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Qantas Operates Repatriation Flights While Growing Domestic Operations

COVID-19 continues to drastically affect the airline industry, and several airlines — particularly in the U.S. — are actively and rapidly adding new routes to attract passengers and stay afloat. Meanwhile, Qantas looks to work with the Australian government to bring home 1,315 Australians who are currently stuck abroad for various reasons. From mid-October through late-November, the Australian flag carrier will operate eight inbound flights to bring home 1,315 Australian citizens from the United Kingdom, India and South Africa. For…

Air New Zealand Planning More Australia Flights as Quarantine Period…

After a seven-month hiatus, the Australian government announced that New Zealand citizens are granted to travel New South Wales and Northern Territory without a 14-day quarantine. The new policy begins on Oct. 16 as New Zealand’s coronavirus curve has been flattened. However, Australians are not being allowed to travel to…

Scenic Flights Could Provide Help to Airlines

Qantas Airlines recently announced a “flight to nowhere” that sold out in ten minutes. The flight will be a scenic seven-hour flight around eastern Australia. The airline has been hemorrhaging money since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic effectively closed international borders and even state borders in the country. However,…

Qantas Group Cuts 2,500 More Jobs

In Australia, Qantas Airways and its low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar have announced plans to ax 2,500 jobs following the announcement of the carrier's second-largest financial loss in a century. In June, the flag carrier has announced 6,000 of its workforce would be cut. The struggling airline is proposing to outsource its…

Qantas Reports Second Highest Loss In Company’s History

Sydney-based Qantas announced its consolidated fiscal year results marking the depth of the crisis caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Australia’s flag carrier posted a statutory loss of 2.7 billion Australian dollars ($1.9 billion) for the fiscal year ended June 30, which is the second-highest loss in Qantas's century-long history.…

Virgin Australia Reveals Major Restructuring Plan for the Future

On Wednesday Virgin Australia announced its restructuring plan after filing for voluntary administration in April, the airline revealed in a press release. The carrier is resetting itself to meet the drop in demand both in Australia and around the world. Through its review, the airline has anchored its recovery plan…

Alliance Airlines Places Comprehensive Embraer Order

Alliance Airlines, an Australian operator based in Brisbane, is getting 14 Embraer E190 E-Jets for $80 million, including six spare engines, a full flight simulator and other training-related equipment. The deal includes the option for five additional aircraft to be provided by Azorra Aviation, a Florida-based lessor, per The Australian.…

Qantas Will Pay Tribute to Its 747s with Farewell Flights

Qantas employees were notified that the company will operate three farewell flights with one of its 747s in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra in mid-July with tickets available to the public, giving passengers a chance to take one last trip on the jumbo jet. The aircraft will fly over Sydney on…

Qantas and Jetstar Resume 300 Flights as Travel Restrictions Ease

Airlines around the world are slowly resuming services as governments begin to lift their Coronavirus-induced travel and work restrictions. Qantas and Jetstar are joining that trend, as the pair announced it will begin reopening domestic air routes throughout June. Both airlines are currently operating at around 5% of their pre-pandemic…

Perth Airport and Qantas Resolve Latest Ongoing Dispute

According to Perth Airport, Qantas Airways and the airport have reached an agreement to ensure the essential services Qantas provides to Western Australia, including vital flights, freight services and repatriation flights can continue. Both parties haven't revealed the details of the settlement of the feud. This is not the first…