Named for famous New Zealand aviator, the new Next-Generation 737-800 serves trans-Tasman route between New Zealand and Australia
Qantas has become the latest airline to give a downbeat view of trading conditions despite being one of the few to post a profit – albeit small – for the first half of the year. The Australian flag carrier said the global outlook “remains uncertain” as it announced a fall in profits of 88% to £62.4 million. It follows numerous pieces of bad news for the aviation sector including a prediction by IATA that airlines are set to lose $11 billion this year.
British Airways has joined American Airlines and Qantas to try and save Japan Airlines from bankruptcy. The move follows news that Delta Airlines was also looking to inject cash into the ailing carrier and by doing so force it to exit the Oneworld Alliance, of which BA is a member.
Qantas Holidays has added over 50 cruises to its offering with an expanded range of 2009 and 2010 cruises across Australasia, Asia and the South Pacific. For the first time, Qantas Holidays will offer Fly-Cruise packages featuring cruises with departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore starting from £999 pp.
Qantas remains “financially strong” after becoming one of the few airlines to stay in the black over the past 12 months. Nevertheless, net income for the Australian flag carrier for the year ending 30 June slumped 88% to AU$117m (US$96.5m), leading it to announce an AU$1.5bn campaign of further cost cuts.
Qantas Freight today announced it would add a fourth US city – Dallas, Texas – to its freighter network from 6 August 2009*, providing air freight services between the southern US city, China and Australia.
British Airways has asked investors to front extra funds as a safety net against a treble whammy of the credit crisis, swine flu, and the impending threat of cabin crew strike action, which it estimates could collectively burn £400 million in reserves.
Qantas has cancelled an order for 15 Boeing Dreamliner 787 aircraft worth $3bn.The cancellation will come as a bitter blow to Boeing, as the Australian carrier had been the biggest customer for its revolutionary new aircraft.
Qantas said all 7 people who required hospitalisation following the severe turbulence incident experienced by QF68 operating between Hong Kong and Perth over Borneoovernight had been released from hospital.
Qantas has introduced international online check-in and advance seatselection, expanding the range of services available to customers.Qantas Group Executive Manager Customer and Marketing, Ms Lesley Grant, said the new serviceswould ensure an enhanced travel experience for customers.
Qantas today strongly refuted claims made by the Federal Secretary of an aviationengineering union regarding maintenance of the aircraft involved in today’s Jetstar inflight incident anddiversion to Guam.
QantasLink today announced that Tamworth had been selected as thelocation for future heavy maintenance of the airline’s new Q400 aircraft. The Tamworth engineeringfacility currently conducts heavy maintenance on QantasLink’s Q200 and Q300 aircraft.