The Distillery: Foreign skies

Some jotters argue foreign ownership restrictions give Qantas ground to its Virgin gripe, but one notes it gets preferential treatment of a different kind.

The bitter 12-month battle between Australia's two largest airlines for the corporate travel market has spilled over into a war of words over Virgin Australia's foreign shareholders. On one hand, Qantas boss Alan Joyce makes the case that foreign competitors are using Virgin to weaken its business. On the other, Virgin chief executive John Borghetti counters by saying our national carrier is just a little scared of competition.

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