Qantas launches athleisure clothing line in latest revenue-raising initiative

FILE PHOTO: Workers are seen near Qantas Airways, Australia’s national carrier, Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the tarmac at Adelaide Airport, Australia, August 22, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Cash-strapped Qantas Airways Ltd on Wednesday launched a range of pricey athleisure clothes as its latest revenue-raising scheme to help weather the coronavirus pandemic.

The branded range includes A$150 ($107.46) T-shirts and A$425 cashmere sweaters designed by Australian Martin Grant, and comes after recent sold-out sales of bar carts from retired Boeing Co 747 planes and business class pajamas and amenity kits.

Qantas has grounded the bulk of its fleet and raised equity and debt to boost liquidity during the pandemic, which has seen it announce plans to cut nearly 30% of its workforce. It is bracing for a A$10 billion hit to revenue this financial year because of border closures and lower travel demand.

On Saturday, 150 passengers joined a

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‘Incorrect mental model’ led to Qantas 737 runway incursion | News

The captain of a Qantas Boeing 737-800 had developed an “incorrect mental model” of exit taxiways at Perth airport, believing that the aircraft would not need to cross an active runway after exiting the taxiway.

Even when he saw an illuminated stop bar, he believed it was installed incorrectly.

This led to a runway incursion, which saw the aircraft cross a designated stopping point and nearly entering the adjacent runway, where another Qantas 737 was about to commence its takeoff.


Releasing its final report into the 2018 incident, investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) also note that the two 737s came into extremely close contact after the departing 737 rejected takeoff — the latter’s wingtip was just 15m away from the nose of the other 737.

The incident took place on 28 April 2018, when a Qantas 737, registered VH-XZM, had landed at runway 03, after a flight

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