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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…

Safe Travel Zone Prompts Quarantine-Free Flights to Australia

A glimmer of hope for a return to some kind of normality in the Trans-Tasman aviation market came a few days ago on Oct. 16, when Air New Zealand and Jetstar started operating flights under the new “Safe Travel Zone” agreed to by the Australian and New Zealand governments. At…

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.…

QF7474 — The Final Qantas 747 Flight Takes Off

Qantas has bid farewell to its last Boeing 747-400 as it departed across the Pacific Ocean to Los Angeles before positioning to Mojave Airport, California as its final resting place. The final flight has brought down the curtain on a five-decade partnership between Qantas and the Queen of the Skies,…

British Airways and the Boeing 747 — A Look Back…

The warning signs were there in March when the coronavirus stopped the aviation industry dead in its tracks. The knock-on effects from the global downturn of passenger traffic were already being calculated by airlines across the world, with decisions being made for what life would look like for airlines post-COVID.…

Singapore Airlines, Qantas to Send A380s to Desert for Storage

Singapore Airlines has sent six of its 19 Airbus A380 aircraft to the Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (ASPA) located at Alice Springs, Australia for long-term storage. The airline aims at preserving its super-jumbos from Singapore’s high humidity environment, which poses corrosion risk for the aircraft. The climate of Alice Springs…

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 Prematurely Stores Last 747-400s

Qantas has prematurely retired its final Boeing 747s in response to dwindling demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. AirlineGeeks first reported the airline's final 747 flights in March 2020. The first of its last two superjumbos left Sydney on Tuesday around 9:30 a.m. It flew first to Los Angeles. From there,…