New design for Qantas pilot uniform

Australian Fashion Designer, Martin Grant, will create a new modern uniform for Qantas’ domestic, regional and international pilots two years after he designed a popular new image for the airline’s cabin crew and ground staff.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said that a new uniform for the airline’s 2,500 pilots came at a time of renewal.

“Every Qantas uniform over the past 95 years reflects its times and we’re excited to work with Martin on a new design that reflects modern Australian style as well as the positive things happening at Qantas,” said Mr Joyce.

“It’s important that our crew feel proud to wear the Qantas uniform around the world, every day. They represent the national carrier so we want them to feel confident and comfortable sitting in the flight deck, standing in the cabin or walking through an airport.

“A key part of the design process will be asking our pilots what they would like to see in the new design. With an increase in the number of female pilots in the Qantas ranks, the design of the female uniform will also be a focus,” added Mr Joyce.

Martin Grant said he was excited by the opportunity to design what will be the first new uniform for Qantas pilots in more than a decade.

“The reputation of Qantas pilots speaks for itself, so it’s a real honour to be asked to work with them to create their new uniform. I want it to be comfortable, stylish and most of all, distinguished,” said Martin.

“Early feedback from Qantas pilots is that they want to retain the traditional image but give it a modern makeover to be more elegant and more wearable. The female pilots are also hoping for a more feminine line so I will have that front of mind when I begin the design stage,” added Martin.

Qantas Chief Pilot, Captain Richard Tobiano, said while pilots are often unseen in their “office”, they take great pride in wearing their uniform and also place a great emphasis on comfort.

“The current uniform has served us well but after wearing the same thing every day for more than 10 years, we’re ready for a change. Given we spend up to 16 hours at a time on an aircraft, there’s a big focus on comfort and durability as well as reflecting our professionalism,” said Captain Tobiano.

Over the next few weeks Martin will host focus groups with representatives from the pilot community to get their feedback on what they would like to wear in terms of design, practicalities and comfort.

He will also travel across the airline’s domestic and international network for inspiration and join Qantas pilots in a flight simulator to understand the dynamics of the pilots’ working environment.

Qantas aims to have its pilot community wearing a newly designed uniform during 2016.

New service helps Kiwi students join ‘mile high club’ with in-flight dating app


Tick the ‘mile high club’ off your bucket list

• Student Flights launches new service that will enable travellers to ‘hook up’ mid-air and join the elusive ‘mile-high club’
• First of its kind for travel retailers
• Check in & start checking out…people on your flight
Dimming the cabin lights now turns you on – Student Flights today launched a new service to help customers ‘hook up’ with other passengers hoping to have a bit of fun ‘mid-air’.

The new offering is a first of its kind for travel retailers and will provide travellers with a unique way of ‘hooking-up’ with other likeminded individuals.

Airports & plane rides have never been so exciting! Student Flights NZ Brand Leader, Sean Berenson said, “travel has always been exciting, especially the lead up. Previously it was the anticipation of the new things you’ll see & experience when you get to your destination, but now you can experience new things on the flight as well.”

Student Flights listened to their customers before introducing the new service, wanting to really understand what would make the travel experience even more thrilling and adventurous.

“We’re all about encouraging travellers to get out there and have new experiences, visit news places and make lifetime friends and we found our customers were looking for new and exciting ways to do this and so we developed this new service to enable them to interact,” Mr Berenson said.

Make sure you’re WiFi is on so you can ‘get connected’ – to ‘hook-up’ with other passengers customers simply download the new ‘mile-high club’ app, available on android and iphone. The easy to use app allows travellers to ‘match’ with other passengers on their flight whereby users log on and register their interest, if there are other passengers on the flight looking to ‘hook up’ and ‘join the mile high club’ the option will be given to connect. The service is also available on the brands website and customers can register their interest with their travel expert when booking in store.

Don’t miss out on a bit of ‘flight foreplay’ – as well as matching with travellers on their flights the service also offers additional perks such as ‘hook up seat selection’. This service allows Student Flight travel experts to seat match passengers next to each other on flights, when there is availability. This means ‘hooking up’ can start at take off.

“For single passengers especially this is going to make travelling solo a lot more fun – no more worrying about being bored for the next 12 hours, its revolutionary,” Mr Berenson said.

Student Flights customers are encouraged to register their interest in the new service on the brand’s website.

Emirates spreads the love of cricket around the world with specially-dressed A380 aircraft


With just two weeks to go until the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Emirates airline, a global connector of people, places and passions, has unveiled the first of its aircraft that will feature the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Logo.

Watch a video of how an Emirates A380 gets “dressed up” for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 here.

The Emirates Airbus A380 recently set off to Australia and New Zealand, and is the first of a number of “specially-dressed” Emirates aircraft that will fly around the globe, celebrating this major event with cricket-lovers and uniting fans around the world.

Emirates has been the official partner of the International Cricket Council since 2007 and all its major tournaments including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

In partnership with the ICC, Emirates also sponsors the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Match Referees.

Cricket has provided Emirates with a powerful platform to connect with fans and communities across Asia, Australasia, South Africa and the UK. In addition to its partnership with the ICC, Emirates’ cricket sponsorships include:

Title Sponsor of the Emirates Airline Twenty20, which brings successful County Cricket Clubs to Dubai to compete for the coveted Emirates T20 Championship.

In the UK, Emirates has partnerships with Durham County Cricket Club and Lancashire County Cricket Club, including naming rights to both clubs’ playing grounds and their respective T20 representative teams.
Emirates has unveiled “specially-dressed” aircraft on special occasions and during major events, such as during the 2020 World Expo bid, which Dubai won in 2013.

Currently the world’s largest A380 operator with 57 aircraft in its fleet, Emirates is expecting to take delivery of 15 A380s this year and has 83 A380s on order. The Emirates A380 flies to 34 destinations across the globe, with Perth to join the network in May, Dusseldorf in July, and Madrid in August.

Qantas wants to feel like home in new campaign

Qantas is set to unveil its new brand campaign, based on a concept of what the national carrier has been doing for almost 100 years – bringing people home.

The ‘Feels Like Home’ series tells the real stories of five Qantas passengers and their journey home to Australia being welcomed at the airport by loved ones.

Filmed in London, Santiago, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, the Pilbara and Sydney, the series features Qantas employees as well as customers and will roll out from Sunday 9 November.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the campaign was designed to celebrate the unique place Qantas has in the lives of many Australians.

“For almost 100 years Qantas has been bringing Australians from all around the world home to the people and places they love,” said Mr Joyce.

“We often hear that seeing the Qantas red tail at an airport, or stepping on board a Qantas aircraft, makes Australians feel like they’re halfway home already. That’s the spirit we wanted to capture.

“The stories we’re telling through this campaign are repeated everyday across our network. They reflect the special pull of home, the love of family and friends and the way Qantas helps bring Australians together around the country and around the globe,” added Mr Joyce.

A young woman making an emotional return to Sydney after a year in London; a miner coming home to his family after a long stint in the Pilbara; a little girl coming home from Los Angeles after the trip of her lifetime visiting extended family; a mother living in Hong Kong bringing their new baby home to excited grandparents for the first time; and a young backpacker making his way back from South America. These are the real journeys and real Qantas customers at the centre of ‘Feels Like Home’.

The homecoming stories are told against the musical backdrop of Randy Newman’s song, Feels Like Home sung by 20 year old Australian singer, Martha Marlow. As well as the musical backdrop for the commercials, the song will be played on-board Qantas aircraft.

The Feels Like Home campaign will be seen on television, cinema, outdoor, in print and online.

In launching the campaign, Mr Joyce said now was the right time to invest in reinforcing what makes Qantas special.

“This campaign celebrates the hard work of our people, the trust and loyalty of our customers and the pride we all feel in the national carrier,” added Mr Joyce.

AUDIO: #QZ8501 ATC recording from take off?


I’ve been going through recordings from BROADCASTIFY.COM and its archives of Surabaya air traffic control.

Around the time #QZ8501 was due to take off I found this. I can’t quite make it out.

Anyone able to help?

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NZ Post celebrates 75 years of Air New Zealand


Air New Zealand will celebrate 75 years of operations in 2015 and is teaming up with New Zealand Post to issue a commemorative stamp collection which has just been made available for pre-order.

The stamp issue explores the evolution of Air New Zealand from Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) through to National Airways Corporation (NAC) and the Air New Zealand brand as we know it today.

Air New Zealand’s Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod says the airline has been part of the fabric of New Zealand for more than seven decades and the collection of five stamps showcases the role it has played in connecting the nation to the world.

“Air New Zealand has a rich history and to see it celebrated in this collection will inspire a sense of nostalgia and pride in all New Zealanders.”

New Zealand Post’s Head of Stamps and Coins Simon Allison says the stamp issue is a fitting way to mark the airline’s 75th anniversary.

“It’s fantastic to have two iconic Kiwi organisations come together to celebrate a significant milestone in New Zealand’s aviation history.”

The 75 Years Connecting New Zealand and the World collection is now available for pre-order here. The stamps will be on sale from 14 January 2015.