VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4579 posts, RR: 40 Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2154 times:
The dispute between Virgin Blue and Sydney Airport Corporation over use of T2 has been resolved! Sir Richard Branson made the announcement this morning in Sydney. Here is the official release from Virgin Blue:
* A 17 year Anchor tenancy agreement to allow Virgin Blue to remain in a firm competitive position vs. Qantas
* Annual charges comparable to those negotiated in April by Virgin Blue, allowing the airline to maintain its commitment to affordable travel for all Australians.
* The low fare airline being allowed to use its own IT systems that is now the standard of the world?s leading low fare carriers.
* Virgin Blue will also continue using its own baggage systems that help to avoid the risk that bags might get lost in the global airline network.
* Virgin Blue has priority over the first 6 gates in Pier A and access to an additional 6 gates to facilitate the airline?s growth.
* Branding consistent to what has been negotiated at other major airports.
* No need for Virgin Blue Guests to board a bus to get to their aircraft.
It is good to see that this dispute appears to have been settled. The release also hints at Virgin's international expansion intentions - there was an article in today's AFR about the possibility of Virgin Atlantic running full service flights LHR-HKG-Australia (no mention of city). The article went on to say that Virgin Atlantic could cater for other international full service flights from Australia, with Virgin Blue taking the low cost end of the international market.
Hopefully this will mean that, before the end of the year, we will now hear of a fleet decision from Virgin Blue - they have been delaying any announcement until the Sydney dispute was resolved.
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
TonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2142 times:
Good news about the terminal settlement. The "trailers" at SYD for Virgin Blue were some thing else!
I am not sure what you meant about "Virgin Atlantic running fuller service flights LHR-HKK-Australia" Doesn't Virgin Atlantic ( not Blue) already do this? I thought for sure I have seen Virgin Atlantic in SYD?
Beno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2136 times:
I think the chances of a third domestic airline are even slimmer than they where a 3 months ago. Virgin and Qantas now own the leases to terminals in every major Australian city making it almost impossible for a third domestic airline to start operations.
QANTASpower From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 516 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2109 times:
I agree with Beno. The chances of a third airline with any substantial presence starting up are next to zero in the short term. All that is available is the leftover gates at MEL, SYD & Brisbane. Virgin will now be a much more serious competitor to QF and for that matter any new entrant.
Also expect to see QF close the deal to buy a 25% stake in ANZ within a few weeks. ANZ will soon after announce plans for a Hong Kong to London service which will then be viable with the feed it will get from QF's Hong Kong services.