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Qantas continues its waning…

November 6th, 2014

Kinny Cheng

Via The National:

Qantas Airways is taking extreme measures to cut its planes’ weight and pack in more paying travellers as its chief executive Alan Joyce works to return the carrier to profit.

Begs the question: Why are these measures being enacted only now, and not before?

Whether it’s now, or since way before, such “measures” will only be seen as desperate — especially when multiple initiatives are being compounded, like the introduction of tray-less economy class meals on international flights.

And to rub salt in the wound, the Australian national carrier plans to open a new first class lounge at Los Angeles International Airport in January 2015. So much for cost reduction measures.

Yes, the airline is re-shuffling it’s priorities. But the appropriateness of these initiatives — like many others, I’m not so sure.

An in-flight meal of (in)perfection

August 14th, 2012

Kinny Cheng

Grant Jones, writing for The Australian:

“In the 16 hours it takes to fly to Singapore and back, Escape joined Perry to see how he achieves restaurant-quality food in the sky.”

It can be an interesting read — that is, if you’re curious about the lengths that a renowned chef goes towards making in-flight meals more palatable.

And then, there’s this:

“”They want to eat lovely fresh ingredients,” he says of first-class passengers. “They want to enjoy food that is contemporary. They want to have an experience in the air that relates to a high-street restaurant experience.””

Crux.

And not forgetting just how adamant some are in getting what they deserve.

Bananas not in their pyjamas…

August 14th, 2012

Kinny Cheng

The Herald Sun reports:

“Two testy passengers spoiled their own pyjama party after refusing to take to the skies without XL-sized PJs for the 15-hour flight from Los Angeles.”

Just how anal some people can be will never cease to amaze me.

Sadly, they missed out on just how much everyone else on the Qantas Airbus A380 approved of their misdemeanour:

“QF94 business class passenger Angela Ceberano said the cabin erupted in laughter when the captain announced the reason for the delay.”

Mark my words when I say this won’t be the last time you will hear about such antics, especially from the über-premium cabin.

Qantas running scared…

July 8th, 2012

Kinny Cheng

Sir Richard:

“No wonder the Chief Executive of Qantas has gone to the press saying Qantas may go bankrupt if Virgin continue to make the moves we are doing.”

Putting it right.

Qantas… is going to make me famous?

July 7th, 2012

Kinny Cheng

The Australian:

“Chief executive Alan Joyce said that by Wednesday Qantas had received about 18,000 photos from people wanting to be part of its online campaign, which flashes up faces or a montage in its television ad. A further 20,000 people had asked for their names to be put on one of its Airbus A380 aircraft…”

Obviously — it’s a chance to become famous!

“…and an app that allows people to take their picture and automatically upload it had been downloaded 5000 times.”

A free iPhone (iOS) app. Downloaded 5,000 times. Not too bad, I guess.

“Mr Joyce said the response was far bigger than the airline expected. “There’s still 15 days to go on this so I think the A380 is going to have lot of coverage of names all over it,” he said. “It’s lucky we picked a big aircraft.””

You most certainly did pick (on) it after the QF32 incident.

Oh, and if you can get past that paywall and read the full article, be warned that it’s truly a piece of (art)work. You have been warned.

UPDATE: I had a brief encounter with one of Qantas’s makeshift casting studios at a major shopping centre.

Some snaps:

Qantas’s makeshift studio (1)

Qantas’s makeshift studio (2)

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