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Qantas Inks Pay Deal with Pilots for ‘Project Sunrise’ Flights

The much-publicized ultra-long-haul flight that involves routes from Sydney and Melbourne to London, Paris and New York dubbed as 'Project Sunrise' is a done deal as Australian International Pilots Association (AIPA) have reportedly agreed with the new pay deal with Qantas according to the Sydney Morning Herald. AirlineGeeks in February reported locked horns between Qantas and AIPA over a suitable wage agreement deal, with Qantas ready with a “fallback plan” on the table, suggesting it would have to look for…

KLM, Qantas Reportedly Flying Final 747 Flights This Weekend

The global COVID-19 crisis has impacted aviation profoundly as airlines quickly adapt to crippling demand for air travel and a new reality of border restrictions, grounded jets and seeing sub 20 percent flight load factors. Over 85 airlines across the globe have announced a temporary halt in flight operations and…

Qantas Announces Measures to Reduce Impact of Coronavirus

Australian flag carrier Qantas has announced what actions it will take to mitigate the business impact due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus and the subsequent global drop in demand in travel bookings. The airline group will see cuts to its international flying program with a reduction in capacity by around 25…

Perth Airport Crowned Best Major Airport in Australia by ACCC

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) unveiled the Airport monitoring report in 2018. Perth Airport just became the best major airport in Australia for three years in a row according to ACCC. ACCC has compared four major airports in the country, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The report surveyed…

Qantas Puts Pressure on Pilots To Close ‘Project Sunrise’ Deal

Qantas has reportedly advised its pilots that it will create a "new employment entity" to crew its planned ultra-long-haul flights from the east coast of Australia to London if it fails to reach an agreement with the pilots union in the next few weeks. The airline and the Australian and…

AirlineGeeks Year in Review: 2019

The aviation industry is certainly fast-paced, with developments happening every day. No two days are the same in this broad, ever-changing industry. AirlineGeeks has been proud to report on some of the major shaping events this year for enthusiasts and professionals alike. 2019 has shown how each year continues to…

Qantas Breaks Down Next Steps for Project Sunrise

Qantas has announced that it is intending to use the Airbus A350-1000 for its Project Sunrise program. This comes after a detailed evaluation of both the Boeing 777X and Airbus A350 due to its Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, which hold a strong reliability record and also offer the economics…

Qantas Retires Final Boeing 747 from American Skies

When Qantas flight QF74 departed San Francisco for Sydney on Tuesday, it ended an era that started with one of its predecessors nearly a half-century ago, Qantas Boeing 747 service between Australia and America. In the latest milestone in its long history of transpacific flying, Qantas has retired its last…

More Boeing 737NGs Grounded After Airlines Discover Cracks

Dozens of Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft were grounded on Thursday after airlines around the world continued to find cracks in the bodies of their aircraft. The Next-Generation group is a family of aircraft that comprises the Boeing 737-600, -700, -800 and -900, in addition to variants within those types. Sydney-based…

Inside the Departure of Qantas’ First Nonstop Research Flight from…

Qantas launched its first research flight on Friday departing from New York’s John F. Kennedy International and flying nonstop to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, the first flight ever to do so, as part of its Project Sunrise. The ultra-long-haul test flights are the first stage in the project that is…