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.
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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.
Will tax cuts really allow Qantas to purchase more planes?
Research shows there is a link between tax cuts and increased business investment, but the effect is likely smaller than politicians and businesspeople say.
One of the new Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft arrives on its first flight into Sydney.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Airlines want to stretch their routes even longer with non-stop flights to almost anywhere in the world.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has publicly backed marriage equality.
Research shows that companies will back ethical causes only if they know they will benefit from the stance.
The Qantas uniform from 1964-1969, designed by Leon Paule.
Being an air hostess in the 1960s was a sought after job. But bodies were carefully policed: at Qantas, if a hostess put on too much weight she could be rostered off until she'd lost it.
Qantas is currently trialling its new satellite broadband inflight service.
Customers on land and in the sky are placing increasing demands on Skymuster satellites for broadband Wi-Fi delivery - can NBC Co deliver?
What a novelty: Qantas chief Alan Joyce and WA Premier Colin Barnett announce the new non-stop route.
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Qantas's new non-stop route from Perth to London might be a watershed for travel times between Australia and Europe. But super-long-haul routes won't do much to cut aviation's greenhouse emissions.
Australia Post chief Ahmed Fahour is managing in difficult times.
It's easy to assign all of the wins and losses of a company to CEO performance, but when the going gets really tough it's the teams behind them that matter.
Qantas shareholders have been patient, proof the market will drop short-term horizons if it is convinced management has a plausible strategy.