• It may not appeal to many as a "well thought-out strategic plan" but it sure worked for Ryanair.

  • "Broadly speaking, Bain will generally embrace and accelerate the pre-pandemic plan of Virgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah, which he's often described as “turning a great airline into great business." I presume that Mr Scurrah is aware that Rod Eddington stated at the National Aviation Press...

  • UK wants open borders to Australia

    Jun 28, 2020, 05:55 PM

    From yesterday's Weekend Australian - deaths per million population - UK: 638 Australia: 4 Both are island nations with advanced health systems.

  • "Lead administrator Vaughan Strawbridge of Deloitte has observed that these credits are all about preserving “as much goodwill associated with the Virgin brand and business as possible for a buyer.”" It seems to me that VA is doing its best to trash that goodwill. Travelled yesterday ...

  • I tend to agree. Market conditions probably suggest that a hardheaded private equity buyer will be more likely to succeed, if anyone does.

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  • Qantas crew contracts Covid-19

    Dec 23, 2020, 03:12 PM

    From the ABC website:NSW health authorities say a Qantas crew member who flew into Darwin from overseas before boarding a domestic flight has tested positive for coronavirus.The male crew member flew into Darwin on a Commonwealth-supported repatriation flight from Paris on Thursday, December 17, ...

  • Diary of a quarantined traveller

    Nov 02, 2020, 08:00 AM

    Richard W. New Mint has provided a very good description of the experience. We also travelled MEL-BNE but in July. We were allocated to the Westin which has a pool deck. The pool is closed but the deck is used for exercise and also provides a fenced off area for smokers. We did not have a rig...

  • Hotel Quarantine & Hotel Status

    Sep 09, 2020, 03:55 PM

    My recent experience from a quarantine stay at a Westin confirms AJW's comments 100%. The government is the party billing you, not the hotel.

  • QF fares BNE-MEL

    May 28, 2020, 07:13 AM

    Thanks mannej. Unfortunately, I was not aware of that and travelled yesterday on Virgin Australia (still no seats on QF for 8 days straight) and paid $1,100 per person, one way for a Y seat.

  • QF fares BNE-MEL

    May 25, 2020, 11:39 AM

    Thanks Brunz. I think that you were fortunate. The situation has now worsened in that there are no seats (Y or J) for seven straight days. After that you pay $1,163 or 178,400 points for a one way ticket. This seems crazy - an essentially grounded fleet with many thousands of aircrew stood down ...

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