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    Confidential Virgin Blue management letter leaked

    What all of that has to do with a leaked letter from Virgin Blue is beyond my comprehension. Actually the accepted ratio is 1 F/A per 50 pax in most low cost airlines, so I still don't understand the point you were trying to make, HardieBoys. I understand that VB are at a stalled point in the...
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    Confidential Virgin Blue management letter leaked

    A letter that was supposed to be kept "in-house" in Australia’s low cost operator airline, Virgin Blue, has found its way on to the internet PIREP.org :: View topic - Virgin Blue tries to stretch resources without recruiting
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    Why airline CEOs should be paid motor mechanic's wages.

    Employed in the capacity of airline CEO - yes. But I'll bet there are hundreds of others who could easily slide in and do as good - or better - job than the QF CEO, at a fraction of his $6 million per annum fee. Do they in reality, do the same job, to the same level of excellence? You get what...
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    Is the TSA selling ill-gotten goods? And do they do the same in Oz?

    Rules are rules - agreed. But occasionally, people INADVERTANTLY have something in their bag which has been over-looked, or simply forgotten about. The items are sold on eBay, and at various outlets. Confiscation, in my opinion, should mean the item is either destroyed, or returned to its...
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    Is the TSA selling ill-gotten goods? And do they do the same in Oz?

    Remember that Swiss Army knife in your flight carry-on that you’d forgotten about until the guards who x-rayed your stuff at the airport security checkpoint “discovered“ it. You wern’t planning on hijacking the fight, or even carving your name into the seat-back tray table. It had been a...
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    Why airline CEOs should be paid motor mechanic's wages.

    Good auto mechanics aren’t easy to find, and when you do get a good one, you stick with him, knowing you’ve found a guy who can tune, service, and maintain your car in tip top running order. Now I like cars - especially those “top of the range” vehicles like Ferrari and Rolls Royce...
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    QANTAS ~ more than a business. The AUSTRALIAN airline.

    For people around the globe, and especially for Australians, whether at home or overseas, QANTAS has meant employment for Australians within Australia, frequently overseas in offshore QANTAS offices, and supplementary employment for some non-Australian staff. But the current CEO of QANTAS, Mr...
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    Seating Allocation??

    You're quite right, Yada Yada, that dog leg is a real pain in the backside, but by doing away with the 4 seats in those 4 rows, it dramatically reduces the potential revenue. Then again, I believe that the current JPY1,000/AUD13 extra, could easily be doubled, and still sell. As for the elbow...
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    Seating Allocation??

    Out of curiousity, how much EXTRA would those of you who request Exit Row seats be prepared to pay, if the airlines (such as Virgin Blue) started charging for them? $20? $30? $50? Or would you - even at say $20 extra - then not request it? By way of comment, the company I work for (JAL...
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    Seating Allocation??

    So by flying on ANY one of the multitude of One World Alliance partner airlines, it's possible to gain the top level ranking with ALL of them? And gain full privileges with EACH one every time?
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    Seating Allocation??

    Close - but not 100% correct. Anyone WHO IS OF AGE, AND IS ABLE-BODIED can pay extra and book the exit seats on DJ. :D That's interesting - how is that possible :?:
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    Seating Allocation??

    SQ management keep a very tight rein on their staff, and any upgrades are the subject of investigation to determine exactly by WHOM the upgrade was authorised. If the correct authority was not obtained, the staff member responsible for giving the upgrade is charged the difference, in full. Very...
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    Seating Allocation??

    It's unlikely that ALL aisle seats will have been pre-booked. I hate to disagree with that sentiment - but I do. Some occasional GOODWILL - a word that does NOT exist in the vocabulary of today's short-sighted airline management - goes a long way towards attracting and KEEPING customers. And it...
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    Seating Allocation??

    Why not simply advise check-in staff of your seating preference at check-in? The earlier you arrive, the better your chance of getting something you want. I suggest that is because they have been requested at the time of booking, either by the passengers themselves, or by the airline staff who...
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    Those Fuel Levies we pay - tell us more, Mr Dixon.

    Re: Make QF salaries competitive - across the Board! Make QF salaries competitive - across the Board! Dixon hasn't outlaid any of his own money to deserve being paid a bonus. He doesn't have any groundbreaking ideas - union-busting, perhaps, but nothing you nor I wouldn't attempt, offered...
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