Airlines avoid strait of Hormuz after Iranian strike on US drone

BA, Qantas, KLM and Lufthansa reroute flights as US authority warns of risk of ‘miscalculation’ Major airlines from around the world have begun rerouting their flights to avoid areas around the strait of Hormuz following Iran’s shooting down of a US mi…

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First non-stop scheduled flight from Australia to Britain lands after 17 hours

Qantas flight QF9 makes history as it arrives at Heathrow, London, after a direct journey from Perth, Western AustraliaThe first non-stop scheduled flight from Australia to the UK has landed in London – early – after a 17 hour, six minute journey acros…

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Inequality at 30,000 feet: is aviation the least progressive industry?

Australian firm Qantas is encouraging staff to be more aware of gender and diversity, but sexist dress-codes and vast pay gaps are still airline staples

Here is a question that has probably never crossed your mind: how woke is aviation? Never, that is, until now. A “political-correctness row” has reportedly errupted at the Australian airline Qantas, whose staff have been advised of language that is more respectful of the LGBTI community and others, as part of a “Spirit of Inclusion” month.

According to reports, an “information booklet” instructed male employees to avoid “manterrupting” – cutting off female colleagues – and told all staff to say “partner” rather than husband or wife, because “language can make groups of people invisible. For example, the use of the term chairman can reinforce the idea that leaders are always men.” The “booklet” also warned against unconscious colonialist bias when discussing Australian history.

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Trickle-down trouble: Coalition risks backlash in enlisting Qantas to spruik tax cuts

Ministers and airline boss Alan Joyce talk up the need for cuts. But if corporate profits keep rising while wages stagnate, voters will know who to blame

Having just managed to rid itself of one Joyce, the government has been keen to embrace another member of the clan. At Sydney airport on Friday, Mathias Cormann, the acting prime minister, and treasurer Scott Morrison enlisted Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce to promote their plan to cut corporate tax rates from 30% to 25%.

What better embodiment of Australian corporate success than the airline’s boss? After plumbing the depths four years ago with losses of $2.8bn, the national carrier is now soaring into the wide blue yonder of profitability this week with half-yearly earnings of $976m.

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Two international Qantas flights return to Sydney airport after technical issues

Dallas-bound flight Airbus QF7 returned to Australia after problem with wing flaps while the QF63 Johannesburg flight turned back due to crack in window

Two Qantas flights have dumped fuel and are returning to Sydney airport after circling just off the coast.

Airbus A380 QF7 took off from Kingsford Smith Airport just before 2pm, bound for Dallas Fort Worth in the United States but flight radars detected the plane circling and dumping fuel following a “technical issue”.

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Qantas to stop using toxic firefighting foam after Brisbane river spill

Airline will make a national-level switch to foam that does not contain the group of chemicals known as PFAS

‘Children are being poisoned’: fury at scandal of toxic firefighting chemicals

Qantas will stop using a toxic firefighting foam after thousands of litres spilled from a hangar into the Brisbane river earlier this year.

A faulty pressure gauge at the airline’s Brisbane hangar has been blamed for the spill of about 22,000 litres of the toxic substance in April, and about one-third is believed to have entered local waterways.

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