Archive | May, 2011

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Don’t get caught up in the Qantas 747 to Perth hoopla

It is far too easy to be engrossed by the fact Qantas today resumed scheduled domestic services to Perth on the world’s most long-running iconic aircraft: the Boeing 747. The -300 variant of the 747 plyed the trans-con route up until late last decade and the -400 variant, which flew today from Sydney to Perth, […]

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Trip report: what the Qantas spy would have gleaned from Virgin’s A330 business class service

As hard as I tried, I could not identify the Qantas “spy” on Virgin Australia’s first Airbus A330 flights, although I have my suspicious (I’m looking at you, woman in the gray suit). Failing a firsthand conversation with the spy (or spies–Qantas dispatched managers to economy and business class), here is what I think the […]

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Virgin Australia’s first A330 flight will have one special passenger on board

In this edition of quirky news, the first Virgin Australia Airbus A330-200 flight, DJ663, is due to depart Sydney for Perth at 8 a.m. this morning with one very special passenger on board. Virgin group founder Sir Richard Branson? No. Chief executive John Borghetti? No. Yours truly? Aww shucks, I am flying on it but […]

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Singapore’s LCC: what does it mean for Jetstar, and does it have (need?) Virgin’s blessing?

Photograph: AirSpace user ilpavone2004 Jetstar and Qantas are going to wake up tomorrow morning with a headache not preceded by a fun night. Such is the impact of Singapore Airlines announcing this evening it will establish a wholly-owned, no-frills, low-cost, carrier. The as-yet unnamed carrier (hello Durian Aviation?) will operate unspecified widebody aircraft on undisclosed medium/long-haul […]

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Musings on Qantas’ declining service standards and Virgin’s opportunity

Qantas’ Centre of Service Excellence. A lot of good that’s done? Much is said by many people of declining service standards at Qantas. But rarely is systematic, not anecdotal, evidence presented.“Service” is the keyword in the business today as Virgin Australia seeks to woo Qantas passengers based on both price and experience. As Virgin Australia […]

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It doesn’t add up: Tiger cutting growth in Australia

Tiger Airways Australia’s decision to “shelve” planned growth this year for its Australian division and defer future aircraft from Australia after incurring a weather-related loss raises serious questions about the carrier’s operation and safety here. Tiger’s Australian division incurred an annual loss to 31 March of SGD$7.1m (A$5.4m), up from last year’s S$0.6m. ”That was primarily due to the […]

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Tiger’s CASA-stricken A320 exiled to Asia

Photograph: AirSpace user cl This page is awaiting confirmation Thursday evening from Tiger Airways if the fate of its grounded Airbus A320 aircraft will be a re-deployment to Asia. The aircraft arrived in Australia last month but has not been able to enter into revenue service due to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority still assessing the airline’s […]

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A380 QF32 repairs followed by new problems, and what it says about the engineering union dispute

After borescope inspections like this one carried out on the no. 2 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine of VH-OQC in November 2010, an oil tube started leaking oil. Photo: Will Horton Inspections on A380-powering Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines carried out in the wake of last November’s uncontained engine failure on Qantas flight 32 were followed by […]

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Should the Qantas-AA application be approved?

The crux of Qantas and AA’s joint business agreement (JBA) application is if the two carriers should be granted greater leveraging power by being able to coordinate prices and capacity. Everything else in the application, which the carriers are eager to talk up, can be done without approval, and even without approval Qantas and AA […]

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Proposed Qantas-AA deal pulls wool over investors’ eyes

Although passengers will see gains if Qantas receives approval of of its joint business agreement (JBA) to “reinvigorate” its partnership with American Airlines, the main beneficiary will be Qantas investors and stakeholders because the application shows that Qantas is finally doing something.(See related post: should the JBA be approved?)From the four years since Virgin Blue […]

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