Aviation

Yes, I do like forms of transport that aren’t trains!

Qantas bookings and a ‘4609 error’

The other week I headed up to Sydney, taking the train up on way, and a Qantas flight home. Unlike other airlines in Australia, Qantas still offers a full meal service on many of their domestic flights, so setting my my meal preferences was on my todo list.

Qantas A380 VH-OQF

Airline CEOs and reciprocal first class travel

I’m currently reading the 1987 book Struggle For Take Off: The British Airways Story by Duncan Campbell-Smith, and the start of chapter 4 contained an interesting anecdote about Sir Freddie Laker, founder of Laker Airways – free first class air travel on any airline!

Asylum seekers and the Skytraders A319 jet

A few days ago the Australian government launched a new media campaign, aimed to discourage asylum seekers from using people smugglers to reach Australia. But what of the aircraft that feature in it?

Skytraders A319 appearing in a piece of Australian Government propaganda

True Blue Aussie? (your jet says otherwise)

Plenty of people and corporations go around calling themselves “true blue” Australians, but how can they prove it? Qantas goes around and slaps a big “Spirit of Australia” message down the side of every jet they own…

Qantas (Jetconnect) 737-400 ZK-JTQ (note the NZ registration)

Planespotting at Mount Hotham Airport

For most people a winter drive up the mountains means a skiing holiday, but for me it was a chance to photograph planes at Australia’s highest altitude airport.

Approaching Mount Hotham: Qantas Dash-8 200 VH-TQG