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AirlineRatings.com announces its list of the world’s safest airlines

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AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website, has announced its top 20 safest airlines for 2017 from the 425 it monitors.

Top of the list for the fourth-year running is Australia’s QANTAS Airways, which has a fatality free record in the jet era.

Making up the top 20 in alphabetical order are; Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, ANA-All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

AirlineRatings.com does not numerically rank its top 20 safest airlines but selects one overall standout airline.

Responding to public interest, the AirlineRatings.com editors also identified their top ten safest low-cost airlines.

These are (in alphabetical order): Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Jetstar Asia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and Westjet.

In making its selections, AirlineRatings.com takes into account a range of factors that include; audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record; profitability and fleet age.

AirlineRating.com’s editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, also examined each airline’s fleet history and its track record of initiating new safety technology to arrive at its top 20 safest airlines.

According to AirlineRatings.com editor Geoffrey Thomas, “our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of more advanced aircraft like the A350, 787 and 777X.”

“While these airlines are always leaders in safety there was no question that QANTAS still remains the leader in safety enhancements and operational excellence,” Mr Thomas said.

“Over its 96-year history QANTAS has amassed an amazing record of firsts in safety and operations and is accepted as the world’s most experienced airline.”

“QANTAS has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years.”

Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQJ (msn 062) LHR (SPA). Image: 935640.

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QANTAS Airways announces Melbourne – Los Angeles as first Dreamliner route

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QANTAS Airways has announced passengers flying from Melbourne to Los Angeles will be the first to experience the new QANTAS Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner when the inaugural international service takes-off on December 15, 2017*.

The QANTAS Dreamliner will carry 236 passengers in a three-class configuration and complement the daily Airbus A380 service already flying from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Operating six times per week, the Dreamliner will replace the 747 service that currently operates on this route alongside the A380.

This announcement follows QANTAS confirming it will fly nonstop from Perth to London from March 2018. Travellers on the East Coast are expected to also use the service, cutting up to an hour off their total travel time.

The 787-9 Melbourne-Los Angeles service will operate six days a week. This takes the total number of QANTAS services on the route from nine to 13 return flights per week and will give customers the convenience of a morning or afternoon departure from Melbourne on most days. As it replaces a larger, 364-seat 747 that operates twice a week, the net capacity increase is approximately 1,400 seats in total.

*subject to final government and regulatory approval

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QANTAS to fly nonstop from Perth to London

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QANTAS Airways is set to add to its list of aviation firsts, with the national carrier confirming it will operate nonstop flights from Perth to London using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The 14,498 kilometer service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe when it begins in March 2018.

QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce said the history-making route would be a watershed for travel, tourism and trade.

“When QANTAS created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth nonstop.

 

The new flight will operate through QANTAS’ existing domestic terminals (T3/4), which will be upgraded to accommodate international flights. The airline’s current international services from Perth (to Singapore and to Auckland) will also move to this terminal, helping to simplify the journey for thousands of people every year. QANTAS will move its operations to an expanded Terminal 1 at Perth Airport by 2025, pending a commercial agreement.

Seats on the Perth-London flights will go on sale in April 2017 for the first services in March 2018. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners used on the route will carry 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.

FAST FACTS – PERTH TO LONDON:

The 14,498 km flight will take approximately 17 hours (slightly more or less depending on winds).

When it launches, is expected to be the third-longest passenger flight in the world.

Longest flight on the QANTAS network, followed by our non-stop A380 Sydney-Dallas service (13,730km).

Will be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world.

The first regular passenger service from Australia to Europe adds to QANTAS’ list of flying firsts, including:

  • First passenger jet services across the Pacific in 1959 with a B707.
  • First (and only) non-stop passenger flight from London to Sydney in 1989 with a B747-400.
  • First to operate the world’s largest passenger aircraft (A380) on the world’s longest route (Sydney-Dallas) in 2014.

Perth was also used as a stopover on flights to London between the 1940s and 1960s.

In 2015, QANTAS operated a one-off Boeing 747-400 charter flight from Perth to Istanbul to take Australians to the Centenary of Anzac at Gallipoli – the last time the national carrier flew from Australia to Europe non-stop.

Image: QANTAS Airways.

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QANTAS refreshes its brand and livery, unveils the upcoming Boeing 787-9 cabins

QANTAS Airways refreshes its brand and livery

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has just released this statement and images for its new updated 2016 livery:

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Qantas has revealed an update to its iconic Kangaroo logo as part of preparation for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (below) entering its fleet a year from now.

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The change is only the fifth time the red-and-white image on the tail of Qantas aircraft has been updated since it was first introduced in 1944. The last update was in 2007 to coincide with the introduction of the Airbus A380 to the national carrier’s fleet.

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, revealed the new design together with the new Business Suites and Economy seats that will feature on the Boeing 787-9 to a hangar of around 1,000 employees and guests in Sydney.

787-9 Business Class Seats:

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787-9 Economy Class Seats:

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“Since the image of a kangaroo first appeared on a Qantas aircraft more than 80 years ago, it’s come to represent the spirit of Australia. When passengers see the Qantas tail at airports around the world, it’s a symbol of home,” said Mr Joyce.

“We wanted to make sure our brand remained familiar but we also wanted it to be more modern and dynamic, like the 787 and like Qantas.

“When we looked at the history, we found that the logo has been updated around the time of a game-changing new aircraft joining the fleet. It’s a tradition that goes back to the Lockheed Constellation in 1947, the Boeing 747-300 in 1984 and the A380 in 2007.

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“A fresh brand helps symbolise the new era Qantas is entering as we head towards our centenary. It’s an era of new destinations, new technology and a new standard of service,” added Mr Joyce.

The new design was overseen by Qantas consultant designer, Marc Newson, in partnership with Australian design agency Houston Group.

Marc Newson, who has helped design Qantas’ lounges, the A380 cabin and the iconic Skybed, said:

“Aircraft tails are fantastic canvas to work on and the Qantas logo is one of the most recognisable in the world. This re-design aims to retain the fundamental essence of the flying kangaroo but also move the brand forward.

“This new brand is more streamlined and the shading behind the kangaroo gives a better sense of movement and depth. A silver band now extends from the tail to the rear of the fuselage, to give a more premium feel.

“The typography for the word Qantas, which measures almost two metres high on the 787, has been carefully streamlined. And Qantas will appear on the aircraft’s belly, so you can tell when it’s the national carrier flying overhead,” Mr Newson added.

In another link to the airline’s heritage, the classic winged kangaroo that appeared on tails across three decades will feature under the cockpit window and incorporate the individual name of each aircraft.

The new design will gradually appear across the Qantas network from today, starting with digital assets, signage and advertising. Inventory of other items – such as pyjamas – has been run down in preparation for the new logo. Updating branding on aircraft will be sequenced with scheduled re-paints, to be completed in time for the airline’s centenary in 2020.

The updated brand follows the introduction of new cabin crew uniforms in 2014 and new pilot uniforms, unveiled earlier this year, that roll out today.

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NEW QANTAS BRAND – SUMMARY OF KEY DESIGN CHANGES ON OUR AIRCRAFT

  • A streamlined Kangaroo on the tail of the aircraft, with shading to give it a sense of depth and movement. The Kangaroo itself has been simplified for a cleaner, more modern look.
  • A silver band has been added to the rear of the aircraft, flowing from the tail through to the rear of the fuselage for a more premium feel and more contrast between the red tail and the rest of the aircraft.
  • A new, slimmer font for the world ‘Qantas’ on the side of the aircraft and the colour made slightly lighter.
  • The word Qantas is added to the belly for increased visibility when aircraft are flying overhead.
    Adding the Kangaroo to the inside curved edge of the wingtips so that they are in-flight and meaning they will also appear in pictures people take out the aircraft windows.
  • Replacing, centring and enlarging the Kangaroo that appears on outboard engine cowls, so that it is more prominent and identifiable.
  • Re-introducing the iconic ‘winged Kangaroo’ that featured on Qantas tails in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s by placing it under the cockpit window and integrating it with the aircraft name currently in this position (note: the actual aircraft names are unchanged).
  • The classic ‘Qantas red’ and white of the fuselage are unchanged.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Airbus A330-303 VH-QPJ (msn 712) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 935336. The pictured VH-QPJ is the first to wear the updated look and arrived at the Sydney base on October 27, 2016.

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QANTAS celebrates 95 years of history and unveils a “Retro Roo II” Boeing 737-800

"Retro Roo II" in the 1959 Boeing 707 livery

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

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A newly reconfigured Qantas Boeing 737-800 painted in vintage 1960s livery has been unveiled in Sydney as the national carrier celebrates 95 years of flying.

Retro Roo II (VH-VXQ) has the same livery that featured on Qantas’ Boeing 707 jets from 1959 to 1961 – when the flying kangaroo helped revolutionise long-haul travel.

The Boeing 707 represented a step-change in aviation and Qantas was the first carrier outside the United States to operate the jet. In 1959, Qantas used it to become the first airline to operate regular passenger jet services across the Pacific Ocean, connecting Sydney and San Francisco.

Qantas was also the first airline to offer a round-the-world jet service with the Boeing 707. The flying time was 70 hours compared to 127 hours with the Super Constellation aircraft that the B707 replaced. Today a Qantas flight from Sydney to London stops just once, in Dubai, and takes 21 flying hours.

Welcoming the freshly-painted jet into a hangar with more than 300 employees, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce described the vintage livery as a flying tribute to the airline’s history of innovation.

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Above Photo: QANTAS. Boeing 737-838 VH-VXQ (msn 33723) arrives at the Sydney base.

“None of the past 95 years would have been possible without all those who have worked for Qantas with such commitment and passion. Tens of thousands of people have dedicated their whole careers to the national carrier and many who work here today are the third or fourth generation in their family to do so,” he added.

“As we celebrate our 95th birthday today, I hope this livery inspires a sense of pride in what our national airline has achieved during all those years of taking Australians around the world and bringing them safely home again,” said Mr Joyce.

“A large part of the national pride people feel towards the flying kangaroo comes from the fact it has been responsible for so many innovations in global aviation.

“We were the first airline to introduce business class, we have operated record breaking endurance flights throughout our history and we’ve helped pioneer many breakthroughs in aviation technology.

“Innovation is still at the core of Qantas and we’re now looking to a new generation of aircraft with the arrival of Qantas’ first B787 Dreamliners in 2017. Like the 707 in 1959, these aircraft are at the cutting edge of aviation and we’re really excited about the opportunities they’ll open up for our customers.

The arrival of Retro Roo II, which was painted in Townsville, is part of Qantas’ 95th birthday celebrations. Events so far have included an Australia-wide Instameet and Qantas’ charity flight to Longreach, which raised over $110,000 for drought relief. A gala dinner for over 1,000 people in the airline’s A380 hangar in Mascot on Friday rounds out the activities.

Retro Roo II is the second Qantas 737 aircraft in vintage livery. Retro Roo I was launched last November, featuring the livery of 1971-1984, and regularly appears on social media as passengers photograph it at airports across the country.

Earlier this year, Qantas donated its record-breaking Boeing 747-400 (VH-OJA) to an aviation museum staffed largely by former Qantas employees. The aircraft was significant for operating the world’s longest non-stop flight from London to Sydney in 1989, and is now a big tourism draw for the Illawarra region.

Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by QANTAS). Boeing 737-838 VH-VXQ (msn 33723) named “Retro Roo II” is pictured at Sydney after arriving from Townsville.

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Video: QANTAS Airways. The first Boeing 707 service to San Francisco.

American Airlines to fly to New Zealand

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker announces new service to Auckland and is welcomed to New Zealand by Prime Minister John Key and Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. American will fly to Auckland from its Los Angeles hub with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner beginning in June 2016.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will add new nonstop service between its trans-Pacific gateway hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Auckland Airport (AKL) in June 2016, pending regulatory approvals. The route to Auckland provides American’s customers direct access to a new destination and further strengthens the airline’s joint business with QANTAS Airways (Sydney). American has added six new trans-Pacific routes over the last three years, nearly doubling its presence in the region.

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The two CEOs met earlier in the day with New Zealand Prime Minster John Key to present details of American’s new service that is planned to operate on the following daily schedule starting in June 2016 (all times local):

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Departs LAX at 10:45 p.m.
Arrives at AKL at 6:35 a.m., two days later

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Departs AKL at 1:20 p.m.
Arrives at LAX at 6:30 a.m., same day

American plans to operate its new daily service between LAX and AKL with the newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Photo: American Airlines.

QANTAS to introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in 2017 with the first of eight aircraft

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QANTAS Airways (Sydney) will enter a new era of global opportunities, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort when the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner joins the QANTAS International fleet from 2017.

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The national carrier will acquire eight Boeing 787-9s to gradually replace five of its older Boeing 747-400s on QANTAS International routes and open up a range of potential new city pairs. Four Boeing 787-9s will arrive in financial year 2018 and four will arrive in financial year 2019. This will leave the QANTAS Group with its six youngest reconfigured Boeing 747-400s.

Announcing the decision after a rigorous assessment process, QANTAS confirmed it had met the strict conditions for re-investment in a new long haul fleet type:

  • A return to strong profitability for Qantas International in financial year 2015, with the business reporting underlying Earnings Before Interest and Tax of $267 million – a turnaround of $764 million compared with financial year 2014 – and Return On Invested Capital above its cost of capital.
  • Net debt reduction of $1.1 billion since financial year 2013.
  • A competitive business case, including a new agreement with Qantas’ long-haul
    pilots. This agreement incorporates a 30 per cent productivity increase.

QANTAS will retain 15 further options and 30 purchase rights for additional Boeing 787s, with significant flexibility over the timing of delivery should they be exercised.

QANTAS will work with its team of internal experts and external designers to develop worldleading cabin interiors for the new Dreamliner. This will add to the aircraft’s unique features, including improved cabin pressure, larger windows and technology to reduce turbulence.

QANTAS Boeing 787-9 Fact Sheet: CLICK HERE

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Image Below: QANTAS. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight deck.

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