September 9, 2021| 151 0

Qantas To Ban Unvaccinated Travelers On International Flights

The boss of Qantas, Alan Joyce, has confirmed that the airline will not allow unvaccinated passengers to travel with it internationally. Qantas is eyeing a mid-December restart for international flying and has already run a successful incentive program to encourage its passengers to vaccinate. No vaccine, no fly As mooted by the airline’s CEO last ye …

May 21, 2021| 103 0

No Love Lost As Route Skirmishes Between Qantas And Rex Continue

Amid a war of words, Qantas and Regional Express (Rex) continue to move onto each other’s routes, attempting to make a few dollars and bust up an often longstanding market dominance. While Rex makes the most noise about Qantas’ regional airline, QantasLink, moving onto routes traditionally dominated by Rex, the smaller airline isn’t shy about movin …

May 4, 2021| 101 0

Qantas Successful In Stopping Ex-Executive Starting At Virgin For Now

Qantas has succeeded in its legal bid to temporarily prevent a former executive from joining arch-rival, Virgin Australia. With Nick Rohrlach due to start as CEO of Virgin Australia’s loyalty program, Velocity, on Monday, Qantas was in court on Friday to try to stop this happening. A last-minute win for Qantas Singapore’s High Court issued an injunct …

April 27, 2021| 117 0

Hong Kong Reportedly Seeking Australia & New Zealand Travel Bubble

The momentum surrounding travel bubbles continues to build. Buoyed by finally sealing a deal with Singapore, Hong Kong is reportedly looking south for its next travel bubbles. On the Hong Kong Government’s wish list are travel bubbles with Australia and New Zealand. Getting travel bubbles up and running remains a big ask According to a report in Exec …

April 15, 2021| 113 0

Virgin Australia To Take Another 10 Boeing 737-800s

On the back of a healthy recovery in travel demand, Virgin Australia is looking to lease another 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with the first three to join the fleet this month. The leased planes are all former Virgin Australia aircraft returning to the airline. The Brisbane-based airline is also adding new routes, extending frequencies on existing r …

April 3, 2021| 154 0

CHEAP TICKET DEAL BREAKS VIRGIN’S ALL-TIME RECORD, DESPITE LOCKDOWN

Virgin sold more domestic tickets on the launch day of the government’s half-price ticket scheme than on any 24-hour period in its history. The result came despite fears Brisbane’s recent snap lockdown, which ended on Thursday, would put people off interstate travel. Domestic aviation has been pinning its recovery hopes on the federal government’s pl …

April 1, 2021| 159 0

Virgin Australia Denies Standing Down Workers

Just days after an Australian Government payroll assistance scheme ended, Virgin Australia denying claims it has stood down the ground crew. Reports are circulating that 170 ground crew have been stood down for three weeks without pay. Virgin Australia calls this “categorically false.” Virgin Australia ground crew warned of potential stand-down Accor …

March 29, 2021| 122 0

BLOW FOR HALF-PRICE TICKET PLAN AS BRISBANE ENTERS LOCKDOWN

The government’s plan to prop up domestic aviation by supplementing half-price tickets was dealt an enormous blow on Monday after it was announced Greater Brisbane would enter a three-day lockdown. The news, caused by the state recording four new locally acquired COVID cases today, is almost certain to lead to most states closing their borders for a …

February 15, 2021| 96 0

Refreshed Business Class Coming To Virgin Australia Next Month

Virgin Australia’s long-awaited reboot of its inflight service is just around the corner. While the airline has never stopped flying, the inflight service offering was pared back to the bone last year. But now Virgin Australia is preparing to unveil what creature comforts it will offer its passengers. New Virgin Australia inflight service offering u …

February 8, 2021| 72 0

Qantas Expands Inflight Coach Service In A Bid For Competitive Advantage

In a long-overdue move, Qantas is giving its domestic coach passengers some love. The airline is substantially upgrading its catering offer and overhauling the menu. Qantas will re-introduce hot meals. Best of all, beer and wine will be complimentary for all coach class passengers across Qantas domestic and regional flights. Qantas acknowledged infl …

January 15, 2021| 92 0

Virgin Atlantic Completes Sale Of 2 Boeing 787s For Leaseback

Today, Virgin Atlantic revealed that it had completed the sale and leaseback of two of its Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The deal will allow the airline to pay down debt and improve its cash position as it looks to recover from aviation’s worst crisis. The past year hasn’t been great for most airlines. Indeed, as a result of the current crisis, we’ve seen …

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