Qantas has now revealed the final eight ‘Spirit of Australia’ names chosen to feature on the airline’s new fleet of Dreamliners.
- Great Barrier Reef
- Waltzing Matilda
- Great Southern Land
Qantas has now revealed the final eight ‘Spirit of Australia’ names chosen to feature on the airline’s new fleet of Dreamliners.
Qantas and Alaska Airlines have enhanced their partnership agreement with new codeshare services and reciprocal lounge access for eligible customers, providing more options for customers travelling in Australia and the United States.
From Monday 26 June 2017, Qantas will add its code to four new Alaska Airlines routes between San Francisco and Orange County, Minneapolis, Albuquerque and Kansas City, as well as on its service between Los Angeles and San Jose. The new flights are in addition to Qantas’ existing codeshare arrangements with Alaska Airlines to 15 destinations within North America.
From Monday 20 June 2017 Qantas Frequent Flyer members with a Gold status or higher, and Qantas Club members, will have access to Alaska’s lounges in Los Angeles, Seattle, Anchorage and Portland whenever they travel on an Alaska flight, connecting to, or from, a Qantas international flight.
Alaska Airlines’ top tier frequent flyers with Mileage Plan™ MVP Gold and above, and Alaska Lounge members, will have access to all 13 Qantas operated International Business and 24 Domestic Qantas Club lounges when they travel on a Qantas operated international or domestic flight.
Qantas currently operates a daily service between Los Angeles to Sydney and Melbourne on an Airbus A380, a daily service between Los Angeles and Brisbane on a Boeing 747, as well as a service between San Francisco and Sydney six times per week on a Boeing 747.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has received the top honour, a Companion of the Order of Australia, for services to ‘… aviation and tourism, to gender equity, inclusion and diversity, and to the community, particularly as a supporter of indigenous education’ in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Dublin-born Joyce arrived in Australia in 1996 to work for Ansett, moving to Qantas in 2000 and becoming a Citizen of Australia in 2003.
Joyce said he was honoured to receive the AC and praised Australia and the ‘Qantas people’.
“It’s an amazing place where 21 years ago an Irish immigrant could come here and become the CEO of the most iconic brand in the country, and then get one of the highest honours out there,” he said.
“It’s also great for the Qantas people. They’ve gone through a huge change, they’ve achieved so much and I see this as an award for them as equally for me.”
Etihad’s departing CEO, James Hogan, was awarded an Order of Australia in this year’s Honours for his services to the aviation transport industry and for his role in developing tourism and trade between Australia and the Gulf states.
IMAGE: Alan Joyce AC
Qantas will introduce twice-daily* Airbus A330 flights on the Sydney-Auckland route, as part of operational changes to the joint Qantas-Emirates network across the Tasman.
From 13 July 2017, Emirates will suspend its daily EK418 and EK419 A380 flights between Sydney and Auckland, with those flights replaced by the Qantas A330 services. Qantas will also upgauge some existing B737 flights to A330 where there is demand.
*Excluding the Saturday evening SYD-AKL and Sunday morning AKL-SYD services that will be 737 operated.
IMAGE: Auckland, NZ – CREDIT: Aucklandtourism.co.nz
QF94 flying from LA to Melbourne on Saturday night [3am Saturday local time] turned back to LAX for an emergency landing, two hours into the flight, when the pilot was forced to shut down one of the Airbus A380’s four engines and abort the flight.
Passengers took to social media claiming the engine was on fire, and that it appeared to ‘blow up’, however the airline has refuted those suggestions, with Qantas spokesman Thomas Woodward saying in a statement:
“The pilots followed standard procedure, shut down the engine, and the flight landed normally in LA at around 3am local time on Saturday. Engineers are inspecting the aircraft. Reports that the engine was ‘on fire’ are not correct; passengers may have seen some sparks before it was safely shut down by the flight crew.”
Passengers onboard QF94 were subsequently boarded on another A380 that departed LA at around 2.30pm on Saturday.
L-R – Cinzia Burnes, Executive Director Helloworld Travel Limited, Andrew Burnes CEO Helloworld Travel Limited, Alan Joyce CEO Qantas, Garry Hounsell Chairman Helloworld Travel Limited
The first official event of the 2017 Helloworld Travel OMC – the Welcome Function – was held on Thursday evening at the iconic SeaWorld on the Gold Coast, where Qantas CEO Alan Joyce officially welcomed the delegates to the conference and they enjoyed an evening of fun, games and excitement.
Coo-ee … Oodnadatta … billabong … Reg Grundies … mozzie … cozzie … Aussie Aussie Aussie … Oi! Oi! Oi!
… Qantas is inviting the public to submit names for the airline’s new Dreamliner fleet (eight planes in all) and is asking for suggestions that evoke the ‘Spirit of Australia’.
“… around people, places or things that reflect the depth and breadth of this place we all call home. It could be a notable person, a ground breaking invention, a piece of our culture, a saying, a man-made or natural landmark, anything that sums up what Australia means to you.”
Bearing in mind the rest of the world may not be so naturally attuned to our unique lingo, it might be best to avoid suggestions that could be easily misinterpreted – thongs, blowie; or that inadvertently advertise another company – Barbie (© Mattel)!
It’s the hoary old chestnut of every slapstick comedy routine since the halcyon days of music hall (subsequently executed on celluloid, par excellence, by The Three Stooges) and guaranteed to elicit guffaws …but the in a case of missed comedy timing, the cream pie that landed in the face of Qantas CEO Alan Joyce yesterday appeared to catch the fall guy by surprise!
Joyce was addressing a crowd at a Leadership Matters breakfast hosted by The West Australian newspaper at the Hyatt Regency in Perth, talking up the airline’s new Perth-London direct route, when an older gent made his way onto the stage, and plunged said pie into Joyce’s face.
After a quick exit and clean-up, Joyce returned to resume his address to a round of applause from the audience.
Police apprehended the man, Tony Overheu, who is understood to be a devout Christian opposed to same-sex marriage. Today Mr Overheu read a statement on Perth radio station 6PR criticising Qantas and other companies for promoting same-sex marriage.
Qantas has announced it will continue its Boeing 737 daily direct flights* between Sydney and Queenstown from October 2017, in response to strong demand.
The announcement complements a recent increase in services during the July to August New Zealand ski season peak of up to 10 services per week.
*Subject to government and regulatory approvals.
How time flies … Channel 7’s The Morning Show, hosted by Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies, will be celebrating the program’s 10th Anniversary, from 8-12 May 2017, at the Happiest Place on Earth – Disneyland Resort in California.
Thanking broadcast partners Helloworld and Qantas, David Clarke, Head of Travel and Business Development AU/NZ, The Walt Disney Company, said:
“We are delighted that The Morning Show has decided to celebrate this special occasion with us at Disneyland Resort in California. They will be able to experience and share with everyone at home in Australia, all that our Theme Parks have to offer.”
The Morning Show will broadcast live from both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort, and will get into birthday party mode with over 100 attractions to choose from, meeting their favourite characters in person – Disney, Disney.Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars – and enjoying the parades, entertainment and shows including spectacular nighttime fireworks at Disneyland Resort and World of Colour at Disney California Adventure Park.
TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its first annual Travellers’ Choice® awards for airlines, recognising Qantas as the top airline in Australia and Emirates as the world favourite.
The awards honour 50 airlines overall, including top lists for the World, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa; as well as 16 regional winners. The awards also highlight top airlines by level of service, covering First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy.
Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted by travellers worldwide, over a 12-month period. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice award winners are outstanding service, quality and value.
TripAdvisor reviewers like Qantas for its ‘fantastic service’ and ‘good value, making it ’a pleasure to fly with’, with the airline scoring an average review rating of 4 out of 5 bubbles.
“We are proud to announce the inaugural Travellers’ Choice awards for airlines, to help travellers make the most well-informed air travel decisions, based on the experiences of the global TripAdvisor community,” said Bryan Saltzburg, senior vice president and general manager for TripAdvisor Flights.
“The airline industry is investing billions of dollars in new aircraft and service enhancements to differentiate the flying experience and these awards recognise the carriers offering the very best experiences and value to the traveling public.”
Class of Service Global Winners:
Top 10 Airlines in the World:
Top 10 Major Airlines in Asia Pacific:
Helloworld’s recent Qantas agent incentive saw the lucky winners flying business class to San Francisco for a fabulous five day trip that took in a Bay River cruise, cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, a day in the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma sampling wonderful wines, and a food tour of the lively and vibrant neighbourhood of Mission, where the agents experienced a myriad of cultures and delicacies. The agents capped off a sensational trip seeing San Francisco’s hilarious pop-culture musical, ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’.
Back row… Left to right
(Jacky)Zhen Wei Zhou – Eclipse Travel, Lauren Bryant – Experience Travel & Cruise Toowoomba , Violeta Ramirez Carrasco – Directions Travel, Amie Regan – helloworld Belmont, Julie Wheelhouse – helloworld Business Manager, Kristine Harmer – helloworld Edge Hill, Joseph Toleman – Phil Hoffmann Travel Victor Harbor
Bottom row.. left to right
Ian McMinn – Blue Full Service Travel, Maria Papakastsikas – Qantas Host, Kendra Tripaway Corporate Travel, Margaret Rodriguez – helloworld Melville, Ash Akber Ali Ladha – Payless World Travel
Every month, the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) releases statistics on the punctuality of Australian airlines, with February 2017 figures showing an average 82.8% for on time arrivals and 84.0% for on time departures. Cancellations represented 1.8 per cent of all scheduled flights.
This month’s on time arrivals figure was the same as the long-term average performance for all routes (82.8 per cent) and the on time departures figure was slightly lower than the long-term average (84.2 per cent). The rate of cancellations was higher than the long-term average of 1.4%.
Qantas achieved the highest on time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 87.6%, followed by Virgin Australia at 85.9%, Jetstar at 75.8% and Tigerair Australia at 67.7%.
When it came to regional airlines, QantasLink achieved the highest on time arrivals at 84.8%, followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 81.7 % and Regional Express at 79.4%.
Qantas achieved the highest level of on time departures out of the major domestic airlines at 89.6%, followed by Virgin Australia at 87.6%, Jetstar at 73.6% and Tigerair Australia at 67.0%.
QantasLink came in at 85.7% for on time departures, followed by Virgin Australia at 83.8% and Regional Airlines at 83.5%.
Thanks to Qantas Airways, Helloworld’s award-winning Frontline Agents were recently feted at the QF Business Class Lounge in Sydney before settling into Qantas’ Premium Economy cabin … destination Johannesburg!
Taking in an incredible safari in Africa, in partnership with The Africa Safari Co, were Daniel Beard (helloworld Bankstown), Pip Smith (Experience Travel & Cruise), Corinne Ellis (helloworld Strathpine), Breeanna Perez (Globenet Travel), Emily O’Shea (Hunter Travel Group), Angela Kaluzyn (Skilled Travel), Ellie Buchhorn (helloworld Albury), Zoran Panzich (helloworld), Susie Potter (The Africa Safari Co) and Michael Poes (Qantas).
On the ground, the itinerary included Zimbabwe, with a visit to Victoria Falls, the Chobe National Park in Botswana and Johannesburg, where the agents were treated to a guided tour of Soweto.
The winning agents were announced and awarded at the 2016 Frontliners Forum in Brisbane, and the top achievers were recognised from both the helloworld Branded and Associate networks, in areas including Rookie of the Year Award, Team Spirit Award, Rising Star Award, Pursuit of Knowledge Award, Customer Service Award, Hero Corporate and Hero Retail Awards and Top Revenue Award.
The 2017 Frontliners Forum will be held in November in Tasmania where the highest achievers will again be recognised across various categories.
Magellan Travel Group held its inaugural corporate forum last week, kicking off with welcome event hosted by Qantas Airways. Magellan Corporate enjoyed a private function at the Qantas Corporate Campus, a welcome from QF head of agency partnerships Rob Harrison and a tour of the QF Integrated Operations Centre (IOC).
The forum itself included presentations from Magellan corporate preferred partners, including Serko, Uniglobe, Qantas and Amadeus among others. The key objective was to highlight the value of preferred partners.
Magellan CEO Andrew Macfarlane said the event “signified the strength of our partnership with Qantas and the atmosphere among the members in attendance highlights the energy and momentum within the Group. I anticipate great discussion, collaboration and innovation throughout the sessions.”
L-R: Kathleen Nicholson (TTFN Travel), Danny Cahalan (Solve Travel), Marnie Turner (Rheom Travel), Kathy Gambell (Encore Journeys), Emmily Strong (CPE Travel), Alison Lee (Complete Travel Services), Simone Kaye (Worldwide Travel), Scott Darlow (Magellan Travel Group), Greg McCarthy (Platinum Travel Corporation)