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Amadeus airline booking system TITSUP and it's not ransomware

The Amadeus airline booking platform is suffering another outage, so far mostly seen in a follow-on TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) hitting Australian airline Qantas. The Australian carrier is telling customers its booking systems are unavailable, and says it's not the only airline worldwide to be hit. …
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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

Vegemite is trying to hijack Australian airline Qantas's public competition to name its new airliners. The continent-sized country's flag-carrying airline is, rather stupidly, allowing the great unwashed to name its eight new Airbus A380s. "We want their names to reflect the true Spirit of Australia," gushes the Name The …
Gareth Corfield, 22 May 2017
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QANTAS cuts AU$4,000 from price of Mac Pro

Apple Australia's base price for the Mac Pro is AU$4,899. So when Australian airline QANTAS store for frequent flyers started offering the computer for just AU$$520.53, plus 5,000 frequent flyer points, news of the bargain quickly hit sites that track this sort of thing. A single QANTAS frequent flyer point is worth somewhere …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2017
The crushed personal electronic device (PED) wedged tightly in the seat mechanism found on QF 7

Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat

Perhaps more airlines could install more phone pockets on seats: two more instances have emerged of crushed smartphones putting aircraft at risk. The news comes from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which is warning that passengers on flights have to take better care of their phones. Descending into London on …
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Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane

Australian airline QANTAS delayed a flight for two hours on Saturday after a passenger reported seeing a Wi-Fi network named “Mobile detonation device”. The passenger reported the network's name to crew, who in turn reported it to the captain of the 737, which was due to fly from Melbourne to Perth. The captain demanded that …
Qantas Boeing 737-838, VH-VZR

iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

On the 1st of August, 2014, cabin crew aboard a 737 operated by Australian airline QANTAS reported hearing a “squeak” during takeoff. The crew's ears were good: the sound they heard was the plane's tail scraping the ground – a “tailstrike” - during takeoff. That's the conclusion of an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2015

Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

The Airbus A380 has a range of 15,200km, but the longest scheduled commercial flight using the aircraft is the 13,804km Dallas (USA) to Sydney (Australia) jaunt flown by Australia's Qantas. Heading from Oz to the USA, the trip takes just 15 hours and 35 minutes, which at only about an hour longer than a Sydney-Los Angeles …
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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

We're all accustomed to tales of woe that children are becoming too fat, but how about too-light kiddies spoiling the balance of an aircraft? An error at Australia's Canberra airport left a 168-seat Boeing 737 struggling to take off because a group of 87 schoolchildren was entered into the check-in system as adults. As noted …
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In-flight slab-fondling and mobe-stroking in Australia at last

Australian gadget-owners rejoice, you can now keep your devices switched on from “gate to gate” on Qantas and Virgin Australia flights. Earlier this year, aviation regulator CASA announced it was relaxing the rules that demanded a power-down for mobes and fondleslabs, but that airlines required certification to put the rules …
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Flying fondleslab causes injury after plane hits turbulence

Hot on the heels of news that Australian wasps can ground a plane comes another cautionary tale from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), this time concerning the perils of flying laptop computers and iPads. The two devices fell from an overhead bin during turbulence last November. The ATSB's report on the incident …
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Qantas' biggest problems are … Apple, Samsung and Google?

Australia's flag carrier Qantas last week announced it will cut 5,000 jobs, ground planes, quit unprofitable routes, stop expansion of its budget offshoots and, in all likelihood try to replace its little sachets of peanuts with something cheaper. The airline blamed legislation, market conditions, foreign governments and just …

Ex-inmate at Chinese prison: We made airline headsets

Major airlines including British Airways and electronics manufacturers have been accused of sourcing products from a Chinese prison where inmates are tasered if they don’t hit production targets. BA and some of the other companies denied this while others said they hadn't knowingly bought them and are investigating their supply …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Jun 2013
A Qantas 737. Source: Qantas

Oz airline Qantas breaks own WinPhone app

The Qantas Windows Phone app, which featured at the launch of Windows Phone 7.5 and 8, is currently broken and doesn't allow users to generate boarding passes. The app was shown off and/or mentioned at various Microsoft events last year and attracted development assistance from Redmond's Australian outpost. It even won an …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2013

Qantas' website goes all-but-titsup for an hour

Australian flag carrier QANTAS' website went all-but-titsup for at least an hour on Monday afternoon. El Reg tried to book a ticket at 1:50 PM AEST and found the site operated only in very limited mode, with basic booking functions only on offer. qantas website crash Even that functionality was flaky: the site changed from …
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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

Australian airline Qantas has denied claims it left a customer on hold … for 15 hours 40 minutes and one second. The claims were made by a customer who has told Fairfax media and that he called to confirm a flight and, upon hearing the usual canned messages about what a valued and deeply-loved customer he is, …
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Qantas to provide wireless iPad entertainment on 767s

Australia's premier airline, Qantas, will provide an iPad to each and every passenger on its fleet of Boeing 767s, beaming free in-flight entertainment using what it dubs its "QStreaming" technology. "Following the successful trial of our QStreaming service this year," Qantas Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi said in a statement, "we …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jul 2012
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Qantas gets rocked by Amadeus

Airlines Qantas and Virgin Australia went into temporary meltdown on Sunday morning (EST) when the Amadeus ALTEA platform which they both use was affected by unspecified technical issues. The global glitch left passengers unable to check in across domestic and international flights with staff having to resort to manual …
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Watch a 747 refit in just 105 seconds

Australia's flag carrier Qantas has released a video showing, in just 105 seconds, how it rips the guts out of a 747-400's passenger cabins, spruces them up, repaints the plane and then sends it back to work. We'd have liked it to run a little longer and offer more detail, but the results are still rather fine. Watch Video …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Mar 2012

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