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Old June 16th, 2012, 06:24 AM   #761
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Jetstar Hong Kong, the budget airline being formed by China Eastern Airlines and Qantas, could be operating before year-end, earlier than previously expected.

Senior managers for the airline, part of Qantas's Jetstar franchise chain, will be recruited from Hong Kong and other places in the region, China Eastern Chairman Liu Shaoyong told the annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association this week in Beijing.

Noting that Jetstar Hong Kong currently is applying for an air operator's certificate (AOC), Liu says, "At the earliest, it will begin operations late this year or in the first half of next year."

China Eastern and Qantas initially stated that the startup would launch in 2013 when they unveiled their joint venture in March. At that time, the two operators said they would have equal shares in Jetstar Hong Kong, which would have up to US$198 million in capital.


If certification is granted, Jetstar Hong Kong will begin service with three Airbus A320s. This fleet will increase to 18 by 2015.


China Eastern's Liu says it has not been determined if Jetstar Hong Kong will operate into mainland China.

Jetstar Hong Kong will follow the multi-national franchising model used by rivals Tiger Airways and Air Asia, which established carriers in different countries with local shareholders while sharing the brand, websites and information systems.

Qantas also is setting up Jetstar Japan with Japan Airlines. That airline is due to begin services next month, five months ahead of schedule, also with three A320s as an initial fleet.

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Old June 21st, 2012, 04:24 AM   #762
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IATA Conference foresees more large airlines collapsing in the next 12 months; all eyes on IATA
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While the yearly gathering last week of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Beijing, China drew delegates from different airlines around the world, in the next 12 months attendees in the next summit could be down.

IATA President Tony Tyler did not gave a hint which air carriers would no longer be around in 2013, but he acknowledged that competition in the global aviation industry is becoming tighter and even the larger airlines run the risk of folding up.


The conference this year saw the absence of two long-time members of IATA - Malev, the flag carrier of Hungary for 56 years, and Spainair, which is the fourth largest air carrier in Spain and closed in January.


Industry observers are now monitoring Qantas, Australia's flag carrier whose shares plummeted to a record-low below AU$1 after the company issued a profit warning due to the weakness of its international operations.


Besides its labour problems and soaring jet fuel bills which other air carriers also suffer from, Qantas's losing international operations is due to stiff competition from Middle Eastern carriers such as Emirates and Etihad which are getting into Qantas' long-haul routes. As a result, only 20 percent of Australians use Qantas when they fly overseas.


Analysts said that after Qantas shares plummeted to an all-time low after it forecast its first annual loss in 17 years, the air carrier's shares are now undervalued by up to US$3 billion.


Analysts added that Qantas is so undervalued that it would attract bidders which led the air carrier to hire Macquarie Group to turn away unwanted private-equity bids. Now valued at 0.47 times its net tangible assets, the Qantas valuation is lower than any other air carrier in the industrialised world with over US$1 billion in market capitalization, except for Air France-KLM.


Escalating fuel bill had also eaten into profitability of airlines. Jet fuel now accounts for about one-third of airline operating costs from 13 percent 10 years ago. As a result, IATA forecasts the entire global aviation industry would have a profit of only US$3 billion for revenues of over US$600 billion. The bulk of that profit, however, would be enjoyed by few carriers that service China and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.


Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce, now the new chairman of IATA, agreed that there are too many airlines for a shrinking market and the air carriers are fragmented. He believed it would be good to have more consolidations in the global aviation industry. International Airlines Group Chief Executive Willie Walsh agreed with Mr Joyce's analysis.


"Many will disappear. And you won't see new airlines appear. The barriers to entry are much higher now," The Guardian quoted Mr Walsh.


Mr Joyce said Qantas has not yet been approached formally by private-equity groups, but insisted, "Fair value for Qantas shares is a lot higher than it is today ... Our shareholders know we are on the right path."

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Old July 23rd, 2012, 06:51 AM   #763
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Qantas Un-Australian, says Etihad boss James Hogan
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Etihad Airways chief executive James Hogan has blasted Qantas for being un-Australian in its campaign to undermine his airline's investment in Virgin Australia and has pledged that the Abu Dhabi-based carrier will never seek to control Virgin.

Melbourne-born Mr Hogan said Qantas's hostile reaction to Etihad's bid to increase its shareholding in Virgin to 10 percent was a ploy to distract from Qantas's own failings.

Etihad yesterday won approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board to lift its stake in Virgin from 5 percent to 10 percent. It is understood it was given the green light because 10 percent was not close to a controlling interest and was lower than the shareholdings of existing foreign shareholders Virgin Group, which has 26 percent, and Air New Zealand, with 19.9 percent.
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Changes to Qantas Executive Team
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Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce announced today that, effective October 31, Brett Johnson would retire after more than 17 years as the Group's General Counsel.

"Brett has had a major impact on the success of Qantas and his sound advice to the Board and me has been invaluable over many years," Mr Joyce said. "We wish Brett well in the next stage of his career."

Mr Johnson said he was sad to leave Qantas but was excited about the next phase of his career. "Being General Counsel of this great Australian icon has been an honour and I have enjoyed working with all Qantas employees, particularly the great professionals within Qantas Legal," Mr Johnson said.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 03:26 AM   #764
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Old November 5th, 2012, 12:16 PM   #765
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Since this is already the year for partnerships outside of the 3 main airline alliances this news doesn't really come as a surprise.

Air New Zealand will cease their Hong Kong - London flight but will form a strategic partnership with Cathay Pacific for the New Zealand to China routes via Hong Kong. Air New Zealand will stay in London with their flight via Los Angeles, this will remain their main route into Europe.

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5 November 2012 22:00

Air New Zealand will withdraw services between Hong Kong and London from 4 March 2013 as the airline focuses on returning its international network to profitability.

In a separate move which is part of Air New Zealand’s strategy to implement an alliance based network with a Pacific Rim focus, the airline has also formed a strategic agreement with Cathay Pacific on the Auckland – Hong Kong route.

Rob Fyfe, Chief Executive Officer, says a comprehensive review of the Hong Kong – London service has confirmed the route would not become profitable in the foreseeable future. A reduction of approximately 70 London based cabin crew roles is expected as a result.

“At the same time, we wanted to strengthen our presence in Hong Kong which is an important market and vital gateway into Mainland China for Air New Zealand. In line with this we have received approval from the New Zealand Ministry of Transport to form a strategic agreement with Cathay Pacific effective from 12 December 2012.”

“The agreement will see both carriers continue to operate the same frequency between Auckland and Hong Kong while introducing code share on each other’s flights as well as opening up excellent connections between New Zealand and Mainland China,” says Mr Fyfe.

Air New Zealand operates daily year round services between Auckland and Hong Kong while Cathay Pacific operates daily year round services and up to double daily in the peak period between 2 December and 1 March.

Air New Zealand customers will now also earn Airpoints™ Dollars on Cathay Pacific flights between Auckland and Hong Kong, and Airpoints and Koru members travelling on Air New Zealand flight numbers will receive lounge access and premium customer benefits on this route.

Mr Fyfe says the decision to exit from Hong Kong – London will enable more capacity to be redeployed onto the popular North American destinations of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Last month Air New Zealand announced a further 5,000 return seats to its North American routes through to the end of June 2013. Releasing capacity from Hong Kong – London enables the continuation of this additional capacity.

“We’re excited about our upcoming move to the Tom Bradley terminal at LAX where Air New Zealand has been contracted to design and operate a brand new and much improved Star Alliance lounge, making Los Angeles a great place to connect through to London or destinations further into Europe. We remain committed to servicing Europe via these daily Los Angeles – London services.”

Customers currently holding tickets to commence travel with Air New Zealand between Hong Kong and London from March 4 2013 will be re-booked, in most cases onto Cathay Pacific’s services which depart within an hour of Air New Zealand’s existing service.

Customers will be contacted by Air New Zealand or their agent to confirm their re-booking and reissue their tickets. Air New Zealand is working through re-accommodating approximately 8,000 customers and most customers can expect to be contacted within the next couple of weeks.

Air New Zealand will honour Airpoints members’ frequent flyer programme points as per their original ticketed booking.

Air New Zealand first began operating services between Hong Kong and London in October 2006 and has operated between 5-7 times a week using a Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

Air New Zealand press release:
http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/press...ondon-services
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Old November 5th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #766
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What's funny I find I s that CX chooses to partner with a Star Alliance carrier over a oneworld carrier within the same oceanic geography. And while this is pure speculation, I wonder if thus move has anything to do with CX moving into Star and its involvement with partner carrier Air China. For the most part, Cathay doesn't have many partnerships (aside from frequent flyer recognition and interline agreements) with existing oneworld carriers.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 09:11 PM   #767
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Well, Qantas also has also partnered with SkyTeam via Jetstar for some years now and more recently with the non-aligned Emirates. I looks like the alliances doesn't really matter in Oceania, so I wouldn't read too much into it.
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Old November 6th, 2012, 06:22 AM   #768
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Smells like a monopoly is brewing between the Star and Oneworld carriers ... quite a weird tie-up.

Having tried HKG-LHR with them twice, I must say they offered great value for money and lovely services. Their in-flight entertainment selection was impressive and the back-end of the 747 was very spacious.
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The B744 fleet looks nice and sleek in the new revised QF scheme
I can't wait to see the A333 fleet in the new scheme...
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The B744 fleet looks nice and sleek in the new revised QF scheme
I can't wait to see the A333 fleet in the new scheme...
As I understand, they revised only the placing of words "Qantas", "Spirit of Australia", "Long Reach", while the tail is the same. Am I right?
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The Kangaroo has also changed shape slightly.
Qantas is in a different font.
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cal_t, thank you for your answer! Somehow I missed information regarding QF revised livery
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The Kangaroo has also changed shape lightly.
Qantas is a different font.
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As I understand, they revised only the placing of words "Qantas", "Spirit of Australia", "Long Reach", while the tail is the same. Am I right?
The Kangaroo is on steroids, "Qantas" & "Spirit of Australia" font have changed... The golden stripe on the tail has been eliminated too...
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The Kangaroo is on steroids, "Qantas" & "Spirit of Australia" font have changed... The golden stripe on the tail has been eliminated too...
EK413, thanks a lot
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Qantas passengers in hospital after cabin temperature soars
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Two Qantas passengers were taken to hospital after the cabin temperature of their plane soared to nearly 40 degrees because of airconditioning problems.

Flight QF2260, carrying 30 passengers to Lord Howe Island, left Sydney at 11.50am on Monday but had to turn back and landed at 1.47pm. Flight crew had called ahead to request medical assistance to meet the aircraft on landing as a precaution.

Paramedics assessed passengers and crew, all of whome walked from the plane, for heat-related issues. A NSW Ambulance spokesman said two female passengers were treated at the scene for dehydration and transferred to hospital. Their condition is stable.

Some passengers reported the cabin temperature had reached about 40 degrees.

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