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Qantas became the first airline to fly from New York to Sydney nonstop on Friday. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Vincenzo Pace)

Qantas Expanding Deal With Alliance Airlines To Meet Strong Domestic Demand

Australian flag carrier Qantas is looking to expand its current three-year deal with Alliance Airlines - a partnership that provides its regional subsidiary QantasLink an addition of the Embraer E190 to its fleet - the airline announced in a press release on Thursday (June 17). QantasLink already has a current fleet of fourteen E190s, with three already active flight operations. With the partnership expansion, the airline will now be committed to leasing an additional four aircraft, bringing the total in…

Inside Victorville Airport, 400 Pandemic-Stricken Airliners Face an Uncertain Future

Head through the Mojave Desert and up Interstate 15 just north of Los Angeles, and you’ll find a relatively small, unsuspecting airport with no commercial air service. Airfields such as this one aren’t uncommon in California, but this particular one stands out. ComAv Technical Services, located at Southern California Logistics…

How Qantas Airbus A380s Fend Against Rattlesnakes In the California…

In California's Mojave Desert, specifically Victorville, Qantas's Airbus A380-800s are sitting in long-term storage, amid the coronavirus pandemic causing a major decrease in international travel in Australia. While in storage, Qantas needs to conduct weekly, biweekly and monthly maintenance involving the draining of fuel tanks of water caused by condensation,…

Qantas Forecasts Declining Financial Year, Additional Measures for Recovery

Qantas made an announcement on Thursday, May 20, suggesting that the airline is forecasting to lose at least A$2 billion ($1.54 billion) this financial year and also foresees its total revenue dropping to a big loss at A$16 billion (US$12.4 billion), despite the gradual increase in domestic air travel. The…

Qantas Halts International Flights Through December

Qantas Airways announced on Wednesday that it would be forced to halt any current and planned international flights until at least the end of the year. Australia's national carrier said that the sudden decision was mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the country's newly revised anticipated timeline for the…

ACCC Making Moves to Block Tie-Up Between Qantas-Japan Airlines

Australia's competition regulator came out on Thursday, May 6, and said that it was proposing to block a code-sharing, pricing and scheduling deal between home carrier Qantas and Japan Airlines because it would likely mean higher fares and possibly worse service for passengers. Qantas had claimed that the five-year agreement…

Rex Continues to Expand Jet Fleet

Australian regional carrier Regional Express — better known as Rex — has taken delivery of yet another Boeing 737-800NG, which comes as the sixth to join the airline's expanding fleet of jet aircraft. The 737, with the registration VH-RYU, touched down in Sydney from Brisbane, after emerging from the lessor's…

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…

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.…