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Old August 26th, 2005, 01:21 PM   #301
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probably somewhat pie in the sky, but gives you an idea of the scale that Tulla could expand by:



the yellow part above has actually been started (although there's no long term plan (as far as anyone knows) to actually make the new pier that big) - there's two new A380 capable gates going there.
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Sunday August 28, 5:11 AM
Jet fuel rationing hits Australian flights

SYDNEY (AFP) - International airline passengers could face delays of up to two hours because of the rationing of jet fuel at Sydney airport, officials said.

The fuel was in short supply because some stocks had been found to be sub-standard, but none of the problem fuel had been loaded onto aircraft, an oil company spokesman told the national AAP news agency.

Testing had shown the fuel was "off specification" because it had low levels of an element that ensured there was no static build-up when the fuel was moved, he said.

A Qantas spokeswoman said customers could expect delays of up to two hours but no flights had been cancelled.

International flights would replenish their stocks at other airports, she said.

"For example, the flight that went to Los Angeles this morning docked in at Fiji on the way, and that just means that it adds an hour on to the flight time," the spokeswoman said.

"Domestically we just make sure that flights have the fuel as they come into Sydney and that they refuel from other ports."

She said it was unclear when services would return to normal.

"The oil companies are working to resolve it, and we hope it will be resolved soon," she said.

A spokeswoman for the fuel distributor at the airport told national radio that there were no safety concerns.

"The low conductivity is only an issue in actually loading into the aircraft, and we're pleased to say that we obviously found that there was an issue before any fuel was loaded onto any aircraft, so there's been no safety issues at all," she said.
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Old August 30th, 2005, 07:26 AM   #303
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Flights out of Sydney normal after fuel scare

SYDNEY, Aug 28 (AFP) - International flights out of Australia's Sydney airport were back to normal Sunday after a problem with the supply of sub-standard jet fuel was resolved, officials said.

Some passengers had faced flights from Sydney which were extended by up to two hours on Saturday as their planes had to make unscheduled landings en route to take on their full fuel needs.

Supplies were rationed to 40 percent of normal, causing at least two flights to be cancelled, but the fuel suppliers said rations would be at 80 percent by Sunday night.

"Actions put in place over the past two days have been successful in bringing a large quantity of jet fuel back on specification in addition to the two Sydney refineries replenishing jet fuel stocks," spokesman Fred Funnell said in a statement.

"On behalf of all the fuel suppliers, we regret that this situation arose but are pleased that there has been limited impact on the travelling public.

"We are continuing to work hard to resume 100 per cent supply over the coming days."

Funnell, representing the Joint User Hydrant Installation which brings together major fuel suppliers, said it was not yet known what had caused the problems.

Testing had shown the fuel was "off specification" because it had low levels of an element that ensured there was no static build-up when the fuel was moved.

"We want to reassure everyone that none of the off-specification fuel reached aircraft," Funnell said.

A Qantas spokeswoman said there were no delays to services Sunday and international flights no longer needed to replenish their stocks at other airports.
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Old August 31st, 2005, 07:24 AM   #304
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Australia's Qantas: To Establish Sydney Engine Center
30 August 2005

SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU), Australia's largest airline, said Wednesday it will consolidate its engineering and maintenance facilities in Sydney and shed 60 jobs.

The Sydney-based airline said in a statement it will spend A$7.6 million upgrading and consolidating the current facilities, with a further A$12 million to be spent within 12 months if the plant reaches productivity targets. [ 31-08-05 0110GMT ]

MELBOURNE (Dow Jones)--Australia's largest airline Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) said Wednesday it will consolidate its engineering and maintenance facilities in Sydney and shed 60 jobs.

The Sydney-based airline said in a statement it will spend A$7.6 million upgrading and consolidating the current facilities, with a further A$12 million to be spent within 12 months if the plant reaches productivity targets. [ 31-08-05 0111GMT ]

Qantas Chief Executive Geoff Dixon foreshadowed widespread job cuts when releasing the airline's record full-year result on Aug. 18.

About 15% of Qantas' management has already been laid off and Dixon said that when releasing the results all parts of the business would be examined as part of a renewed cost-cutting drive.

"We are extremely pleased that the first review completed this month has resulted in a commitment to an in-house solution," Dixon said in Wednesday's statement.

Under the engineering consolidation, Qantas will establish a center in Sydney for the maintenance of Rolls-Royce RB211 aircraft engines.

Qantas already has a center in Melbourne for the maintenance of General Electric CF6 and cfm56 engines, in partnership with Patrick Corp. (PRK.AU).

The Sydney center will employ about 300 workers and Qantas said it will offer voluntary redundancy packages to reduce the work force by 60.

-By Barbara Adam, Dow Jones Newswires;

61-3-9614-2663; [email protected]

-Edited by Paul Godby [ 31-08-05 0124GMT ]

Qantas Chief Executive Geoff Dixon foreshadowed widespread job cuts when releasing the airline's record full-year result on Aug. 18.

About 15% of Qantas' management has already been retrenched and Dixon said when releasing the results all parts of the business would be examined as part of a renewed cost-cutting drive.

"We are extremely pleased that the first review completed this month has resulted in a commitment to an in-house solution," Dixon said in the Wednesday statement.

Under the engineering consolidation, Qantas will establish a Center of Excellence in Sydney for the maintenance of Rolls-Royce RB211 aircraft engines.

Qantas already has a Center of Excellence, Jet Turbine Services, in Melbourne for the maintenance of General Electric CF6 and cfm56 engines, in partnership with Patrick Corp. (PRK.AU).

The Sydney Centre for Excellence will employ about 300 workers and Qantas said it will offer voluntary redundancy packages to reduce the work force by 60 staff.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 05:17 AM   #305
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QANTAS Targets Growth in Overseas Markets in 2005

SYDNEY, Sept 8 Asia Pulse - Qantas will look for growth in the coming year on the back of new international markets but maintains that record high fuel prices will impact its profitability.

Qantas chairman Margaret Jackson and chief executive officer Geoff Dixon said the airline was performing strongly, adding that changes made to improve the efficiency of the business had been significant.

"However, the extraordinary cost of fuel will have a substantial ongoing impact on the company," they said in the group's annual report, released today.

"While further reforms in the business are under way and coupled with the high fuel price, Qantas does not expect to achieve the same levels of profitability in the current financial year."

The comments reiterate statements made last month when Australia's largest airline posted a record $A763.6 million ($US581.18 million) net profit for 2004/05, but warned that soaring fuel prices would impact profits this year.

Ms Jackson and Mr Dixon said Qantas was looking at new international markets to support its growth and wanted to expand its low cost carrier Jetstar's brand.

"Qantas will base its growth in the next 12 months on new international markets, while expanding existing profitable markets, substantially increasing freight revenues and expanding the Jetstar brand," they said.

"Qantas will continue investment in new destinations like China, with an additional service to Shanghai to start from November 2005 and new services to Beijing from January 2006.

"We are also continuing to invest in established international markets such as the USA, including new Qantas services to San Francisco commencing in March 2006, which will increase Qantas services to mainland USA to a record 39 per week."

Ms Jackson and Mr Dixon said other key focus areas for the coming year including growing its Jetstar Asia operation, which they said was poised to secure a strong position in the Asia value-based airline market following its merger with Singapore budget carrier Valuair.

Qantas has a 49 per cent stake in Jetstar Asia, with the remainder held by Singaporean businessmen Tony Chew (22 per cent), FF Wong (10 per cent) and Singapore state investment agency Temasek Holdings (19 per cent).

Qantas also plans a major expansion and enhancement of its QuickCheck kiosks throughout Australia.
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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:57 AM   #306
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Ozjet's scheduled date for take-off keeps slipping
Scott Rochfort
9 September 2005
The Sydney Morning Herald

The launch of Australia's fourth domestic carrier, OzJet, is headed for another major delay.

Despite the airline's repeated claims it was on track to receive regulatory approval to fly its fleet of ageing 737s by the end of this month and launch flights by late October, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority begs to differ.

Paul Stoddart, also owner of the poorly performing Formula One Minardi team, first outlined plans to launch Ozjet flights in June, then September and now October.

But it appears the company will be lucky to be airborne this year. CASA is not expected to grant OzJet an Air Operators Certificate for at least two months.

CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said OzJet would not receive permission to fly until "late October at the earliest but it could go into November".

However, Mr Gibson said the approval process was still on schedule. He added that the recent 737-200 air crashes in Indonesia and Peru had not delayed CASA's assessment of OzJet's plans to use these aircraft.

Given OzJet's fleet of 737-200s were built in 1974 and 1975, Mr Gibson said: "It's always been something we were going to have to look at obviously. In no way is what we're doing in terms of investigating the aircraft age and airworthiness got anything to do with recent accidents.

"It's what systems do we need to put into place to keep a check on them as they come into service and continue in service."

OzJet chief executive Hans van Pelt insisted the airline still planned to start selling tickets by early October after gaining permission to launch services.

When told of CASA's time frame of granting OzJet permission to fly by late October at the earliest, Mr van Pelt said: "That's not what they are telling me."

Mr van Pelt said OzJet planned to start services three weeks after gaining its AOC, so it has time to sell tickets. He denied speculation the launch of the airline could be delayed until February, given the problems the all-business class OzJet could have drawing corporate passengers in summer.

He said concerns about OzJet's fleet of 30 and 31-year-old planes were ill-founded.

"We've had them and been operating [them] for 12 years and have a perfectly safe clean record. We're commended on our maintenance by the UK CAA [Civil Aviation Authority]," he said.

The aircraft have been used by Paul Stoddart's charter airline in the UK, European Aviation.

"Of course, these airplanes would not come anywhere near operating domestically in Australia nor would they be operating ... in the UK if they weren't clean," Mr van Pelt said, referring to their maintenance history.

He said CASA was comfortable with OzJet's plans to use 30-year-old aircraft.
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Australia's Qantas July Revenue Seat Factor 79%
8 September 2005

MELBOURNE (Dow Jones)--Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) Friday said it carried slightly fewer paying passengers in July than a year earlier.

Qantas' revenue seat factor fell 0.2 percentage points to 79.0% in the month compared with 79.2% a year earlier.

The number of passengers carried in July increased 4.5% to 2.90 million from 2.78 million in July last year.
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Casualties mount on Tasman air routes
17.09.05
By Chris Daniels


Long described as an aviation bloodbath, the tally of airline casualties on the Tasman means the route may now be starting to justify its gruesome description.

This week, Air New Zealand said it was pulling its Freedom Air planes off the Melbourne route, meaning people living in Hamilton, Palmerston North and Dunedin will now have to fly to bigger cities for flights to the Victorian capital.

Freedom said there was not enough demand for the "visiting friends and relatives" or holiday travel to justify the service.

It joins a growing list of transtasman airline services being cut back or downgraded to budget status. Qantas' own low-cost wing, Jetstar, is about to take over some of the less lucrative flights from its full-service parent.

The Tasman has long been held out as one of the most competitive air routes in the world, with established carriers like Air New Zealand and Qantas battling it out with the so-called "fifth freedom" airlines.

A fifth freedom refers to one of the different kind of rights airlines are given to fly between, or within, different jurisdictions. New Zealand allows airlines based in other countries - such as Chile, Singapore, Dubai or the US - to pick up passengers from here and take them to Australia. Other countries, such as Australia, protect their national airlines from this kind of competition.

Airlines such as Thai, Garuda and others were able to make a flight across the Tasman to pick up New Zealanders at relatively low cost, before flying on to their final destination. The arrival of low-cost carriers like Pacific Blue - and Air New Zealand's own move to a low-cost model - means that ticket prices on the Tasman have fallen dramatically.

Air New Zealand is trying to differentiate the services between Freedom and its "full-service brand" as an attempt to identify which routes are suitable for leisure and family travel, and which are more popular with business travellers.

Business travellers are willing to pay higher-priced tickets, but require a more expensive service, which includes food and drink. They also need more freedom to alter itineraries if plans change.

Air New Zealand is trying to save money on its Tasman and Pacific Island routes by putting all its fleet of Airbus A320 short-haul aircraft into a single operating company.

Rob Fyfe, Air New Zealand's group general manager of airlines, said earlier this year that its proposed short-haul strategy involved "a new approach to create a sustainable operating model in an environment of capacity dumping and yield decline of about 25 per cent" on the Tasman over the past two years.

Cabin crew who worked on the domestic Boeing 737 fleet would stay with that aircraft type while a common pool of A320 crew would be used across Freedom and Air New Zealand aircraft. The whole plan is designed to cut the cost of flying the Tasman by 10 per cent.

Air New Zealand has so far been able to successfully pre-empt the competitive pressure of low-cost rivals like Pacific Blue by cutting its own costs and fares on routes likely to be targeted by new competitors.

Pacific Blue, the international wing of Australian budget carrier Virgin Blue, will make its first flights between New Zealand and Tonga from the end of next month.

It will be the first time Tonga will be serviced by a low-cost carrier, which Pacific Blue says will provide an "affordable alternative to the existing traditional airlines servicing the country".

The new flights to Tonga will be the fourth South Pacific destination serviced by Pacific Blue after the launch of services from Australia to Vanuatu and Fiji last year.

Its Auckland to Tonga service will initially depart three days a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Pacific Blue said that its forays into Pacific Island routes had made a big difference to the tourism industry. The number of people travelling between Fiji and Brisbane had risen by 56 per cent.

The rising cost of fuel is making it even more difficult to earn any money on the Tasman. The International Air Transport Association said this week soaring fuel prices would mean the global airline business would lose US$7.4 billion in 2005.

Giovanni Bisignani, IATA director-general and CEO, said oil was "once again robbing the industry of a return to profitability". He said the total fuel bill for the world's airlines had more than doubled to just under US$100 billion in less than two years.

US airlines Delta and Northwest filed for bankruptcy protection this week, staggering under the weight of high fuel prices, competition from low-fare rivals and crippling pension obligations.

* A strike by aircraft machinists at Boeing's Seattle headquarters has come at just the wrong time for Air New Zealand, as two of its new Boeing 777-200ER (extended range) planes are on the stalled production line.

Air New Zealand is cancelling some of its Christchurch to Los Angeles flights, while other services due to have been flown with the new planes are being taken over by its older Boeing 767 planes.

The second of Air New Zealand's fleet of eight Boeing 747-400s has just come out of the hangar with its new interior and seats.

Freedom Air: No more flights to Melbourne or overlapping services with Air NZ.

Thai: No more flights between Auckland and Brisbane.

Pacific Blue: Launched flights from Auckland in May, after cutting back its services to Wellington.

Emirates: Stopped flights between Christchurch and Melbourne in July, now flies from Christchurch to Sydney (and then on to Dubai).

Qantas/Jetstar: From December 1, Jetstar will start flying from Christchurch to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. These replace existing Qantas services into the city.
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A380 plans quick visit in November

Steve Creedy, Aviation writer
September 16, 2005

QANTAS and Airbus are optimistic one of the new A380 superjumbos will visit Australia in November.

An Airbus source confirmed yesterday planning had begun for the double-decker aircraft to visit Singapore, Sydney and Brisbane. While the trip was still subject to final approval, the source said the French manufacturer was keen to show off its new plane.

Qantas has ordered 12 of the aircraft, which can carry up to 555 people in three classes and more than 800 in an all-economy configuration, and wants one to visit Brisbane as part of its 85th birthday celebrations on November 16.

The flying kangaroo's request gained significant leverage after manufacturing problems that delayed deliveries of its first planes by six months.

Sydney and Singapore are among the cities destined to see the first commercial A380 services. Singapore Airlines will start using the A380 on the kangaroo route to London at the end of next year. The plane visiting Australia would be a test aircraft, the source said, without the luxurious fit-outs airlines are promising in the commercial versions.

However, it would give Australians their first look at the giant plane and a still rare opportunity to see it in flight.

Brisbane Airport's Jim Carden said the airport's runway could handle the plane, but it would have to get dispensation from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority because the A380's 80m wingspan was wider than its taxiways.

Mr Carden said the airport expected interest in the A380 to be high enough to warrant building grandstands.

Sydney Airport also confirmed yesterday that it would be ready to handle the giant plane by November.

Airlines flying the A380 are promising a new era in comfort and facilities.

Qantas will fly the A380 with about 500 passengers in three classes, Emirates with 489 and Singapore Airlines with fewer than 480.

Qantas passengers in all classes will get special lounge areas as well as more personal space, video on demand, internet access and bigger screens.
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Airport braces for jumbo traffic chaos
Peter Morley
26sep05

THE expected Brisbane visit of the world's biggest commercial airliner is likely to cause traffic jams like those associated with the opening of discount stores at the entrance to the airport.

That experience has prompted the Brisbane Airport Corporation to begin making contingency plans for the aircraft's likely November 16 appearance to coincide with the 85th anniversary of Qantas.

A corporation spokesman said that while the Brisbane debut of the Airbus A380 still had to be confirmed, planning was under way on how to handle crowds it was likely to attract.

"Number one issue is how to handle the thousands of cars, where they can be parked, what are the best vantage points," the spokesman said.

"I would imagine people will be trying to park along every road they can just as occurred when a Concorde once flew in."

The matter was made more difficult because, depending on weather, the plane would approach from over Moreton Bay or from the south and then taxi to the new Qantas hangar built to handle the giant aircraft.

With proper planning the situation would be manageable as the corporation had gained a valuable insight into traffic problems as a result of the opening of the retail complex.

Qantas will be among the first carriers to operate the A380 which, in three-class configuration, can carry 555 people but has capacity for more than 800 passengers.

The plane's entry into commercial service has been delayed by several months, causing the Australian carrier to invoke compensation clauses that were written into the purchase agreement.

Also scheduled to arrive for the airline's celebration of its foundation in Queensland is movie star/pilot John Travolta who flies the first jet a Boeing 707 that Qantas operated.


BRISBANE bound . . . the Airbus A380 takes off on its first flight in April. The giant aircraft's Brisbane visit on November 16 is likely to cause traffic jams around the airport. Picture: Agence France-Presse.
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Australia's Virgin Blue August traffic up 9.3 pct

SYDNEY, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Australian budget airline Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd. said on Monday its passenger traffic rose 9.3 percent in August, matching the growth in its capacity.

Virgin Blue said it carried 1.2 million passengers in August, up 10.7 percent on the same month last year. Revenue passenger kilometres, an industry standard which measures seats sold and distance flown, rose 9.3 percent, it said in a statement.

Its August passenger load factor, which measures how successfully it fills its aircraft, was steady at 78.2 percent.

In the 11-months to August, its revenue passenger kilometres were up 13.9 percent, capacity rose 17.7 percent and its load factor was down 2.6 percentage points at 76.3 percent.

Shares in Virgin Blue were down 1 cent at A$1.57 by 12:07 p.m. (0207 GMT) in a stronger broader market. The S&P/ASX 200 Index <.AXJO> was 0.8 percent higher. Virgin Blue is 62.4 percent-owned by Patrick Corp. , Australia's biggest ports operator which is the subject of a A$4.7 billion ($3.6 billion) hostile bid from Toll Holdings Ltd. to create Australia's biggest transport company.

Under Toll's bid proposal, the combined group would sell down Patrick's stake in Virgin Blue by allowing Richard Branson's Virgin Group [VA.UL], which owns 25.6 percent of Virgin Blue, to buyer a bigger interest of up to 40.6 percent. ($1=A$1.32)
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October 07, 2005


AFTER months of delays, the country's fourth domestic carrier, OzJet, has said it is on track to start flying next month.
The one-class airline says it is still in talks with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for an Air Operator's Certificate, but hopes to start taking requests for seats within weeks.

Chief executive Hans van Pelt today said Ozjet was close to receiving its air operators certificate, the licence needed to operate scheduled passenger services in Australia.




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Domestic flights hit 40 million
PAUL DYER
16 October 2005
Sunday Telegraph

PASSENGER numbers on Australian domestic flights have climbed to record highs -- reaching more than 40 million in a year.

And the latest figures show Australian planes are carrying more people and flying further -- with passenger numbers and distance travelled rising faster than the number of trips.

The figures were released this week by the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics.

They show that a record 3.63 million passengers flew on major and regional domestic airlines in July, beating 3.58 million in October 2004. This was a 5.2 per cent increase on July 2004.

The number of passenger trips for the 12 months to the end of July was a record 40.57 million -- up 9.9 per cent on the year to July 2004.

And while both passenger numbers and kilometres travelled rose by about 10 per cent in the year, the number of flights rose by less than 6 per cent.

This is a product of the shift towards larger planes -- with Australian airlines moving to new generation Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s.

And as airlines carry more people on fewer flights, there is the added benefit of reducing fuel use. The routes which experience the biggest number of passenger increases in July 2005 compare to July 2004 include:

Gold Coast and Melbourne -- up 19.1 per cent to 95,300;

Adelaide to Melbourne -- up 18.3 per cent to 165,700 and;

Sydney to Gold Coast -- up 13.3 per cent to 162,900.

But the three most popular routes in Australia -- Melbourne-Sydney, Brisbane-Sydney and Brisbane-Melbourne -- all recorded drops in passenger numbers of between 3 and 4.5 per cent.
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Thursday October 20, 10:26 PM
AUSTRALIA PRESS: Qantas May Export 3000 Engineering Jobs

SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Australian national carrier Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) is expected to send more than 3,000 jobs offshore, with a final decision expected early next year, reports the Australian newspaper Friday.

Citing unnamed sources within the airline, the newspaper said around 3,250 of Qantas' 6,900 engineering and maintenance jobs would need to be outsourced to meet its cost cutting targets.

Qantas has been in discussions with union officials over how to become more competitive with overseas maintenance providers, primarily in Asia, however a decision on job cuts has been deferred pending an internal review by the airline.

Qantas Chief Executive Geoff Dixon acknowledged the airline was looking at options for its repair and maintenance operations but said no decision had yet been made.

Regional rival Air New Zealand said Wednesday it planned to cut 600 jobs and outsource its maintenance of wide-body planes and engines.
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Dixon says jobs on the line at Qantas
Scott Rochfort and Nick O'Malley
22 October 2005
The Sydney Morning Herald

Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon has put himself on a collision course with the unions, after confirming the airline was looking to move "significant parts" of its engineering operations overseas.

Such a move could result in the loss of up to 2500 maintenance jobs.

Citing the recent decisions by Air New Zealand and United Airlines to relocate their long-haul heavy maintenance work overseas, Mr Dixon said Qantas would have to follow suit if it could not make its Australian operations "globally competitive".

He said a final decision would be made by February.

Mr Dixon said, however, that the warning had nothing to do with upcoming enterprise bargaining talks between Qantas and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, which represents around 1500 Qantas maintenance staff.

"The bigger issue here is that the industry's changing and it's not about Qantas saying, 'Well gee, I've got a negotiation coming up with the AMWU'," Mr Dixon said.

"It's got nothing at all to do with our EBA [Enterprise Bargaining Agreement]. This is much bigger."

Mr Dixon said the possible maintenance job cuts did "not necessarily" represent the largest component of the airline's plans to cut a further $1.5 billion off its cost base in the next two years. But he argued the airline had created 10,000 job in the past decade. "Not one of these have been created by a union," he said.

The national secretary of the AMWU, Doug Cameron, said: "We are going to fight this industrially, politically and publicly."

Relations between workers and the airline soured in the past year after what unions said had been deliberate intimidation.

"This constant campaign of fear and paranoia is diabolical," said the secretary of the Australian Workers Union, Bill Shorten.

"They have definitely pissed off a lot of people this time."

He said the airline's industrial relations managers were a "bunch of clowns running a media campaign rather than talking to their workforce".

Mr Shorten called on Qantas to stop negotiating through the media and put its cards on the table.

Australian Services Union assistant national secretary Linda White said she was yet to get a clear guarantee Qantas would not sack any of its 2000 call centre staff.

"With Qantas, we'll have to wait until it reaches the front page of a newspaper. That's how they conduct their industrial relations," Ms White said.

Mr Dixon said: "We will not be making firm guarantees to the likes of the ASU."

Qantas also confirmed a further 70 engineering staff could go after it lost a technical handling contract with Singapore Airlines on Friday.

Singapore Air said Qantas had tried to lift the price of the $9 million a year contract by "at least" 30 per cent last week. It said the price hike was closer to 50 per cent, given Qantas had decided to stop providing "pushback, water and toilet" servicing to Singapore Air aircraft.

"We had every intention of recontracting Qantas to provide our Australian-based engineering services. We were surprised in the negotiations that Qantas lifted its rate well above market rates," Singapore Air spokeswoman Kate Pratley said.

She noted Qantas came through with the proposed price increase only a week ago.

Singapore Airlines declined to comment on suggestions Qantas no longer wanted the contract and had used it as a ploy to cut its maintenance workforce.

"It's a question you should ask Qantas," Singapore Air's head spokesman, Stephen Foreshaw, said.

Qantas spokeswoman Belinda de Rome said Qantas was "disappointed" it had lost the contract.

The move comes two months after Singapore Air said it would not renew its ground-handling contract with Qantas, which Qantas said would result in the loss of 200 jobs.
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Sydney Airport keeps its upward momentum
21 October 2005
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SYDNEY Airport's earnings kept rising in the September quarter as growing passenger traffic and property revenues supported the facility's plans for further expansion.

Southern Cross Airports Corporation Holdings, which manages Sydney Airport, said earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation grew 6.9 per cent to $127 million in the three months to September 30 from the previous corresponding period.

Macquarie Airports, which has a majority 55 per cent stake in Sydney Airport, said the results consolidated improvements in the performance of the airport since its privatisation in 2002. "After significant changes and 12 quarters of double-digit growth, the airport is now firmly positioned for the next phase of its development," MAp chief executive Kerrie Mather said.

"Planning is well under way on the implementation of Project STAR, a $600million investment program to improve the airport's facilities and ability to handle the continued increase in passengers."

Sydney Airport revenue grew 8 per cent to $160.6 million in the September quarter, primarily driven by passenger traffic growth from new airline services, commercial initiatives and increased property revenues.

Total operating expenses, including specific non-recurring expenses, rose 9.8 per cent to $33.8 million, reflecting an increase in security costs, partly offset by reduced specific non-recurring charges.

Sydney Airport Corporation chairman and chief executive Max Moore-Wilton said the first quarter of 2005-06 was another period of continued growth for the airport.

"Growth in aeronautical revenue based on increasing passengers, strong retail performance, growth in car parking revenues based on expanded capacity and further strong property portfolio performance all contributed to the quarter's good results," Mr Moore-Wilton said.

"This consistent growth ensures that SACL is well placed to implement a range of initiatives to upgrade the airfield and terminals going forward." Sydney Airport is spending more than $100million to prepare the airport for the arrival of the Airbus A380 next year, with airfield and terminal works ahead of schedule.

The airport also plans to spend $90million on security upgrades, which include implementing 100 per cent checked baggage screening by December at the international terminal and at the T2 terminal at a later date.

In a separate report, Macquarie Airports said Sydney Airport passenger traffic rose to 2.43 million in the month of September, up 3.6 per cent from the same period a year earlier.
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Qantas keen to establish code-share arrangement with Air Malta
24 October 2005
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SYDNEY, Oct 24 Asia in Focus - QANTAS AIRWAYS LTD (ASX:QAN) has applied to the International Air Services Commission to start code-share arrangements with AIR MALTA on its daily services to the UK via Singapore. The code share arrangement would be in addition to the existing code sharing between the two carriers on Qantas services between Australia and the UK via Bangkok.

* In its application Qantas said Air Malta would carry the Qantas code between Melbourne and London via Singapore.

* "Air Malta will offer seats on these flights on a free sale basis and will set its airfares independently of Qantas," the application said.
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Qantas to Name First A380 After Nancy Bird Walton
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Sydney, 16 October 2005

Qantas will honour Australian pioneer aviatrix Nancy Bird Walton by naming its first A380 after her.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, made the announcement tonight during a special 90th birthday dinner hosted for Ms Bird Walton by the airline at the Qantas Heritage Collection at Sydney Airport (T3).

"Qantas and Nancy Bird Walton have been friends for many, many years, and she is greatly admired not only throughout the airline but throughout the industry," Mr Dixon said.

"I am delighted that Qantas will start a new era of air travel, with the A380, by carrying Nancy Bird Walton's name to the world."

Mr Dixon said Qantas had a well-established tradition of naming its aircraft, which could be traced back to the introduction of the first DH50 aircraft - named Iris by Lady Stonehaven, wife of the then Governor General, on 18 August 1926.

"Themes for the naming of aircraft have been wide and varied over the years," he said. "In 1929 for example, with the introduction of the DH61 aircraft, the theme was Grecian, with aircraft named Apollo, Diana, Hermes and Athena.

"In the flying boat era, we had Capella, Carpentaria, Challenger, Champion, Calypso and Camilla.

"Since then, the names of Australian destinations have dominated our choices, although in the 1980s aircraft carried inspirational names like Daring, Integrity, Resolute, Partnership and Unity, and one period featured Australian birdlife names such as Bellbird, Lorikeet and Kestrel."

Mr Dixon said Qantas had re-established the practice of giving aircraft Australian place names with the delivery of its first 737-800 (called Broome) in 2002, in recognition of the fact that the Qantas Group carried customers from towns and regional centres right across Australia.

He said aircraft names since 2002 had featured destinations from all States and Territories with recent examples including Evandale (Tasmania), Australind (Western Australia) Eudunda (South Australia), Queanbeyan (NSW), Cape Otway (Victoria), and Arnhem Land (Northern Territory), with the airline's new Qantas Airbus A330 in December to be called Cairns (Queensland).

"With the A380s, however, it is time to start a new tradition," Mr Dixon said.

"We believe that with the A380 set to revolutionise air travel, it is appropriate to honour Australia's aviation pioneers by carrying their names into the future," he said.

Mr Dixon said Qantas was currently assessing names for the other 11 A380s it had on order.
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Qantas says new pay claim won't fly
Steve Creedy, Aviation writer
26 October 2005
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QANTAS chief executive Geoff Dixon has drawn another of his famous lines in the sand with a sharp warning to his pilots that the carrier will not increase its pay offer or resile from its decision to start a new international carrier.

In a blunt letter to the airline's long-haul pilots, Mr Dixon warned that an active campaign for a "no" vote on a new enterprise bargaining agreement would not influence the group's strategy to take low-cost offshoot Jetstar international.

His comments come as a reform group expected to take control of the Australian and International Pilots Association has warned the airline is in for some hard bargaining if the enterprise agreement is rejected.

Pilots are worried about the establishment of a new international arm of Jetstar and plans to start a second-officers' base in Singapore.

But Mr Dixon said the agreement provided for back pay, a 3per cent annual pay rise and "some sensible efficiencies".

"If the proposed agreement is voted down, the current enterprise agreement, and the current pay rates continue until a new agreement is accepted," he said.

`AIPA may approach Qantas with new claims, but I can assure you that the 3 per cent wages offer will not be increased.

"Nor will the offer for back pay be repeated.

"Anyone suggesting otherwise is misleading you."

Mr Dixon said decisions on establishing new businesses would be made solely on the basis of what was best for the profitability and market share for the whole group.

He said this was how the airline would best secure the future of all employees, including pilots.

"Our international operation is certainly in no position to be isolated from the changes sweeping the entire industry," he said.

"On the contrary, this is where the pressure and need for change is most acute, with returns from the international operation falling well short of its share of our asset base."

The Qantas boss said Jetstar had grown new routes, protected Qantas market share and strengthened the mainline brand and yield. He said the same rationale would underscore its international operations.

However, his claims did not wash well with pilots.

AIPA reform group spokesman Ian Woods questioned why Mr Dixon was so determined to get involved in the pilots' proper democratic process.

Captain Woods said most pilots would interpret Mr Dixon's references to back pay as a threat.

"It's supposed to be a democratic vote, but the pilots probably think it's a plebiscite at gun point," he said.
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Airport reopens after scare



Passengers disembark from the Airbus after its heavy landing.
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October 26, 2005 - 4:41PM


Melbourne Airport has reopened to domestic flights after they were suspended this afternoon following a heavy landing by an Airbus in which the plane `fishtailed' down the runway.

Domestic arrivals and departures were stopped for two hours, causing delays which are expected to continue into this evening.

Both runways are expected to be reopen by 5pm, an Airservices Australia spokesman said.

Qantas spokesman Simon Rushton said that international flights hadn't been affected, but there had been an impact on domestic services.

"A number of flights have not been able to get into Melbourne as a result of the runway being closed, resulting in the cancellation of a small number of those services," Mr Rushton said.

"We're doing all we can to get passengers onto next available flights this afternoon and into this evening.

"There was certainly a small number of cancellations and delays at the time and those delays are still being experienced,'' he said.

Twelve planes were diverted to Sydney, Essendon, Avalon and Adelaide airports, while an unknown number were delayed.

Earlier, Melbourne Airport spokeswoman Brooke Lord told reporters: "Thai Airways flight TG-981 from Bangkok landed here safely but, after landing, blew two tyres."

"I'm not aware of any injuries to passengers," she said.

"We've actually bussed the passengers back to the terminal. So they're back now, inside the airport terminal.

Passengers said the plane was "fishtailing'' down the runway during the heavy landing.

Graham O'Donohoe, 45, from the bayside suburb of Mordialloc, said he watched the landing on his inflight seat-mounted television.

"In the last few hundred feet, the plane lurched over and, based on what I was looking at on the camera, the runway was over there,'' he said, indicating the plane was diagonal to the runway.

"We hit the tarmac too hard.

"It was all pretty calm but fish-tailing gets a bit scary.''

Mr O'Donohoe said no-one screamed in the plane but there were a few "oohs and ahs''.

The Melbourne businessman said he'd flown hundreds of times but this was the worst landing he'd experienced.

"It was like a roller coaster,'' he said.

Danny Wong, 33, from the Mornington Peninsula, was returning from a holiday in Thailand.

Mr Wong said he feared for his infant daughter's safety as he held her in his lap.

"We got thrown from side to side,'' he said, adding it was the roughest landing he had experienced.

Passengers leaving the stricken plane also took photographs showing a small hole in the plane's fuselage, possibly caused by tyre debris.

The Metropolitan Ambulance Service has confirmed paramedics were not called after the incident. The Metropolitan Fire Brigade also offered help, but was not needed.

Thai Airways International spokeswoman Sue Marr said there were about 240 passengers on the eight-hour, 50-minute flight from Bangkok.

"Apparently the aircraft landed just after midday in a very heavy cross-wind,'' Ms Marr said.

"So it landed safely, but it blew two tyres. So there were no injuries to any passengers and they've been bussed in, after disembarking safely.''

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Geoff Feren said that the wind speed at midday was a westerly at 43km/h, gusting at up to 54km/h.

"The wind had actually been stronger earlier in the day, so there's nothing exceptional about it although they are strong winds, " he said.

"Melbourne Airport is very exposed to very strong winds, considerably stronger than those winds. I mean, earlier in the day they had winds up around about 80km/h . . . So the change of wind direction, presumably, was of significance to the operations. But I really can't comment on that.''

The Metropolitan Ambulance Service has confirmed paramedics were not called after the incident. The Metropolitan Fire Brigade also offered help, but was not needed.

Airservices Australia spokesman Ben Mitchell said the Airbus blew one tyre, not two.

"A break in hydraulic lines has then sprayed fluid onto hot brakes, resulting in two small fires,'' he said.

Airservices Australia spokesman Richard Dudley said blown tyres and heavy landings were a rare but real risk.

"What happened here was that around midday, an in-bound Thai Airways A340 Airbus aircraft landed heavily,'' Mr Dudley said.

"One tyre blew. There was leaking hydraulic fluid. There were two small fires which were quickly extinguished by the Aviation Rescue and Firefighting personnel, which is a clear demonstration of why they are stationed on airport and why they do have this specialist role.

"They responded, the fires were quickly extinguished, enabling the evacuation via normal means of the passengers to the terminal.''

Mr Dudley said slides were not deployed. The passengers were provided with airfield stairs to get them off the aircraft to then board buses back to the terminal.

"Customs and Quarantine provisions were maintained and essentially we've now swung into managing the inevitable traffic delays that have crept into the network around the country as a result of having an airport of this size closed for two hours,'' Mr Dudley said.

"We manage both the Aviation Rescue and Firefighting Service and Air Traffic Control.''

Mr Dudley said there were up to 20 aviation firefighters on duty at Melbourne Airport at any time.

"The airport has reopened one of the runways, so we're off an running again . . . with rescue and firefighting personnel watching every departure and every take-off. And they would be a bit stretched at the moment as the rest of the personnel would still be dealing with the other issue, at the other end of the runway.''

- theage.com.au, with AAP
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