Qantas Airways: The spirit of Australia
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Qantas was founded in the Queensland outback in 1920. Registered originally as the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (QANTAS), we have built a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, engineering and maintenance, and customer service.
Today, Qantas is widely regarded as the world's leading long distance airline and one of the strongest brands in Australia. We operate a fleet of 187 aircraft across a network spanning 142 destinations in 32 countries. We also operate subsidiary businesses including other airlines, and businesses in specialist markets such as Qantas Holidays and Qantas Flight Catering.
Inside the new Qantas Dreamliner that will fly
QANTAS has unveiled what is quite possibly the ultimate cabin in the most
advanced plane Boeing has built - the 787-9. And the Qantas 787-9 cabin needs to
be special because it will be home for 236 passengers on one of world’s longest
routes from Perth to London.
The service starts in March next year.
Unlike some 787 operators, Qantas has adopted all of the architectural and
lighting features that Boeing spent years developing with industrial design
company Teague and universities to enhance the passenger’s experience of
well-being and sense of spaciousness.
Walking on board the new plane, named Great
Southern Land, you are greeted by a huge dome ceiling with soft beige lighting
that gives you an amazing sense of space. The two arches that curve up into the
ceiling draw your eyes toward a soft morning sky lighting. Move toward your seat
and the soft morning light gives way to an ice blueish glow that makes the
ceiling appear much higher than it really is. Smoke and mirrors? No, smart
science and you really do get the sense you are entering a spaceship.
Boeing research showed that if a passenger’s
first impression is of spaciousness, then that sense will stay with them for the
entire flight. In every cabin there is more physical space and private space
than on any other Qantas aircraft – even the A380 – and there is a far greater
sense of spaciousness. While Qantas is not the first airline to take delivery of
the 787, its first is the 615th built, it has benefitted from all the experience
of other operators to perfect the cabin and the aircraft. “There are lots of
elements that combine to make the Qantas Dreamliner special,” Qantas chief
executive Alan Joyce said. “The seats, the lighting, the entertainment, personal
storage, right through to the special crockery, cutlery and glassware that
weighs on average 11 per cent less. “We’re working with sleep specialists,
dieticians and other scientists at the University of Sydney to see how
adjustments to our inflight service can improve wellbeing and help people adjust
to new timezones.” There is no first class but the business cabin has 46 suites,
similar to those now installed on its A330s, although the bed is 2.54cm wider
and 18cm longer. There are 28 premium economy seats which are wider and set
further apart than on any other Qantas aircraft.
Qantas the world's safest airline
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AirlineRatings.com has announced its top 20 safest airlines for 2016 from the 407 it monitors. Top of the list for the third year running is Australia's Qantas, which has a fatality free record in the jet era. Making up the top 20 in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.
AirlineRatings.com does not numerically rank its safest airlines as they are so close in operational safety but selects one overall standout airline.
Responding to public interest, the AirlineRatings.com editors also identified their top ten safest low cost airlines. These are in alphabetical order: Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia,Thomas Cook, TUI Fly, Virgin America, Volaris and Westjet.
AirlineRatings.com's rating system takes into account a variety of factors related to audits from aviation's governing bodies and lead associations as well as government audits and the airline's crash record.
AirlineRating.com's editorial team, one of the world's most awarded and experienced, also examined each airline's operational history, incident records and operational excellence to arrive at its top 20 safest airlines.
According to AirlineRatings.com editor, Geoffrey Thomas, "our top safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft."
"These airlines are always at the forefront for excellence in the safety space," he added.
"However there is no question amongst the editors that Qantas remains a standout in safety enhancements and best practice," said Mr Thomas.
Over its 95-year history Qantas has amassed an extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations and is now accepted as the world's most experienced airline.
"It is extraordinary that Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years," said Mr Thomas. Of the 407 airlines surveyed 148 have the top seven-star safety ranking, but almost 50 have just three stars or less.
There are 10 airlines with only one star and these airlines are from Indonesia, Nepal and Surinam.
QANTAS REVIVES SERVICE TO VANCOUVER
The airline will operate 33 return services between Sydney and Vancouver, 13 return services in June/July, and 20 return services from mid-December to late January 2016, operated by a three cabin, 364-seat refurbished B747 aircraft.
Qantas executive manager International sales Stephen Thompson, said the decision to return to Vancouver came at the end of a successful first season of flying during the December-January travel period.
“Our direct Vancouver services proved really popular so we’re pleased to expand them this year, offering customers more flights on more days over winter and summer, and delivering another boost for inbound tourism for Australia,” Mr Thompson said.
“Our focus with this new schedule is to give customers more choice. We’ve increased services from two to three per week, and will ensure customers can maximise their holiday time with night flights in both directions.”
Mr Thompson said the services also deliver on the airline’s strategy of targeting seasonal peaks to provide customers with more choice at the time of year they want to travel.
“We’re operating our seasonal Perth-Auckland service for the second year, having added more than 100 flights across the international network over the past six months and are looking at more opportunities to cater for seasonal demand across the network,” Mr Thompson said.
Vancouver Airport Authority president and chief executive officer Craig Richmond, said they were thrilled to welcome Qantas back to Vancouver for summer and winter services.
“Their return provides Canadian and Australian travellers with great options for vacation destinations and brings growth in tourism and economic benefits to the province,” Mr Richmond said.
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Qantas Airways is operated as part of the publicly listed Qantas Group. It is the national airline of Australia with major hubs in Sydney and Melbourne and secondary hubs in Perth,Brisbane and an international hub in Singapore. Using a large fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier aircraft, Qantas operates an extensive domestic and regional network within Australia as well as international services to New Zealand, North America, Asia, South Africa and Europe. Qantas is a founding member of the oneworld alliance. By Capa Aviation.