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Virgin Blue Won't Fast Track OZ/US Services

Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:33 pm

in light of impending change of ownership at Qantas to effective U.S. control, you'd think DJ would be trying to fast track OZ/US long haul services, but apparently not.

QF has played on the Australian Airline theme for a long time, but as they will now be controlled from U.S., dumping thousands of Australians workers & getting more work down overseas & by foreigners(eg. Thai flight attendants), DJ could really play on the new state of affairs.

Perhaps DJ have aircraft delivery slots locked away & can't be moved ???

SQ will surely approach Aust. govt. again now that Qantas will be under foreign control.

Friday, 15 December 2006
Consumers are the losers when it comes to long haul route protection, says Singapore Airlines

Following Virgin Blue’s announcement that it would not begin long haul operations until at least late 2008, Singapore Airlines said in a media release that travellers will be the ones losing out.

The response came almost a year after the Government rejected Singapore Airlines’ bid to fly between Australia and the USA – despite all the benefits it would bring the consumer.

Instead, travellers will have to wait at least another 2 years before any new competition arises on that route. Singapore Airlines said that this means that fares will remain high and the Australian tourism industry will lag behind its potential because the route will remain uncompetitive and protected.

“It's time for consumers to ask Government why protection continues when there are alternatives available,” said Singapore Airlines. “The only winner from today's announcement is Qantas. The big losers are the travellers. ”

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