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Wind map

Wind map

I captured this image today from Wind map. As a bit of a weather nerd, meteorology was my favourite theory subject when I was doing my flying training. This image in particular demonstrates the effect a major cyclone storm system has on continental wind patterns. You can clearly still the area of still air in […]

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Game on as Virgin Australia’s profit soars.

Year two of its three-year game change programme, and a transformed Virgin Australia has shown it is the antithesis of Qantas. The airline today posted an after tax profit of $22.8 million, and a full year underlying profit before tax of $82.5 million, an improvement of $149.1 million from the last financial year. Virgin’s results […]

Too little, too late for Perth Airport’s lacklustre redevelopment?

This article is a supplement to last month’s Perth Airport, best in airport design? Unlikely. Perth Airport’s $750 million redevelopment is resonating well with a public that laments current facilities, but will the terminal redevelopment actually provide ample space to handle growth? Westralia Airports Corporation (WAC) Perth Airport’s is known for underestimating traffic forecasts. Master […]

Overview of T1 redevelopment. International terminal left, domestic pier centre, terminal WA right. Image: Perth Airport

Perth Airport, best in airport design? Unlikely.

Part 1

Who remembers the glamour era of air travel when travel was fabulous and happened on a 747 or Concorde? People living, visiting and doing business in Perth are reminded everyday as they travel through Perth Airport’s International Terminal, circa 1984.

Undertaking its first substantial redevelopment since 1984, the Airport has now made available artists’ impressions, of the expected interior of the completed international terminal and Virgin Australia’s new domestic pier at the airport. Some analysts have even labelled the redevelopment as providing Western Australia with the ‘best in airport design’.

Original plans promised a “world-class” 3 pier, 40-gate redevelopment that would be “one of the best in Asia” akin to Hong Kong or Seoul’s Incheon. These were subsequently reduced to:

  • a new domestic pier;
  • the construction of Terminal WA for intrastate services;
  • one upgraded and one new international gate;
  • expanded international customs and security facilities;

All built to unexceptional IATA service C standard as extensions to the substandard circa 1984 terminal. Best in Airport design indeed.

Continue reading “Perth Airport, best in airport design? Unlikely.” »

Qantas

Qantas, the little airline that couldn’t.

When I was young I wanted to be a Qantas pilot. Growing up I was granted the privileged opportunity of being invited into the cockpit for landing in various Qantas aircraft at various airports around Australia. The dedication and enthusiasm with which staff undertook their jobs was an inspiration to me.

20 years later, and I don’t know how I feel about Qantas. Today’s Qantas just goes through the motions. The timid annual result announcement is a reflection of the diminishing presence Qantas is playing in the lives of Australians. It is also a reinforcement of the distinct strategy which Qantas has chosen to follow.

The annual results also show a distinct change in Qantas rhetoric. Gone are the battle cries of a “65% line in the sand”, replaced by “The Group aims to maintain a profit-maximising 65 per cent domestic market share”. Brave faced Qantas executives are worried. Continue reading “Qantas, the little airline that couldn’t.” »

Has connectivity changed the way you travel?

  Infographics are great, and even better when they mix planes and travel together. As a lead in to the main event below, this graph from Amadeus’ provides an insight into the use of social media for travel related purposes by country. Unsurprisingly, China is on top with a 92% involvement. An increasing number of […]

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Qantas’ Boeing 767s are in it for the long haul.

 Like Dontella Versace checking in for more age defying plumping, Qantas’ ageing Boeing 767-300ERs are to be given another facelift. Commencing in October, Qantas will retire another seven of its ageing 23 Boeing 767-300ERs, and the remaining 16 aircraft will undergo a major interior refurbishment. The programme is also step in the right direction for […]

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Cathay Pacific engages Qantas-Jetstar in airline weiqi.

Cathay Pacific has used a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to publicly reveal its stance to the Qantas/China Eastern establishment of a Jetstar Hong Kong subsidiary. Cathay has been biding its time in indicating its position toward the establishment of Jetstar Hong Kong. Rather than publically lambaste the opposition, Cathay has […]