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Seven Figure Financial Windfall For Qantas To Keep Its Sydney HQ

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Australian airline Qantas has picked up a seven-figure government subsidy to do nothing much at all. In 2020, Qantas said it was considering relocating its headquarters from Sydney. The airline called for “expressions of interest” from various Australian State Governments, a move that was widely panned at the time for setting up a bidding war.

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Qantas has reached a lucrative deal to stay headquartered in Sydney. Photo: Getty Images

Multi-million dollar windfall to stay in Sydney

Ultimately, Qantas elected to keep its HQ Sydney, a decision that surprised no one. Sydney Airport is the airline’s busiest port by a wide margin. In the airport’s precinct is extensive infrastructure supporting Qantas’ operations. Thousands of employees work at Qantas’ Bourke Road headquarters, most of who would not have been enthused about upending their lives, their families, and moving to another city.

But that didn’t stop State Governments from offering significant cash incentives to Qantas to relocate, including to Brisbane and Melbourne. Opposition politicians said Qantas was playing the states off each other. Depending on who you asked, it was either a masterclass or a grasping gaming of state government rivalries.

In a report by Carrie Fellner in Tuesday’s Sydney Morning Herald, a leaked letter reveals the New South Wales Government offered Qantas US$38.8 million (AU$50 million) to stay put in Sydney. In doing so, virtually nothing would change at Qantas. New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet made the offer on April 29, 2021.

The key condition of the offer was keeping the Qantas HQ for at least 30 years with no net job losses over the next five years. Mr Perrottet also wanted  Project Sunrise flights, if they go ahead, to launch out of Sydney and a new simulator center set up in New South Wales.

“This updated proposal demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to a mutually
successful ongoing relationship,” the letter reads.

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New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is paying handsomely to keep Qantas headquartered in his state. Photo: Getty Images

Victoria & Queensland Governments pay to keep existing Qantas Group facilities

One week later, on May 6, Qantas said it would stay headquartered in Sydney. According to a Qantas spokesperson cited in The Sydney Morning Herald, the $38.8 million proposal did not reflect the final agreed figure – that’s still being negotiated. But the final amount will represent a significant financial windfall for Qantas for doing very little at all. Most industry insiders don’t know whether to admire or find Qantas’ chutzpah appalling.

Brisbane and Melbourne didn’t emerge as winners. It reportedly cost their respective State Governments to hold onto what Qantas Group functions their capital city airports already have. Qantas knocked back a “compelling offer” to relocate to Brisbane. But it did reach an “agreement” with the Queensland State Government to keep existing heavy aircraft maintenance facilities at Brisbane Airport and to increase its Queensland-based workforce by 100 personnel. The Queensland Government has declined to reveal what that cost.

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Qantas boss Alan Joyce is laughing all the way to the bank. Photo: Getty Images

Down south, the Victorian State Government reached a deal with Qantas to hold onto 1000 Jetstar jobs already based in Melbourne. Qantas would also beef up its maintenance work at Melbourne Airport, bringing 300 new jobs to the city. Like Queensland, Victoria declined to say what the deal with Qantas cost them.

Qantas also declines to reveal the value of the agreements, citing commercial-in-confidence reasons. Aside from tinkering around the edges, a few extra jobs, and some maintenance agreements, nothing much at all changes at Qantas. For that, we reckon Australia’s most audacious airline trousers a figure somewhere in the vicinity of US$50 million. Not bad for not doing very much at all.

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Hawaiian Airlines to resume Tahiti service

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Hawaiian Airlines has announced the resumption of its Tahiti service following the launch of a pre-travel testing program between Hawaiʻi and French Polynesia that allows for quarantine-free travel within the two archipelagos. Beginning Aug. 7, Hawaiian will reinstate once-weekly nonstop flying between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Tahiti’s Fa’a’ā International Airport (PPT), utilizing its 278-seat Airbus A330 aircraft.


Hawaiian has served as the leading carrier for Hawaiʻi-Tahiti air travel since its inaugural service in June 1987. The airline suspended its PPT service flights in March 2020 due to the pandemic. The carrier’s resumption of flights is made possible by the new pre-travel testing program established by Hawaiʻi Gov. David Ige and French Polynesia President Édouard Fritch — a result of low COVID-19 cases within the two destinations.

Both Hawaiʻi and French Polynesia will implement strict travel requirements for resident and visitor safety. Those traveling inbound from PPT to HNL must complete and upload a negative test result from the Institut Louis Malardé, a state-approved testing partner, to the state of Hawaiʻi’s Safe Travels program. Guests traveling outbound to PPT from HNL will need to provide proof of vaccination and have fulfilled the government of Tahiti’s COVID-19 entry requirements prior to travel. Those not compliant will be subject to a 10-day quarantine.

Hawaiian Airlines flight HA481 will depart HNL at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 and arrive at PPT at 9:30 p.m. Flight HA482 will depart PPT at 11:30 p.m. the same evening and arrive into HNL at 5:15 a.m. the following day.

Meanwhile the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (N780HA) has been painted by Boeing at North Charleston, SC site pending delivery.

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Aenium and Pangea form AM rocket propulsion agreement

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Aenium and Pangea form AM rocket propulsion agreement

Pangea Aerospace, a company developing efficient and modern rocket engines to tackle the challenges of a transforming space industry, and Aenium, a company specialised in metal additive manufacturing technologies and material science, have sealed an industrial partnership for the development and industrialisation of advanced combustion devices focused on advanced 3D printed processes and materials.

The agreement formalised between both companies ensures a breakthrough in engineering complex combustion devices and drives the analysis of different types of advanced super alloys so far untreated for the most demanding applications within the space sector.

Pangea assigns the R&D, manufacturing and industrialisation of their new Aerospike demonstrator to their consortium for achieving a successful hot-fire test by the end of 2021. Aenium research, develop, qualify the new supper-alloys and industrialise the propulsion components through their innovative in-house material science capabilities and additive manufacturing industrial plant designing on-demand metallurgy inside the propulsion components achieving the most advanced thermo-mechanical behaviours.

In addition, the partnership will also bring to the EU market the first GRCop 42 industrialised unit to enable other space companies to access the most advanced propulsion solutions through additive manufacturing.

“Aenium is the perfect partner to advance quicker into our roadmap, and we are very excited to sign an agreement with a cutting-edge additive manufacturing start-up like them,” stated Adrià Argemi, CEO of Pangea Aerospace. “The agreement with Aenium goes beyond shared exclusive capabilities on GRCop42 in Europe, a copper material specifically developed for rocket engines.

“Aenium also brings an unmatched expertise and R&D capability in processes and materials. GRCop42 based alloys are one of the key solutions that allow us to solve the thermal challenges of an aerospike nozzle rocket engines. We are now ready to offer this unique capability to all the European aerospace sector.”

GRCop-42 is a high conductivity, high-strength alloy for use in high heat flux applications such as liquid rocket engines and other combustion devices. This NASA-developed copper-chrome-niobium alloy was developed for harsh environments specific to regeneratively-cooled combustion chambers and nozzles with good oxidation resistance.

Aerospike engine can radically transform space propulsion thanks to its higher efficiency (up to 15% than currently used rocket engines), reusability capabilities and very low-cost and rapid manufacturing. The company is currently manufacturing DemoP1 and will perform a hot-fire campaign in Q3 2021.

DemoP1 is a liquid oxygen and methane aerospike engine demonstrator designed to characterise and validate several key enabling technologies for future aerospike developments: the use of methane as a fuel, its manufacturing methodology, developed together with Aenium, a dual regenerative cooling system – exploiting both propellants to cool it down- and the design for reusability.

Several aerospike engines have been developed or conceptualised in history (J-2T, XRS-2200 and RS-2200) but none has ever flown. This is due to the engineering difficulties historically linked with aerospike nozzles: cooling and manufacturing. Now, additive manufacturing (AM) techniques and new materials, such as GrCop42 are enhancing the possibility to build a functional and economically viable aerospike engine at a fraction of the cost and time. The holy grail of propulsion is closer thanks to this agreement between Pangea Aerospace and Aenium.

New material science approach is now available based on rapid cooled microstructures and complex precipitated intermetallic elements achieving on-demand microstructures and thermomechanical properties driven by the LASER algorithms.

Pangea Aerospace has already started the preliminary design of its larger, commercially ready aerospike engine and its subsystems, that will benefit from this collaboration.

The agreement opens the door to a common service between Pangea Aerospace and Aenium for the European aerospace sector to access cutting edge materials. Aenium brings its expertise in material science and additive manufacturing process and Pangea Aerospace brings its expertise in propulsion system designs.

“This alliance will propel the next generation of reusable rocket engines, also bringing the opportunity to the EU market to improve their combustion devices with the most innovative material science and qualified industrial additive manufacturing,” stated Miguel Ampudia, CIO of Aenium.

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Airbus Has Just 3 A380s Left To Deliver

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Emirates took delivery of its 120th Airbus A380 aircraft on Friday. The aircraft’s delivery means that we are one step closer to the end of the Airbus A380 program, with just three of the giant aircraft left to be delivered by the European aerospace giant.

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Airbus has just three Airbus A380s left to deliver. Photo: Getty Images

While the Airbus A380 was already on its way out the door well before the aviation industry’s crisis, the current situation has done no favors for the giant of the skies. For many airlines, it may have been a boon that no further A380 deliveries were scheduled. However, this is not the case for Emirates who is happy to take delivery of its remaining orders.

Only three deliveries left

On Friday, Emirates took delivery of its 120th Airbus A380 registered as A6-EVO. The jet, with the serial number 268, took its first flight on October 1st, 2020. According to data from ch-aviation.com, this makes the aircraft 0.72 years old.

Emirates President Sir Tim Clark previously revealed that two aircraft would be delivered this year, with the final three to come next year. As we’ve now seen the second delivery of 2021, it will be a wait before more aircraft arrive. According to ch-aviation.com, the following aircraft deliveries are to be expected,

  • A6-EVQ – MSN 270 – January 2022
  • A6-EVR – MSN 271 – March 2022
  • A6-EVS – MSN 272 – May 2022
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All three outstanding Airbus A380s are bound for Emirates. Photo: Getty Images

More premium economy for Emirates

Every Airbus A380 delivered this year has been accompanied by a bonus for the airline’s passengers. Late last year, Emirates decided to launch a premium economy cabin, bridging the economy and business class gap.

So far, Emirates is yet to retrofit the new cabin to any of its existing double-decker giants. As such, we’ve had to wait for new aircraft deliveries to increase the likelihood of a passenger finding the new cabin. To date, three aircraft have the cabin, equating to 168 seats. With an average age of seven years, the airline’s A380 fleet has a total capacity of roughly 62,000, according to ch-aviaion.com.

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How many Airbus A380s are Emirates flying?

According to ch-aviation.com, 22 aircraft are currently active in the Emirates fleet. This excludes the latest jet just delivered, which is yet to enter service. According to data from the aerospace analysts Cirium, the Dubai airline is scheduled to operate 654 A380 flights in June, with some 327,696 seats on offer. This is expected to increase to 1,089 flights next month, with 534,681 seats on offer.

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Emirates has 11 Airbus A380 routes planned for June. Photo: Cirium

Cairo should see 60 A380 flights this month, two per day. Despite the UAE’s continuing red list status in the UK, London Heathrow will see more A380 flights than most, with 43 on the schedule. The airline’s Manchester A380 plans didn’t last long, with just four flights with the giant planned at the start of the month.

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Boeing’s largest 737 MAX plane has taken to the skies

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Boeing’s 737-10, the largest airplane in the 737 MAX family, has completed a successful first flight as it begins testing.

“The airplane performed beautifully,” said 737 chief pilot capt. Jennifer Henderson. “The profile we flew allowed us to test the airplane’s systems, flight controls and handling qualities, all of which checked out exactly as we expected.”

Today’s flight was the start of a comprehensive test programme for the 737-10. Boeing will work closely with regulators to certify the plane prior to its scheduled entry into service in 2023.

“The 737-10 is an important part of our customers’ fleet plans, giving them more capacity, greater fuel efficiency and the best per-seat economics of any single-aisle airplane,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our team is committed to delivering an airplane with the highest quality and reliability.”

The 737-10 can carry up to 230 passengers. It also incorporates environmental improvements, cutting carbon emissions by 14% and reducing noise by 50 percent compared to today’s Next-Generation 737s.

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