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by RyanairGuru
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood and it's painless
Replies: 30
Views: 914

Re: I just gave blood and it's painless

I would absolutely love to give blood, but unfortunately am barred from doing so by virtue of potentially being a mad cow. Such is life.

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by RyanairGuru
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 119
Views: 13696

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Once international flights are back then VA can fly to HND. Why would QF ask for the slot when it's VA's and they're going to fly there? VA don't have an aircraft to fly there, and likely won't for several years. Also while Scurrah said LAX and HND yesterday, I feel that was just naming their exist...

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by RyanairGuru
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 119
Views: 13696

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

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? Once international flights are back then VA can fly ...

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by RyanairGuru
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 119
Views: 13696

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

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...

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by RyanairGuru
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 119
Views: 13696

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

For how long will the Fokkers still be around then for Alliance? Was hoping to do a trip to Australia next year to get to hop on a few rare types that we don't see here in Southern Africa, which seemed possible there...but now this will probably not happen before 2022 anymore. Was looking at Fokker...

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by RyanairGuru
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA service to Australia over the years
Replies: 45
Views: 6553

Re: BA service to Australia over the years

Does anyone else remember 'British Airways' and the 'speed marque' appearing on the wall behind the Qantas domestic check-in counters, below the much larger Qantas signage? In Sydney, I mean? This happened soon after Qantas was privatised and BA took 25% ownership. It was in the old check-in area o...

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by RyanairGuru
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas (GTI) Callsign "Qantas" (QFA)
Replies: 18
Views: 3369

Re: Atlas (GTI) Callsign "Qantas" (QFA)

Atlas and Qantas have been doing this for years and years, close to a decade. The flights are Qantas flights in every sense apart from using Atlas aircraft and pilots.

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by RyanairGuru
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: United selects CommutAir as sole E145 operator
Replies: 172
Views: 33361

Re: Updated: United selects CommutAir as sole E145 operator

CommutAir won this round, but it still isn't clear where United is headed long term with both Air Wisconsin and SkyWest offering 50-seat lift. It sounds like GoJet are in a financial hole and may not make it. They've said that flying 28 boutique aircraft is not a viable business model, but it is fa...

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by RyanairGuru
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54839

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

All the execs are in Mascot. The DB offices are still there but rarely used with the exception of offsites and hosting visitors. Would be a good cost saving effort to shutter them. Exactly, it is just a "marquee" address to impress clients but otherwise empty. Don't forget that Platinum O...

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by RyanairGuru
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight magazines
Replies: 25
Views: 1364

Re: In-flight magazines

I assume it was due to some contractual guarantee with advertisers about circulation, but Qantas (or their publisher) *MAILED* the April and May editions of their magazine to frequent flyers. That must have cost a fortune!

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by RyanairGuru
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 2020 Q2 results
Replies: 56
Views: 11408

Re: AA Q2 results

What I found very interesting on the Q2 earnings call and confirmation of what I’ve been saying for a while is: “Our hubs excluding the Northeast that is New York and Boston and the West Coast produce unit revenue premiums of 10% to 12% higher than the industry, indeed has grown since the time of o...

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by RyanairGuru
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 20681

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

Just to be clear, there was more than the kangaroo drawing. After departure the aircraft did a fly-by over Sydney Harbour (twice actually) and then flew down to Wollongong and did a fly-by of the HARS Museum where OJA (the first QF744) is on display. After that they turned out to sea and started the...

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by RyanairGuru
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54839

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

jrfspa320 wrote:
AFR reported today that PER had become the busiest airport in the country!


Quite frankly it would be a surprise if it wasn't. FIFO is the only travel that hasn't dropped off a cliff.

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by RyanairGuru
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54839

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

I genuinely, no bias at all, cannot see the A380 disappearing from the QF network, maybe reduce the fleet to 8-10 but I just can't see that happening. The pax range between the 789 and the a380 is just too large, operating 789's to LAX and LHR just isn't going to work if you take a moment to think ...

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by RyanairGuru
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54839

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

I'm sure one reason Rex is making a move now is because they will probably be able to get decent slots at the major airports, which would not have been the case previously, as all of these were pretty much locked up by Virgin and Qantas. Can't rex use some of their existing regional slots for jets ...

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by RyanairGuru
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54839

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

The other thing I’m curious about with VA 2.0 is what will happen to the slot they were awarded at HND? Is that something they can sub-lease or resell or does the airport take it back? Cheers, C1973 My understanding is that HND slot will be returned to the IASC who will then make decision about awa...

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by RyanairGuru
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet to close crew bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle
Replies: 36
Views: 6261

Re: easyJet to close crew bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle

While not altogether unsurprising, closing STN means that there is now nothing left from Go.

Sad day for all those involved.

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by RyanairGuru
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14048

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

Don't underestimate how capable the A330 fleet is, remember several of the A332's were up-rated to operate LAX flights a number of years ago. The A333's are also incredibly versatile birds, whether it be hauling pax/freight or both. They can also operate PER-JNB-PER flights. Thinking outside the bo...

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by RyanairGuru
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68331

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

1) Go down the NZ approach and go full eradication of the virus which means that they won't open up the borders until other countries basically have zero community transmission, 2) Go down Australia's approach which is a suppression strategy where you get the numbers down initially and then accept ...

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by RyanairGuru
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68331

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Flight Centre have made redundant staff members who have been employed with them for less than 12 months as of June 30 - from the sounds of things, most of these staff members are currently on Job Keeper. https://www.3aw.com.au/significant-job-losses-at-flight-centre-due-to-covid-19-financial-pain/...

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by RyanairGuru
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s
Replies: 84
Views: 9971

Re: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s

Continental launched their 757 flight to Manchester in 1995 it didn't last long. I assume you meant it didn't last long as a 757? It was indeed up-gauged to a DC-10 in 1996, but EWR-MAN was served continuously from July 1995 to March 2020. Of course most for the past 15 years or so it has been a 75...

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by RyanairGuru
Thu May 28, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68506

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

SA has an objective of having zero cases. That is the target and it is a realistic and achievable target in SA. Complete eradication is neither realistic nor achievable. The Queensland CMO said so, pretty much verbatim, and the AHPPC has basically said that there is no medical evidence to support s...

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by RyanairGuru
Tue May 26, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68506

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Interesting that QF has bought the 717's back in house from Cobham: https://australianaviation.com.au/2020/05/qantas-cobham-purchase-brings-717s-back-in-house/ By my reckoning there are 11 in a two class configuration that QF could use on Trunk routes to build frequency back along with the 737's. S...

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by RyanairGuru
Wed May 20, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68506

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

What i'm saying is that the states with border closures are waiting to see if there will be an increase in cases once restrictions ease in VIC and NSW. Until that is known they will not open the borders. It is quite possible we will see a two tier system with travel allowed between states with no c...

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by RyanairGuru
Mon May 18, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 365
Views: 63254

Re: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max

I could see Qantas interested in buying some additional 717s to replace the old Fokker 100s I agree, but like Hawaiian, not now. In 12-24 months airlines might be in the market for some cheap second hand aircraft, but right now no airline is spending money. HA and QF can afford to wait. At the very...

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by RyanairGuru
Fri May 15, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 747
Views: 117414

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

How much cargo was Delta carrying on LAX-SYD or JNB-ATL? I'm not sure about JNB-ATL but UA on LAX-SYD on a 789 can carry a full load of passengers which equates to around 300 bags and around 20,000-25,000 pounds of cargo, the same is true on return leg . The only time the 789 has problems coming ou...

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by RyanairGuru
Thu May 14, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68506

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

I agree it seems unlikely, but QIC investing in VA Mk 2 is a long way from the Queensland Government 'nationalising' the company. It's not really any different to Temasek. QIC have a specialisation in infrastructure and real estate, but if they were investing in an airline they will no doubt bring i...

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by RyanairGuru
Tue May 12, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68506

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

The plan is the lease jets rather than buy jets. The reports are that they are aiming to raise $200m to lease up to 10 aircraft. The $200m potential investment is twice their current market capitalisation! If the domestic aviation sector is fundamentally different post COVID-19, then their plan cou...

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by RyanairGuru
Tue May 12, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68506

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

long time reader first time poster here's my 2 cents I think rex could maybe pick up tiger's 8 A320's, pilots and cabin crew give the planes a quick repaint and new uniforms for the crew, hay presto expansion done! they have the hubs in Melbourne Sydney witch would interline with currant regional n...

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by RyanairGuru
Tue May 12, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68506

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Have Rex actually bought any aircraft in their time, or are still purely running on aircraft they inherited? Never brand new but they have bought a lot of second hand Saab340s, especially from Colgan and American. Indeed one of them is still flying in the basic US Airways livery, and has been for s...

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by RyanairGuru
Mon May 11, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68506

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

First round bids for VAH due this Friday. The usual suspects of Bain, BGH/Temasek, Twiggy, Indigo Partners, et al should get a move on. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/friday-deadline-for-virgin-australia-s-billion-dollar-buyers You do realise it is entirely possible that there will be noth...

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by RyanairGuru
Mon May 11, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not
Replies: 376
Views: 56028

Re: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not

I think post-covid there will remain a latent fear of crowded places. People will avoid them if they sensibly can. That includes intermediate stops on long haul flights, especially where an aircraft change is involved. This will strengthen the business case for long non-stops. No. Humans have a sho...

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by RyanairGuru
Mon May 04, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68506

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Apparently Virgin Australia’a administrator needs a $200m loan just to keep the airline alive until it can be sold, with free cash down to $30m when Deloitte was called in. This paints a dire picture of the airline’s finances, far worse than they were previously said to be. https://amp.theaustralia...

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by RyanairGuru
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52274

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Apparently Virgin Australia have sought bankruptcy protection in the USA. Clearly this isn't Chapter 11, but can someone with more knowledge of US bankruptcy law explain what's going on. The article isn't very informative. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/30/virgin-australia-launches-us...

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by RyanairGuru
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Which are leased and which are owned? Here is the list of what’s owned and leased Owned 737-700 - VBY and VBZ 737-800 - BZG, VOK, VOL, VOM, VON, VOO, VOP, VOQ, VUE, VUF, VUI, VUJ, VUL, VUO, VOP, VUU, VUV, YFW, YFX, YFY, YFZ, YIA, YIB, YID, YIE, YIF, YIG, YIH, YIL, YIM, YIO, YIQ, YIT, YIW, YIY, YIZ,...

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by RyanairGuru
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

It means VA were raising cash through a bond raising and financing of owned aircraft. We knew about the bond raising, but all thought this was directly linked to the buy-out of the remaining share in Velocity. With VA's P&L showing the business being largely free cash flow neutral over the last...

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by RyanairGuru
Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

I was referring to is it chasing the core market of corporates that VA was chasing at the time. Have never heard of a corporate looking to be entertained at the Supercars. F1 yes, football (pick a code) yes, just not the Supercars. Yes, it is exposure, volume of people is great, but only if it's th...

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by RyanairGuru
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Virgin Australia owe $6.9 Billion dollars and are hoping to get a waiver on aircraft leases. https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-virgin-australia/virgin-australia-owes-4-4-billion-to-creditors-to-seek-waiver-on-aircraft-leases-administrator-idUKKCN22604D Wow that is a big number. U...

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by RyanairGuru
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Reuters has more on PER seizing a number of parked Virgin Australia aircraft due to the airline having “significant outstanding invoices”. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-virgin-australia/virgin-australia-seeks-aircraft-waivers-owes-4-4-billion-administrator-idUSKCN22604D A cr...

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by RyanairGuru
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Think most of the SAA market would rather take the cheaper option & go via Dubai/Doha/KL/Singapore unless Qantas does the Perth to Joburg direct. Would love Ethiopian to bring in their A350s though I thought Sydney to Jo’burg was already a long flight. How much longer would it be to transit via...

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by RyanairGuru
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52274

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

John Thomas is considered a likely option to be the new CEO of VA on the other side according to AFR. https://www.afr.com/companies/transport/ex-virgin-australia-heir-mulls-running-recapitalised-airline-20200422-p54m1d I initially read that as Geoff Thomas, and had to check the date! Not it's not A...

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by RyanairGuru
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

As has been said before, I'd be highly surprised if Alan Joyce is celebrating Virgin's downfall as Qantas have (had) VA precisely where they wanted them. A strong enough competitor to block anyone else from entering the market, but weak enough that they don't really pose much threat. The Virgin admi...

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by RyanairGuru
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Further complicating matters was about 2 years ago corporate clients started using Jetstar after they cleaned up their act- something I never thought I'd see. I’ve been using Jetstar for corporate travel since 2011. It’s been a good airline for ages - it usually has young, enthusiastic crew, very c...

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by RyanairGuru
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

The strategy was long term. It wasn't about making profits straight away. It was a transformation which in my view was successful. The profit was going to come until COVID-19 came. Luxon wanted to sacrifice long-term for short-term. Of course, knowing what we know now VA should have done that but t...

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by RyanairGuru
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Some more positive speculation- RN drive: Apparently VA asked all interested suitors to have a representative to video call into the Board meeting tonight: The following airlines are rumoured to have agreed to appear so far: MU NH QR TK EK AF I hate to be pessimistic, but I feel that was dreamed up...

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by RyanairGuru
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Maybe the government's tactics are working. It is now being reported that an international airline is apparently partnering with private equity business to acquire VA as part of Scheme of Arrangement. Interestingly report also says the business would retain both domestic and international operation...

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by RyanairGuru
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

- Lufthansa? - LOT - Edelweiss - Condor - Nepal Airlines - EL AL Oh, I missed Lufthansa, would have been nice to see the crane back here :( Actually not 100% sure on that. I don't think Lufthansa had any repatriation flights in Australia? I put the question mark there for verification No Lufthansa,...

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by RyanairGuru
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Does anybody know where there's a list of all the foreign airlines which have done repatriation flights from Australia? I think so far we have seen Austrian and KLM but there would surely have been more? Condor, United and Delta (non-scheduled flights) are three more that come to mind that have ope...

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by RyanairGuru
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Well threatening to move to Melbourne paid off. Queensland Government has pledged $200 million, conditional on HQ remaining in Brisbane. https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-18/virgin-offered-$200m-coronavirus-lifeline-from-qld-government/12160946?pfmredir=sm I guess the unknown is what, if any, t...

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by RyanairGuru
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116735

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/private-equity-investors-circle-over-virgin-20200415-p54jwd Also states in a related article that one of the proposals from one of the "supposed" suitors is to close down Tiger, International and Regional. Basically concentrating on the trunk routes, a...

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