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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...

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...