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Old October 29th, 2011, 11:43 AM   #741
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October 29, 2011 - 7:13PM

Rival airlines Virgin Australia says it is bringing in extra staff and planes to accommodate Qantas's stranded passengers all over the world.

Virgin spokeswoman Danielle Keighery said special counters had been set up for passengers stranded by the grounding of Qantas's entire fleet.

"We are pulling together things as quickly as we can," Ms Keighery told reporters at Sydney Airport on Saturday.

"We have dedicated counters, in all the airports around the country we have extra staff coming in at the moment."
Ms Keighery said customers should also visit the Virgin website, which has been especially set up for Qantas passengers wanting to book a seat.

"We will also have special fares for those Qantas people," she said.
"With this industrial action that has been going on in the last week we have announced an additional 40,000 seats in the market over the next number of weeks and months.

"We are obviously now working with all our alliances including Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airlines, Air New Zealand and Delta to see if we can get any extra planes, any extra capacity into the domestic market and also obviously helping those people stranded internationally and abroad.
"That is a real priority for us."

Virgin says it will offer special Stranded Passenger recovery fares for passengers who are currently at a port away from home and hold a Qantas ticket, to return home initially within the next five days.

"These special fares are subject to availability," Ms Keighery said.

She said Virgin had a good relationship with its unions.

"We do have a good relationship with our union, we constantly work with them and our staff and we'll continue to do so," she said.

"Staff engagement is obviously key for us and it's a program we'll continue to work on."
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How the Qantas crisis unfolded
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October 29, 2011

QANTAS engineers began their industrial campaign in August, after Qantas announced a $249million after-tax profit.

They have been joined in their actions by the Transport Workers Union — whose baggage handler and ground staff members are calling for greater job security, better wages and conditions — and the Community and Public Sector Union, whose customs worker members are calling for better pay and conditions.

Here’s how the dispute intensified since the start of the month:
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October 1 The Transport Workers Union warns of rolling strikes until the row over pay and conditions is settled. A day earlier a strike by baggage handlers and ground staff strike affected 8500 passengers on the long weekend. ‘‘If anyone needs to apologise for this, it’s Qantas,’’ says Transport Workers Union official Scott Connolly.

October 10 The engineers’ union schedules a strike, then abruptly calls it off, but only after 40 flights are cancelled and the travel plans of 11,000 passengers are disrupted.

October 13 Ground staff and customs workers strike for four hours. October 14 Aircraft maintenance engineers strike for four hours, causing the cancellation of 17 flights. The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, says that if Qantas and the unions want to end the dispute they should ‘‘get on and do it’’.

October 17 Qantas grounds five planes, bringing the cancellation of 400 flights.

October 20 Aircraft engineers call off strikes and overtime bans for the next three weeks in an attempt to get Qantas to reinstate the grounded planes. The chief executive of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents, Jayson Westbury, calls the dispute a "disaster".
October 25 Planned stoppages by the Transport Workers Union for the next two days are called off.

Friday More delays for passengers at international terminals, with about 4000 baggage handlers and ground crew holding stopwork meetings. A hostile Qantas annual general meeting is held in Sydney with tight security.

Yesterday Qantas announces it will lock out all its employees covered by the agreements that are now in dispute, and ground its entire domestic and international fleets indefinitely.
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Old October 29th, 2011, 02:55 PM   #743
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Reith blames Labor for Qantas move
October 29, 2011 - 8:18PM
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Former industrial relations minister Peter Reith says Labor is partly to blame for the Qantas industrial dispute that has led to the company grounding its entire fleet.

Qantas on Saturday grounded its entire domestic and international fleets indefinitely and announced a lockout of engineers, pilots and other employees beginning on Monday night.

Mr Reith said the union's "guerilla campaign" had left Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce little choice but to take the dramatic action.
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"He's got to do whatever he can to bring to an end this madness," Mr Reith told Sky News.

"The claims being made by some of these unions are completely unreasonable and I don't think Alan Joyce had any choice."

Mr Reith said Labor legislation had made the industrial dispute possible.

"The Labor government of course bears a lot of responsibility for what's happened.

"They have made it easier for the unions to take strike action."

Mr Reith said he did not know how Fair Work Australia would respond to the crisis because it was increasingly stacked with "union types".
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Old October 29th, 2011, 02:57 PM   #744
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Considering that, apparently, the CEO gave himself a $5million payrise and no payrise to the workers, its not so surprising
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Old October 29th, 2011, 02:59 PM   #745
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Shareholders back Qantas as union dispute deepens
Matt O'sullivan
October 29, 2011

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/sh...#ixzz1c4pDCb6L

QANTAS chief executive Alan Joyce has traded verbal blows with union heavyweights in one of the most hostile annual meetings this year, leaving any resolution to their damaging standoff even further away.

Despite the open hostility at the Qantas annual general meeting in Sydney, management's strategy to challenge three unions representing long-haul pilots, aircraft engineers and ground crew while it steps up an aggressive expansion into Asia was overwhelmingly endorsed by institutional shareholders.

About 96 per cent of votes were cast in favour of Qantas's executive pay card - which detailed executive pay and was the most contentious item at the meeting - despite unions and the Australian Shareholders' Association campaigning against it.

Mr Joyce's remuneration increased 71 per cent, from $2.92 million in 2009-10 to $5.01 million in 2010-11. He was granted 1.7 million Qantas shares under a long-term incentive plan. The total value of remuneration for the Qantas executives in 2010-11 was $14.44 million, up from $8.91 million in the year before.

As fears deepen that the bitter industrial dispute will escalate dramatically, Qantas has put the cost of it so far at $68 million, and estimates it is losing $15 million a week.

After stopping work for an hour at airports across the country yesterday, thousands of baggage handlers and other ground crew have resolved to intensify their industrial action.

And despite the big end of town's support yesterday, Mr Joyce and the Qantas board were castigated by retail shareholders on issues ranging from executive pay and outsourcing to their overall leadership. Security was unusually tight, with police, security guards, barriers and metal detectors.

Later, Mr Joyce told reporters that Qantas jobs were on the line because of the strikes.

''The situation for us is not sustainable. If this does continue it will cost jobs,'' he said.

In a veiled warning to the government, Mr Joyce said the dispute was not unique to Qantas but was occurring in sectors across the economy.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said the situation was getting worse and it was time for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to ''get active''.

''This is happening on the Prime Minister's watch; it's her responsibility and she should do something,'' Mr Abbott said.

But Assistant Treasurer and former union boss Bill Shorten said the dispute was capable of being resolved and the government would not intervene now.

He said state premiers Ted Baillieu and Barry O'Farrell leaking to newspapers a letter to the Prime Minister demanding an intervention showed that they were interested in political grandstanding.

Ms Gillard said she was ''maintaining regular briefings with the relevant ministers about the Qantas dispute, so I'm making sure that I am continuously informed about it. I believe Australians expect the parties to this dispute to … get it fixed.''

Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford said the voting showed that shareholders overwhelmingly supported management, describing the outcome of the meeting as a ''bit of a watershed''.

''There was a lot of talk about how the board was going to be rolled … but that was not the case,'' he said.

Although Qantas was keen for changes to the foreign ownership cap on the airline, Mr Clifford said there was no political appetite on either side of politics for such reform to the Qantas Sale Act.

He also dismissed rumours that private equity firms were circling Qantas, saying it would be difficult for them to raise the necessary funds due to the precarious state of the global markets.

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Old October 29th, 2011, 03:04 PM   #746
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That is a big step bold for Quantas management to take. Both sides are playing hard ball and politics are being played and it looks like its going to be a lose-lose situation unless the unions and management start working together to the long term survival of the airline. It is such a competitive market and all the goodwill of the Quantas brand is being eroded.

Its a bit like British Airways where despite being British I use them as a last resort for important trips as every year one of the unions will cause major disruption. Like Quantas they pay more than the competition and have staffing levels higher than the competition but service that is far inferior to their competitors. BA have not yet had to resort to a Quantas style lock out as they have most of the slots at Heathrow which helps them stay in profit but with Heathrow at capacity and no chance of runway expansion the European competitors (CDG, Frankfurt and Amsterdam) will erode that profitability and the unions will bring the company to a similar decision point as Quantas.
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I doubt the unions and management can ever work together, so something like this lockdown is needed to shock the whole system and country to come to realize the status quo is not the solution going forward. Then it becomes a PR battle on who wins the day.
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QANTAS - BOEING 787 - PERTH

As Boeing says on its official website the Dreamliner has a range between 7,650 nm (787-800) and 8,500 nm (787-900): http://www.boeing.com/commercial/787...787-8prod.html

Qantas ha orders for 15 787-800 and 35 787-900.

These are the maps from Perth International Airport (PER):

7,650 nm: http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?R=7650nm%40PER
8,500 nm: http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?R=8500nm%40PER

I think that Qantas could fly directly to Europe without stopping in Singapore Changi (SIN).

Do you think that Perth International Airport will grow in the nearby future thanks to this type of aircraft?
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Do you think that Perth International Airport will grow in the nearby future thanks to this type of aircraft?
I guess that Qantas will maybe start a new non-stop connection from Perth to LHR once they receive the 787-900, but that's about it. The Perth market with its 1.5 million inhabitants is simply too small to support all that many longhaul connections.
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Old November 6th, 2011, 12:17 PM   #751
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Just to note, this thread will be renamed for Australia/Oceania based carriers including that of Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand. Any developments for Australian Airports, please use its respective threads, or open new ones for airport discussion. Thanks!
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Qantas announced plans to deploy an Airbus A380 aircraft on the Sydney-Hong Kong route from January 15 next year. At the same time, it will also increase frequencies on the sector, operating four return services per week between Hong Kong and Sydney, said the airline's chief executive, Alan Joyce.

This expansion is made possible by two new A380s that the carrier is slated to receive by year end.

The four flights will operate on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Currently, Qantas has one direct return flight on this route on a Boeing B747-400. It also operates one additional direct flight from Hong Kong to Sydney using an A330-300, while other flights between Sydney and Hong Kong go either via Melbourne or Brisbane.

Hong Kong is the carrier’s fourth destination to be served by the A380 after Singapore, London and Los Angeles. The two new superjumbos will also enable Qantas to increase frequencies between Melbourne and London, via Singapore, from six flights per week to a daily service, while flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles will go from a four weekly service to a daily service.

This move will hopefully lift Qantas’ reputation, which has recently been trounced by conflict with its unions (see story here) and technical difficulties (see story here).

For more information, visit www.qantas.com.au

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Jetstar is starting to reveal its Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes, with Auckland-Singapore among the first to get the next-gen jetliner in early 2013.

The 11 hour flight is currently made on an Airbus A330, which the airline says will gradually be replaced by Boeing's Dreamliner. Jetstar's Dreamliners will be configured with business and economy class cabins, and later in their lifespan the JQ 787s can be handed down to Qantas for domestic runs in Australia.

Jetstar Group CEO Bruce Buchanan boasts that Jetstar will be "the first airline based in Australasia, and the first low cost carrier in the world," to operate the Boeing 787.

"The 787 is a quantum leap in aircraft technology and passenger comfort," Buchanan enthuses. "It’s been said that the 787 represents the same kind of paradigm shift we saw with the first commercial jetliners in the 1950s and the 747 jumbos in the 1970s."

"The increased fuel economy, longer range and improved cabin experience make the 787 an absolute game-changer for passengers and airlines, so we’re really looking forward to offering it to our New Zealand customers on international flights."

Jetstar has 15 of the base model 787-8 Dreamliners on order, while Qantas has opted for 35 of the stretched 787-9s. Between the two brands this makes for the world’s second largest airline order of the Dreamliner, after the 55 spoken for by launch customer ANA.
First Qantas 787s expected by 2016

Lyell Strambi, Qantas Group Executive for Operations, told Australian Business Traveller that Qantas expects its first 787-9 to arrive “in the 2015 timeframe, so that’s 2015-16”.
“Internationally Jetstar needs the 787 in the short term and Qantas domestic needs it in the long term” Strambi explains, “so in the longer term we have the option to swing the 787-8 back into the domestic space when we retire the A330 fleet.”

For that reason Jetstar’s Dreamliners will be fitted with the same two-class configuration to match Qantas’ domestic needs, so that the Jetstar business class seats formerly known as Star Class will become Qantas domestic business class.

The Qantas 787s will be fitted with business, premium economy and economy class, Strambi says, and will be used for both international and domestic routes. “In the short term domestic is secondary but in the long term it’s a primary role.”

The Dreamliner will also replace the older Boeing 747s, which Qantas has already started to retire from its fleet – with the exception of the most recent models which are being upgraded with A380-style interiors.

“Our long term vision for international is just two aircraft types, the A380 and Boeing 787, although in the interim we’ll use the 747 for quite a few more years yet” Strambi predicts.
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Air New Zealand trials upgrade auctions – bid for a better seat!

Frequent flyers are used to spending points for upgrades, or even being offered bargain-basement rates at check-in to pay their way into business or first class seats.

But Air New Zealand -- ever the innovators -- have a new option for upgrading: OneUp auctions, where you bid a set amount before your flight for an upgrade to fully flat beds in Business Premier or more room in premium economy Spaceseats.

Air New Zealand's unique Spaceseats are some of the roomiest premium economy seats around. And who doesn't like a purple ottoman beanbag?

OneUp is currently in trial mode, and only on direct bookings to North American cities Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

(On SF and Vancouver routes, you'll find older planes with more conventional premium economy seats rather than the Spaceseats, and you won't find the improvements to Business Premier seen on Air NZ's newest Boeing 777-300ER planes.)

According to an Air NZ spokesperson Australian Business Traveller talked to, it works like this: "Economy and Premium Economy customers are invited to place a bid to upgrade to the next cabin class by nominating the dollar figure they would be prepared to pay. Customers whose bids are successful are advised a couple of days before travel."

Upgrade from economy to fully flat beds in Business Premier or more space in the Premium Economy Spaceseats? Yes please.

There's a coloured status bar that shows how likely you are to succeed in your bid before you click OK.
The status bar indicates the strength of the offer being made. It's green when the offer being made reaches the average level of past successful offers (although it's no guarantee that any bid will be successful). When the bar turns red, it indicates that history shows your bid is "likely to be too low to be successful", Air NZ says.

So how many people will get an email offering a OneUp upgrade? "The number will vary, depending on expected loadings," Air NZ's spokesperson told us.

And you'll need to have booked through Air NZ itself, not Virgin Australia or any of the Kiwi airline's other partners: "Offers can only be made to those passengers that have booked an airfare directly with Air NZ and for whom we hold a valid email address."

If you're an Air NZ Airpoints frequent flyer, don't worry, your existing confirmed recognition upgrades (which used to be called complimentary upgrades) will clear ahead of OneUp upgrades: "OneUp upgrades will occur after Loyalty (Air New Zealand Airpoints) upgrades have been allowed for. Upgrades that would have occurred prior to the OneUp programme will continue to occur," the spokesperson assured us.
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November 25, 2011 – 11:04 am, by Ben Sandilands

There is speculation, and a few hard facts, that all point to an interesting situation arising in Hong Kong in which Qantas may find a way to leverage itself into a Hong Kong or lower Pearl River delta based new Jetstar franchise, and even find an opening for its proposed Asia based narrow body premium minority owned airline.

The hard facts are that Cathay Pacific, which has until now dismissed the utility of setting up its own low cost brand, has seen fit to make public allusions as to the tragically short life that would await a Jetstar franchise based in Hong Kong.

Which suggests it is worried, since if it wasn’t it needn’t say anything.

Also on the public record is the intention of the HNA Group to convert its Hong Kong Express brand into a low cost carrier, which most observers regard it as anyhow, and expand and re-fleet it with Airbus A320s while transferring its small fleet of around eight 737-800s to full service brand Hong Kong Airways.

On 1 September Jetstar group CEO Bruce Buchanan gave this more than interesting address in Sydney which touched on the ‘China opportunity’. It was one of those speeches where the space between the lines was even more important, and Jetstar reminded more than one aviation reporter that this speech needed to be read very carefully in relation to the bigger picture in China, which is where Qantas group CEO, Alan Joyce, is, or was.

He isn’t sharing his diary at the moment.

But he was deeply missed at yesterday evening’s Senate committee hearing into the amendments to the Qantas Sale Act embodied in the Qantas (Still Call Australia Home) bill which Qantas regards as the Kill Jetstar bill.

Asia based contacts have told Plane Talking that HNA is not convinced, so far, by suggestions that a Jetstar branding, or an involvement in any restructuring which might see Qantas contribute money and jets to an Asia based premium carrier, would work for them.

But given reports that Singapore has not embraced the premium carrier project and that Qantas is instead pursuing a Malaysia solution, variously involving Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia, the situation in Hong Kong and in the PRC based HNA group of airlines merits close attention.

Not just in Australia, but also in Singapore, where the inability of Singapore Airlines to engineer its own China solution for tapping into its future potential has been a long running and frustrating spectacle for its business watchers
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^I hope they will paint the engines black.. But for the rest a fantastic plane..
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Pretty big move in Australia's Aviation business:

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By Michael Mackey | May 23, 2012

Qantas A380. By Rob Finlayson

The Qantas Group (QF) announced it will split the carrier’s international and domestic operations into two distinct businesses as part of its five-year transformation plan launched in August 2011 (ATW Daily News, Aug. 17, 2011).

“Qantas International and Qantas Domestic—currently combined as ‘Qantas Airlines’—will be formally managed as two distinct businesses,” a QF statement said. “Each will have its own CEO and its own operational and commercial functions with financial results to be reported separately.” The new structure will be effective July 1.

The restructure will strengthen the Qantas Group’s portfolio and help deliver its previously agreed strategic goals, CEO Alan Joyce said.

The Group also announced a number of executive management changes, including appointing former QF Frequent Flyer CEO Simon Hickey to CEO-QF International; QF Airlines-operations group executive Lyell Strambi to CEO-QF domestic; Group executive, strategy and technology Jayne Hrdlicka to CEO-Jetstar Group; Group executive-international strategy Lesley Grant to CEO-QF Frequent Flyer; and Gareth Evans to CFO.
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