A HERO pilot revealed how his packed passenger plane TWICE nosedived towards the ocean leaving those on board crying, screaming and praying for their lives. More than 100 people were injured when the pilots of flight QF72, carrying 303 passengers and 12 crew members from Singapore to Perth, lost total control of their aircraft. The state-of-the-art Airbus A330 had been cruising normally at 37,000 feet when the autopilot suddenly disengaged on October 7, 2008. It nosedived twice before Qantas pilot Kevin Sullivan declared a Mayday and made an emergency landing at Learmonth Airport near Exmouth, Western Australia, around 50 minutes after his descent started. According to a new episode of Air Crash Investigation, on Foxtel’s National Geographic channel, the passenger jet was cruising smoothly over the Indian Ocean before all hell broke loose. As the A330 headed down the West Australian coast towards Perth, its autopilot system cut off, forcing Capt. Sullivan, a … [Read more...] about Horrifying moment mysterious glitch caused packed passenger plane to nosedive towards the ocean TWICE in a single journey
Qantas around the world flights
Singapore Airlines is taking back the prize as the longest flight in the world. From 11 October it is resuming the route from Singapore to New York’s Newark airport, a “great circle” distance of 9,529 miles – scheduled to take 18 hours 25 minutes from Singapore and 20 minutes longer from New York. In terms of distance, flight SQ22 will beat the present record-holder, Qatar Airways, by 500 miles and will cross 12 time zones. This guide is based partly on everything I learned on board the inaugural trip of the UK’s longest flight, from Heathrow to Perth, in March. Aircraft Airbus A350-900ULR (which stands for Ultra Long Range). It will carry around 120 tonnes of fuel, and burn through about 90 per cent of it along the way. Read more Singapore Airlines to launch world’s longest flight How much time does it save? Compared with the current SQ26 flight from Singapore via Frankfurt to New York JFK, at least five hours. … [Read more...] about Singapore Airlines: Everything you need to know about the world’s longest flight
The aircraft that could potentially change long-haul travel forever took off for the first time from the Airbus factory in Toulouse. The Ultra Long Range A350 XWV is the latest edition to the A350 family. Its capabilities will spark sibling rivalry; this aircraft can fly further than any other aircraft ever built. Singapore Airlines have so-far ordered seven of them; some will be used on what will become the world's longest flight, non-stop from Singapore to New York. Advanced fuel tanks mean the A350 ULR can take off with an extra 24,000 litres of fuel without the need for additional tanks. The A350 XWB is fast becoming the jewel in Airbus' crown. It features beyond state-of-the-art aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings. It will operate using two newly designed Rolls Royce engines. Airbus is working with airlines and suppliers to create the best cabin interior for passengers on board, however it's unlikely at this stage the aircraft will feature the recently … [Read more...] about The new A350 can fly almost halfway around the world non-stop
It was teatime in the UK when Ian Swann contacted me from Christchurch, New Zealand. He and his wife, Jane, had turned up to check in for their Qantas flight to Sydney and onwards to Beijing. They were looking forward to a five-night stay in the Chinese capital, which is now an easy matter thanks to the 144-hour visa-free transit arrangement in a number of cities in the People’s Republic. Read more The 6 travel scams that can outsmart the savviest tourist If you fly in to China from country A, and depart direct to country B no more than six days later, there is no need to get entangled in the complex and expensive red tape involved in a trip to People’s Republic. The couple’s itinerary on Qantas and Emirates ticked all the boxes. But the Qantas ground staff at the South Island’s main airport didn’t agree. You need visas, they were told. As you don’t have them, you’re not getting on the flights Armed with my (evidently not very … [Read more...] about Cash and contrition: what is a fair price for flight disruption?
A British couple who missed out on a five-night holiday in China after Qantas refused to allow them on a flight to Beijing have been offered just £137 each by the Australian airline. On 13 March, Ian and Jane Swann from Devon tried to check in at Christchurch airport for their early morning Qantas flight to Sydney with a connection to Beijing. Mr and Mrs Swann had visited their son in New Zealand. On the way home they intended to take advantage of a recent loosening of immigration regulations which allows transit visitors to stay six days in the Chinese capital without a visa. Read more Everything you need to know about the new nonstop flight to Perth The couple had booked a five-night stay at the Jade Garden Hotel in Beijing. In line with the new 144-hour visa-exemption policy, they were booked to leave before midnight on the sixth day after their arrival and travel onwards to a different country, the UAE. But check-in staff at the New Zealand airport refused to … [Read more...] about Qantas bans British couple from flight for not having visa they didn’t need