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Wanna go to Rio, De Janiero?

Qantas is offering a range of earlybird specials for 2016. They are particularly championing those to Japan, but this business class one to South America took my eye. Depending on when you travel, its nearly half price compared to the fare at peak times – $4,500 rather than closer to $9,000 if you travel March to July 2016. I think there might be something happening in August though. What could that...

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The right Luggage and a good Layover can make your trip more comfortable whatever your class of travel.

When I first started travelling in Business Class, I thought Woohoo! no need to worry about packing anymore. I can take two giant suitcases, and just chuck stuff in, and never go over the weight limit. No more packing angst over clothing and shoe choices. Its not about size It didn’t take long to realise that it wasn’t about weight or size or number of bags, but about what you can wrangle through an airport and into a hotel – comfortably. International travellers who just take carry-on are liars It’s slightly different if I’m travelling with my partner or...

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So – what does all this Qantas Profit really mean?

Two or Three years ago, I and many others from Senator Nick Xenophon through to ex Qantas boss Geoff Dixon were bagging the performance of Alan Joyce. Damn it, they even had a plan to take over and oust him. Joyce had his workforce including flight attendants, maintenance engineers, baggage handlers and pilots all gunning for him when he played hardball on wages, conditions, and even shut the whole airline down for a few days. The Qantas service suffered. Disgruntled flight attendants have little motivation to provide good service. Customers fled to a revitalised competitor over at Virgin. They upgraded their product, while Qantas gave economy passengers cardboard snacks served in cardboard. Service and route contractionQantas reduced its international services dramatically – some routes disappearing while others were ‘handed’ to Emirates, or their low service offshoot Jetstar. In the meantime – Virgin successfully transfored from low service opperator, and poached some Qantas business customers as well. Both airlines lost a lot of money. Qantas by providing two new domestic services for each one of Virgin’s, and Virgin by expanding rapidly, investing in lounges, upgraded product, and I suspect staff training. In fact at one stage, Virgin’s international service to the USA in business class beat Qantas hands down. All this while – the benifits flowed through to the consumer. Fare prices plumetted due to competition, and choice improved. On...

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Qantas in Profit, dividend for shareholders, and 787 orders confirmed

Qantas announces $975million profit for the year, in contrast to a $646million loss the year before.It is also promising a dividend of 23¢ per share – the first time it has paid out since 2009, when it parted with 6¢ a share. It has also confirmed the purchase of 8 x 787-9 Dreamliners for delivery in 2017 – a decision that was rumoured months ago. For a more extensive summary go to SMH or...

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Sydney Airport buys Terminal 3 from itself?

Sydney Airport, Terminals 1, 2 and 3 – Image: Sydney Airports Terminal 3 in Sydney is where Qantas runs its domestic flights from. It leases it from Sydney Airport Authority, who have just bought out the lease: Sydney Airport will gain control of the retail operations at the airport’s Terminal 3 and move to co-locate domestic and international operations there over the longer term after agreeing the $535 million purchase of the terminal’s lease from Qantas Airways. The lease was due to expire anyway in 2019 – so this just lets them have hold of it earlier for a know price, while it gives Qantas some certainty through until 2025. The Sydney Airport Masterplan intends to co-locate domestic and international flights within the Terminal. Sydney Airport say they arn’t going to make many changes except maybe to the retail and food and beverage. I think that is code for goodbye to the openness of the ticketing hall, and expect it to be consumed by shops, making the space as unappealing as terminal 1 and 2 are. More in the SMH and...

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