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Is another blue day on the way for Virgin Australia?

Is another blue day on the way for Virgin Australia?

Virgin Australia isn’t going to succeed by becoming a super-Qantas product, or even one which charges more ancillary fees that its stronger competitor

How RAAF controllers put a Virgin 737 and a Westwind on a head on course at Newcastle

How RAAF controllers put a Virgin 737 and a Westwind on a head on course at Newcastle

Defence air traffic controllers at Newcastle Airport put a Virgin Blue 737-700 and a Westwind executive jet on a collision course that nearly ended in disaster in February last year according to a damning ATSB report issued today. The 144 seat Boeing  737 was assigned to depart from what is primarily the RAAF base at […]

A Virgin with tatts is one of world’s top earning jets

A Virgin with tatts is one of world’s top earning jets

There is more than a new identity applied to the Virgin Samoa 737 announced by the Government of Samoa this morning. It’s got tatts! It is also believed to be among the top earning 737s of the world, having earned more than $20 million a year for its owners, the Samoa Government (49%) Virgin Blue […]

The twin towers fall, Ansett collapses, Qantas gets kicked from 2001 to 2007 overnight

The twin towers fall, Ansett collapses, Qantas gets kicked from 2001 to 2007 overnight

This is the 4th and final extract from an Ansett dossier in a series of articles about the 10th anniversary of the collapse of the airline on 14 September 2001 Article 1 is The Twin disasters of September 2001 Article 2 is Extracts from the Ansett files, before the towers fell Article 3 is The […]

The Ansett diary: Pacific Star or Australian Star?

The Ansett diary: Pacific Star or Australian Star?

This is the third in a series of articles marking the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Ansett Airlines on 14 September 2001 Article one is The twin disasters of September 2001 Articles two is Extracts from the Ansett files, before the towers fell 5 September 2001, the morning after the cheque ripping incident, is […]

Extracts from the Ansett files, before the towers fell

Extracts from the Ansett files, before the towers fell

In the days immediately before Ansett’s first receivers padlocked the terminals on the morning of 14 September 2001, even before the last midnight horror from Perth to Sydney could unload its passengers,  it became clear to everyone, even those who were in denial, that the airline was in severe crisis. Ansett was 100% owned by […]

The twin disasters of September 2001

The twin disasters of September 2001

With no disrespect to the terrible events of 11 September 2001 there was another disaster in that month in Australia as financial collapse came to Ansett. It took a story of the magnitude of the mass murder that occurred in Manhattan, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon on that day to consign the, to many people,  […]

What difference did Tiger, and Jetstar, really make to cheaper air travel?

What difference did Tiger, and Jetstar, really make to cheaper air travel?

Now that Tiger is back, just what difference did it and Jetstar make to cheap airfares on domestic routes up until now? One measure is the BITRE survey of domestic airfares, which sets indices benchmarked at 100 for business class, full economy, restricted economy and best discounted economy fares in July 2003. In July 2003 […]

Will the Minister connect the dots before AirServices Australia merges the blips into one big disaster

Will the Minister connect the dots before AirServices Australia merges the blips into one big disaster

There is a need for the Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, to read two reports by the ATSB into serious near mid air collisions, one of them released a few hours ago, and connect the dots before the blips get connected in a disaster. In the latest report, into a near miss between a Cathay Pacific […]

Qantas goes west, goes ‘fun’

Qantas goes west, goes ‘fun’

Australian Business Traveller tweeted the above pic of a ‘cash mob’ doing ‘Go West’ at yesterday’s fifth or sixth relaunch of 747s on the Perth-Sydney route. Hmm. Looks like Amanda Bolger, the original Virgin Blue media czarina is steering Qantas in her new gig in its media division toward ‘fun’. And why not? When the […]