I saw the Business Sunday programme - it was not a very well edited piece to try and understand who was planning what and where. Full transcript here: http://businesssunday.ninemsn.com.au/businesssunday/Interviews/stories/story_2001.asp
there's nothing here about Jetstar having 33% - like Tullamarine, I remember it being mentioned (or has that been "inserted" by the Fairfax Press Reports today?) - so is this really a "full" transcript?
However, I'm sure Dixon has stated in the past that Jetstar will have to compete with QF
Full Service head-to-head, which kind of rules out a cosy little carving up of the current network.
On 1 December Dixon stated: "JetStar will concentrate on growing this (leisure) market with value fares while opening up new destinations". Dixon was again quoted in Asia Business on 24 January this year as stating "We do not believe it will affect the Qantas business. We believe that provided we get the cost base right - and we are determined to do that - we will be able to run it in the same market as Qantas without affecting its brand or affecting its profitability."
Whatever, QANTAS has shown over the last 18months or so that whatever is current today does not necessarily apply tomorrow (is this the reason for the A332 U turn on Domestic routes?).
Interestingly, I've a flight booked in July for MEL
- just the sort of "leisure market" that JetStar should be looking at. QF
are currently running this flight, though I don't imagine that will be the case in 12months time. As QF
have recently started a similar flight pattern to BME
(presumably using a 738 which would otherwise be sitting idle overnight) this seems like a very sensible use of *current* assets. I'm sure QF
have a plan for the mix of 738/763/332. Contradictrary press releases about who's doing what with which doesn't help us to understand it - but then neither will DJ