Human rights group says the airline isn’t obliged to carry out forced transfers on behalf of Australian governmentQantas is under renewed pressure over the forced deportation of asylum seekers, with an American investment firm joining a proposed shareh…Read more
Three flights scheduled on new Boeing 787-9 as airline looks at introducing route in 2022Qantas plans to test non-stop flights from London and New York to Sydney this year to see whether passengers and crew can tolerate 19 hours in a plane.The Australi…Read more
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…Read more
Even as it first entered service in 2007, orders were piling up for rival in the pipeline from BoeingLooking at a plane this enormous, it felt a miracle that it could fly. And not only fly but soar so quietly, especially compared to the Boeing 747 it w…Read more
China’s rapid economic growth is changing the way businesses, academics, and politicians around the world talkIn April of 2018, China’s aviation regulator set a deadline for more than 40 airlines around the world to make changes to the contents of thei…Read more
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…Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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”.Read more
Airline will make a national-level switch to foam that does not contain the group of chemicals known as PFAS
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.Read more