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US DOT nearing decision on Qantas-American alliance

The US Department of Transportation looks to be nearing a decision on Qantas and American Airlines’ application to expand their existing alliance on trans-Pacific routes. While the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and New Zealand government have both given the tie-up the green light, the US DOT is still reviewing the application and in November 2015 asked the two carr...

Qantas frequent flyer expands points-earning options for its members

Qantas has further expanded the range of points-earning opportunities for its ever-growing frequent flyer membership base through a new partnership with Vodafone. The tie-up allows Qantas’s frequent flyer members to earn points on eligible Vodafone mobile plans, while Vodafone will sell prepaid products on board some of the Flying Kangaroo’s international flights. The Vodafone in...

BITRE stats show the changing fortunes of Qantas International

Here’s a stat that illustrates how Qantas International has turned the corner – for the month of October 2015, the number of passengers Qantas carried on its international operations to and from Australia grew by over five per cent, according to latest government data. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)’s latest monthly ‘International...

Four Qantas flights prove IATA’s point: crew are the #PaxEx decider

Cabin crew make or break a flight — it’s as simple as that. “The airline with a great seat and a bad crew will get a bad score no matter how fancy the seat is,” IATA director of marketing and sales Tim-Jasper Schaaf said when speaking of the association’s Airs@t survey program. “The crew drives passenger satisfaction so much that the other factors are less impor...

Qantas plane flies with an extra engine on the wing

You've probably never thought too much about how to quickly transport a 10-tonne plane engine, but Qantas has the answer. Just strap it to the wing of a Boeing 747. Qantas Flight 63 took off from Sydney with an extra Rolls Royce turbofan attached to the left wing between an inner engine and the plane's body. The engine was not powered; it just came along for the ride to Johannesburg,...

Qantas Statement on ATO Report

Qantas is a major taxpayer and contributor to the Australian economy. We comply fully with all our tax obligations and we believe in playing our role in a strong, transparent Australian tax system. In 2013/14 – the year covered by the ATO’s tax transparency report – we paid, collected or generated more than $2 billion in tax revenue for the Government, including the GST,...

Qantas takes off for San Francisco

Qantas is on its way back to San Francisco for the first time since 2011 after flight QF 73 took off from Sydney Airport on Friday afternoon. The Boeing 747-400ER operating the flight, VH-OEG, departed from the NSW capital a little after 1510 local time. The airline’s return to the Bay Area for the first time since 2011 kicks off a new joint-venture partnership between Qantas and Ameri...

Qantas boosts Melbourne-Singapore schedule

Qantas is adding further capacity to Asia from April 2016 with an extra three flights a week between Melbourne and Singapore. The new services arise from Airbus A330s being freed up from the upgauging of three Melbourne-Hong Kong flights from the Airbus twin to Boeing 747s and continues Qantas’s renewed push into Asia in recent times. It will give Qantas 10 flights a week between the Vict...