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Virgin Australia resumes some regional services (some ports operated by Alliance)

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Many are operated by mainline 737s, although a few are operated by Alliance.


• Reintroduction of regional routes between Brisbane-Alice Springs and Brisbane-Emerald*
• Expanded holiday destination frequencies between Sydney-Ballina Byron and Brisbane-Hamilton Island
• Expanded capital city frequencies between Brisbane-Adelaide and Sydney-Adelaide

BRISBANE, 28 October 2020: Virgin Australia will reintroduce two regional services and expand frequencies to key holiday destinations and South Australia ahead of the summer holidays.

The airline will reintroduce five-times weekly services between Brisbane-Emerald* and twice-weekly services between Brisbane-Alice Springs.

Customers from New South Wales will benefit from expanded options to holiday destinations such as Ballina Byron, Hamilton Island and Adelaide, while South Australians and Queenslanders will see increased frequencies between Brisbane and Adelaide.

* operated by Alliance Airlines
 

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Tip of the iceberg.


On 23 October 2020 Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines (the Applicants) applied for authorisation to cooperate in relation to the provision of services on around 40 regional routes and two short-haul international routes (Relevant Routes). Details of the routes are provided in the application which is available from the link below.
 
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Tip of the iceberg.


On 23 October 2020 Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines (the Applicants) applied for authorisation to cooperate in relation to the provision of services on around 40 regional routes and two short-haul international routes (Relevant Routes). Details of the routes are provided in the application which is available from the link below.

fascinating. Thanks for posting

The move is framed in the application as “a temporary measure to allow the Applicants to continue providing essential airline services to regional communities in Australia and minimise costs and risk exposure in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic“. Oh, and also to “ efficiently offer a more compelling product, providing choice and convenience for consumers and competition for Qantas.”

Quite the level of detail in the 52 page application, including analysis of passenger booking behaviour and load factors pre/post COVID, and commentary on both the Virgin administration saga and government support for the sector.

Virgin and Alliance targeting a 2 year period of cooperation, and sought an interim authorisation by the end of October but the ACCC timeframe has this projected for mid November with a final determination in March 2021.
Be interesting to see the content of any submission by Qantas and Rex.
 

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In unrelated news, Qantas as a major shareholder of Alliance welcomes Bain/VA2’s business :cool::p
 

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Page 16 of the document also lists the routes that are being mentioned.
Ones like SYD-CBR, SYD-PPQ, SYD-TMW, SYD-ABX,
Brisbane-Proserpine could be a mix of VA or Alliance depending on the market.
 

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In unrelated news, Qantas as a major shareholder of Alliance welcomes Bain/VA2’s business :cool::p

Owning only 20% and not allowed to purchase more (nor have a rep on the board), the income would likely be pocket change to the QF group ;)

Seems according to the recent ownership structure Alliance has "multiple" part owners.
QF is the 'largest' shareholder at 19.8%, followed by Commonwealth Super at 15% and other superannuation companies at stakes between 5-10% each.

 

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Owning only 20% and not allowed to purchase more (nor have a rep on the board), the income would likely be pocket change to the QF group ;)

Seems according to the recent ownership structure Alliance has "multiple" part owners.
QF is the 'largest' shareholder at 19.8%, followed by Commonwealth Super at 15% and other superannuation companies at stakes between 5-10% each.


Yes, every dollar counts :)

I just think its a little funny to be honest, welcome onboard VA2/Bain flight 1234 to Outbush Town, operated by Alliance Airlines on behalf of Qantas and Commonwealth Super ;)
 

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Just looking at the routes, there's 2 international routes, POM I understand was already an Alliance route, but HIR, is that new? (thought VA operated that)
 

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So it seems that Virgin Australia wants Alliance to be able to offer a large number of routes on their behalf:

Obviously, not all of these will happen but they're basically pitching to the ACCC that they want the ability to cooperate more with Alliance with the potential to operate some more routes:
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Some of them like Brisbane to Weipa or even Allice Springs to Ayers Rock I can't see happening at all.
 

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