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Qantas and Jetstar Launch One Million Seat Sale

Qantas Retains Top Spot as Most Punctual Major Domestic Airline

Qantas and Jetstar are making it easier for Australians to lock in their travel plans for the rest of the year with more than one million discounted seats up for grabs in their latest network-wide sales.

From today, one-way fares are available from $39* on Jetstar and $99^ on Qantas. Business class fares are available from $499 on Qantas.

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Between Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar, the sales span more than 170 routes around Australia including capital cities and regional towns from Cairns and Canberra to Ballina and Brisbane. Jetstar is also offering sale fares on more than 20 international routes, with fares starting from $175* one-way. The sale fares are on average 30 percent lower than Qantas’ normal lead-in fares and up to 60 percent lower for Jetstar.

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Qantas and Jetstar travel planning tips

  • Book as early as possible and travel at off-peak times (especially mid-week, if you can) to get the lowest fares.
  • Keep an eye out for regular sales:
    • Low-fares and holiday package offers are available on Jetstar’s deals page which is updated every week.
    • Subscribe to Qantas’ Red Email and Jetstar’s Jetmail to receive the latest flight sales and special travel deals straight to your inbox.
  • Consider joining Club Jetstar for $55 a year to get early access to Jetstar’s biggest sales.
  • Qantas Frequent Flyers can maximise their points earn through their everyday spend (like credit cards, supermarket shopping, fuel) and use points to book flights.
  • Use a Qantas Travel Credit to book your next flight (about half of the credits yet to be used by customers are between $100 and $499).

Some of the one-way Economy domestic sale fares (starting from) include:

Qantas Fare^ Jetstar Fare*
Sydney – Ballina (Byron Bay) $99 Adelaide – Hobart $39
Melbourne – Launceston $99 Melbourne (Avalon) – Gold Coast $39
Sydney – Coffs Harbour $119 Brisbane – Townsville $39
Adelaide – Melbourne $129 Hervey Bay – Sydney $39
Brisbane – Sydney $139 Cairns – Perth $89
Melbourne – Perth $279 Adelaide – Perth $89
Cairns – Sydney $189 Melbourne (Tullamarine) – Newcastle $39

Some of the one-way Jetstar international sale fares (starting from) include:

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Sydney – Auckland $175
Sydney – Nadi (Fiji) $179
Gold Coast – Wellington $179

 *To book, visit jetstar.com. Sale ends 11.59pm AEDT 25 February 2023, unless sold out prior. Fares are one way, excludes checked baggage. Selected travel dates, days and conditions apply.

^To book, visit qantas.com. Sale ends 11.59pm AEDT 2 March 2023, unless sold out prior. Selected travel dates, days and conditions apply.

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Qantas Expands IndiGo Codeshares from Singapore

Qantas Expands IndiGo Codeshares from Singapore

Qantas has broadened its codeshare partnership with IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline, enhancing travel options between Australia and India. This expansion allows customers to seamlessly connect from Qantas flights in Singapore to IndiGo’s services to both Delhi and Mumbai.

Previously, the codeshare arrangement enabled passengers on Qantas flights arriving in Bengaluru and Delhi to connect onto IndiGo domestic services to 21 destinations across India. Now, travelers can enjoy a more streamlined journey by transferring through Singapore.

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Additionally, the new arrangement allows customers to incorporate overnight stopovers in Singapore into their travel plans before continuing to Delhi or Mumbai. This provides greater flexibility and convenience for those wishing to explore the city or rest before their onward journey.

Qantas passengers traveling on IndiGo flights benefit from the same checked baggage allowance as their flight from Australia and receive complimentary food and beverages. Furthermore, Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and redeem points on connecting IndiGo flights (with a QF code) between Singapore and India.

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This partnership expansion comes alongside Qantas’s recent announcement of increased flights to both India and Singapore. Specifically, flights between Sydney and Bengaluru will become daily during the peak holiday season, complemented by additional flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Singapore.

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Virgin Atlantic Sued Over Alleged Age Discrimination: Cabin Crew Seek Justice

Virgin Atlantic Sued Over Alleged Age Discrimination: Cabin Crew Seek Justice

Virgin Atlantic finds itself embroiled in legal proceedings as over 200 former cabin crew members launch a lawsuit against the airline, alleging discriminatory practices during the period of the pandemic.

The dispute centers on accusations that the company unfairly targeted older employees for dismissal while retaining newer, less costly hires.

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The pandemic’s onset in March 2020 triggered a cascade of challenges for the aviation industry, leading Virgin Atlantic to ground a significant portion of its fleet. In response, the airline swiftly implemented cost-cutting measures, including the reduction of its workforce by over 40%, amounting to the loss of 3,000 jobs.

Additionally, it established a “holding pool” for potentially rehiring redundant staff once normal operations resumed. However, the crux of the legal battle lies in the claim that Virgin Atlantic retained approximately 350 new cabin crew members, some with minimal training periods as short as a week.

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While simultaneously letting go of experienced onboard managers, many of whom boasted an average age of 45 years and two decades of service. This perceived discrepancy forms the backbone of the lawsuit, with former employees contending that age became a determining factor in the airline’s decision-making process.

In response, a Virgin Atlantic representative stated: “Virgin Atlantic had to make very difficult decisions following the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry.” Regretfully, this meant a 45% reduction in the total number of employees within the company.

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End of an Era: Qantas Retires Final Boeing 767 Freighter

End of an Era: Qantas Retires Final Boeing 767 Freighter

Qantas has officially bid farewell to its last Boeing 767 aircraft, marking the end of an era that began nearly four decades ago.

The final 767, a dedicated freighter variant registered as VH-EFR, operated its last flight on May 17, 2024. This concluding journey took it from Hong Kong (HKG) to Sydney (SYD) under the flight number QF7526, closing the chapter on Qantas’s use of the 767 after 39 years.

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The Australian airline commemorated the occasion with an Instagram post on Friday, announcing the retirement of VH-EFR, their last remaining 767. According to Cirium Ascend Fleet Analyzer data, this aircraft is a little over 18 years old. It joined the Qantas fleet in 2011, having previously served Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) as a cargo plane.

Despite being owned by Qantas, the aircraft was operated by Express Freighters Australia under the Qantas Freight brand.

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The Boeing 767 has had a versatile history with Qantas. Initially, the aircraft was used on international routes, flying to destinations in New Zealand, Asia, and North America. Following the 1992 merger with Australian Airlines, the 767s were increasingly deployed for domestic services as well.

Although Qantas is retiring this specific freighter, the Boeing 767-300 freighter model remains active globally. Records indicate that 280 of these aircraft are still operational, serving 14 airlines around the world.

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