The slow reveal – Qantas continues its 787 tease

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Qantas has used its annual results announcement to reveal a few more tantalising details of its planned introduction of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner into service next year.

The 787’s arrival is “about 15 months” away, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce told journalists at the company’s full year results presentation on Wednesday, where he handed down a record profit for 2015/16. Joyce also confirmed that the first of eight 787-9s on firm order will be deployed on existing routes before the next-generation aircraft is used to expand the airline’s international network.

In the meantime, Qantas says it is well advanced in planning for the aircraft’s induction into service, with new “luxury suites in business class” and a “revolutionary premium economy that is streets ahead of anything else out there”, Joyce promised, without further elaborating.

Further, negotiations with airports and state governments are continuing as Qantas narrows down the list of potential new routes for the aircraft, with Joyce again confirming routes such as Perth-London and Melbourne and Brisbane to Dallas/Fort Worth, among others, are under consideration.

Tickets sales for the first 787 services will be on sale by Christmas, with confirmation of which new destinations the aircraft will serve for Qantas to be announced “shortly after that”.

This suggests the cabin configuration – what type of and how many seats will be in each of business, premium economy and economy – will be made before the end of the year.

“The Dreamliner doesn’t just extend our range – it also changes what’s possible for out customers,” Joyce said.

“We’re working with a range of specialists to create the best Dreamliner experience on the market – from a team of world-leading designers, including Marc Newson, to university sleep experts.

“We will have a lot more to say between now and the first aircraft arriving but customers should expect the best in class on every part of the Qantas Dreamliner.”

The four 787-9s due to arrive in the 2017/18 financial year, and four more in 2018/19, represent the only firm aircraft orders for the Qantas mainline fleet in the immediate future.

The airline group is due to take delivery of six aircraft in 2016/17, comprising three Fokker 100s for its fly-in/fly-out and charter operator Network Aviation (which operates under the QantasLink brand) as well as two Airbus A321 narrowbodies to be added to Jetstar’s Australian domestic fleet via operating leases and one Boeing 737-400F freighter for Qantas Freight.

Beyond the current year, the first of 99 A320neo Family aircraft powered by LEAP-1A engines are also due to start arriving from the end of calendar 2017.

The aircraft are ostensibly destined for Jetstar as older A320s are paid off and to cover growth, although the company has not ruled out operating the aircraft on Qantas mainline domestic services to replace its Boeing 737-800 fleet.

Qantas group chief financial officer Tino La Spina told analysts during the company’s investor presentation the A320neo promised a 14 per cent fuel burn advantage over the current generation A320ceo.

Looking further ahead, Qantas also holds 15 remaining options, which have firm delivery dates and a fixed price, and 30 remaining purchase rights, which have a fixed price but no firm delivery date, for the 787 family that have to be exercised between now and 2024/25.

Joyce said Qantas would look to “bed down” the first eight 787-9s into the airline’s operations ahead of any move to add more Dreamliners to the fleet.

“The 45 options and purchase rights are phenomenal for us,” Joyce said

“It will make our international business even more resilient than it is today.

“But what we have to do – we are a business – we have to demonstrate we can make money out of the eight we have and once we have done that we are comfortable in ordering more.”

Making money with the Dreamliner is something Jetstar, which has 11 787-8s in service for its long-haul international network, already seems to be doing, with an investor presentation released as part of the results announcement noting that the “new B787-8 fleet [is] contributing to [a] 10 per cent ex-fuel unit cost improvement”.

Jetstar used the 11 787s to replace 13 A330-200s, which were in turn inducted into the Qantas mainline fleet.

 

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Qantas on track for onboard wi-fi trial, flags live streaming of cricket matches

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An August 2015 image of the NBN satellite coverage. (NBN Co)

Qantas is looking at adding wi-fi internet to a larger number of aircraft in its domestic and international fleet as it prepares for a trial of the service at the end of 2016 that will include testing live streaming of cricket matches.

In February, the airline announced plans to roll out free high-speed wi-fi internet access from 2017 on its domestic fleet of Boeing 737-800s and Airbus A330s. The service would be provided free to all passengers.

Internet connectivity would be provided by ViaSat’s global satellite network and the National Broadband Network’s Sky Muster satellites, with the technology to be tested on board a Boeing 737-800 in late 2016.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says the satellites, which use the high capacity Ka-band, would deliver internet speeds 10 times faster than conventional on-board wi-fi.

The trials would also test live streaming of cricket matches in partnership with Cricket Australia.

“We believe our customers want reliable, fast wi-fi and as I said one of our trials will involve us streaming cricket on the aircraft so we will be testing that to the full extent,” Joyce told reporters at the company’s 2015/16 results presentation on Wednesday, where he handed down a record full year profit.

“I think we are expecting 12 megabits per second type of speed on this. That’s phenomenal and if that happens, which we believe it will, that will be a great service to our customers domestically.

“A flight from Sydney to Perth should be enough time to catch an entire match of Twenty20, which is fitting when you’re flying on the Sprit of Australia.”

While Qantas said in February the rollout would cover 737s and A330s, Joyce said the airline was now looking at also offering wi-fi on regional and international aircraft.

“We’re in the final stages of scoping wi-fi for our QantasLink fleet of 717s, F100s and turboprops, as well as our international fleet,” Joyce said.

“There are over 200 Qantas aircraft and some complex technical issues to work through – so it’s a big job.”

Previously, the airline has also talked up the operational benefits of onboard wi-fi, with flight operations and engineering staff exploring the untapped potential of on board connectivity across the business from real-time monitoring of the performance of the aircraft, dealing with irregular operations before passengers walk off the aircraft and providing more weather-related information to pilots en route.

 

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Qantas to pay dividend after delivering record profit

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce and staff at the airline's Mascot campus. (Seth Jaworski)

Qantas will deliver a dividend to shareholders for the first time since 2009 after reporting a near doubling of full year net profit in 2015/16 to more than $1 billion.

The airline group said net profit after tax for the 12 months to June 30 2016 came in at $1.03 billion, up 84.7 per cent from $557 million in the prior corresponding period. It was the largest profit in the airline’s history.

The result was a little below market expectations of a $1.11 billion result, according to a median of 10 analysts forecasts obtained by Australian Aviation.

Revenue rose 2.4 per cent to $16.2 billion, Qantas said in a regulatory filing to the Australian Securities Exchange on Wednesday.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the company will pay a seven cents per share fully franked final ordinary dividend to shareholders, equalling about $134 million.

A $366 million share buy-back has also been proposed, subject to shareholder approval.

Although shareholders had not received a dividend since 2009, Qantas returned $1 billion to shareholders in 2015/16, which comprised of a $505 million capital return in the first half of 2015/16 and a $500 million share buyback that was concluded in mid June.

Meanwhile, underlying profit before tax (PBT), which removes one-off items and is regarded as the best indication of financial performance, came in at $1.53 billion, up from a reported $975 million in the prior year.

Again, the figure was marginally below market expectations of $1.58 billion underlying PBT.

Joyce said the transformation plan, which aims to reduce costs and improve operating efficiencies in the business through higher aircraft utilisation, staff cuts and other measures, has been crucial in delivering the lift in profit.

“Our transformation plan is paying dividends for our shareholders, our customers and our employees,” Joyce said in a statement.

“Transformation has made us a more agile business, created value for our shareholders and given us a platform to invest for the future.”

Qantas said its $2 billion cost reduction target by June 2017 for the transformation plan had been lifted to $2.1 billion.

All Qantas’s operating segments bar Qantas Freight reported a lift in underlying earnings before interest and tax (EBIT).

Qantas said its total fuel bill for 2015/16 was $3.2 billion, down $664 million from the prior year. And it expected underlying fuel costs to be “no more than $3.2 billion” in the current year.

Qantas Domestic lifted underlying EBIT 20 per cent to $578 million despite a two per cent decline in revenue, while Qantas International posted a near doubling of underlying EBIT to $512 million, from $267 million in the prior corresponding period.

Underlying EBIT at the Jetstar group of airlines rose 97 per cent to $452 million, Qantas said, with Jetstar Japan delivering a maiden full year profit and Jetstar Asia lifting its profit result compared with the prior year.

Qantas Loyalty had a 9.8 per cent improvement in underlying EBIT at $346 million.

However, Qantas Freight suffered a 44 per cent drop in underlying EBIT to $64 million, which the company said reflected flat cargo demand amid a six per cent increase in global cargo capacity.

In terms of the outlook, Joyce said the domestic and international markets were “still mixed” given ongoing softness in the resources sector.

The company declined to provide profit guidance for 2016/17, with Joyce noting oil prices, current movements and the global economy all remained volatile.

“The Qantas Group expects to continue its strong financial performance in the first half of financial year 2017, in a more competitive revenue environment,” Joyce said.

“We are focused on preserving high operating margins through the delivery of the Qantas transformation program, careful capacity management, and the benefit of low fuel prices locked in through our hedging.”

To that end, Qantas has guided the market to domestic capacity across its Qantas and Jetstar brands contracting one per cent in the first half of 2016/17, while international capacity across the airline group was forecast to grow about four per cent.

“Unit revenue is expected to be below the first half of financial year 2016, with competitive industry pricing and resources sector weakness.”

“This will be offset by a total unit cost improvement from the Qantas transformation program and lower fuel costs.”

In terms of the fleet, Qantas said tickets for its 787-9 services would go on sale before Christmas. The flights would be initially on Qantas’s “existing network”, Joyce said.

“And shortly after that, we’ll be announcing other international destinations that this state-of-the-art aircraft will fly to,” Joyce said.

 

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Writedowns push Regional Express to full year loss

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Regional Express (Rex) has slumped to a full year net loss for the first time in 13 years as non-cash charges due to the end of a defence contract, currency movements and weaker passenger demand pushed the airline into the red.

The company reported a statutory net loss of $9.56 million in the 12 months to June 30 2016, compared with a $6.67 million net profit in the prior corresponding period.

Rex said it booked $15 million in impairment charges in 2015/16 – the bulk of which came in the first half after the airline lost a Defence contract – while there was a 10 per cent deterioration in the Australian-US dollar exchange rate that impacted the company’s US dollar denominated expenses.

Revenue rose 2.2 per cent to $261.91 million, Rex said in a regulatory filing to the Australian Securities Exchange on Wednesday.

“The Group had to make some non-cash writedowns due to the cessation of a Defence contract which resulted in the first full year statutory loss Rex has reported since FY02/03,” Rex chief operating officer Neville Howell said in a statement.

Excluding those one-off charges, operating profit before tax was $4.3 million, down more than half from $9.3 million in the prior year.

Rex executive chairman Lim Kim Hai said in the company’s annual report the past financial year had been “very challenging”.

Further, Lim said the financial year ahead was “fraught with uncertainties both internationally and within Australia”.

Rex said in a slide presentation accompanying its financial results the “continued deterioration” of the regional economy had resulted in $1.2 million less passenger revenue due to poorer yields in the airline’s traditional network.

In terms of the year ahead, the company said an uncertain economic growth outlook and a declining Australian dollar would weigh on earnings.

On a positive note, Rex’s West Australian operations, which began in February, would contribute about nine per cent of total passenger numbers, while the lower oil prices would result in a $6.5 million reduction in the airline’s fuel bill.

“Rex group expected to post stronger performance in FY 17 compared to prior period,” Rex said.

However, the airline said it was unable to put a figure on the improvement in profitability at this time.

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Convair 440 arrives at HARS

The Convair 440 at Illawarra Regional Airport, Albion Park. (Jaryd Stock)

The Historical Aviation Restoration Society’s latest acquisition, a Trans-Australia Airlines-painted Convair CV-440, has arrived at its new home.

The aircraft, ZS-ARV, landed at HARS’s Illawarra Regional Airport/Albion Park home base on August 21 after ferrying in from Wonderboom, South Africa via Beira in Mozambique, the Seychelles, Mattala in Sri Lanka, Johor Bahru in Malaysia and Denpasar in Indonesia before reaching Darwin. It then stopped in Mt Isa and Dubbo before touching down at Albion Park on Sunday.

The Convair was originally scheduled to be ferried to Australia in May or June, but was delayed as more testing was required and avgas fuel supplies needed to be firmed up at various transit points for the trip to Australia.

HARS decided to paint the aircraft in TAA colours even though the airline never operated the CV-440. Instead TAA operated five of the earlier CV-240, while Ansett operated three CV-340s and six CV-440s (and the RAAF two 440s for VIP transport). However, as HARS already has two aircraft painted in Ansett colours, it elected to be a bit different.

The Convair is now the second TAA-painted aircraft to call HARS home after the arrival of the historic DC-3 VH-AES Hawdon, the very first aircraft operated by TAA, on June 12.

 

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Consolidados Grande SP 23/08/2016

AUDIÊNCIAS DE 23/8/2016

Nova Malhação surpreende, e novelas da Globo têm noite de recordes

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Aline Dias, primeira protagonista negra de Malhação, em cena do episódio de ontem - Reprodução/TV Globo

Aline Dias, primeira protagonista negra de Malhação, em cena do episódio de ontem

REDAÇÃO – Publicado em 24/08/2016, às 13h02

O segundo capítulo da nova temporada de Malhação, intitulada Pro Dia Nascer Feliz, surpreendeu a Globo e deu três pontos a mais do que o episódio de estreia. A produção registrou ontem 24,4 pontos na Grande SP, uma marca até recentemente de novela das nove. Embaladas, todas as novelas da Globo igualaram seus recordes. Eta Mundo Bom! rendeu 35,6 pontos; Haja Coração cravou 32,1; e Velho Chico mostrou recuperação com 33,6. Outro destaque foi o SP TV 2ª Edição: teve 34,6 pontos, maior audiência desde 2009

Média do dia (6h/5h59): 14,4
Bom Dia São Paulo 10,5
Bom Dia Brasil 10,9
Mais Você 8,7
Bem Estar 8,2
Encontro 8,5
SP TV 1ª Edição 13,3
Globo Esporte 11,3
Jornal Hoje 11,0
Vídeo Show 9,7
Sessão da Tarde – Vovó… Zona 2 12,7
Anjo Mau 18,2
Malhação 24,4
Eta Mundo Bom! 35,6
SP TV 2ª Edição 34,6
Haja Coração 32,1
Jornal Nacional 28,9
Velho Chico 33,6
Justiça 28,4
Por Toda Minha Vida – Leandro 18,0
Jornal da Globo 8,7
Programa do Jô 5,3
Plantão Noturno 4,3
Corujão 1 – A Dona da História 3,6
Corujão 2 – Quatro Amigas e um Casamento 3,0
Hora 1 4,8
Média do dia (6h/5h59): 6,1
Primeiro Impacto  2,1
Carrossel Animado 2,4
Mundo Disney  4,4
Bom Dia e Cia. 7,0
Fofocando 5,5
Casos de Família 6,9
Mar de Amor 7,8
Abismo de Paixão 8,5
A Gata 9,3
Meu Coração É Teu 8,8
SBT Brasil 7,8
Cúmplices de um Resgate 12,7
Carrossel 10,4
Programa do Ratinho 8,5
Cine Espetacular – A Fantástica Fábrica de Chocolate 7,9
The Noite 5,2
Jornal do SBT 3,2
Okay Pessoal!!! 2,1
Dois Homens e Meio 2,0
Jornal do SBT Manhã 2,3
Jornal do SBT Manhã (reprise) 2,0
Média do dia (6h/5h59): 5,9
Balanço Geral Manhã 3,1
SP no Ar 6,6
Fala Brasil 7,4
Hoje em Dia 5,0
Balanço Geral SP 7,7
Amor e Intrigas 5,8
Chamas da Vida 5,2
Cidade Alerta 8,3
Escrava Mãe 12,0
A Terra Prometida 16,5
Jornal da Record 9,8
Batalha dos Cozinheiros 4,9
A Nova Super Máquina 2,2
Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus 0,7
Média do dia (6h/5h59): 2,6
Band News 0,5
Café com Jornal 1,3
Dia a Dia 1,0
Os Simpsons 1,2
Jogo Aberto 3,1
Os Donos da Bola 2,8
Qual É o Desafio? 0,8
Brasil Urgente 3,5
Jornal da Band 4,2
Sila – A Priosioneira do Amor 2,7
MasterChef – A Prévia 2,9
MasterChef Brasil 7,8
X Factor – Especial 5,5
Jornal da Noite 2,0
O Melhor da Liga 1,0
Só Risos 1,0
Média do dia (6h/5h59): 0,5
Te Peguei  0,1
Tá Sabendo? 0,3
Melhor pra Você 0,6
A Tarde É Sua 2,1
Sem Rodeios 0,3
RedeTV! News 0,8
TV Fama 0,8
Luciana By Night 1,2
Leitura Dinâmica 0,6
Amaury Jr. 0,5

Fonte: Emissoras

Cada ponto equivale a 69,4 mil domicílios na Grande SP

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Os aspones já cercam o campeão Isaquias por todos os lados

Isaquias Queiroz exibe a segunda das três medalhas conquistadas na Rio-2016

Isaquias Queiroz exibe a segunda das três medalhas conquistadas na Rio-2016

Tem cada uma que não pode passar sem registro. A equipe americana de ginástica, ou boa parte dos seus integrantes, após concluir sua participação nas competições, deixou as instalações da Vila Olímpica e se instalou no Grand Hyatt, da Barra, até para cumprir o restante dos compromissos comerciais.

Na manhã do último sábado, no alto dos seus 1m48, a campeã Simone Biles, considerada um fenômeno da ginástica artística, por pouco não deixou de tomar o seu café da manhã, para poder atender, carinhosamente e com sorriso nos lábios, os vários pedidos de selfie solicitados pelas crianças e marmanjos que lá estavam.

Por acaso, no mesmo bat local e bat horário, ali também se encontrava o nosso campeão Isaquias Queiroz, da canoagem, cercado de aspones e impedido de atender os interessados em fotos ou autógrafos. Todos foram obrigados a obedecer uma distância regulamentar e a não se aproximar dele.

Como é a natureza.

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery