November 28, 1993
At the end of the Oct. 24 "Report on Airline Safety Rates Individual Carriers," a disclaimer states: "Christopher Reynolds travels anonymously and accepts no special discounts or subsidized trips." Pity he accepts bogus figures. As a pilot, chronic international traveler and non-Australian, I'm amazed that any article on airline safety could so conspicuously exclude Qantas Airlines. Since their inception, Qantas has never had a passenger fatality. But it seems that Reynolds doesn't allow facts, poor research or lack of travel experience to get in his way. I should add that I am not a Qantas fan. Their meager 38-inch seat pitch in business class, indifferent cabin service and semi-useless frequent flier program is a real turnoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2002 |
Qantas Airlines faces a federal fine of more than $50,000 after failing to heed a U.S. law enforcement warning and allowing a group of 17 undocumented Chinese passengers to fly to Los Angeles this week from Australia, the Immigration and Naturalization Service said Friday. The 17 Chinese nationals, who arrived Wednesday aboard Qantas Flight 93 from Melbourne, were among the largest groups smuggled into Los Angeles International Airport in recent years, officials said. All were taken into INS custody but are expected to apply for political asylum.
March 25, 1999 |
Koala Comeback: Qantas Airways is bringing its koala icon out of retirement after nearly a decade. The koala will be used to tout the airline's service in ads from London-based M&C Saatchi. The koala, used from 1967 to 1990, had been portrayed as a curmudgeon who never was pleased with the airline's service, prompting the tag line "I hate Qantas." The new commercials will show a gentler koala who loves the airline's service.
November 9, 1990 |
Qantas, Australia's international airline, is in a financially critical position and will slash jobs and flying hours in a bid to remain competitive, the airline's chief executive, John Ward, said today. "Our financial position has reached a critical point where immediate action is necessary to contain costs and improve our competitiveness," Ward said in a statement. "This is not just a short-term situation. It is part of a longer-term imperative."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2005 |
Howard Morris, the comedic actor who provided memorable support for Sid Caesar on the landmark "Your Show of Shows" in the 1950s and later played rock-throwing hillbilly Ernest T. Bass on "The Andy Griffith Show," has died. He was 85. Morris, who had heart problems in recent years, died Saturday at his home in Hollywood, said his son David, who was with him when he died. During his 60-year career in show business, Morris worked as an actor, director and voice-over artist.
October 10, 2004
Get three bonus flights within Australia when you purchase an Airpass from Qantas Airlines. The $999 tickets, which include round-trip travel from Los Angeles to Sydney or Melbourne, Australia, offer three bonus domestic flights to destinations such as Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Queensland's Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne, and Hobart and Launceston in Tasmania. For $200 more, visitors can chose Cairns, Hamilton Island, Townsville, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock or Darwin.