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Melbourne Home Of Qantas Budget Airline

Wed Nov 26, 2003 11:44 am

It appears as though Qantas' budget airline will be headquartered in Melbourne. The link below provides some brief information:
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RE: Melbourne Home Of Qantas Budget Airline

Thu Nov 27, 2003 6:27 am

Here is the official press release from QF:

Qantas Low Cost Carrier to be Based in Melbourne
MELBOURNE, 26 November 2003

Qantas announced today that the City of Melbourne had been selected as the headquarters for its new domestic low cost airline.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Geoff Dixon, said that Melbourne was chosen because it offered the most attractive package including excellent facilities, a skilled workforce and incentives.

"I would like to thank the Victorian Government for its support of this project," Mr Dixon said.

"The new airline will start flying to leisure destinations in Australia from May next year and, with its headquarters in Melbourne, it will grow to employ about 1,000 Victorians over the next few years.

"While the new low cost carrier is good news for the whole Australian tourism industry, today's announcement means that Qantas will further expand its commitment to the Victorian economy and Victorian tourism, building on a partnership that has been in place for more than 60 years.

"Qantas currently employs more than 6,500 people in Victoria and is a major supporter of a range of community, sports and arts organisations including the Royal Children's Hospital, the Victorian Institute for the Blind, the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, the Australian Formula One Grand Prix and the Australian Tennis Open.

"Qantas has also recently invested $9.8 million in the refurbishment of Hangar 4 at Avalon Airport, which will grow to employ 300 skilled workers, and entered into a joint venture with Patrick Corporation to acquire the former Ansett engine maintenance facility at Garden Drive, Tullamarine.

"We also recently expanded our flight training facility at Airport West, at a cost of $70 million. This facility now houses our Boeing 737-300, 737-400, 737-800, Airbus A330 and Emergency Procedures simulator."

Mr Dixon said that further information relating to the low cost carrier - including its name, livery and fleet - would be announced next week.

RE: Melbourne Home Of Qantas Budget Airline

Thu Nov 27, 2003 6:39 am

Qantas is apparently close to decided which aircraft will purchased to begin services. Its between the A320 and B737.

I think that Airbus is going to get the order even though the airline already operates classical and next generation B737.

Any thoughts?
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RE: Melbourne Home Of Qantas Budget Airline

Thu Nov 27, 2003 9:21 pm

Great to see MEL gain a new airline!

Will it be based in the Qantas domestic terminal, or in the south termnal with Virgin and rex?

What routes do people think it will fly?

And a name? any guesses?

Also, I just read in another post that China Eastern will begin flying to MEL next month from Shanghai? Is this correct?

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RE: Melbourne Home Of Qantas Budget Airline

Thu Nov 27, 2003 10:31 pm

In the spirit of "Ted", the name of the new QF LCC could be "Tas". They could do a deal with Warner Bros to get Taz as the logo  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Melbourne Home Of Qantas Budget Airline

Thu Nov 27, 2003 10:35 pm

Personally i really hope they choose the A320. I miss this plane since Ansett collapsed. We already have enough 737's in Oz, need some variety please. As far as YMML being the base seems logical, although it would be nice to see an airline based in Adelaide for a change  Smile
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RE: Melbourne Home Of Qantas Budget Airline

Thu Nov 27, 2003 10:53 pm

I hope they come up with a creative image, I hope it's not something with am all white livery. They should call the airline - Joey- as a baby kangaroo, Qantas little baby .
- It's a cute name and It would follow the trend
Joey- makes perfect sense (lol)
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RE: Melbourne Home Of Qantas Budget Airline

Thu Nov 27, 2003 11:17 pm

Am I the only one experiencing a déjà vu here? I thought that Qantas already had ordered A320-Series aircraft for its LCC? At least that's what the discussions about that topic said...

If you want to read one of them...

By the way - this post is in no way meant as a "this has been discussed before, go and read the following thread" - the other ones were about te equipment to be used, not about where it'll be based...  Big grin
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