Qantas has launched a new virtual reality app – Qantas VR - giving customers an interactive new way to discover and explore destinations before physically travelling there. Available for iPhone, Android, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive devices, the app showcases Australia’s distinctive landscape through a series of immersive videos, including never before seen aerial footage of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Qantas has redesigned the Business class pyjamas for customers travelling on international flights, following the update of the airline’s livery and flying kangaroo logo. The cotton rich long-sleeved pyjamas have been redesigned by Qantas to feature a new raglan-style top with a seam from the underarm to the collar bone and draw-string pant in a more relaxed fit.
The British & Irish Lions have announced that premium airline and Australia’s national carrier, Qantas, has renewed its partnership as the Official Airline of The Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand. For the second successive tour, Qantas will fly the entire squad, coaching and management team to New Zealand in May 2017.
The Boy from Oz, Hugh Jackman, and flag-carrier Qantas have announced a new partnership to promote Australia on the global stage. The award-winning actor has signed on to become an official global ambassador for the airline and will also work with Qantas on community projects in Australia, with further detail to be announced soon.
Qantas has announced a new team of wine experts and mixologists from the Rockpool Restaurant Group who will select wine, Champagne, spirits and other beverages for Qantas domestic and international flights and lounges. The new team, named The Qantas Rockpool Sommeliers, features 16 highly experienced sommeliers and mixologists.
Qantas has unveiled details of its new in-flight dining offering, which is set to re-define the travel experience for international Economy customers when it rolls out across the network from next week. Customers will enjoy a wider choice of meals, fifty per cent larger servings and faster service.
Qantas has filed a $AUS2.8 billion loss for the 12 months to June 30th, the biggest ever annual deficit at the carrier. The Australian flag-carrier said the majority of the losses were down to an AUS$2.6 billion write-down on the value of its international fleet.
Qantas has begun direct services between Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef Airport broadening travel options for Sydney and international customers heading to the Whitsundays. The Australian carrier will operate three flights a week on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday during peak season and bi-weekly services on Wednesday and Sunday off peak.
Hundreds of passengers are facing travel disruption after a volcanic eruption in Indonesia sent ash clouds over the region, forcing airlines to cancel flights to and from Northern Australia.
UNICEF Australia and Qantas are launching a Change for Good campaign which aims to help underprivileged children.
Cast from the top rated American comedy series Modern Family have arrived in Australia ahead of filming for the show’s highly-anticipated “Australia” vacation episode, which is expected to deliver a huge boost to local tourism.
Australian airline Qantas will continue to face challenging times in the short-term, due to the weakening Australian economic and aviation markets, but new alliances may prove strategically sound, according to the latest research from aviation intelligence firm OAG. In December 2013, Qantas issued an unexpected profit warning and announced 1,000 planned job cuts, citing tougher competition and a reduction in demand as the main reasons.