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Want to buy an A380? Malaysia Airlines is selling superjumbos

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As the pandemic continues to ground jets across the world, Malaysia Airlines is selling theirs

Malaysia Aviation Group has launched a tender for the sale of six Airbus A380-800 aircraft or their components.

The company made the announcement in a post to LinkedIn on Thursday.

MAG, which is the parent of national carrier Malaysia Airlines and underwent a restructuring earlier this year, invited interested buyers to send in proposals to either purchase the aircraft or parts.

Malaysia Airlines has been looking for some time to dispose of its A380 fleet, deeming the superjumbo aircraft as non-profitable.

It follows the Group Chief Executive Officer Captain Izham Ismail leading the airline towards completion of its debt restructuring.

Ismail stated the group was convinced that the fleet did not fit its future plans, as it “restrategised to position its business as a global travel group”.

More airlines ditch the A380

Airbus has now officially concluded its A380 programme – meaning the aircraft maker does not plan to build any more of the double-decker jets.

The aircraft has been popular with Middle Eastern carrier, Emirates, the worlds largest operator of the superjumbo jet.

But other airlines are moving away from it, citing it not viable due to its operational costs and massive fuel consumption.

Thai Airways which is undergoing a court-approved restructuring, has also been looking to sell the same aircraft in its fleet, while HiFly has also ditched the jet entirely, already.

Some may fly again

Australian airline, Qantas has grounded all of its A380’s however CEO Alan Joyce says ‘they will fly again’

The Aussie carrier saw the superjumbo operate on popular routes between Australia and the US, Australia and Singapore as well as Australia and the Middle East.

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  • Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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2500 employees to be stood down from Qantas

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About 2500 frontline Qantas and Jetstar employees will be stood down for two months

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It comes as the airline struggles to deal with lockdowns in states across Australia.

The national carrier says the stand-down is a temporary measure to deal with a drop in flying caused by COVID restrictions in Sydney, – which is its home base.

No job losses are expected as part of the move.

QANTAS CEO ALAN JOYCE

In a statement, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says:

“This is clearly the last thing we want to do, but we’re now faced with an extended period of reduced flying and that means no work for a number of our people.”

“We’ve absorbed a significant amount of cost since these recent lockdowns started and continued paying our people their full rosters despite thousands of cancelled flights.“

Qantas said it welcomed the targeted Federal Government support offered for those stood down outside of declared hotspots and to retain domestic aviation capability.

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Outside the square – Twitter CEO’s grand plans for Afterpay

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Jack Dorsey has used Square’s quarterly earnings call to outline his company’s future and convince shareholders to support the $39billion dollar Afterpay takeover bid

Dorsey believes bringing Afterpay into business operations will increase e-commerce activity across both platforms and further entice young shoppers to spend up.

It plans to takeover Afterpay in a deal that values the Australian company at $39 billion. That makes it the biggest buyout deal so far in Australian corporate history.

The Twitter founder says Afterpay has a unique advantage in the buy now, pay later sector because it was the first on the scene and it has been built up “authentically”.

SQAURE WILL ACQUIRE AFTERPAY IN A 39 BILLION DOLLAR DEAL

Dorsey says Afterpay was “extremely early in this space and helped define a lot of it, and really raised the bar for what everyone else doing – we were impressed by the vision, the ambition and the entrepreneurship”.

Following the takeover announcement, Square’s shares fell by 5 percent when compared with trading on Friday, as investors made sense of the deal.

However, after Dorsey’s pitch at the quarterly earnings call, Squares shares were up 6 percent from Friday.

It comes as shareholders voice their concerns that Square is failing to bring merchants and retail users together… and questioning how Afterpay will create value for the company.

James Whelan of VFS Group weighed in on whether Afterpay is in fact authentic.

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‘Jungle Cruise’ tallies $34.2 million in domestic debut, reaches Disney+ record

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After Disney struggled during the past few weeks, the studios latest feature film “Jungle Cruise” opened to $61 million dollars worldwide.

The film was also released on Disney Plus’ Premier Access and brought in over $30 million globally on the platform.

Overall, the film, which is based on the beloved Disney theme park ride, notched more than $90 million.

The “Jungle Cruise” opening is also notable because it comes just a few days after Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney.

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  • Jack is a journalist and producer at Ticker NEWS. He's previously worked for digital media publications in Australia and the US. Jack is particularly interested in reporting on international affairs and sport.

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