Saturday September 20, 2014

Confronting the Qantas Group’s “confronting” loss

Confronting the Qantas Group’s “confronting” loss

Three times during Thursday’s annual results press conference, CEO Alan Joyce used the term “confronting” to describe the Qantas Group’s $2.8 billion net loss for the 2013-14 financial year. “It has absolutely been the most... [Continue reading]

Flight report: An A350 Xperience

Flight report: An A350 Xperience

A flight test program is a finely-tuned schedule, down to the most detailed demonstration and with every minute of flight time accounted for. The deadlines of certification and delivery loom ever closer as the engineers and pilots continue to put the... [Continue reading]

Qantas: Farewell Perth, thanks for the loyalty – opinion

Qantas: Farewell Perth, thanks for the loyalty – opinion

As a Qantas Frequent Flyer based in Perth, writes Chris Frame, yesterday’s cessation of international services is a sad reality that still seems quite unbelievable. In the 1990s, customers from all Australian capital cities could board a Qantas aircraft... [Continue reading]

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]

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