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Air Australia, the death of an airline is a portent for the future

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I know that its going to upset the latte sipping class but there is one thing that I’m certain of and that is the simple truth that we are facing the end of “cheap” mass air travel, as the cost of the fuel that powers the planes keeps increasing there is just no way that we won’t see the prices of those tickets to any destination remain affordable to the ordinary people. Companies that try to keep their planes in the air will either have to substantially increase their ticket prices of run the risk  of going out just like Air Australia when they can’t afford to fill their planes:

With this and the news that Qantas is doing even more cost cutting in its maintenance facilities in this country which has seen the premiers of both Queensland and Victoria publicly grovelling in their attempts to see the other have to wear the loss of jobs that will result from this “downsizing”. Its hardly a dignified example of the politician’s role but I reckon that it is something that we are going to see a great deal more of over the next few years as the Air industry declines in the face of ever increasing fuel and wage costs.

There is an upside though and it is this, all of our global warming true believers will be able to avoid the charge of hypocrisy because they won’t be able to afford those expensive and emission heavy overseas holidays instead they will have to enjoy sojourning in places closer to home during their vacations, its not like we lack enough natural wonders or delightful accommodation  in this country to please even the most jaded Latte sipper now is it?

I have seen the future and in it there are far fewer aircraft are flying…

Cheers Comrades

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9 Comments

  1. Ray Dixon says:

    “they won’t be able to afford those expensive and emission heavy overseas holidays instead they will have to enjoy sojourning in places closer to home during their vacations”

    I hope you’re right, Iain (and thanks for the plug of GG). Australia’s tourism industry is copping a double blow at the moment due to both the cheap air fares and the high Aussie dollar encouraging more Australians to holiday overseas and less overseas people to holiday in Australia. There isn’t enough money put into infrastructure and promotion of Australian destinations to the domestic market. And Tourism Australia continues to waste money producing tacky ads for overseas markets that simply don’t work. That money would be better spent locally.

  2. GD says:

    Has there been any suggestion from the AGW and Greens mob about how to replace the carbon intensive emissions of air travel?

    Sure we can have electric cars, powered by windmills, and candles backed up with solar power, but how does a plane fly without that supposed climate destructive fossil fuel?

    Or ocean liners? well I suppose clippers were good enough in the 1700s…

    Have they really thought this through?

    While they rail about plastic water bottles (Christine Milne), and wood chipping (Bob Brown), they seem to overlook the fact that without fossil fuels, civilisation as we know it would come to a halt.

  3. Iain Hall says:

    There really is no way of replacing jet fuel in an environmentally acceptable manner so the solution has to lay in changing our travel habits back to those of an earlier time when long journeys were a once in a life time (if at all deal) and only undertaken at great expense or for a really pressing reason.

  4. GD says:

    Beam me up, Scotty?

  5. Iain Hall says:

    Would you really want to be disintegrated and then reassembled at a distant location?
    Just imagine the sort of loss of quality when you fax a document and multiply it by many orders of magnitude when you think about that just stretch you imagination to what you would end up like…
    The answer has to be more “virtual” travel by something a bit more immersive than the PS3 or the Xbox in such circumstances all tastes in tourism could be accommodated…

  6. GD says:

    Well, yes, I agree Iain. Sci-fi isn’t a complete solution, merely a precursor.

    However, consider this:

    Exponential advances are a strength of the human race. This AGW panic ignores that. The technological advances made in the last century weren’t imagined earlier in that century. Similarly the century before that.

    In just the first decade of the 21st Century technological advances have veered from previous projections, but given us a far more advanced way of living.

    When the time comes to deal with the loss of fossil fuels, I believe human ingenuity will find ways. Subsiding windmills and solar panels is both myopic and backward thinking. Almost akin to Amish thinking.

    We may not fly in fossil fuel planes, but we will travel the globe at high speed.

  7. Iain Hall says:

    Actually I can’t hep thinking that airships must be up there in the mix as well GD especially with the advances in lightweight materials and technologies may well have a place for future travel as well as a change in attitude to make high speed travel lower on the necessity ladder

  8. GD says:

    Airships could be part of the answer, but don’t they explode, even today? Reports show they do.
    Maybe if they ran on the inert hot air from the Gillard government we’d have a limitless supply.

    Fossil fuels aren’t near depletion, despite what alarmists claim. In time new technologies will solve problems that at the moment seem insurmountable.

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