Personally wouldn't be surprised if leisure travel to safer Covid countries (eg. Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, China) Recommences before much business travel. Many businesses will be struggling financially, cautious about employees catching Covid on their watch, and will have decided that video conferenc...Jump to post
Exactly, it is just a "marquee" address to impress clients but otherwise empty. Don't forget that Platinum One members are allowed to use the DB offices... Really seems like an unnecessary expense, the rent is surely not cheap. Think the main QF building with engines and aircraft is far m...Jump to post
Doesn’t Qantas own a major stake in Helloworld? I know they sold down a portion, but thought they still retained a fair chunk. Having not taken up it's rights in the recent raising down to 13% or so. This is all from the original Qantas holidays business, merged with Jersey, merged with Stella, and...Jump to post
And they've switched booking systems from Navitair to SabreJump to post
The 4 oldest 332s (EBA-EBD) are all older than the last 747 OEJ, being 2002/03 deliveries. Then you've got the 333s which are all 2003/04/05 deliveries. If you believe the Covid stats places like Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan have very low Covid stats and could form part of a limited bubble, and probab...Jump to post
I can confirm that VH-OQD did in fact got a full refurb, I was told by an ops guy who was at LAX today. She also received a fresh coat of paint, looked pretty crisp on final to 24R today.. So assuming the two in DRS were refurbed (as was expected. That makes 6 refurbs - OQD, OQG, OQH, OQI, OQJ, OQK...Jump to post
Same confusion though.
I'd think Mandarin suggests mainland Chinese to most Westerners
Suspect Taiwan Air/Airlines may also cause issues with China.
Something like Blossom Airlines (after the plum blossom logo) might be more acceptable.
I'd add a few global Airports to that list.
The privatised ones often operate under a heavy debt structure, often borrowing to pay returns as their 'asset value' increases.
The tide has gone out for many of these financially structured companies and the tsunami warnings are sounding.
Concerns expressed by auditor re AirAsia. https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/business-53331387 Rumours of rights issue. Share price dropped quite a bit in last few days, though not back to Feb lows. And I'd expect if the parent is in trouble, the multiple subsidiaries (both narrow and X) are at even more ...Jump to post
Looks like HiFly is now chasing the cargo market
I haven't read much on this: why would VIC be stopling flights for six weeks when the sole purpose of quarantine, whether you have the virus or not, is to ensure you come out the other side virus-free? Because police and health resources rightly focused on the 1000 new cases they've had in the past...Jump to post
Put simply aircraft engines weren't as fuel efficient so that was the only way to fly - with lots of little hops - one reason why Aus-UK became known as the Kangaroo route. In addition many of the middle airports didn't have home airlines so the predominately Euro carriers became in effect the home ...Jump to post
JeremyXWB wrote:Can I be the first to ask: How is this "inspired by VN's brand colors and design"?
Nothing worse than some kid playing games on IFE and hitting the back of your seat every 5 seconds. Give me BYOD any day. The in-seat hardware quickly gets dated, scratched etc, whereas people update tablets and phones regularly and look after them. And on some BYO installs you still have a moving m...Jump to post
Virgin already running a happy hour (that goes for 12 hours) till 11pm Thursday
Mind you they'd have to pay me to fly SYD-MEL at present
This DIP was arranged at the time of the bankruptcy declaration; it does not increase Qatar's stake (10%). Delta was not part of the DIP arrangements. Delta holds 20% of the airline. . Most bankruptcies wipe out (or substantially dilute) existing equity holders. Would surprise me if Qatar is puttin...Jump to post
So back to oneworld? Nope. The above is just a confirmation to the court of the DIP (debtor in possession) financing from Qatar and the Cueto and Amaro families that had been promised to the court at the time of the bankruptcy filing back in May, Yes. But what's Delta's stake after this versus Qata...Jump to post
Isn’t Tiger an SQ brand? Do they have to pay a license fee to SQ for using it like they have to pay Richard Branson a fee for using the Virgin label? No they're completely separate and have been since 2015. There is no licence fee. Sent from my Pixel 4 using Tapatalk And SQ no longer operates under...Jump to post
lightsaber wrote:At this time, I do not expect HiFly to lease another and I expect their A380 to be retired when a HMV is due.
I think though it increases the propensity of people to go direct where they can. The most promising vaccines only seem to promise to give 12-month immunity to Covid-19 or any future strains (though it seemingly mutates more slowly than the normal flu). So even if we get a vaccine we might live in a...Jump to post
But do you think there might be some possibility that QF may consider taking on some A321NEOs to replace A330s for transcontinental flights and possibly some trans Tasman?
If NZ is on Strategy 1, they won't be opening the borders to us if we are also not on Strategy 1 IMO. And the Kiwis are beginning to think that (Plus they've got an election in 3 months. Similar to some of the decision making in Qld) https://i.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/121905826/why-the-transtasman-t...Jump to post
Think I'd read a few places that domestic capacity was back to 70% (at least before the recent Beijing outbreak). Obviously international cratered. Remember China was down to under 15 new Covid cases a day at one point. They are certainly in a better position than most and majority have central and ...Jump to post
And a significant part of the health of the population is reliant on keeping the borders closed.
Some of the new drugs under development (as against the recycled drugs) are progressing well and the outlook might look very different in a few months.
But going forward will lessors be as agreeable to 10/12yr terms for VLAs or will they require a significant premium.
As for the 380s, would anyone even finance them
Can't imagine VN wanting to run BL as anything but an LCC.. remember VietJet and Bamboo have massively expanded and taken away BLs initial first mover LCC advantage. Not sure what an LCC vibe is.. I'd argue both VN and the various Jetstar's livery are off global trend being non-Eurowhite for both LC...Jump to post
As did Virgin Australia, selling off 35% of Velocity in 2014 and buying it back for double the price in 2019.... oops. Yes we'll run programs generate significant external profit by selling points to credit card companies and others. And internal profit by getting a small percentage of seats at marg...Jump to post
Both are inspired by VN (blue and yellow), and both feature a somewhat similar multi-chevron logo, so I'd say they are leaks.
Airfleets shows VN still has 5 stored 777s, albeit I'd be surprised to see them coming back in the current environment.
https://www.miragenews.com/brand-change-and-streamlining-functions-for-jetstar-pacific/ Looks like a rebrand from Jetstar Pacific to Pacific Airlines and Qantas will exit the business. My Google translate of the 2nd last para seems to suggest Qantas will retain a stake (unclear if still 30%) for no...Jump to post
Indonesia no chance.
I'd see some possibility of JQ being used on Japan, Singapore (outside the dorms Covid is under control) and maybe even Taiwan routes.
New destinations could well be created by whoever we decide to bubble with - people will be keen just to get away.
Completely agree. US has barely reduced it's infection rate. From a peak of 200k a week to about 150k today. They still have a long way to go.
While we are bumping along at just a handful of community infections, most new cases are overseas returnees.
RJMAZ wrote:Fuel prices has QUARTERED! No evaluation process would have taken that into account.
A lot has changed. Global demand has changed Ability to get financing has changed Fuel price has changed In QFs operations Australia's domestic demand will recover more quickly. Covid is almost eradicated within Australia and NZ. International will take more time. Now might be an opportune time to b...Jump to post
No knowledge directly on the tech but the 3-sat ViaSat3 Ka band constellation is still scheduled for the next couple of years.
Can't imagine this would still be going ahead if Musk's fleet was a game changer for aircraft.
Possibly very different matter for remote properties
Agree Zip was weird. Even if QF and Mitsubishi didn't want to invest in long haul, surely you could have had a 100% JL Jetstar Japan Long haul - but still all the benefits of a known brand. Air Asia even has separate stock market listings for the group (AAGB) and long haul (AAX) divisions. But also ...Jump to post
This could gives us some reasons for the livery change. The revised livery suggests JetStar were looking at investing in their product in the near term. Seriously. The livery has gone from silver with orange highlights.... To Silver with slightly more orange highlights. Think the various changes ar...Jump to post
Think JJ (Japan) were going to get 3 and JQ (Australia) 18 in the initial deliveries. Don't think any particular expansion planned (particularly not with Covid) - for JQ these were mainly meant to improve efficiency on the shorter SEAsia routes from Australia. New type is always a good excuse for a ...Jump to post
As above, already cameras in key areas. While I can see some benefit to extending their use - you've also got questions of who can access them. And often video is no good without audio. - black box style after an incident - police/ airport authorities after an onboard incident (like most public tran...Jump to post