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Qantas Hits Back At Virgin!  
User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

Qantas Welcomes Virgin Atlantic as 21st Carrier Between the United Kingdom and Australia

SYDNEY, 17 July 2003

Qantas today welcomed the announcement from Sir Richard Branson that Virgin Atlantic would become the 21st airline to offer services between the United Kingdom and Australia.

The Chief Financial Officer of Qantas, Peter Gregg, said Sir Richard and some others seemed to be under the impression that Virgin Atlantic would only be competing against British Airways, Qantas and Lauda Air.

"In fact, they will also be competing against another 17 airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, Air New Zealand and, of course, Singapore Airlines which owns 49 per cent of Virgin Atlantic.

"Qantas competes with all these airlines on a daily basis."

Mr Gregg said he would be very interested if Virgin Atlantic managed to obtain rights to fly to Australia via Hong Kong because, despite trying for many years, Qantas had been unable to obtain the rights to fly between the United Kingdom and Australia via Hong Kong.

Mr Gregg also noted that Sir Richard was reported as saying that British Airways and Qantas owned shares in each other.

"This is also incorrect. While British Airways owns 18.75 per cent of Qantas, Qantas owns no shares in British Airways."

Issued by Qantas Public Affairs (2933)
Email: qantasmedia@qantas.com.au


Good on Qantas for setting the record straight.

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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2695 times:

Would say that's a very smart Press Release done by QF.
Wouldn't have done it better ...  Big grin



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2677 times:

IMHO - I believe Sir Richard is a very and I mean VERY good self promoter! You wonder if he knows what buttons to push to get even more press? Like the shares in BA and QF, so that QF comes out and sets the record straight, so hence he gets more press. Here is the quote

Mr Gregg also noted that Sir Richard was reported as saying that British Airways and Qantas owned shares in each other.

"This is also incorrect. While British Airways owns 18.75 per cent of Qantas, Qantas owns no shares in British Airways."

And look here I am talking about him, so even more attention. You go Sir Richard.



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User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2640 times:
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Thats sound like a press release drafted by Mr. Branson himself. I thought he had the monopoly on slightly kick-below-the-belt statements



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User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2639 times:

Qantas refers to this story as:

VARSS

Virgin Atlantic Repetitive Story Syndrome

Lets face it how many years has VS been going on about flying to OZ!



User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

It would be very nice to see Virgin Atlantic flying into Oz. I think that would be great, more of a variety of airlines for Ozzies to choose from.

User currently offlineFloris From Netherlands, joined Jun 2003, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

Although very funny, Qantas is wrong and Virgin is right. Only two carriers have direct flights between the UK and Australia: BA and Qantas. All other carriers require you to connect, which means changing to another aircraft and the possibility of missing your connection and/or loosing your luggage as happend to me three times in the last five years, all on SQ. Furthermore, since BA and Qantas codeshare on each others flights and BA owns Qantas shares, I would hardly call this competition. I hope Virgin starts flying to Sydney soon, I would definately give them my business.

[Edited 2003-07-18 19:00:14]

User currently offlineMarara From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 678 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

Royal Brunei also offer a same plane option, im pretty sure either SQ or TG have a sameplane aswell. It all depends on the current schedule.

Nothing to stop the other airlines using the same plane.

[Edited 2003-07-18 20:24:48]


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User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Quite bizare that QF have basically just put out a rather good advertisment for all of their biggest competitors!

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