Qantas moots non-stop flights from London to Sydney

Qantas has challenged Airbus and Boeing to develop aircraft capable of flying non-stop from London to Sydney by 2022.

Qantas Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner (Image courtesy of Qantas Airways)

Qantas announced its annual financial results in Sydney today.  The airline posted a healthy profit before tax of AUD$1.4bn.   This is a sharp turnaround in fortunes for Qantas after it reported a record loss of AUD$2.8bn three years ago.  Much of the turnaround has been achieved through a restructuring of its international network.

In Europe, Qantas suspended twice daily services from London Heathrow to Sydney via Singapore and Bangkok and to Melbourne via Singapore and Hong Kong in favour of daily services to Sydney and Melbourne via Dubai under a joint-venture with Emirates.

Whilst Qantas seemed to be in retreat in Europe having ceded much market share to the “Big Three” Middle Eastern airlines (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways), its interest has reignited of late.  Qantas is due to launch non-stop flights to Perth in March 2018.  Qantas is also due to open a new lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 3 this year.

Qantas has also today given a firm expression of interest in launching non-stop flights between London and Sydney by 2022.

Qantas has tasked aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing to produce new aircraft under development, the Airbus A350 Ultra Long Range and the Boeing 777X respectively, with sufficient range to operate London to Sydney non-stop with no restrictions on passenger loads.

Qantas claim that a non-stop flight between London and Sydney could shave four hours off the journey time.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce commented:

“From next year we’ll be flying direct from Perth to London, which is a huge leap forward. We believe advances in technology in the next few years will make Sydney to London direct a possibility and Qantas is well placed to be the airline to do it.

“Any aircraft purchase would have to meet strict financial thresholds, but these direct flights would be revolutionary for air travel in Australia.”

Airlines do not ordinarily give away commercial decisions on route launches away years in advance, and this is a very public message aimed squarely at aircraft manufacturers to sharpen their pencils.

It is also axiomatic that the viability of non-stop flights from London to Sydney will depend on how non-stop flights to Perth are received, both in terms of cabin comfort and whether passengers, particularly those at the front of the aircraft, are willing to pay a premium for non-stop services.

Personally, we would love to see non-stop flights to Sydney and for Qantas to rebuild its presence in London back to four flights a day.

Also today, Qantas announced a refurbishment of its Airbus A380 fleet which will include new business class and premium economy cabins and “refreshed” First Class and economy cabins.

 

BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 23 – 31 August 2017

Updated daily, these are the confirmed cancelled flights at Heathrow due to strike action by BA cabin crew from 23 – 31 August 2017

British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, is currently taking industrial action through to 30 August 2017. The industrial action may be extended beyond this date, subject to a 14 day notice period.  However, no further industrial action has been announced.

Here are the confirmed cancellations to date from to Wednesday 23 August to Thursday 31 August.

Please note this page is updated regularly.  Please keep checking for updates for flights up to Thursday 31 August 2017.  Further cancellations should become known from 24 – 72 hours in advance.

The following flights should be operating normally:

  • All flights from London City and London Stansted
  • All flights from London Gatwick should operate as normal. However, some flights to New York JFK may be cancelled.
  • All flights from UK regional airports (apart from flights to London Heathrow)
  • The majority of flights from London Heathrow except London Heathrow – Doha
  • Flights operated by codeshare partners, Oneworld alliance members and other airlines owned by BA’s parent company IAG are also not affected
  • If your flight is cancelled you will offered the opportunity to rebook to an alternative flight or a refund
  • Passengers who are due to travel to Doha will also be re-accommodated on Qatar Airways

The best advice is to check your booking using the Manage My Booking tool and ensure your e-mail and telephone contact details are up to date.  In addition, it is a good idea to download the BA app to your smartphone to receive notifications about your flight.

You can also check live flight information on the websites of Heathrow and BA.  The Heathrow website shows flight information up to the next day, and the BA site shows flight information (by number and route) for the next ten days.

In terms of the risk of further industrial action, the union is required to give 14 days’ notice to BA.  So if there are no announcements two weeks before your flight you can assume it is not a risk of strike action.
Continue reading “BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 23 – 31 August 2017”

BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 16 – 22 August 2017

Updated daily, these are the confirmed cancelled flights at Heathrow due to strike action by BA cabin crew from 16 – 22 August 2017

British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, is currently taking industrial action through to 30 August 2017. The industrial action may well be extended beyond this date.

Here are the confirmed cancellations to date from to Wednesday 16 August to Tuesday 22 August.

Please note this page is updated regularly.  Please keep checking for updates for flights up to Tuesday 22 August 2017.

The following flights should be operating normally:

  • All flights from London City and London Stansted
  • All flights from London Gatwick will operate as normal. However, some flights to New York JFK may be cancelled.
  • All flights from UK regional airports (apart from flights to London Heathrow)
  • The majority of flights from London Heathrow
  • Flights operated by codeshare partners, Oneworld alliance members and other airlines owned by BA’s parent company IAG are also not affected
  • If your flight is cancelled you will offered the opportunity to rebook to an alternative flight or a refund
  • Passengers who are due to travel to Doha or Muscat will also be re-accommodated on Qatar Airways

The best advice is to check your booking using the Manage My Booking tool and ensure your e-mail and telephone contact details are up to date.  In addition, it is a good idea to download the BA app to your smartphone to receive notifications about your flight.

You can also check live flight information on the websites of Heathrow and BA.  The Heathrow website shows flight information up to the next day, and the BA site shows flight information (by number and route) for the next ten days.

In terms of the risk of further industrial action, the union is required to give 14 days’ notice to BA.  So if there are no announcements two weeks before your flight you can assume it is not a risk of strike action.
Continue reading “BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 16 – 22 August 2017”

BA Cabin Crew Strike: Wednesday 16 August – Wednesday 30 August 2017

Some British Airways London Heathrow cabin crew are due to take further industrial action from Wednesday 16 August to Wednesday 30 August 2017.

British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, has called for yet further industrial action over from Wednesday 16 August to Wednesday 30 August 2017, including the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Taking into account industrial action throughout July and August this means that there will be two months of continuous strike action at BA this summer.

What can be confirmed now is: Continue reading “BA Cabin Crew Strike: Wednesday 16 August – Wednesday 30 August 2017”

BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 9 – 15 August 2017

Updated daily, these are the confirmed cancelled flights at Heathrow due to strike action by BA cabin crew from 9 – 15 August 2017

British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, is currently taking industrial action through to 30 August 2017. The industrial action may well be extended beyond this date.

Here are the confirmed cancellations to date from to Wednesday 9 August to Tuesday 15 August.

Please note this page is updated regularly.  Please keep checking for updates for flights up to Tuesday 15 August 2017.

The following flights should be operating normally:

  • All flights from London City and London Stansted
  • All flights from London Gatwick will operate as normal. However, some flights to New York JFK may be cancelled.
  • All flights from UK regional airports (apart from flights to London Heathrow)
  • The majority of flights from London Heathrow
  • Flights operated by codeshare partners, Oneworld alliance members and other airlines owned by BA’s parent company IAG are also not affected
  • If your flight is cancelled you will offered the opportunity to rebook to an alternative flight or a refund
  • Passengers who are due to travel to Doha will also be re-accommodated on Qatar Airways

The best advice is to check your booking using the Manage My Booking tool and ensure your e-mail and telephone contact details are up to date.  In addition, it is a good idea to download the BA app to your smartphone to receive notifications about your flight.

You can also check live flight information on the websites of Heathrow and BA.  The Heathrow website shows flight information up to the next day, and the BA site shows flight information (by number and route) for the next ten days.

In terms of the risk of further industrial action, the union is required to give 14 days’ notice to BA.  So if there are no announcements two weeks before your flight you can assume it is not a risk of strike action.
Continue reading “BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 9 – 15 August 2017”

BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 2 – 8 August 2017

Updated daily, these are the confirmed cancelled flights at Heathrow due to strike action by BA cabin crew from 2 – 8 August 2017

British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, is currently taking industrial action through to 30 August 2017. The industrial action may well be extended beyond this date.

Here are the confirmed cancellations to date from to Wednesday 2 August to Tuesday 8 August.

Please note this page is updated regularly.  Please keep checking for updates for flights up to Tuesday 8 August 2017.

The following flights should be operating normally:

  • All flights from London City and London Stansted
  • All flights from London Gatwick will operate as normal. However, some flights to New York JFK are cancelled.
  • All flights from UK regional airports (apart from flights to London Heathrow)
  • The majority of flights from London Heathrow
  • Flights operated by codeshare partners, Oneworld alliance members and other airlines owned by BA’s parent company IAG are also not affected
  • If your flight is cancelled you will offered the opportunity to rebook to an alternative flight or a refund
  • Passengers who are due to travel to Doha will also be re-accommodated on Qatar Airways

The best advice is to check your booking using the Manage My Booking tool and ensure your e-mail and telephone contact details are up to date.  In addition, it is a good idea to download the BA app to your smartphone to receive notifications about your flight.

You can also check live flight information on the websites of Heathrow and BA.  The Heathrow website shows flight information up to the next day, and the BA site shows flight information (by number and route) for the next ten days.

In terms of the risk of further industrial action, the union is required to give 14 days’ notice to BA.  So if there are no announcements two weeks before your flight you can assume it is not a risk of strike action.
Continue reading “BA Cabin Crew Strike Flight Cancellations 2 – 8 August 2017”

BA Cabin Crew Strike: Wednesday 2 August – Tuesday 15 August 2017

Some British Airways London Heathrow cabin crew are due to take further industrial action from Wednesday 2 August to Tuesday 15 August 2017.

British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, has called for yet further industrial action over fourteen consecutive days from Wednesday 2 August to Tuesday 15 August 2017.

This is a continuation of a dispute that has led to fourteen consecutive days of strike action from Wednesday 19 July to Tuesday 1 August 2017.  This has effectively extended this period of industrial action to four weeks.  

Taking into account industrial action throughout July, this means that there will be at least six weeks of strike action on BA this summer.

What can be confirmed now is: Continue reading “BA Cabin Crew Strike: Wednesday 2 August – Tuesday 15 August 2017”