Jetstar eyes China expansion

first_imgJetstar boss Jayne Hrdlicka has the low-cost carrier group’s sights set on a good share of more than 1.8 billion travellers expected to enter the rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific travel market over the next 20 years.She wants to make Jetstar the region’s LCC of choice and sees China as a big opportunity.Jetstar moved quickly to establish links to Asia after it was founded 12 years ago and now has operations or partnerships in Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan and Singapore. It faces aggressive competition from the likes of AirAsia and Singapore Airlines offshoots Scoot and Tiger Air.Hrdlicka told attendees at the CAPA Australia-Pacific Aviation Forum in Brisbane  that the Jetstar Group now had a fleet of 127 aircraft flying to 80 destinations and revenue of more than $4.5 billion, ranking it as one of the top five low-cost carriers around the world.“So we are doing well, but we are not satisfied with where we stand,’’ she said. “We are competing in the most dynamic aviation markets in the world, so that we know that standing still effectively means falling behind.’’In addition to its big presence in Australia and New Zealand, Hrdlicka said it had a strong and growing position in Japan and had just finished one of its best years yet in Singapore, where connections with 26 partners was seeing the brand go from “strength to strength”.“And there is Vietnam — the fastest growing economy and aviation market in the region,’’ she said. “Our dual brand relationship with Vietnam Airlines puts us in a  unique position, which we are very happy about.’’The group’s fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s completed the network by connecting Australia to South-East Asia and North Asia, Hrdlicka said.She acknowledged that smaller LCCs were forming new alliances in to replicate the scale and marketing clout of the bigger players but noted Jetstar had a 12-yrear head start when it came to forming partnerships and it was something it was good at doing.“We believe the future of the Asian LCC market is going to be owned by brands that people know and trust,’’ she said. “Brands that offer a seamless booking experience, a broad network and an to tailor what you get on board.“In other words, brands that provide the next generation of Asian travellers with the ability to realise their travel aspirations in the way that works best for them.’’Vowing to stay true to Jetstar’s low-cost fundamentals, Hrdlicka said the airline would also continue to think disruptively to  challenge aviation and low-cost carrier fundamentals.She said disruption was at the heart of the group’s culture and this had been demonstrated with strategies such as the decisions to expand the brand into Asia, the decision to take it long-haul and then to codeshare with full service carriers.It would also be guided by three core principles of focusing on customers, harnessing new technologies and leading with new business models. She rejected the idea that low fares meant shabby service and said a revamped approach to training would see 3500 staff go through a new course by the end of this financial year.New technology required capital expenditure but lowered costs in the long run and resulted in a better travel experience.Jetstar was the first LCC to introduce online chat services, was pioneering straight- to- gate check-in at Singapore’s Changi Airport and was fully automating its airports like it had with Terminal 4 in Melbourne.It had also overhauled its websites to make them cleaner, more responsive and enjoyable as part of an initiative called Smart Retailing.last_img read more

BCCI to take final call on home and away format in Ranji Trophy soon

first_imgThe concept of going back to the home and away format in Ranji Trophy games after one year’s experiment with neutral venue format found favour from the majority of participants in the BCCI’s captains-cum-coaches conclave in Mumbai on Tuesday.”An overwhelming majority (of captains and coaches) wanted to go back to the home and away concept,” said a Ranji Trophy skipper after the conclusion of the two-hour meeting.”There were views supporting both the formats. Instead of making a calculation of how many people were on which side, what was done was that points made to substantiate a certain position on either of the two formats have been collated,” said BCCI’s acting secretary, Amitabh Chaudhry.”They will be brought to the technical committee and then put before the general body which will take a call,” he added.”The meeting lasted two hours and covered every aspect of the BCCI tournaments, particularly the Ranji Trophy. Even the Vijay Hazare (one-dayers) and Mushtaq Ali (T20s) were discussed. There was also a discussion on junior tournaments even though it was the Ranji captains and coaches conclave. Every tournament literally got covered,” Chaudhry explained.”All aspects of the game, various tournaments, playing conditions and players’ welfare – everything was discussed,”he added.It was learnt that the issue of raising the fees of domestic players too came up at the conclave as it was felt that the amount earned by players in Australia and England in domestic cricket was substantially higher and enough to make a living out of playing at this level too.advertisementAnother issue that was discussed in detail was the quality of umpiring with almost everyone criticising the standards of officiating in domestic tournament, according to sources who attended the meeting.”Our umpires are very good in theory and are prompt in punishments but make a lot of mistakes on the field,” was the opinion of one of the captains.There was also suggestion to revive the practise of rival captains giving their views through a report on umpiring after each game to the BCCI, which was discontinued last season, it was learnt.The meeting was attended by the BCCI’s office bearers and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators whose member Ramchandra Guha described the discussions as “very educative.”last_img read more

7 days agoTottenham boss Pochettino demanding more from Kane

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino demanding more from Kaneby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is demanding more from Harry Kane.England captain Kane will also wear the armband for Tottenham over the next few months while Hugo Lloris recovers from injury. Pochettino said: “Harry has a good example with Hugo, working with him. I think he learned a lot from Hugo. He is young but he is learning a lot from different people and he is very mature. He is capable.“But he does not need to feel too much pressure. He needs to act natural. The most important thing is to not show too much the responsibility on your shoulders, to act natural. When you act natural, if you are a natural leader, you don’t feel the responsibility.“When you do what you feel, what you feel here in your heart, it’s natural. The problem is if you need to act. If you are not a real leader and you need to act, you spend energy thinking: ‘How do I need to face this problem?’“But if you trust in yourself and you are a natural leader, that, I promise, you don’t feel the responsibility.” last_img read more

Maha 1 killed 20 injured as bank building roof collapses

first_imgSolapur: A person was killed and 20 injured after the roof of a bank building in the district collapsed on Wednesday, officials said. The roof of the building which houses Bank of Maharashtra’s branch at Karmala collapsed at around 11.30 am, officials said. Wile some bank officials managed to come outside, a few staff members and bank customers were trapped under the debris and got injured,” a police officer said.last_img

Shell Canada gives up BC exploration permits to make way for protected

first_imgVANCOUVER – Shell Canada Ltd. has given up its offshore exploration rights, clearing the way for the creation of Canada’s first protected marine area under the Canada Wildlife Act.The company voluntarily released permits for about 50,000 square kilometres in an area off British Columbia’s coast to allow for the creation of the Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area.The company’s rights cover an area more than one-and-a-half times the size of Vancouver Island, which is hard to value, said Shell Canada president Michael Crothers, at a news conference on Thursday.“I hope we get some goodwill (in return).”Even as Shell continues to explore for oil and gas globally, Crothers said they have no plans to do so off coastal B.C., particularly since the waters off the west coast have been under an exploration moratorium since 1972.In 2016, Shell donated its controversial Arctic energy exploration permits north of Baffin Island to make way for Canada’s third national marine protected area.The Scott Islands marine area was established in June, and conserves a vital marine environment for millions of seabirds, fish and mammals on the Pacific coast.The area, covering 11,546 square kilometres, is located off the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island.It provides key ecological breeding and nesting habitat for 40 per cent of the province’s seabirds, including 90 per cent of Canada’s tufted puffins and 95 per cent of Pacific Canada’s common murres, said an Environment Canada news release.The islands attract about five to 10 million migratory birds annually, many of which travel vast distances to feed on the abundance of small fish and zooplankton in the area. It is also important for other species at risk, and wildlife, the release said.Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said the federal government will provide $3.2 million over five years in funding for management of the area.This money will also support research and monitoring and help work towards removal of the seabirds’ predators.Wilkinson said the existing fisheries restrictions in the area will be maintained and his department is consulting with industry and conservation groups about new regulations that would further protect this area.The regulations would prohibit fishing for certain species that are known to be sources of food for seabirds, he said.“We will also be consulting with fish harvesters about regulations to prohibit groundfish, bottom trawling in portions of the marine national wildlife area.”The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society welcomed the announcement, which comes after nearly 17 years of consultation with federal, provincial and First Nations governments.“I think it’s a fantastic move that those permits are going to be gone and they will no longer be a threat that any of those permits will be developed for offshore oil and gas if there’s a change in government,” said Sabine Jessen, national director of the society. “I actually hope that some of the other companies that continue to hold licenses and permits in the area will follow suit.”Companies in this story: (TSX:SHC.)last_img read more

Milner opens up on the key to Liverpools form

first_imgLiverpool’s ability to focus on games as they come has been their biggest strength this campaign according to James Milner.Klopp’s men are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League after 17 rounds of matches and could further strengthen their grip at the stop when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night.The messages continually coming from the dressing room according to Milner state that the players are not looking any further ahead than their next game.“A big strength of this group is how we’ve improved over the last few years but also how we stay in the present and focus on each game,” the midfielder disclosed to the club’s media.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“We know how good the teams are in the Premier League and how tough it is to win every game.“[The title] is a special achievement and one we’re obviously hoping to get to but it’s a long way to go and we’re coming up against a lot of good teams.“As a group, we just want to concentrate on playing as well as we can and keep on improving.”last_img read more