In this episode of Australian Aviation, hosts Phil Tarrant and Adam Thorn delve into the implications of the lockdown on domestic travel, new developments in the Virgin saga, and Qantas’ early retirement of its ‘Queen of the Skies’ 747.
After weeks of good news, mixed messaging between state and federal governments is spooking consumers.
With talk of flights resuming over the next couple of weeks, the final two bidders for Virgin Australia are proposing a “hybrid” model for the airline, placing it somewhere between Qantas’ premium offerings and Jetstar’s budget fares.
As Australia waited for the National Cabinet to announce the return of flying, Alan Joyce seized the initiative early and revealed he’ll hugely increase capacity in July. But will his plan be profitable?
The fight for Virgin is wrapping up, with the two shortlisted bidders left in the running preparing to make their case to both the administrator and to the union.
Despite the ongoing state feud about the appropriate time to open borders back up, sentiment among the industry is positive, with Qantas raring to go as soon as they’re given the green light and bidding for Virgin to be finalised by this Friday.