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Virgin’s $1 acquisition of Tiger changes the game

Virgin is doubling down on its low-cost carrier, just as Singapore Airlines devotes all its attention to killing Jetstar in Asia.

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Joyce’s mangy kangaroo must look to Asia for help

In 2011, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce claimed Jetstar was the region’s “leading low cost carrier”. Clearly, this is no longer the case. It’s time for Joyce to eat humble pie, and accept an economic rescue from his south-east Asian counterparts.

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Qantas in Asia: expensive, cramped and losing share fast

Qantas’ all-important strategy in Asia is in tatters, analysts and insiders tell Crikey. New low-cost carriers in the region are losing out to bigger rivals.

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Qantas junked? It’s too late to save the flying kangaroo

Australia’s airline has been junked by two credit ratings agency. So what can Alan Joyce and the Qantas board do about it? It’s probably too late to save the flying kangaroo now.

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Jetstar v Qantas in 2013: buckle up for a hell of a ride

Jetstar in 2013 will continue to do what it has been so good at: help Qantas shrink while driving customers across to Virgin Australia, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Etihad’s Garuda deal a strategic issue for Australian carriers

In a reminder that Indonesia is much more than Bali, Etihad has stitched up a deal with Garuda that could also stitch up Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Jetstar says breaking altitude minimum not dangerous

Jetstar continues to use the language of denial in relation to its persistent commission of safety breaches and the latest known incident in Queenstown, New Zealand, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Jetstar: the company that tells you what you can’t buy

There is something that tells you a business isn’t well run when it announces something you can’t buy, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Qantas at acute risk of sharemarket raid

The last time calls for direct government invention to save an airline were voiced in Australia was after the collapse of Ansett on September 14, 2001.

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Here comes the Sunrise disgust: gay marriage fires up ACL

Sponsors of Channel Seven’s Sunrise have been deluged by emails after Sunrise unveiled its support for a gay marriage campaign. But support for the campaign seems to outnumber complaints.

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The $450m downgrade that sent Qantas shares diving

Qantas shares went into a power dive to a record low of $1.20 in early trading this morning after it slashed its profit guidance as much as 90%.

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Qantas’ future up in the air after the great divide

There are some difficult questions left unanswered about the future of Qantas as an international Australian flag carrier.

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Jetstar in denial: safety comprised, inquiry needed

What does it take to compromise the safety of a Jetstar aircraft? Ground impact? Several hundred dead and injured? The company’s claims that a 2010 incident involving a texting pilot never comprised safety is nonsense, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Defiant Jetstar to fight dodgy pilot contract claims

A combination of bravado and tacit admission of wrongdoing is contained in a defiant statement by Jetstar saying it will fight the charges laid by the FWA Ombudsman.

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Singapore Airlines’ Scoot is cute, except in China that is …

Scoot is also a difficult term to translate into Chinese and other Asian languages, as in ‘flee’ as in a robber ‘fleeing’ the scene of a crime. This is like Qantas insisting on calling itself the ‘Spirit of Australia’ in Japan, which translates as the ‘ghost of Australia’.

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Qantas sticking to what it knows with new Asia hook-up

No one with business contacts in Hong Kong or China would be in any doubt that this is potentially a huge opportunity for Qantas.

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Tiger uncaged … now for the airfare wars

Expect fierce fare wars to break out in the domestic market following this morning’s reinvention of Singapore-owned and listed Tiger Airways as a low-fare carrier focused on Melbourne and Sydney.

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Qantas ditches share dividend again — and 500 jobs

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce this morning delivered what he conceded was a poor half-year-to-December 31 performance by the company, while leaving considerable uncertainty hanging over jobs and services.

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Darwin, Jetstar and survival of the fittest

Jetstar has fired its no doubt first of many return shots following earlier announcements by Virgin Australia of their expansionary plans for Darwin-Sydney and Darwin-Singapore services, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Jetstar stuff-up raises concerns over air safety diligence

Cockpit resource management failures kill people when they go wrong. They are a major cause of air disasters.

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Asian airlines throw spanners into Qantas works

Events during the past 24 hours are not proving kind to Qantas’ ambitions in Asia. Vietnam Airlines and Malaysia Airlines have thrown spanners in the works.

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Qantas v Virgin: prepare to be bribed with bonuses

Qantas now has a real threat to deal with — Virgin Australia, with its bigger, cheaper business-class seats, real meals in economy class, lounges with food and seats for everyone. With lower fares.

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Post-grounding, now it’s the Qantas-Virgin bidding war

Qantas and its natural enemy, Virgin Australia, are rolling out a massive and costly bidding war to retain or gain the customers that matter, the ones who fly frequently.

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Qantas and the $3b cash cushion for times just like this

Amid all the words written about the Qantas dispute this morning, no one has mentioned the most important bit of information: money.

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Qantas protests nationally over an international dilemma

Most passengers who want to fly the flag to London for the Olympics next year won’t get the chance to fly Qantas, as it has cut its Heathrow airport access in half to divert resources into a new brand Q airline venture somewhere in Asia.

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