Articles tagged “qantas”

High-End Airport Lounges Are Evolving to Fight Jet Lag as Flights Get Longer

High-End Airport Lounges Are Evolving to Fight Jet Lag as Flights Get Longer

Eric Rosen, Bloomberg

New airport lounges are emerging with spa elements and wellness options for business- and first-class passengers. The average flyer or business traveler, though, will still have to use the same old overcrowded lounges they're used to.

1 week ago

Oil Prices Present Unique Challenges for Ultra-Long-Haul Routes

Oil Prices Present Unique Challenges for Ultra-Long-Haul Routes

David Fickling, Bloomberg

Ultra-long-haul routes are expensive to operate for many reasons, and with no layover, it hurts that the aircraft must carry every bit of fuel from first take-off.

2 weeks ago

Where Does Air France-KLM Go From Here?

Where Does Air France-KLM Go From Here?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Until Air France-KLM implements a long-term cohesive strategy, it probably will keep falling behind its main competitors, International Airlines Group and Lufthansa Group. But unless the macroeconomic environment changes, it should be OK. Even with rising fuel prices, now is a good time to be in the airline business.

2 weeks ago

Behind the Hype of Qantas’ Grand Plans to Fly Nonstop to London and New York

Behind the Hype of Qantas’ Grand Plans to Fly Nonstop to London and New York

Brian Sumers, Skift

You have to give Qantas some credit for its public relations strategy. It will be at least four years before the airline launches "hub-busting" flights to New York or London from Sydney but the airline already has almost everyone in the airline industry talking about its plans.

2 weeks ago

Qantas Is Latest Major Global Airline to Give Up on Boeing 747

Qantas Is Latest Major Global Airline to Give Up on Boeing 747

Brian Sumers, Skift

Aviation nerds surely will be upset Qantas is retiring its Boeing 747s. The aircraft has been the world's most iconic jet for decades, but times change, and airlines now prefer smaller, more fuel efficient twin-engined jets. Sadly only a few airlines — British Airways, Lufthansa, Korean Air and Air China — seem committed to the aircraft beyond 2020.

2 months ago

Airlines Need to Work Harder to Recruit More Female Pilots

Airlines Need to Work Harder to Recruit More Female Pilots

David Fickling, Bloomberg

What's most remarkable about the lack of gender diversity among airline pilots is how persistent it has been. Despite plenty of talk about attracting more women into the role, they are still a tiny minority. Airlines need to do much more.

2 months ago

Qantas Sells Catering Division to Focus on Premium Long-Haul Business

Qantas Sells Catering Division to Focus on Premium Long-Haul Business

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

Qantas continues its history of selling off non-core assets to finance its lounges and new ultra-long-haul routes. Given the high costs of its new strategy, the savings from outsourcing its catering operation will come in handy.

2 months ago

5 Ways to Humanize the Next Big Thing in Aviation — Super-Long Flights

5 Ways to Humanize the Next Big Thing in Aviation — Super-Long Flights

Colin Nagy, Skift

As flights tip over the 17-hour mark, airlines need to be thinking about ways to raise the level of civility on these uncomfortable trips.

2 months ago

Why Qantas Flies a Nonstop Every Day Between New York and Los Angeles

Why Qantas Flies a Nonstop Every Day Between New York and Los Angeles

Brian Sumers, Skift

Tag flights — when an airline lands in one international city and then almost immediately takes off for another — are disappearing from aviation as more airlines launch ultra-long-haul nonstops that make the stop unnecessary. But Qantas will probably keep its Los Angeles-New York nonstop for awhile.

3 months ago

DOT Slaps Qantas for Violating Obscure U.S. Law

DOT Slaps Qantas for Violating Obscure U.S. Law

Brian Sumers, Skift

The fine here is miniscule. But the issues are interesting. Qantas has the right to fly between New York and Los Angeles, and it does so every day. But it can only carry a small subset of passengers.

3 months ago

Qantas Considers Chicago as Part of Its Long-Haul Expansion

Qantas Considers Chicago as Part of Its Long-Haul Expansion

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Just after this story was written, Qantas rival Air New Zealand announced a new nonstop from Auckland to Chicago. Air New Zealand's main hub in Auckland is closer to Chicago than Qantas' Sydney base, so Air New Zealand has an advantage. But Qantas can probably make Brisbane-Chicago work.

3 months ago

Historic Qantas Flight Lands in London in one of the Most-Anticipated Arrivals in Recent Years

Historic Qantas Flight Lands in London in one of the Most-Anticipated Arrivals in Recent Years

Angus Whitley and Rebecca Keenan, Bloomberg

Early bookings from business travelers have been strong for Qantas' direct flights to London, but it is a highly competitive market so the real test will be after the initial hype wears off. The jury is still out on whether the airline can make this route profitable.

3 months ago