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The A380 superjumbo that flew almost empty. I thought the days of chancing a half-empty international flight were grounded for good once computers replaced humans in making sure aeroplane seats were filled. But the gods who look after economy passengers smiled down on us on Wednesday last week when Qantas flight QF93 developed a bit of tummy trouble, putting its 9.30am departure from Melbour...

‘Security scare’ grounds Qantas plane bound for Perth in Melbourne

A QANTAS plane bound for Perth was grounded in Melbourne on Saturday night for hours after a terror threat email was apparently sent to passengers. Up to 50 passengers disembarked after the security scare. Flight QF481 was due to take off at 6.50pm, but a middle-aged Perth woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said it was delayed after a few passengers received an email threat about the flig...

Qantas pilots get new look

Captain Debbie Slade has been a Qantas pilot for 27 years and counting. During that time, she has gone to work in a uniform that, while functional and practical, was never really designed for women pilots. All that will change from October, when Slade will head into the flightdeck of the Airbus A330s she currently flies for Qantas in a new uniform from Australian designer Martin Grant t...

Qantas to keep Airbus A380s past 2020; talking to Boeing on 777X jets- exec

Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd  plans to keep its Airbus Group long-haul A380 aircraft in service beyond 2020, when many will be around 10 years old, a senior executive said, even as it conducts talks with Airbus rival Boeing Co on the latter's next-generation B777X jets. "The A380s do a great job on the markets that they operate," said Gareth Evans, head of the...

Qantas puts brakes on domestic growth in response to market conditions

Qantas’s shares have tumbled sharply after the airline group announced putting a brake on domestic growth in response to weaker-than-expected demand. On the domestic front, Qantas said it would cut capacity in the three months to June 30 2016, compared with the prior corresponding period, in response to the airline posting negative revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK – an ind...

Second Qantas flight turned back after 'vibrating' engine

An international Qantas flight has been forced to turn back after reports of a "vibrating" engine, the second incident of its kind in five days. QF61, flying from Brisbane to Tokyo Narita, scheduled to take off at 10.45 on Saturday morning, backtracked to Brisbane about half an hour into the nine-and-a-quarter hour journey to the Japanese capital. A Qantas spokespers...

Passenger dies aboard Dubai-bound Qantas flight

Qantas declined to give further information about the passenger and the circumstances around his death for privacy reasons.  A passenger has died aboard a Qantas jet bound for Dubai, the airline said Saturday (Apr 9), with the man reportedly suffering from a heart attack mid-air. Flight QF9, which was travelling from Melbourne Friday, was diverted to Muscat, Oman for the medical emergen...

A Qantas Plane Races a Tesla in Cross-Promotion to Push Sustainability

Australian national carrier Qantas Airlines has partnered with Tesla for a new collaboration to promote sustainability initiatives. The partnership officially launched this weekend, well timed to follow the reveal of Tesla’s new Model S electric vehicle. To mark the new partnership, Qantas held a runway race at Avalon Airport between one of its Boeing 737 aircraft and a Tesla S P9...