Jetstar losing loyalty battle  as on-time reliability slumps

first_imgAustralia’s biggest low-cost carrier Jetstar has lost its long-held mantle as the most reliable budget carrier to its smaller rival, Tigerair. As the Qantas subsidiary used to do to Tigerair regularly, Jetstar has been trounced in the latest month’s on-time performance figures for June 2016.And it’s no one-off result. Jetstar now lags the field by a considerable margin in who is likely to get you to your destination on time, even though Australia, with its relatively benign year-round weather, leads the world for airline punctuality.In June, just 73.4 per cent of Jetstar’s flights arrived on time and even fewer, 70.9 per cent, departed on time, which is defined as less than 15 minutes after the scheduled time.It’s the airline’s worst performance since December 2015, when only 68 per cent of Jetstar’s flights arrived on-time. Those are the sort of numbers that Tigerair use to rack up before it was taken over by the Virgin Australia group in October 2014.However, since the takeover, Tigerair – grounded in 2011 for safety breaches – is not only making money for the first time under new boss Rob Sharp, but is defying gravity for a budget carrier by contending with and sometimes leading the full-service carriers in punctuality.In June, 80 per cent of Tigerair flights arrived on time – nearly seven percentage points clear of Jetstar, its major rival for cheap holiday flying and no-frills interstate air travel.Overall in June, Virgin was Australia’s most reliable airline, shading Qantas 85.4 per cent to 84.8 per cent for on-time arrivals.“We don’t shy away from the fact our punctuality hasn’t been up to scratch in recent months,” a Jetstar spokesman says.“While we have had some poor months, for the first five months of the year our on-time arrivals were running at around 80 per cent.“We know it’s critically important to our customers and we’re working hard behind the scenes to improve our performance.”One of the reasons Tigerair is still so small in Australia is that it developed a poor reputation for reliability in the years before the Virgin takeover, when it was controlled by Singaporean interests.Tigerair Singapore is now part of the Singapore Airlines (SIA) group and has a new lease on life as the main feeder carrier for SIA low-cost subsidiary Scoot, which flies a fleet of Boeing 787 widebody jets, mostly around Asia and soon to Europe.Tigerair Australia has a fleet of just 17 narrowbody jets (14 A320s and three 737s used to fly longer routes to Bali from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth), compared with Jetstar’s fleet of around 70 planes, including 11 787s.The Virgin group announced earlier this month that Tigerair would transition to an all-737 fleet as part of strategy of simplifying its fleet. Virgin has around 80 737s in Australia and no A320s apart from those operated by Tigerair.last_img read more

Prepare your sprayer for storage now to avoid costly problems in the spring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is very likely that you will not be using your sprayer again until next spring. If you want to avoid potential problems and save yourself from frustration and major headaches, you will be wise to give your sprayer a little bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care) these days. Yes this is still a busy time of the year for some of you, but don’t delay winterizing your sprayer too long if you already have not done so. You don’t want a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity because you did not properly winterize it before the temperature falls below freezing. Here are some important things you need to do with your sprayer this time of the year.RinsingIt is very likely that you did the right thing when you used the sprayer the last time: you rinsed the whole system (tank, hoses, filters, nozzles) thoroughly. If you did not, make sure this is done before storing the sprayer. A sprayer that is not rinsed thoroughly after each use, and especially after the spraying season is over, may lead to several problems such as cross-contamination of products applied for different crops, and clogging of nozzles. Once the nozzles are clogged, it is extremely difficult to bring them back to their operating conditions when they were clean. Leaving chemical residues in nozzles will usually lead to changes in their flow rates, as well as in their spray patterns resulting in uneven distribution of chemicals on the target.Depending on the tank, proper rinsing of the interior of the tank could be easy or challenging. It will be very easy if the tank is relatively new and is equipped with special rinsing nozzles and mechanism inside the tank. If this is not the case, manual rinsing of the tank interior is more difficult, and poses some safety problems such as inhaling fumes of leftover chemicals during the rinsing process. To avoid these problems, either replace the tank with one that has the interior rinse nozzles, or install an interior tank rinse system in your existing tank.For effective rinsing of all the sprayer components, circulate clean water through the whole sprayer parts several minutes first with the nozzles off, then flush out the rinsate through the nozzles. Rinsing should be done preferably in the field, or on a concrete chemical mixing/loading pad with a sump to recover rinse water. Regardless, dispose of the rinsate according to what is recommended on the labels of the pesticides you have used. Always check the label for specific instructions. However, most labels recommend following procedure: If rinsing is done on a concrete rinse pad with a sump, put the rinsate collected in the sump back in the tank, dilute it with water and spray it in the field where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearby. If the rinsing is done in the field, make sure you are not flushing out the rinsate in the system in one area. It is best to further dilute the rinse water in the tank and, spray it on the field on areas where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearby.CleaningRinsing the system with water as explained above may not be sufficient to get rid of chemicals from the sprayer. This may lead to cross-contamination problems. Residues of some pesticides left in the sprayer may cause serious problems when a spray mixture containing these residual materials is applied on a crop that is highly sensitive to that pesticide. To avoid such problems, it is best to clean and rinse the entire spraying system with some sort of a cleaning solution. Usually a mixture of one to 100 of household ammonia to water should be adequate for cleaning the tank, but you may first need to clean the tank with a mixture containing detergent if tank was not cleaned weeks ago, right after the last spraying job was done. Some chemicals require specific rinsing solution. There is an excellent Extension Publication from University of Missouri which lists many commonly used pesticides and the specific rinsing solutions required for them. It is available online. Check it out (http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G4852). However, you should always check the product label to find out the most recent recommendations on cleaning agents.Cleaning the outside of the sprayer components deserves equal attention. Remove compacted deposits with a bristle brush. Then flush the exterior parts of the equipment with water. A high-pressure washer can be used, if available. Wash the exterior of the equipment either in the field away from ditches and water sources nearby, or a specially constructed concrete rinse pad with a sump. Again, the rinsate should be disposed of according to the label recommendations. As I mentioned earlier, most labels recommends the same practice: put the rinsate collected in the sump back in the tank, dilute it with water and spray it in the field where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearby.WinterizingMake sure one more there is no liquid left inside any of the sprayer parts to prevent freezing. The pump, the heart of a sprayer, requires special care. You don’t want a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity because you did not properly winterize it before the temperature falls below freezing. After draining the water, add a small amount of oil, and rotate the pump four or five revolutions by hand to completely coat interior surfaces. Make sure that this oil is not going to damage rubber rollers in a roller pump or rubber parts in a diaphragm pump. Check the operator’s manual. If oil is not recommended, pouring one tablespoon of radiator rust inhibitor in the inlet and outlet part of the pump also keeps the pump from corroding. Another alternative is to put automotive antifreeze with rust inhibitor in the pump and other sprayer parts. This also protects against corrosion and prevents freezing in case all the water is not drained. To prevent corrosion, remove nozzle tips and strainers, dry them, and store them in a dry place. Putting them in a can of light oil such as diesel fuel or kerosene is another option.StorageFind ways to protect your sprayer against the harmful effects of snow, rain, sun, and strong winds. Moisture in the air, whether from snow, rain, or soil, rusts metal parts of unpro­tected equipment of any kind. This is especially true for a sprayer, because there are all kinds of hoses, rubber gaskets and plastic pieces all around a sprayer. Yes, the sun usually helps reduce moisture in the air, but it also causes damage. Ultraviolet light softens and weakens rubber materials such as hoses and tires and degrades some tank materials. The best protection from the environment is to store sprayers in a dry building. Storing sprayers in a building also gives you a chance to work on them any time during the off-season regardless of weather. If storing in a building is not possible, provide some sort of cover. When storing trailer-type sprayers, put blocks under the frame or axle and reduce tire pressure during storage.Finally, check the condition of all sprayer parts one more time before leaving the sprayer behind. Identify the parts that may need to be worked on, or replaced. Check the tank, and hoses to make sure there are no signs of cracks starting to take place. Check the painted parts of the sprayer for scratched spots. Touch up these areas with paint to eliminate corrosion. By the way, don’t forget to cover openings so that birds don’t make a nest somewhere in your sprayer, and insects, dirt, and other foreign material cannot get into the system.last_img read more

Tablet Owners Likely to Transmit Sensitive Data, Says Report

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow Forty-eight percent of U.S. tablet owners have used the device to transmit some kind of sensitive data, according to a survey released recently by Harris Interactive and FuzeBox. Considering the explosive increase in tablet computer adoption, this is not entirely shocking news, but it should give pause to business owners and IT professionals. Sometimes without the explicit blessing of the company, employees are increasingly using tablets to answer work email and conduct day-to-day business. For some, tablets are beginning to supplement and even replace laptops, which obviously raises some new security considerations for IT teams to be aware of. At the same time, many of the same rules apply: don’t connect to insecure networks and do use strong passwords, for example. Of the U.S. adults surveyed, 42% said they transferred sensitive data of a personal nature and only 20% transferred sensitive data for business or professional purposes. In terms of security, users are mostly confident that their tablets are safe from exploits. Only 15% were “not at all confident” in the security of data transferred via their tablet or smartphone. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#biz#tips last_img read more

The Sequence In Which You Do Things Matters

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now It matters if you put discovery before presenting. It also matters if you set the context for the conversation by sharing ideas and insights and experiences that suggest your dream client should explore doing something different. The order in which you do these things can improve or diminish your chances for achieving your desired outcomes. You might set the stage for change or ruin it.You might start at the top of the organizational chart in hopes of being sponsored down into the organization. You might also sneak in the back door, find someone who will engage with you and give you a theory that helps you to create an opportunity with leadership. Both of these are viable strategies, but choosing one means not choosing the other. Each comes with advantages and disadvantages. You may eliminate resistance or create it.You could choose to bring obstacles and opponents into the sales process early, counting on your sponsors and coaches to defend your idea and help them agree to change—or at least stand down. Another choice would be to isolate the opponents to you and your change until your initiative is a forgone conclusion, a runaway train that can no longer be stopped. You may win a deal to find you lack the support to make it work.You might do the most difficult or unpleasant task first thing in the morning, when your will is at highest point, and when you have the psychic RAM. You might also do what you enjoy the most when your energy is at its peak and save the thing you like to do least until the end of the day. The order in which you do things will have an impact on whether—and how—they get done.Good salesmanship is made up of good choices. You have to decide what to do, and oftentimes you must decide in what order to things. The decision as to the sequence comes with consequences, and the decision as to the order of operations is as important as the decision as to what to do and how you do it.last_img read more

FIR registered against JNU student leader

first_imgThe U.P. police on Friday registered an FIR against Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union vice-president Shehla Rashid, based on a complaint from the Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union alleging that she had made derogatory and objectionable statements against the Prophet in a Facebook post. Ms. Rashid, maintained in subsequent posts that she had quoted Hindutva abuses against the Prophet to highlight hate speech and blasphemy. Ghazala Ahmad, a member of the AMUSU, who filed the complaint with the Civil Lines police station here, told The Hindu that the JNUSU vice president had used “inappropriate and objectionable words against the Prophet and against other religions”. Ms. Rashid, clarified that she was misunderstood by the AMUSU about her post, where she quoted statements and arguments used by Hindutva leaders and trolls, to make a distinction between hate speech and blasphemy. “In the allegedly blasphemous post, I am making a distinction between hate speech and blasphemy. In fact, it is my topic of research to accurately define hate speech in India. However, some people are hell bent upon insisting that I insulted the Prophet (SAW). This is not true,” she wrote on her Facebook wall.“I have posted, in an earlier post, 11 screenshots where right-wing RSS trolls are abusing me by abusing the Prophet (SAW) using a certain word. If I’m quoting these tweets as an example of abuse, how does it become my statement? It is the abuse that I receive because I support Muslim rights,” she further wrote on Facebook. The controversy has led to several members of the AMUSU coming out in support of the JNUSU leader, condemning the AMU students’ body “for missing out a basic point about language and semantics”. Ms Ahmad’s complaint comes just ahead of a leadership meet in AMU where the AMUSU had invited Ms Rashid meet to speak on ‘The role of student leaders in building contemporary society’. The meet, which was scheduled for Saturday, has since been cancelled by the AMUSU.last_img read more