a year's worth of plane speaking, by Chris Twyman
- 14th January 2005
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Chris Twyman fires up his retrospective
might think 15c isn't much ... but it's certainly
better than nothing. We think it is a very good
1500 creditors of failed airline Tasman Pacific
Airways are brought back to earth by liquidator
Jeff Meltzer. Some might think that 15 out of
100 is down the other end, which is where they
were being kicked.
became very clear that if you weren't young, blonde,
gorgeous and with legs up to your armpits, you
had no chance.
complaint by one of eight experienced female flight
attendants taking Virgin Blue to Queensland's
Anti-Discrimination Board after being asked to
perform a song-and-dance routine in their interviews.
believe in this business that you are one second
away from disaster.
supremo Geoff Dixon remains cautious after interim
profit took off, surprising the most bullish of
people of the Pacific will have long memories
of what they paid for so many years. Therefore,
any jump that our competitors have in lowering
fares in the Pacific doesn't really change our
Blue's head of strategy, David Huttner, responds
to Air New Zealand's slashing of fares to its
key Pacific island destinations.
had the most successful launch of any low-cost
carrier, we believe, in the history of aviation.
Joyce, chief of Qantas budget subsidiary Jetstar,
lets fly with superlatives.
a rooster that is yet to fly, [Alan Joyce] is
doing a lot of crowing.
Blue's David Huttner tries to ruffle some rival
made a business decision. We made a call, we were
confident we were going to get in and we didn't.
spokesman Simon Westaway after a flight had to
land at Newcastle after missing Sydney Airport's
curfew. Passengers had to hit the road to finish
I can say is that I haven't sold any stock myself.
Blue chief Brett Godfrey shrugs off a share slump
and competition from Jetstar.
at high altitude in a pressurised cabin for hours
on end can be quite exhausting.
statement on Qantas's website flies in the face
of the airline's arguing that a 30-hour working
week for cabin crews was not unreasonable.
me squash this rumour that I'm about to leave.
As many of you know, I've still got a couple of
laps in me yet.
Australian-born boss of British Airways, Rod Eddington,
insists he's not out of puff.
here to send a message to corporate Australia
that the greed has got to stop. [The directors
are] filling wheelbarrows full of money.
White, assistant national secretary of the Australian
Services Union, is seen in company with a bloke
in a baggy kangaroo costume as protesters at the
Qantas AGM oppose a proposed increase in directors'
not. I love these articles. Sometimes one reads
that there's rumours . . . and I start thinking
it's very often the journalists themselves that
create the rumours, but anyway.
Richard Branson, billionaire owner of many things
and a quintessential media magnet, does himself
no good while denying he will sell his 25 per
cent stake in Virgin Blue.
are allowed to collude on fares. They are allowed
to sit in dark rooms and look at how they can
take the passenger for a ride.
Richard barks at the watchdog and two rivals over
the ACCC-approved Joint Services Agreement which
allows Qantas and British Airways to fix prices
on flights to London.