Roo Tales

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

How do we get a plane in the air without taking off?

OK, there a few caveats behind that headline.  But, it’s technically true.  We can lift an Airbus A330 and even larger planes off the ground using giant hydraulic jacks. Why do we do it? Because it’s the easiest way to test that the landing gear is working correctly. And how do we do it? The […]

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The baby Boeing that keeps on going

If you’ve flown with us in the past few years, chances are you’re one of the millions of passengers who has boarded a Qantas Boeing 737-800. The twin-engine jet is the workhorse of our domestic fleet, and also makes short hops to New Zealand, Singapore, Bali and Noumea in New Caledonia. And 50 years ago, […]

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Speed bumps in the sky – turbulence explained

Turbulence is one of the most talked about elements of flying among passengers. But for cabin crew and pilots, it’s simply part  of the job and certainly not something to fear (provided you’re buckled up). That said, it can be uncomfortable. And it’s a leading cause of spilt drinks in-flight. So, a lot of effort […]

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Welcoming Stan On Board Our Wi-Fi aircraft

Have we mentioned lately that we’re excited for inflight Wi-Fi? It’s already installed on one of our domestic aircraft and we’ve been testing it in the background ahead of switching it on for customers to use. Wi-Fi on Qantas domestic will be free and fast. Fast enough to stream entertainment to your device the same […]

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From the smallest nut to an extra nose cone, we’ve got plenty of spares

Everyone knows an airline has lots of moving parts. But behind the scenes of Qantas’ flying operations is a mammoth engineering service with 250,000 spare pieces of kit ready to be despatched for routine aircraft maintenance and repairs. That’s a lot of parts to manage, but we want to make sure we have whatever it […]

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