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Air Pacific begins restructure with eye on new widebody aircraft

Better times ahead? Photograph: AirSpace user boeing777 Debt-ridden Loss-making carrier Air Pacific hopes to turn its prospects around by restructuring its schedule and fleet by retiring its Boeing 767 and adding a 737 as it finalises an imminent acquisition plan for widebody aircraft.The Fijian national carrier expects to announce its wide-body selection within a month, […]

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No Australian subsidiary soon, AirAsia says

A fleet of AirAsia Airbus A320s could be on their way to Australia, but not soon. Photograph: AirSpace user commercial aviation The current woes of Tiger Airways Australia are not enough for competing pan-Asian carrier AirAsia to fast-track its evaluation of launching a subsidiary in Australia.“Regarding AirAsia Australia, it remains a possibility although not in […]

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Announcements pending for Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia is expected to make the most of Sir Richard Branson’s ongoing visit to Australia by disclosing strategic decisions. The Virgin Group founder is in Australia for charity talks, announced Virgin’s eucalyptus biofuel project, and is having some mid-flight fun with toilet paper.Some announcements were due to be released late last week but were […]

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Jetstar pounces on Tiger grounding

Photograph: ST Aerospace On the morning after Tiger Airways’ late-night grounding, Jetstar is leveraging its network and service to affected Tiger passengers by offering them alternative fares, subject to availability.Tiger is grounded until Saturday 9 July but CASA could ask the Federal Court to extend the grounding. CASA and Tiger are due to give an […]

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Qantas complacency at its finest, and how Joyce may be its only hope

For some, a recent Hitler parody video explains all that is wrong with Qantas. But for those wanting a more insightful and accurate account, look no further than 13 words chief executive Alan Joyce delivered last week about Qantas International: “It has achieved its required returns only three times in the past 15 years.”And if […]

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Are these Virgin Australia’s new A330 business class seats?

Half-way through a promotional video interview with Virgin Australia creative director and livery designer Hans Hulsbosch, the film crew turn their cameras to computer screens depicting the uniform manual, livery design, lounge layout, and a set of business class seats.But the business class seats shown–screen captured above from the video’s 1:28 mark–are not seats installed […]

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Cebu Pacific eyes Australia service with A321neos

Australia is one destination Philippine-based low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific will be able to serve thanks to its order today of 30 Airbus A321neos (above), with 10 options due for delivery from 2015. The carrier also firmed options for an additional seven A320s.“Cebu Pacific has made the largest firm order for the Airbus A321neo aircraft in […]

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Malaysia Airlines alliance stymies Oman Air’s Australia strategy

Oman Air’s plan to codeshare to Australia with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has been put on hold following the latter’s intention to join the Oneworld alliance from late 2012, as we reported on our Air Transport Intelligence service.The Omani national carrier had been in discussions with MAS to establish a virtual network serving Australia, a spokesman […]

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Qantas domestic cuts bring it back to reality

Qantas, including Jetstar, will trim domestic capacity and defer or cancel forthcoming narrow-body aircraft, including Boeing 737-800s. Although the Qantas Group’s domestic network–mainline and Jetstar–is not as glamorous as its international network, it is profitable and, along with the frequent flyer programme, props up Qantas’s loss-making international network. It thus seems especially concerning when Qantas […]

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Qantas not concerned about A380 fuel diversions

In non-ashcloud news, Qantas has found no evidence suggesting recent diversions on itsAirbus A380 fleet due to low fuel are outside of an acceptablethreshold, as we reported earlier this month on our Air Transport Intelligence news wire.“There is no data suggesting any of this is above normal,” said PeterBroschofsky, Qantas general manager for environment and […]

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