Roo Tales - innovation

Your behind the scenes access to Qantas, the airline and its people.

Our A330s get connected

Over the past few weeks, our engineers in Brisbane have been giving one Qantas Airbus A330 some extra TLC.

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That time we towed a plane with a Tesla

Never has a passenger airliner been hitched to an electric passenger vehicle for towing. Well at least until today.
On a remote taxiway at Melbourne Airport, a Tesla Model X P100D with the greatest pulling power of any electric passenger vehicle came face to face against the newest star of the Qantas fleet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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Our first listicle – 10 ways Qantas is going green

What do LED lighting, ancient Indigenous fire management techniques and the ‘big data’ from a jet engine have in common?   Not much at first glance – but they’re all helping reduce the environmental impact of Qantas flights. All up, the global aviation industry accounts for about two per cent of the world’s total greenhouse gas […]

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Take a walk (a virtual one) on the tarmac

It’s all hands on deck when the Q400 regional aircraft pulls up outside the terminal with teams of refuellers, caterers, cleaners and engineers ready to unload and prepare the aircraft for its next flight. It’s like a coordinated pit crew  – each team focused on getting their job done, quickly and of course safely. And […]

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Car vs Plane – fasten your seatbelts (batteries are included)

The three kilometre runway at Avalon Airport – southwest of Melbourne, Australia – was the setting for a unique test of innovation, skill and power. It was a duel that pitted two examples of engineering achievement against one another. A Qantas Boeing 737-800 aircraft and a Tesla Model S P90D electric car. With its two […]

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