Roo Tales

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

Choc coated bacon and other First Class fare

The Qantas First Lounge in Sydney has a well-earned reputation as a pre-flight haven for top-tier Frequent Flyers and those with a seat at the pointy end of the aircraft. It regularly hosts musicians and actors (is that Ed Sheeran and Hugh Jackman?), has been the airport oasis of Hollywood royalty including Oprah and Ellen […]

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Why the fog is my flight delayed?

Fog is a challenge for all airlines. It reduces visibility around airports, meaning pilots simply can’t see enough to land safely. And that can cause some big delays. At Qantas, we have our own in-house meteorologist team to help us manage all weather-related events, including fog. They’re constantly monitoring conditions at every Qantas port, examining […]

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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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Plugging in a plane – how we keep the lights on before the engines fire up

When aircraft are in flight, all the electricity they need to power various systems comes from the engines. But what happens when they are on the ground in-between flights, and the engines aren’t running? Aircraft still need a significant amount of energy to operate things like air conditioning, cabin lights and hundreds of entertainment screens […]

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