UPDATE: 5 Nov. Qantas is now offering free tickets to anywhere in Australia to those who were caught up in the shut-down. If you were involved and haven’t been contacted by the airline, do so yourself. Passengers entitled are those with bookings between October 29-31st.
It’s been the week from hell for Qantas. The Australian airline grounded its 108 strong fleet last Saturday, leading to the cancellation of 600 flights and affecting 70,000 passengers worldwide, as part on an industrial dispute.
To make matters worse, a Qantas flight from Sydney to London was forced to make an emergency landing in Dubai on Friday, after an engine shut down, angering passengers including Stephen Fry.
Fry, who was returning to London after touring Australia with his television programme QI, tweeted to his 3.3 million followers:”Bugger. Forced to land in Dubai. And engine has decided not to play.”
Fry’s misfortune occurred exactly one year since a Qantas flight from London to Sydney, was forced to land at Singapore after an engine exploded, causing the airline to ground its fleet at a cost of £30 million.
What do you make of it all? Would you risk booking your next flight with Qantas? Or do believe that the Australian airline has had its day?