Ultra long-haul flights make it possible to go Sydney to London non-stop. But does the world need them, given they are more polluting and less efficient?
Few Australian companies have been as harsh as Qantas in dealing with employees through the pandemic.
Any advertisement asking us to get vaccinated must answer one crucial question: what’s in it for me?
Whether it is reasonable for an Australian employer to mandate vaccination is a case-by-case determination.
The legal ground in Australia for employers to insist that employees be vaccinated is murky.
We thought things would be so much better for international air travel by now, though things could be worse for the airlines themselves.
In pushing out Virgin Australia’s chief executive Paul Scurrah, new owner Bain Capital has signalled more cost-cutting is on the cards.
Busselton, Western Australia.
The tourist traps of Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland have the most to lose. Regional towns and coastal resorts have the most to gain.
Amid mounting concerns about Australians stuck during COVID, the airforce could come to their rescue. But this may not be the best way to help.
Qantas leads the way with ultra-long-haul.
The airlines that survive this crisis will have to be strategically creative.
Virgin Australia’s cutbacks leave a big question unanswered. Can it ever become a sustainable competitor to Qantas under private equity ownership?
The scale of the COVID-19 crisis for the global airline industry is unprecedented. But the history of lesser past crises also tells us it will recover.
Virgin Australia could emerge from this crisis in better shape.
Virgin Australia planes parked at Brisbane airport.
The federal government’s dilemma is whether it is better to bail out Virgin Australia or allow commercial forces to rule, as it has done in the past.
The government has announced up to $165 million to enable Qantas and Virgin Australia to service crucial metropolitan and regional routes over the next two months, with a review after that on whether more support is needed.
Chief executive Alan Joyce and crew members at the Qantas centenary in 2019.
We’re likely to see fewer airlines, and a greater proportion of them big, if not strong.
We analysed what the world’s top 58 airlines – such as American Airlines, British Airways and Qantas – are doing about climate change. Even the best airlines are not doing anywhere near enough.
The Boeing 737 is a workhorse for many airlines, including Qantas.
AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
Qantas has faced calls to ground its entire fleet of Boeing 737s after cracks were found in three aircraft. But the incident is a threat to airlines’ reputations rather than a real risk to passengers.
Though Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce might be outspoken on some progressive issues, he supports the system that pays him 300 times that of the average Australian.
The phoney debate about corporate activism distracts from the need for a debate about inequality.
A customer waits for the world’s longest flight from Singapore to Newark.
AP Photo/Wong Maye-E
The day and a half it takes to get from New York to Singapore and back offers plenty of time to ponder the economics of ultra-long-haul flights – and wonder why we’d want to make it any longer.