Although they're not quite as inventive as Air New Zealand, Qantas makes some beautiful inflight safety videos. Its latest one is the best yet, and does a very good job of keeping your interest and showing you exactly what to do in the case of an emergency, without actually showing a plane at all.
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Video: Here's a British Airways Airbus A380 attempting to land at the Vancouver airport. You can see the world's largest passenger aeroplane make its final approach and come so, so close to the ground — but then decide to abort and make a go-around instead. It's incredibly impressive to see such a big plane make a manoeuvre like this.
Ever wondered where your airline meal comes from? If you've ever flown through the Middle East, it probably came from here.
This one building provides the fresh food, drinks and other amenities for every Emirates flights leaving Dubai, at a rate of one every two or three minutes, to hundreds of different destinations around the world. And the only preservative used is a bit of lemon juice. (56K and mobile warning: 15MB of images ahead!)
When you talk about the price difference between economy class and business class, or business and first, you have to find some pretty significant differences before you can justify that extra cash. (Unless someone else is paying, or you can snaffle an upgrade using points or some smooth talking.) But if you're looking for a good reason, the Emirates A380's onboard bar has to be pretty much up there.
If you're taking a long-haul international flight, you hope to god that it goes smoothly and nothing untoward happens. And it barely ever does, to be fair, with the odds of a fatal airline accident being something one in 10 million. But every airline crew goes through extensive training to ensure that if anything happens, you'll be able to escape safely through emergency exits and evacuation slides.
Video: Sometimes, you get a unique combination of circumstances that produces a rare look into a common event, like this Emirates' Airbus A380 arriving to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport at the perfect time and the perfect angle to produce a few seconds of beautiful cinematography, cutting a cloud in two.
Qantas flight QF7 has just left the ground in Sydney, on its way to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport in Texas. This is the outbound leg of the world's longest flight route, but from today onwards, it has another point of difference: the equipment flying that route is one of Qantas' Airbus A380s, the world's largest passenger aircraft.
As a result of the $252 million half-year loss that Qantas has reported today, Australia's national carrier is making some big cutbacks. 5000 staff across the entire company are being made redundant, a bunch of flight schedules are being reconfigured, and over 50 new plane orders are being deferred indefinitely.
Last month, engineers found small cracks in the wings of Singapore Airlines' A380s. Now, Qantas has been forced to ground one its A380s because of the same problem.