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Old October 24th, 2007, 05:05 AM   #501
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Don't think Jetstar will actually compete head-on with traditional carriers such as Qantas. They are evaluating which Asian city to set up a hub and fly to Europe from there, capturing not just the Australian market. Bangkok is one of their choices, which will capitalize on the huge Thai tourism market in Europe.
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Hi friends, I have to say something:

I really admire Qantas, I think it's the jewel (for me) of Australian civilian aviation, its presence is almost famous in all around the world.

Congrats to Qantas, i have a lot of pics about this enterprise, specially Boeing 747...

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Old October 24th, 2007, 10:40 AM   #503
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Australia's Virgin Blue may have a difficult time finding a mate
23 October 2007
The Wall Street Journal Asia

Sydney -- AUSTRALIA'S second-largest airline could be up for sale by year end. But strikingly, given that Virgin Blue Holdings is among the world's fastest-growing and most-profitable carriers, potential buyers aren't lining up.

A scarcity of interested airline parties, tough financing conditions for leveraged-buyout players, and lack of a significant international network mean Toll Holdings may have no option but to retain its 62.7% stake.

Toll Chief Executive Paul Little said in September that the A$8.6 billion (US$7.7 billion) logistics company hopes to decide by the end of this year whether to hold, reduce or totally sell its Virgin Blue shares. Amid mounting speculation, Mr. Little said two weeks ago a sale wasn't imminent, as rival airlines have moved to distance themselves from the carrier.

While a partial selldown to either institutional or retail investors would unlock a tight share register and may help the airline narrow a widening share-price gap with larger rival Qantas Airways by increasing liquidity, market watchers believe this option is unlikely. Toll would need to exit from its stake at a discount to market prices.

Since starting in 2000 with two aircraft flying between its Brisbane base and Sydney, Virgin Blue now has more than 50 Boeing 737s servicing routes around Australia and the South Pacific, with aspirations to fly farther afield including the U.S.

British billionaire founder Richard Branson, head of the global Virgin Group, holds just 25.5% of the airline, after selling a 50% stake to Australian stevedoring company Patrick Corp. before floating the airline in late 2003. Patrick secured control with a 62.7% stake after a takeover bid in 2005, which it then surrendered to Toll following an acrimonious, but ultimately successful A$6 billion takeover battle last year.

Virgin Blue, originally pitching itself as a low-cost carrier, sought to undercut the then-virtual duopoly of Qantas, which still commands two-thirds of Australia's passenger traffic, and Ansett, which collapsed under financial pressure in 2001. Later, Virgin Blue expanded services while maintaining its "user pays" model. For example, passengers who aren't "gold member" frequent fliers can pay to use its airport lounges.

While partly to differentiate Virgin Blue from Jetstar, Qantas's discount arm that started in 2004, the strategy is aimed at luring higher yielding corporate and government business from Qantas. Suggesting early success, Virgin Blue's net profit for the year ended June 30 rose 92% from the previous year to a record A$215.8 million.

In its latest year, Qantas also had a record net profit -- A$719.4 million -- as both airlines enjoyed strong passenger growth, a comfortable domestic pricing duopoly and near-full aircraft.

While Qantas would be precluded from buying Virgin Blue on competition grounds, and Air New Zealand said this month there is "no substance" to rumors it is interested, aviation analysts believe the most likely buyer would be an international carrier that flies to Australia.

"It's probably going to be a trade player," says Cassandra Meagher, an aviation analyst at brokerage CommSec. She sees Middle East carriers Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways as most likely to look at buying.

"They've got quite good networks into Europe and the Americas and into Australia," Ms. Meagher says, noting that Virgin Blue would give them a network inside Australia and -- if it can fly to the U.S. -- global reach.

A tie-up with a carrier offering European routes via the Middle East would make Virgin Blue more attractive to business passengers. But any foreign buyer that wants Virgin Blue in hopes it can fly to the U.S. won't be able to directly control the Australian carrier; in order to retain the Australian government's endorsement for U.S. routes, Virgin Blue must remain at least 50% Australian-owned.

"At the right price, with the right strategies in place you might see some interesting things emerge," says Ms. Meagher of investments in Virgin Blue.

Derek Sadubin, chief operating officer of the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, a Sydney consultancy, says he believes major global airlines are looking north of Australia for expansion. "Virgin Blue doesn't have that international network strength to be on the radar for the big international carriers, they've got even bigger fish to fry out there at the moment," he says.

Mr. Sadubin says China and India both promise around four times the growth in passenger numbers as Australian domestic markets.

Others say the rise of discount arms owned by potential buyers is a disincentive for them to consider Virgin Blue. Singapore Airlines, for example, would seem unlikely to be interested in Virgin Blue as its 49%-owned budget carrier, Tiger Airways, is starting domestic Australian service on Nov. 23.

"Most of the other airlines have got, in various forms, competing businesses so it would almost be cannibalizing part of their own business to buy it," says Leigh Gardner, head of sales trading at ABN Amro in Sydney.

Since the May collapse of a A$10.82 billion bid led by U.S. private equity firm TPG Inc., Qantas has started a review that's likely to see it sell stakes in a range of ancillary businesses and keep growing its discount operations. Following the bid's collapse -- and in spite of oil prices soaring nearly 50% -- stock of Qantas moved above the A$5.45 a share bid price, reaching a record A$6 before slipping.

Shares of Qantas, which closed at A$5.67 yesterday, are up 12% so far in 2007. Virgin Blue stock, which ended yesterday at A$2.18, is down 4.8%.

Only 11% of Virgin Blue's stock is free float, which has contained interest in the shares. An August report by J.P. Morgan, which rates Virgin Blue "neutral," set a June 2008 price target of A$2.51.

With more than one million frequent fliers and plans to launch international long-haul service in late 2008, Mr. Sadubin says it's possible private-equity groups could mount a bid to buy and break up Virgin Blue.

The vagaries of fuel prices, currencies and overall costs may make it a difficult buyout proposition. The bid for Qantas "couldn't get off the ground and private equity in airlines is a very fragile business," notes ABN Amro's Mr. Gardner.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 04:34 PM   #504
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I think Jetstar will capitalize on Bangkok, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh, the former two being Qantas hubs, and the latter, a Jetstar hub.

The Australia to SEAsia route will no doubt, no choice, to compete with Qantas. But I think Qantas Group's ideology is simple, if we are going to lose customers to other airlines, it might as well be to one of ours.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 04:55 AM   #505
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Virgin Blue introduces premium-economy seats
25 October 2007
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VIRGIN BLUE Holdings Ltd. stole a march on larger rival Qantas Airways Ltd. yesterday with the introduction of premium-economy seating on Australian domestic flights.

Virgin Blue Chief Executive Brett Godfrey also said if jet-fuel prices, currently at about US$98 a barrel, breached the US$100 mark, the airline would consider a further surcharge increase. He said the airline has hedged 55% of its expected crude-oil requirements for this year at prices of US$63 to US$75 a barrel.

The premium-economy seats will be installed as the front three rows on the airline's fleet of Boeing 737 and Embraer aircraft.
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Old October 26th, 2007, 06:47 AM   #506
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Viking invasion with low-cost air offers
26 October 2007
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SCANDINAVIAN Airlines System is aiming to boost passenger traffic from Australia as part of a plan to increase system-wide passenger traffic by 20 per cent.

SAS has come out of a period of restructuring, with an appetite for growth.

It is seeking an increased share of the leisure market, establishing more routes and setting up a new pricing structure.

The airline's turnaround program saw it slash costs by more than 30 per cent, shed 5500 full-time equivalent positions and boost productivity among flying personnel by more than 20 per cent.

``We've been in a cost-cutting mood for some time and that means we have cut capacity sometimes,'' SAS group investor relations manager Bjorn Tibell said.

``We're now in a situation where, profitability-wise, we have our nose above sea level and we're able to take the initiative in the market again and grow.'' SAS is already the fourth-biggest airline group in Europe.

Its eight consolidated airlines reap annual revenues of more than $10.6 billion and service 164 destinations with more than 1500 daily flights.

It carries more passengers than Qantas. Australia will see SAS's new pricing system later this year when some of the fare rules normally associated with international tickets disappear.

The airline says the new system will be demand driven, more transparent and will allow people to combine travel in different classes on the same journey.

It has reduced the average fare by 14 per cent between 2002 and 2006 and now claims the mantle of northern Europe's biggest low-cost airline, even though it remains a full-service carrier.

In the past year, it flew 7.7 million passengers for a tax-inclusive price of $140 or less. Mr Tibell said SAS's expanded route network would give Australian customers greater access to northern Europe. He pointed to SAS's recent announcement of 12 new leisure routes from Oslo as an example and said the group would also open a new service between Stockholm and Bangkok from the end of this month and a new route between Copenhagen and Dubai.

Mr Tibell said the group had not released a separate target for increasing business out of Australia.

``We have a target of increasing the group passengers by 20 per cent,'' he said.

``We will, of course, focus on increasing the number of passengers from Australia.''
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I saw a lot of news informating about the first A380 flight.

Singapore and Sydney, the first two cities to receive that historic flight...

Congrats Sydney!
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Old October 30th, 2007, 07:07 PM   #508
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Jetstar near miss blamed on throttles
31 October 2007
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A JETSTAR flight that came within moments of landing on a runway its crew could not see had its engine throttles in the wrong setting, according to an investigation released yesterday.

On the morning of July 21, the Jetstar A320 from Christchurch with 138 passengers made two attempts to land at a fog-bound Melbourne Airport.

So heavy was the fog that the pilot made the decision to keep the plane on autopilot and land using instruments. Earlier flights had aborted their landings because of poor visibility.

When the fog proved too thick for the Jetstar crew to see the runway lights, the pilot decided to abort the landing. Engine power was increased for the plane to climb, but instead it continued to descend with wheels lowered. At its lowest point, the jet was approximately 15 metres from the ground.

The pilot switched to manual control and reached higher altitude, and after permission from air traffic control attempted to land again. After the second attempt was aborted, the plane touched down safely at Avalon.

Yesterday, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau released its preliminary report on the incident.

The report said the flight data recorder showed engine throttles were in the wrong setting during the first aborted landing. The bureau did not suggest pilot error was to blame and continues its investigation.

Jetstar began its own investigation more than 10 days after the incident. Chief executive Alan Joyce welcomed the bureau's initial findings, saying the carrier had changed some of its reporting procedures.

"Jetstar . . . has established procedures for the handling, notification and reporting of safety occurrences underpinned by a proactive safety culture," Mr Joyce said.

"Jetstar has undertaken a number of immediate safety actions which have included the clarification of and revision of procedures . . . and continues to co-operate fully with the ATSB investigation."
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Old October 31st, 2007, 09:54 AM   #509
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Airlines may fall from sky - Too many says expert
31 October 2007
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AN Australian domestic airline could crumble under the pressure of the imminent increase in competition and capacity, aviation guru Sir Rod Eddington has warned.

The former chief executive of Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Ansett believes the Australian market will struggle to support four fully-fledged domestic airlines into the future.

Barely a month out from Tiger Airways' domestic debut, Sir Rod said history had proved Australia could only support ``two-ish'' domestic carriers at best.

In the last two decades, a host of domestic carriers have crumpled under the competitive heat -- including two Compass operations in the early 1990s, OZ Jet and more notably Ansett Airlines in 2001, with Impulse Airlines gobbled up by Qantas the same year.

Singapore Airlines-backed Tiger enters the domestic market amid fruitful times experienced by incumbents Qantas, its budget offshoot Jetstar and Virgin Blue.

It may only be starting services with five Airbus A320s from late November, but like its rivals, plans are afoot and orders are in place to dramatically lift capacity between Australian ports.

A question mark remains over whether all four airlines can survive what will become an intensely competitive and cut-throat marketplace, Sir Rod told an Australian/British Chamber of Commerce luncheon yesterday.

``History shows that this market will support two-ish airlines. Now whether the past is a guide to the future, I don't know,'' he said.

``Will this market support Tiger? It will be well run, Tony Davis who runs Tiger knows the business and it is well backed. Jetstar is looking to grow, Virgin Blue is looking to grow ... it is going to be a very competitive period and history suggests that not everyone stays the distance.

``What will be really interesting is if Tiger stepped up to 20 airplanes instead of five, then the game will really be afoot.''

He spoke candidly about the various issues facing the aviation industry into what he believed was a unsteady future.

``We are about to see for the first time in a very long time, a raft of new aircraft in the air,'' he said.

``It might beg the question that the aviation industry is in good times. My instincts are that that is only true in part. The challenges the industry faces are real and in some ways unique. The bottom line is the industry is economically dysfunctional. The problem is there is far too much government economic interference.''

While praising low-cost carriers for their successful short-haul models, Sir Rod was unconvinced that low-cost airlines could successfully transform into long-haul flying.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 12:09 AM   #510
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Jetstar near miss blamed on throttles
31 October 2007
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A JETSTAR flight that came within moments of landing on a runway its crew could not see had its engine throttles in the wrong setting, according to an investigation released yesterday.

On the morning of July 21, the Jetstar A320 from Christchurch with 138 passengers made two attempts to land at a fog-bound Melbourne Airport.

So heavy was the fog that the pilot made the decision to keep the plane on autopilot and land using instruments. Earlier flights had aborted their landings because of poor visibility.

When the fog proved too thick for the Jetstar crew to see the runway lights, the pilot decided to abort the landing. Engine power was increased for the plane to climb, but instead it continued to descend with wheels lowered. At its lowest point, the jet was approximately 15 metres from the ground.

The pilot switched to manual control and reached higher altitude, and after permission from air traffic control attempted to land again. After the second attempt was aborted, the plane touched down safely at Avalon.

Yesterday, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau released its preliminary report on the incident.

The report said the flight data recorder showed engine throttles were in the wrong setting during the first aborted landing. The bureau did not suggest pilot error was to blame and continues its investigation.

Jetstar began its own investigation more than 10 days after the incident. Chief executive Alan Joyce welcomed the bureau's initial findings, saying the carrier had changed some of its reporting procedures.

"Jetstar . . . has established procedures for the handling, notification and reporting of safety occurrences underpinned by a proactive safety culture," Mr Joyce said.

"Jetstar has undertaken a number of immediate safety actions which have included the clarification of and revision of procedures . . . and continues to co-operate fully with the ATSB investigation."
Is it just me or does Jetstar seem to be plagued by troublesome safety issues? I've lost count of the times I've heard about Jetstar 'near misses', and planes turning back after take-off because of technical problems, etc. Are there any publicly-accessible figues on these incidents like this?
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31 October 2007
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AN Australian domestic airline could crumble under the pressure of the imminent increase in competition and capacity, aviation guru Sir Rod Eddington has warned.

The former chief executive of Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Ansett believes the Australian market will struggle to support four fully-fledged domestic airlines into the future.

Barely a month out from Tiger Airways' domestic debut, Sir Rod said history had proved Australia could only support ``two-ish'' domestic carriers at best.

In the last two decades, a host of domestic carriers have crumpled under the competitive heat -- including two Compass operations in the early 1990s, OZ Jet and more notably Ansett Airlines in 2001, with Impulse Airlines gobbled up by Qantas the same year.

Singapore Airlines-backed Tiger enters the domestic market amid fruitful times experienced by incumbents Qantas, its budget offshoot Jetstar and Virgin Blue.

It may only be starting services with five Airbus A320s from late November, but like its rivals, plans are afoot and orders are in place to dramatically lift capacity between Australian ports.

A question mark remains over whether all four airlines can survive what will become an intensely competitive and cut-throat marketplace, Sir Rod told an Australian/British Chamber of Commerce luncheon yesterday.

``History shows that this market will support two-ish airlines. Now whether the past is a guide to the future, I don't know,'' he said.

``Will this market support Tiger? It will be well run, Tony Davis who runs Tiger knows the business and it is well backed. Jetstar is looking to grow, Virgin Blue is looking to grow ... it is going to be a very competitive period and history suggests that not everyone stays the distance.

``What will be really interesting is if Tiger stepped up to 20 airplanes instead of five, then the game will really be afoot.''

He spoke candidly about the various issues facing the aviation industry into what he believed was a unsteady future.

``We are about to see for the first time in a very long time, a raft of new aircraft in the air,'' he said.

``It might beg the question that the aviation industry is in good times. My instincts are that that is only true in part. The challenges the industry faces are real and in some ways unique. The bottom line is the industry is economically dysfunctional. The problem is there is far too much government economic interference.''

While praising low-cost carriers for their successful short-haul models, Sir Rod was unconvinced that low-cost airlines could successfully transform into long-haul flying.
It looks like every airline in the world is trying to grow. Are flights getting cheaper or are more people emerging that can afford to fly?
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Old November 14th, 2007, 11:06 AM   #512
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Qantas Unveils Short Haul Fleet Plan for the Next Decade
Melbourne, 14 November 2007

Qantas today announced that it would acquire up to 188 narrow body aircraft to support the further growth of its two brands, Qantas and Jetstar, in Australia and Asia.

The aircraft will be used to defend a minimum 65 percent Group share of the Australian domestic market and to expand low cost services to South East Asia.

The plan will involve Jetstar opening new regional aviation bases in both Darwin and Perth over the next two years to serve fast growing Asian markets.

Qantas Chief Executive Mr Geoff Dixon said the aircraft would be principally B737-800s, which were Qantas' main narrowbody aircraft, and A320s, which were the core aircraft in Jetstar's short haul fleet.

"The order also includes larger A321 aircraft, which will have up to 213 seats compared with 177 on an A320 in a Jetstar single-class configuration," he said.

"The first aircraft to arrive in February next year will be an A321 and we expect to take at least 17 of those aircraft to expand Jetstar's opportunities in its fastest growing markets."

The Group will acquire:
- 68 A320/A321 aircraft, plus 40 options and purchase rights; and
- 31 B737-800 aircraft and 49 options and purchase rights.

The firm aircraft will be delivered over a six year period, while options secured additional delivery slots through to 2017.

Mr Dixon said that the Group had the ability to fund the aircraft without affecting its investment grade credit rating.

"This decision, together with existing A380 and B787 fleet commitments, secures an order stream for next generation aircraft that will allow the Group to meet long term demand growth and replace older aircraft over the next decade," Mr Dixon said.

"The plan provides maximum flexibility to respond to changes in the market and competitive situation.

"In an environment where our customers have more options than ever before, this investment will ensure that Qantas and Jetstar continue to provide customers with superior network reach, choice and product."

Mr Dixon said the B737-800s would all have the latest inflight entertainment technology and would be delivered from early 2009.

"This further investment in the latest aircraft technology will also underpin our efficiency drive by lowering operating costs, while at the same time minimising the Group's environmental impact as we grow," he said.

"The B737-800 has a 25 percent lower fuel burn per seat and 30 percent lower maintenance cost compared with older equivalent aircraft.

"The engines for the new aircraft will have improved technology that exceeds all current environmental regulatory standards in relation to both emissions and noise."

Mr Dixon said the A321 aircraft offered superior seat-kilometre costs and would deliver a further benefit in operational costs for Jetstar.

He said some of the Airbus aircraft would also be used to supply capacity to the Group's Asian associates.

The order comes as Qantas is preparing to receive its first A380, the flagship of the premium fleet, in August 2008, while Jetstar will subsequently launch the B787 Dreamliner to underpin the expansion of its low cost international services.

"We are confident that the orders we have placed provide the right aircraft, with the right product and right economics to ensure the continued success of Qantas and Jetstar both domestically and internationally," Mr Dixon said.


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Qantas sidesteps union on staff
19 November 2007
The Age

Flying kangaroo hops overseas to drive down labour costs

QANTAS is preparing its biggest recruitment drive for overseas cabin crew in a bid to slash labour costs and dilute the influence unions have over its 37,000-strong workforce.

Qantas has set up a company under the nose of enterprise bargaining talks with the international arm of the Flight Attendants Association of Australia. It is suspected the airline plans to hire more foreign and local cabin crews on non-union contracts through the new company.

QF Cabin Crew Australia was registered on November 8, two weeks after starting talks with the Flight Attendants Association. It is believed Qantas set up the company in preparation for the talks collapsing.

The new entity may allow Qantas to not only put new crews on longer hours and at lower wages, but also to use non-collective Australian Workplace Agreements, which are used at Jetstar.

Qantas declined to comment on its reasons for establishing the new company, directors of which include its chief executive, Geoff Dixon, and his deputy, Peter Gregg.

"We're not able to provide any further details at this stage," Qantas spokeswoman Belinda de Rome said.

When the company's formation was brought to the attention of the association, union secretary Michael Mijatov said: "Clearly it is evidence that Qantas is preparing to go down another path if the EBA negotiations aren't concluded.

"I'm concerned that if we don't get an EBA that the new company will be used to employ people under AWAs and overseas."

He declined to say what pay offer Qantas had on the table. But the association website has already labelled the talks as "the most complicated and difficult negotiations in our history".

Mr Mijatov said he was concerned that if the talks failed, Qantas could try to close some Australian crew bases and issue compulsory redundancies to many of its 3000 Australian cabin crew, while boosting the ranks of its 800-odd overseas crew.

"I think some of my members feel that the FAAA may be exaggerating the threat to long-haul crew," Mr Mijatov said.

The new company "clearly demonstrated the threat", he said.

The airline has reduced its Australian long-haul cabin crew by 1000 in the past six years via three voluntary redundancy rounds.

This is despite its massive order for long-haul 787, A330 and A380 aircraft meaning it will need more long-haul crews.

There are signs Qantas wants to boost its Auckland base, where crews work 30 per cent more hours on half the base pay of their Australian counterparts.

Qantas also has crew bases in London and Bangkok, and the union-negotiated cap which restricts Qantas to employing 870 foreign crew has been rendered obsolete because of the WorkChoices laws.

Despite its coyness on the purpose of the new company, Qantas has dropped hints that it is planning a major drive for more foreign staff.

At Qantas' annual meeting last week, Mr Dixon said: "As we become more and more a global company, we will also need the flexibility to source more jobs offshore as part of a mix that will provide the platform for long-term jobs growth and sustainability within Australia."

The airline also warned the Labor Party not to make any major changes to the Government's WorkChoices industrial relations legislation if it won this weekend's election.

Last month, Qantas head of people Kevin Brown said the airline would "review its choices" about sending more jobs overseas if changes to the workplace laws of which it was a major advocate made it less competitive.
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Avalon Airport to become international hub

John Masanauskas

November 19, 2007 12:00am
AVALON will become Melbourne's second international airport with owner Linfox to spend $30 million on a new passenger terminal, creating hundreds of jobs.

The airport, already home to Jetstar domestic, could get cheap flights to Malaysia from late next year with newly arrived airline AirAsiaX.

AirAsiaX started flying between the Gold Coast and Kuala Lumpur this month, offering special launch fares from $99 one-way.

Linfox will start building a state-of-the-art international terminal east of Avalon's existing domestic facility in the first half of next year, subject to federal approval.

The 8000sq m building will include processing for customs, quarantine and immigration, and feature retail, dining, duty free and food and beverage outlets.

Linfox Airports managing director David Fox said yesterday that the terminal was going ahead in anticipation of international flights being approved.

"Our primary target is the Asia-Pacific and we believe that once up and running we will be generating more than two million passengers a year through the domestic and international terminals," he said.

AirAsiaX CEO Azran Osman-Rani confirmed that Avalon was the airline's preferred choice for its second Australian destination.

Mr Osman-Rani said the carrier was also talking to Melbourne airport and some interstate airports, but stressed that Avalon fitted well with its low-cost model.

However, if approved, flights are not expected to start until at least October next year as AirAsiaX takes delivery of new Airbus A330 aircraft.

Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway said the budget airline welcomed the Avalon upgrade, but had no immediate plans to launch international flights from the airport.

"We wouldn't rule out future international operations, but it's extremely early days and we have a very good relationship with Melbourne airport in terms of international services," he said.

Mr Fox said that when fully operational, the new terminal would employ up to 420 people, on top of the 100 already working in the Jetstar facility and the 1000 jobs in aircraft maintenance and other aviation fields at Avalon.

"The new terminal would be a major boost for employment in the area and for businesses locally and tourism generally in Victoria," he said.

Avalon, which can land Boeing 747 jumbos, has processed more than 2.4 million passengers since Jetstar started domestic services in June 2004.

Jetstar offers 70 return flights a week from the airport, including to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Linfox has already spent more than $13 million upgrading Avalon, which also hosts the biennial Australian International Airshow.

The airport is 55km from Melbourne on the Geelong road.
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Airbus delay slows Emirates' plans for Australian market
21 November 2007
The Sydney Morning Herald

EMIRATES has tempered its ambitious expansion plans for the Australian market, after announcing plans to boost its flights from 49 a week to 70 "by the end of 2009".

Despite being granted rights by the Federal Government to fly 70 flights a week by March 2009, yesterday the airline partly blamed the delay in delivery of the Airbus A380 - of which it has ordered 58 - on the delay to its plans to increase flights into Australia.

"The lack of available new aircraft, compounded by the delays of the A380, has made it difficult for airlines to grow new and existing city pairs," the Emirates chief executive, Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, said in Sydney yesterday.

Emirates said it would only start increasing flights in October next year, by adding a second daily service into Brisbane. The airline already has rights to add the service.

Emirates said it then planned to increase flights to Melbourne to three a day in February 2009, a year later than some expected. After confirming plans to start A380 services into Sydney and Melbourne in 2009, Emirates said it would start a third daily service into Sydney by late 2009. The increase in flights will cement Emirates as the second-largest foreign carrier in Australia by seats, slightly behind Singapore Airlines. After announcing last week that it will buy 120 Airbus A350s, 11 extra A380s and 12 Boeing 777-300ERs, Emirates is expected to have ample aircraft to serve the Australian market.

Sheik Al-Maktoum torpedoed any rumours Emirates was interested in buying Toll Holdings' 62.4 per cent stake in Virgin Blue. With 270 aircraft on order, he said Emirates was more focused on its own growth plans.
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Australia's Jetstar offers 5-cent fares

SYDNEY, Nov 21, 2007 (AFP) - Low-cost Australian airline Jetstar said Wednesday it would offer flights for five cents (four US cents) on some routes as Singapore-based Tiger Airways prepares to launch in the domestic market.

Spokesman Simon Westaway said 5,000 fares would be offered on seven domestic routes via its website for five hours from 7:00 pm (0800 GMT) Wednesday, and would not rule out possibly offering free flights in the future.

"It is about encouraging travel at all times of the year to all destinations," Westaway told AFP.

"The push towards zero-rated airfares may be a way to keep it attractive."

Westaway denied the move was linked to Tiger Airways' Australian launch on Friday, but said Jetstar was not underrating the Singaporean low-cost carrier.

Tiger Airways already operates services between Singapore and Darwin but from Friday will also offer flights between points in Australia.

It has signalled it intends to make an impact by offering flights for as little as 9.95 dollars.

"Tiger are competitive. They are a good airline in their own right. We are not going head to head. We respect them for the competitor that they are going to be," Westaway said.

Jetstar, a subsidiary of Qantas, already competes with Virgin Blue for the domestic Australian market and is expanding into Asia.

Westaway said Jetstar, established in 2004, already had costs 40 percent below those of Qantas and 20 percent below those of Virgin Blue anticipated its domestic cost base would also be that of Tiger Airways' future Australian operations.

"Establishing in Australia requires Australian labour rates," he said.
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Sydney airport runway extension insufficient for safety, pilots group warns
30 November 2007

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - A plan to build runway extensions at Sydney airport to prevent deadly accidents when jets overrun the runways is insufficient to provide an adequate margin of safety, the international pilots' association said Friday.

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) urged the airport authority to consider building a 240-meter (-yard) long runway extension instead of the 90-meter (yard) ones currently under consideration for Kingsford Smith Intentional Airport.

The so-called "runway excursion" is one of the most common incidents in airline operations with an average of one occurrence a week. In recent years, 29 percent of all fatalities in air transport have been as a result of runway excursion."

"Clearly, the seriousness of this threat to aviation safety cannot be overstated," the IFALPA statement said.

It said while the IFALPA welcomed the decision by the Sydney Airport Corporation to upgrade to the runway end safety areas to the 90-meter (yard) minimum, "nothing less" than a 240-meter (yard) extension could provide an adequate level of safety for air transport operations.

If this proves impossible due to topographical or other issues, IFALPA urged the airport operators to do the next best thing and install a braking systems of soft cement beyond the runway, where wheels can sink in and slow the jets to a safe stop.

Known as an arrestor bed, the system has prevented several planes from ending up in the bay next to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization recommends that runways should have a defined "runway safety area" free of obstacles and extending well past the end of the actual runway. If an aircraft is unable to stop normally before the end of the runway, the margin of safety will ensure that a slight overrun due to mechanical, weather, or other problems does not turn into a catastrophe.

Sydney will be one of the principal destinations where the world's largest plane, the Airbus A380, will be flying. Australia's international carrier Qantas, Singapore Airlines and a number of other carriers operating in Sydney have ordered the four-engine behemoth.
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Qantas celebrates 60 years of the "Kangaroo Route"
30 November 2007
The Independent

The stewards wore white uniforms, female passengers were in mink coats and the flight from Sydney to London took four days - including six refuelling stops, two overnight stays and a total of 55 hours in the air.

Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the inaugural Qantas service on the "Kangaroo Route" - the world"s longest air route, spanning 10,600 miles. In 1947, it was a journey that required not only stamina but wealth. A return ticket cost £585 even then - equivalent to 85 times the average weekly wage in Australia, or half the cost of a suburban house.

On 1 December 1947, a Lockheed Constellation 749 aircraft, powered by four piston engines, took off into drizzly skies over Sydney. On board were 29 passengers and 11 crew, which was all the plane could accommodate. On today"s jumbo jets, 19 crew are in charge of an average 412 travellers.

There was only one class back then - first - and the passengers dressed accordingly: men in three-piece suits and ties, women in fur coats, high heels and pearls. Meals were prepared in Sydney, then shipped to stops along the way. There were no food trolleys and no in-flight entertainment, apart from a visit to the cockpit.

Modern travellers regard a 23-hour flight from London to Sydney, plus a refuelling stop, as an endurance test. But they should spare a thought for those on board that Constellation. After taking off from Sydney, it first stopped in Darwin to refuel before going on to Singapore, where it stayed overnight since there was no night flying. Other refuelling stops followed in Calcutta, Karachi and then Cairo, where the plane spent another night. The final stop before arrival in London was Tripoli.

At that time, though, four days was but the blink of an eye. Most people travelling between Britain and Australia could afford only to go by sea, which took six weeks. Even the flying boats of the 1930s took up to 14 days to complete the trip, with as many as 43 stops en route.

Indeed, some Constellation passengers complained that the journey was too swift. "There were some people who said it was too fast, and they didn"t have time to readjust," said a Qantas historian. But travelling across different time zones at such a leisurely pace meant jet-lag was not a problem.

Flights had connected Australia with the "mother country" since the early 1940s, with Qantas taking passengers to Singapore and Imperial Airways - the forerunner of BOAC, later British Airways - conveying them on to London. But the Constellation that took off 60 years ago was the first all-Australian flight. Reflect-ing the close ties between the two countries, it carried nearly a ton of food parcels for Britons facing the privations of post-war rationing, which had been purchased with money donated by Qantas staff.

The new regular flights brought the two countries closer, and enabled mail to get through without taking months. Among those on the first flight was Russell Carter, a 22-year-old accountant travelling to a job overseas. He told the Sydney Morning Herald: "It was a nice flight, comfortable inside, only two seats each side of a centre aisle. It was pressurised and therefore insulated, so we weren"t deafened by the noise."

Initially, the cabin crew were all male but as more women and children began to fly, air hostesses were recruited. Barbara Harding-Smith, who became a stewardess in 1956, said: "We were the entertainment. There was a suitcase on board with airmail letters and cards, a game of chess, magazines. That was really it. You would make a point of talking to passengers."

Standards of dress were strictly enforced, with regulation haircuts, only "natural" make-up and no jewellery except a watch or engagement ring. Married women could not be employed. That proved a problem because numerous romances blossomed between pilots and stewardesses during the long spells in the air.
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Qantas Pilots Offer To Fly More For More Profits
30 November 2007

SYDNEY (AFP)--Pilots working at Australian airline Qantas (QAN.AU) said Friday they have offered to increase their flying time by 10% in exchange for a greater share of the carrier's record profits.

The airline is one of the most profitable in the world and in August reported that annual net profit had surged 50% to a record A$719.4 million (US$635 million) on the previous year.

"There's a range of productivity options that are on the table for pilots, part of that involves an increase in hours," general manager of the Australian and International Pilots Association Peter Sommerville said.

He said while such an arrangement would not always guarantee pilots the same benefits, it would strengthen ties between pilots and the carrier.

"There will be good years and there will be not so good years," Sommerville told AFP.

"It's not just access potentially to some of those gains, the theme of this is linkage to the future of Qantas to some extent." Sommerville said passenger safety would not be compromised by the deal - with staff still adhering to regulations which prevent international pilots from flying more than 900 hours a year.

"We don't go near that limit at the present time so there's plenty of room for that," he said.

Qantas and unions representing long-haul cabin crew this week hammered out a deal under which the carrier would increase work hours of new staff by 30% while cutting their wages by 25%.

Qantas management has said the move was necessary to remain competitive against foreign flyers such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines.
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