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Qantas A380 flying world's longest route

Qantas A380Wellington, Sep 29 : The world's largest passenger aircraft- Airbus A380 superjumbo- is flying the world's longest air route from Sydney to Dallas.

According to Stuff.co.nz, the Qantas Sydney-Dallas route became the longest non-stop flight in the world late last year after Singapore Airlines ended its non-stop flights from Singapore to New York , a 19-hour slog that covered 16,700 kilometres on a four-engine Airbus A340-500.

The A380 superjumbo will take a little more than 15 hours to cover the Sydney- Dallas route at 13,800 kilometres.

Qantas suffers biggest annual loss of 2.8 billion dollars

qantas-airlinesLondon, Aug 28 : Australia's national flag carrier Qantas has reportedly suffered its biggest annual loss of 2.8 billion Australian dollars till June this year.

According to the BBC, analysts said that they had predicted a loss of around 750 million Australian dollars.

Qantas authorities said that several reasons including poor consumer spending, weak domestic demand and rising fuel costs contributed to the shocking loss.

This has been the worst result for the company till date in its entire history.

The firm's loss before the taxes, however, had been 646 million Australian dollars. (ANI)

Qantas launches commercial to promote business loyalty program

Qantas launches commercial to promote business loyalty programQantas, the flag carrier airline of Australia, is promoting its recently-launched business loyalty program, dubbed Aquire, with a commercial featuring Deus Ex Machina founder Dare Jennings and Jac+Jack fashion brand founders Jacqueline Hunt and Lisa Dempsey.

Aquire allows small & medium sized businesses to earn points by booking flights through Qantas or spending money with any of the new program's partners, which include Avis, Westpac, Deloitte, Randstad, Macquarie Leasing, Staples, Snap and Budget.

Qantas to revive frequent flyer program

Qantas to revive frequent flyer programAustralian aviation firm, Qantas has said that it has it is planning to revive its frequent flyer members.

Qantas Airways implementing A$2bn cost-cutting plan

Qantas Airways implementing A$2bn cost-cutting planAustralia's biggest carrier, Qantas Airways has said that it is implementing a A$2bn cost-cutting plan in order to revive business.

The airline is taking steps to reduce its losses from operations by cutting costs.  Qantas, named Australia's most highly-regarded brand last year by the Reputation Institute, is struggling to maintain its market share as it is facing a price war with Virgin Australia.  The airline is implementing A$2 billion cost-cutting plan that includes a pay freeze and the lowest capital spending since 1998.

Qantas announces 5000 job cut after posting $252m first half loss

QantasSydney, Feb 27 : Qantas is cutting 5000 jobs from its 32,000-strong workforce.

The announcement came after the Australia carrier posted 252 million dollars in losses in six months.

According to news. com. au, Qantas, battling record fuel costs and fierce competition from rivals, is working to slash costs by two billion dollars over three years.

Nearly 1500 employees will be axed from the management and non-operational positions are expected to come from Qantas' Mascot headquarters, and also Jetstar's Melbourne base.

The location of other job cuts is expected to be made clear in the coming days.(ANI)

Qantas expected to axe thousands of jobs to cut costs

Qantas expected to axe thousands of jobs to cut costs Australian airline Qantas is widely expected to cut thousands of jobs as part of its desperate move to slash costs by $2 billion over the next three years.

In December last year, Qantas warned it could report a half-year loss of up to $300 million, which could force it to cut a huge number of jobs. At that time, it pegged the potential job cuts at around 1,000 this year.

Australia's Qantas to shut down Avalon maintenance facility

QantasSydney, Nov 8 : Australia's largest airline Qantas Friday announced that it would close its Avalon heavy maintenance facility at the end of March 2014 due to the retirement of its Boeing 747 fleet.

Qantas Domestic Chief Executive Officer Lyell Strambi said the decision came after a comprehensive review into the Avalon operations, reported Xinhua.

"Qantas is gradually retiring our fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft, which means there is not enough work to keep our Avalon base viable and productive," Strambi said in a statement.

Qantas Airways to offer charter flights to the Pilbara

Qantas Airways to offer charter flights to the PilbaraAustralia's Qantas Airways Limited has entered into an agreement, under which it will offer charter flights to the Roy Hill Pilbara iron ore project beginning form August this year.

The three year agreement shows that the Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill project is on the path of revival.

Qantas signs $12 million tourism deal with Queensland

Qantas signs $12 million tourism deal with QueenslandQantas has entered into an agreement with the state government of Queensland to promote destinations in the state to attract more tourists.

The deal indicates that the Qantas continues to favour of state-based tourism bodies instead of the national body, Tourism Australia. Tourism minister Jann Stuckey said that the agreement for a period of three years is the largest between the national carrier and Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ). The agreement will provide a platform to jointly promote the tourism in the state through digital and social media.

Former Qantas CFO Gary Toomey reportedly to become CEO of Jet Airways

Former Qantas CFO Gary Toomey reportedly to become CEO of Jet AirwaysQantas Airways' former chief financial officer (CFO) Gary Toomey will replace Nikos Kardassis as Jet Airways (India) Ltd's next chief executive officer (CEO), two people familiar with the developments at the company said.

The reported appointment Toomey has indicated that India's civil aviation companies are yet to have proper homespun chief executives barring IndiGo.

Qantas opens new passenger lounge at Changi

Qantas opens new passenger lounge at ChangiQantas Airways Ltd, leading Australian carrier, has opened a new lounge at Singapore's Changi airport for its passengers.

The new lounge will cater to premium passengers on its new dedicated Singapore services and will offer features 460 seats, 20 showers, 80-inch television screens and technology pods. The company will also offer a dining area with a live cooking station, a bar and mattresses and duvets for passengers wanting to sleep at the airport.

Qantas aims to increase services to mainland China

Qantas aims to increase services to mainland ChinaAustralia's largest carrier, Qantas Airways has indicated that it is aiming to increase its services between Australia and mainland China soon.

Andrew Hogg, Qantas International's China manager, said in the statement, "We said we would expand Qantas's Asian network through our airline partnerships. We're now delivering on that promise."

Qantas not to take action against equity consortium

Qantas not to take action against equity consortiumQantas Airways has said that the company is not looking to take any action against the private-equity consortium that is planning to gain control of the airline.

Alan Joyce, chief executive officer of Qantas Airways recently suspended funding to Tourism Australia. Joyce said that the partnership with Tourism Australia which goes back four decades has been scrapped because its chairman Geoff Dixon was aiming at buying into the airline.

Qantas suspends funding to Tourism Australia

Qantas suspends funding to Tourism AustraliaAlan Joyce, chief executive officer of Qantas Airways has defended the company's decision to suspend funding to Australia.

Joyce said that the partnership with Tourism Australia which goes back four decades has been scrapped because its chairman Geoff Dixon was aiming at buying into the airline. The cancellation of the $44 million partnership will allow the company to now fund regional tourism bodies instead of Tourism Australia.

Qantas aiming to start paying dividends again

Qantas aiming to start paying dividends againAviation major, Qantas has said that it is aiming to start paying dividends to its angry shareholders once again as it looks to turn around its international operations.

The airline reported its first net loss of A$ 244 million or $256million for the year till 30 June. The airline said that the net loss was mainly due to increased cost of costs and growing losses at its international operations.

Qantas-Emirates alliance will protect jobs, says Joyce

Qantas-Emirates alliance will protect jobs, says JoyceAlan Joyce, the Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Airways has said that the proposed alliance with Emirates will help protect jobs at the struggling airline, assuring that no jobs will be lost as a result of the partnership.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently reviewing the proposal for the alliance. Joyce claimed that the deal has been welcomed by the staff members of the airline. He said that the alliance will allow the company to grow its struggling international operations in the coming years.

Qantas to continue partnership with South African Airways

QantasThe International Air Services Commission (IASC) has extended a code-share alliance between Qantas Airways and South African Airways for flights between Sydney and Johannesburg for a period of 2 years.

Qantas Airways has been seeking a permission to extend the alliance for a period of four years until March 2016, but the IASC approved the extension only for two years, stating that it does not beelive the alliance will benefit customers beyond December 2014.

Qantas cancels orders for 35 Boeing Dreamliners

Qantas cancels orders for 35 Boeing Dreamliners Australian airline Qantas has said that it is cancelling an order for 35 Boeing Dreamliner aircrafts after it reported its first net loss since privatization in 1995.

The airline reported its first net loss of A$ 244 million or $256million for the year till 30 June. The airline had reported a net profit of A$ 250 million during the same period of the previous year. The airline said that the net loss was mainly due to increased cost of costs and growing losses at its international operations.

Several Internet services crash due to extra second

Several Internet services crash due to extra secondSeveral popular Internet services including LinkedIn, Reddit and Quantas airline's reservation system and others crashed during the weekend due to an extra second added to the official timekeeping record even as system providers had warned of its effects on the internet sites.

Experts say that mostly systems based on un-patched Linux OS kernels, Hadoop instances, Cassandra databases and Java-based programs faced downtime due to the extra second. The concept of leap seconds was introduced in 1971 as a way to synchronize Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and mean solar time.

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