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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. Utilising a large fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, Qantas operates an extensive domestic and international network, with services to New Zealand, the Americas, Asia, South Africa and Europe. Regional services are provided by subsidiary, QantasLink. Qantas is a founding member of the oneworld alliance.
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Jetstar Pacific is accelerating fleet and network expansion as the Vietnamese LCC looks to make up for lost ground after being overtaken by its younger and more ambitious rival VietJet Air. The LCC languished, and was consistently unprofitable for the first seven years as the Qantas partnership slowly evolved, but it is now on track to post its first annual profit since adopting the Jetstar Pacific brand in 2008.
Jetstar Pacific resumed expansion in 2014, ending a prolonged period of flat or negative growth. Over the past two years it has more than doubled its fleet and domestic network while launching international services.
Shareholders Qantas and Vietnam Airlines have committed to nearly triple the joint venture’s fleet over the next five years to up to 30 aircraft. Vietnam Airlines took over the majority stake from another government entity in early 2012, but has only recently begun to implement a clear dual brand strategy using Jetstar Pacific to compete against VietJet at the fast-growing bottom end of the Vietnamese market.
Brazil’s TAM is aiming to launch services in 2016 to Johannesburg, making it only the sixth airline with long haul or transoceanic flights solely within the Southern Hemisphere. TAM will compete with current codeshare partner South African Airways (SAA) on the Sao Paulo-Johannesburg route.
The new TAM service will be the first oneworld link between South America and Africa, plugging a hole in the alliance’s round the world offering. Qantas now links Australia with South Africa and South America while TAM sister carrier LAN also operates over the South Pacific.
Star will also be able to offer a round the world product completely in the Southern Hemisphere from Dec-2015, when Air New Zealand launches services to South America. Star member SAA is now the only carrier linking South Africa to South America, also serving Australia.
The phrase "jumbo jet" has been in use for decades but takes on new meaning in Dec-2015 with the planned entry into service of Emirates' two class A380 seating 615 passengers – the most yet of any aircraft. The version will have 18% more seats than Emirates' largest A380 and will be the first time an A380 does not have first class. Emirates is removing that cabin (with its onboard showers) as well as some business class seats to make room for more economy seats. The aircraft is initially to be deployed to Copenhagen and Bangkok, destinations with high leisure but limited premium demand.
Emirates plans to take an initial 15 of these aircraft. Already its 73 A380s on order account for 64% of the type's backlog. Half of the in-service fleet is held by Emirates and Singapore Airlines. As the first operator and with shorter leases, SIA is planning the future for its first batch of A380s. SIA does not intend to renew the leases of these aircraft since they are some of the first and do not incorporate later production chain efficiencies.
Jetstar Asia is looking for opportunities to further boost yields and expand its network while continuing to refrain from fleet growth. The Singapore based LCC returned to the black in the fiscal year ending 30-Jun-2015 (FY2015) after enduring the most challenging year in its history in FY2014 due to overcapacity and sharp yield declines in its home market.
Jetstar Asia suspended fleet growth in early CY2014 and has since maintained a fleet of 18 A320s. But the carrier has been able to grow ASKs by improving utilisation, enabling it to add capacity in markets that have strong feed from interline or codeshare partners.
Unit revenues have been on the rise over the last several months and Jetstar Asia could see further yield improvements as it adds more new partners and expands existing partnerships. The carrier is also adding in late 2015 three secondary regional routes which are not served by any other LCCs as it tries to reduce its reliance on markets that are still suffering from overcapacity and irrational competition.
Ethiopian Airlines, IndiGo and Qantas Airways received the top airline awards at the 2015 CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence, held on 7-Oct-2015 in Helsinki as part of CAPA’s 2015 World Aviation Summit. Athens, Budapest and Vancouver were winners in the airport categories, picking up awards at a gala dinner hosted by Travelport.
Now in its thirteenth year, CAPA’s Aviation Awards for Excellence are intended to reward airlines and airports that are not only successful but have also provided industry leadership in an always changing environment. At a time of industry upheaval, our winners are adopting strategies that offer new directions for others to take up.
Award candidates were independently researched and short-listed by a team analysts at CAPA - Centre for Aviation and partners at Heidrick & Struggles. Winners were then selected by an independent global panel of eight judges.
Reducing capacity in Australia is less a strategic decision than it is overdue common sense. Qantas and Virgin Australia appear finally to have settled into a more stable capacity approach, with growth largely a pivot of capacity away from Western Australia and back into the east coast as the commodities slowdown hits demand. A taste of profit for both carriers should head off the temptation for further scuffles.
With Australia more or less stable and international now back into expansion mode, the Qantas Group now looks set to take on Air New Zealand's domestic market with the expansion of Jetstar into regional services. While using idle assets to make a play at Air New Zealand’s monopoly, the move is likely to trigger an animated response – indeed, promotional fares have already been matched by the Kiwi incumbent and Air New Zealand is questioning the competition law implications.
Fiji Airways continues its quiet expansion in the South Pacific in the meantime while also looking to broaden its long haul markets into emerging inbound tourism markets such as China, Japan and Singapore. But the carrier is about to welcome its third CEO in three years and the shift back into expansion will require a steady hand to maintain the ruthless cost focus employed by previous CEO Stefan Pichler and prior, Dave Pflieger.