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Qantas’s Asianisation thrust

Qantas is adding more flights between Australia and Hong Kong as well as Manila. From October 26, there will be four additional weekly services between Sydney and Hong Kong added to the current daily flight, onboard the newly-refurbished Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Services between Sydney and Manila will increase from four to five weekly services, commencing early […]

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Joyce rejoices: Qantas Asia/Pacific’s new star performer

The new star performer of Asia/Pacific is Australian flag carrier Qantas. Move over, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Cathay Pacific. The flying kangaroo posted a FY2014/15 full-year statutory net profit of A$787 million, a dramatic turnaround from a net loss of A$2.84 billion the previous year and an impressive report card for chief executive Alan Joyce. […]

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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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Japan Airlines flies into tomorrow with simplicity

ANA overtakes JAL as largest Japanese international airline for the first time JAL now a full 32% smaller than ANA; doubling 16% in FY11 Employee productivity at JAL is 93% lower than at ANA JAL CASK advantage against ANA widens to 7.36% in FY14 Q4 due to fuel Peach makes Sendai 4th hub by mid-2017 as Skymark […]

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Is budget long-haul but a pipe dream?

Only days after announcing plans to launch transatlantic flights in five years, Ryanair retracted its position, abandoning the plans. In a statement, it said it “has not considered or approved any transatlantic project and does not intend to do so.” This ran contrary to the earlier announced approval by its board to mount budget flights […]

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Qantas’s stellar performance: To whom is the credit due?

Qantas reported a stellar FY2014/15 half-year performance from June to December 2014 which may have surprised some observers. To whom is the credit due? Or, is this willy-nilly a matter of rolling back on a favourable global economic tide? The Australian carrier made an underlying profit of A$367 million (US$289 million), its best in four […]

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Tigerair not out of the woods

At last Tigerair is making a profit. The Singapore budget carrier reported a positive FY2014/15 third-quarter with a profit after tax of S$2.2 million (US$1.76 million), compared to a hefty loss of S$118.5 million in the previous year. The improved performance was achieved on the back of a reduction in costs by 1.5% and capacity by […]

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Air New Zealand enters a new era of growth

If one is planning to visit the Hobbits and the Kingdoms of Middle Earth, do not think twice about flying Air New Zealand (ANZ). The Kiwi carrier is probably best recognised in recent times for its innovative in-flight safety videos before take-off. Keeping a relatively low profile, Air New Zealand is entering a new era […]

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Is there a future for Tigerair?

It has to happen, and it is happening. The anticipated increased control of the long ailing and unprofitable Tigerair by parent airlines in both Singapore and Australia was announced almost simultaneously, an unlikely coincidence. Tigerair Singapore Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase its stake in Tigerair from 40% to a majority of 55%. The low-cost carrier […]

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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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