Qantas doing the sensible thing to conserve cash for its core operations. I wonder how many Virgin Australia sponsorships will survive? Qantas ends Wallabies sponsorship, cuts off cash to cricket and soccer Qantas will end its 30-year sponsorship of the Wallabies and cease financial support for the ...Jump to post
More knock-on effects of COVID with DNATA’s local catering arm shedding a thousand jobs. Those jobs are not eligible for the JobKeeper allowance because DNATA is a foreign owned company. Airline catering company dnata has told staff it will cut 1000 jobs after Australia's domestic and international ...Jump to post
AirlineRatings has some information on the new Virgin Australia crew rates under Bain. Here are some nuggets. * Flight attendant base salary slashed from A$61,179 to A$49,929 with new starters at just A$45,526 * Shifts moving from 9.45 hrs to 12 hrs to allow from transcontinental returns eliminating...Jump to post
Qantas getting in on the scenic 'flight to nowhere' act with a Boeing 787 SYD-SYD doing a 7 hr flight across NSQ, QLD and the NT on October 10. Before the flight will be an auction for Boeing 747 memorabilia.
https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... boeing-787
Govt aims to lift the arrivals cap from 4,000 pax per week to 6,000 pax per week, with SYD taking only a relatively small increase compared to other states and airports, plus discussions being held with CBR, DRW and HBA (!) about how they can share the load. Not sure they can do much for airlines th...Jump to post
I would love to see the Premiers of NSW, VIC and QLD do a phone hook-up and all agree NOT to be baited by Qantas and NOT to bid a single cent of taxpayer money to change the current arrangements. If Qantas sees commercial sense in moving JQ to SYD, let that happen for cost-saving reasons, not becaus...Jump to post
So Qantas says it wants to consolidate its property footprint to help cut costs and 'right-size'? Sounds more than fair, but I'll predict that Qantas will not leave Mascot, especially not for Western Sydney or Melbourne. If anything Jetstar will relocate as much as possible to Mascot. Maybe the BNE ...Jump to post
Has there been any more information about VA executives? A while ago it was mentioned that Bain alumnus Jayne Hrdlicka might have become involved with VA but ive not seen anything much about what Bain is doing with the top level team yet. Probably waiting until the end of October when Bain will off...Jump to post
Probably not a surprise to anybody who was monitoring loads from well before Covid-19: "Singapore Airlines drops flights to Canberra, Wellington"
https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... on-flights
Virgin is beginning to pull out of the array of expensive sponsorships set up under John Borghetti, a mate in motoring tells me that later today it'll be announced that the Supercars series is losing Virgin as a sponsor, from 2021 it'll be the Repco Supercars Championship.Jump to post
No surprise here: grounding of B777s extended "until at least September 2021", which has got to make it increasingly likely that the 777-200s won't be coming back as those are being "sent to long-term storage facilities in both Roswell, New Mexico and Victorville, California." ht...Jump to post
Full list of regional VA2 routes being dropped is now up at https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-scraps-nsw-vic-qld-regional-routes I'm shocked that SYD-CBR wasn't cut. A 737 is definitely not the right aircraft for that route, even if pared back to just two flights at ~ 7am and...Jump to post
Full list of regional VA2 routes being dropped is now up at https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... nal-routesJump to post
Looks like the shape of the smaller Virgin Australia 2.0 domestic network is taking shape, Port Macquarie being dropped, was on the cards anyway as this was an ATR destination:
https://www.portnews.com.au/story/69170 ... t-service/
In other Australia related news VA and DL have temporarily suspended their JV. I wish I had a better source than The Points Guy but they claim to have seen an internal memo from Delta stating VA has suspended the partnership for now but anticipate resuming the partnership once VA resumes internatio...Jump to post
Yes, TWU response appears to be the tired old-school kneejerk reaction. They would be far better off trying to work with Qantas on more flexible employment contracts and rostering, reducing the size of the teams to the equivalent of what Swissport and Menzies do, which I think is four-man teams inst...Jump to post
Qantas 'pandemic' ground crew exit had been on the cards for a decade Apparently a 'Qantas 2020 Vision' plan drawn up in 2010 listed outsourcing of ground crew by 2020, unions are now calling this out as evidence that Qantas wanted to ditch ground crew all along, it's not just a pandemic-driven cos...Jump to post
Looks like Virgin Australia lost its deposit on the Boeing 737 MAX order. Thanks JB. After paying twice as much to buy back 30% of Velocity as he sold it for, this would be, what, another hundred million down the toilet? https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-boeing-737-max-order ...Jump to post
Looks like Virgin Australia lost its deposit on the Boeing 737 MAX order. Thanks JB. After paying twice as much to buy back 30% of Velocity as he sold it for, this would be, what, another hundred million down the toilet?
https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... -max-order
International airlines joining the call for the federal government "review its 30-passenger cap on incoming flights", saying it could take six months to return thousands of Australians stranded overseas if loads are so restricted. This follows reports that many airlines are prioritising hi...Jump to post
Anybody want to have a B747 drinks cart as their own minibar?
Qantas to auction off Boeing 747 memorabilia: https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... ia-auction
It will probably be between Swissport and Menzies. Anyway here is the breakdown for each port, SYD numbers include head office including management https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EgPhIpXU0AAlABz?format=png&name=large https://twitter.com/gemmaacton/status/1298129198842691586?s=21 Interesting this i...Jump to post
La Compagnie's A321neo flying PER-CMB-DXB and then presumably LON. That's a long way to get there!
Virgin's bondholder group has dropped its "Plan B" proposal to have creditors convert debt into equity, recapitalise the airline and railroad the Deloitte-Bain ownership plan. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-bondholders-bail-as-bain-takes-control Apparently the ne...Jump to post
Looks like the court decision for Virgin Australia's bond-holder group vs Deloitte is out, Bain not the outright winner but certainly didn't lose! https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-ownership-dogfight-court-ruling-favours-bain-over-bondholders https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/co...Jump to post
REX is said to be working on a deal with lessors for 10 737's. The 737's are to come from Virgin which are now surplus to the Virgin. Sources to the story say that REX cut a deal with lessors after Virgin told the lessors that the aircraft were no longer needed. It is not yet known how much the dea...Jump to post
Qantas to report on FY2020 this coming Thursday morning, analysts expect a very small profit of around $25m owing to decent performance in pre-COVID months.
https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... t-forecast
SimpleFlying suggests that Amazon is behind the rumoured 'new airline' operating B757s or B767s out of BNE, with it being part of the Amazon Prime network and could also include flights to NZ.
https://simpleflying.com/amazon-interna ... line-rumor
Virgin Australia reportedly told staff today that 400 QLD-based jobs will be made redundant. It's not known how many of those are based in Bowen Hills or at BNE or in regional areas such as lounges which may be closed. But given VA's head office moving to smaller premises in the city as well as axin...Jump to post
Australian aviation site Airline Ratings is now offering a 'Covid Rating' system for airlines. "For a COVID-19 compliance star, airlines must pass four of six criteria: website information on COVID19 procedures; face masks for passengers; personal protection equipment for the crew; modified me...Jump to post
Australian aviation site Airline Ratings is now offering a 'Covid Rating' system for airlines. "For a COVID-19 compliance star, airlines must pass four of six criteria: website information on COVID19 procedures; face masks for passengers; personal protection equipment for the crew; modified mea...Jump to post
Starting next month "Qantas to send 'most' of its Boeing 787s to the desert for storage", QF didn't reveal a number but out of a fleet of 11, "most" would be at least the six suggested here, maybe the three for LAX are also going to Victorville. https://www.executivetraveller.com...Jump to post
I’m wondering what’s gonna happen with their slots in HND. Surely once international flights are back and airlines start to resume back to flying to HND they’ll ask VA to return the slots? QF will probably ask for those to be reallocated to them? I can easily see Qantas playing games with this slot...Jump to post
The Herald-Sun is today reporting that Virgin Australia has ended its sponsorship of the annual Melbourne Fashion Festival. No surprise there of course, this was a very Borghetti sponsorship aimed to present Virgin Australia as upmarket and if it made little sense then it makes even less under Bain....Jump to post
I, like most people, thought the VA A330s would never fly in revenue service again. However, if this Airlineroute report is to be believed, they will be added to MEL-BNE vv. in September. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/292776/virgin-australia-adds-a330-melbourne-brisbane-service-...Jump to post
Where is this office located? QF used to have 'executive offices' in the CBD, at the Deutsche Bank building on Philip & Hunter, but after Mascot was redeveloped into the Qantas 'Campus' those offices were closed and the execs all relocated to Mascot. Are you saying that QF has since opened anot...Jump to post
The fact VA felt it was appropriate to separate its key offices between cities staggers me. Seems a bizarre culture to foster, and I can’t help think it was only due to certain exec not wanting to move to Brisbane- I can only think of positives to consolidate as much of the head office and corporat...Jump to post
Virgin Australia is moving out of Bowen Hills and into the same Southbank office tower as FlightCentre. According to reports in The Australian last month Bain was in discussions with FlightCentre because Bowen Hills has far more room than the slimmed-down Virgin Australia 2.0 will need and FlightCen...Jump to post
https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-star-alliance The call for VA to join Star Alliance would never end until they do. The biggest obstacle has been the JV with DL but increasingly their LAX routes look less important given their new strategic direction and what's going on in t...Jump to post
Qantas has pulled almost all international flights through to 28 March https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/qantas-cancels-overseas-flights-to-march-2021 How realistic, is that Qantas will be back flying Internationally in the next 12months? They seem to have dievested there long-haul operations...Jump to post
Virgin's bondholders have now withdrawn their application to the Takeover Panel! What's going on here? The application concerned, among other things, whether certain circumstances regarding the process conducted by the Administrators of VAH were unacceptable and had the effect of precluding an alter...Jump to post
Qantas has pulled almost all international flights through to 28 March
https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... march-2021
QF747 tickets for SYD, BNE and CBR joyflights to go on sale noon this Wednesday, $400 for economy and $747 for business class. Noice. Where did you hear that? It was at https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/qantas-boeing-747-retirement-flights-for-sydney-brisbane-canberra. Article also has some d...Jump to post
REX sets March 1 2021 for start of flights on the BNE-SYD-MEL 'golden triangle' using a fleet of 5-10 narrowbody jets
https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... e-brisbane
Maybe QF747 will be a series of domestic flights, as long as QF can get high loads and price the tickets so they don't lose money on this? I think they could find a lot of people would be happy to take one last 747 flight even if it was say SYD-MEL.Jump to post
Now confirmed, Bain Capital will take over Virgin Australia: https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... -australiaJump to post