May 29, 2021| 83 0

QANTAS MAY USE LOYALTY POINTS TO ENCOURAGE VACCINATION

Qantas has suggested it could offer loyalty points or vouchers as an incentive for Australians to get vaccinated. It comes after Victoria’s Acting Premier, James Merlino, argued the country’s poor inoculation program contributed to the state’s latest lockdown. His NSW counterpart, John Barilaro, also recently blamed “complacency” for falling demand …

May 21, 2021| 76 0

No Love Lost As Route Skirmishes Between Qantas And Rex Continue

Amid a war of words, Qantas and Regional Express (Rex) continue to move onto each other’s routes, attempting to make a few dollars and bust up an often longstanding market dominance. While Rex makes the most noise about Qantas’ regional airline, QantasLink, moving onto routes traditionally dominated by Rex, the smaller airline isn’t shy about movin …

May 19, 2021| 81 0

Melbourne Airport’s Third Runway: Everything You Need To Know

Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport continues to eye the third runway. The airport says construction on a third runway could start as early as 2022, with planes operating on the runway by late 2025. But a significant roadblock remains – the Australian Government is yet to give the third runway the green light. Fast growth at Melbourne Airport drives the …

May 4, 2021| 73 0

Qantas Successful In Stopping Ex-Executive Starting At Virgin For Now

Qantas has succeeded in its legal bid to temporarily prevent a former executive from joining arch-rival, Virgin Australia. With Nick Rohrlach due to start as CEO of Virgin Australia’s loyalty program, Velocity, on Monday, Qantas was in court on Friday to try to stop this happening. A last-minute win for Qantas Singapore’s High Court issued an injunct …

April 26, 2021| 75 0

How The Boeing 717 Changed Qantas

The Boeing 717-200 flies under the radar at Qantas. Many people don’t even know the airline operates the aircraft type. Flying the plane was never part of the long-term plan at Qantas. But Qantas inherited the 717-200 when they bought out another airline in 2001. Since then, the Boeing 717-200 went on to be a surprise sleeper hit for Qantas. Qantas …

April 22, 2021| 97 0

What Happened To Qantas’ Retired Boeing 747s?

It is nearly 12 months since Qantas flew its last Boeing 747 flights. In the middle of a dire 2020, Qantas sent its final 747s out in a blaze of publicity. At the time, there were hopes the planes would go on to fly for another airline. But has this happened? What has happened to the retired Qantas 747s? Last year’s 747 retirements now gathering dus …

April 18, 2021| 109 0

EXPLAINED: HOW NEW ZEALAND WILL PAUSE BUBBLE FOR COVID

Monday’s opening of the two-way, trans-Tasman bubble marks one of the most significant moments for the industry since the start of the COVID crisis, with international travel now back on for our most popular overseas destination. But, perhaps sensibly, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also outlined what would happen should COVID outbreaks o …

April 15, 2021| 102 0

CAPACITY WARS RETURN AS QANTAS TO FLY MORE AIRCRAFT THAN PRE-COVID

Australian aviation’s infamous capacity wars look set to return after Qantas and Jetstar announced they would soon be flying more aircraft on their domestic routes than before than pandemic. The announcement came minutes after Virgin pledged to hire 150 new cabin crew and lease 10 new 737s because it was “committed” to restoring its pre-COVID market …

April 15, 2021| 111 0

Qantas’ Domestic Leisure Market Has Reached Pre-Pandemic Levels

Qantas is reaping the benefits of Australia’s internal borders re-opening and people’s increasing willingness to travel. The airline’s key domestic leisure market is back to pre-pandemic levels. According to Qantas’ CEO, as he walks through airport terminals, every new day now feels closer to normal. Speaking at an online CAPA Live Event on Wednesda …

April 13, 2021| 98 0

Could A Slow Vaccine Rollout Ruin Qantas’ International Plans?

Qantas is sticking with its timeline to resume international flying. This is despite mounting problems with the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Australia. The airline has most international flights back in its schedules from October 31. That date aligned with Australian Government timelines regarding the mass vaccination of its citizens. But Austra …

April 12, 2021| 129 0

TWU BEGINS LANDMARK CASE TO REHIRE QANTAS WORKERS

The TWU has today begun its bid in the Federal Court to force Qantas to rehire more than 2,000 ground handlers whose roles were outsourced earlier this year. The union has hired Waterfront dispute lawyer Josh Bornstein to argue the airline’s actions contravene the  Fair Work Act  because employees at the new companies will now no longer be entitled to …

April 3, 2021| 125 0

CHEAP TICKET DEAL BREAKS VIRGIN’S ALL-TIME RECORD, DESPITE LOCKDOWN

Virgin sold more domestic tickets on the launch day of the government’s half-price ticket scheme than on any 24-hour period in its history. The result came despite fears Brisbane’s recent snap lockdown, which ended on Thursday, would put people off interstate travel. Domestic aviation has been pinning its recovery hopes on the federal government’s pl …

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