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Qantas talks up operational benefits of onboard wifi

Qantas says passengers won’t be the only ones set to benefit from the installation of internet wifi across its domestic fleet, with its pilots, engineers and ground staff looking forward to using the new technology as part of their day-to-day duties. The airline announced in February plans to equip its domestic fleet of Boeing 737-800s and Airbus A330s with internet wifi, with connectivit...

Qantas buys new 787-9 flight simulator

Qantas says it will install a new Boeing 787-9 flight simulator at its Sydney Mascot base as the airline gears up for the arrival of the next generation aircraft in 2017. The $23 million investment in the new flight simulator, which will be used for new and recurrent training, and other training equipment was part of a new strategic partnership with the NSW government to “support efforts...

Qantas, Destination NSW renew partnership

Qantas has signed a fresh three-year agreement with Destination NSW worth $28 million to jointly promote travel to the state. The new three-year deal extends a relationship that kicked off in 2013, when the pair agreed to spend $30 million on joint activities in what at the time was the largest tourism and major events marketing partnership in the state’s history. The focus on the new...

Qantas completes $500 million share buyback, eyes further shareholder returns

Qantas is looking ahead to potentially returning further capital to shareholders after concluding a $500 million share buyback. In a regulatory filing to the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday, Qantas said its $500 million share buy back program bought back 143.6 million shares for a weighted average price of $3.4819 per share since the program began in March. The highest price paid w...

Qantas announces new premium international lounge for Brisbane

Qantas has announced that construction of a new multi-million dollar premium lounge at Brisbane Airport’s international terminal will begin within weeks. The new lounge will combine Qantas’s international first and business class lounges to create one large premium lounge. To facilitate the works, Qantas’s existing lounge facilities will close on June 29, with affected...

Where is everyone?

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...