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AirAsia X cleared to serve the world–except Sydney

Photo: commercial aviation. Sydney is still off-limits for AirAsia X to fly to despite the Malaysian government lifting route restrictions on the low-cost, long-haul carrier.“Basically there will be no further route restrictions on AirAsia X. Previously there was something about you’ve got to fly three new routes before you are allowed to fly one parallel […]

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AirAsia X cleared to serve the world–except Sydney

Photo: commercial aviation. Sydney is still off-limits for AirAsia X to fly to despite the Malaysian government lifting route restrictions on the low-cost, long-haul carrier.“Basically there will be no further route restrictions on AirAsia X. Previously there was something about you’ve got to fly three new routes before you are allowed to fly one parallel […]

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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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Jetstar, now offering Qantas frequent flyer points, strikes Virgin et al

Much news lately has been about Virgin Australia’s move upmarket to capture more of the corporate sector, but a quieter story is what is happening to the portion of the leisure market Virgin will have to give up.The latest development is today’s announcement that Jetstar has a new fare class option that will enable passengers […]

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AirAsia X and Christchurch ink deal for NZ flights

AirAsia X has talked for over a year about establishing a virtual hub in Australia and New Zealand, and earlier this year flagged its interest to fly from Australia to New Zealand. Now that interest is firm with anagreement Christchurch International Airport has reached with AirAsia X to have the Malaysian low-cost carrier startservices from its Kuala Lumpur […]

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Photo: New slogan on AirAsia X aircraft: ‘Liberate Sydney. End the monopoly’

AirAsia X has no qualms using bloodless prose when it comes to the Malaysian government blocking the carrier’s application to fly to Sydney and other key routes, which the government interprets as a threat to AirAsia X competitor and national carrier Malaysia Airlines. “Minister of Transport says public will welcome having choice between LCC and […]

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Air NZ’s Unbundling–Misdirected or Way Forward?

The Virgin Blue executive team’s Thursday was bad enough, given their, um, recuperation from the previous night’s party celebrating V Australia’s JNB flights.And then Air NZ announced it was re-structuring its product and prices on Trans-Tasman (flights to Australia) and Pacific Island flights*, which it hinted at during its half-year results last month. Business class […]

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AirAsia X Says Buh-Bye to Its Non-Reclining Seats

I first flew AirAsia X in July 2008 not knowing what to expect. It was a low-cost carrier but flew long-haul. After a few hours on my flight from Australia’s Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur (disclosure: it was a complimentary ticket) I was sold.The flight felt like any other. The main difference was that when […]

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Jetstar’s SIN Decision Only the Beginning

Jetstar will base A330s (above, seen in Sydney) in Singapore for long-haul operations to Europe and other points in Asia. On Thursday Jetstar announced Singapore would be its main Asian hub. At a general level, this means Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (home to AirAsia X), separated by a mere 185 miles, will be the hotbed […]

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As Europe Recedes, Asia Leads in Oz (Updated)

AirAsia X and Singapore Airlines in Oz, but where’s the roo? (Photos: author) As this decade draws to an end (if you ignore when the millennium actually was) and commentators seek to define it,aviation’s decade legacy in Australia is clear. On the internationalfront, traffic shifted from European carriers to Asian carriers.Australia had historically been tied […]

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