Qantas adds extra seats to its Boeing 737-800s, increasing the number from 168 to 174. The extra rows are added by making the lavatories smaller and reconfiguring the rear galley. The seat pitch is unchanged. The interiors and seat covers are also being changed. CEO Joyce, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad are present at the launch of the reconfigured airplanes in Brisbane. Joyce:
The 737 is the backbone of our domestic fleet and this refresh is part of our strategy to deliver the best experience for our customers, whether they’re in the air or on the ground.
Qantas reduces flights to Perth. It removes one Airbus A330 flight per day from Melbourne to Perth. A return flight from Perth to Melbourne is discontinued. Most of the flights from Sydney to Perth will now use smaller Boeing 737 instead of the present Airbus A330.
These small changes to our east-west flying allow us to add wide body domestic services between Sydney and Brisbane and form part of our twice yearly schedule update. We are able to move our aircraft around to match market conditions and demand.
Qantas strikes a deal with pilots that freezes their pay for 18 months. After this, there will be a 3% pay rise. This deal comes after a lot of negotiation and follows a major restructure that includes 5000 job cuts. This frees up some money for Qantas to buy Dreamliners for its long haul flights.
The new agreement helps build the case for future investment in new aircraft for Qantas International,
Qantas announces two new flights to Japan. Flights will depart from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport followed by the departure of a flight from Brisbane to Tokyo’s other airport, Narita, over the weekend. Launch celebrations will happen over the weekend with Japanese-themed activity throughout the terminal and a water cannon salute to mark the departure of QF61 from Brisbane. Traditional Japanese ceremonies will also take place at both Narita and Haneda Airports.
This significant capacity expansion has been extremely well-received by Qantas customers and especially by corporate travellers heading directly to downtown Tokyo, who can now save up to one-and-a-half hours on their airport commute by flying into or out of Haneda
Qantas announces extra flights to the Gold Coast from late October. The fares are discounted fares and can be purchased online from today. Melbourne to Gold Coast tickets start at $99 one way. Domestic CEO, David:
We will introduce a daily Boeing 737 service between Melbourne and the Gold Coast starting on October 25
Qantas rolls out the red carpet at the Mascot headquarters to honor 100 year old Miller, a WWII veteran and former Qantas pilot. CEO Joyce hands over a framed personal letter. Chief pilot Tobiano:
We’re (Qantas) 95 years old so Captain Miller’s just a little bit older than us … what an amazing career.
A Qantas flight from Melbourne to Hobart develops a fuel leak and pilots see a warning light. They make a priority landing in Hobart. The passengers and crew are safe.
Engineers assessed the aircraft and cleared it of any major problem.
The plane is now back in operation.
Investigators release a report stating that the pilot who flew too low on a landing at Melbourne was tired, hungry and also had a cold. Qantas has promised to review its protocols and training after the report.
While backup systems worked as they should have, including the intervention by the first officer and the automated warning from the on-board computer, we certainly don’t take this incident lightly
A Qantas A380 flight is grounded in Los Angeles following a failure in its hydraulic system. There appears to be a contamination of the fluid in the system. Engineers find thick contaminants clogging the filters. Passengers are being flown back in a Boeing 747 and alternative arrangements are being made till the problem is sorted.
AirlineRatings.com publishes a report naming QANTAS as the safest airline in the world for 2014. Qantas did not have any fatality during 2014. The rating system is endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency. The airline is named the leader in terms of real-time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using satellite communications, development of an avionics system that provides a direct data link communication between the pilot and the air traffic controller, as well as the development of flight data recorders to monitor plane and crew performance.
Papers formally establishing Qantas (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited) are signed in the Gresham Hotel, Brisbane. The company, based in Winton, is registered with McMaster as Chairman.
McGinness and McMaster –a wealthy grazier — become friends when McGinness fixes McMaster’ car when it breaks an axle in a riverbed. Back in Brisbane, McGinness and Fysh tell McMaster about their plans for an air service, beginning with joy rides and air taxi trips. McMaster convinces business acquaintances to invest with them. With their former flight sergeant Arthur Baird as aircraft mechanic, Fysh and McGinness order two Avro 504K aircraft at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney in the name of The Western Queensland Auto Aero Service Limited.