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  • Australian Jews seek reassurance on Qantas-Emirates deal

    11/13/2012 2:10:26 AM PST · by ilcenter · 1 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Nov.13, 2012 | Dan Goldberg
    Sydney – A new partnership between Australia's national airline Qantas and Emirates Airlines is causing turbulence in the company's relations with the Jewish community, prompted by fears for the safety of Jews and Israelis who purchase seats on the "Flying Kangaroo." The 10-year deal, announced in September, will mean Dubai will now replace Singapore as the major hub and layover spot for customers flying to and from Europe. As part of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai prohibits Israeli passport holders from entering its territory. The UAE and Israel do not have formal diplomatic relations.
  • Qantas A380 Out Of Service After Cracks Found In Wings

    02/07/2012 7:37:50 PM PST · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    Fox Business ^ | Feb-07-2012
    <p>SYDNEY – Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) said Wednesday it has taken one of its Airbus A380 superjumbos out of service after cracks were discovered in its wings.</p>
  • BREAKING NEWS: Qantas grounds entire fleet

    10/29/2011 12:03:51 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 39 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 29th October 2011
    QANTAS has grounded its entire domestic and international fleet of aircraft and will lock out all staff involved in its industrial dispute from Monday night. The incredible move, coming in the middle of a bitter dispute with staff, will strand thousands of passengers in Australia and around the world. "We are grounding the Qantas fleet now," Qantas chief Alan Joyce has said. This means: * passengers in 12 planes at airport gates at the time of the announcement had to disembark; * 64 planes currently in the air, carrying 7000 passengers, are continuing to their destinations, but passengers with connecting...
  • Qantas Aims to Bring 5 Carriers to China (airlines)

    09/14/2011 1:28:25 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    International business Times ^ | 14 Sep 2011 | Vittorio Hernandez
    Australian flag carrier Qantas plans to get a larger cut of the Chinese passenger market by planning to bring five carriers to China, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. By getting a bigger share of the Chinese market - one of the fastest growing because of the country's red-hot economy - Qantas hopes to reverse its $200 million annual loss on international services. According to the International Air Transport Association, the Chinese market will be the world's most profitable for 2011.As part of Qantas' expansion, the air carrier has filed several trademark applications with the name RedQ as the front runner...
  • White Makeup Good, Black Makeup Raaa…cist!

    08/29/2011 3:11:35 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 4 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | 29 August, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    (Photo Exhibits Above) Remember Whoopi Goldberg at the Academy Awards, 1999. Great stuff! She was dressed up as Elizabeth I -face painted white, naturally. But when, in 2011, “two white men declare a black man their hero and are denounced as racists,” what message are elites sending out? QANTAS has overreacted.
  • Rats in cabin ground Qantas jet

    06/04/2011 12:20:18 AM PDT · by raygun · 10 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 2 June 2011 Last updated at 00:28 ET | someguy
    The discovery of five baby rats in a cabin compartment on a Qantas jet has caused a flight to be grounded.
  • Qantas has another mid-air drama

    01/24/2011 5:34:18 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 26 replies
    Sky News ^ | January 25, 2011
    Qantas's mechanical woes continue, with an aircraft flying from Adelaide to Melbourne forced into rapid descent after its cabin depressurised. Oxygen masks dropped in the Boeing 737 400 with 99 passengers onboard after its cabin lost pressure about 30 minutes out from Melbourne on Tuesday morning. 'The flight crew requested a rapid descent to 10,000 feet,' a Qantas spokeswoman told AAP. 'The aircraft landed without incident and no medical assistance was required.' She said the cause of the depressurisation was not known, but it could have resulted from an air conditioning fault. One passenger told ABC radio the depressurisation caused...
  • US-bound Qantas 747 diverted to Fiji due to engine problem

    01/18/2011 9:35:30 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    A QANTAS flight from Sydney to New York was diverted to Fiji due to an engine problem yesterday - the latest in a string of troubles for the Australian flagship airline. The incident follows an engine blowout on another Qantas 747, as it was seconds away from takeoff at Sydney Airport on Saturday. The two engine issues are the latest in a shocking run for the national carrier, which had to ground its entire A380 fleet in November after one of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines exploded in mid-air shortly after takeoff from Singapore.
  • Another Qantas jet engine failure during preperation for takeoff from Sydney Airport

    01/15/2011 11:49:40 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    AAP ^ | January 16, 2011
    THERE'S been another engine failure on a Qantas aircraft, this time as it was preparing to take off at Sydney Airport. Flight QF11 to Los Angeles, carrying 344 passengers... Passengers on the 747 described hearing "a loud bang" and then watching as black smoke poured out of the crippled engine. The captain then reportedly announced over the intercom that the engine had "cooked itself". A spokeswoman for Qantas said the plane was on the runway and cleared for take-off when it had a "low-speed engine failure".
  • Qantas time bomb, first account from flight crew of Singapore A380 superjumbo incident

    12/10/2010 3:08:01 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies · 3+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 11th December 2010 | Geoff Easdown
    <p>FEARS of jet fuel gushing from ruptured tanks gripped the pilots of the crippled Qantas A380 superjumbo after the emergency landing in Singapore last month.</p> <p>In the first account by a member of the flight crew, senior Qantas check-captain David Evans reveals the most dangerous period during the three-hour drama was during the 50 minutes it took to offload the 469 passengers and crew, reported the Herald Sun.</p>
  • Crew saved crippled Qantas A380 from disaster

    12/03/2010 5:42:43 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 28 replies · 3+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 4th December 2010 | Steve Creedy
    THE crew of a crippled Qantas airliner averted disaster last month. As the crew of Flight QF32 began to reconfigure the damaged A380 aircraft for landing in Singapore, they were bringing in the superjumbo without many of the systems they took for granted and with only one engine functioning normally. Only the No 3 engine had reverse thrust, no leading edge slats were available, there was limited aileron and spoiler control and anti-skid braking was restricted, an Australian Transport Safety Bureau report said yesterday. The nose wheel steering was limited and the pilots knew the nose was likely to pitch...
  • 'Unprecedented' number of failures on ill-fated Qantas A380 flight

    11/19/2010 3:28:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th November 2010 | Kate Schneider
    NEW details have emerged revealing just how close Qantas flight QF32 came to disaster earlier this month. Turbine fragments flew out of the plane’s engine when it exploded in mid-air, severing cables in the wing, narrowly missing the fuel tank and taking out flight control systems during the November 4 incident, according to a preliminary report by Airbus. The pilots were forced to deal with an "unprecedented" number of issues during the two-hour ordeal, Vice President of the Australian and International Pilots Association, Richard Woodward, said. “The amount of failures is unprecedented,'' Mr Woodward, a Qantas A380 pilot who has...
  • Airlines: Rolls modified engine before blowout

    11/18/2010 6:48:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    ap ^ | Thursday November 18, 2010, 7:06 pm EST | David Rising and Michael Weissenstein
    Airlines give strongest sign yet that Rolls-Royce knew of engine fault before 1 blew out
  • Global A380 fleet needs to swap 40 engines: Qantas

    11/17/2010 5:09:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/17/10 | Balazs Koranyi
    SYDNEY (Reuters) – The world's fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft will need to replace around 40 Rolls-Royce engines to ensure safety after one such engine broke apart in flight this month, Australia's Qantas said on Thursday. That would represent about half of all Rolls-Royce engines currently in service on A380 aircraft, the world's largest passenger plane with a list price of around $350 million each. "We've been talking to Airbus and Rolls-Royce and we understand that the number (of engines to be replaced) is around 40," Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce told reporters. "We've already replaced three and there could...
  • Qantas flight makes emergency landing

    11/14/2010 8:44:13 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | Nov 14, 2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- A Qantas Airways flight carrying 199 passengers was forced to turn back to Sydney, Australia, on Monday because of a technical problem, the airline said. Specifics of the Boeing 747's technical problem were not immediately clear, Qantas spokesman Simon Rushton said. The flight was bound for Argentina. The flight landed without incident and everyone aboard the aircraft was fine, Qantas said.
  • Rolls Outlines Trent 900 Modification Plan

    11/13/2010 7:24:55 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 8 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 12 November 2010 | Max Kingsley-Jones
    Rolls Outlines Trent 900 Modification Plan By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.com LONDON Rolls-Royce says that last week’s uncontained failure of a Trent 900 on a Qantas Airbus A380 was caused by the malfunction of “a specific component” in the turbine area, which will be addressed by a modification programme across the fleet. Meanwhile Airbus boss Tom Enders has warned that the problem may impact A380 deliveries this year and next. Rolls says that the investigation and Trent 900 engine inspections launched in the wake of the QF32 incident on Nov. 4 has led it to draw two key conclusions. It confirms...
  • Qantas to keep A380s grounded indefinitely as report reveals details on suspected fault

    11/10/2010 10:15:54 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 11th November 2010 | Geoff Easdown
    INVESTIGATORS probing the A380 engine saga found an oil fire may have led to the mid-air engine explosion last week that seriously damaged a Qantas jet, the Herald Sun reported today. Details of what is believed to have occurred were revealed in an emergency directive by the European Aviation Safety Authority to all airlines which bought super jumbos fitted with the now suspect Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine. Singapore Airlines and German carrier Lufthansa are the only other airlines flying Rolls-Royce powered superjumbos. In today's directive, the European safety regulator said that a preliminary study indicated an oil fire may have...
  • Post Engine Rolls Royce Explosion, Qantas Airways Grounds Airbus A380s

    11/08/2010 3:35:33 AM PST · by Srirangan · 21 replies
    Australia's Qantas Airways has grounded its A380 fleet for at least another three days as it investigates oil leaks as a possible cause of the explosion which tore apart one of the super jumbo's engines last week. Qantas shares fell as its reputation as one of the world's safest airlines came under the spotlight and investors started counting the financial cost of grounding aircraft and compensating passengers.
  • Qantas plane in mid-air scare

    11/03/2010 11:42:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | 4 Nov 2010 | Matt Brown
    The airline says the Airbus A380 aircraft, with 433 passengers and 26 crew aboard, made an emergency landing and all on board are safe and well. -- snip -- Christopher Lee told ABC Radio's PM program that there was an explosion about 15 minutes after take-off. "After leaving Singapore there was an explosion, there was a loud bang followed by another one, and then a rattling of the cabin," he said. "Some of the passengers then alerted cabin staff to the fact that there was an explosion, there was smoke or something to that effect. "At that [point] we were...
  • Qantas jumbo makes emergency landing in Singapore

    11/04/2010 5:43:55 AM PDT · by stefanbatory · 37 replies · 10+ views
    Yahoo! news/AP ^ | 11-4-10 | By JULIA ZAPPEI, Associated Press
    Qantas grounded its Airbus A380 fleet after one of the superjumbo jets blew out an engine Thursday, shooting flames and raining large metal chunks before making a safe emergency landing in Singapore with 459 people aboard.
  • Fox News: Plane Crash In Indonesia

    11/03/2010 9:04:43 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 11 replies
    Fox News | 11-03-10
    Just coming in...plane crash in Indonesia...developing...
  • Singapore-bound Qantas flight near Indonesia's Batam Island: [No crash]

    11/03/2010 8:29:48 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 95 replies
    Only a headline so far.
  • 'You will all die': Crazed man's vow to terrified passengers as he tries to open exit door mid-air

    10/07/2010 10:14:28 AM PDT · by traumer · 54 replies
    Terrified passengers on a London-bound flight froze in their seats as a crazed man ran through the aisle of the Qantas jet screaming: 'You will all die!' Praying and yelling in a foreign language, the man threatened to kill himself and the passengers on the fully-laden jet several hours after it took off from Melbourne to fly to London via Hong Kong. Flight attendants managed to jump on the man and restrain him as he threatened to open an emergency exit door, shouting: 'It is God's will'. Passengers told of the flight of terror when they made calls to friends...
  • Qantas pilot allowed to carry on flying... despite having urges to crash planes

    03/22/2010 4:49:35 PM PDT · by rawhide · 18 replies · 670+ views
    daily mail uk ^ | 3-22-10 | Richard Shears
    A jumbo jet pilot has told how he repeatedly had overwhelming urges to crash the planes he was flying. Bryan Griffin said that once he even had to 'immobilise' his arm to prevent him trying to down a Qantas passenger jet. His hand had 'involuntarily moved towards the start levers' on the journey to Singapore. The compulsion to cut out the engines was so strong, he had to leave the flight deck and did not return until he had calmed down. The pilot revealed during a compensation hearing how he was also afflicted by urges to scream and cry, ignored...
  • Qantas pilot forced to pull out of landing at Melbourne Airport just seconds from touchdown

    11/08/2009 6:11:34 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 35 replies · 1,619+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 9th November 2009 | Geoff Easdown
    A QANTAS plane was just 400 feet off the runway at Melbourne Airport when the pilot was forced to abort a landing this morning, because of congestion. The 747 jumbo from Los Angeles was carrying 300 passengers when it had to pull out of the landing at the last minute. The pilot was forced to circle the airport until the runway was cleared.
  • Sick pilot unable to land Qantas jet in Perth

    10/29/2009 8:40:14 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 40 replies · 1,685+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 30th October 2009
    A QANTAS plane landed safely in Perth this morning after calling for assistance when a pilot became incapacitated. The airline confirmed that flight QF593 from Adelaide had issued a “pan" alert and asked to be met by an ambulance after one of the pilots suffered a health issue, The Australian reports. The Qantas 737-800 from Adelaide carrying 110 passengers left Adelaide about 6.50am (local time) and touched down in Perth at 7.30am. An emergency was declared by the co-pilot and air traffic control vectored the aircraft onto the longest runway 21/03, thewest.com.au reports. After touch down the aircraft came to...
  • Qantas cancels, defers order for Boeing 787s

    06/26/2009 10:11:44 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 7 replies · 459+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 06/26/09 | Times Business Staff
    Boeing's largest airline customer for the 787 said it is canceling orders for 15 Dreamliners and deferring another 15 deliveries by four years. Qantas Group, the parent of Qantas and discount carrier Jetstar, said Friday in Australia that the changes were driven by the economic climate, not this week's announcement of a design problem that will add weeks or months to the much-delayed plane's first flight. Qantas has 50 remaining Dreamliners on order, comprising 35 787-9s and 15 787-8s. "The latest delay is disappointing, but we do not expect it to impact the Qantas Group given these changes to our...
  • Qantas jet went into 'total free-fall': passenger

    06/22/2009 6:30:34 AM PDT · by NCjim · 43 replies · 1,952+ views
    Canberra Times ^ | June 22, 2009
    Passengers were thrown around the cabin of a Qantas flight after severe turbulence forced the plane to plummet mid-air, injuring seven. QF68 was flying over Borneo in Malaysia, about four hours after leaving Hong Kong, when it "encountered severe turbulence", Qantas said in a statement. The Airbus A330 touched down at Perth International Airport this morning, and shaken passengers disembarked from it. Six passengers and one crew member were injured and were treated by paramedics once the plane arrived. One man suffered a cut to his head during the incident, which is understood to have lasted between 10 to 20...
  • ATSB fails to find cause for Qantas cylinder rupture

    03/06/2009 1:49:28 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 368+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 6th March 2009
    THE reason why an oxygen cylinder came to blow a hole in a Qantas jet carrying 365 passengers and crew to Melbourne is still unknown. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the cylinder, which penetrated the cabin and skin of the aircraft, causing a loss of cabin pressure, had never been found, so the exact reason for the malfunction could not be determined. There was no trace of any explosive residue that would point to a terrorist attack. The ATSB and aircraft manufacturer Boeing examined a number of cylinders from the same production batch. "To date, the investigation has not...
  • Big Airbus bird ruffles LAX

    01/28/2009 3:49:35 PM PST · by decimon · 26 replies · 2,267+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 28, 2009 | Dan Weikel
    LOS ANGELES — Every time Qantas lands one of its giant Airbus A380s at Los Angeles International Airport, parts of the nation's fourth-busiest airport come to a halt. Service roads, taxiways and runways must be closed to airfield trucks, cars and other commercial aircraft as the world's largest passenger plane — with wings almost as long as a football field — arrives, departs and taxis with an official escort of operations vehicles. The plane is so immense that air traffic controllers give it priority so it doesn't have to wait for takeoff at the end of the southern runways in...
  • Defence station interference suspected in Qantas mishaps

    01/02/2009 12:50:04 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 536+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 3rd January 2008 | Debbie Guest
    A MALFUNCTION has forced a Qantas jet to return to Perth, prompting concerns for the second time in three months that interference from a defence station in northwestern Australia may be to blame for a mid-air drama on the national carrier. Qantas flight 71 was on route to Singapore with 277 passengers about 8.30am last Saturday when it had to return to Perth after the jet's autopilot disconnected because of a problem with a unit that supplies key information to flight control computers. The Airbus A330-300 was 45 minutes into the journey and about 380 nautical miles south of the...
  • Qantas Dive Traced To Computer Glitch

    10/15/2008 11:58:26 AM PDT · by Devilinbaggypants · 15 replies · 641+ views
    The abrupt dive of a Qantas A330-300 last week that injured scores of passengers wasn't caused by a passenger's electronic device, but by an internal breakdown in the Airbus's flight-control computer system, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said on Tuesday.
  • Laptop may have caused Qantas incident[Airbus Emergency Landing]

    10/08/2008 7:10:03 PM PDT · by BGHater · 45 replies · 2,434+ views
    Sky News ^ | 09 Oct 2008 | SKY News
    A passenger's laptop computer is being considered as a possible cause of the Qantas incident off Western Australia on Tuesday. The Airbus A330-300 was flying from Singapore to Perth when it suddenly plunged thousands of feet, leaving more than 50 people injured. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing at an air force base near Exmouth in WA. A computer malfunction involving the auto-pilot system is being blamed for the incident. 'There certainly was a period of time where the aircraft performed on its own accord as it pitched over nose forward,' said Julian Walsh from the Transport...
  • Cylinder blast would be a first [QANTAS]

    07/27/2008 7:03:09 PM PDT · by steve86 · 25 replies · 189+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 28, 2008
    A Qantas Boeing 747 was forced to make an emergency landing at Manila Airport on Friday after a midair incident. CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau would be focusing on whether an onboard oxygen tank had exploded, ripping a hole in the plane's fuselage. -snip- He confirmed an oxygen cylinder was missing from the plane and this would be a key focus of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's(ATSB) investigation into what happened.
  • Qantas jet probe focuses on exploding oxygen cylinders

    07/27/2008 12:54:56 AM PDT · by rawhide · 39 replies · 126+ views
    AFP ^ | 7-2-08
    SYDNEY (AFP) — Air safety investigators said Sunday that an exploding oxygen cylinder may have been to blame for tearing a huge hole in an Australian Qantas jumbo jet in mid-air, nearly causing a disaster. Officials said an oxygen back-up cylinder is missing from the aircraft, and ordered the airline to inspect all such bottles on its fleet of Boeing 747s. The Qantas Boeing 747 was flying from Hong Kong to Melbourne on Friday when an explosive bang led to a sudden loss of air pressure in the cabin. The plane, which had originated in London and was carrying 365...
  • BBC: Plane hole 'not due to corrosion' (says Qantas boss Geoff Dixon )

    07/26/2008 1:30:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 190+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 26 July 2008 11:04 UK 10:04 GMT, | BBC Staff
    Plane hole 'not due to corrosion' Engineers have begun inspecting the damaged plane in Manila Qantas boss Geoff Dixon has denied corrosion caused a hole in the body of the plane that was forced to make an emergency landing in Manila.Safety engineers have begun examining the plane to establish the cause. More than 360 people were on board the flight when it was forced to land. They have since arrived back in Australia. Possible causes include corrosion or accidental external damage but Mr Dixon said preliminary checks showed corrosion was not the problem. The Qantas chief executive said he...
  • Qantas denies rust to blame for emergency landing

    07/26/2008 12:58:14 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 24 replies · 155+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | Last Updated: 5:01PM BST 26 Jul 2008 | By Barbie Dutter in Sydney
    Safety concerns were raised as long ago as February about the Qantas aircraft that had to make an emergency landing after a 9ft hole opened up in its fuselage at 29,000 feet, it has emerged.
  • Blast rips hole in Qantas jet over South China Sea

    07/25/2008 4:15:45 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies · 185+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 26th July 2008 | Steve Creedy and Angus Hohenboken
    DEBRIS flew past passengers as air was sucked out of an ageing Melbourne-bound Qantas jumbo jet after a mid-air explosion ripped a gaping hole in its fuselage and plunged the plane into a 20,000ft emergency descent. Almost 350 mostly Australian travellers on QF30 from London heard an "almighty bang" yesterday morning and feared a mid-air collision as a rush of wind coursed through the cabin and oxygen masks fell from the ceiling of the Boeing 747-400. "There was a terrific boom, and bits of wood and debris just flew forward into first (class) and the oxygen masks dropped down," Melbourne...
  • Did explosion cause jet hole?

    07/25/2008 12:59:54 PM PDT · by null and void · 53 replies · 151+ views
    The Sun ^ | 7/25/08 | STAFF REPORTER
    A GAPING hole which ripped through the belly of a jumbo jet mid-flight may have been caused by an explosive device or a damaged fuselage, aviation experts say. The packed Quantas Boeing 747 was forced to make an emergency landing in the Philippines today after the hole ripped through the plane’s belly. Some passengers were so terrified they vomited when oxygen masks has to be used as the Melbourne-bound flight touched down. Air expert David Learmount said: “It’s possible there was some kind of explosive device in the suitcases. There’s a hole where there shouldn’t be.” But Mr Learmount, who...
  • Stabbed attendant 'kept tackling'

    05/29/2003 6:49:02 AM PDT · by BallandPowder · 21 replies · 300+ views
    A PASSENGER told tonight how a Qantas flight attendant ignored serious stab wounds to his head to repeatedly tackle a 'would-be hijacker' until he could be subdued. Derek Findlay described today's dramatic hijack bid by a man in a suit and armed with wooden stakes, who attacked two flight attendants and tried to crash a Melbourne to Launceston domestic flight. Mr Findlay, 30, was among passengers who wrestled the attacker to the cabin floor after he ran towards the cockpit, lunging at the male purser and female flight attendant. As well as sticks, the man was also brandishing an aerosol...
  • (7/25/08) Qantas Plane Dives 20,000 Feet After Hole Ripped Mid-Air in Fuselage

    07/25/2008 6:58:31 AM PDT · by cardinal4 · 55 replies · 758+ views
    artorius castus blog ^ | 25 July 08 | AP
    MANILA, Philippines — A Qantas flight en route to Australia from London made an emergency stop in Manila on Friday after a loud bang punched a hole in the Boeing 747-400's fuselage, officials and passengers said.
  • Qantas flight plunges 20,000ft

    07/25/2008 1:02:20 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 37 replies · 687+ views
    The Australian ^ | 25th July 2008 | Steeve Creedy
    A MELBOURNE-BOUND Qantas jumbo jet plunged 20,000 feet today after a 1.5m hole in the fuselage caused a rapid decompression. Witnesses said there was a bang and a rush of wind before oxygen masks fell and the plane began an emergency descent. The plane was about 320km out of The Philippines capital Manila en route from Hong Kong when warning lights alerted pilots to the decompression in the cargo hold. “The aircraft had a rapid decompression and at the same time there's been some damage to the fuselage,” an Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman said. “As a result of the...
  • Gun found in Qantas luggage: claim

    03/30/2008 4:16:52 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 673+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 31st March 2008
    A MAN who allegedly tried to smuggle a gun on to a domestic flight at Melbourne airport has been charged by police. He was arrested as he tried to hail a taxi outside the domestic terminal after screening equipment allegedly detected a pistol in his carry-on luggage. Sources told the Herald Sun the man was trying to board a plane with the loaded gun.
  • Qantas Offers $86,500 Contracts To Air New Zealand Workers, Ex-Engineers As Jan. 9 Strike Looms

    12/25/2007 1:08:47 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 553+ views
    AHN ^ | 12/24/07 | Windsor Genova
    Australia's national airline, Qantas Airways Ltd., is offering $86,500 six-month contracts to engineers from Air New Zealand (ANZ) and its former engineers to have substitutes for 1,700 engineering staff who plan to go on strike on Jan. 9. But New Zealand's Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union, which includes ANZ engineers, advised members to reject the offer, which is almost double the pay of the 400 engineers Qantas laid off from its heavy maintenance base in Sydney last year. The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA), believes the former engineers will not take the lucrative offer. Talks on pay and working...
  • Nitrogen Used To Fill Aircraft Oxygen Systems

    12/16/2007 12:27:37 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 93 replies · 690+ views
    AVweb ^ | December 15, 2007 | Russ Niles, Editor-in-Chief
    Airlines all over the world are being warned to check to make sure there’s actually oxygen in their aircraft oxygen systems after an embarrassing mix-up by Qantas Airlines at Melbourne International Airport. .................... When they said they were topping up the oxygen, he said, 'No you're not, that's a nitrogen cart,'" an unnamed source told The Age.
  • Threat Matrix: December 2007

    12/01/2007 8:47:13 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,428 replies · 7,285+ views
    Calculating the Risks in Pakistan A small group of U.S. military experts and intelligence officials convened in Washington for a classified war game last year, exploring strategies for securing Pakistan's nuclear arsenal if the country's political institutions and military safeguards began to fall apart. The secret exercise — conducted without official sponsorship from any government agency, apparently due to the sensitivity of its subject — was one of several such games the U.S. government has conducted in recent years examining various options and scenarios for Pakistan's nuclear weapons: How many troops might be required for a military intervention in...
  • Air stewardess: secrets of my five-mile high sex romp with Ralph Fiennes

    02/17/2007 7:20:26 PM PST · by george76 · 49 replies · 3,471+ views
    the mail ^ | 17th February 2007 | JO KNOWSLEY
    Qantas stewardess tells how she fell for Hollywood star in Seat 2K...and how after a mad, passionate fling he abandoned her to face the sack... The attraction had been immediate and overwhelming from the moment they first made eye contact. But as Qantas stewardess Lisa Robertson leaned over towards Hollywood star Ralph Fiennes to offer him a drink, she could not have imagined how the evening would unfold - or that she would end up in a passionate tryst with him in the aircraft lavatory. When rumours first emerged that Ralph Fiennes joined the Five Mile High Club in the...
  • 'How I led Ralph Fiennes astray at 35,000ft'

    02/15/2007 5:52:52 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 793+ views
    daily mail ^ | 15th February 2007
    The Qantas stewardess who claimed she rejected an amorous Ralph Fiennes on a flight to India has admitted having sex with him in an aircraft lavatory. Lisa Robertson told friends she was a big fan of the British actor and found herself luring him to the cubicle. But they apparently shared more than a 15-minute fling at 35,000ft. Miss Robertson claims they went on to share a passionate night in a Mumbai hotel - at the star's invitation. The Australian stewardess has told friends she recognised Fiennes, 44, as he soon as he settled into his business class seat, 2K,...
  • Plane lands after engine fire (LA bound jet)

    02/03/2007 3:32:03 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 23 replies · 1,880+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 3 February 2007
    A LOS Angeles-bound Qantas airliner which had flames jetting out of one engine has landed safely at Sydney airport. The Boeing 747 Flight QF149 with 274 people on board was forced to turn back after taking off at 11.58am (AEDT) today, Qantas said. It landed at 1.20pm (AEDT) after dumping fuel and circling the city's northern beaches, a Qantas spokesman Lloyd Quartermaine said. He said flames had been seen coming out of one of the engines, but there was no explosion and passengers were not at risk. "The engine didn't explode," Mr Quartermaine said. "At this stage we believe it...
  • Man kicked off flight for Bush-bashing T-shirt

    01/22/2007 7:52:07 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 42 replies · 1,579+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | Mon Jan 22, 7:33 AM ET
    Man kicked off flight for Bush-bashing T-shirt Mon Jan 22, 7:33 AM ET CANBERRA, Jan 22 (Reuters Life!) - An airline passenger barred from a flight for wearing a T-shirt labeling President Bush a terrorist has threatened legal action against Australia's flag carrier Qantas. Allen Jasson, 55, an Australian IT expert who lives in Britain, was stopped from boarding a London-bound Qantas flight at Melbourne Airport last Friday for wearing what the airline said was an offensive T-shirt. Airline staff said the T-shirt of Bush with the tagline "World's number 1 terrorist" could have upset other passengers and demanded it...