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Virgin-SIA 'most likely Qantas competitor'
March 6, 2002 Posted: 4:06 PM HKT (0806 GMT)
An alliance between Richard Branson's Virgin Blue and Singapore Airlines is seen as a likely counter to Qantas
CNN's Geoff Hiscock
Asia business editor
SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- An alliance between Singapore Airlines and Richard Branson's discount carrier Virgin Blue is the most likely new competitor for Australia's Qantas Airways following the demise of Ansett, according to a leading industry analyst.
Center for Asia Pacific Aviation analyst Peter Harbison notes that Ansett's collapse in September and its final exit from Australian service on Monday has left the international Star Alliance without representation in Australia.
Harbison, in a report released late Tuesday in Sydney, said Star airlines were paying dearly for this. United Airlines, for example, derived a significant part of its U.S. traffic from passengers fed onto its services by Ansett.