New & Noteworthy: High speed rail for Australia, IAG, Qantas, Willie Walsh, Sir Richard Branson

Here are a few new & noteworthy items for today, Thursday 11 April:

Plans for a potential high speed rail network from Melbourne to Brisbane, through Canberra and Sydney are published in Australia (Plane Talking)

Qantas has opened a very impressive looking new lounge for passengers in Singapore (Australian Business Traveller)

International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh is resigned to Heathrow never getting a 3rd runway (Independent)

Willie Walsh also in favour of greater cross-border industry consolidation (Bloomberg)

US airline JetBlue is pursuing greater links with international carriers (Bloomberg)

Air France defers Airbus A380 deliveries (Bloomberg)

Virgin America may file an anti-competitive complaint over United frequency increases on transcontinental flights (Flightglobal)

Memo to Sir Richard Branson: It’s not the 1990s anymore! (Cover your eyes!)(Telegraph)

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