Oil price sinks but airlines aren’t lowering fuel surcharge

The oil price plummets, but airlines are not lowering the fuel surcharge. Why not? The call is really not the consumer’s to make as airlines rake in the savings on the back of an improved economy and increased demand for seats. Still it is only reasonable to expect some measure of adjustment downward of the […]

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United versus Singapore Airlines: The race for non-stop USA-Singapore connections

United Airlines has stolen a march on Singapore Airlines (SIA) when it announced its launch of a non-stop service between San Francisco and Singapore beginning June 1st, onboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This will be the first non-stop service between Singapore and the United States after SIA terminated its services to Los Angeles and Newark […]

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Can an Emirates tie-up save Malaysia Airlines?

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has signed a mega codeshare deal with Emirates Airline. The commercial partnership will allow the former access to more than 90 locations in the United States, Europe, the Middle-East and Africa via Emirates Airline’s Dubai hub. MAB will terminate its own direct flights to Paris and Amsterdam along with codeshare agreements […]

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What conclusions can one draw in an airlines survey?

The industry continues to be fascinated by rankings of the world’s best airlines, although the results of most surveys – take away some bias here and there – are quite predictable and almost similar across the board. The winners by and large boast excellent cabin service, great food, comprehensive in-flight entertainment and innumerable choices, more generous […]

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Making sense of ultra long-haul flights

Once upon a time, the honour of flying the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight belonged to Singapore Airlines (SIA). That was in June 2004 when SIA launched its non-stop service from Singapore to New York Newark, a journey of 19 hours on the Airbus A340-500 jet covering a distance of 9,535 miles. SIA had earlier […]

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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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Virgin Australia marks rite of passage

Virgin’s domestic ASK share grew from 35.22% to 36.79% in 3 years FY16’s A$162 million pricing benefit a 13.6% saving of fuel bill, versus 7.61% at Qantas Qantas’s A$300 million pricing benefit, with 3-4% ASK growth, equates to ~10-11% pricing/efficiency benefit Tigerair Australia needs A321LR to further lower unit cost in short-haul international market Virgin posts 69.8% 2015 […]

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Partnership is Air New Zealand’s answer to litmus test

Air New Zealand (ANZ) is probably best known for its innovative approach in its in-flight safety video presentation. Drawing inspiration from the “Men In Black” to “Hobbits” of the Middle Kingdom, what used to be a staid, no-nonsense delivery of critical information that is often ignored by many travellers, the presentation has become entertainment. Though […]

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Qantas has tough act to follow as Virgin’s “The Business” debuts

When it comes to domestic business class travel in Australia, the Australian business traveller can choose between two world-class products. The Qantas A330 Marc Hewson-designed Vantage XL seat made by Thompson Aero Seating or the Tangerine and Hans Hulsbosch-customised seat designed by B/E Aerospace at Virgin Australia. Both seats convert into fully lie-flat beds and […]

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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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