Virgin Australia brings forward Boeing 737 MAX: first flights in 2018

UPDATE | Virgin Australia is bringing forward its move to the Boeing 737 MAX with first deliveries of the fuel-efficient jet now due in 2018.

PREVIOUS | Virgin Australia is betting big with Boeing on the future of its domestic fleet, today announcing an order for 23 of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Designed as a next-gen replacement for the Boeing 737-800, and listing at US$95.2m apiece, the fuel-efficient 737 MAX will join Virgin Australia’s fleet between 2019 and 2021 and be the first of its kind in Australia.

As part of the deal, Virgin Australia will delay the delivery of some Boeing 737-800s until after 2016, leaving 31 scheduled deliveries of Boeing 737-800 aircraft between 2013 and 2016.

Virgin Australia expects to retire all of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft by the end of 2013.

“The Boeing 737 has formed a critical part of the Virgin Australia fleet over the past decade thanks to its reliability, comfort and fuel efficiency” says Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti.

“The Boeing 737 MAX will build on this, enabling us to achieve strong on time performance and maintain our low cost base.”


The 737 MAX isn’t due to debut until 2017, but Boeing predicts it will deliver lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions that are some 13 percent lower compared to “today’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft.”

The aircraft will also feature the light and spacious Boeing Sky Interior already seen on the latest Virgin and Qantas 737-800s as well as quiet engine technology to “signficantly reduce its noise footprint”.


Source : Australia Business Traveller

Qantas jobs at Canberra Airport safe for now

August 28, 2014 – 11:48AM

Henry Belot

Canberra Times Reporter

Despite restructuring costs and writedowns, Qantas jobs in the capital are safe for now.

Despite restructuring costs and writedowns, Qantas jobs in the capital are safe for now. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Qantas staff at Canberra Airport are likely to keep their jobs despite the airline posting a full-year loss of $646 million before tax and a statutory loss of $2.8 billion after restructuring charges and writedowns to its fleet.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the figures released on Thursday morning were “confronting” but represented “the year that was past”.

“We have now come through the worst,” he said. “There is a clear and significant easing of both international and domestic capacity growth.”

But with more bad news for the airline, a Qantas spokeswoman said there would be no further job cuts beyond the 5000 that were announced in late February as part of a $2 billion cost reduction strategy.

At the time of the announcement, there were 60 people working in below-the-wing roles and a total of 220 people employed by Qantas at Canberra Airport.

Transport Workers Union spokesman Ben Sweaney, whose union represents workers employed in below-the-wing roles, said he would be surprised if Qantas introduced further redundancies at Canberra Airport given how lean the airport is running.

“It is difficult to see how any savings of significance could be found through further redundancies at Canberra Airport,” he said.

Mr Sweaney said around 15 people had taken voluntary redundancies at Canberra Airport after Qantas management announced they would shed 5000 workers in February.

Australian Services Union ACT secretary Sally McManus, whose union represents workers from call-centres to check-in booths, said Thursday’s financial figures had left workers disappointed and frustrated.

“We fought really hard to minimise job losses at Canberra Airport as it is growing and becoming really essential and there really wasn’t any fat to cut at all,” she said.

“The workers were upset about the announcement of job losses earlier this year but wore the pain to try and turn the company around, which is why the figures posted this morning were so disappointing,” she said.

“It’s now got to the point where the workers have just lost faith in the CEO and the people supporting him,” she said.

Both the TWU and the ASU blamed Alan Joyce and the Qantas Board for the airline’s poor finances and have called for a leadership restructure.

“This most recent announcement is very concerning given Alan Joyce is one of the highest paid airline executives in the world,” said Mr Sweeney.

“It is time for Alan Joyce and the Board to do the decent thing to save Qantas – resign – so that Qantas and the remaining staff have a fighting chance of saving this great airline,” said ASU assistant national secretary Linda White.

Mr Joyce said Qantas was expected to return to an underlying profit before tax in the first half of the financial year, subject to factors outside its control. The airline expects international capacity growth of 2.4 per cent in the first half and domestic growth of 1 per cent.

Mr Sweaney said the TWU would meet with Qantas management in Sydney on Monday to discuss a new workplace agreement for its members.

“We will be putting forward our position to negotiate in good faith to get the best interests for the airline and our members,” he said.

 – with Jamie Freed.

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Consolidados GRANDE SP 27.08.2014

"Roda a Roda" e Ratinho atingem boa audiência no SBT; veja mais



Confira a audiência consolidada desta quarta-feira (27). A fonte é o Ibope, que representa a preferência de um seleto grupo de telespectadores da Grande SP. Cada ponto equivale a 193 mil telespectadores.


A Globo não teve tantas alterações no Ibope. As novelas noturnas estão estáveis, porém, muito mal no Ibope ainda. Com a entrevista da candidata à presidência Marina Silva (PSB), o “Jornal Nacional” registrou 21 pontos de média.

“Império” conseguiu dar 30 num capítulo curto em virtude do futebol.

Encontro – 7
SPTV – 11
Globo Esporte – 10
Horário Político – 5
Jornal Hoje – 9
Vídeo Show – 8
Sessão da Tarde – 9
Cobras & Lagartos – 11
Malhação – 12,5
Boogie Oogie – 17
SPTV – 18
Geração Brasil – 18
Jornal Nacional – 21
Horário Político – 16
Império – 30
Copa do Brasil – 19


A Record deu dois dígitos com “José do Egito”. Bateu recorde e foi vice-líder. O “Cidade Alerta” continua rendendo o segundo lugar de forma tranquila para a emissora.

Hoje em Dia – 4
Balanço Geral – 5
Horário Político – 3,5
Balanço Geral – 4
Programa da Tarde – 4
Cidade Alerta – 9
Jornal da Record – 8
Horário Político – 5
Jornal da Record – 6
Vitória – 8
José do Egito – 10
Câmera Record – 7


O SBT conseguiu dois dígitos novamente com “Chiquititas”, que mesmo com horário político não tem feito feio no Ibope. “Rebelde” marcou a metade.

Bom Dia & Cia – 4
Um Maluco no Pedaço – 4
Horário Político – 3
Eu, a Patroa e as Crianças – 4
Casos de Família – 4
Esmeralda – 5
Meu Pecado – 5
A Feia mais Bela – 6
Chaves – 7
SBT Brasil – 7
Chiquititas – 10
Horário Político – 6
Rebelde – 5
Roda a Roda – 8
Programa do Ratinho – 8
Conexão Repórter – 6,5
The Noite – 4


A Band não teve grandes alterações em sua audiência. O futebol, substituindo Luiz Bacci, deu os mesmos 3 pontos de média. O “Brasil Urgente” foi a maior audiência do dia com 4.

Futebol – 3
Brasil Urgente – 4
Jornal da Band – 3
Horário Político – 1,5
Show da Fé – 1,5
Sessão Especial – 2
Agora é Tarde – 1,5



Can Qantas Airways boss Alan Joyce keep his head?

August 29, 2014

Adele Ferguson

Business columnist

Qantas boss Alan Joyce was not joking when he said “there’s always people that are after my head”.

Joyce was responding to a question about whether he could get past the $2.8 billion loss the national carrier had posted.

Head on the block: Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

Head on the block: Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce. Photo: Daniel Munoz/Getty Images

Calls for Joyce’s head have been a constant theme since his controversial decision to ground Qantas’ entire fleet in October 2011 to break the deadlock with unions.

It made Joyce a household name – for all the wrong reasons – as customers were left stranded all over the world. It also drove a wedge between management and staff as he cut through staff numbers.

The calls for his head became louder when he asked the government for assistance late last year, which turned the country’s much beloved airline into a political football.

It has prompted shareholders, staff and customers to scratch their collective heads on how he has managed to survive against a backdrop of a falling share price, losses and a shrinking business. The latest loss of $2.8 billion, or an underlying loss of just over $600 million, is in sharp contrast to the near $1 billion profit the airline made just before he took the reins.

Despite the surveys the company’s spin doctors rattle off on its stellar customer satisfaction, anecdotal evidence suggests it is not the service it used to be.

Not surprisingly, Joyce has become one of the most disliked chief executives since Telstra’s Sol Trujillo.

But with the backing of the board and the airline’s largest shareholder, Balanced Equity Management investment manager Andrew Sisson, who has stuck with the company through thick and thin, Joyce has managed to hang on.

In a series of focus groups conducted in February in Sydney’s central business district, one of the participants said each of the eight people in his group agreed “Joyce and his team have ruined Qantas for their own ends” and “Qantas needs to heal the rift between its staff and management to gain more confidence and thus more patronage from the public”.

This kind of sentiment is not exclusive to focus groups. A mix of sadness and anger is commonplace when Australians talk about the wounded kangaroo. They need someone to blame and that someone has become Joyce.

The latest speculation is that Joyce is preparing for his exit next year, on his terms. With his strategic review complete, cost-cutting under way, redundancies half-way done and his price war with Virgin Australia over, Joyce is confident the worst is over and Qantas is on the path to redemption, with a return to profitability next year.

But as one former senior executive said, if he does not make a profit, surely then he will be hung and quartered.

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Fares fair? How flight costs compare

5:00 AM Friday Aug 29, 2014

Air NZ’s regional flights much quicker than driving but can cost hundreds of dollars more, comparison shows

Photo / NZPA / Ross Setford
Photo / NZPA / Ross Setford

Kiwis wanting to travel to some regional centres are faced with an 18-hour bus ride – or forking out hundreds of dollars for an Air New Zealand flight. And, in some centres, it is cheaper to drive a car-load of people than buy a single airfare.

The Herald has compared the cost of Air New Zealand, Naked Bus and private car prices between North Island regional centres and Auckland or Wellington after Air NZ faced criticism this week for the price of its regional airfares. It found travellers could be paying more than 10 times more for the convenience of flying.

Massey University student Lauren Cornish is one of many who opt to drive because of what they see as unaffordable airfares.

The veterinary science student has been studying in Palmerston North city for six years but returns home to Auckland regularly. In that time she has taken no more than five flights – instead opting for a seven-hour drive home more than 20 times.

The Herald comparisons were for travellers trying to fly after, or as close to, 5pm on Friday September 12 and returning on Sunday afternoon.

Flying from Auckland to Tauranga return would cost $438 or $1.07/km, while taking a bus would be just $47.97 or 12c/km, according to prices listed on the companies’ websites.

A return flight between Wellington and Palmerston North was $326 or $1.15/km while the same trip on a bus was just $33.97 or 11c/km.

Automobile Association (AA) figures show that when annual running costs and petrol priced at $2.20/l was taken into account, a small car cost 54c/km to run.

This meant an Auckland family of five could drive the 408km round trip to Tauranga for $220.32 – nearly half of the Air NZ single fare.

Taking the bus from Wellington to Tauranga would save more than $500 over flying, but would take 19 hours.

Passengers taking a bus to Palmerston North from Auckland would save more than $400 but would take 18 hours. The Government and aviation industry bodies have criticised Air NZ for the price of its regional airfares after it posted a 45 per cent rise in annual profit to $262 million.

The Commerce Commission was evaluating a complaint on the issue and Prime Minister John Key said he had “made it clear” to chief executive Christopher Luxon the airline needed to cut prices to the regions.

An Air NZ spokeswoman said the business offered close to a million regional seats for under $100 each year, up 400,000 seats in the past five years.

Average regional airfares had fallen by about 1 per cent in that time, despite rising business costs.


Source : The New Zealand Herald

Saiba a audiência de José Do Egito e Vitória ontem , 27.08.2014

Maytê Piragibe interpretou Azenate em José Do Egito
Isabel Vilela_Juliana Silveira
Juliana Silveira está brilhando como Priscila em Vitória
A Record atingiu bons índices de audiência com suas produções da área da dramaturgia nesta última quarta-feira (27).
“José do Egito”, que já está em reta final, igualou seu recorde de audiência com média de 10 pontos. A minissérie se isolou na vice-liderança e desbancou o SBT com certa facilidade. O “Cidade Alerta”, que costuma ocupar tal posição, teve 9 pontos de média.
Vale lembrar que a trama de Vivian de Oliveira foi a maior audiência da Record durante todo o dia.
Já “Vitória”, que foi ao ar antes, também teve bons números. A novela de Cristianne Fridman registrou média de 8 pontos e também foi vice sobre a novela “Rebelde” e o “Programa do Ratinho”, no SBT.
Esses índices são consolidados e são baseados na preferência de um grupo de telespectadores da  Grande São Paulo.

“Império”: Sem dinheiro, Cristina decide lutar pela herança de José Alfredo

Cora incentiva Elivaldo a pressionar a irmã, que acaba cedendo e resolve ir atrás dos seus direitos.

Em “Império”, Cristina (Leandra Leal) prometeu para Maria Marta (Lilia Cabral) que não iria atrás da fortuna de José Alfredo (Alexandre Nero) em troca de muito dinheiro. Mas como a grana vai acabar, a filha de Eliane (Malu Gali) resolve descumprir o trato com a ricaça.

Tudo começa quando Elivaldo (Rafael Losso) conseguir sair da prisão com a ajuda do advogado Merival (Roberto Pirillo). Cora (Drica Moraes) conta para o sobrinho que a situação financeira da família não está nada bem.

O rapaz pergunta: “Faltou grana? Como? A Cris não tinha aceitado uma ajuda lá da mulher do meu tio?”, e a vilã responde: “Aceitou, sim… Uma merreca! Uma esmolinha para pobre! Um cala-boca, sabe como é que é? Foi essa a tal da ajuda. Sua irmã já gastou tudo! Com seu advogado, com a obra lá do camelódromo. Não sobrou nada”.

Elivado fica triste com as palavras da tia, que logo volta a reclamar: “Já tentei botar na cabeça da Cristina: se é filha do seu tio, tem direitos e deve correr atrás deles. Mas, cada vez que falo isso, ela vem para cima de mim com quatro pedras na mão! Enquanto isso, os irmãos dela estão lá no bem bom. Quem sabe você, que a Cristina ama tanto, não convence aquela teimosa de fazer o que é de direito?”.

O rapaz concorda com Cora e resolve chamar Cristina para conversar sobre o assunto.

Veja diálogo:

Elivaldo – Cristina, o dinheiro acabou mesmo?

Cristina – Acabou sim.

Elivaldo –  Você ainda por cima estava com aquela ideia de devolver tudo para a madame.

Cristina – Estava, não: estou. Eu vou devolver cada centavo.

Elivaldo – Ah, é? E vai fazer isso como, me diz?

Cristina – Não sei ainda, me dobro em mil para juntar esse dinheiro, mas não fico devendo para aquela gente.

Elivaldo – “Aquela gente” é da nossa família. Mais sua ainda se ficar provado que é filha do comendador. Se ele for seu pai, e não só nosso tio… Nesse caso, são eles que te devem. E muito!

Cristina insiste em sua decisão, mas Elivaldo manda ela fazer um exame de DNA. Cris argumenta que José Alfredo não vai aceitar fazer, mas o irmão diz que isso não depende da vontade dele. “A Justiça decide a meu favor, eu já sei”, diz ela.

O irmão de Cristina encerra a conversa dizendo: “Então é isso aí: se ele se recusar, legalmente você passa a ser filha dele. Com direito, inclusive, à sua parte na fortuna da família! Que tal se você pensasse um pouco em todos nós? Não existe como dar jeito nenhum, você sabe disso! O camelódromo está em construção, a gente não tem mais um real. Como vai sobreviver? Você pode salvar a nossa família, Cris. Pensa nisso!”.

A filha de Eliane fica pensativa e em outro momento decide sim ir atrás dos seus direitos.

“Império” vai ao ar logo após o “Horário Político”.


Globo irá exibir amistoso entre Alemanha e Argentina na próxima semana

Normalmente, a Globo exibe apenas amistosos da Seleção Brasileira em sua grade. Porém, a emissora irá abrir uma exceção na próxima quarta-feira (3).

Segundo programação divulgada pela sua assessoria de imprensa, o canal deixará de exibir a “Sessão da Tarde” neste dia para transmitir a partida amistosa entre Alemanha e Argentina.

O jogo é um revival da final da Copa do Mundo de 2014, que aconteceu no Brasil. Naquela oportunidade, a seleção alemã se sagrou tetracampeã vencendo por 1 a 0, com um gol na prorrogação do jogador Mário Gotze.

Não é a primeira vez que a emissora carioca irá exibir partidas amistosas de outras seleções, fato que era até comum durante a década de 80, mas tal fato não ocorria desde os anos 90, o que reforça a importância da peleja para a emissora.

Alemanha x Argentina vai ao ar a partir das 14h30, com narração ainda não definida pela Globo. Especula-se, porém, que Galvão Bueno ficará a cargo dos trabalhos.