Snake, rattle and roll: Where A380s share accommodation with snakes and scorpions
Qantas engineers develop ’wheel whackers’ to scare off rattlesnakes during A380 maintenance procedures.
All revved up with nowhere to go – firing up for an engine run.
It’s a good day at the Qantas Jet Base when it’s time to switch on a Boeing 747 and take the engines for a spin. Qantas and Jetstar have 220 aircraft grounded at various airports around Australia and overseas due to the drastic reduction in domestic and international flying due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even […]
Long term plane parking
The phrase ‘long term parking’ at airports usually refers to your car. But at the moment, as airlines around the world go into some form of hibernation during the coronavirus crisis, it’s the aircraft looking for somewhere to sit for a while. Parking a plane isn’t a simple as locking up your car and walking […]
What a difference 30 years can make
Back in 1989, Qantas became the first airline to fly non-stop from London to Sydney. And we’re about to do it again. This time, we’re using the next generation twin engine Boeing 787 Dreamliner, an aircraft which already links Australia to London in a single hop from Perth. The London to Sydney flight is one […]
The flight where not only your bag gets weighed
Is it ever okay to weigh passengers as part of the check-in process? While this is not something that we do for most of our flights, it is a practice that has its place on certain routes to certain destinations. Approximately 600 kilometres east of mainland Australia in the middle of the Tasman Sea is […]