The feel-good factor: how Qantas wants to change long-haul flying

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The feel-good factor: how Qantas wants to change long-haul flying

Arriving into London at 5am after a 17½ hour flight doesn’t sound like the beginning of a good business trip. It’s more like the start of a zombie marathon as you push through the day, while your hotel bed beckons from the wrong side of the clock.

Qantas is setting about to change that, by changing almost everything about the way we fly today – from the types of food and drink served on board and when they’re served, to lighting (both in the air and in lounges), cabin temperatures and the advice given to travellers before and after their flight.

It’s part of an ambitious and revolutionary collaboration with health and wellness boffins from The University of Sydney’s medical hub to make passengers feel more comfortable, better rested and less jet-lagged.

And while the program is driven by the advent of the Qantas Boeing 787 and its non-stop trek between Perth and London, the results will be rolled out on other international Qantas flights including the Airbus A380s to Dubai, London and the USA, alongside Airbus A330 flights to Asia.

It also reflects the evolution of air travel away from stopovers in favour of direct flights from A to B – but with plenty of Zzzz along the way.

“Sydney to Los Angeles used to take 72 hours with a couple of stops on the way, but we take Sydney-LA for granted now,” reflects Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.

Indeed, for many frequent business travellers that trans-Pacific run has taken on the familiar routine of a commute.

“We’re going to be coming up to 2021 with aircraft like the Boeing 777-8X which could do Sydney or Melbourne (non-stop) to London or New York,” Joyce tells Australian Business Traveller, “and this is why these studies become even more pertinent, because as the technology gets longer in terms of range you want to have an informed scientific basis to  give people advice.”

It’s the first time an airline has dived so deeply into the science behind inflight comfort.

“It’s bringing together experts in nutrition and sleep and physical activity… to understand the science of long haul flights, to improve jet lag and wellbeing and health in the air, before and after you get to your destination,” explains Professor Steve Simpson, from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre.

“It’s amazing this has never been done before,” Joyce adds.

“We’re investing a significant amount on this research but we think it will be paid back multiple times by offering an experience that no other airline in the world will be offering.”

Food (and drink) that’s fit for flight

A new-look Qantas menu will be built around dishes and ingredients which don’t weight you down and make you feel sluggish, and in some cases will pep you up by kick-starting your metabolism.

“There will be some ingredients, some types of vegetables we want to avoid and others we’ll want to use more,” explains Neil Perry, who is working with Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre on a detailed re-think of sky-high dining.

“Digestion and nutrition affects everything hormonally throughout your body, so that’s what we’re going to be able to tap into.”

“There are ingredients that relax you, there are ones that promote melatonin to help you sleep, and ones that energise your metabolism to help you get going again in the morning,” Perry elaborates.

“We may offer something spicy for breakfast to pep up your metabolism and help get the gut moving, because the process of waking up physically happens through the stomach.”

“It’s all about getting people ready in their eating and sleeping habits on board so they get to their destination feeling better,” Perry says.

Botanica juices and Perry’s Quench line will help travellers keep hydrated, with Quench juices available the Boeing 787’s self-serve bars, rehydration mocktails and probiotic starters served as a wake-up shots.

While this flyer-friendly menu will be at its best at the pointy end of the plane, to suit business travellers who need to hit the ground running, the core aspects will extend all the way through to economy.

“17 hours is a particularly long haul in economy,” Perry admits, “so you really do want to eat well, be properly hydrated, get a great sleep and start to get yourself into the London timezone before you arrive.”

Comfort food isn’t going anywhere

But travellers won’t be force-led kale, quinoa and kombucha juice, or told by stern-faced crew that they can’t have dessert unless they finish their greens.

“We’ll still serve the most amazing Australian wines, a selection of Australian beers, and as much dessert as you can possibly want!” laughs Joyce, who admits that dessert is a weakness of his own on those long flights.

“But we also want other dishes which help improve wellbeing and health in the air and help defeat jet lag when you get to your destination, so that customers can make informed choices.”

Qantas is looking at ways to emphasise those flyer-friendly menu options beyond the small ‘healthy choice’ icon, with explanations of why certain dishes will be beneficial for travellers.

“If you want your favourite dish, your steak sandwich, we’ll still have that. But we’ll also have recommendations to tell people that this is going to aid you in jetlag, getting longer periods of sleep and those sorts of things.”

Let there be light

The Boeing 787 enjoys a home ground advantage when it comes to feeling better above the clouds.

The lower cabin altitude, increased humidity, larger windows, fresher air and even a smoother ride compared to conventional jets will provide a handy assist to Qantas’ own efforts.

But another aspect of the Dreamliner will for the first time be called into play – its LED lighting with lets airlines dial through a rainbow palette of colour schemes.

Qantas sent a sleep expert from the Charles Perkins Centre to Boeing to examine the lighting options and their effect on passengers.

It turns out there are specific wavelengths which encourage the body’s product of the hormone melatonin, which drives the circadian rhythms of the body clock.

“He’s given us recommendations on the aircraft for Perth-London, on what lighting we should be using at different stages of the flight, which from a scientific standpoint has never been done before.”

So Qantas threw out its original Boeing 787 LED lighting scheme and is adopting one tailored for each route and geared towards promoting sleep and wakefulness at the appropriate times.

Cabin temperature

Also changing will be the cabin temperature settings.

It’s a bane of travellers that so many flights seem either too hot or too cold, and of course individual preferences and body types come into play.

But Qantas is mapping out a ‘cabin temperature profile’ for flights which will vary the settings throughout the flight, again to help encourage passengers to relax, to sleep and to wake up.

“Lighting, temperates food and drink, all these are things which we can influence which are going to make it more comfortable,” Joyce says.

Real-world feedback

Qantas will also be signing up passengers to contribute to the project by wearing Fitbit-style wristbands during their regular flights “to track their physical and mental states and their sleep patterns,” Joyce says.

The wristbands will be sent back to the Charles Perkins Centre to analyse the data and make further recommendations  “to see we can improve the experience. It will go through iterations, as all things do, and get better and better over time.”

These tech trials will begin on Qantas’ Boeing 787 flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles and involve travellers “from a range of demographics,” Joyce says.

“We want to have very frequent flyers and infrequent flyers, people from every age group, to make sure we have sufficient samples and enough data too make the research relevant.”

Ground effect

Qantas’ new Perth international lounge (below) will adopt some aspects of the research, not just in the dining areas but even the shower suites.

These will be fitted with a blue light which emits a wavelength to subtly revitalise the body, Joyce says. “We’ll be recommending that customers switch this on because you want them to be awake on the the first third of the Perth-London flight and then sleep on the later part of the flight.”

Pre-flight and post-flight

All travellers booked on the Perth-London flight will also be sent an email with advice on how to prepare for their flight, tips for during the flight and what they can do upon landing to help get over jet-lag – such as what to eat, the importance of rehydrating and the value of getting out into the sunlight for a walk.


Source  :  Australian Business Traveller

Virgin Australia pushes back on ACCC conditions for proposed alliance with HNA Group

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Virgin Australia says the competition watchdog’s conditions on its proposed alliance with HNA Group relating to codeshares and interlines with other carriers are unnecessary and may have unintended consequences.

The airline has pushed back on the ACCC’s draft determination published in early June, which approved the tie-up on the condition that the two parties did not “enter into or give effect to any contract, arrangement or understanding which has the effect of preventing or restricting any of the alliance airlines from entering into interline and/or codeshare agreements with any other airline”.

The matter of interline and codeshare agreements was raised in Air China’s submission to the ACCC, which expressed concerns the partnership between Virgin and HNA Group may “substantially restrict competition for feeder traffic on Australian domestic routes”.

In its response to the draft determination, Virgin Australia said in a submission from it legal representative Gilbert + Tobin the terms of the alliance with HNA Group did not prevent or restrict either party from continuing or commencing interline arrangements with other airlines.

Also, it did not prevent or restrict Virgin from continuing or commencing codeshare arrangements with other airlines in relation to Australian domestic routes.

“It appears that the condition proposed in the ACCC’s draft determination is in contemplation of the potential future entry into interline and/or codeshare exclusivity arrangements by any one or more of the applicants, amongst themselves or with third parties,” the Virgin submission dated June 19 and published on the ACCC website said.

“As such, the proposed condition is unnecessary.

“At the most, all that is required to address the issues raised by Air China is to note that the authorisation does not extend to the entry into exclusive interline arrangements, or an exclusive codeshare agreement in relation to Australian domestic routes.”

Virgin, which has an existing interline with Air China, said the ACCC’s condition was “extremely broad and not responsive to the issues raised in the draft determination”.

Moreover, this type of condition could “undermine the ability of the applicants to align their commercial interests, which would put the benefits promised by the alliance and recognised in the draft determination at risk”.

“The proposed condition has the capacity to have unintended consequences,” the Virgin submission said.

Virgin noted Air China did not raise similar concerns in relation to the partnership between Qantas and China Eastern, which the ACCC approved in 2015.

As part of the alliance, Virgin and HNA Group carriers Hong Kong Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines would codeshare on each other’s services between Australia and mainland China and Hong Kong, including flights via New Zealand and on routes within HNA Group airlines’ domestic networks.

However, as bilateral restrictions prevent codesharing between Hong Kong and mainland China, Virgin would offer interline connections from Hong Kong into mainland China.

There would also be reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, cooperation on joint pricing and scheduling of services between Australia and Hong Kong and Australia and mainland China.

The issue of so-called behind gateway access in the Australian domestic market has been raised previously in other alliance applications, including the recent unsuccessful attempt by Qantas and American Airlines to establish a joint-venture partnership of trans-Pacific routes.

While the ACCC approved the JV, the US Department of Transportation rejected the carriers’ application.

Hawaiian Airlines was one of the most vocal opponents of the Qantas-American tie-up, arguing any partnership between the two oneworld alliance members be granted with conditions attached regarding arm’s length, pro-competitive codeshare or interline agreements with independent carriers.

The airline’s chief executive Mark Dunkerley said recently smaller carriers such as Hawaiian provided a “degree of competitive discipline in the marketplace which in a world of consolidation and JVs is increasingly disappearing”.

“In order to provide that competitive discipline it is important we have access. Access means different things in different markets,” Dunkerley told Australian Aviation on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general meeting in Cancun, Mexico on June 5.

“In some markets it means having economically feasible slots to use, in other markets it means having airport facilities to be able use and with respect to Australia in particular what it means is being able to access traffic behind the gateways in Australia.

“That is extremely important to us and therefore is something that we think ought to be a consideration before the extraordinary step of granting anti-trust immunity to two large operators in the market.”

Hawaiian has been keen to forge a deeper partnership with Virgin beyond what was in place currently, where the Australian carrier codeshares on its services from Brisbane and Sydney to Honolulu. The pair also have a reciprocal frequent flyer arrangement.


Source  :  Australian Aviation

Australia Day in Perth is expected to reach a very hot and sunny 39 degrees. Australia about to hit new population milestone.


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With dog whistles busy in federal politics, either through proposed citizenship and immigration changes or amazingly blond “Australia First” advertising, never mind the overt One Nation xenophobia, it’s an interesting time to be recording a population milestone.

A little after Friday lunch, the population clock on the Australian Bureau of Statistics web site will tick over to 24.5 million.

The clock struck 24 million in February last year and, at the present rate of adding a net extra person every one minute and 22 seconds, it will hit 25 million in early October next year. Little Australia – and we are still little – continues to grow up.


As well as the population clock estimate, the ABS on Tuesday will release its more demographic statistics for 2016.

It’s likely to show our population continuing to grow by close to 1.5 per cent a year. It’s been higher, notably during the resources construction boom, and it’s been lower. It’s a relatively high rate for a developed country.

What’s unusual is the increasing questioning of immigration’s role in that growth.

The ABS estimates there’s a birth every one minute and 40 seconds, a death ever three minutes and 18 seconds and a net gain of one international migration every two minutes and 18 seconds – the end result being a new person every one minute and 22 seconds.


With housing prices high in Sydney and Melbourne and national wages growth low, the anti-immigration forces are mustering on claimed economic grounds, as well as the usual populist fringe attacking as “un-Australian” whatever the latest wave of migrants might be.

Yet a strong multi-cultural nation is very Australian indeed. Some 28 per cent of us were born overseas, wave after wave absorbed. The sectarian xenophobes are the un-Australian minority.

The simplistic negative economic view of our migration program concentrates on the challenges of population growth. They seize on part of a Productivity Commission report on immigration released in September:

“High rates of immigration put upward pressure on land and housing prices in Australia’s largest cities. Upward pressures are exacerbated by the persistent failure of successive state, territory and local governments to implement sound urban planning and zoning policies.”

Those who would prefer to live under aspic only see migrants as competition for housing and jobs, not acknowledging that migrants’ contribution makes more jobs possible, that one plus one can in fact add up to more than two, that Australia’s potential is not a zero-sum game.

The anti-immigration chorus would prefer to reduce immigration rather than build the infrastructure to realise the nation’s potential. They downplay or ignore the rich rewards of our economy and culture being reinvigorated.

There are claims and counter-claims on both sides of the migration economic argument, typified by an on-going academic fight over the impact on wages. As the Economist reported:

“What effect do immigrants have on native wages? It’s perhaps one of the most important questions of labour economics. It’s also one that is largely unanswerable. The problem is that it’s almost impossible to separate cause and effect.”

That’s not enough to stop the arguments.

Australia’s particular problems in coping with population growth partly come from the strength of that growth being unexpected. Property analyst Pete Wargent observes there are some 2.95 million more of us today than was forecast by the ABS to be the case in 1999.

“That’s not to decry the forecasts, which must be always be wrong to some extent,” writes Wargent.

“Rather this is to show the potential scale of the impact from the mining boom on the creaking infrastructure deficit.”

So, throw the new babies out with the infrastructure underinvestment bathwater, or rise to the challenge and fix the infrastructure?

When the population clock struck 23 million in 2013, I wrote a piece welcoming 23 millionth Australian on the basis that the person was likely to be a new-born who, by the accident of the place of birth, had just won life’s lottery.

For balance and probability, I made the 24 millionth a migrant. As pathetic and self-indulgent as it sounds, re-reading it in the present climate caught my throat and fuelled a little anger.

When there are echoes of the appalling Trump on both sides of our politics, population milestones should be a chance to embrace optimism about this nation, for political leaders to actually show some leadership, to educate and take pride in our story, instead of cringing to court the lowest common denominator, of bowing to the narrow, the ignorant and intolerant.



Source  :  The Canberra Times

Confederations Cup 2017: Players must take responsibility for Socceroos as much as coach

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There’s an increasingly familiar sentiment lingering at the end of Socceroos games of late. The frustration of an underwhelming performance, amplified by a scoreboard that is far more generous. It’s a dissatisfaction that is difficult to channel and Australia’s 1-1 draw with Cameroon in the Confederations Cup ensured there were no signs of that changing soon.

While Australia’s performance against the African champions was a vast improvement on their previous games this month against Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Germany, it was a long way from restoring faith tarnished by their uninspiring performances of 2017.

It was more purposeful in direction, perhaps their most mature in possession and certainly their most astute positionally as the inclusion of Alex Gersbach provided a sense of balance sorely missed this year. Of the three left-sided players trialled in coach Ange Postecoglou’s polarising formation, the 20-year-old left-back looked the most natural fit with an impressive display that won plaudits as well as a second-half penalty for Australia’s equaliser.

However, there were few signs of an end to the defensive rot that has plagued the back line this year. In yet another case of the scoreboard serving as positive spin for the Socceroos, they were left thanking a flurry of missed chances from Cameroon who bemoaned their inability to convert more than one of their 19 shots on goal. On another day, their striker Vincent Aboubakar would be leaving with his first international hat-trick, the match ball and potentially interest from several clubs bigger than his current employers, Besiktas.

His liberty and space inside the box indicated Australia’s defence remained porous since a switch to a more attacking line-up in March, but Friday morning’s match showed the frailties aren’t simply systemic. Postecoglou has come under intense scrutiny for his gamble with a 3-2-4-1 formation that has failed to convince the broader public, pundits and punters alike. This time his tactics weren’t solely the focus.

For the overwhelming majority of the first half, the Socceroos matched the African champions. They controlled possession, were given the space to dictate the tempo and a more direct attack showed signs of being threatening. However, it was ripped apart at the seams a minute before half-time by a routine ball forward, one that required little tactical insight to defuse.

Centre-back Trent Sainsbury abandoned his post, Milos Degenek was beaten to the ball by Marseille winger Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and when he chipped over goalkeeper Mat Ryan, the forensic examiners of Postecoglou’s tactics realised the problems may have deeper roots.

Former Chelsea and Melbourne City winger Damien Duff recently suggested Australia doesn’t have the cattle to play out of the back. In doing their best to silence pundits like him, the Socceroos exposed themselves to a worse crime of being unable to propel the most basic of tactics: counter-attacks.

Australia's performance against Cameroon was a vast improvement on their previous games this month.

Australia’s performance against Cameroon was a vast improvement on their previous games this month. Photo: Getty Images

For all the positives in possession, the problems remained the same without it. Cameroon’s strength in transition showed how the Socceroos appeared susceptible to pace and direct attacks, particularly in the second half. Many of the players struggled to handle the tactics of the Africans and a quick look through the team sheet could explain why.

The list of clubs alongside the names on the back line doesn’t match-up with the other areas of the park. If there’s a criticism directed towards this generation of players, it’s that they’re more focused on football being a profession rather than a career.


Several players have passed-up blossoming careers in Europe for more lucrative deals in the weaker leagues of Asia, particularly defenders such as Sainsbury, Ryan McGowan, Matt Spiranovic and to a lesser extent, Degenek. It’s stalled the development of some and exposed a lack of depth, so much so that arguably our best centre-back, Spiranovic, lost his national team place by remaining in the Chinese second division. After guiding Australia to an Asian Cup title in 2015, he was nowhere to be seen in the Socceroos’ next tournament, and should they reach another in the World Cup next year, Spiranovic faces an uphill battle to be part of that as a result of his club choices.

Was Friday’s continuation of Australia’s poor defending endemic of broader issues? Time will tell. But, in conceding in such elementary fashion and fortunate not to cop three more, it made it clear the players must also take ownership of the state of the national team, not just the coach.


Source  :  The Canberra Times

FIFA threatens to replace FFA board as congress crisis grows

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Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop does not expect FIFA to intervene in the administration of the local game, despite the FFA’s looming failure to meet key deadlines for the transition to a more democratic membership.

FIFA has warned that it could take the extreme option of putting in place a “normalising committee” to replace the FFA board and oversee the reform process if the FFA fails to reach consensus for a new congress. So far, the FFA’s efforts have resulted in stalemate.

The world governing body has already warned Australia it will take matters into its own hands if the reforms are not forthcoming and has already proved it is willing to act when national football associations have become mired down in domestic political battles. In 2016, FIFA introduced normalising committees in Argentina and Guinea. On both occasions, the board, president and general managers of those federations were replaced with temporary transitional committees.

Currently, the FFA’s negotiations with its three key stakeholders – the state federations, the A-League clubs and the players’ union (The PFA) – have become fractured, causing delays to the all-important reform process. But Gallop believes the stalemate will not result in an intervention from Zurich.

“Following extensive consultation with a range of stakeholders, we are looking to implement a two-phase approach to expansion of FFA’s membership which will meet FIFA’s request both in structure and timeframe,” he said. “The first phase will be in place prior to our next AGM in November and the election due then.”

“The second phase to consider further membership expansion is expected to commence in the new year once the new [A-League] operating model work is largely complete. We don’t anticipate any intervention from FIFA will be necessary in November.”

FIFA is insisting on reform of the the FFA congress, which has the power to elect and vote on its board members. FFA Chairman Steven Lowy  must have his reformed congress active and sitting by the November AGM to satisfy FIFA, or else face the prospect of the intervention of a normalising committee that would take control of the process.

Under pressure: But David Gallop is confident he can oversee FFA reform before FIFA carry out their threat to intervene.

Under pressure: But David Gallop is confident he can oversee FFA reform before FIFA carry out their threat to intervene. Photo: Getty Images

For the November deadline to be met, the new model must first be approved and be in place by the time an FFA EGM is held in September.

The FFA won’t be able to inform FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation of its supported model and timeline by a proposed date of Friday, June 23 after Australia’s biggest stakeholders unanimously rejected their proposal – Football NSW, Football Federation Victoria, A-League club owners and the PFA.

The FIFA Members Association Committee will meet to vote whether to accept the FFA’s requested extension on July 4.

The current membership model includes nine seats for the respective state federations and one vote for A-League clubs. The FFA’s proposal of nine seats for the states, three for A-League clubs and one for the PFA continues to be rejected by NSW, Victoria, the Clubs and the PFA, who are holding firm for the bare minimum of a 9:5:1 model.

Fairfax Media understands FIFA does not approve the FFA’s preferred model on the basis of it not being sufficiently democratic, unless it is unanimously supported by its members. Perhaps more problematic for the FFA is a complete breakdown in the working relationship with its perspective membership. The PFA is understood to have withdrawn from negotiations until the FFA shows a willingness to improve its stance, but is determined to be part of the congress required by FIFA.

“Chief Executive John Didulica met as recently as yesterday with FFA director managing the process. At the relevant time, the ultimate decision to accept a position on a reformed congress will be ratified by the players and that has not changed,” a PFA spokesman said.

The clubs have accused the FFA of breaching its role as a facilitator of discussions and acting as a stakeholder to its members while one party involved in negotiations suggested deeper issues of transparency have since risen, saying:  “All stakeholder groups have trust issues with the FFA board and management.”


Source  :  The Canberra Times

Qantas seeks frequent flyer volunteers in University of Sydney partnership researching long-haul flying

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Australian rugby sevens captain Ed Jenkins and model Jesinta Campbell helping launch the partnership between Qantas and the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre. (Jordan Chong)

Australian rugby sevens captain Ed Jenkins and model Jesinta Campbell helping launch the partnership between Qantas and the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre. (Jordan Chong)

Qantas is seeking volunteers from its frequent flyer membership to don some wearable technology during their travels as part of efforts to learn more about the impact of long-haul travel on the passenger experience.

The study announced on Thursday is one element of a partnership between Qantas and the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre to better understand how elements such as movement, light, temperature, food and drink affect people before, during and after their flight.

The collaboration, which started about a year ago, initially focused on sleep during long-haul flights before being expanded to look at the entire journey.

The trial – where volunteer Qantas frequent flyers will be given wearable technology that gathers data while they are on flights – comes as Qantas prepares to begin Perth-London Heathrow nonstop flights in March 2018 with the Boeing 787-9.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says partnership with the Charles Perkins Centre would help the airline “design and develop a range of new innovations and strategies to complement the Dreamliner experience”.

“We are going to invite some of our most frequent flyers to participate in research on those aircraft in order to give us information for improving the experience even more,” Joyce said at the official launch of the partnership at the University of Sydney on Thursday.

“We are investigating the use of wearables and other technology to analyse and determine the physical and mental stages and states of people during their journey.”

The study’s first two participants, model Jesinta Campbell and Australian Rugby Sevens Captain Ed Jenkins, were at the official launch at the Charles Perkins Centre on Thursday. The pair was reassured there was nothing to worry about by being part of the study.

“I have to say, this is not about taking anything away from customers. We will still have on board our aircraft the most amazing Australian wine, a selection of Australian beers and much dessert as you could possibly want,” Joyce quipped.

“This is all about collecting information and giving information to our customers so they can make informed choices.”

Qantas posted a video detailing the partnership with the Charles Perkins Centre on its YouTube channel.

Some of the research that has already been undertaken has already been incorporated into the the planning for Qantas’s Perth-London Heathrow flights.

Specifically, the research has highlighted the intensity and wavelength of cabin lighting that was ideal for certain stages of the 17-hour journey linking Australia and Europe. Even the showers at Qantas’s Perth premium passenger lounge that will feature specific lighting designed to enhance their travel.

Charles Perkins Centre academic director Steve Simpson said the partnership focused on health and wellness for the entire journey.

“It is bringing together experts within the Charles Perkins Centre, experts in nutrition, in sleep, in physical activity in the evaluation of programs to understand the science of long-haul flight, to improve jetlag, to try and work out ways of improving wellbeing and health in the air, before and after you get to your destination,” Prof Simpson said.

“And to translate that new science, that new innovation ultimately through Qantas to passengers and of course the crew.”

Qantas consulting chef Neil Perry is also working with the Charles Perkins Centre as part of the partnership.

The first of Qantas’s eight 787-9s on firm order was due to arrive in October. The oneworld alliance member was expected to have four of the next generation aircraft by March 2018, which would allow the commencement of nonstop flight between Perth and London Heathrow.


Source  :  Australian Aviation


TAE adds Aerospace to company name

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Australian company TAE has changed its name to TAE Aerospace.

Chief executive Andrew Sanderson said the rebranding, which was effective immediately, reflected the company’s focus on being “Australia’s aerospace company”.

“Taking that position in the market challenges us to set the standards for quality, safety and innovation for the Australian aerospace industry,” Sanderson said in a statement.

“We are now the largest 100 per cent Australian-owned aerospace company.”

The new TAE Aerospace logo. (TAE Aerospace)

In 2015, the company was selected to undertake maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade work for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s Pratt & Whitney F135 engines from its facility at RAAF Base Amberley.

And its fountx wearable technology was recognised at the 2017 Avalon Airshow with a civil industry national innovation award.

The company also recently received the Essington Lewis Award for its sustainment activity for the Army’s AGT1500 tank engine.

“We’ve now introduced our aerospace experience to a land platform to improve availability and this, combined with our local presence, allows us to perform maintenance services on the Abram’s tank engine in much less time than Army’s previous provider and at significantly lower cost,” Sanderson said.

In 2015, Air New Zealand sold TAE to the company’s Australian management team, with the full takeover completed by March that year.


Source  :  Australian Aviation