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Qantas Makeover

Qantas has unveiled a new livery as part of a brand overhaul ahead of the arrival of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners next year.

While the airline’s classic red and white colour scheme remains unchanged, the tweaked livery features a streamlined kangaroo on the tail, a silver band on the rear fuselage and a slimmer font for the Qantas titles.

Other changes include the addition of Qantas titles on the belly of the aircraft, and the inclusion of the kangaroo on the inside of the wingtips, making it visible to passengers. The airline’s ‘winged kangaroo’, which featured on the tails of the airline’s jets between the 1960s and 1980s, returns under the cockpit window where it will be integrated with the aircraft’s name.

The livery change is only the fifth time Qantas has altered its tail design since it was first introduced in 1944. The last update came in 2007 as the airline introduced its Airbus A380s.

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, revealed the new design to around 1,000 employees and guests at a special event in one of the airline’s hangars in Sydney on October 27.  Joyce, also unveiled the new Business Suites and Economy seats that are set to feature on the airline’s new 787 fleet.

“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,” explained 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 B747-300 in 1984 and the A380 in 2007.  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.”

Qantas consultant designer, Marc Newson, worked in partnership with Australian design agency Houston Group to create the new look.  He said: “Aircraft tails are a 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.”

The evolution of the Qantas livery. Qantas
The evolution of the Qantas livery. Qantas

Airbus A330-303 VH-QPJ (c/n 712) is the first aircraft to wear the new livery, which will gradually be rolled out across the Qantas network as and when the aircraft reach scheduled re-paints.  The airline still has some jets wearing the pre-2007 livery.  Qantas plans to have the entire fleet in the new scheme in time for its centenary in 2020.

New cabin crew uniforms were introduced in 2014 and new pilot uniforms were introduced earlier this month as part of the brand refresh.


Jetstar Pacific Signals Expansion

Vietnamese low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific Airlines has finalised the purchase of ten additional Airbus A320ceo aircraft.

This firm order follows an MoU announced earlier this year at the Farnborough Airshow.  The contract signing was witnessed by Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and François Hollande, during the French President’s state visit to Southeast Asian nation.

Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Jetstar Pacific is a joint venture carrier between Vietnam Airlines (70%) and the Qantas Group (30%).   The new aircraft will join the carrier’s existing fleet of 12 leased A320 Family aircraft, and this order marks the first direct purchase by the airline of an Airbus aircraft type.

Le Hong Ha, CEO of Jetstar Pacific, said: This order is a key milestone for our operation here in Vietnam and beyond.  These new aircraft will be used primarily to expand our international network from Vietnam as part of the wider Jetstar Group.  As competition grows in Vietnam, we believe that the A320 and our value-based quality service will place us well to attract a growing share of the market.”

During the same ceremony Vietnam Airlines signed an MoU for ten more A350-900s.  These additional aircraft will be used by the airline to fly new non-stop services to the US, starting with flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles.  The carrier became the first airline in East Asia to operate the A350 XWB when it took delivery of its first example on June 30, 2015.  It currently has four aircraft in service, with another ten on firm order.

Vietnam Airlines is acquiring ten additional Airbus A350-900s bringing its commitment to the type to 24. (Airbus)
Vietnam Airlines is acquiring ten additional Airbus A350-900s, bringing its commitment to the type to 24. (Airbus)

Duong Tri Thanh, President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines, said: “The intention to acquire these additional aircraft reflects our excellent experience with the A350 since it entered service last year.  With its very long-range capability, economic fuel consumption and spacious cabin, the A350 is the most suitable aircraft for our proposed intercontinental routes to Europe and the US.  The start of non-stop transpacific services with the A350 is yet another example of the commitment we have at Vietnam Airlines to strengthen our position as one of the world’s leading international carriers.”

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide.  A total of 36 A350-900s have been delivered so far and the aircraft is now in service with eight carriers, including Vietnam Airlines.

Qantas Preparing for the Dreamliner

Qantas has invested Au$23m in new training equipment as it prepares for the arrival of the first of eight Boeing 787-9s at the end of next year.

This latest investment includes a new flight simulator, complementing the unit already in use with wholly-owned low-cost subsidiary Jetstar Airways in Melbourne, as well as other training equipment which will be installed at the airline’s flight training centre at Mascot, Sydney.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “The Dreamliner represents a new chapter for Qantas.  From mid-2017 the centre will be used to train a new generation of Qantas pilots on the next-generation airliner.  The 787-9 will be the first new major aircraft type introduced into the Qantas’ fleet since we started flying the Airbus A380 in 2008, and it will provide us with the ability to replace older, less efficient aircraft as well as deliver potential new routes.”

Australia’s flag carrier had previously announced plans to recruit 170 pilots between now and 2020 as part of its Dreamliner programme.  This is in addition to retraining some of its existing pilots to fly the new aircraft.

QantasLink 717 Contract Extended

Cobham Aviation Services will continue to fly Boeing 717s under the QantasLink brand after being awarded a new ten-year contract.

The deal, worth AUS$1.2bn, will see Cobham flying the 20-strong fleet until the end of 2026, extending a partnership that began in 1991.

Peter Nottage, Sector President, Cobham Aviation Services commented: “Qantas is a very important and long term customer for Cobham and this is a significant contract extension, providing a valuable contribution and scale to our overall commercial passenger flying operations in Australia through 2026.  We have supported QantasLink since 1991 and the award of this extension demonstrates the ongoing value that Cobham provides for Qantas.  This award is a great credit to our very professional and dedicated team of staff and I am delighted that they will have the opportunity to continue to support QantasLink for a further 10 years.”

QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing, added: “Cobham is the expert operator of the Boeing 717 aircraft in Australia, who we’ve had a strong relationship with over the past 25 years, and I’m pleased they will continue to provide safe operations and exceptional service to our customers in line with Qantas standards.”

Ultra-Long Range for Qantas

Australian flag carrier Qantas is currently studying which aircraft will meet its post-2020 requirement for ultra-long non-stop flights of more than 16 hours.  The airline said it is considering the A350-900ULR, the latest variant of the Airbus widebody that will be used by launch customer Singapore Airlines to re-open direct, non-stop links between Singapore and New York in 2018.  Qantas is also looking at Boeing’s new 777-8X but, with the US-built jet not due to enter service until 2022/23 or later, the Australian carrier said it was in no rush to make a decision.

Qantas added it is working with both manufacturers to ensure each of the next-generation aircraft are capable of flying the very long distances it requires, and offer the right specifications that will allow the Australian carrier to develop its route network well into the next decade.  Under their current specifications, the A350-900ULR and 777-8X will be capable of flying non-stop for up to 19 hours, although both will carry fewer passengers than their respective standard variants.

Qantas is studying both the Airbus A350-900ULR and Boeing 777-8X for its next generation of ultra-long range airliners.  (Photos Airbus and Boeing)
The Boeing 777-8X is also under consideration for the airline’s next generation of ultra-long range airliner.  (Photo Boeing)

Because of Australia’s geographic location, Qantas has always operated some of the longest flights in the world but, moving into the next decade, it intends to fly even further with non-stop services between destinations such as Sydney to New York and London.