Boeing Co engineers are reducing the scope and duration of certain costly physical tests used to certify the planemaker’s new aircraft, according to industry sources and regulatory officials.
Qantas Airways, which hopes to buy planes this year for record-breaking 21-hour flights between Sydney and London has two hurdles left to overcome: getting pilots and Australia’s aviation regulator to agree to unprecedented duty times. Airlines around the world are planning
Airlines including British Airways, Qantas and KLM said they were suspending flights over the Strait of Hormuz in line with a ban by US authorities, after Iran shot down a US drone.
Australia’s Qantas Airways posted a 17% fall in annual net profit, driven by fuel costs and a weaker Australian dollar, but cheered investors with a A$400 million share buyback and higher dividend.
Australia’s airlines are taking measures to save from cut-throat competition in the aviation industry, especially in the domestic sector. Margins at Australian airlines have been squeezed by fuel costs and weakness in consumer spending,
Qantas said tests ranged from monitoring pilot brain waves, melatonin levels and alertness to exercise classes for passengers. A total of 49 people were on board, in order to minimize weight and give the necessary fuel range.
Qantas Airways may not place an order for planes capable of non-stop London-Sydney flights until early next year, the airline’s chief executive said on Friday after a 19 hour, 19 minute test flight landed in Australia’s biggest city.
Qantas said in a statement it rejected the allegation that the incident had anything to do with race and said it was a "misunderstanding.” It said it would be following up with the musician.
A spokesman for the Australian flag carrier said Qantas "completely" rejected the suggestion that race was a factor in the incident.