Qantas Group has delivered its highest-ever first half underlying profit before tax, reporting a figure of $976 million for the six months to December.
Qantas has unveiled a special livery honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians on its latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The new livery features the work of the late Northern Territory artist and senior Anmatyerre woman, Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Qantas’ third Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be named after one of Australia’s cutest native animals, the quokka. Unique to Australia and largely found on Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth, quokkas are described as the happiest animal on earth and are even known to enjoy a selfie with tourists.
Qantas has welcomed the first customers into the new spacious Qantas London Lounge at Heathrow Airport, as the airline counts down to its non-stop 787 Dreamliner flights between London and Australia.
Qantas has introduced mobile check-in and digital boarding passes for customers travelling between Australia and New Zealand, the first step towards more seamless travel across the Tasman. The technology is being rolled out as part of the airline’s strategy to speed up the journey through the airport for customers travelling internationally.
Qantas has unveiled what customers on-board its flagship Dreamliner 787-9 can expect when the aircraft arrives in a year’s time. The Qantas Dreamliner will seat 236 passengers across business, premium economy and economy cabins in a layout that has been designed to maximise comfort for the longer distances the 787-9 is expected to fly.
Qantas and Airbnb have come together in partnership to give Qantas Frequent Flyer members the opportunity to earn Qantas Points when they book their Airbnb accommodation through qantas.com. Australia’s national carrier and the accommodation leader have partnered to reward Qantas Frequent Flyer’s 11.4 million members with one Qantas Point for every dollar they spend on any of Airbnb’s 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.
Qantas today reported an underlying profit before tax of $1.53 billion for the 12 months ended June 30th 2016 – the best result in its 95-year history. The record performance is a 57 per cent per cent improvement on financial year 2015. Qantas Domestic, Qantas International, the Jetstar Group and Qantas Loyalty all reported record results.
The Jordan Tourism Board and Qantas Airways have committed to undertake joint promotional activities in Australia and Jordan to support tourism and trade between the two countries. The joint activities will include a series of tactical promotions using Qantas sales channels and industry partners in Australia and in Jordan.
London is the location for Qantas’ next flagship global lounge, with construction on a new, dedicated facility at Heathrow Airport to begin in September 2016. The premium lounge will occupy a split-level space in Terminal 3 that will have capacity for approximately 230 people and offer views over the Heathrow airfield when it opens in early 2017.