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Old June 8th, 2008, 06:52 PM   #541
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Australia's Qantas slashes services to Asia due to fuel costs
5 June 2008
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Australian airline Qantas on Thursday said it would cut services in Asia to avoid losing tens of millions of dollars in the face of high fuel costs, a decision that will also trigger more job losses.

Routes to Japan and South East Asia will be worst hit by the move, Qantas chief Geoff Dixon said, which comes after the airline last week announced it was slashing domestic capacity five percent in response to high fuel prices.

Dixon said the spike in fuel costs meant Qantas would lose more than 100 million dollars (96 million US) if it continued operating its existing services to Japan.

Official figures show visitor arrivals from Japan fell five percent in the 12 months to April and Dixon said the Queensland destination of Cairns had been hard hit.

"The Japan-far north Queensland market has been particularly difficult for Qantas for a number of years," he said.

Under the changes, Qantas will scrap three weekly flights from Melbourne to Tokyo, cut flights from Sydney to Tokyo from nine to two and withdraw its budget offshoot Jetstar from the Cairns-Osaka-Nagoya route.

In addition, the twice daily Qantas service from Cairns to Tokyo will be replaced with a single Jetstar flight, while the airline will schedule five new Jetstar flights a week from Queensland's Gold coast to Tokyo.

Jetstar will also withdraw from the Sydney to Kuala Lumpur route and replace its three weekly A330 services from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City with five A320 services travelling Sydney-Darwin-Ho Chi Minh City.

Dixon said the changes would involve some job losses in Japan and Cairns, where a pilot base will be closed.

He said the redundancies were on top of those expected as a result of last week's announcement, which were expected to be "in the low hundreds", and attempts would be made to manage them on a voluntary basis.

Qantas also said its 17 flights a week between Sydney and Los Angeles would be reduced to 15 when A380 aircraft replace 747s on the route at the end of the year.

The other changes will be phased in between September and December 2008.
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Old June 10th, 2008, 08:03 AM   #542
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Absolutely hideous.

What was QANTAS thinking?
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Old June 13th, 2008, 12:40 PM   #543
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Virgin Blue cuts routes, ups fares on fuel costs

SYDNEY, June 13 (Reuters) - Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd Australia's No. 2 airline, said it will cut some domestic routes and raise fares by an average A$5 on more than half its routes in the face of a 21 percent rise in its fuel costs this year.

It will also freeze pay on all management positions in the coming fiscal year, but will not cut staff, as part of a plan to cut A$50 million ($47 million) in costs in the fiscal year starting in July.

It said its fuel bill for next year was 53 percent hedged at $108 a barrel (WTI crude), compared with Friday's price just below $137.

Virgin Blue followed steps by rivals Qantas Airways Ltd and Air New Zealand and other international airlines, which have raised fares, quit some routes, and reduced capacity in a struggle against soaring oil costs.

"It's not a case of planning interim measures to offset a spike in the cost of fuel. All airlines must come to terms with a new reality in our industry," Virgin Blue Chief Executive Brett Godfrey said in a statement on Friday.

Virgin Blue said it would take four planes out of the domestic market in the September quarter, cutting planned capacity growth for the next fiscal year by 6 percent, and would move some planes out of loss-making services into new or more attractive markets.

It is considering other proposals to deal with record energy prices.

Shares in Virgin Blue, 63-percent owned by logistics group Toll Holdings Ltd , rose 0.9 percent to A$0.56, in a broader market that was up 0.5 percent. Toll was off 3.4 percent at A$6.45.

Virgin warned in April its profit would fall by more than half this year to around A$100 million.
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Old June 14th, 2008, 05:45 AM   #544
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Virgin axes flights, dealing new blow to tourism
14 June 2008
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TOURISM in Queensland was dealt another blow yesterday with Virgin Blue's announcement that it would cut its weekly flight from Sydney to Proserpine in the Whitsundays.

The latest cut comes in the wake of Qantas's announcement a week earlier that it would chop seven Jetstar flights from Cairns to Japan each week, leading tourist operators to warn that 1200 jobs could be lost.

The Queensland and federal governments launched an $8 million campaign this week to boost the troubled industry.

Virgin Blue's Whitsundays flight cut was part of a $50 million package of savings across the airline's Australian operations, including a reduction in the size of its fleet and increased ticket prices in response to soaring fuel costs.

Virgin Blue fares are expected to rise by an average of $5 across more than half of its domestic routes. Four aircraft will be removed from service.

With direct flights from Sydney cancelled, holidaymakers will now have to fly via Brisbane to get to the Whitsundays. Virgin Blue will also cease its three-times-a-week Darwin-to-Melbourne service by August.

The cuts come amid speculation that at least one Australian airline could go out of business.

In recent days, Qantas has announced a series of cuts to its services, China Airlines has declared a reduction of 100 flights a month and Air New Zealand has said it will raise fares for the second time in a month.

Virgin Blue chief executive Brett Godfrey said that among the saving measures was a one-year management salary freeze.

Mr Godfrey said the airline's fuel bill in the current financial year would be more than $500 million, an increase of 21 per cent on the previous year. Global jet fuel prices now comprised 35 per cent of the company's costs.

He said the viability of airlines around the world was becoming a serious issue amid soaring fuel costs. Every airline in the world was looking not just at its own profitability but at whether it could survive.
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Old June 14th, 2008, 10:08 AM   #545
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ANY NEWS ON WHEN EY WILL START TO MEL AND PER?
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Old June 14th, 2008, 01:33 PM   #546
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ANY NEWS ON WHEN EY WILL START TO MEL AND PER?
Who said they were going to?
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Old June 14th, 2008, 09:35 PM   #547
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Absolutely hideous.

What was QANTAS thinking?
Wow, thats ugly.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 03:59 PM   #548
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Qantas now changing their Jakarta and Manila flights to A330's from the Boeing 767 byt September this year, a good move I think.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 10:01 AM   #549
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Qantas flight in mid-air drama

25/07/2008



Manila - A Qantas flight en route to Australia from London made an emergency stop in Manila on Friday, and airport authorities discovered a big hole in the Boeing 747-400's fuselage near the right wing.

There were no injuries, but some of the 350 passengers vomited after disembarking, said Manila International Airport Authority deputy manager for operations Octavio Lina.

"There is a big hole on the right side near the wing," he said, adding it was 2.5 to 3 yards (metres) in diameter.

The flooring gave way, exposing some of the cargo beneath, he said. The ceiling around the area also collapsed.

"Upon disembarkation, there were some passengers who vomited. You can see in their faces that they were really scared," he said.

Passengers who talked to the media at the airport described hearing an explosion, followed by oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling.

The passengers will be provided hotel accommodation while the aircraft was being repaired, said Alfonso Cusi, the airport's general manager.

Australia's Herald Sun Online quoted passengers as saying the plane plunged 6 000m after a door "popped" during the flight.

Flight QF 30 was one hour from Hong Kong when oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling during the incident, the report said.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 10:07 AM   #550
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A QANTAS flight plunged 20,000 feet after a door "popped" mid-flight,

The plane has just made an emergency landing in the Philippines following reports that a door "popped", causing depressurisation, during a flight between London and Melbourne.

The International Herald Tribune quotes Manila International Airport Authority deputy manager for operations Octavio Lina as saying that several passengers vomited after they disembarked.

"There is a big hole on the right side near the wing," he told the newspaper's website, saying it appeared to be 2.5 to 3 meters in diameter.

He said parts of the floor had collapsed to reveal cargo underneath. The ceiling around the area also collapsed.

"Upon disembarkation, there were some passengers who vomited. You can see in their faces that they were really scared," he said.

Qantas has confirmed the flight was forced to land, and passengers who have called Herald Sun Online say oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling during the incident.

Passenger Brandan McClements said there was a sudden 'gust of wind' through the plane.

''There was a degree of surprise people questioning what it was,'' he said.

''There was a rush of wind as the air pressure came down. It got people's attention. It was then a matter of getting the masks on."

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Others said the plane suddenly plunged from 30,000 feet to 10,000 feet.

Luci of Melbourne told NEWS.com.au that her father, who was on the flight, said "there was a large hole in the fuselage where the landing covers are located".

"(My father said) everybody is fine and they have disembarked in Manila where they're awaiting another plane," Luci said.

"He also said that the staff were very calm and that the emergency procedures went very smoothly."

Stephanie Huggett said her uncle was on board and that he and other passengers would stay in Manila overnight and fly out tomorrow.

"My uncle said that the crew on the flight handled the situation with the most professsional manner and although frightened passengers had faith in the crew," she said.

"They are just happy to be safe and on ground."

One passenger reported the pilot did 'an amazing job' of controlling the craft.

Flight QF 30 was due to arrive in Melbourne around 10pm tonight.

It was one hour from Hong Kong when the incident occured.

The plane is now on the tarmac at Manila airport with all passengers - the majority of them Australians - having disembarked.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 02:52 PM   #551
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the media always makes these incidents sound more dramatic that they realy are.

the only reason the plane 'plunged' 20,000 feet was because the pilots needed to get it to a lower altitude so that everyone could breathe. the plane wasnt about to crash and wasnt falling from the sky, it was a perfectly controled situation. must have been quite scary at the time tho
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Old July 25th, 2008, 06:37 PM   #552
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here are some actual video clips taken from the incident of that Qantas flight from bbcnews.com

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/7525125.stm
inside the cabin during the emergency landing at MNL

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/7525043.stm
at NIA terminal 1
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Old July 25th, 2008, 06:57 PM   #553
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Yes .. didn't they need to descend to 10k feet as quickly as possible since on-board oxygen masks can only last about 12 minutes?
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Old July 25th, 2008, 07:13 PM   #554
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Yea, the “plunge” would have been controlled by the flight crew, not as a result of the decompression as suggested in the article.

Although slightly exaggerated, this is/was a pretty serious incident.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 08:09 PM   #555
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just saw it on the news, could have been a lot more worse. Here is a link that have a video taken by a phone camera

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wor...BIn%2BFuselage
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Old July 25th, 2008, 10:01 PM   #556
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Almost like Oceanic Flight 815 here!
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Old July 26th, 2008, 12:05 PM   #557
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the media always makes these incidents sound more dramatic that they realy are.
You are right but a hole like that....
We should wait what investigators will say about this incident.
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it was still the main news story here in Canada on CBC news today - sunday july 27
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Jumbo jet oxygen tank blast would be a first : Australian investigator
27 July 2008
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An onboard oxygen bottle has never before exploded on a passenger jet in mid-air, an Australian air safety official said Monday, as investigators probed the cause of a huge hole in a Qantas jumbo.

The Australian carrier is carrying out urgent inspections of oxygen bottles on its entire fleet of Boeing 747s after the fuselage of a 747-400 was ripped open, forcing an emergency landing Friday in Manila.

"As far as we can determine this has never happened before on a passenger aircraft," Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) spokesman Peter Gibson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"There's no reports of it anywhere, so it's very, very unusual and obviously understanding why that happened will be absolutely critical to making sure it can't occur again," he said.

Australian Air Transport Safety Board (ATSB) investigators are focusing on whether an oxygen bottle used for emergency back-up for the cockpit exploded mid-flight, tearing a three-metre (10 foot) hole in the Boeing's hull.

One of two such cylinders is missing from the plane that made an emergency descent and landing in the Philippines capital Friday with 365 passengers and crew on board, investigators said.

"If it turns out that is the cause of the accident, the cause of the hole in the side of the aircraft, obviously that will be a key part of the investigation working out why a bottle would suddenly give way," Gibson said.

Metal fatigue in the cylinder, a failure of the regulator valve, something hitting it and puncturing the bottle, or it overheating, were among possible causes the ATSB would look at, he said.

"Maintenance has to be looked at obviously, yes you can't rule that out, but at this stage you look at absolutely everything," Gibson told ABC radio.

Qantas said Sunday it had ordered checks on the oxygen bottles -- they are due to be completed this week -- after Australian investigators leading the probe in the Philippines revealed a cylinder was missing from the plane.
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Old July 29th, 2008, 07:07 PM   #560
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Qantas jets door opens during flight

MELBOURNE, July 28: A Qantas jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Adelaide airport on Monday night after a door opened during a flight to Melbourne, a report said.

The Herald Sun newspaper quoted unnamed passengers as saying a door opened causing chaos in the cabin of the Boeing 737-800, which left Adelaide at 6:08pm (0808 GMT) and returned safely 37 minutes later.

But airline sources said only the door covering the wheel bay was not closed properly after take-off, the Herald Sun said.

A Qantas spokesperson refused to comment beyond confirming an incident had occurred on the flight, the newspaper reported, and calls to the airline later were not immediately returned.

The incident came three days after a Qantas Boeing 747-400 en route to Melbourne from Hong Kong was forced to make an emergency landing in Manila after a hole was ripped in its fuselage.

Investigators are focusing on the possible explosion of an emergency oxygen cylinder as the cause of the mid-air drama.

The plane, which had originated in London and was carrying 365 passengers and crew, plunged 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) before stabilising, then made an emergency landing in Manila.AFP
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