May 24, 2012

Qantas’ future up in the air after the great divide

There are some difficult questions left unanswered about the future of Qantas as an international Australian flag carrier.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

There are some difficult questions left unanswered about the future of Qantas as an international Australian flag carrier in the restructure that splits the airline into two separately-managed businesses for domestic and international services from July 1.

The large majority of Australians who fly Qantas on domestic routes choose to fly non-Qantas airlines on international routes, not necessarily because they prefer carriers such as Emirates, Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific, but because Qantas doesn’t have anything to sell on a multiplicity of routes into China, greater Asia, and Europe beyond London and Frankfurt.

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4 thoughts on “Qantas’ future up in the air after the great divide

  1. AR

    For purely nostalgic, patriotic reasons I would happily fly Qantas o/s but the service is woeful, the prices too high and the options crap, compared to the hungry & perfectly turned out competitors. No doubt on slave wages but, hey, as a retired wage slave I gotta watch the pennies!

  2. drsmithy

    I’ve never had a complaint about QANTAS service, but their prices for international travel have become progressively more ridiculous, even more so for flights originating in Australia (ie: it’s cheaper to fly, say, LAX-SYD-LAX than it is to fly SYD-LAX-SYD, even with the same flights and class).

    I recently booked some “return” flights from London to Australia to return home after an upcoming holiday (getting there via the “return” leg of another flight booked from the US). It was half the price to book Premium Economy through BA rather than QANTAS, even though the “BA” flights are actually QANTAS codeshares (ie: same flights, same planes, same class, same points & SCs, just booked through instead of

    There are few things in the world more opaque than the charging models of airlines.

  3. A. N. Onymus


    Waiting in line for the toilet on a Qantas/Japan Airlines shared flight in late 1993 from Cairns to Tokyo (Narita), my companion overheard two passengers discussing their travel. The one who had booked with Qantas had paid two or three hundred dollars more than the one who had booked with JAL.

    The charging models were not so opaque then — at least not to the traveller.

    Another thing to be grateful to the Internet for — the ability to make personal comparisons of airline charges.

  4. eric

    The death of the half OS owned Qantas International will be all their own doing and I for one wont shed a tear.

    The Commonwealth Govt should never have privatised the company in the first place.

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