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From not enough staff to get planes in the air, to reducing the environmental footprint of an ageing fleet – an international aviation expert on why the next few years will be a bumpy ride for Qantas.
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When you’re down an engine and you have lot of water under you, you have a process to follow. You don’t panic, you don’t go off the rails, you remember your training, and that’s what happened here.
there are no easy solutions to the problems Qantas faces. It must balance the cost cutting required with further aggravating its workforce.
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.