Entries in Qantas (8)


Qantas Pulls Order for 35 Boeing Dreamliner Jets

Qantas(NEW YORK) -- Plotting a course through tough economic times, Qantas Airways has delivered a big blow to airline manufacturer Boeing by cancelling dozens of its new Dreamliner passenger jets.

"Given lower growth requirement in this uncertain global context, firm commitments for 35 B787-9s will be cancelled," Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.

Those planes would be worth around $8.5 billion at "list prices."  So for now, the Australian carrier plans to stick with an older fleet for longer.

For the first time ever, Qantas has reported a $257 million annual loss -- that's going back to when it went private in 1995.

The airline, nicknamed the "Flying Kangaroo," has been hit by rising fuel prices and a series of strikes.

"Clearly we confront very difficult and uncertain trading conditions in Britain, Europe and the United States.  The fuel price is also uncertain.  The high Australian dollar will continue to create ripple effects throughout Australia as retail, manufacturing and tourism adjusts," Joyce said.

He insisted that transformation at the airline is on track, and that the goal "is to return it to profit and ensure it remains Australia's iconic flagship carrier."

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Dirty Diaper Grounds Qantas Flight

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- When passengers complained of a strange odor aboard a Qantas flight en route from Darwin to Brisbane earlier this week, officials made the decision to land the plane as soon as possible.

Rather than a security threat, officials found a dirty diaper that had been left in one of the plane’s toilets.

While the diaper was easily disposed of, the passengers had to be removed from the aircraft by forklift, according to the Daily Mail.

The plane landed in Mount Isla, a smaller airport that isn’t able to handle an aircraft as large as the Qantas aircraft. The forklift removed people five at a time, a process that took two hours.

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Baby Rats Found Aboard Qantas Plane in Sydney

Pascal Parrot/Getty Images (file photo)(SYDNEY) -- The flight crew of a Qantas jet could've used some snakes on their plane this week.

According to The Wall Street Journal, five baby rats were found Tuesday in a storage compartment on board a Qantas jet at Sydney airport.  A spokesperson for the Australian airline said the rats were discovered before passengers boarded the Boeing 767 for a flight to Brisbane.

The jet was taken out of service, inspected and later declared to be free of rats.  The plane is scheduled to be put back into service Thursday.

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Qantas Seeks Compensation; Investigators Identify Engine Defect

Photo Courtesy - Pascal Parrot/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Qantas Airways is taking legal action against Rolls-Royce, seeking compensation from the superjumbo engine manufacturer.

The airline filed a statement of claim in the Federal Court of Australia Thursday, opening the door to gaining a settlement from Rolls-Royce at some point.

“[Thursday's] action allows Qantas to keep all options available to the company to recover losses, as a result of the grounding of the A380 fleet and the operational constraints currently imposed on A380 services,” Sydney-based airline said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has identified the cause of the engine explosion that forced a Qantas Airbus A380 to make an emergency landing in Singapore on Nov. 4.  In a statement released Thursday, the bureau cites a "potential manufacturing defect with an oil tube connection" in the engine.

Qantas grounded all six of its superjumbo jets for three weeks following the incident.

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Qantas and Airbus Back in the Air with the A380

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Qantas returned two of its A380 jets to the skies on Saturday after an explosion grounded the fleet earlier this month.  The Nov. 4 engine explosion sent the A380 back to the Singapore airport for an emergency landing. 

The mid-air explosion was the most serious safety incident to date for the gigantic jet.  Qantas officials now say the fleet, with its Rolls Royce engines, has been closely examined.  The Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines needed to have some turbines replaced.  Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told reporters before Saturday's flight, "We are 100 percent comfortable with it."

Joyce is one of the 478 passengers to climb on board the first post-accident flight, bound from Sydney to Singapore and on to London. 

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Qantas Aborts Third Flight in Under Two Weeks Over Cockpit Smoke

Photo Courtesy - Pascal Parrot/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Another problem yet again for Qantas Airways.  A Qantas Boeing 747 was grounded one hour into a flight after smoke was spotted coming out of the cockpit, marking the third time in less than two weeks that Qantas has had to abort a flight.

The flight departed from Syndey International Airport Monday morning, en route to Argentina, when smoke started coming out of an instrument panel in the cockpit, forcing the plane to return to the tarmac after being up in the air for only an hour.

Olivia Wirth, a spokeswoman for Qantas, says, "The pilots have reported there was a minimal amount of smoke in the cockpit.  In line with procedures, the captain, Captain Lowden, did make priority clearance back to Sydney Airport.  However, before this happened, he dumped fuel, arriving back at Sydney Airport safely."

No one onboard sustained any injuries.

Qantas is looking into what caused the smoke.  Wirth says, "At this stage it is believed that there was a faulty part within a selection panel in the cockpit."

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Qantas Finds Oil Leak in Engines; Airbus Fleet Grounded

Photo Courtesy - Pascal Parrot/Getty Images(MASCOT, New South Wales) -- Checks on the Rolls-Royce engines on the Qantas fleet of its Airbus A380 planes have shown some oil leakage problems, and that means they'll be staying grounded for some time.

The engines on the planes are almost new, so problems shouldn't be expected this early into their commission.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says, "Oil leaks have been discovered in the turbine area of three engines.  We have removed these engines from the aircraft for further testing."

And while tests are conducted, Joyce says, "The A380 fleet will remain out of service for at least the next 72 hours."

Of the six grounded Qantas aircrafts, one remains in Singapore, another in both Germany and Sydney, Australia and three others in Los Angeles, California.

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Qantas Airbus Grounded After Engine Fails in Flight

Photo Courtesy - Pascal Parrot/Getty Images(SINGAPORE) -- A Qantas Airbus en route to Sydney, Australia made an emergency landing in Singapore Thursday after one of its four engines failed.  The Airbus A380 took off from Singapore's Changi Airport and was forced to return to the tarmac after its number two engine shut down and lost part of its cover while flying over Indonesia.

Upon landing, the plane was surrounded by fire engines.  Some smoke was reportedly coming from the plane.

All 433 passengers and 26 crew members are safe.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the company is suspending indefinitely all A380 flights, which includes six planes, until it understands what caused the problem.  Qantas believes the incident was "significant," calling it an "uncontained engine failure."  Joyce added that this is the first incident the company has had with the Aibus A380.

Rolls-Royce, along with Qantas and Airbus, is also investigating the incident.

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