Episode 149: Alice has a Bone Yard

Once again the boys are trying to present a short OzDesk episode (yeah right, as if!) so they’re going to race through a few items before getting to an item they want to cover in more detail.

  • The RAAF has sent via road trip the first F-111C to arrive in Australia (and also the last one to fly) to the RAAF Museum at Pt Cook here in Melbourne.
  • Qantas are trying to make it harder for their elite frequent fliers to transition to Virgin Australia.
  • Qantas pilots are looking at going on strike and Jetstar pilots are considering doing it to.
  • Qantas’ international market share down to 19%.
  • Qantas’ automated check-in, luggage drop-off & boarding systems have now been set up for Jetstar too.
  • Tiger in Singapore posts a profit but their Tiger Airways operation in Australia hasn’t and now Tiger Airways pilots are reporting fatigue (the 7-letter f-bomb).
  • Virgin Australia have launched their first A330 flights from Sydney to Perth and they’ve restructured their fares to allow for no-frills through to fully flexible and on to premium (aka business class), plus they’re talking about setting up a maintenance facility in Sydney.

We wrap the episode with news that Australia is going to get it’s very own aircraft sotrage facility (aka bone yard) as Australia Pacific Aircraft Storage are setting one up in Alice Springs. We include a segment of our interview with Tom Vincent, APAS’ Managing Director.

PS: We also have bloopers for this episode which you can play via the player below:

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