Poor quality file pix of dual liveried BA-SQ Concorde
One of the frequent comments in discussions about the Qantas-Emirates partnership is the ‘invisibility’ of the Qantas brand for those who get punted on to Emirates airliners to Europe out of Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, the capitals abandoned by the Australian flag carrier in favor of code shared reservations.
In just over 24 hours of brutal insights into errors in Virgin Australia and a sharp sell off in the shares that aren’t owned by major investors Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Etihad the market at least has new guidance from its management that it will nevertheless be in profit, reduced profit, for the full year to 30 June.
Absent a decent Qlink 717 photo, here is a Q400 lost amid the big jets Source: Qantas
Something more than interesting is on the way in the battle for Canberra corporate and government accounts as QantasLink prepares a fleet of refurbished Boeing 717s to take on Virgin Australia’s Embraer 190s.
A rare natural colour rendition of an Emirates A380 at altitude
While they will all be flown by the same A380, there will be four Emirates flights a day using the giant Airbus through Brisbane Airport from 2 October, a Dubai arrival and departure and an Auckland arrival and departure.
Qantas has promoted Olivia Wirth to additional senior responsibilities in the group beyond government and media relations to Group Executive Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, and recruited Andrew Parker from a distinguished career with Emirates to become Group Executive Government and International Affairs.
Qantas remains officially confident about its plans for ‘capital light’ expansion in Asia, and Virgin Australia places its hopes on alliances to participate in the boom times, but are events leaving them behind?
Underwing liquified gas pods feature in RMIT entry
A proposal to adapt liquified biomethane and LPG blends for use in airliners designed to achieve reduced reduced fossil carbon emissions has made an RMIT University team from Melbourne among five finalists in the running for this years Airbus Fly Your Ideas prize.
A reporter since November 30, 1960, Ben Sandilands looks at what really matters up in the sky: public administration of air transport and its safety, the accountability of the carriers, and space for everyone’s knees.