Ben Sandilands June 26, 2015 21 Comments
After years of sometimes bombastic rhetoric about how Qantas would control its Jetstar franchises in Asia through what would have been puppet managements the prolonged efforts to set up a Jetstar Hong Kong operation have been rejected by its authorities.
Ben Sandilands December 16, 2013 3 Comments
Moves toward rationalisation of LCC brands in Asia are underway. Where might Jetstar fit into this?
Ben Sandilands June 5, 2013 3 Comments
In what traditional media might find an alarming development, Jetstar has embraced the switch from paid ads that go out to everyone whether a traveller or not, to a paid subscription to get speedy access to special offers of low fares.
Ben Sandilands May 17, 2013 2 Comments
Tiger up, Singapore Airlines down as low cost trumps full service in fourth quarter earnings.
Ben Sandilands April 25, 2013 6 Comments
To understand where Singapore Airlines wants Virgin Australia to go it is necessary to keep in mind the strategic agenda of modern Singapore.
Ben Sandilands April 24, 2013 7 Comments
In the last 24 hours Virgin Australia has been cleared to pursue growth in the low fare branded airline game through control of Tiger Airways (Australia) and gained a massive show of support from Singapore Airlines through its doubling of its stake in Virgin Australia Holdings.
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.
Ben Sandilands February 27, 2013
There is much uncertainty about where the low fare airline case is headed in Australia even though it is closing in on nine years since Jetstar started services as its first such carrier. Will the ACCC approve Virgin Australia taking control of Tiger? Does Virgin Australia hope it doesn’t? Might the ACCC approve it and […]
Ben Sandilands January 8, 2013 2 Comments
Air France could be running up the white flag when it comes to full service domestic flights, something Qantas and Virgin are trying to resist in Australia
Ben Sandilands October 1, 2012 12 Comments
There has been some weird maths on display on the Qantas.com booking screen for more than a few years where it also shows Jetstar fares.
Ben Sandilands September 28, 2012
A well researched Canadian report about the stifling of airline competition in China, and the lack of low cost carriers, touches on all the sore points for Asia’s major budget carrier franchises, AirAsia, Jetstar and Tiger. It also covers the back-to-the-past arguments that are far from dead in Australia from those who want to see […]
Ben Sandilands August 14, 2012 5 Comments
Yet another play in the contest for low cost airline franchise territory in Asia has been completed, this time by Tiger Airways in sealing its 40% stake in Philippines carrier Southeast Asian Airlines or SEAir. This follows its finalising a one third stake in Indonesia’s Mandala Airlines. This is what Tiger’s holding company said this […]
Ben Sandilands August 13, 2012 7 Comments
While the details haven’t yet been released, Qantas is about to announce its reconnection with the Gold Coast which it had abandoned to its often loathed Jetstar supposedly low fare and decidedly ultra-compact subsidiary. It’s a long overdue and no doubt very welcome move for loyal Qantas customers, and one which will reintroduce full service […]
Ben Sandilands July 3, 2012 9 Comments
Using Friday 13 July as an example, the Sydney-Melbourne route illustrates how the once golden domestic trunk routes have turned to mud for Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger, but not for those who pick and match their one way fares on the world’s fourth or fifth busiest air route depending on which metrics are […]
Ben Sandilands July 2, 2012 6 Comments
The overwhelmingly large proportion of Australians going to Singapore or beyond to do business in Asia fly over Indonesia in the dark, and asleep. As a current article in the Financial Times reminds its subscribers, this could prove a costly pointer to the curious lack of participation in the surging airline sector of a nation […]
Ben Sandilands May 23, 2012 2 Comments
In a review of Singapore Airlines year to 31 March results, which included an operational loss in the last quarter, its CEO Goh Choon Phong says the group will tap into premium single aisle carrier SilkAir to boost this year’s performance as well as work on the closer integration of its minority owned Tiger low […]
Ben Sandilands January 18, 2012 4 Comments
Virgin Australia did more than launch a class war today with its nation wide business class, but a drinks war, with free alcohol for the cheap seats. Today’s announcement by Virgin Australia of near national coverage with its business class product had been promised some time ago, but in a sign of the all out […]
Ben Sandilands November 15, 2011 9 Comments
Air Australia nominated the Brisbane-Melbourne route for the latest domestic air fare blood bath today, launching a new web site and one way economy fares from $69 or business class from $499 one way from 15 December. A quick look at competition on that day showed that Jetstar (via the Qantas web site) was offering […]