By Mike Mangano
Regional Specific Receives seventh 737 As Australian Trade Turmoil Continues
Australian regional airline Regional Specific has made additional headway in its development by receiving its seventh Boeing 737-800NG. Rex, because the airline is extra generally recognized, made the announcement Aug. 31, after it took supply of the plane the earlier night.
Rex’s latest Boeing flew into Brisbane, Australia from Montpellier, France after present process a scheduled heavy upkeep verify earlier than departure. With its new registration VH-MFM, the plane is slated to begin service with Rex someday in early September, and can allow the airline to extend its providers on the so-called “Golden Triangle” between Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
In an announcement, Rex Deputy Chairman John Sharp stated their “seventh plane permits us to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for Rex’s providers given the surprising reliability of each Qantas and Virgin Australia.” He additional added that the demand is so nice that “we’re urgently in search of one other two Bowing 737-800NGs,” with the aim of deploying the plane by someplace between the second and third quarters of this monetary 12 months.
Australia’s airline trade continues to face a disaster of employees shortages and sick flight crew. Because the nation’s home and worldwide borders have been opened earlier this 12 months, Australian airline large Qantas has copped the heaviest criticism, with its CEO Alan Joyce final week apologizing and making an attempt to redeem the airline by providing its frequent flyers 50 Australian greenback ($34) vouchers to be used on its flights.
The most recent authorities statistics paint an image of poor reliability for Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia, with every reporting cancellation charges of 6.2%, 8.8% and seven.7% respectively. Rex, for its half, reported the bottom cancellation charge of simply 2.1%.
The problems confronted by Jetstar – a finances subsidiary of Qantas – reveal themselves by a comparability with Rex, which had related scheduled flights to the previous within the month of July 2022. Jetstar, with a complete of seven,201 scheduled flights, and Rex, with 6,559, present a distinction in cancellations of 6.7%.
The Australian public’s view of its flag service airline, Qantas, this week took one other dive after main information shops Bloomberg and Australia’s ABC delivered additional scathing criticism of the airline. This criticism, including to that of Rex – which claims Qantas acts unethically – has additional fanned the flames of irate prospects.
Whereas Qantas was discovered to have illegally fired it workforce in what seems to be a bid to avoid wasting prices, regardless of having obtained massive authorities bailouts, its passengers have been left with excessive cancellations and a poor refund system which prevented over $1 billion AUD from being returned to prospects.
Whereas different airways all over the world have sturdy competitors between themselves, such because the US and Europe, Australia is usually dominated by Qantas and its finances subsidiary Jetstar. In essence, the monopoly has allowed Qantas to ship providers to already dry routes solely to shut out its competitors after which shut the route itself later.
ABC’s upcoming “4 Corners” episode, scheduled for Sept. 5, claims to additional describe an airline which is dealing with rising turbulence from each exterior and inside.