Qantas boss Alan Joyce expects airfares to keep falling after a decline of almost 40 per cent over the last decade, while the Boeing 787-9 to be delivered next year, will offer passengers new non-stop options.Unveiling a record net profit of more than A$1 billion, Joyce said the airline had kept ahead of declining fares through restructuring which had cut costs by A$1.66 billion while , improving its service and product offering and taking advantage of new technology such as the 787.This had allowed it to achieve record results while consumers “have never had it better”, he said.“Airfares are typically 30 to 40 per cent below where they were 10 years ago. The aviation industry is one of the few industries where every year on average, airfares come down.“Consumers are getting the best product at lower airfares and what’s great is that thanks to our transformation program we’re making money and we’ve been able to adapt.’’Joyce pointed to a comparison of fares during the 2000 Olympics where Ansett Airlines had offered airfare specials of $A400 between Melbourne and Sydney.“Qantas fares today [on the same route] averaged $A160 and Jetstar fares were below $A100,” he said. “If you take Hong Kong, back then the Ansett special was $A1800, we typically have a $A900 airfare to Hong Kong,’’ he said. “But we’re doing that profitably.’’On the 787-9 the airline will unveil the interior design in late October and early next year the new routes that the aircraft will fly.Candidates are London-Perth, Dallas-Melbourne and Dallas-Brisbane.Qantas’s low cost subsidiary Jetstar has a fleet of 11 787-8s in service.Initially the Boeing 787-9 will used on Qantas’s regional international and domestic routes for operational experience and tickets for those services will go on sale in December.“Our first flight I still about 15 months away, but I’m delighted to say that Dreamliner flights on our existing network will be on sale before Christmas,’’ Mr Joyce said.“And shortly after that, we’ll be announcing other international destinations that this state-of-the-art aircraft will fly to.’’Joyce said 787 customers could expect luxury suites in business, roomier economy seats with better entertainment options and a revolutionary premium economy product “that is streets ahead of anything else out there’’.Insiders say that the seating configuration will be heavily focused on high yield passengers.
The team here at Enterprise Green Communities is really excited to announce that we are gearing up for a set of Green Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) workshops around the country this summer. We have been working hard with some of the Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistance Providers to come up with a creative agenda and informative content. Here is the announcement HUD has released; be on the lookout for registration information on the HUD NSP Resource Exchange website.Green NSP Workshops Coming Soon!In this innovative series of workshops, NSP grantees and their partners (sub-recipients, contractors, architects and subcontractors) will obtain valuable information on adopting green measures. Strategies for developing green and healthy housing and tips for meeting NSP 2 and 3 green requirements will be shared. With a focus on peer-to-peer conversation and learning, these workshops will provide grantees and their partners the opportunity to build consensus among team members, seek guidance from industry leaders and increase the efficiency of their programs. Participants will gain the information they need to implement integrative design, smart growth and energy efficiency. They will also learn how to select materials beneficial to the environment, create healthy living environments and implement greener operations and maintenance in their building programs.The workshops will be held in nine cities from June through August of 2011 including: Boston; Phoenix; Washington, DC; Portland, Ore.; Atlanta; Minneapolis; Cleveland; Los Angeles; and New Orleans. Stay tuned for more details.
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ But trainer Glenn Rushton said he has watched hours of the “Pac Man’s” previous fights and is confident of having the blueprint to cause a major upset.“I have no doubt this is going to be a much better fight than we’ve seen against (Floyd) Mayweather, even (Jessie) Vargas and (Timothy) Bradley,” Rushton told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think we’ve eliminated all of the problems that a lot of these fighters have had.“I’ve got a 10-point plan and Jeff is the only person who has that 10-point plan. I said to him, follow the plan and we win the fight, simple as that.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ RELATED VIDEOPacquiao on Horn: ‘I never underestimate my opponent’2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAustralian challenger Jeff Horn has a 10-point plan to upset legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight, his trainer said Monday.Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is one of the greats of his generation and a strong favorite to overcome the unbeaten Horn at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Dodgers win 10th in row, beat Rockies; Bellinger 2 HRs ‘Fired up’Pacquiao, who briefly retired last year before making a successful comeback against Vargas in November, said after arriving in Australia at the weekend he was confident of taking out Horn before an expected crowd of 50,000.“I have been fighting and training with brawler fighters, tough fighters,” he said.READ: Pacquiao vows to leave Australia as world champion“I consider Horn a tough opponent. I never underestimate an opponent. He’s undefeated and young. He has a big right hand. He has good amateur experience.”The eight-weight world champion has said he is using the bout as an opportunity to prove he remains a global force at the age of 38 as he juggles boxing with a full-time job as a senator in the Philippines.“In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight,” he said.“My team is very happy with my preparation. I am looking forward to this and I will be going home as world champion.”He added that he knows how Horn will be feeling.“I remember when I was starting out. I would lie awake at night and dream of winning a big fight. I know how Jeff Horn is feeling this week.” READ: End of Pacquiao reign is here, Horn claimsFormer schoolteacher Horn, 29, who has won 16 of his 17 bouts with one draw, said he has been going over Rushton’s plans and knew them almost off by heart.“It’s a plan I’ve heard him speak to me about 1,000 times. It’s perfectly worded,” he said.“Reading over it is just like listening to him talk to me in the ring. What he’s written down is spot on and I can get the job done if I follow it 100 percent.“He only sent it to me on the weekend and just said to read it over a few times and make sure I’ve got it clarified, what I need to do.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments