QF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 660 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 24685 times:
G'day and welcome to the Australian Aviation Thread # 74. In the previous thread, the following points were discussed/raised:
* Emirates expresses concern at Perth Airport's lackluster airport infrastructure
* Qantas A330 operations
* Brisbane and Perth Airports - birds eye view
* Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel opens, directly opposite the International Terminal
* Air Niugini leases an Icelandair 757 (which will be operated to Brisbane)
* QantasLink 717s
* Qantas and Emirates agreement
* Rumours about Qantas leasing Emirates aircraft
* Jetstar announces it will take delivery of its first 787 in September
* Qantas 747 operations
* Melbourne Airport masterplan released
* Clive Palmer's new jet revealed with a rather 'Aussie' livery
* Virgin Australia's 737-700s
* Slow progress on construction work at Perth Airport
* Multiple flight diversions to Brisbane & Melbourne Airports due three consecutive days of fog in SYD
* Qantas announces an upgrade of its Perth terminal and facilities
* Possible walk-out by contracted security staff at Perth Airport
* First details on rego for first batch of JQ 787s and Qantas Freight 747-400ERF
* Philippine Airlines returns to Brisbane after a 2 year hiatus
* Turkish Airlines announces further plans regarding their intentions to fly to Sydney in 2014
QF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 660 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 24739 times:
QantasLink announces further flight increases from Brisbane (no surprises here!)
Quote: QantasLink upgrades and improves services on Queensland routes
QantasLink today announced it will deploy larger aircraft and put on additional services on key routes in Queensland from 1 July, meeting the strong demand from Queensland communities and corporate customers.
The announcement includes:
Six additional return flights between Roma and Brisbane per week, increasing the number of seats on this route by 372 seats to 3174 seats.
Key services between Bundaberg and Brisbane upgraded to the faster, larger Q400 74 seat aircraft, which will add 144 seats per week.
An extra return flight between Longreach and Brisbane on Thursday’s, serviced by a Q300 50 seat aircraft, adding 100 seats per week.
QantasLink Executive Manager John Gissing said he was delighted QantasLink is increasing capacity and deploying larger aircraft in Bundaberg, Longreach and Roma.
allrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 1869 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 24318 times:
Quoting vhebb (Reply 2): Jetstar has announced details of the B787:
335 seats 21 biz and 314 economy with Panasonic eX2 in seat inflight entertainment system:
I'm personally happy with a 3x3x3 economy configuration. My small family will get to sit together and I get the window instead of being split up or having to sit in the middle row as is currently the case in the A330. Seatback entertainment is also good. Pity no lie flat business seats as they would be nice for the overnight Japan return flights.
That is a tight configuration. Compare it to Norwegian, which is another low cost carrier, they have 32 premium economy seats (also in 2-3-2) config, but only 259 Y seats, and people commented on that being tight. So, with a slightly larger premium cabin (1 and a half rows more), they have more than 50 less Y-class seats.
Thompson, another tight configuration airline, has 291 total seats as well. They have more premium seats (49), but those are in 2-3-2 with only 38 inches in pitch, so I'd expect Jetstar premium to be a bit spacier.
So, overall, Jetstar has 44 seats more than the other 2 low-cost airlines, with really just a marginally smaller premium cabin (at least that of Norwegian).
CXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 23788 times:
Edit function doesn't seem to be working.
Just saw that JQ premium class will have a seat pitch of 38" (like Thompson), while Norwegian has seat pitch of 46" in premium, so that might explain most of the seat count increase, but still, going to be cramped!
An interesting article quoting Tim Clark on the impact of the EK/QF alliance on EK. Apparently there has been a slowing in growth of EK's loyalty scheme in Australia which is the main casualty of the QF alliance. But apart from that he's happy.
From that article, it is interesting to note that Clark blames no A380 service to PER on increasing competition from QR and SQ, and not on the lacking infrastructure! Perhaps a sign that EK will not bring the A380 immediately even if infrastructure was up to date (and perhaps the reason PER has delayed it).
"Air New Zealand has agreed to lift its holding in Virgin Australia to about 23 percent from 19.99 percent in a series of off-market transactions and indicated it may seek to hold as much as 26 percent."
At that point, Air NZ and Singapore would own about 46%. I suggested they should jointly take control (despite the spectre of Ansett) and screw it, just do it.
Interesting comparison. Makes me wonder whether DY has been a bit optimistic with their 259 seat configuration, given that JQ has a very good idea for how to make the LCC model work on mid-long haul. Time will tell...
EK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4692 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 21682 times:
Etihad CEO James Hogan has provided some details about their first A380 and B787 plans. EY will take delivery of their first A380 and B787 aircraft in late 2014.
- A380 will feature a three-class cabin configuration
- B787 will be in two configurations with two and three classes
- A380 is intended to operate to LHR, JFK, SYD & MEL
- B787 routes will be announced later
SYDSpotter From Australia, joined Oct 2012, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 21631 times:
Quoting mariner (Reply 15): At that point, Air NZ and Singapore would own about 46%. I suggested they should jointly take control (despite the spectre of Ansett) and screw it, just do it.
What are the rules surrounding foreign ownership limits on VA? I know VA did a bit of a corporate restructure to alleviate some of the foreign ownership limits, but surely NZ and SQ wouldn't be allowed to own 100% of VA ?
mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 24647 posts, RR: 86
Reply 19, posted (10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 21572 times:
Quoting SYDSpotter (Reply 18): What are the rules surrounding foreign ownership limits on VA? I know VA did a bit of a corporate restructure to alleviate some of the foreign ownership limits, but surely NZ and SQ wouldn't be allowed to own 100% of VA ?
I doubt they would need to own 100% and the separate foreign owners already own more than 50% - Air NZ 23%, Singapore 19% and Etihad 10% plus the rump Branson/Virgin holding - 12%? SMH says 22% but I thought it had gone down with the SQ buy.
I disagree with one or two of the conclusions in this article - I don't think it is entirely a defensive move by Air NZ - but it suggests some form of alliance rather than a take-over. Well, maybe:
It would be easy to see the movements on the Virgin Australia register as presaging an eventual contest for control between Singapore Airlines and Air NZ. While that can’t be completely ruled out it isn’t, however, the most likely rationale for Air NZ’s move. Its actions appear more defensive than offensive.
While Singapore might well like to control Virgin Australia, which has essentially inherited Ansett’s share of the Australian market, Air NZ clearly wants a major seat at the table to protect its own interest in maintaining access to the Australian market.
The lack of significant competing interests between Singapore Airlines and Air NZ would suggest, once they felt they had protected their own strategic interests in having a level of influence over Virgin to support their alliances, that they were more likely to co-operate than engage in a potentially destructive contest for control.
A tripartite alliance between Singapore Airlines, Air NZ and Virgin Australia – anchored in the joint interests in Virgin Australia, would seem to make some sense, particularly given the recent Qantas/Emirates alliance.
Given the above, it's Interesting that Etihad today suggested it doesn't want to increase its holding at this time.
RyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 4711 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 21569 times:
Quoting mariner (Reply 19): Interesting that Etihad today suggested it doesn't want to increase its holding
To be honest, I think that it's become clear over the past 12 months that Etihad is the awkward third wheel in this relationship. In the longterm I could quite easily see that particular partnership be quietly dismantled.
mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 24647 posts, RR: 86
Reply 21, posted (10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 21550 times:
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 20): To be honest, I think that it's become clear over the past 12 months that Etihad is the awkward third wheel in this relationship. In the longterm I could quite easily see that particular partnership be quietly dismantled.
Mayhap. CEO Hogan suggested today it was because they saw more immediate potential return in their Jet Airways holding - which is a wee bit of a change of tune from him.
It's in The Australian but it's subscription, so I haven't linked.