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    Qantas creates ‘whacker’ to scare reptiles away from parked A380s

    The post Qantas creates ‘whacker’ to scare reptiles away from parked A380s appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Qantas has developed a piece of technology dubbed a “wheel whacker” to help stop snakes and scorpions boarding planes it has parked due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst Australia’s borders are currently closed, and Qantas has ceased international flights other than government-run repatriation flights that bring citizens home from viral hotspots. The airline, therefore, parked its fleet of Airbus A380s at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, a location where low humidity makes for an ideal aircraft storage location. Qantas expects to fly its A380s again one day,…

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    Qantas plans to restart international scheduled flights in July

    The post Qantas plans to restart international scheduled flights in July appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Qantas is re-opening international flight bookings on all its regular routes from July 1, 2021. Qantas has consistently targeted mid-2021 as the resumption date for its international services. Now, six months out, Qantas is sticking to that timeline. But not everything is reverting to normal. The Qantas A380s will remain on the ground. Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s will fill the breach, including operating the iconic QF1/QF2 service between Sydney and London. Whilst this is indeed good news, I wouldn’t get too excited about it for the following reasons: Australia has…

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    Qantas allows more flexible flying

    The post Qantas allows more flexible flying appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Qantas is now offering more flexibility to customers wanting to change their travel dates, now allowing unlimited flight changes until January 2022.  This now ‘Fly Flexible’ policy applies to all new domestic flight bookings for Qantas and QantasLink, as well as and trans-Tasman services booked from today until the end of April 2021. The flight date can be changed to any available for sale at the time (up to 355 days in advance). Qantas will waive the change fee, however, a fare difference may apply. Previously, customers could only make one flight change for…

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    Qantas reveals shocking AUD 1 billion six-month loss

    The post Qantas reveals shocking AUD 1 billion six-month loss appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. As the COVID-19 pandemic left a terrible horror mark in the aviation industry and proved to be a fatal blow, Qantas has now posted an underlying loss of AUD 1.1 billion (USD 858 million) in the six months to 31 December 2020. In a half-yearly trading update on 24 February, the national carrier of Australia said that revenue took AUD 6.9-billion (USD 5.50 billion) hit, dropping to AUD 2.3 billion (USD 1.83 billion) in the second half of 2020, as passenger numbers slumped 83%. Australia’s largest airline also revealed it has…

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    Qantas to roll out health passports this week

    The post Qantas to roll out health passports this week appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Qantas announced that it is looking into the use of digital health pass apps to help resume safe international travel according to a report by Simple Flying. The CommonPass and IATA Travel Pass smartphone apps are being trialled on the airline’s international repatriation flights. Qantas suspended all its international services on the 19 of March last year. Since then, it has operated only repatriation flights in this segment, including services to London. Qantas’ leadership previously shared that it didn’t expect the airline to resume any significant long-haul international flying before a…