six months to 31 December, meaning that as a much smaller […]

Cash, frequent flyer points, wicked banks and the ATO

February 10, 2012 7

It might not have set eye brows on fire in Australia yet, but the two developments that have frequent flyer members in a state of rising anxiety in the US will inevitably have an effect here. This post in the Smarter Travel site’s Today in Travel blog deals with the dual fears of US sky […]