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Old November 4th, 2009, 12:14 PM   #661
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Qantas pilots suspended after forgetting to lower landing gear

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Qantas pilots suspended after forgetting to lower landing gear
Sydney, Nov 4 (DPA):

Two Qantas pilots were suspended Wednesday after forgetting to lower landing gear as they came in to land at busy Sydney airport.





The Boeing 767 was just 700 feet above the ground when alarms went off alerting the pilots the landing gear had not been deployed.

The undercarriage is normally lowered at between 2,000 and 1,500 feet.
The pilots immediately boosted power to the engines to regain altitude and flew around the busy airport before coming in to land safely.

The airline today issued a statement saying the events around Monday's flight from Melbourne constituted a "serious incident" and would be subject to a full investigation by Qantas and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

"This is an extremely rare event but one we have taken seriously," the Qantas statement said.

"The flight crew knew all required procedures, but there was a brief communications breakdown. They responded quickly to the situation and instigated a go-around. The cockpit alert coincided with their actions."
The cockpit alert was an audible warning from the ground proximity warning system.

Qantas said there was no issue of flight safety, and the airline was fully cooperating with the investigation.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is also investigating an incident on a Jetstar Airbus A330-200 flight Saturday from Tokyo to the Gold Coast, which experienced a speed-sensing problem similar to one linked to the June crash of an Air France jet in the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil.

The autopilot on the Jetstar plane disconnected after a sensor measuring airspeed may have iced up, causing a false speed reading as the plane flew through a storm.

The pilots took control and the 200 passengers were unaware of the problem as the plane landed without incident.
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lol...wtf?

don't they have check lists for every procedure? I can imagine the "too low terrain" alarm going off, and a startled pilots saying "O shit, we forgot to lower our landing gears. Request a new approach".

I wonder if any passenger noted. The landing gear makes quite a noise so not hearing it would make me concerned.
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Australia to relax air security measures
By Emma Chalmers From: The Courier-Mail December 16, 2009 12:54AM 26 comments
http://www.news.com.au/travel/austra...-1225810775065
  • Airport security rules relaxed
  • Sharp objects to be allowed on board
  • Metal cutlery will be approved
AIR travellers will be allowed to eat with metal cutlery and take knitting needles and nail clippers on board from next year in the first major clawback of security since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the US.

Under major changes to be announced by the Rudd Government today, international travellers will no longer have duty free alcohol and perfume confiscated while in transit at domestic airports.

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese will today outline the softer regime as part of the Aviation White Paper, arguing it will reduce queuing times for security screening and represent a more commonsense approach to airport security.

"The Rudd Government's changes are about making sure that Australia's aviation security regime remains world-class, while minimising disruptions for travellers," Mr Albanese said.

The Courier-Mail can reveal new rules will come into force next year which will permit travellers to take on board "low-risk" items, including knitting needles, crochet hooks and nail clippers, for the first time since terror attacks forced dramatic changes to aircraft and airport security around the world.

Metal cutlery will also make an in-flight return and will also be permitted in airport cafes.

Restrictions will also be relaxed for international travellers in transit at Australian airports.

They will be allowed to keep their duty free alcohol and perfume on board during stops without having to rescreen the purchases or risk having them confiscated.

However, the Rudd Government will strengthen screening standards for airport security staff, with the introduction of annual certification requirements for screening officers for the first time.

The Aviation Security Identification card regime will also be beefed up with provisions for extra background checks on staff and stricter conditions for visitor management at airports.

Mr Albanese said the measures would better focus safety checks and reduce the delays for passengers at screening points.

"This means targeting our security regime to mitigate genuine risks and continuing to improve the travelling experience for passengers," he said.

The Courier-Mail last year revealed major problems at the Brisbane Airport. Passengers' belongings were stolen and a security checkpoint was left unmanned.

The White Paper will outline changes to strengthen security screening at regional airports and on smaller aircraft. Within four years, all passengers and checked baggage must be screened on smaller aircraft operating regular public transport services.

If there is an accident, airlines will have to increase liability insurance for domestic passengers from $500,000 to $750,000 a passenger.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 07:42 AM   #664
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Australia to relax air security measures
By Emma Chalmers From: The Courier-Mail December 16, 2009 12:54AM 26 comments
http://www.news.com.au/travel/austra...-1225810775065
  • Airport security rules relaxed
  • Sharp objects to be allowed on board
  • Metal cutlery will be approved
AIR travellers will be allowed to eat with metal cutlery and take knitting needles and nail clippers on board from next year in the first major clawback of security since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the US.

Under major changes to be announced by the Rudd Government today, international travellers will no longer have duty free alcohol and perfume confiscated while in transit at domestic airports.

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese will today outline the softer regime as part of the Aviation White Paper, arguing it will reduce queuing times for security screening and represent a more commonsense approach to airport security.

"The Rudd Government's changes are about making sure that Australia's aviation security regime remains world-class, while minimising disruptions for travellers," Mr Albanese said.

The Courier-Mail can reveal new rules will come into force next year which will permit travellers to take on board "low-risk" items, including knitting needles, crochet hooks and nail clippers, for the first time since terror attacks forced dramatic changes to aircraft and airport security around the world.

Metal cutlery will also make an in-flight return and will also be permitted in airport cafes.

Restrictions will also be relaxed for international travellers in transit at Australian airports.

They will be allowed to keep their duty free alcohol and perfume on board during stops without having to rescreen the purchases or risk having them confiscated.

However, the Rudd Government will strengthen screening standards for airport security staff, with the introduction of annual certification requirements for screening officers for the first time.

The Aviation Security Identification card regime will also be beefed up with provisions for extra background checks on staff and stricter conditions for visitor management at airports.

Mr Albanese said the measures would better focus safety checks and reduce the delays for passengers at screening points.

"This means targeting our security regime to mitigate genuine risks and continuing to improve the travelling experience for passengers," he said.

The Courier-Mail last year revealed major problems at the Brisbane Airport. Passengers' belongings were stolen and a security checkpoint was left unmanned.

The White Paper will outline changes to strengthen security screening at regional airports and on smaller aircraft. Within four years, all passengers and checked baggage must be screened on smaller aircraft operating regular public transport services.

If there is an accident, airlines will have to increase liability insurance for domestic passengers from $500,000 to $750,000 a passenger.


Finally, these plastic knives were just ridiculous.
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Direct flights Coast to Singapore mooted
Gold Coast Bulletin, Shannon Willoughby, December 17th, 2009
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A DIRECT Gold Coast-Singapore link is on the cards, with low-cost airlines understood to be eyeing off the route.

Airport boss Paul Donovan yesterday said another two international destinations were likely to be added to the city's outbound portfolio.
"I think there is another one or two destinations you will see here," he said.

When asked if Singapore was one, he said: "Could be one".
Mr Donovan said the proposed new destinations showed the strength of the Gold Coast Airport[/URL]'s model and the city as a 'desirable destination'.

He said as flight schedules increased, more carriers would choose to overnight on the Coast, further boosting tourism occupancy rates.
Earlier this month, the carrier announced it would add 35 weekly services -- an additional 6195 seats a week into the Coast and more than 320,000 extra seats a year.

"There is no question what Jetstar has done has added significant value," said Mr Donovan.
" It was only a few years ago we had 35 flights a week leaving from the Coast," he said.

Yesterday, Jetstar said as well as an expansion in domestic flights, it would also look at increasing international flights with the arrival of bigger aircraft.

"We are looking at what potential the Gold Coast has to service other international markets. We do have a lot of aircraft coming over the medium term," said Simon Westaway, Jetstar's head of Corporate Relations.

"Wide body Airbus 330 have a range of around 10 hours and that opens up many more markets than simply Japan and we certainly wouldn't rule out other international markets over time."

Mr Westaway said the focus for now was the rollout of the extra 35 flights to and from the Coast.
He said this would see an extra 50 people employed, with one more plane permanently based here.

"The Gold Coast is a major focus point from capital city markets," he said.
"Jetstar is now the number one airline into the Gold Coast, moving close to 50 per cent market share.
"The airport has a great future."

Gold Coast Tourism boss Martin Winter said increased flights into the Coast were always welcomed
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Old December 18th, 2009, 03:37 AM   #666
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Qantas in talks with AirAsia for cost-saving jv

SYDNEY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Australia's Jetstar, the low-cost airline of national carrier Qantas Airways Ltd , is in early talks with Malaysian budget airline AirAsia for a cost-saving joint venture, Qantas said on Friday.

The move is in step with Qantas's interest in forging alliances in Asia and reflects Australia's increasingly strong commercial ties with the region. AirAsia, the region's largest low-cost carrier, already runs flights into Australia while Jetstar flies some routes into Southeast Asia.

"Qantas confirms that its wholly owned subsidiary, Jetstar, and AirAsia have entered discussions regarding a potential cost saving joint venture," Qantas said in a brief statement.

"However, these discussions are at a preliminary stage and no binding agreements have been reached."

Qantas said it would update the market on progress of talks as required and gave no more details.

Earlier this week, Australia unveiled plans to scrap some foreign-ownership rules for Qantas in a move aimed at helping it play a bigger role in consolidation of the global airline industry.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 03:15 AM   #667
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Etihad flights up, but Emirates plea for more rebuffed
12 February 2010
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MIDDLE EASTERN airline Etihad will be able to boost the number of flights to Australia, but rival Emirates' advances to the government for extra services have been rebuffed.

Etihad has been awarded seven additional flights a week following negotiations between the federal government and the United Arab Emirates in Canberra this week. It has also won the right for a further seven flights between Australia and Abu Dhabi from next year but on the proviso that they fly into or via a regional airport. However, Emirates' lobbying for a "reasonable" increase in the number of flights to Australia from its cap of 84 a week by 2011 has fallen on deaf ears in Canberra.

A spokesman confirmed yesterday that it had not been given any additional slots into Australia in the latest round of negotiations. Over the past 13 years Emirates has increased flights from three a week to 70.

He insisted that the negotiations were "more about housekeeping" and Emirates would return for "more formal talks" in Canberra in February next year. Over the past year the Middle Eastern airlines have maintained or increased their capacity to Australia, while Qantas and other airlines have been shedding flights due to the travel downturn.

The latest decision takes Etihad's total available quota of services from 28 to 42.

The Abu Dhabi airline will take delivery of a further 100 aircraft over the next eight years, including long-haul Boeing 777s and 787 Dreamliners, and it wants to ensure it can increase flights should the need arise.
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I think this is a good idea (why wasn't it done earlier): supports the airport, flights for regional travellers and really helps tourism. I wonder if Townsville, Hobart, Canberra and Coolangatta could be on the list, even if not as attractive for the airlines.


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MEDIA RELEASE, The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
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12 February 2010, AA029/2010
http://www.minister.infrastructure.g...AA029_2010.htm

Australia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have settled a new air services agreement, opening the way for new international flights into Australia's regional airports.

Under the new arrangements, airlines such as Emirates and Etihad will be able to operate up to an additional seven services a week into Australia's major gateway airports (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth), provided these services go via a regional centre such as Cairns, Darwin or Adelaide.

This development has only been made possible because of the decision we took in our Aviation White Paper to allow foreign airlines greater access to our four major gateways for flights that make stopovers at regional airports.

We are determined to showcase regional Australia's world-class destinations and provided a much need tourism boost to our regional economies.

In addition to providing new opportunities for regional areas, the new arrangements with the UAE allow for the continued growth of services into and out of Australia's major airports.

As well as the previously agreed seven extra services a week from March 2010, Etihad will be entitled to a further seven from March 2011. At present the airline operates 21 services a week into and out of Australia.

Existing arrangements allow Emirates an extra seven weekly services from March 2010 and a further seven from March next year were confirmed, building on the 70 services they currently operate.

Air Arabia - a UAE airline based in Sharjah - will also be entitled to operate up to seven services a week from March 2011.

Reciprocal capacity increases were agreed for Australian airlines.
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Air New Zealand labels Tongans 'drunks'

Air New Zealand has apologised for a crew manual which profiled passengers by nationality and suggested flight attendants watch Tongans who wanted to make merry with the free in-flight booze.

The airline said the document was written in 2008 for flight crews. It had since been updated and did not now touch on alcohol or "cultural components".

It told cabin staff that Tongan passengers were "softly spoken, reserved people", but many could take advantage of free in-flight alcohol to "drink the bar dry".

The comments have infuriated members of the Tongan community.

Community leader Melino Maka said the airline's remarks were "extremely hurtful".

Mr Maka, chairman of the Tongan Advisory Council, described the comments as "over the top" and said the airline was "trying to portray that Tongans are uncontrollable alcoholics".

"I don't think Tongans are different from any others when there's free access to alcohol, but what I think [is] the airline should concentrate on education rather than trying to take pot shots at people.

"The remarks are extremely hurtful," Mr Maka said, "and it is not good for public relations or race relations."

Air New Zealand international in-flight product and service General Manager Alan Gaskin apologised for the manual, but said it was no longer being used for in-flight cabin crew training.

"It was not intended to cause offence and we apologise if it has.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...ns-drunks.html
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JETSTAR TO TRAIN PILOTS TO MEET DEMAND
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MELBOURNE, June 2 (NNN-Bernama): Low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways has teamed up with two pilot schools as the airline pushes ahead with its expansion plans.

The training programme with Oxford Aviation Academy in Melbourne and CTC Aviation Group in Hamilton, New Zealand, was announced at Moorabbin Airport here on Wednesday.

Jetstar Executive Manager Operations Mark Dal Pra told reporters the airline's fleet was set to grow from the existing 60-odd aircraft to more than 100 by 2013-14.

This included adding eight Airbus A320s in the next six months, with an A330 due to arrive in December followed by another in January next year.

The airline has also flagged plans to operate long-haul services to Europe and North Asia from its Singaporean base later this year, with specific routes and destinations expected to be unveiled soon.

The expansion needed additional pilots and those that come through the specially tailored course will also be taught about Jetstar's operations.

Up to 70 pilots are expected to come through the first year of the programme, to begin in July, and increase in future years.

The airline anticipates about 20,000 applications.
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Jetstar Group signs first interline deal

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Jetstar Airways has signed an interline agreement with Air France and KLM, in the first such deal outside its parent Qantas Ltd.

"This is the first interline agreement covering all Jetstar airlines as a collective signed with a full service carrier outside its parent company Qantas," Jetstar said in a statement.

In a statement, Jetstar said the agreement with KLM and Air France covers the 60-odd destinations served by Jetstar, Jetstar Asia/Valueair and Jetstar Pacific, as well as Air France and KLM gateways Paris and Amsterdam.

"This partnership with one of Europe's most established carriers will provide new opportunities for customers to more easily travel to the almost 60 destinations across the Asia Pacific region that Jetstar serves," Jetstar executive manager commercial David Koczkar said.

Air France KLM Asia Pacific senior vice president Marnix Fruitema said the deal was a strategic move to improve the company's products in the region.

The airline has flagged plans to operate long-haul services to Europe and North Asia from its Singaporean base later this year, with specific routes and destinations expected to be unveiled soon.

Jetstar executive manager operations Mark Dal Pra said the airline's fleet was set to grow from the existing 60-odd aircraft to more than 100 by 2013-14.

This included adding eight Airbus A320s in the next six months, with an A330 due to arrive in December followed by another in January next year.

Pilot schools

Jetstar has teamed up two pilot schools as the low-cost carrier ramps up its expansion plans amid strong worldwide demand for pilots.

The training program with Melbourne-based Oxford Aviation Academy and CTC Aviation Group in Hamilton, New Zealand, was announced at Moorabbin Airport.

That expansion needed additional pilots and those that come through the specially tailored course will also be taught about how Jetstar operates.

"It is a key program for us because as an airline we've expanded dramatically over the last six years," Mr Dal Pra said.

"We have the opportunity to make sure that everybody who has come through the program is well trained in Jetstar specific standard operating procedures."

CTC Aviation Group chairman Chris Clarke said demand for pilots around the world was high despite setbacks to the industry such as the global recession and high oil prices.

"Aviation continues to grow," Captain Clarke said.

"In fact in the Middle East, the Far East, Australasia, the growth is still quite phenomenal."

Two courses are being offered - a three-month advanced cadet program for people who already hold a commercial pilot's licence and an 18-month "ab-initio" program for those with little or no flying experience.

Jetstar will pay the cost of the advanced program - about $80,000 - up front, with the cadets to pay that back once they start work with the airline.

Government assistance, as well as funding from Jetstar that will be paid back during employment, is available for the 18-month program.

All successful candidates will have to remain with Jetstar for six years.

Oxford Aviation Academy group managing director Anthony Petteford said the ab-initio program had created "first-class pilots" in Europe for the past 50 years, including the chief executive of British Airways plc Willie Walsh.

"I can absolutely assure you that it works," Mr Petteford said.

Up to 70 pilots were expected to come through the first year of the program, to begin in July and increase in future years.

The airline anticipated about 20,000 applications.
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Jetstar to offer in flight iPad
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Jetstar Airways will offer the iPad for passengers to rent for $10 on selected domestic routes, from June.

If you cannot be bothered queueing for Apple's latest must-have gadget the iPad, take to the skies instead.

From later this month, Jetstar Airways will offer the iPad for passengers to rent for $10 on selected domestic routes.

The gadget, which went on sale in Australia last Friday, will have movies and television programs as well as games, e-books and music.

The iPad would be offered on a trial basis, Jetstar said in a statement on Tuesday.

Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan said he expected the iPads to prove very popular onboard.

'Given the demand for the iPad so far, I anticipate it will have strong appeal amongst our passengers,' Mr Buchanan said in the statement.

'Based on demand for the iPads as part of the trial, we'll be looking to roll out the devices across our entire domestic and international network later in the year.'

Jetstar, which is owned by Qantas Airways Ltd, said it would be one of the first airlines in the world to trial the iPad.
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Nice IPad offer from Jetstar
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JETSTAR AIRWAYS TO OPERATE LOW-COST FLIGHTS FROM SINGAPORE TO MELBOURNE, AUCKLAND
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MELBOURNE, June 10 (NNN-BERNAMA) -- Australian low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways has chosen Melbourne and Auckland as the first two long-haul destinations for its operations out of its Singapore hub.

The Qantas-owned Jetstar will begin Melbourne-Singapore services from Dec 16 while the Auckland-Singapore flights will begin from March 17, 2011, the airline said a statement here Wednesday.

Jetstar will base two wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft in Singapore anmd they will be configured to carry 303 passengers in a two-class cabin.

The first will arrive from Qantas in November and the second A330 will come from the Airbus factory in early 2011.

Jetstar Chief Executive Bruce Buchanan said the new flights offered travellers "an array of new affordable travel options".

"Connecting our three largest operations in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore strengthens each of these businesses and builds a solid foundation for future growth beyond Singapore to North Asia and Europe," he said in the statement.

In May, the airline flagged plans to begin long-haul operations based out of Singapore to Australia, North Asia and Europe.

The new flights will bring to 12 the number of long-haul destinations in Jetstar's schedule, which includes flights from Australia to Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Hawaii.

Both the Melbourne-Singapore and Auckland-Singapore flights will also operate on a code-share basis with Qantas.

The new flights are subject to regulatory approval.
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AUSTRALIAN MINISTER TO PROPOSE TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR AVIATION OFFENCES
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CANBERRA, June 14 (NNN-Bernama) -- Making a bomb threat on a plane or threatening flight crew could soon carry more severe penalties, China's Xinhua news agency reported Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor as saying Monday.

The penalty increases would provide greater consistency with other criminal legislation, O'Connor said.

"These crimes cause great distress and inconvenience and impose unnecessary costs on the industry," O'Connor said in a statement.

"Threats and hoaxes can also compromise public safety, for example, where a flight has to be diverted at short notice or where an airport needs to be evacuated suddenly."

O'Connor on Monday will propose tougher penalties for aviation crimes.

The proposed changes to the Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 would see the maximum penalty for hoaxes where a person makes a false threat to destroy, damage or endanger an aircraft or airport, increase from two years to 10 years imprisonment.

Damaging a major runway or air traffic control facility would carry a maximum 14 year jail term, while assaulting a pilot or endangering an aircraft in flight would carry 20 years jail.

The offences now carry 10 and 15 years jail respectively.

Life in jail would continue to apply to offences such as hijacking or destroying an aircraft or being so reckless on a flight as to cause death.

Three new offences are also proposed.

They are assaulting an aircraft crew member, reckless endangerment of an aircraft, and having dangerous goods on an aircraft.

Aviation groups have been consulted in the development of the proposed new laws.
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Hmmm .. this smells like outsourcing of Qantas' international routes. I'd think Jetstar costs would be logically lower.
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Hi there,

Does anyone here know of any Domestic QF crew that fly in (possibly using staff travel) from other cities to go to their homebase?

Is it a rare thing?

I am living in Melbourne and looking to do the ADL base.

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Old August 23rd, 2010, 02:13 PM   #678
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For air travel, the magic number is 8 --- CHEAPEST TICKETS
23 August 2010
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Economists have calculated that the optimum time to book an airline ticket is eight weeks before the travel date. Also, do it in the afternoon rather than the morning to get the best deal.

Book earlier than eight weeks and you run the risk that your personal plans may change and the booking may need to be altered, but leave it later and there's an increased risk that prices will go up or the flight could be fully booked. Researchers have produced the mind-boggling mathematical formula ?A = gUG + min(k - g, (1 - g)(1 - r)) as part of the complex calculation to work out the eight-week result.

The symbol ? equals profit, which determines advance ticket purchases.

The work by Japan-based economists Makoto Watanabe and Marc Moller has been published by The Royal Economic Society.

The discrepancy between times of day is possibly explained by business travellers tending to book trips from the office earlier in the day and more price-conscious holidaymakers booking from home later on, the economists suggest.

They also highlight differences in timing policy in booking flights compared to booking theatre tickets, where last-minute deals can be available.

``The purchase of airline and theatre tickets are both examples where individual demand uncertainty and rationing risks interfere,'' the report says.

``However, there is empirical evidence which shows that airline ticket prices typically increase over time while theatre tickets are often sold at a discount on the day.''
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AIRLINE, AIRPORT TARGET LINKS TO CHINA
26 August 2010
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DIRECT flights between Cairns and China are the new target of both low cost carrier Jetstar and the Cairns Airport.

Both parties revealed their intentions yesterday as the airline announced a series of new domestic flights.

Airport chief executive Stephen Gregg said China was on his wish list.

He said the airport had been doing a lot of work on the destination with 30 per cent of Chinese leisure travellers visiting the Far North.

Mr Gregg said the airport had held "a range of conversations' with several Chinese airlines and, while many Chinese people came to Cairns indirectly via Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong, he was keen on direct scheduled services.

He said previous and proposed charter flights for the Chinese New Year and other holiday periods were increasing.

"The more Chinese that come here obviously a business case for a Cairns-China scheduled service gets better every day," Mr Gregg said.

Jetstar corporate relations head Simon Westaway said Jetstar would soon be announcing five new flights between its Singapore hub and China.

He said with increasing numbers of Chinese visiting Cairns there were opportunities to consider direct Cairns-Singapore and/or direct Cairns-China services.

But Mr Westaway said China was a difficult and complex destination to establish and it was a medium to long term aspiration.
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Qantas looks at flights to Brazil
6 September 2010
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QANTAS is considering tapping into the booming Brazilian economy by flying either to Sao Paulo or the popular tourist destination of Rio de Janiero.

Any decision by the airline to launch flights to Brazil is likely to result in it dropping services to Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, because of insufficient traffic to maintain two routes to South America.

Qantas would not comment, but insiders said it was not a surprise to hear that Brazil was high on the airline's list of possible destinations because the resource-rich economy was booming. Sao Paulo's two airports have about twice the annual passenger traffic as those in Buenos Aires.

The Australia-Buenos Aires route is understood to still be unprofitable for Qantas despite a general improvement in demand for international flights.

Argentina's flag carrier, Aerolineas Argentinas, is planning to fly directly between Sydney and Buenos Aires early next year rather than stop over in Auckland, which would prove a bigger threat to Qantas on the route.

However, flying to Sao Paulo or Rio de Janiero would be a challenge for Qantas because of the long flight time. It would have to be flown by a four-engine aircraft such as a 747-400 jumbo, which would not be able to take a full payload because of the distance involved.

Some insiders said a broader alliance with Chile's flag carrier, LAN, that allowed Qantas to link to more South American destinations made better sense than launching direct flights to Brazil. Qantas already code shares on LAN flights between Sydney and Chile's capital, Santiago.

Insiders also said it was not the right time for Qantas to launch a route and it would be better to wait to see whether the global economy avoided entering a double-dip recession.
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