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Qantas Airways is operated as part of the publicly listed Qantas Group. It is the national airline of Australia with major hubs in Sydney and Melbourne and secondary hubs in Perth and Brisbane. Using a large fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier aircraft, Qantas operates an extensive domestic and regional network within Australia as well as international services to New Zealand, North America, Asia, South Africa and Europe. Qantas is a founding member of the oneworld alliance.
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Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia are beginning to flex their muscles with Tigerair Australia making its first strategic move since becoming part of the Virgin Australia Group in Apr-2013 by launching direct services between Sydney and Perth as the carrier takes delivery of its 12th A320 in Dec-2013.
Virgin Australia meanwhile has taken another step to challenge Qantas’ domestic regional network domination with the launch of the first direct link between its home base of Brisbane and Cloncurry.
The changes signal the start of Virgin Australia’s ambitions to duplicate the successful Qantas/Jetstar model which seeks to separately maximise the returns from the full service and leisure markets.
easyJet's announcement on 25-Sep-2013 that it would open a new base in Hamburg illustrates the success of the European Union’s decision to liberalise its aviation market in the 1990s. The UK’s largest airline owes its success largely to these reforms, which allow any EU airline to fly from anywhere to anywhere within the bloc. Hamburg will be its 23rd base. No-frills rival Ryanair also took advantage of European liberalisation and now has 57 bases (including two outside Europe).
Nevertheless, there are still some barriers to this liberalisation. A recent court judgement ruled that Ryanair should have paid French social charges in respect of its employees based at Marseille, whom it employed on Irish labour contracts.
What is meant by an airline base? Why have Europe’s LCCs established so many foreign bases and why is the practice of basing aircraft and crew away from an airline’s home market rare outside Europe?
Boston Logan Airport’s recent spree of attracting new international service continues as direct flights to Dubai are scheduled to come online in Mar-2014. Emirates Airline is to begin new service that will offer connections throughout its expanding network that covers the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia.
The service caps off an interesting round of new and key international destinations from Boston. JAL during 2012 introduced direct flights to Tokyo Narita followed by Copa’s launch of direct flights to Latin America’s key connection point in Panama. Emirates’ new service to Dubai will be followed by the introduction of flights to Istanbul by Turkish Airlines in May-2014.
Emirates’ service to Boston further solidifies its leading-carrier status among the three big Gulf Airlines to the United States. But as has been the case for the last couple of years, its competitors Etihad and Qatar plan to catch up as Etihad has previously stated it plans to table new North American destinations and Qatar has listed Boston as a potential new market in the US.
Given the quickly changing competitive dynamics those three carriers are ushering into the global market place, there is sure to be an interesting response from Emirates’ rivals to these latest moves in North America. Hopefully this will be in the marketplace rather than in the corridors of Congress.
Fiji Airways' new MD Stefan Pichler sets his sights on the next five years for the rebranded airline
Fiji Airways' new MD Stefan Pichler has begun work on the development of a five-year strategic plan which will build on the airline’s new branding and structure and seek to increase connectivity through codeshare and interline agreements to grow Fiji’s tourism industry.
With the transition from Air Pacific to Fiji Airways almost complete and the last of three A330-200s due to arrive in Nov-2013, management attention has turned to the domestic and regional Pacific Island subsidiary Pacific Sun which has also completed a restructuring over the past three years and is likely to receive a fleet upgrade to accommodate expected market growth.
Mr Pichler said in his first week in the job that Fiji Airways is in a pivotal period of growth and change. “The combination of a strong brand, new fleet of A330-200s and refurbished Boeing 737s, as well as improved schedules and services opens up an exciting new chapter for the airline”.
Corporate travel remains a critical sector for airlines but rapid change is making it increasingly challenging to navigate for both buyers and suppliers. Competition is intensifying as full-service carriers continue to introduce product improvements and as an increasing number of low-cost carriers start to target corporate buyers. At the same time corporate buyers are seeking to cut costs and leverage new technology to make smarter travel decisions while taking advantage of the cut throat competition.
One month ago CAPA held its inaugural Corporate Travel Innovation Summit in tandem with CAPA’s Australia Pacific Aviation conference in Sydney. The one-day summit featured over 30 panellists and more than 160 delegates from across the corporate travel sector, including leading airlines, corporate travel agents and corporate travel buyers. CAPA’s successful foray into the dynamic corporate travel sector will be followed by the Corporate Travel Innovation World Summit 2013, which will be held in Amsterdam on 25-Nov-2013 in parallel with the 2013 CAPA World Aviation Summit and CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence.
The competitive outlook is not encouraging when a flag carrier feels the need to seek government protection, as Cathay Pacific has done in protesting Jetstar Hong Kong's application to operate scheduled services. The Hong Kong flag carrier manages to argue that despite the additional business and visitors Jetstar Hong Kong would bring, the proposed LCC ultimately "would undermine the Hong Kong economy". And allowing its entry would be to waste Hong Kong's "hard-negotiated sovereign air traffic rights", argues Cathay.
Hong Kong must find a solution that complements its business-friendly environment yet also does not put Cathay at peril or open the door for other carriers to establish a Hong Kong base with ease. Yet a final decision on Jetstar Hong Kong extends beyond the territory's borders and the local laws that have been called into question. There is the matter of Chinese politics as Cathay uses Air China, while Qantas and Jetstar use China Eastern, to gain influence in mainland China that would trickle down into Hong Kong. And Qantas' approval for Jetstar Hong Kong comes as Cathay has unsuccessfully sought greater access on routes to Australia, under a bilateral still driven by reciprocity. In the end it is possible neither Qantas nor Cathay will receive exactly what they want, an outcome of what will be one of the most complex aeropolitical rulings this decade.
Qantas Airways Fleet Summary: as at 1-Dec-2013
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Qantas Airways projected delivery dates for aircraft purchased from OEMs and leased from lessors new aircraft order pipelines as at 2-Dec-2013
Qantas Airways fleet as at 1-Dec-2013
Qantas Airways fleet breakdown for aircraft as at 1-Dec-2013
Qantas Airways average fleet age
Qantas Airways owned vs leased for aircraft (at 2-Dec-2013)
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Qantas Airways seats per aircraft
Qantas Airways average sector length (2-Dec-2013 to 8-Dec-2013)
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