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Joseph David Emerson, left, in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Off-duty pilot who tried to cut engines mid-flight ‘took mushrooms’

State prosecutors in Oregon have filed 83 counts of attempted murder against Alaska Airlines employee Joseph David Emerson.

  • Claire Rush
Todd Sampson might be the first early departure at Qantas for some time.

Future Fund to vote against Qantas director Todd Sampson

The sovereign wealth fund, and other large investors in the airline, will not support the re-election of the advertising executive to the airline’s board.

  • Ayesha de Kretser and John Kehoe

This Month

The country’s biggest airport has asked the government to match the terms it is offering at Western Sydney to reduce emissions and noise.

Let us land planes more quietly, efficiently: Sydney Airport

The country’s biggest airport has asked the government to match the terms it is offering at Western Sydney to reduce emissions and noise.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier (left) and Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, sit in the economy-class cabin.

Qatar exec departure could clear the air for fresh landing rights bid

The outgoing CEO is no stranger to controversy, having built the airline into a globally significant force during his lengthy tenure.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
Months of negotiations have failed to secure a new pay deal for Virgin ground staff.

Virgin ground crew step towards strike for new pay deal

Ground crew could walk off the job by mid-November, with cabin crew and pilots not far behind them as pay talks sour at Virgin Australia.

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  • Ayesha de Kretser
Airfares are once again set to rise as hopes that oil prices will fall are dashed by war in the Middle East.

Qantas airfares set to rise as oil prices near $US100 a barrel

Passengers will pay more for airfares from October 27, but Qantas will continue to bear some of the pain of rising fuel costs.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
Todd Sampson is the latest Qantas director to feel the heat from investors.

Proxy firm tells Qantas investors to vote against Sampson

Marketing guru Todd Sampson is the next Qantas director who could feel the ire of shareholders at the company’s annual meeting next month.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
Treasurer Jim Chalmers leads the aviation monitoring backflip as Labor refocuses on the economy.

Labor backflips on aviation monitoring after Qantas drops opposition

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has reinstated the ACCC’s monitoring powers just weeks after the PM declared Australia had the most competitive aviation market “bar none”.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
Brad Banducci has been Wollies CEO since 2016.

Brad Banducci on Qantas investors’ wishlist for chair

Woolworth’s share price has doubled since Banducci took the reins, beating ASX 200’s 45 per cent rise over the same period.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
The photo shared by AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes after he “endured an 18-hour flight”.

AirAsia chief criticised for shirtless massage photo on LinkedIn

“Got to love Indonesia and AirAsia culture that I can have a massage and do a management meeting,” Tony Fernandes said in the now-deleted post.

  • Anthony Palazzo
Alan Landis (second from right) greets his son Michael, daughter-in-law Leemore Medin and grandaughter who arrived on QR7424, the first dedicated rescue flight  carrying 222 Australians fleeing the war in the Middle East.

Tears of relief as evacuated Aussies land in Sydney

There were emotional scenes at Sydney Airport as the first rescue flight carrying Australians out of Israel touched down.

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  • Joanne Tran and Ayesha de Kretser
Skykraft CEO Dr Michael Frater.

Big money is back as space tech start-up raises $120m

Skykraft, which is building satellites to communicate with aircraft in flight anywhere in the world, has closed one of the year’s biggest investments.

  • Paul Smith
Qantas loyalty boss Olivia Wirth will bring a strong background in customer analytics to the board of Myer.

Qantas loyalty boss Olivia Wirth to depart, ex-PwC exec to head HR

Qantas will start the search for a new head of loyalty after former CEO contender Olivia Wirth said she would leave the airline in February.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
Australian officials at Ben Gurion Airport ahead of a repatriation flight to London.

Australia cancels evacuation flight out of Israel

Foreign Minister Penny Wong says the government has helped 850 Australians leave Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. It is in touch with another 1500, some of whom may stay.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
If looks could kill: Vanessa Hudson looked clearly embarrassed by Qantas chief legal counsel Andrew Finch at the Senate Inquiry.

Out with the old: who will survive the Qantas board shake-up?

As the search for a new chairman gathers speed, Vanessa Hudson will have her work cut out for her restoring the airline’s performance.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
Qatar and Virgin have a strategic alliance.

Virgin and partner Qatar Airways offer help for Aussie evacuation

Qatar Airways has put forward an “open offer” of assistance after Qantas said it would run two flights on Friday and Monday. Under new chief executive Vanessa Hudson Qantas repatriation flights are now free of charge.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
Richard Goyder will step down as Qantas chairman in November 2024.

Richard Goyder finally goes, with one vital task to come

The Qantas chairman finally got the message. But by retiring now, and sticking around for another year, he can help stabilise the company and find a new chairman. 

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  • James Thomson
Chairman Richard Goyder will leave the Qantas board by next year’s AGM.

Goyder to leave Qantas next year in board exodus

Three Qantas directors will step aside in a pledge to restore trust in the airline and provide accountability for its governance woes.

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  • Ayesha de Kretser
Virgin CEO Jayne Hrdlicka is putting in place the building blocks for an IPO.

Virgin soars back to profit, but Qantas is key to IPO takeoff

Virgin believes its first profit in 11 years its proof its turnaround is working. But, ironically, its return to the ASX could hinge on Qantas regaining altitude. 

  • James Thomson
Jayne Hrdlicka says it is the first time in 11 years that Virgin has delivered a profit.

Virgin posts first profit in more than a decade

The airline will need to demonstrate its new strategy can fly even as economic conditions deteriorate.

  • Ayesha de Kretser