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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of Qantas. Crikey’s Qantas coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


Is Qantas scrimping on safety?

Are the recent turnbacks and mechanical mishaps on Qantas planes related to the recent cost-cutting?

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Does Qantas have a safety problem?

Qantas had three incidents in a 24-hour period yesterday. Is the flying kangaroo lax on safety, or was it just a string of bad luck?

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Media briefs: NM settles … SMH journos in the Tele … Insiders beats Bolt …

Sydney University professor Barry Spurr and his legal team, headed by Sydney silk Arthur Moses QC, have reached a confidential settlement with New Matilda over the publication of the professor’s private emails. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Joyce’s mangy kangaroo must look to Asia for help

In 2011, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce claimed Jetstar was the region’s “leading low cost carrier”. Clearly, this is no longer the case. It’s time for Joyce to eat humble pie, and accept an economic rescue from his south-east Asian counterparts.

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Qantas v Virgin: the kick-and-gouge, cut-throat brawl

Qantas isn’t the only airline in financial strife, as Virgin Australia releases its latest financial results.

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Shareholders or passengers? Steep losses pose tough questions for the future of Qantas

Qantas international has suffered serious financial setbacks, despite earlier assurances to the contrary. The domestic arm isn’t looking too flash either.

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In-flight mobiles will be annoying — but not dangerous

Plane Talker Ben Sandilands confesses all about the new rules allowing gate-to-gate use of small electronic devices on Qantas and Virgin flights.

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Changes for disabled job seekers … Qantas’ disappearing press release … Carbon Tax refunds wont buy lunch …

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Business Spec wants to be nice to Rupert? … James McGrath’s past … musical chairs at Qantas …

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Capacity crunch: will cutting flights pull Qantas out of its spiral?

Qantas’ decision to abandon its domestic capacity goal is a landmark in the recovery of the airline. CEO Alan Joyce is trying to stem losses in an unsustainable industry war.

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Tips and rumours

Alan Bond loves the budget … thumbs down for Campbell Newman … verdict on that Mirabella jostle …

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Qantas in Asia: expensive, cramped and losing share fast

Qantas’ all-important strategy in Asia is in tatters, analysts and insiders tell Crikey. New low-cost carriers in the region are losing out to bigger rivals.

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Redundos to come at Qantas … Turnbull’s policy on the fly … coal emails MIA …

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No love for Bob Carr from Lowy Institute … Qantas hosties on the clock … Frozen pensions fight to ease the budget burden … PUP man’s take on violence …

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Melbourne Uni grumbles around Mirabella appointment … Fin to close Shanghai bureau? … Qantas grovels over delays …

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A thousand jobs to go at Leighton? … senior cabin staff are walking from Qantas … Sports Party sticking with sexist Facebook gag …

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The RiotACT to shut down? … reports of Qantas snouts in the trough … was this Melbourne protest fair? …

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Macquarie Bank sale no big bonanza … SA election: indies leaning Labor … No news on Fiona Nash’s Facebook page … Qantas staff: keep quiet on Facebook …

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Inflight ‘news’ at Qantas … Queensland doctors revolt over cuts … Liberals a sporting chance in SA … Bake for the ABC (banana cake?) …

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Essential: strong opposition to offshoring of Qantas

Voters are deeply hostile to offshoring of Qantas jobs, while Bill Shorten continues to creep up on Tony Abbott, new polling from Essential Research reveals.

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The Qantas debt trap: Joyce’s mayday calls on finances are premature

Analysts who study Qantas’ books aren’t worried about the airline’s debt — so is Alan Joyce crying wolf? Crikey’s business editor on the spin, the backpedalling … and the financial reality.

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Aussies held in Syria? … QantasLink profitable, but staff to go … Trouble in Wiggle-dom? …

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Qantas management cull? … Alan Kohler turns to advertising … Oscars star meets Bob Katter (!) …

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Our auto subsidies were relatively low (and Keane is wrong)

Crikey readers talk government subsidies and what in the world we should do about Qantas.

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Qantas’ financials up in the air as govt help flies out the window

Qantas says it is in a strong financial position, but a look through its half-yearly results paints a murkier picture. Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Paddy Manning report.

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