Monday April 21, 2014

Compare the pair – observations on the Qantas and Virgin results

Compare the pair – observations on the Qantas and Virgin results

  So Virgin’s first half loss was in fact bigger than Qantas’s on a proportional basis. Yet in announcing that loss on Friday Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti was good humoured and relaxed, and spoke of growth and opportunity. In contrast... [Continue reading]

‘Q day’ feels like groundhog day for Qantas

‘Q day’ feels like groundhog day for Qantas

We will certainly get more into the detail in the next edition of the magazine, but it is worth making a few comments and observations about today’s Qantas results and restructuring announcement. The three figures that stand out the most are the 5,000... [Continue reading]

D-day looms for Qantas

D-day looms for Qantas

The rumours and speculation are reaching fever pitch ahead of tomorrow’s Qantas half-yearly results announcement where the embattled airline group is planning to reveal how it will strip $2 billion in costs out of its business over the next three years... [Continue reading]

Regional airports under pressure – AAA

Regional airports under pressure – AAA

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) says regional airports are coming under increasing pressure to cut their charges from airlines. In a February 13 statement, the AAA said about a third of Australia’s regional airports are already making a loss,... [Continue reading]

Opinion – putting the kibosh on a Brisbane Airport curfew

Opinion – putting the kibosh on a Brisbane Airport curfew

Labor’s candidate for the federal seat of Griffith in this Saturday’s by-election, Terri Butler, has called for a trial curfew for Brisbane Airport even though there has been no public call for one and Brisbane experiences few noise complaints,... [Continue reading]

COMMENT: Fall and fall – the relative decline of the Flying Kangaroo

COMMENT: Fall and fall – the relative decline of the Flying Kangaroo

At the Dubai Airshow Qantas’s major alliance partner Emirates (one of those dastardly foreign government owned airlines) placed colossal orders for 150 Boeing 777Xs and 50 Airbus A380s. That presages yet more booming growth for Emirates. Fast-forward... [Continue reading]

OPINION – If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em – Part 2

OPINION – If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em – Part 2

The debate between Qantas and Virgin Australia swings from fiction to farce and back again, and now the federal government is increasingly involved, control of the very important strategic considerations about the futures of Australia’s two major airlines... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia halts widebody considerations as Etihad fleet proposition weighs in

Virgin Australia halts widebody considerations as Etihad fleet proposition weighs in

Virgin Australia (VA) has suspended consideration of its future widebody fleet requirements because, as CEO John Borghetti said at the company’s annual general meeting on November 20: “We have lots of things that we are working on and frankly there’s... [Continue reading]

OPINION – Patriot games

OPINION – Patriot games

Forget the corporate rhetoric from Borghetti and Joyce in their latest public exchanges on Virgin’s rampant capital-raising efforts this year, what is becoming clear is that the majority foreign-owned carrier Borghetti leads is staving off a financial... [Continue reading]

Moore-Wilton wonders who’s been smokin’ what

Moore-Wilton wonders who’s been smokin’ what

If what was reported in the Daily Telegraph that the new government is getting ready to pour concrete at Badgery’s Creek, a 60-year-old hoodoo is broken. The newspaper suggests federal treasurer Joe Hockey is seeking to include funding for an airport... [Continue reading]

ELECTION 2013 – What’s in store for the ADF?

ELECTION 2013 – What’s in store for the ADF?

In the wake of a few years of significantly reduced budgets, a lot has been said of the lack of defence funding. Much of the argument surrounding the spending cuts have called for resourcing in line with what has been in place for the last ten or so years.... [Continue reading]

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