TRAVEL TIP | With today’s breed of smartphones practically focusing on everything other than making telephone calls, it should come as no surprise that Apple iPhones can double as your emergency contact card. That’s thanks to a nifty ‘Medical ID’ feature in Apple’s ...
POSTED 11 Jan, 2016 4 Comments
It's easy to zone out during the safety announcement — especially if you're a very frequent flyer. But although you've heard most of it before, there's some things you won't ever hear, among them some interesting and slightly frightening bits of information. George Hobica from airfare...
POSTED 30 Jan, 2013 11 Comments
A Qantas Boeing 747-400 didn't crash at Sydney International Airport yesterday. But if it had crashed, the airport authority and emergency services believe they've successfully tested everything they would use to respond to a major airline disaster. As part of the 'Exercise Soteria' em...
POSTED 29 Nov, 2012 6 Comments
If you're at Sydney Airport this afternoon (Wednesday November 28) and notice a flurry of flashing lights and rescue vehicles, don't worry: the airport authorities, Qantas and a range of emergency services are just running a full scale test of the airport's emergency plan. "Members of the public...
POSTED 28 Nov, 2012 4 Comments
Air New Zealand is checking its entire fleet of fifteen Boeing 737-300 aircraft following the explosive decompression of a Southwest Airlines plane last weekend. All the 737s in the Air New Zealand fleet (which have an average age of 13.2 years according to the airline) are the same 737-300 mode...
POSTED 6 Apr, 2011 0 Comments
Qantas has been forced to ground four of its Boeing 737-400 jets in response to the emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines flight in the US over the weekend. The Qantas planes represent just a fraction of the 175 aircraft grounded worldwide following a US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)...
POSTED 6 Apr, 2011 0 Comments
This weekend, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 was involved in an explosive decompression incident in the US, which resulted in an emergency landing. The pilots took the plane into a controlled descent and landed safely, but many passengers were understandably frightened. The United States FA...
POSTED 5 Apr, 2011 0 Comments
When disaster strikes abroad -- whether it's an earthquake in Christchurch, an earthquake-tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis in Japan, a terrorist attack in London or New York -- the Australian government springs into action to locate its citizens. Leading the effort is DFAT, the Department of...
POSTED 17 Mar, 2011 0 Comments
We've put together five useful and practical tips to help you stay safe when you're travelling. They'll help you prepare in case there's an emergency or disaster while you're on the road -- and they're useful to let people back home know you're safe. Enter Australian numbers in your mobile...
POSTED 14 Mar, 2011 0 Comments
UPDATE: A Qantas spokesperson has confirmed that the cause of the engine flames was an "engine turbine failure" in the Rolls Royce engine attached to the plane. Qantas has had yet another engine mishap, this time on flight QF11 -- a Qantas 747 taking off for Los Angeles from Sydney Airport. E...
POSTED 15 Jan, 2011 1 Comment
Leaked photos taken by Airbus engineers tell the tale of how badly damaged Qantas' Airbus A380 was after the uncontained engine failure of the aircraft's Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine. View the full gallery here. The photos, leaked in a PDF document to Crikey.com, show a large fuel pipe ...
POSTED 24 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
Rolls Royce knew about problems in its A380 engines months before Qantas' one exploded, but didn't tell the airline -- or the aircraft maker Airbus -- Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has alleged. Joyce's comments were based on the revelation by Airbus executive John Leahy that Lufthansa's A380 came off th...
POSTED 22 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
BREAKING NEWS: Tue 23 Nov -- Qantas announces it will resume flying the A380, but under different conditions. Update Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa are gearing up to have suspect A380 Rolls-Royce engines swapped for new ones. The extensive and expensive program will see ...
POSTED 16 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
Qantas is digging in for the long haul as its flagship superjumbos sit on the tarmac, being pored over by technical engineers trying to find the cause of the catastrophic mid-air engine failure that saw engine rotors careering into the wing and fuel tanks. Qantas today dropped all A380 aircraft ...
POSTED 11 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
Update: Boeing has halted all 787 Dreamliner test flights following yesterday's forced landing of a 787, which the company says was due to an onboard electrical fire which led to the aircraft losing primary power.All backup systems "functioned as expected and allowed the crew to complete a safe l...
POSTED 10 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
Qantas passengers are facing a series of disruptions over the coming week as the carrier suspends all A380 services, following this afternoon's emergency landing in Singapore by a Qantas A380 – flight QF32 – which experienced engine trouble shortly after take-off. Qantas CEO Alan Joy...
POSTED 4 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
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