Entries in Qantas (10)

Friday
Jun242011

Qantas settles with Rolls-Royce for 95 million AUD out of court

Qantas Airways announced earlier this week that it reached an out-of-court settlement with engine maker Rolls-Royce regarding last November's engine failure on one of the Australian flag carrier airline's Airbus A380 models.  The settlement is in the amount of 95 million AUD (70.4 million EUR; 62.4 million GBP; 123.1 million NZD; 99.7 million USD).

The deal was reached Wednesday morning, but during a press conference, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce refused to go into specifics.  He characterized the settlement as "a very good result," considering the recent downturn in the commercial aviation industry in general.

The A380 that suffered the engine failure happened to be the first A380 inaugurated into service by Qantas in late 2008.  It was given the name Nancy Bird Walton, after the famous Australian aviatrix born in 1915.  She was the youngest Australian woman to have a pilot's license, and during the 1930s, operated an air ambulance service in the Australian state of New South Wales.  She died in 2009, at the age of 93.

The Qantas Airbus A380 was scheduled to fly from Changi International Airport (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) in Singapore to Kingsford Smith Airport (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY) in Sydney.  The engine failed shortly after takeoff, requiring the plane to return to Singapore.  Qantas grounded its fleet of A380s (of which there were six at the time) for inspections.  This prompted Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa to do the same.  In the time since, all three airlines have expressed confidence in the long-term soundness of the A380, both mechanically and from a business point of view.

Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and Lufthansa are three of six carriers worldwide to fly the Airbus A380.  The others are Air France, Emirates, and Korean AirAir France and Emirates were unconcerned about the safety of the A380s in their respective fleets, because the engines in all of their A380s are the GP7200, made by the Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric and Pratt & Whitney.  Last November, Korean Air did not yet fly the A380.  But for the record, it chose the Engine Alliance GP7200 to power its A380, of which it has ordered ten, and currently possesses one.

related stories

Qantas looks at legal action against Rolls-Royce for engine failure (December 2, 2010)

Qantas CEO aboard first company A380 to fly since engine failure (November 27, 2010)

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation (November 22, 2010)

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure (November 16, 2010)

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

Qantas Reaches Commercial Agreement with Rolls-Royce (Qantas Airways)

Rolls-Royce deal drives Qantas profit (Sydney Morning Herald)

Rolls-Royce, Qantas settle over engine explosion (Yahoo News)

Qantas settles with Rolls-Royce (CNN Online)

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Thursday
Dec022010

Qantas looks at legal action against Rolls-Royce for engine failure

Qantas Airways has reiterated that it believes it has a cause of action against the British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce.  The two companies are currently in talks, and Australia's national airline says it will seek an out-of-court commercial settlement from the British company before proceeding with any lawsuit, according to www.foxbusiness.com.  Rolls-Royce "gave no response" to the news from Qantas.

Findings from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), about an engine weakness which led to the November 4 engine failure over Indonesia, led Qantas to "conduct further investigations" into the causes of the blown engine.  The flight ended with a dramatic landing back at Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS), whence it had departed shortly before, bound for Sydney.  The A380 trailed smoke as it touched back down at Changi International.

Qantas Airways was founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  The acronym of its original name is what the airline goes by today.  It is colloquially known as the "Flying Kangaroo."  Qantas operates 142 aircraft.  It flies to 18 domestic destinations, and also flies to four destinations in New Zealand, and one in the French overseas collectivity of New Caledonia.  In addition, it flies to four destinations in North America, one in South America, one in Africa, two in Europe, and eight in Asia.  Qantas operates hubs at Kingsford Smith Airport, and at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).  Its main offices are in the Botany Bay sector of Sydney.  Company stock is traded on the Sydney-based Australian Securities Exchange.

related stories

Qantas CEO aboard first company A380 to fly since engine failure (November 27, 2010)

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation (November 22, 2010)

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure (November 16, 2010)

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

Qantas prepares to sue Rolls-Royce over engine blast (Yahoo News)

Qantas Says It Can Pursue Legal Action Against Rolls-Royce (Fox Business)

Saturday
Nov272010

Qantas CEO aboard first company A380 to fly since engine failure

Earlier today, Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce expressed confidence in the repairs made to his airline's fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, before boarding one in Sydney bound for Singapore.  This was the first A380 flight operated by Australia's national airline since its fleet of A380s was grounded on November 4, after an engine failure over the Indonesian island of Batam forced a Sydney-bound Qantas A380 to return to Singapore.  Joyce said Qantas is now "100 per cent comfortable with the operation of the [A380]," and that his airline is in talks with Rolls-Royce over compensation.  Joyce said the British aircraft engine maker was "apologetic" over the situation.

Yesterday, a Qantas-operated Boeing 747 was delayed just before takeoff from Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY) when an indicator light showed an engine fault.

Qantas Airways was founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  The acronym of its original name is what the airline goes by today.  It is colloquially known as the "Flying Kangaroo."  Qantas operates 142 aircraft.  It flies to 18 domestic destinations, and also flies to four destinations in New Zealand, and one in the French overseas collectivity of New Caledonia.  In addition, it flies to four destinations in North America, one in South America, one in Africa, two in Europe, and eight in Asia.  Qantas operates hubs at Kingsford Smith Airport, and at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).  Its main offices are in the Botany Bay sector of Sydney.  Company stock is traded on the Sydney-based Australian Securities Exchange.

related stories

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation (November 22, 2010)

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure (November 16, 2010)

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

Alan Joyce on board as Qantas A380 returns to sky (The Australian)

First Qantas A380 back in operation (World News Australia)

Monday
Nov222010

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation

Following a series of engine-related malfunctions, including one on November 4 that forced pilots to make an emergency landing in Singapore, both the French aircraft manufacturer Airbus, and Australia's Qantas Airways have announced they will seek compensation from the British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce.  An Airbus spokesman said the company would seek "full financial compensation" from Rolls-Royce.  Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said it was too early to determine how much, in monetary terms, this has cost the airline, but suggested that Australia's national airline might seek compensation from Rolls-Royce in the future.

Qantas plans to return one of its grounded A380s to service this coming Saturday.  Joyce has said he will be aboard the first Qantas-operated A380 to fly since the November 4 engine failure.

related stories

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure (November 16, 2010)

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

Rolls-Royce face Qantas Airbus A380 compensation over engine scare (UK Daily Mail)

Qantas Seeks Rolls-Royce compensation for A380 (Wall Street Journal)

Qantas to Recommence A380 services (Qantas Airways)

Tuesday
Nov162010

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure

Australia's Qantas Airways posted to its website late last week that they are reassigning routes originally flown by their six grounded Airbus A380 aircraft, to other Airbus planes, and to the Boeing planes in its fleet.  Routes normally flown by the substituted Boeing planes have been assigned to other Airbus planes.  Qantas specifically mentioned routes involving the domestic destinations Sydney and Perth, and the international destinations Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo (Narita International Airport in particular) as being affected by the reassignments.  From November 5, the first full day during which the airline's six A380s were grounded, to November 11, Qantas operated all but seven scheduled flights across its "international network," according to the press release.

Qantas stressed that their six grounded A380s "will not return to service until there is complete certainty that the fleet [of A380s] can operate safely."

Singapore Airlines returned one of its grounded airplanes to service last Friday.  The Singaporean national airline, which immediately grounded its fleet of 11 A380s upon hearing of the Qantas Singapore-Sydney engine failure, returned all 11 to service the next day following tests.  Then upon discovering oil stains on some of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines which power the carrier's A380s, it again grounded three of the super jumbo planes.  A second of the three was returned to service last Saturday.

Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and Lufthansa, the three airlines that fly the Airbus A380 with the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, "may need to replace one component" in the engines, before returning the airplanes to service.

Dubai-based Emirates, which also operates the A380, continues to fly the newest Airbus model with no problems.  According to Emirates, the Airbus A380s operated by Emirates use the Engine Alliance-manufactured GP7000 engine, rather than the recently troubled Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine.  According to Engine Alliance, the engine they build to power the A380 is the GP7200.  Engine Alliance refers to an alliance between General Electric (GE) and Pratt & Whitney, formed in 1996 for the purpose of manufacturing aircraft engines for high capacity, long range aircraft.

related story

 Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

A380 Update - Qantas Confirms International Network Availability (Qantas Airways)

Singapore Air Returns One A380 to Service After Engine Change (Bloomberg)

Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa May Need A380 Engine Fix (Bloomberg)

Monday
Nov082010

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure

Qantas Airways, the national airline of Australia, continues research this week into the cause of a mid-air engine explosion that forced the recent emergency landing of one of its aircraft.  The affected aircraft is an Airbus A380, and as a result of the engine failure, Qantas has grounded indefinitely (but for at least a week) its entire fleet of Airbus A380s.  The aircraft that suffered the engine failure had departed from Changi Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) bound for Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney, the largest Australian city (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).  Engine failure occurred relatively shortly after takeoff, as the aircraft had only made it over Indonesia when it was forced to dump fuel and return to Singapore.

"A series of recent emergencies on various aircraft" has afflicted Australia's best-known airline, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.  Investigators into the malfunctions have discovered faults with three Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, the type used to power the Airbus A380.  Singapore Airlines and the German carrier Lufthansa have said they will continue operating the A380.  Air France and Dubai-based Emirates also operate the A380, but as of this post, neither has explicitly indicated, in light of the Qantas engine explosion, whether they will or will not continue to fly the A380.

Singapore-Sydney was the very first route flown commercially by the Airbus A380.  That flight, in October 2007, was operated by Singapore Airlines.

Qantas Airways was founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  The acronym of its original name is what the airline goes by today.  It is colloquially known as the "Flying Kangaroo."  Qantas operates 142 aircraft, six of which are the grounded A380s.  Qantas flies to 18 domestic destinations, and also flies to four destinations in New Zealand, and one in the French overseas collectivity of New Caledonia.  In addition, it flies to four destinations in North America, one in South America, one in Africa, two in Europe, and eight in Asia.  Qantas operates hubs at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY), and at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).  Its main offices are in the Botany Bay sector of Sydney.  Company stock is traded on the Sydney-based Australian Securities Exchange.

original stories

Qantas Continues A380 Engine Inspection Program (Qantas Airways)

Qantas Extends A380 Grounding to a Week After Engine Explosion (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Oil leaks investigated as Qantas Extends A380 grounding (Sydney Morning Herald)

Qantas A380 makes emergency landing in Singapore (Sydney Morning Herald)

Friday
Oct152010

Jetstar and American agree to codeshare flights

The Australia-based Qantas Airways subsidiary Jetstar Airways, and United States-based American Airlines, have arranged a codeshare agreement.  American Airlines posted to their website yesterday morning that it plans to put its codeshare symbol (AA) on five routes operated by Jetstar entirely within New Zealand, Australia's neighbor across the Tasman Sea.  Three of those are the Jetstar routes between Jetstar's focus city of Auckland, and the cities of Christchurch, Queenstown, and Wellington, the national capital.  The other two are routes between Christchurch and Queenstown, and between Christchurch and Wellington.

In addition, an interline agreement between the two carriers will enable American Airlines customers to access the regional network of Jetstar.  Jetstar’s CEO Bruce Buchanan said the codeshare relationship will enable customers to book flights on all three airlines, “as part of a single booking.”  In addition, Jetstar flights marketed with the Qantas codeshare symbol (QF) will be eligible for American Airlines frequent flier program reward points.

Qantas and American are both charter members of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Qantas is affectionately nicknamed “The Flying Kangaroo.”

Qantas was founded in 1920 in the Australian town of Winton, Queensland, as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  Its official name is now Qantas Airways Limited, and it no longer uses its original full name for any official purpose.  It uses Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY), and Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), as its hubs, and is based in the Botany Bay neighborhood of Sydney.

Jetstar was founded by Qantas in 2003 as a low-fare subsidiary, operating within Australia.  It is wholly-owned by Qantas, and has since branched out beyond Australia.  It flies 52 aircraft to 30 destinations in the countries of Australia and New Zealand, on the continent of Asia, and including the American state of Hawaii.  Its largest hub is Tullamarine Airport, and its main offices are in Melbourne.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  It now operates 621 aircraft to 260 destinations, in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  It is the second-largest airline in the world by the former measure, and is the world’s third-largest airline by the latter measure.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  This relocation was criticized as a betrayal by then-New York mayor Ed Koch.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW), and its main offices are in Dallas.

related stories

Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific expand codeshare (September 17, 2010)

Delta and Hawaiian agree to codeshare flights (September 11, 2010)

Finnair will buy 20 percent of Finnish Commuter Airlines (September 9, 2010)

Aegean and Continental agree to codeshare flights (August 26, 2010)

Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1 (August 12, 2010)

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

original stories

American Airlines and Jetstar Announce Codeshare and Interline Agreements (American Airlines)

American Airlines, Jetstar to code share (Sydney Morning Herald)

American Air deal for Jetstar (New Zealand Herald)

Friday
Sep102010

Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance blocked

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued a draft ruling yesterday rejecting a proposed alliance between the national airline of New Zealand, and the Australian low-cost carrier Virgin Blue.  The Commission, part of the government of Australia, explained that such an alliance would be “likely to reduce competition” along routes between Australia and New Zealand.  Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue originally sought approval for the alliance in an effort to “compete more effectively” with the Australian national airline Qantas AirwaysDenial by the Commission of permission to form the alliance is the second rejection of this type suffered by Virgin Blue over the past week.  Virgin Blue was recently denied permission to form a trans-Pacific alliance with the American-based carrier Delta Air Lines, by the United States Department of Transportation.

Air New Zealand possesses a plurality of the market share on trans-Tasman routes, with 38 percent of the total.  Qantas and its associated short range carrier JetStar together run second, with 32 percent of the market share.  Virgin Blue runs third with 18 percent.

Virgin Blue is the second largest airline based in Australia, behind Qantas.  It was founded in 2000 by the venture capital conglomeration Virgin Group Limited, itself founded by the British venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson.  Virgin Blue and its subsidiaries operate 75 aircraft to 31 destinations within Oceania, and on the continents of Australia, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Its corporate offices are located in the Bowen Hills area of Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, and capital of the Australian state of Queensland.  Virgin Blue operates its largest hub at Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE; ICAO: YBBN), and operates secondary hubs at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), and at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).

Air New Zealand was formed in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), as a joint venture among the British Overseas Airways Corporation, which held a plurality of the shares; Qantas Airways; the government of New Zealand; and the now defunct New Zealand carrier Union Airways.  The airline was nationalized in 1965, when the government of New Zealand bought all shares.  It was privatized in 1989, and re-nationalized in 2001.  Air New Zealand and its subsidiaries operate 99 aircraft to 53 destinations within Oceania, and on the continents of Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America.  Its headquarters is in Auckland, at a complex colloquially called “The Hub.”  As far as airports are concerned, the airline operates its largest hub at Auckland International Airport (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA).  Its focus cities are the national capital Wellington, the nation's second-largest city Christchurch, and the American city of Los Angeles.

As of the time of this post, Air New Zealand is the largest airline headquartered in the land of the long white cloud, and is the only airline to circumnavigate the world.

original stories

Australia Blocks Virgin Blue-Air NZ Tie-Up (CNBC Online)

Double blow clips Virgin Blue's wings (Sydney Morning Herald Online)

Another regulator thwarts Virgin Blue (Sydney Morning Herald Online)

Friday
Jun252010

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights

Air travelers to China and Australia who travel via Singapore will be able to will be able to switch between airlines serving those two countries more smoothly starting July 1.  Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines have agreed to expand their codeshare relationship, by placing their respective codeshare symbol on each other's flights to and from a geographical midpoint of sorts, Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS).

Each of the two airlines already has an established codeshare relationship with the other, on domestic flights.  But starting July 1, in addition to that, Qantas will place its codeshare symbol (QF) on three daily China Eastern flights between Singapore and China Eastern's hub at Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG; ICAO: ZSPD) in Shanghai.  And China Eastern will place its codeshare symbol (MU) on Qantas Airways flights between Singapore and the Qantas domestic destination cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide.

Qantas Airways was founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  The acronym of its original name is what the airline goes by today.  It is the national airline of Australia, and has hubs at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY), and at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).  Its main offices are in the Botany Bay sector of Sydney.  China Eastern Airlines was formed in 1988.  Its main hub is at Pudong International, but its main offices are located at Hongqiao International Airport (IATA: SHA; ICAO: ZSSS), also in Shanghai.

related stories

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original story (Qantas Airways)

Wednesday
Jun162010

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft

A recent purchase by the United Arab Emirates-based airline, of 32 additional Airbus A380s brings the airline’s total of Airbus A380s to 90.  The move surprised Emirates’ competitors, including Qantas, the flag carrier of Australia.  Qantas chief Alan Joyce expressed bemusement at the size of the order from Emirates, worth 11.5 billion USD (9.4 billion EUR; 13.4 billion AUS).  Emirates officials stated in Berlin recently that their goal was for the emirate of Dubai to become a major hub for worldwide travel.

The Airbus A380 made its worldwide debut in 2005, flying from Toulouse, France, the Airbus headquarters (IATA: TLS; ICAO: LFBO).  Singapore Airlines made the first commercial flight of an Airbus A380, from Singapore Changi International (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) to Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney, Australia (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY) in 2007.  As of this post, the A380 is the largest passenger airliner in the world.

Emirates was founded in 1985.  It is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.  Its main hub is at Dubai International Airport (IATA; DXB; ICAO: OMDB).  Qantas was founded in 1920, and operates out of Botany Bay, Sydney, Australia.  Its main hubs are at Kingsford Smith Airport and Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).

original story (The Australian)