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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of the Australian Aviation Industry. Crikey’s Australian Aviation Industry coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


Profit guidance cut belts Virgin Blue shares

Virgin Blue has pitched nose down into a steep, high-volume share price dive today, and is now planning to destroy the benefits of what remains a profitable domestic network.

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Sydney Airport: a noise annoys … at least till after the elections

Before last Friday, Airservices Australia intended to introduce straight line “glide in” lower noise approaches to Sydney Airport by the end of the year. But that ruins the fun for pollies in Canberra, who decide just who gets more loud jets in which electorates.

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Frequent flyer rewards almost at breaking point(s)

Airlines have been turning their “loyalty” points into selling opportunities rather than rewards. The days of “free” for flyers are coming to an end.

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Virgin, Air NZ agreement a shaky truce on the shaky isles

Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand have come up with a proposed alliance that makes them friends across the Tasman and continued enemies inside New Zealand.

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Sydney left in Melbourne’s wake as Avalon and Tiger do business

It looks like game, set and match for Melbourne when it comes to taking the title of the growth centre for Australia, as Tiger announce that Avalon will become its second Melbourne airport.

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Pilots: time for Qantas to come clean on propping up Jetstar

Disaffected pilots and staff are discussing moves to force the Qantas management to disclose secret transfers of assets from Qantas to Jetstar to make the low-cost subsidiary look more profitable than it is.

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Qantas cooking the books on passenger numbers

Qantas is inflating its stock exchange filings of monthly data for its Jetstar International operations with those of its Jetstar New Zealand domestic operation.

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Qantas windscreen crack really a crock on a quiet news day

As PR stunts go, the cracked Qantas wind-screen near disaster story doing the rounds this morning is a gripping read. Too bad it’s merely a routine incident that didn’t affect safety at all.

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Oz aviation keeps rolling the dice on air safety

The US Federal Aviation Administration audit of airline safety oversight in Australia hasn’t gone smoothly, and could see this country downgraded to the same untrustworthy category as parts of the third world.

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Airport competition benefits — everyone for seconds the only sensible answer

Major airport buyers bought the right to charge customers at the airline, retail and individual level anything they think they can get away with in the medium- to long-term.

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Jetstar threatens to quit Darwin and Hobart, pulls out of Rockhampton

Disagreements between Jetstar and airport owners have flared into the open, with the airline ditching flights to Rockhampton and threatening to cap or quit services to Darwin and Hobart airports, says Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

The 700-seat Jetstar Airbus A380 is coming

Never mind the fate of first class seating on Qantas, says Ben Sandilands: a 650-700-seat Jetstar A380 is coming — the writing is on the terminal walls.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Qantas half-yearly big on excuses, small in results

Qantas has just released its latest half-yearly financial report. In a nut-shell: Jetstar is booming, mainline isn’t and shareholders get nothing by way of dividends. Ben Sandilands has more.

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A hard look at Jetstar’s soft Customer Guarantee

Jetstar has launched the first customer guarantee by an Australian airline today. Ben Sandilands filters through the spin to work out exactly what you’ll get if they screw up.

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Rudd’s new airport security: futility meets impossibility

There is no remotely practicable combination of procedures and technology that can remove the risk of a terrorist attack on the population at large, writes Ben Sandilands — and the government knows it.

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Pel-Air inquiry shrouded in secrecy

The CASA investigation into the Pel-Air incident last year has been shrouded in secrecy, despite the regulator indefinitely suspending the pilot licence of the captain who flew the Westwind jet.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Does Australia need pay-per-use airport lounges?

Jetstar announced a new pay-per-use lounge at Auckland Airport last week, and the concept is already very popular overseas. So why aren’t there more of them in this country? asks Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Jetstar undercuts Qantas which upper cuts Jetstar who then kick Qantas in the… you get the idea

Qantas is engaged in a heated discount fare battle with… itself, with its own low-cost carrier Jetstar undercutting it on Melbourne to Bangkok flights, says Ben Sandilands.

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Qantas walks on the mild side while pressure mounts from Hanoi

Qantas is still trying to play the low-key, meek and mild cards in what is turning into a tense battle of wills over the future of its 27% stake in Jetstar Pacific domestic airline in Vietnam.

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CASA slammed on Norfolk plane crash

An interim report into the escape of six people aboard a flooded Pel-Air jet in the sea off Norfolk Island in November last year hangs air safety regulator CASA out to dry.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | COMPANIES|

Why the Jetstar-Air Asia deal won’t save you any money

Jetstar’s much-hyped new alliance with AirAsia will deliver better customer service and a more efficient and effective business model — but it won’t make your next holiday any cheaper, explains Richard Webb.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Hanoi calling Jetstar: “Get lost!”

Hanoi wants Jetstar out of Vietnam, and the “country arrest” of its two Australian executives is nothing more than crude bargaining, says Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

What odds an Australian airline going broke?

The notion of betting on business failures is up there in terms of taste and sensitivity with framing the odds on which celebrity will die next, yet Paddy Power’s betting odds of airlines going broke is still interesting, says Ben Sandilands. What are the real odds of Qantas going bust?

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Why in 2010 we will see a change in the airlines

The luxury business air fare will not come back at nearly the same rate as the economy rebounds in 2010. And that’s just one change that frequent flyers have to look forward to.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Qantas: The good times are back

Qantas is now predicting a first half profit before tax of between $50-150 million, and today reported a strong rise in passenger numbers for the group airlines of 9.7%, reports Ben Sandilands.

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