daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Airports and Aviation

Airports and Aviation Airports | Photos and Videos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old July 31st, 2008, 06:43 PM   #561
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,935
Likes (Received): 18209

Qantas says holed jumbo jet can be repaired
31 July 2008

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australian airline Qantas will preserve its track record of never losing a jet plane in an accident by repairing a gaping hole in the side of a jetliner caused by an exploding oxygen bottle, the airline said Thursday.

The explosion last Friday during a flight from London to the Australian city of Melbourne forced the pilots of the Boeing 747-400 to rapidly descend thousands of feet (meters) and make an emergency landing in the Philippines with four instrument systems disabled, accident investigators said Wednesday.

But the world's second oldest airline after KLM Royal Dutch Airlines -- regarded as one of the world's safest airlines -- will repair the damaged jet, an airline spokesman said.

"We certainly believe it is repairable," the spokesman said under the company's usual condition of anonymity.

Paul Cousins of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, which represents 1,500 engineers employed by Australia's flagship airline, agreed that the aircraft appeared to be salvageable.

"I would expect Qantas to guard fairly closely their reputation for never having lost a jet aircraft, but in this particular case, from what I've seen from pictures, the aircraft is repairable," Cousins said.

Qantas raised eyebrows by spending almost US$100 million on repairs to a 747-400 that ran off a runway during a storm in Bangkok in 1999 rather than writing the aircraft off.

But Cousins said engineers and pilots agreed that that aircraft "was as good as new" after the repairs.

A Qantas-leased Boeing 717 jet came close to being written off after a heavy landing in the Australian city of Darwin in February. But Cousins said the airframe was found to be undamaged and that aircraft was also repaired. No one was injured.

While Qantas has never lost a jet, a propellor-driven Lockheed Super Constellation owned by the airline crashed and burned during an aborted takeover at Mauritius in 1960. There were no casualties.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old August 4th, 2008, 02:56 PM   #562
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,935
Likes (Received): 18209

No evidence of links between Qantas emergencies: air authority
4 August 2008
Agence France Presse

Australia's aviation watchdog said Monday there was no evidence to suggest any links between three mid-air emergencies on Qantas flights as it launched a review of the nation's biggest airline.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) announced the safety review of Qantas after three incidents within two weeks, including a Boeing 747-400 making an emergency landing after a blast ripped a hole in its fuselage.

CASA said its two-week review of the carrier's operations would examine in depth a range of issues such as maintenance, safety systems and the way in which Qantas had handled the recent incidents.

"We don't have any evidence before us that Qantas's safety systems are not working or that there are links between these events or that there are any safety problems within Qantas," the CASA spokesman said.

On July 28, a Qantas Boeing 737-800 returned to Adelaide after a landing gear door failed to retract. On Saturday a Boeing 767 bound for Manila turned back to Sydney after developing a hydraulic fluid leak.

The most serious mishap was on July 25, when a Boeing 747-400 en route to Melbourne from Hong Kong made an emergency landing in Manila after a blast believed to have been caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder ripped a large hole in its fuselage.

Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon acknowledged that the recent events had impacted on the airline's excellent safety reputation but said the "flying kangaroo" was probably the safest airline in the world.

"I am quite sure that things are talked about, continual issues cause some reputational damage," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"It is our job to make sure we get that reputation back."

Dixon said there was no systemic problem in the company.

"We are still probably the safest airline flying around," he said.

Qantas suffered another blow on Monday when a Boeing 767 bound for Cairns and then Tokyo was grounded for almost three hours at Sydney airport after a pre-flight inspection uncovered a technical fault.

CASA said it would expect a report on Monday's incident in due course but that pre-flight inspections were carried out for exactly this reason.

"It shows that the safety system is working as it should... in fact, we should all be encouraged that the systems are working well," the spokesman said.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 4th, 2008, 03:14 PM   #563
Dequal
Architect
 
Dequal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ghent
Posts: 4,303
Likes (Received): 503

Too bad that it had 3 incidents in one month... But the one with the hole near the wings was quite frightening... that something like that still could happen!
__________________
Portfolio | Dequalized | Gentcement
Dequal no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 19th, 2008, 12:59 PM   #564
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,935
Likes (Received): 18209

Australia's Virgin Blue says oil prices hurt more than 9/11
19 August 2008
Agence France Presse

Australia's second largest airline Virgin Blue said Tuesday soaring oil prices were hurting the industry more than the September 11 attacks on the US, as it reported a 55 percent fall in net profit.

Virgin Blue Holdings said net profit for the year ended June 30 was 97.7 million dollars (84.6 million US) -- less than half last year's 215.8 million dollars.

Underlying profit was above expectations at 140.5 million dollars while revenue rose 8.4 percent to 2.35 billion dollars, it said in a statement.

But the airline, founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, said higher oil prices had damaged the industry more than the 2001 attacks on the US and the outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) combined.

"The current fuel crisis -- and it is just that ... a fuel crisis in so far as the industry is concerned -- has swamped the industry, to a magnitude greater than probably SARS and 9/11 combined," chief executive Brett Godfrey said.

Virgin Blue said with fuel costs at record highs, aviation was facing "an unprecedented operating environment for airlines globally."

Since June, the airline has increased ticket prices, introduced new baggage fees, cut planned growth by 12 percent and scrapped some underperforming routes to help strengthen its bottom line.

"The operating environment during the next 12 months is expected to be the most challenging the Virgin Blue group -- which now comprises Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue, Polynesia Blue and VAustralia -- has experienced to date," it said in a statement.

"We will continue to adapt business operations accordingly."

Virgin Blue said that the average contract rate paid for fuel jumped by 17 percent in the year to June, pushing the total fuel bill for the year to 589 million dollars.

Analysts have said high crude oil costs have sparked the biggest crisis in the Asia-Pacific airline industry for years, while slowing global economic growth threatens to lower passenger numbers.

Industry body IATA said this month the number of people travelling by air grew at the lowest rate for five years in June as the global slowdown sapped demand.

Virgin Blue said given the current environment, it will not make a final dividend payment in 2008.

But the low-cost airline said that it expected a positive result for the 2008-2009 financial year and that its launch of VAustralia, a new carrier which will fly between Sydney and Los Angeles, was on track for late 2008.

"Key drivers for the rest of our business, namely capacity, demand and the cost of fuel remain highly volatile," the company said.

"Based on current market conditions and fuel prices, a positive result for the current financial year is expected, but remains a challenge."

Shares in Virgin Blue dropped sharply following the results. They closed down 32.5 cents, or 27.9 percent, at 84 cents.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 20th, 2008, 08:53 AM   #565
HindenPeter
BANNED
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 25
Likes (Received): 0

Quote:
Originally Posted by city_thing View Post


Absolutely hideous.

What was QANTAS thinking?


You'd get airsick before even leaving the freaking ground.
HindenPeter no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 20th, 2008, 09:07 AM   #566
G5man
High Speed Rail fan
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 337
Likes (Received): 37

That interior looks so generic and so unattractive.
G5man no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 20th, 2008, 11:20 AM   #567
Skyprince
Asian boi
 
Skyprince's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Posts: 7,941

Air Asia X to fly from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur from Nov 12, onee-way fare from AUD 199, booking starts tomorrow.
Skyprince no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 20th, 2008, 02:05 PM   #568
forrestcat
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Adelaide--Multiculturalization Capital
Posts: 1,837
Likes (Received): 7

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skyprince View Post
Air Asia X to fly from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur from Nov 12, onee-way fare from AUD 199, booking starts tomorrow.
http://www.airasia.com/site/my/en/pr...erence=mel2008
__________________
VISIT MALAYSIA 2007
MULTICULTURALIZATION CAPITAL-KUALA LUMPUR
http://www.tourism.gov.my/
forrestcat no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 11th, 2008, 03:20 PM   #569
melbstud
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 667
Likes (Received): 7

Rumour is Qatar Airways may launch Doha~Bangkok~Brisbane from next March. Same time Etihad star Melbourne.
melbstud no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 16th, 2008, 06:35 AM   #570
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,935
Likes (Received): 18209

Good thing Qantas takeover plan failed -outgoing chief

SYDNEY, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Qantas Airways Ltd.'s outgoing chief executive Geoff Dixon has said the Australian airline was fortunate a massive takeover bid from private equity failed last year, although he strongly backed the deal at the time.

In a newspaper interview, Dixon said the $A11 billion ($US9 billion) deal from the consortium Airline Partners Australia (APA) had been "clouded by emotion", as board members and management stood to make huge personal gains.

Had the takeover gone ahead, Dixon said, Qantas would now have been in serious financial difficulty, although he believed the airline would have survived.

One of the members of the APA consortium, Allco Finance Group , collapsed this month with debts of more than A$1.1 billion.

"It didn't happen, and I'm very pleased now it didn't happen," Dixon told the Sunday Telegraph. "The real issue I'd never repeat was having the management -- myself and the management -- involved in it.

"The real Achilles' heel was that it got very, very emotional -- principally because I and the senior management team were going to earn tens of millions of dollars as part of it.

"That's the way private equity works."

APA, which also included Canada's Onex Corp and Australia's Macquarie Bank Ltd , withdrew its bid in May last year amid lack of support from Qantas shareholders.

The bid's failure forced former Qantas chairwoman Margaret Jackson to announce her retirement.

Dixon steps down later this month, when he will hand over to Alan Joyce, the former chief of the airline's low-cost subsidiary Jetstar. In the year to June 2008, Qantas reported net profits of $A969 million, up 44 percent on the previous year.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 23rd, 2008, 05:32 PM   #571
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,935
Likes (Received): 18209

Airport soars above the gloom with a record month
23 November 2008
Sunday Age

MELBOURNE Airport has posted its busiest month on record in a result defying recent speculation that the market is on a downward spiral.

Despite fears that the economic meltdown will see demand for air travel dry up - and which has led to airlines nationwide slashing prices - 2.19million people travelled through the airport in October.

This is up 6.8 per cent on October 2007 and beats the previous record of 2.17million set in March.

Both these months are crucial in the State Government's major events strategy and are typically strong for the airport, according to spokesman Geoffrey Conaghan.

But he said the growth in Melbourne Airport's capacity, fuelled by Tiger Airways entering the market one year ago, had also been critical in achieving the result.

The public's response to Tiger and the increase in capacity, Mr Conaghan said, meant the record figures were not as surprising as they seem.

"But what is surprising in current talk of gloom and doom is that one would not expect the best month on record," he said.

"You'd expect perhaps a flat month."

Earlier this month, tourism operators wrote to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd reporting falling confidence in the industry amid forecasts of a 30 per cent drop in forward bookings for the first half of 2009.

Mr Conaghan said the airport would not speculate on whether it would sustain growth through the last two months of the year. "It remains to be seen if we are going to have a delayed impact or a soft landing. (But) we are not immune from world trends, obviously."

The Melbourne results come the same week Sydney Airport showed passenger numbers there grew just 0.8 per cent this October compared with last.

Victoria University tourism expert Brian King said Melbourne Airport had aggressively pursued Middle Eastern and budget carriers while retaining Qantas flights.

Professor King said this had left it in a strong position. "I think the growth will decline," he said. "But I'm pretty optimistic about Melbourne Airport. If you asked me about any other Australian airport I wouldn't be so sure ... but Melbourne's strategy has been good."

A spokesman for Tourism and Major Events Minister Tim Holding said the figures underlined Melbourne's position as the major events capital of the world.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 29th, 2008, 04:29 AM   #572
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,935
Likes (Received): 18209

National airports brace for bumpy landing
29 November 2008
Australian Financial Review

As the countrys biggest airports shelve expansion and building plans, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is set to open the $340 million Brisbane Airport expansion on Wednesday. Qantas Airways, Brisbane Airport Corp, Melbourne and Macquarie Airports Sydney Airport have slowed building production. Virgin Blue, Perth Airport operation company Westraila and Australian Infrastructure Fund backed-Perth Airport, has noted a rise in people using domestic flights, while Sydney international passenger traffic fell. The declining Australia dollar will drive more Australians to limit their journeys to domestic trips into 2009, says Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation analyst Derek Sabudin.

Brisbane Airport, Perth Airport, Qantas, Sydney Airport, Virgin Blue, Macquarie, Anna Bligh, Westraila, Australian Infrastructure Fund, Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 3rd, 2008, 06:32 AM   #573
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,935
Likes (Received): 18209

Australia says to protect local ownership of Qantas

SYDNEY, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Australia's government will aim to protect Australian ownership of Qantas Airways in any merger with British Airways and would not allow the national carrier to be taken over, the transport minister said.

Speaking on national radio on Wednesday, Anthony Albanese said aviation was critical to Australia's economy and national security.

On Tuesday, British Airways said it was in merger talks with Qantas.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 3rd, 2008, 04:58 PM   #574
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,935
Likes (Received): 18209

A Tie-Up Closer To Home Better For Qantas
3 December 2008
Dow Jones International News

Keen not to be left adrift as the world's airlines merge, Qantas has made the first move in a proposed merger with British Airways.

But if news of talks between the two flushes out partners for Qantas closer to home, that could prove more optimal for the Australian carrier and its shareholders.

At first sight, the advantages of a BA-Qantas marriage look more weighted to the U.K. company's side. That the story appears to have leaked before Qantas was ready to talk is instructive.

So was the sharp widening in Qantas's credit-default-swap spreads on concerns over its post-merger creditworthiness - BA brings with it a $2.5 billion unfunded pension liability.

A broad strategic rationale for the deal does exist. Qantas chiefs have been saying for some time global consolidation in the airline sector is inevitable. In BA, they have a potential partner of similar size and culture, which will create economies of scale.

Still, there is hardly any route overlap between the two airlines - and they already have a joint service agreement on flights between Australia and the U.K.

So while Qantas pores over BA's books, investors may see more earnings growth potential from a tie-up with an Asian or Middle Eastern airline - focused on the one part of the world most likely to see increasing demand for air travel.

Singapore Airlines, for example, has a younger aircraft fleet than BA and Qantas and lower labor costs, according to Morgan Stanley. It flies to 26 Asian destinations to Qantas's 19, providing cost savings opportunities for both carriers.

A deal with Singapore's national carrier also has the potential to create the premier air transport hub in Asia - an argument that works too for Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific or Dubai's Emirates Airline.

Qantas might end up being a smaller partner in a tie-up with such companies, whereas it's now a bigger company than BA by market capitalization.

But the company's shareholders may find it in their best interest for Qantas to put aside any pride.

(Andrew Peaple, a Columnist on Dow Jones' Heard on the Street team, has been a financial journalist since 2003. Currently based in Beijing he has also covered the U.K. economy and financial services, and is a U.K.-qualified chartered accountant. He can be reached on +86-10-6588-5848, or by email on [email protected])

TALK BACK: We invite readers to send us comments on this or other financial news topics. Please email us at [email protected]. Readers should include their full names, work or home addresses and telephone numbers for verification purposes. We reserve the right to edit and publish your comments along with your name; we reserve the right not to publish reader comments.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 6th, 2008, 03:49 PM   #575
Go Ahead Eagles
Registered User
 
Go Ahead Eagles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Deventer
Posts: 4,071
Likes (Received): 1172

Qantas set to resume Bangkok flights



Article from: Australian Associated Press

QANTAS has received approval from Thai authorities and will resume flights to Bangkok from Saturday.

The airline has been operating its Sydney-Bangkok-London return services through Singapore since Bangkok's international airport was closed eight days ago in anti-government protests which left thousands of travellers stranded.

Qantas executive general manager John Borghetti said today Qantas had received approval from Thai authorities to resume flights and was also undertaking its own operational assessments of the airport.

The first Qantas flight, QF2 London-Bangkok-Sydney, is scheduled to return to Bangkok early on Saturday evening.

It will be followed soon after by QF1 operating northbound from Sydney.

Mr Borghetti said the airline's focus this week, in consultation with the federal government, had been to help stranded Australians leave Thailand.

"We have operated three relief flights between Phuket and Singapore since Tuesday, and a fourth and final flight will operate tonight," he said.

"In total Qantas would have carried around 1200 people out of Thailand."

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...-12377,00.html
__________________
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
CRK,318,319,320,321,332,333,388,732,734,737,738,739,77E,763,773, 77W, 744.
Go Ahead Eagles no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 6th, 2008, 03:50 PM   #576
Go Ahead Eagles
Registered User
 
Go Ahead Eagles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Deventer
Posts: 4,071
Likes (Received): 1172

Qantas, British Airways Heads to Meet in Hong Kong, Review Says


By Jesse Riseborough

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce and British Airways Plc counterpart Willie Walsh will meet in Hong Kong this weekend for talks on a potential merger, the Australian Financial Review reported.

The outcome of their discussions will be put before the boards of both companies to determine whether the merger should proceed, the paper said, without citing anybody.

Qantas advisers, Macquarie Group Ltd. and Greenhill & Co., will resume talks with British Airways advisers UBS AG after the Christmas break to complete an appropriate merger ratio, the paper said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jesse Riseborough in Melbourne at [email protected]
__________________
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
CRK,318,319,320,321,332,333,388,732,734,737,738,739,77E,763,773, 77W, 744.
Go Ahead Eagles no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2008, 07:31 AM   #577
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,935
Likes (Received): 18209

Citing security, Australia says Qantas must stay Aussie
6 December 2008
Agence France Presse

Qantas must remain Australian-owned for reasons of national security, even if a potential merger with British Airways goes ahead, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said Sunday.

The two airlines announced last week they were in talks to create a global carrier worth an estimated eight billion Australian dollars (5.2 billion US) to help cope with the global financial crisis.

Albanese acknowledged that consolidation was inevitable for the industry, which has been buffeted by previously high oil prices and now declining passenger numbers.

But he said that needed to be "balanced" with the national interest.

"There are national security issues, particularly for an island continent located on the globe where Australia is, for having a national airline," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Under Australian law, the carrier popularly known here as the "Flying Kangaroo" must remain at least 51 percent Australian-owned, with its headquarters in the country.

Albanese said the political protests in Thailand, which shut down Bangkok's main airport for a week, illustrated the importance of having Qantas remain majority Australian owned.

"When Australians were having difficulty departing from Thailand I was able to pick up the phone to the chief executive of Qantas, Alan Joyce, and make the request that extra flights be put on," he told ABC television.

The minister also said that given international air service agreements, which are negotiated between countries rather than airlines, it was necessary for Qantas to remain in Australian hands.

"For example, only a 51 percent Australian-based airline is eligible to fly from Australia to Japan," he said.

Albanese said while the foreign ownership rule will stay, the government was open to changing other restrictions which limit individual foreign holdings to 25 percent and aggregate foreign airline interests to a 35 percent stake.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 8th, 2008, 08:11 PM   #578
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,239
Likes (Received): 11280

Qantas: Deal with BA not assured
Published: 2008/12/09

SYDNEY: Qantas yesterday said that a proposed merger with British Airways was not guaranteed and could stumble over the European carrier's merger talks with a Spanish airline and its pension fund liabilities.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, who took on the position last month, said the Australian airline was still in negotiations with BA to create a global carrier worth some A$8 billion (A$1 = RM2.35).

But he said there were issues to resolve, against the backdrop of the financial crisis which is threatening a global recession and plummetting passenger numbers. - AFP
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 9th, 2008, 04:13 AM   #579
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,935
Likes (Received): 18209

Jetstar can't halt foreign carriers' advance
7 November 2008
The Australian

QANTAS Airways' share of international traffic slipped below 25 per cent in August and group market share fell after expansion by low-cost offshoot Jetstar failed to offset a mainline decline.

International airline passenger figures released yesterday show the growth of Jetstar into the fifth-biggest airline serving Australia did not prevent the Qantas Group's share of the international passenger traffic in August falling from 31.8 per cent a year ago to 30.7 per cent.

Qantas Airways now holds just 24.5 per cent of the market, down 2 percentage points on a year ago and a long way short of the 42.7percent lion's share it commanded in 1994.

Jetstar International, set up to protect the group's market share against aggressive foreign entrants such as Emirates, grew 1.2percentage points to 5.9 per cent of the market as it began shorter-haul international flights using A320s. Jetstar lagged only its mainline counterpart and rivals Singapore Airlines (12.2 per cent), Air New Zealand (9.5 per cent) and Emirates (7.4 per cent).

Singapore also improved its market position, growing 1.4 percentage points, and Air New Zealand's passenger share rose 0.6 points. Emirates' slice of the market fell 0.5 points.

The Qantas fall was reflected in an overall decline of the market share held by Australian-designated carriers from 33.1 per cent a year ago to 32.8 per cent in August. This compares to an Australian market share of more than 34 per cent in 2004.

Pacific Blue operations accounted for 1.6 per cent of passenger traffic to and from Australia, with niche players AirNorth, Ozjet and SkyAirWorld all coming in at 0.1 per cent.

The growth of international low-cost carrier operations continued, with five LCCs boosting their combined market share from 10.4 per cent in August last year to 11.1 per cent.

The good news was that international passenger traffic continued to grow -- increasing 3.2 per cent in August to 1.92 million and by 4.9 per cent to 23.47 million year to date.

Airlines flew 2.64 million seats to and from the country in August, up 6.5 per cent on the previous August, but seat take-up fell from 76.3 per cent in 2007 to 73.9 per cent.

And the tidings were not good for the freight industry.

International scheduled freight fell by 3.7 per cent from a year ago to 62,219 tonnes. Inbound freight fell 3.6 per cent and outbound traffic declined 4 per cent.

Fifty-two international scheduled carriers and six dedicated freight operators currently service Australia.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 16th, 2008, 11:03 AM   #580
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,239
Likes (Received): 11280

Qantas Takes Delivery Of Second Airbus A380 Aircraft
December 16, 2008 15:04 PM

MELBOURNE, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- Qantas has taken delivery of its second Airbus A380 aircraft, the largest airliner in the world.

The new A380 was handed over in Toulouse last night and will arrive in Sydney tomorrow morning.

The superjumbo will begin flying from Australia to Los Angeles on December 22, with its first flight taking off from Melbourne.

Qantas executive general manager John Borghetti said the addition of the second A380 would allow up to six superjumbo flights to Los Angeles a week.

The airline's first A380 flies to Los Angeles three times a week.

The third Qantas A380 is due for delivery on December 27. Its entry into service will see the start of the Qantas A380 flights to London via Singapore, starting from January 16.

Qantas is scheduled to take delivery of a further four A380s in 2009, and a fleet of 20 aircraft is scheduled to be in service by the end of 2013.

-- BERNAMA

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/ne....php?id=378628
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
air new zealand, australia, new zealand, oneworld, qantas, star alliance

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 09:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium