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QANTAS and Jetstar to do less with less

With sky-high fuel bills QANTAS has decided to do some route pruning. QANTAS will exit the Gold Coast-Sydney and Ayers Rock-Melbourne routes and reducing services on Ayers Rock-Sydney from August. From July Jetstar will cut Sydney-Whitsunday Coast, Adelaide-Sunshine Coast, and Brisbane-Hobart. The service reductions will reduce capacity by five percent ‘the equivalent of grounding six aircraft’.

According to the SMH

Qantas plans to “ground” two Boeing 767s, retire one ageing 737 and speed up the retirement of its fuel-guzzling fleet of four 747-300s.

But in a worrying sign, Qantas said its low-cost subisidiary Jetstar would cancel the delivery of one A321 and ground another of its relatively new A320s. This counters moves by other airlines to focus on the retirement of older and less fuel efficient jets. Jetstar said the grounded A320 would be used as a “spare”.

ABC Radio National’s PM: QANTAS reacts to petrol prices by cutting routes

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Qantas domestic sale

Qantas domestic sale.

QantasFor Travel: between 11 June and 3 July, and 23 July and 18 September 2008

Onsale until Thursday 22 May.

Sydney to:
Melbourne one way from $99
Brisbane one way from $99
Canberra one way from $99
Adelaide one way from $125
Cairns one way from $175

Canberra
to:
Sydney one way from $99
Melbourne one way from $99
Brisbane one way from $119

Melbourne to:
Adelaide one way from $85
Sydney one way from $99
Canberra one way from $99
Brisbane one way from $125

Brisbane to:

Adelaide one way from $135
Townsville one way from $135


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Welcome to Qantas’ asylum (and where the bloody hell is my bar?)

In 2005 we were promised a new age of air travel. The A380 would revolutionise the flying experience, transforming it into something akin to the glorious age of great passenger liners, complete with all the amenities one could desire

A model of a bar area in an Airbus A380 shows how the plane’s “superjumbo” proportions may benefit some passengers. The plane’s main and upper levels will serve as passenger areas. The lower deck will be for freight—or additional passenger facilities such as sleeper cabins, child care, gymnasiums, casinos, or business centers, at the discretion of the airlines that purchase the planes.

Airbus - WITH BAR!

(National Geographic)

Well, readers, that bright new future is upon us! The Herald Sun has a gallery of images showcasing the fit-out of the new Qantas A380. Behold the beauty of the new economy class – unlike any travel experience before…

Qantas Airbus A380

I WANT MY BAR! Given the spike in fuel prices and competition from low cost carriers, at a pinch I’ll even settle for the gymnasium, casino and child care. But Nothing! Qantas: snot-green seats do not a great flying experience make. I can’t wait to spend twenty-four hours somewhere this dreary and soul-destroying. Steerage must have been worse…

Ah well, at least they’ve gone the extra mile for the patricians behind the curtins…

Business

First

Wow! Seventies wood-grain meets beige. Singapore Airlines must be absolutely terrified.

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Qantas strike tomorow the first of many?

Qantas’ dispute with its engineers appears to have taken a turn for the worse. The union is demanding a five percent per year wage rise, while the airline is offering two percent. The four hour strike tomorrow between 2pm and 6pm which will result in the cancellation of at least 12 domestic flights may be just the beginning as Qantas is threatening to break the dispute with non-union labour, targeting retired engineers and expat staff.

We can only hope this is all resolved before it gets really nasty for passengers.

Update: Walkoff off.

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Some useful tools hidden in the Qantas Website

Tucked away in the innards of the Qantas website are a couple of tools that are useful for everybody, no matter which airline you are flying, that I wasn’t aware of until recently.

The first is a form which will produce a customised report of the relevant visa and health requirements, not only for your destination but also for any countries through which you will be transiting. This is particularly useful for ascertaining what vaccinations are required, whether a visa is necessary to enter OR transit thorugh a particular country and whether you will need to provide proof of an onward travel or that you possess sufficient funds for your journey. This is particularly important becauseJapan Visa not only may you be denied clearance though immigration at your destination if you cannot fulfill these requirements, but you may not even get off the ground. You may be denied boarding by the airline if you cannot convince them that you will be able to fulfill these conditions. Indeed, airlines are often stricter than overseas customs officials because should you be denied entry the airline will be required to deport you back to the flight’s country of origin at their own cost, often with a fine thrown in for good measure.

The country information search can also provide details about visa and health requirements along with passport requirements (e.g. whether a passport must be valid only for the lenght of stay or longer), airport taxes which may not be included in the ticket price, customs regulations and currency restrictions.

Both very useful tools.

Got any other great travel hints or tips? Please leave a comment!

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Qantas Aussie Getaway Sale

Qantas KoalaQantas domestic sale on now until midnight (AEST) Monday 5 May 2008. Price includes a minimum 1,000 Frequent Flyer points.

These great deals are available for travel between:

  • 20 May and 26 June,
  • 23 July and 17 September, and
  • 15 October and 10 December 2008.
Sydney to One-way from
Canberra $85
Brisbane $95
Gold Coast $95
Melbourne $99
Adelaide $120
Hobart $125
Cairns $169
Alice Springs $198
Ayers Rock (Uluru) $198
Perth $209
Canberra to One-way from
Sydney $85
Melbourne $95
Adelaide $105
Brisbane $115
Melbourne to One-way from
Adelaide $75
Canberra $95
Sydney $99
Hobart $99
Brisbane $119
Alice Springs $179
Ayers Rock (Uluru) $185
Perth $198
Brisbane to One-way from
Sydney $95
Canberra $115
Melbourne $119
Cairns $129
Adelaide $135
Alice Springs $209
Perth $299
Cairns to One-way from
Brisbane $129
Sydney $169
Alice Springs $229
Gold Coast to One-way from
Sydney $95

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Grim news from Qantas – fares to increase 3.5%

QantasQantas is planning to hike its base fares by around 3.5% for domestic fares and 3% for international fares from May 9. It’s Jetstar subsidiary is ‘reviewing’ its fares, and is reportedly likely to (wait for it) increase fares, particularly on international routes.

I’m glad to see an increase to base fares rather than (competition distorting, consumer misleading) fare surcharges but I’m somewhat put out by Qantas big-wig Geoff Dixon’s reasoning. Apparently, the airline will increase the base price, rather than its fuel surcharge, ‘to bridge the widening gap between the actual cost of fuel and the amount that gets offset through surcharges and non-cost fuel improvements’. I’d appreciate if someone could explain that to me in a loud, slow voice.

If it’s any consolation – and its not – Qantas is also suspending its share buy-back program and ‘making cutbacks to ”non-essential” expenditure and instituting a hiring freeze to minimise the impact of the surging jet fuel prices’.

Virgin Blue is set also to increase fares $12 per sector from next month.

Both airlines blame the increases on fairies going on strike at the bottom of the garden. Or rising fuel prices.

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