Ron Yates, former CEO of Qantas and distinguished aero engineer, who guided its introduction of the Super Constellation, the Electra, and Boeing 707s, 747s and 767s to its fleets, has died.
Although Airbus has closed the A340 production line, it is likely to continue serving several routes of importance to Australian travellers for some years to come. LAN Chile and Aerolineas Argentinas use A340-300s for the far southern sub Antarctic airspace routes between South America and Australia and New Zealand, routes too remote and devoid of […]
It can be argued that a design choice made for the Boeing 707 about 58 years ago is causing Boeing present day grief. And that choice was to make the 707 sit close to the ground. Too close to it for future changes in engine technology. The low profile chosen for the main gear or […]
This afternoon 50 years ago saw the start of the jet age for passengers in Australia, and on the Pacific. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4lnbaeOKpk&feature=channel_page[/youtube] Qantas flight EM774, a Qantas 707-138 took off at 3.35 pm on 29 July 1959 for San Francisco via Nadi and Honolulu, and made the trip in only 14 hours 57 minutes. It was […]
What a shame Qantas didn’t shine a bit more of the spotlight on the original article when its first A380 inaugurated commercial services by the giant Airbus at LAX this week. That small object on the left in this photo by Joshua Bray is John Travolta’s own Boeing 707-138B, painted in the V-jet livery in […]