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Old June 22nd, 2006, 10:52 AM   #441
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id like to see qantas and air new zealand merge.. that would be cool
They tried to in 2003, but the New Zealand government didn't allow. Any ideas why??
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 11:07 AM   #442
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National pride combined with competition concerns I would guess. If they merged there would be little to no competition domestically in NZ and they would have a stranglehold on the Tasman market.

Having said that the NZ market is small and if Qantas (large and profitable) is looking at merging with someone for ecomonic reasons then I would assume NZ wouldn't be far behind. They are both public companies.

Out of all of this though I don't know where Virgin Blue would stand. Back when Ansett was still around Qantas was trembling in its boots at the prospect of SQ taking the other 50% stake in Ansett. This would have made an airline group of AN-SQ-NZ that would have had the Australian market by the neck. Now things have turned and a tie up with QF and either SQ or NZ would leave Virgin out in the cold.

One alternative would be for QF-NZ to merge, and SQ to take over DJ. I don't think a suitable outcome could occur with any other options.
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Qantas and BA.
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 02:20 PM   #444
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Hands off our airline!

Qantas and Air NZ are a natural fit - the Kiwis didnt want to, because well, logic failed to win over patriotism.
Hypocrites - they owned our 2nd airline before it died -> on their watch mind you.

I do not support a merger with Emirates on any grounds. No way.
Singapore Airlines, maybe, but I'd prefer Qantas to remain how it is, ofcourse much healthier and larger.
Hopefully with the imminent launch of Jetstar International, the Qantas group can rise like a pheonix.

Qantas being foreign owend, it may as well loose its name.
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Qantas seeking compensation for delay in Airbus super-jumbo delivery

SYDNEY, June 22, 2006 (AFP) - Australian flag carrier Qantas confirmed Thursday that it was seeking compensation from European manufacturer Airbus for the late delivery of a dozen A380 super jumbo airliners.

Chief executive Geoff Dixon said Qantas' contract with the France-based consortium allowed for compensation in the event of late delivery.

"We have contracts with Airbus that require Airbus to compensate us based on delivery timetables, and many of those have been activated," Dixon said, without specifying the size of potential compensation payments.

But Dixon added that Qantas was not at this time ready to cancel its order for the A380, which he called an "amazingly good" aircraft.

"We have no intention of changing our orders," he said.

Airbus announced last week that the delivery schedule for its A380 super jumbo had been pushed back by six to seven months due to problems installing electrical wiring.

It is the second time production of the A380 has been held up due to difficulties with electrical wiring, with Airbus earlier pushing back the delivery date of the super jumbo by six months.

Qantas had originally been due to receive the first aircraft in October this year before the date was pushed back to April 2007.

Dixon said it was now expected in October next year.

"We are looking and talking to Airbus about replacement aircraft, because obviously when you are planning these things that far out you are expecting the capacity to be there," he said.
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Old June 25th, 2006, 03:39 AM   #446
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Fog again delays Sydney-bound flights
24 June 2006
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Flights bound for Sydney have been delayed around the country while fog persists in the harbour city.

A Qantas spokesman says the airline wants to avoid repeating the lengthy fog-induced delays experienced yesterday at Sydney airport.

She says flights will not be allowed to take off for Sydney until 8:00am AEST.

There is already a three-hour delay out of Darwin.

There is also extreme fog at Canberra airport, which will not open until 10:00am AEST.
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Security scare at Australia's Adelaide airport

SYDNEY, June 25 (Reuters) - Up to 200 Singapore Airlines passengers and staff were quarantined at an airport in southern Australia on Sunday after white powder was found on luggage, airport and emergency officials said.

Authorities said 80 of the passengers were required to take showers at Adelaide airport in a "wet decontamination process", although tests showed the substance was not dangerous.

"It showed up as negative on all of our tests for anything of concern," a fire service spokesman said. "It was then deemed a low-level powder incident and that's when we only decontaminated the 80 instead of the close to 200 that were on the flight."

All passengers and staff on the Singapore Airlines flight were later allowed to leave the airport, the spokesman said.
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Emirates flight bid set for take-off
4 July 2006
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TREASURER Peter Costello has endorsed Emirates Airlines' push for extra flights to Australia.

Mr Costello said provided Emirates helped Qantas win reciprocal landing rights on its routes, Emirates would get permission for more flights to Australia.

"I think, subject to Qantas getting reciprocal landing rights on routes that Emirates controls, Emirates should get landing rights and be able to provide a service to the (Australian) public," Mr Costello said.

"If they give equivalence of treatment to Australian airlines, and that means Qantas, then they can expect opportunities in our market."

Qantas has been lobbying heavily in Canberra against an Emirates proposal that would effectively double the carrier's landing rights in Australia to 16 flights a day by 2014.

The chief executive of the United Arab Emirates-based airline, Tim Clark, was in Australia late last month to lobby federal transport officials and push the proposal.

Emirates has indicated it wants to expand its business in Australia, but this would put Qantas under significant commercial pressure.

Industry sources believe Transport Minister Warren Truss will protect Qantas from Emirates. Last year, he moved to protect Qantas when there was a proposal before cabinet to give Singapore Airlines access to Qantas' most-profitable route, that between Australia and the United States.

Frustration with a lack of significant competition in Australia's aviation policy has also led Tourism Minister Fran Bailey to write to Mr Truss backing the Emirates push.

Ms Bailey believes more services from Emirates will help expand tourism and give people more travel options.

Ms Bailey was also among a group of senior ministers, including Mr Costello and Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane, who backed Singapore Airlines' push to win access to the Pacific route.

Australia's major airports, but most aggressively Melbourne Airport, have intensified pressure on Canberra to do more to build passenger numbers through increased airline competition.

A recent decision from Canberra refusing permission for Qatar Airways to fly to Melbourne alarmed Melbourne Airport executives, who want more foreign airlines to have access to Australia.

Qantas has strong political support at the highest levels in Canberra. But the national carrier's decision to substantially cut its Australian workforce after last year's favourable cabinet ruling on the Pacific route has irritated some senior ministers.

Greater access to the Australian market by Emirates would require high-level discussions between governments to reopen the bilateral aviation agreement that sets the number of flights between the two countries.

Qantas argues that it faces a significant disadvantage competing against airlines such as Emirates, which have a different ownership structure, better tax treatment and discounts on key costs such as fuel.
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Australia Transport Min: UK Aviation Restrictions Lifted
6 July 2006

CANBERRA (Dow Jones)--Australian and British aviation officials agreed to remove the limit on the number of flights between their two nations, effective immediately, Australia's Transport Minister Warren Truss said Friday.

"Australian and U.K. carriers can now freely determine the number of services operated between the two countries," Truss said in a statement.

The agreement will also allow Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) to pick up passengers in the U.K. and fly to other destinations, apart from China and the U.S.

"The agreement allows Australia's airlines to plan confidently for future services to take advantage of the growing market between Australia and the U.K. and provide more opportunities for the development of air services to and from Australian ports," Truss said.

Richard Branson's Brisbane-based Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd. (VBA.AU) and Qantas low-cost subsidiary Jetstar are both seeking to expand onto international routes.

Truss said the Australian government's aim was to negotiate aviation agreements with other nations that would provide capacity ahead of demand.

"There have been no increases in the allowed capacity under the Australia-U.K. air service agreement since 1996 and the Australian government has been pursuing a more liberal arrangement," he said.

Australia and the U.K. will continue to work towards further liberalizing the aviation agreement between the two nations, Truss said.

"Both parties have agreed that we should continue to work together towards a fully-open aviation market, either bilaterally or as part of a comprehensive air services agreement between Australia and the European Union," he said.

Such an agreement should include unlimited traffic rights, the removal of investment and ownership restrictions and a reduction in government regulation of aviation, he said.
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Jetstar too young to fly long-distance: pilots
18 July 2006
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QANTAS pilots have raised safety concerns over the ability of low-cost carrier Jetstar to fly international routes.

The pilots want the launch of the new Jetstar international services delayed amid anxiety about proposed routes over remote stretches of ocean.

The pilots wrote last month to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority warning that any move to give Jetstar International immediate permission to fly routes that take them up to 180 minutes away from emergency airports would expose the public to "an unacceptable level of risk".

Jetstar is seeking the 180-minute approval, known as extended twin engine operations (ETOPS), so it can fly direct to Honolulu starting later this year.

Qantas, which owns Jetstar, already has the 180-minute approval on the Airbus A330 planes Jetstar International will operate, but the start-up must apply for permission in its own right.

The Australian and International Pilots Association says Jetstar lacks the experience to operate at the maximum ETOPS range and CASA should do a risk assessment and operational safety case before granting approval. It says Jetstar has "limited operational, engineering, maintenance and experience base" and an operational and safety culture that may differ significantly from its parent's.

It says grandfathering Qantas's experience into the new operations would be "highly reckless", noting it took Qantas 14 months to get 180-minute ETOPS for the A330s.

Instead, Jetstar should receive an incremental approval that goes from 90 minutes to 120 minutes and 180 minutes over an extended period. "This graduated approach has been required of operators around the world, including Qantas when they applied for ETOPS approval on their new A330, despite the fact they had a long history of widebody experience with the Boeing 767 type," the letter says.

But Jetstar chief executive Alan Joyce yesterday dismissed the association's concerns and the motives behind its letter.

AIPA is taking legal action against Jetstar for refusing to let Qantas pilots continue flying its aircraft on their current pay and conditions.

The association also worries that an agreement between Jetstar and its pilots to fly the new international services on salaries up to $100,000 a year below their Qantas counterparts will be used to erode Qantas pay and conditions.

Mr Joyce said Jetstar already had 120-minute ETOPS on its trans-Tasman A320 services and was working closely with CASA on its new application.

He said Qantas would continue to maintain the aircraft and they would be flown by "some very experienced people".
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It's "Jetstar" as Asian, Australian carriers integrate brands

SINGAPORE (AFP) - Singapore-based budget carrier Jetstar Asia and the budget offshoot of Australia's Qantas began operating under the single brand "Jetstar," the companies said.
The brand integration between Jetstar Asia and the Qantas offshoot, also known as "Jetstar," will give passengers more flexibility when booking flights on the expanded regional network, they said.

"Jetstar is ... Australia's and Singapore's new low fares airline for Australia and the Asia Pacific," the new integrated website says.

"Our aim is to provide consistent low fares to Australian, New Zealand and Asian leisure travellers."

The wholly-owned Qantas subsidiary Jetstar serves destinations throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The re-branding coincides with plans to expand services to six international destinations including Japan, they said.

"We are excited by the opportunities presented at the brand integration. This will create a service difference to our customers and, equally important, it differentiates us from other low-cost carriers," said Chong Phit Lian, Jetstar Asia's chief executive officer.

Jetstar Asia is a majority Singapore-owned company but is 49 percent owned by Qantas. It merged with another Singapore low cost carrier, Valuair, last July, and the companies are now held by the main shareholder Orangestar Holdings Pte Ltd.

Both Jetstar carriers began flying in 2004.

In another announcement Wednesday, Jetstar Asia said customers in Singapore will be able to book tickets to 12 Asian destinations through 20 post offices in the city-state.

Asia's budget airline sector is booming, with Singapore-based Tiger Airways, Malaysian-based AirAsia and others.

Tiger Airways, 49 percent owned by Singapore Airlines, said last week it was looking at potential partnerships with other airlines in a bid to spread its wings even wider in Asia.
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Qantas slams nationalism
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RISING fuel prices and airlines backed by governments for patriotic rather than economic reasons are the biggest challenges facing Qantas.

Qantas chairman Margaret Jackson criticised foreign governments for pumping money into national airlines to prop them up. Speaking at the Australian National University, she targeted Emirates, arguing it was expanding exponentially because it paid no taxes.

''Now that is not economic rationalism, that is economic nationalism. It is extremely challenging for Qantas to face competitors who are flush with all the money,'' she said.

Ms Jackson said China posed the greatest challenge, with 25 new airports and another 44 airports, each the size of Sydney airport or greater, to open in the next four years. ''Now think how long we have talked about a second airport in NSW or even a second runway,'' she said.
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Old August 5th, 2006, 05:03 AM   #453
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RISING fuel prices and airlines backed by governments for patriotic rather than economic reasons are the biggest challenges facing Qantas.

Qantas chairman Margaret Jackson criticised foreign governments for pumping money into national airlines to prop them up. Speaking at the Australian National University, she targeted Emirates, arguing it was expanding exponentially because it paid no taxes.

''Now that is not economic rationalism, that is economic nationalism. It is extremely challenging for Qantas to face competitors who are flush with all the money,'' she said.

Ms Jackson said China posed the greatest challenge, with 25 new airports and another 44 airports, each the size of Sydney airport or greater, to open in the next four years. ''Now think how long we have talked about a second airport in NSW or even a second runway,'' she said.
if you think about it, sydney airport is pretty small compared to all the other major city airports in the world...
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Does Sydney only have one runway at Kingsford?

I agree that it's not far for countries to be subsidising their airlines, competing agains free-market airlines.
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Australia's Qantas CEO, CFO extend contracts

SYDNEY, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Qantas Airways Ltd. <QAN.AX>, Australia's biggest airline, said on Tuesday its top two executives had extended their contracts amid tough operating conditions caused by high fuel prices and more competition.

Chief Executive Geoff Dixon and Chief Financial Officer Peter Gregg had both agreed to remain at the carrier on ongoing contracts, Chairman Margaret Jackson said in a statement.

Dixon's contract was due to expire next July and Gregg's contract was due to end later this year.

"With the airline continuing to face tough operating conditions, with historically high fuel prices and increasing international competition, the board is delighted that Geoff and Peter have agreed to continue in their current roles on an ongoing basis," Jackson said.

Shares in Qantas, which also operates the domestic and international low-cost carrier Jetstar, closed up 1 percent at A$3.07. The stock has underperformed the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index <.AXJO> by about 28 percentage points so far this year.
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PASSENGERS booking a full-fare Qantas ticket to Singapore may soon find themselves paying extra for a blanket, meal and movie.

The budget carrier Jetstar has indicated its intention to share passengers with its full-service parent on the route.

Qantas has applied to the International Air Services Commission for the two airlines "to code share freely on each other's services on the route".

Despite Qantas passengers facing the prospect of flying a budget long-haul flight, Jetstar said there was nothing untoward in the proposed deal.

A Jetstar spokesman, Simon Westaway, said: "That in principle occurs now." He said Qantas and Jetstar code shared to destinations such as Cairns and Christchurch.

As for Qantas ticket-holders using an airline which charges extra for blankets and refreshments, Mr Westaway said passengers would be notified at the time of booking if it was a Jetstar flight.

He said the deal would allow "the Qantas group to maximise the flexibility" of the Singapore route. A Qantas spokesman was unable to say whether Qantas passengers flying on a Jetstar flight to Singapore would pay the full-service ticket price.

Jetstar is due to commence long-haul flights to Bali, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok in November. It argued flying to Singapore would help bolster its links with its 44.5 per cent Qantas-owned counterpart Jetstar Asia, and connect passengers to Rangoon, Jakarta, Taipei and Manila.

The deal is seen as an early sign that Qantas may be prepared to surrender some of its international routes to Jetstar, especially less profitable ones.

A consultant from the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, Ian Thomas, said: "Over time you'll see Jetstar taking a lot of those routes because it gives Qantas an instant advantage," referring to Jetstar's 40 per cent lower cost base.

There is speculation Qantas may ultimately surrender all its leisure-oriented international routes to Jetstar and concentrate on its highly profitable ones - such as Los Angeles and London - which attract high levels of business passengers.
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Thursday August 17, 3:21 PM
Australia's Qantas annual net profit slumps 30.4 percent

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd annual net profit slumped 30.4 percent on the previous year as spiralling jet fuel prices increased costs.

The national flag carrier said it expected high global oil prices would continue to have a severe impact on the company, and announced plans to slash more than 1,000 jobs in a battle to improve efficiency.

However, the result was slightly ahead of analyst forecasts and Qantas shares rose 16 cents, or 5.11 percent, to close at 3.29 dollars.

Net profit in the year to June 30 was 479.5 million dollars (368.1 million US dollars), down from 688.5 million dollars the previous year.

Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon said the airline was carrying more people than ever before and revenues were at record levels.

But he said crude oil prices of more than 70 US dollars a barrel had seen fuel costs rise by 45.1 percent to 2.8 billion dollars over the past year.

"While nobody can predict how high fuel prices will go or how long they will stay at these levels, we are forecasting a total fuel bill of 3.9 billion for 2006-07," he said in a statement.

Dixon said the airline would announce an increase in its fuel surcharge on international routes later this week to help recoup some of the costs.

Qantas introduced a surcharge on tickets in May 2004 when the cost of crude oil was around 40 US dollars a barrel. It was last increased in April, taking it to 98 dollars for international flights, excluding New Zealand.

Dixon said the company must press ahead with its "Sustainable Future" cost-cutting program, which includes plans to restructure heavy maintenance operations and saw 1,245 jobs retrenched in the year to June with redundancy costs of 109 million dollars.

He announced plans to cut more than 1,000 management and support positions from the 37,000 strong workforce -- a move first leaked by union officials in May -- with restructuring costs of more than 200 million dollars in the current fiscal year.

"While we will continue with our existing efficiency programs, unfortunately much of our savings over the next two years must come from labour costs, which totalled 3.3 billion dollars in 2005-06," he added.

Dixon said increased security costs were a significant challenge for the company and the airline industry in general, and would remain so in the wake of the alleged liquid bomb plot uncovered in London last week.

"We have spent over one billion dollars since 2000-01 on security and related insurance," he said. "Given the events of last week, this will continue to represent an increasing and significant cost for the group."

Dixon said the full year result reflected a yield improvement of 5.8 percent and capacity growth of 3.6 percent -- mostly in the domestic market through its budget subsidiary Jetstar.

He said Qantas planned aggressive growth of Jetstar's new international business, and aimed to develop new international point-to-point services in growth markets such as China.

Pre-tax profit of 671 million dollars, down 26.6 percent, was in line with the airline's guidance and included 104 million dollars in compensation from Airbus due to the delayed delivery of a dozen A380 superjumbo aircraft.

Revenue for the fiscal year was 13.65 billion dollars, up from 12.56 billion in the previous period.

The airline declared a final dividend of 11 cents per share, taking the full year dividend to 22 cents, up two cents on 2004-05.

Qantas forecast that results for the current financial year would be in line with just released 2005-06 figures.
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Qantas will begin flying 747s domestically on the Perth-Melbourne route and Perth-Sydney flights begining next month.

Only A330s and 747s will fly the routes!
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if you think about it, sydney airport is pretty small compared to all the other major city airports in the world...

Yes this is true. It is a small airport - but look at the location. It cant expand. It is going to be a major issue in the future, especially since passengers numbers are expected to rise to 68 million per year by 2030 i think. Good for transport to the rest of the city, but bad in terms of noise pollution, air pollution, and airport economics.
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