Re: Predictions for 2020: I doubt VA/HX partnership will end, because HU definitely need HX to maintain their influx of aircraft into China, also that means VA will have to find other partners to fill the hole. Here's my predictions for 2020: 1. VA will merge with Regional Express, with ZL flights o...Jump to post
Re El Al test flights to MEL, I understand the schedule dates to be as follows: TLV - MEL 2 April and 23 April MEL-TLV 4 April and 25 April These dates coincide with Passover (starting 8 April), which is one of the biggest travel periods to Israel. I wonder what is the route for El Al flight to MEL...Jump to post
Borghetti made a real mess of this one. He was focused for way way way too long on how to beat Qantas, rather than how to keep his own airline profitable. Then add in that crazy ownership structure that has so many conflicting interests its not funny... all of which had one objective, to create a f...Jump to post
CraigAnderson wrote:What chance that Scurrah will decide to either axe Tigerair entirely and exit the pure LCC maket, or rebrand it as Virgin Blue in order to stop the brand licensing payments?
Air Canada VP of Global Sales and Alliances John MacLeod to take over Merren McArthur's position as VA Chief Commercial Officer effective 08OCT19. That is very interesting. Does that mean closer relationship between VA and AC then? I really hope the Alliances strategy from Air Canada can be brought...Jump to post
VA Results are in: A$315m loss. Redundancies galore. Way worse than the guidance than they provided in May. https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/dark-skies-virgin-australia-reports-315m-loss-flags-750-job-cuts-20190827-p52law.html The thing is EBITDA is decreasing, that a worry. Also VAH has w...Jump to post
I do wonder what is the future for HKG, if it wasn't for the recently approved VA/VS JV, the logical move would be for Scurrah/VA to initiate the moves to axe it. I suspect the VS/VA JV for AU-LAX-LHR and AU-HKG-LHR is the last roll of the dice for VA in regards to HKG flights. Taking into consider...Jump to post
There are opportunities for VA to form more partnerships in other countries. E.g VA would only expand to Japan only if they form a partnership with NH to help each other on both ends of the route. Ditto with GA for a potential Indonesia/Bali JV (e.g putting each others code on the Bali flights and ...Jump to post
If its effecting QF I guess Virgin will also be feeling a bit of pain? Potentially. I flew Virgin to Melbourne earlier in August from Hong Kong just before the protest at the airport and it seems that Y is very full, yet J is only 70% full. On the way back to Hong Kong from Sydney Y Cabin was only ...Jump to post
Qantas to cut capacity to HKG over coming months by 7% due to weaker demand https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/qantas-to-dial-back-hong-kong-capacity-460415/ Cut capacity, yet potentially upgrades service to HKG. I recalled Qantas A332 has WiFi where A333 does not. That means there is a goo...Jump to post
ago According to Flightradar Virgin Australia has retimed it’s flights out of Hong Kong for 11am/1130am Local time 13/8. The flight to SYD is showing a time of 10am, MEL 1130am, if SYD gets delayed beyond 12 it will hit the curfew for SYD. VA still has both HKG flights operating tomorrow which mean...Jump to post
Should Hong Kong declare independence? I am sure the protesters will soon push for that. Not now. HK Independence will push HK itself into a very disadvantageous position. Why don't ask foreign military intelligence officers to support protesters and push China to expluse Hong Kong out of China? 我從...Jump to post
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/hong-kong-travel-advisory.html And US finally increased travel advisory level to Level 2 for HK. The advice is pretty much the same I've said, though - i.e. just be situational aware and if something doesn't look right, le...Jump to post
I wonder why AV don't codeshare with NZ to SYD?
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Can't agree enough - and not just wait for the problem to be resolve, what about just stop their meddling and let HK run themselves (Which is basically all HKers are asking for anyway). But hey, too many special interests (Between those dirty money from CCP officials to getting lucrative contracts ...Jump to post
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Political riots is NOW happening o. Hk Island. Deadly force is being deployed. Triad party riots is NOW happening in North Western Suburbs of Yuen Long. Civilians are being injured/beaten at train stations. Do NOT travel to Hong Kong. Do NOT wear black or white T-Shirts in Hong Kong. 我從使用 Tapatalk 的...Jump to post
Since mid-June, protests in Hong Kong has become more and more violent, and now protests are breaking out across all suburbs in Hong Kong every day on every weekend. Unfortunately, for both protesters and police have went out of control during these protests and the government has been incompetent t...Jump to post
Unless we see Hong Kong Airlines enters into a strategic relationship with Delta or into SkyTeam, it is going to be unlikely. Reasons: 1. HKG is not a SkyTeam hub 2. It is going to be uneconomical to restart HKG-NRT/HND on DL provided the cost base will be high and fierce competition, both between H...Jump to post
From time to time, we do hear about certain cities, in particular Venice, Dubrovnik, Hong Kong, Japan, Phuket etc suffers from overtourism, where the number of tourists may outnumber the local residents and lead to inconvenience to locals and overcrowding, pollution, noise etc. And I wonder whether ...Jump to post
I think HSR will not work in Australia because the safety standards and the cost of construction will be prohibitive and it will well exceed the demand. Unless those towns/cities signed up for HSR catchment will promise to import 1,000,000 migrants into Australia per annum for the next 20 years, I d...Jump to post
I guess MFM, which is a gateway to the Greater Bay Area in China?
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Attention passengers, due to SmartGate failures, major delays are expected at Sydney (and perhaps Melbourne) international airports. Please allow additional travel time, listen to announcements and check indicator boards before boarding. https://www.smh.com.au/national/passport-machine-outage-causes...Jump to post
Cathay Pacific is reportedly ending it’s Cairns flights. https://www.tropicnow.com.au/2019/april/26/cathay-pacific-set-to-cancel-cairns-flights.html It is very sad indeed. But I am sure CX will return in the future in terms of charters hopefully, as I am sure there's still demand from China/Hong Ko...Jump to post
Why PER as middle stop?
Why not SYD where there will be more demand?
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VA has started seasonal DRW-DPS https://www.miragenews.com/virgin-australia-new-darwin-to-bali-service-takes-off/ VA will also be operating seasonal PER-OOL over the next 3 weeks, 1-2 weekly from what I can see plus a few extra frequencies on PER-HBA I wonder whether it is feasible for VA to operat...Jump to post
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/qantas-inte ... er-resigns
Breaking: Qantas International CEO resigned.
I hope Alison Webster has a great future ahead. Perhaps to Virgin Australia?
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Mods, feel free to merge with the All Hands thread but I thought this was interesting, a little blurb in a boarding area article that said Blue is interested in widebodies, the A330 or B787 if London is a success. That is very interesting and they obviously must feel success is a lock and that they...Jump to post
A $200M expansion of HBA has been announced today. The first stage costs $100M and will be completed by December next year. This includes doubling the terminal, a mezzanine level for lounges (looks like we're finally getting our VA lounge), and swing gates for International operations. Free article...Jump to post
No-deal Brexit is becoming more and more likely, and that would mean major negative implications to to the already weak European aviation industry. According to the current trend, no-deal Brexit is scheduled to happen on 12 April, and the week after is going to be Easter and Labour Day public holida...Jump to post
May I ask what did Josh Frydenberg brought to Australian Aviation Industry tonight through the budget?
I am interested how much and when will SWZ be built. I hope SWZ will be built asap, because Sydney's growth is being hindered by the 2 runways and limitations we currently have at SYD.
Agreed. Short-haul for VA cannot be doing well for them. Again, their recent financial report indicates international is worsening. We've now discussed New Zealand for three months and again QF, JQ and NZ are outperforming VA. QF and JQ both had loadfactors of 88-89% compared to 71% for VA. NZ fare...Jump to post
BITRE international out for January 19 https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/files/International_airline_activity_1901.pdf This data shows a strong performance on Virgin Australia's Hong Kong service. You can see they recorded 91%+ load factor for both Hong Kong routes. That means Hong Kong cou...Jump to post
According to twitter, https://twitter.com/i/status/1112429356184489985, Virgin Australia is reportedly introducing Virgin Australia fly foods, where it will work similar to UberEats or Deliveroo and allows customers to order food from interstate and have it delivered to your home via Virgin Australi...Jump to post
Partial Closure - Sydney Airport due to fire in ATC
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-29/ ... d/10952890
ACT Government is trying to lure a direct flight between CBR and China. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/canberra-news/andrew-barr-in-china-looking-to-woo-airlines-to-canberra-20190325-p517fv.html My thought is other than HKG, there's no port in China where this route will be profitable without subs...Jump to post
So tomorrow is Paul Scurrah’s first day in the CEO chair at VA, what are we expecting more of the same with gradual changes, or something a bit quicker? I’ve heard some rumours of expansion into Asia Expansion into Asia would require additional aircraft, where are the aircraft coming from? Answer- ...Jump to post
Because for Qantas, there's Cathay Dragon.
For Virgin Australia, there's Hong Kong Airlines.
Passengers can change at Hong Kong for a connecting plane, stopping at Peking or Shanghai (Including Pudong and Hongqiao).
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Due to major incident at Christchurch, some services in/out of CHC has been cancelled for today.
Passengers on NZ are provided with flexibility to change/refund their bookings where necessary.
Condolences for the 40 who are dead and we wish all 20 injured speedy recovery.
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Wicked weather continuing. Many flights diverting including EK, NZ, MH and HA heading to MEL. The QF744 from MEL-SYD now circling as well. Interestingly VA1192, an ATR 72 is battling the weather and just landed at Sydney. Also SQ 288 and SQ 211 has arrived Sydney over the past 30 minutes as well, s...Jump to post
50 for International Growth or bankruptcy? 50 can be used for both Domestic and International growth, for eg. PER-CNS and PER-OOL will be viable. If Virgin wants to go to China, each route to China and North East Asia could require 1.5 aircraft, and each route to India and Middle East will definite...Jump to post
5. LOL. QANTAS might just introduce a new long-haul narrow body business class too. 3. Forget about ETOPS did you?. 6. Why in their right mind would they fly to FCO and Honk Kong when even QANTAS can't seem to make it work. 3. If A350 can do ETOPS-370, then A321XLR can potentially do the same too 5...Jump to post