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A Qantas 787-9 performs a test flight at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

First Quarantine-Free Flights Arrive in New Zealand

The aviation industry in Australia and New Zealand is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. After being hit by the pandemic, a two-way trans-Tasman bubble arrangement has been launched. Bubble flights to both Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand started this week. The first quarantine-free flight to New Zealand touched down at Auckland International Airport at 12:30 p.m. Monday, over an hour delayed because some passengers failed to complete the travel documents on time. According to Qantas, the…

Airbus Sends Off Last Toulouse-Built A380

The Airbus A380 has departed Toulouse, France, for the final time, 15 years after being unveiled to the world as Airbus' challenge to the Boeing 747. The aircraft, carrying MSN (Manufacturers Serial Number) 272, will eventually be delivered to Emirates. The airframe itself was first spotted back in September 2020…

Qantas, Virgin Australia Benefit From Latest Australian Stimulus Package

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, announced a 1.2 billion Australian dollar ($920 million) stimulus package, targeted at the tourism sector of Australia.  As part of the stimulus plan, the Australian government plans to subsidize 800,000 flights at half price, to encourage domestic air travel in Australia.…

Qantas, Air New Zealand Report Historic Losses

The two largest Oceanic carriers, Qantas Airways and Air New Zealand, have reported their dreary earnings for the full year of 2020. Large declines in passenger volume, mainly attributed to ongoing travel restrictions driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, have caused both airlines to incur losses. Record Losses For Qantas Qantas…

Qantas Unveils Locations For New Crew Training Facilities

The COVID-19 catastrophe has forced airlines to reevaluate and make changes to current route networks, fleets and flight schedules to accommodate fluctuating travel demand. The ongoing dilemma also led airlines to furlough thousands of crew members worldwide. Even still, Qantas Airlines — an airline that has fared better than carriers…

Qantas Modifies Passenger Experience To Encourage Travel

The first couple of months of the year usually see considerably lower travel demand and load factors after the peak of holiday traffic. This year, the  COVID-19 pandemic is playing a significant role in contributing to the lack of passengers onboard aircraft, and airlines have been forced to significantly cut…

Qantas Partners With Alliance Airlines, Secures New E190s

Australia-based Qantas Airways will be adding the Embraer E190 to its regional subsidiary, QantasLink, as part of a three-year deal with Alliance Airlines.  Beginning in mid-2021, QantasLink will operate three Embraer E190s from Darwin and Adelaide, Australia to cope with an expected surge in local tourism demand following the end…

Qantas Set to Form a Joint Business Agreement With Japan…

Following the drastic reduction in the number of passengers flying this year, many airlines are seeking new ways to attract travelers on board in time for next summer. Australian flag-carrier Qantas is negotiating with Japan Airlines to increase travel between Australia and Japan by a new “joint business." The two…

Australia and New Zealand Travel Bubble Is On The Horizon

Australia's aviation industry is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as the demand for domestic travel has been surging. Meanwhile, the travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia is on the horizon as New Zealand gave the green light to launch the corridor in early 2021, however,…

Qantas Enhances Services Between Sydney And Melbourne

Following the border reopenings, Qantas and its no-frills airline, Jetstar, have announced that they will operate 17 return daily flights between Sydney and Melbourne, together carrying 4500 passengers a day. Victoria was the epicentre of the coronavirus in Australia, and the state has been suffered a nearly four-months lockdown that…