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Qantas Airways is operated as part of the publicly listed Qantas Group. It is the national airline of Australia with major hubs in Sydney and Melbourne and secondary hubs in Perth and Brisbane. Utilising a large fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, Qantas operates an extensive domestic and international network, with services to New Zealand, the Americas, Asia, South Africa and Europe. Regional services are provided by subsidiary, QantasLink. Qantas is a founding member of the oneworld alliance.
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Key aviation industry executives will converge on Brisbane this August to debate and discuss the strategic issues facing the region’s airline, airport and corporate travel industries.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka, Etihad Airways CEO Peter Baumgartner, Garuda Indonesia CEO Arif Wibowo, Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani, Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin, Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp and Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO Karl Schuster are among the airline industry leaders who will be gathering in Brisbane for the fourth annual CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit on 3-5 August.
The Summit, to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, will be hosted by Brisbane Marketing in conjunction with Foundation Partners, Brisbane Airport Corporation and K&L Gates.
Australia-Philippines market faces overcapacity concerns as Cebu Pacific, PAL plan further expansion
Passenger traffic between Australia and the Philippines grew by 39% in 2015, making it Australia’s fastest growing international market. The Australia-Philippines market is poised for more rapid growth driven by expansion at Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines (PAL).
PAL is planning to use its new A321neo fleet to launch new nonstop flights to Brisbane and potentially add a second frequency to Sydney. Cebu Pacific plans to launch service to Melbourne as it expands its A330-300 fleet.
However, overcapacity is a major concern. Cebu Pacific’s entrance has stimulated demand but impacted load factors and yields. In 2015 the average load factor on Australia-Philippines flights was less than 67%, including a dismal 60% at PAL and only 64% at Cebu Pacific.
The past month has been, as the Chinese might say, an interesting time for Virgin Australia. Two major new Chinese shareholders, HNA and Nanshan Group, an aggravated departure by one shareholder and now the announcement of a major restructuring, delivered to an unsuspecting world at 30 minutes’ notice, seemingly leaving behind its (previously) largest shareholder, Etihad – this has all occurred in a blur.
A financial restructuring has been in the wind for some time, but there was little to explain the breathless announcement of a one-for-one share issue on 15-Jun-2016. This involves a fully underwritten AUD852 million equity raising; together with a previously announced proposed AUD159 million placement to HNA Innovation, the total amount raised will slightly exceed AUD1 billion.
It sounds like good news for a cash-strapped Virgin Australia, but working out the winners and losers is more challenging as the dust settles.
Key speakers and agenda topics for the CAPA Australia Pacific Summit 2016 have been unveiled, featuring an extensive initial line-up of local and foreign airline and airport CEOs, industry regulators, technology experts and industry leaders. The Summit will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 3-5 August and is proudly hosted by Brisbane Marketing and Foundation Partner, Brisbane Airport Corporation.
The biggest aviation and travel strategy Summit of the year, it comprises five events in one:
- Airport Innovation Summit, 3 August
- Training & Safety Summit, 3 August
- Corporate Travel innovation Summit, 4 August
- Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, 4-5 August
- CAPA Gala Dinner, 4 August
HNA/Hainan Airlines' 13% stake in Virgin Australia for USD114 million expands HNA's equity airline network outside mainland China to nine airlines on five continents – two airlines more than Etihad has invested in. Even once HNA grows the Virgin Australia stake to 19.99%, as it intends, it will not be HNA's largest in equity or percentage; but it is the most momentous and strategically important yet. It is accompanied by a strategic alliance, subject to approval, through which Virgin Australia will fly to mainland China and Hong Kong.
HNA's past investments have either not met their originally anticipated strategic value (Aigle Azur) or are airlines (Africa World, Comair) that do not have HNA services and are unlikely to be significant in the near future. HNA's Virgin stake is different: Australia is China's largest outbound long haul market after the US but Hainan has had a limited presence. Hainan has previously focused on the US market while regulatory constraints (in both mainland China and Hong Kong) and lack of partnerships have restricted growth.
Air New Zealand to sell Virgin Australia stake to fund expansion: Chengdu could be next after Manila
Air New Zealand has been on a long haul growth streak, opening five destinations since 2015. Manila was most recently announced and Chengdu could be next, once again giving Air NZ two destinations in mainland China after exiting Beijing. Chengdu as a destination – or another city – would mean that Air New Zealand would serve more points in Asia than Qantas.
Globally, Air NZ is catching up to Qantas for destinations outside Australia/New Zealand/Pacific Islands. In 2006 Qantas served 21 points outside the region and in 2016 serves 18, although this is an increase from the situations in recent years. Where Qantas has cut, Air New Zealand has grown, increasing from 10 long haul destinations in 2006 to 16 (if Chengdu is included) in 2016. With Air New Zealand due to receive nine 787-9s through 2019, with only some of those due to replace existing aircraft, the airline could serve more points than Qantas. A sale of Air NZ's stake in Virgin Australia could pay the cost of three widebody aircraft and possibly accelerate Air NZ's growth even more. Qantas will remain bigger for number of flights and seats. Qantas offers upwards of five daily flights to Singapore whereas Air NZ offers just one.