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Qantas ‘creating great’ in 95th year

Qantas Group BITRE ASK share dipped to 62.07% 5,000 headcount reduction boosted labour productivity significantly Labour expense as % of revenue at Qantas improved to 22.8% in FY15 H1 from 24% in FY12 Key metric bests Virgin Australia’s 23% in H1 FY15; up from 21.5% in FY12 Qantas International accounts for 5 out of top […]

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Interview: Jetstar Hong Kong chief executive Edward Lau

It has been a long wait for Jetstar Hong Kong since its application (“Jetstar Hong Kong’s long and costly wait to fly“, Nov 21st, 14). Almost two years after its launch, the airline has yet to receive approval from the Hong Hong Kong authorities to fly with its air transport licence application with the Air […]

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Jetstar Hong Kong’s long and costly wait to fly

Twenty-one months after Qantas announced the birth of its fifth Jetstar venture in March 2012, initially in partnership with China Eastern Airlines, the airline , Jetstar Hong Kong, has yet to receive approval from the Hong Kong authorities to fly. No doubt it is a costly affair waiting, with 3 remaining Airbus A320 aircraft sitting in […]

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The ‘Virginisation’ of Australian Aviation

Qantas still dominant with 80%+ corporate revenue share Virgin has 31 “full switch” corporate account wins in FY14 Qantas Domestic FY15 Q1 capacity share 63.6% & pax. share 62.3% Virgin FY15 Q1 RPK share 36.8% & pax. share 37.8% Depreciating A$ helps close international cost gap by ~4%: estimate 787-9 a Qantas International priority Qantas […]

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Qantas Transformation raises more questions than answers

Yesterday Qantas Group reported a statutory after-tax loss of A$2.84 billion for the FY2013/14 financial year, with the group recording a A$646 million underlying loss before tax, which easily beat the market’s consensus estimate of a A$750 million pre-tax loss due to a lower than expected annual fuel bill. As the largest loss in Qantas’s history, […]

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Qantas faces defining moment

Qantas abandons 65% “line in the sand” strategy Natural market share for Qantas Group in focus Removal of 25% and 35% limits in Qantas Sale Act changes little Divestment of Frequent Flyer a “double-edged sword” Frequent Flyer earnt A$1.3 billion in past 4.5 years; Qantas Dom & Intl A$188 mln Qantas’s domestic RPK share slipped […]

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Competing for dominance in Asean skies

The 10-nation bloc Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Kampuchea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will finally see the full implementation of the Asean Open Skies policy next year. That is, if things go as planned. First mooted some 20 years ago, it has been a long time […]

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Shifting sands: Singapore Airlines may introduce premium economy

Singapore Airlines (SIA) may be introducing premium economy, pending the outcome of a secret study at the airline, Aspire Aviation has learnt. While SIA has turned a cold shoulder to the proposal once too often in the recent past when asked about the likelihood of this sub-class being part of its cabin configuration, any turnabout […]

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Virgin Australia holds invaluable lessons for Qantas

Virgin to reveal deployment plan of 8th A330-200 imminently ‘Market share is the consequence of strategy, not the strategy’: Borghetti Qantas’s domestic weakness could further be exploited by Virgin Virgin Australia able to fill additional capacity at slightly higher yields Virgin stops providing capacity guidance a ‘smart move’ 54 EBAs at Qantas difficult to overcome […]

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Tigerair’s woes deepen

Neigh, it is the year of the horse, so the tiger shall not gallop. While all indicators by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) point to a recovery of the airline industry, particularly in light of lower fuel costs, Tigerair for one is heading in the opposite direction. The budget carrier based in Singapore has […]

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