The carrier last operated mystery flights in the 1990s when travellers would turn up at the airport and be allocated seats on a scheduled flight to any of the airline’s destinations.
Qantas and Jetstar are hoping to restart regular international passenger flights to most destinations from October 31st. The delay represents a four-month delay on existing plans.
Ticket sales for Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, which had been set to start in March, have been pushed back to July, while other destinations like London have been brought forward from October.
Qantas has notified around 2,000 employees that it will move to outsource ground handling operations at ten airports across Australia as it battles back from the Covid-19 shutdown.
Chief executive of Qantas International, Tino La Spina, will leave the company in light of what is likely to be the extended grounding of this part of the airline.
Despite what the carrier branded as the “most challenging period in its long history,” Australian flag-carrier Qantas has reported an underlying profit of AUS$124 million for the year to June 30th.
Qantas has unveiled a three-year plan designed to accelerate a recovery from the Covid-19 outbreak. Under the proposals, as many as 6,000 jobs will be lost, while the Australian flag-carrier will seek to raise to $1.9 billion in fresh liquidity.
With the exception of those to New Zealand, Qantas has cancelled all international flights until late October. The news comes as the Australian government said its border would remain closed into next year to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Qantas has confirmed it will exit its minority stake in Vietnamese airline Jetstar Pacific. The Australian flag-carrier is expected to hand full control of the budget carrier over to co-owner Vietnam Airlines.
Qantas and Virgin Australia have been offered $A165 by the Australian government to ensure they maintain key domestic routes across the country. Both carriers have suspended the majority of operations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.