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Old September 21st, 2004, 06:45 PM   #1
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Tuesday September 21, 10:59 AM
Air New Zealand, QANTAS Face Stiff Competition From Asian Rivals

SYDNEY, Sept 21 Asia Pulse - Air New Zealand Ltd and Qantas Airways Ltd face the prospect of intensifying competition on its trans-Tasman route from other airlines now that a proposed alliance between the pair has been blocked, according to analysts.

Air NZ and Qantas were disappointed yesterday when the New Zealand High Court blocked their proposed A$500 million (US$349 million) alliance, under which Qantas would have taken a 22.5 per cent stake in its rival.

Qantas and Air New Zealand have said they would pursue other avenues of cooperation that would not draw the ire of competition regulators.

"Despite Qantas and Air NZ signalling an ongoing intention to examine further opportunities, we expect competition will continue to intensify on the tran-Tasman, as Asian carriers target further market share gains," Credit Suisse First Boston analyst Greg Ward said.

Air NZ's share of trans-Tasman traffic has fallen in the past two years to 32 per cent, from 43 per cent, following the entry of Emirates and Virgin's Pacific Blue, which launched in January.

Qantas has maintained its market share at 39 per cent.

Qantas and Air NZ could form agreements to cooperate on maintenance and back office functions on the route, which is loss-making for both carriers.

"A close relationship with Qantas is a major factor in Air NZ's future as it minimizes the threat from its single most significant competitor," Goldman Sachs JBWere analyst Peter Sigley said.

But it was also highly likely that Qantas would turn its energies to Asia and seek an alliance with an Asian carrier, Mr Ward said.

While analysts made no changes to their valuations on either airline, they noted that a consequence of yesterday's decision was the likely conversion of redeemable preference shares held by Qantas into 4.99 per cent of Air NZ ordinary stock.

They also expect Air NZ to announce that it will proceed with a $NZ200m rights issue, $NZ150 million underwritten by the New Zealand Government, following its annual general meeting on October 27.

Goldman Sachs JBWere has assigned Air NZ a short term outperform rating with a target share price of $NZ1.87.

Credit Suisse First Boston rates Ar NZ at outperform, and Qantas at marketweight with 12-month share price targets of $NZ2.40 and $3.41, respectively.

Air NZ and Qantas are expected to await the outcome of their appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal before moving forward.

The pair are appealing the rejection of any alliance by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission last year.

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Old September 29th, 2004, 05:00 PM   #2
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Wednesday September 29, 5:28 PM
Australians Visiting US to Undergo Fingerprint Scanning

CANBERRA, Sept 29 Asia Pulse - Every Australian who enters the United States from tomorrow will have their fingerprints scanned, a digital photograph taken and their details stored and checked on American databases.

Australians will have no choice but to surrender their fingerprints and submit to a photo if they want to enter the US.

The information will be available to American law enforcement agencies and government authorities.

Deputy director of the new visa waiver program, Robert Mocny, said it was designed to catch terrorists, drug traffickers and visa overstayers while at the same time protecting people in the US.

He said from tomorrow every Australian who arrived in the US would fill out a visa waiver form as normal but would also be asked to submit their fingerprints with their passport when they passed through immigration checks.

"He (the immigration officer) is going to ask you to first place your left and then your right index finger onto this device," Mr Mocny said via videophone from Washington, pointing to a small box which scans fingerprints.

"During that conversation your picture is being taken too.

"He just taps a key on a keyboard and a digital photograph is taken.

"Your fingerprint will be taken and sent to our servers in Washington DC and within five seconds that officer should have a response back to him or her indicating, first of all it's you, it's not a problem, there's no hit and you can come into the country."

Mr Mocny said the process would catch out suspected terrorists and criminals on the US watchlist.

"We have about 1.1 million watchlist individuals in our database, those are known suspected terrorists, criminals ... and other undesirables and they will masquerade as someone else because they know that there's a watchlist," he said.

Mr Mocny admitted there was a slim chance a criminal could steal an Australian's identity if they were the first to have their fingerprints matched with a passport, but said there were procedures to rectify such a situation.

"An area of concern is that if someone was to steal your passport today, that they would become you," he said.

"But the chance of that happening is rather difficult."

Mr Mocny said visitors' names were matched with airline details and checked against lost and stolen passports.

Australian passports issued from November last year already carry biometric information, including a digital photograph, which would be used for a facial recognition check.

Mr Mocny said the new visa scheme was unlikely to result in delays in entering the US and doubted it would affect tourism, even though some people were likely to have privacy concerns.

"What we hope it does is assure people that it's a safe, more secure way to come to the US," he said.

Visitors would have to check out of the US at an exit station under the visa program.

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Old September 30th, 2004, 04:00 AM   #3
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Bali travel leaps forward
Perth Airport is pleased to announce a fifty percent growth in passengers travelling to Bali and welcomes increased services by Garuda and Air Paradise and start up of Australian Airlines on the Perth Bali route.

The additional seat capacity on the Perth Bali route will result in travellers having more opportunities to travel to Western Australias favourite overseas destination, the holiday island of Bali.

Recently both Garuda Indonesia and Air Paradise increased services on the route. Garuda Indonesia is now offering 10 flights per week beginning the 2nd October 2004 and Air Paradise has 5 flights per week plus for the month of October it is increasing its services to 8 flights per week due to demand. Qantas has also announced increased capacity to Bali with the introduction of its B767 all economy class services with Australian Airlines.

This is great news for holiday makers as increased services will invariably mean increased competition on the Perth Bali route and the continued availability of great value holiday packages Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer Graham Muir said.

There has been extraordinary growth in the number of passengers travelling to Bali in the first two months of financial year 2004/2005 with over 50% more people choosing the popular holiday destination compared to the same period last year Mr Muir said.

The rise in Bali traffic is one of the main reasons for the boost in international passenger traffic figures through Perth Airport. The first two months of Financial Year 2004/2005 has shown record international passenger numbers with growth rates running at 15% compared to the same period last year. The growth in Bali traffic coincides with the recent announcement by Singapore based discount airline Valuair of its introduction of daily services on the Perth Singapore route from December of this year.

The airport is also experiencing record domestic passenger numbers with the first two months of 2004/5 showing an increase of 17% on the same period last year.

Airlines provide services to destinations that people want to visit and Western Australia is proving to be a popular destination for overseas and domestic travellers."
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Perth Airport welcomes the announcement by Valuair of proposed operations into Perth.

Valuair is the first discount international air carrier that will be operating on the Perth Singapore route and daily services are scheduled to commence in December.

The airline will operate Airbus A320 aircraft.

The commencement of services by Valuair will provide further opportunities for travel between Perth and Singapore. It will also enable links to Bangkok and Hong Kong for the discount air travel market. This will enable people to travel to these regions where previously they may not have had the means, Perth Airports General Manager, Richard Gates said.

There has been significant preliminary work by Perth Airport and the State Government with Valuair to deliver this service to the Western Australian public, Mr Gates said.

I believe it will have a positive compounding effect for all parties concerned and we look forward to working closely with Valuair to help boost passenger traffic, he said.

The introduction of this service will continue the substantial growth of passengers into Perth. In August, both international and domestic passenger numbers were the highest ever recorded for the month
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Jetstar propels fare war
WA travellers are big winners in the most savage airfare war to hit our skies as Jetstar starts planning its entry into the market.

Fly Perth to Singapore for just $350 return, or Perth to Broome for just $149 one way as hundreds of fares are slashed to bargain basement prices.

Adjusted for inflation, they are the lowest fares ever offered to West Australians.

A Jetstar spokesman yesterday confirmed the airline's intention to start services to WA from the middle of next year with new 177-seat Airbus A320s.

While coy on start dates for intrastate WA routes, insiders at the airline said that plans for Perth to Broome services catered for later in 2005 possibly August.

That would make the Perth-Broome route one of the most hotly contested in Australia, with Virgin Blue, Jetstar, Qantas and Skywest competing.

Jetstar is expected to replace its parent Qantas on the route, just as Australian Airlines, Qantas's low-fare international subsidiary, will take over the Perth-Bali route.

Perth-based Skywest Airlines has not matched Virgin Blue's $149 one-way fare to Broome but does have two-night packages, including return airfare, from $517, according to its website.

Virgin Blue has similar packages. It started its 180-seat Boeing 737-800 Broome flights in September with three a week and will puton an additional Monday service from November 29.

Insiders say they expect the airline to have daily flights by May to coincide with the peak holiday season.

The airline is also considering other WA destinations as its fleet grows.

Tourist analysts suggest that fares on the Perth-Broome route could drop even further than Virgin's current special of $149 one-way when Jetstar enters the market.

On Friday Jetstar launched a huge airfare promotion on the east coast with fares from just $49. Virgin Blue matched the fares late on Friday.

Both Jetstar and Virgin Blue claim to have the lowest seat costs in the industry half those of Ansett.

Singapore Airlines announced yesterday that it would offer fares from just $350 return plus taxes to Singapore.

Or fly to Bangkok and back for $480 before squeezing in a return trip to Hong Kong for $560 plus taxes.
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 10:57 AM   #6
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With regards to that Perth-Singapore sector which is said to be significant, I didnt realise just how major it is when compared to other internatonal flight sectors out of Australia until I went to the Australian DOTARS and found these info!
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TABLE I: INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS BY UPLIFT/DISCHARGE CITY PAIRS  						
YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 2001, 2002 AND 2003   						
												% Change
Foreign			Australian	Year ended	Year ended	Year ended	% of	2003 over
Port			Port		December 2001	December 2002	December 2003	Total	2002
Auckland		Sydney		1,012,766	973,117		1,137,536	6.9	16.9
Singapore		Sydney		942,288		947,649		917,367		5.6	-3.2
Singapore		Perth		659,996		683,785		665,063		4.0	-2.7
Singapore		Melbourne	644,591		661,916		625,305		3.8	-5.5
Los Angeles		Sydney		720,778		667,350		612,352		3.7	-8.2
Singapore		Brisbane	409,520		450,870		552,094		3.4	22.5
Auckland		Melbourne	522,403		503,070		536,031		3.3	6.6
Auckland		Brisbane	489,663		443,267		530,866		3.2	19.8
Hong Kong		Sydney		607,608		587,989		504,054		3.1	-14.3
Christchurch		Sydney		405,669		391,024		444,022		2.7	13.6
Top 10 City Pairs			6,415,282	6,310,037	6,524,690	39.7	3.4
Other City Pairs			10,384,433	10,372,336	9,920,818	60.3	-4.4
ALL CITY PAIRS				16,799,715	16,682,373	16,445,508	100.0	-1.4
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 07:03 PM   #7
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Virgin Blue Plans To Launch New Airline For Ops To U.S.
Publication title: Aviation Daily. Washington: Sep 27, 2004. Vol. 357, Iss. 61; pg. 1

Virgin Blue plans to launch an Australia-based, long-haul international airline to operate the South Pacific route between Australia and the U.S.

A Virgin Blue executive in Brisbane would only say that the low-fare carrier is contemplating whether to go ahead with its plan, but The DAILY has learned that the carrier has filed an application with the Australian authorities.

Should Virgin Blue's plan materialize, the new airline would launch before Christmas to capitalize on holiday-rush seat demand, putting it in direct competition with Qantas. The Australia-U.S. route via the Pacific is considered Qantas' most profitable; it's also a key sector for United Airlines. Australia's government has blocked Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines from securing fifth-freedom rights on the route.

Virgin Blue, which recently launched Pacific Blue to serve the Australia-New Zealand route, also has ambitious plans to introduce flights to Southeast Asia. Executives also are considering routes to London and South Africa. -WD
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Old October 6th, 2004, 10:39 AM   #8
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Tuesday October 12, 8:27 AM
Australian authorities give approval to Qantas-Air New Zealand merger which New Zealand authorities rejected

Australian authorities on Tuesday approved a proposed alliance between airlines Qantas and Air New Zealand _ but too late for the deal to go ahead because a New Zealand court last month rejected the tie-up.

The alliance was aimed at allowing the two carriers to cooperate on routes between Australia and New Zealand, but was effectively scuttled by last month's High Court decision in New Zealand. The deal needed approval from authorities in both countries.

The Australian Competition Tribunal on Tuesday upheld an appeal by the airlines against an earlier ruling by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that the tie-up would be bad for competition.

Under the proposed alliance, Qantas would buy up to 22.5 percent of Air New Zealand for 550 million New Zealand dollars (US$363 million; euro 298 million) to enable the two operators to cooperate on all their routes between Australia and New Zealand.

Qantas and Air New Zealand said last month they would not appeal the New Zealand High Court's decision, and that they would abandon their plans for the tie-up in its current form.

Before Tuesday's decision, the airlines had said that winning approval in Australia could allow them to form an alliance in a modified form.

The tribunal supported all major aspects of the proposal, including plans to code-share, coordinate sales, marketing, pricing and scheduling, and also approved the plan for Qantas to purchase the 22.5 percent stake in Air New Zealand.

The tribunal, led by president Alan Goldberg, said that the alliance would "result, or will be likely to result in a benefit to the public and that benefit will outweigh the detriment to the public constituted by the lessening of competition."
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Old October 12th, 2004, 10:27 AM   #10
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Posted: 12 October 2004 1520 hrs

Qantas-Air NZ plans to link watered down despite Australian appeal win

SYDNEY: Australian flag carrier Qantas and Air New Zealand will thrash out a strategic alliance that falls short of their original plans despite Australian regulators' dropping objections to their tie-up, according to analysts.

The Australian Competition Tribunal's (ACT) decision to uphold an appeal against the deal's rejection was described as little more than a moral victory for the airlines because New Zealand authorities remain opposed to the plan.

"There will be an alliance but it will be a limited commercial arrangement and not what Qantas and Air New Zealand were hoping for," Ian Thomas, senior consultant with the Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation, told AFP.

"What this does give them is the moral heart to go to the Australian and New Zealand governments and say 'listen, this was blocked but we were eventually proved right, what we really need is a single aviation market for Australia and New Zealand'."

The alliance, first publicly proposed almost two years ago, would have involved Qantas taking a 22.5 percent stake in Air New Zealand for 550 million NZ dollars (351 million US), allowing the airlines to coordinate pricing and capacity on trans-Tasman routes and in the New Zealand domestic market.

Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon said the alliance could not proceed in its original form because the New Zealand High Court had rejected the proposal last month.

Dixon said Qantas would not return to the courts to appeal the New Zealand decision, instead concentrating on talks with the New Zealand carrier that will look at how they can tie-up without breaching competition laws.

"Another 12 months of uncertainty, with the associated costs, is not in anyone's interests," he said in a statement that labelled the lengthy legal battles over the plan as "a lost opportunity for much-needed aviation reform."

Air New Zealand chief executive Ralph Norris said the decision vindicated the airlines' predictions about the need for reform in the Australia-New Zealand market.

"History now shows that many of these predictions have become reality with ever-intensifying levels of competition in the Australasian aviation market and fares at all-time lows," he said.

The ACT did not publish the reasons behind its decision but both Dixon and Norris said it appeared the tribunal had accepted the airlines argument that the alliance would not be anti-competitive or lead to higher airfares.

Qantas has previously warned the aviation industry is moving toward consolidation, citing the merger of Air France and KLM to form the world's largest airline.

Dixon said the conflicting outcomes of the Australian and New Zealand regulatory processes showed the need for greater coordination between the countries on competition issues.

"We believe the disappointing recent decision by the New Zealand high court to reject (our) appeal ignored both the reality of market-distorting government ownership and intervention in the global aviation industry, and the major structural changes that are occurring around the world," he said.

Qantas shares closed up four cents at 3.44 Australian dollars and Air New Zealand was up five cents or 3.2 percent to 1.63 NZ dollars. - AFP
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Increased air services to Perth a boost for international travel
International travellers will be able to take advantage of increases in airline seat capacity into Perth with the release of the new schedule commencing on the 31st October 2004.

The additional seats represent 18% growth compared to last season and 17% growth compared to the same season last year and will allow more overseas travellers to fly into Perth this summer.

The growth in seat capacity has resulted from:

-The introduction of Australian Airlines twice weekly services to Bali
-Introduction of services to Jakarta and increased services to Bali by Garuda Airlines
-Daily services to New Zealand by Air New Zealand
-Increased services to Jakarta by Qantas
-The new Valuair services to Singapore with daily flights; and
-Increased services to Singapore by Singapore Airlines

Larger aircraft being utilised on some routes also aids the growth in seat capacity in the new schedule.

It is an exciting time for Western Australia as demand from overseas travellers results in increased seat capacity Perth Airport Acting CEO Richard Gates said.

It is especially good news for the tourism industry which has suffered from the impacts of SARS and the war in Iraq Mr Gates said.

It is also excellent news for Western Australians providing more opportunity to travel he said.

Passenger numbers at Perth Airport are currently at record levels. International passenger numbers in the July September quarter show an increase of 9.5% on the same period last year. Domestic passenger numbers for the quarter show a staggering increase of 15.5% compared with the same period last year.
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Wednesday October 13, 10:00 AM
Air New Zealand CEO says carrier might relaunch a proposed alliance with Qantas in 2-3 years

Air New Zealand's chief executive said Wednesday the airline might try again to form an alliance with Qantas in two to three years, after receiving belated approval for a now-shelved tie-up from Australian authorities.

The two carriers had wanted to cooperate on routes between Australia and New Zealand, but their proposed alliance was effectively scuttled last month when New Zealand's High Court rejected it. The deal needed approval from authorities in both countries.

However, the Australian Competition Tribunal on Tuesday upheld an appeal by the airlines against an earlier ruling by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that the tie-up would be bad for competition.

Air New Zealand CEO Ralph Norris said the Australian decision has given the airlines hope that a fresh bid would succeed.

"I think this decision on the Australian side gives us the opportunity to look at a reapplication in two or three years to the New Zealand Commerce Commission," Norris said.

Under the proposed alliance, Australian carrier Qantas was to buy up to 22.5 percent of Air New Zealand for 550 million New Zealand dollars (US$363 million; euro 298 million).

Norris said the two national carriers remain "strong competitors so there has been no change to the competitive situation" as a result of the alliance proposal.

He added that Air New Zealand was now financially much more secure since the alliance plan was proposed 2 1/2 years ago.

In 2001, the New Zealand government rescued the flag carrier from bankruptcy by injecting it with NZ$885 million (US$599 million; euro 487 million).

Air New Zealand shares were up a cent Wednesday at NZ$1.64.
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Posted: 15 October 2004 1035 hrs

Australian carrier Qantas raises fuel surcharge as oil price hits record

SYDNEY : Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways on Friday increased a fuel surcharge on ticket prices to offset rising fuel costs.

As the price of crude hit record highs overnight, Qantas chief financial officer Peter Gregg said the airline was lifting its international fuel surcharge by A$7, or US$5.11, to A$29 , while the domestic levy will rise by two dollars to A$12.

"With jet fuel now at more than 60 US dollars a barrel and showing no sign of falling, an increase in the airline's fuel surcharge was unavoidable," Gregg said in a statement.

"The hedging we have in place and the higher fuel surcharge will not cover all of the increased cost of jet fuel."

Qantas introduced the surcharge last May and increased it in August.

The airline flagged the latest increase earlier this week. - AFP
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Emirates to fly double daily
Perth Airport welcomes the announcement by Emirates that the airline will double its services to Perth from October 2005.

"This announcement highlights Emirates confidence in the growth of travel to and from Western Australia" Perth Airport Acting CEO Richard Gates said.

"Perth Airport and the State Government have worked closely with Emirates Airline to deliver this service to the state. It is a fantastic boost for travel especially to and from European countries using Emirates extensive network connections" Mr Gates said.

Perth Airport and Emirates are finalising plans to build a quality business lounge within the International Terminal to ensure passengers receive a first class experience from the start of their journey.

Westralia Airports Corporation is also upgrading the International Terminal to provide an additional 2500m2 of floor space including state of the art equipment in the form of new check-in counters, an automatic baggage handling system and high technology baggage security system Mr Gates said.

Emirates began flying 4 weekly services to Perth in August 2002, increasing to daily services in May 2003 Launched in 1985, Emirates is one of the worlds leading airlines, currently servicing more than 70 destinations worldwide.
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Air NZ boosts WA flights
Air New Zealand will increase services to Western Australia, operating daily direct services between Auckland and Perth during the Australian summer.

The airlines ceo Ralph Norris said New Zealand could grow into one of WAs biggest tourist markets over the next few years with added air capacity, lower airfares and joint promotion.

Norris said WAs profile in New Zealand as a tourist destination had grown substantially in recent years.

Inbound tourism to WA from New Zealand has grown by nine per cent in the last year alone and is now over the 40,000 annual visitors mark, he said.

New Zealand tourists are also one of the most frequent repeat visitor groups to WA and are also trending towards longer stays in WA with visitor nights up 22.6 per cent in the last financial year.

Outbound tourism from WA into New Zealand was also a major factor in the airlines decision to expand its schedule to a daily service, with WA visitors to New Zealand now numbering more than 49,000, an increase of 12.5 per cent in the year ending July 2004.

Wed definitely like to see Air New Zealand continuing to expand in this market over the next few years and believe weve put very competitive airfares in place to support future growth, he said.

Air New Zealand will begin daily direct flights from November 1 until March 28, providing an additional 25,000 seats on the route.

The airline currently flies four direct services a week between Perth and Auckland.

Over the past 12 months, Air New Zealand has dropped the price of airfares and has simplified ticket conditions in a bid to increase traffic between Australia and New Zealand.

Weve lowered our fares out of Perth for example by 23 per cent, with a year round return airfare to New Zealand from Perth now starting at $835 return including taxes which has helped grow the market, Norris said.
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Premier welcomes extra Emirates flights
An estimated $30 million a year will be injected into the WA economy as a result of luxury airline Emirates doubling its flights into Perth, West Australian premier Geoff Gallop says.

The airline announced on Friday it would increase its services to Perth from seven to 14 a week from October 2005.

WA would benefit from a boost to its tourism industry and greater access to United Kingdom and European destinations through the Dubai-based Emirates network, Dr Gallop said.

"These flights will hopefully lead to lower airfares and more competitive air freight price, and will offer new opportunities for the tourism and perishables export industry to further develop existing markets and scope new ones," Dr Gallop said.

An additional 98 tonnes of air freight capacity would be available each week, Dr Gallop said, giving more opportunities for exporters to send WA seafood, fruit and vegetables, dairy products and wine overseas.

Emirates' flight increase to Perth reflected the airline's confidence in the WA market, acting Perth Airport chief executive Richard Gates said.

Perth's international terminal would be upgraded and a new business lounge built to accommodate the anticipated greater numbers of travellers, Mr Gates said.
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Air NZ to expand Perth services
Air New Zealand says it is expanding its services between Perth and Auckland from four weekly services to daily flights over the peak November-to-March season.

Air NZ managing director Ralph Norris said in a statement the airline was confident the growing number of Western Australians visiting New Zealand was part of a long-term trend.

He said Western Australia now supplied over 49,000 annual visitors to New Zealand, up 12.5 per cent in the year to July.

"Air New Zealand is the only airline to fly direct non-stop services between the two cities and the introduction of our daily non-stop services will offer an additional 25,000 seats to New Zealand from Western Australia per year," Norris said.

He said New Zealand visitors to Western Australia were also up, growing nine per cent over the past year to 40,000 visitors.

Air New Zealand's decision to expand its services follows Tuesday's decision by the Australian Competition Tribunal to approve a proposed tie-up between Air NZ and Qantas.

The plan, which involved Qantas taking a 22 per cent stake and the airlines cooperating on flights to, from and within Air New Zealand, had been rejected in New Zealand by the Commerce Commission and on appeal in the High Court.

The alliance cannot proceed because it needed approval from both sides of the Tasman, but following the decision by the ACT the airlines indicated they would look at ways they could co-operate in Australia that would not contravene New Zealand regulations.

Norris said the airlines might pursue the alliance in two to three years time.
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Friday October 15, 10:02 AM
Increased airline capacity brings in $1bn

Increased international airline capacity helped bring almost $1 billion into the Australian economy last financial year, it is claimed.

Airline liberalisation would also deliver a further significant economic boost for Australia's tourism industry in the coming Northern Winter schedule, according to TTF Australia.

In the month of August there were 43,600 extra passengers to Australia compared to the same period last year and similar rises through 2003/04 had brought an extra $983 million to the Australian economy.

TTF Managing Director Christopher Brown said various bilateral air rights negotiations over the past year had resulted in the doubling of capacity to China and Hong Kong, as well as substantial increases in capacity to Malaysia, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and India.

The "landmark" air services agreement signed with Hong Kong in April had seen Qantas and Cathay preparing to increase service and Dragon Air tipped to do likewise, while also allowing Virgin Atlantic to finally land In Australia in December, Mr Brown said.

The coming Northern Winter schedule would result in a nine percent increase in international capacity to Sydney, a 19 percent increase to Melbourne, an eight percent increase to Brisbane and a 30 percent increase to Cairns.

"There is no other tourism industry on earth as dependent upon its aviation partnership as us. TTF will continue to promote a policy agenda that opens up opportunities for foreign carriers into Australia, and also forges similar openings for Qantas and Pacific Blue offshore," Mr Brown said. - Travelpress travel news
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Here are the photos of the top 3 airlines in AUS posted on HKADB :

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Boeing 737-8FE (VH-VOK)


Boeing 737-8BK (VH-VOS)


Boeing 737-8BK (VH-VOD) "Blue Moon"


Boeing 737-8Q8 (VH-VOU)


Boeing 737-8EF (VH-VOT)


Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8EF (VH-VOR)


Actually, I don't really like the colour of Pacific Blue...


The 717 will be replaced by those 320 soon.


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Boeing 737-838 (VH-VXI)


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Sydney Airport Posts 12PCT Rise in Passenger Numbers

SYDNEY, Oct 21 Asia Pulse - Sydney Airport took off strongly in the start of the 2005 financial year, posting a 12 per cent jump in passenger numbers for the three months to September.

Continued recovery in the airline industry also helped the bottom line, according to the airport's owner.

Southern Cross, the Macquarie Airports (MAp) led consortium which owns the Sydney airport, reported a 15.9 per cent jump in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) to $A118.8 million ($US87.15 million) from the previous corresponding period.

MAp chief executive Kerrie Mather said Sydney Airport had now delivered over two years of double digit earnings growth to investors, largely due to a broad range of commercial initiatives and the comprehensive restructuring of the business.

She also said the quarterly result was reflected in a recovery in passenger numbers as well as the successful implementation of an airport marketing strategy over the past two years.

In the quarter, the airport reported a total increase in passengers of 11.5 per cent.

Total traffic for September alone was estimated to have jumped 10 per cent over the previous corresponding period, which included a 7.2 per cent improvement in international travellers.

MAp said the rise in overseas visitor numbers continued to be influenced by the strong recovery from the Iraq war and SARS last year.

A strengthening Australian dollar also had helped stimulate outbound traffic.

Ms Mather said since the acquisition of Sydney Airport in 2002, the airport's performance was a key factor in the successful renegotiation of its debt facilities during the quarter.

"This has enabled Sydney Airport to put in place a more flexible, efficient and comprehensive financial structure to support the growth of the business," she said.

MAp said all parts of its Sydney Airport's business including aeronautical, property, commercial and retail, contributed positively to overall revenue growth.

During the quarter, total revenues rose by 14 per cent from the previous corresponding period to $148.7 million.

Also commenting on the result, Sydney Airport Corporation Ltd chairman Max Moore-Wilton said a strengthening in the recovery of the aviation market combined with the airport's streamlined operations contributed to the good result.

"The result was pleasing and represented the ninth consecutive quarter of double digit EBITDA growth since privatisation," he said.

MAp also today reported growth in passenger traffic across three out of its four airports.

Sydney, Rome and Bristol airports all experienced an increase in traffic for September while Birmingham airport traffic declined 4.3 per cent.

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Skywest says its business in regional Western Australia has grown sharply and could indicate a boom in regional tourism.

Skywest operates flights to most areas in the state, and the carrier says its passenger numbers have risen by 65 per cent this year.

While the main Skywest customers are government and business passengers, chief executive officer Scott Henderson says tourist demand is rising.

"Look, our core market throughout Western Australia is business and government travellers. Skywest has recently changed our strategy and we're really trying to grow the tourism market and to that end we had just on Tuesday a Skywest showcase in Perth," he said.

The airline has also announced plans to list on the stock exchange.

The company launched a prospectus yesterday offering shares in the airline, and Mr Henderson says the float should be ready by November.
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