When a plane filled with vacationers and business leaders is redirected after being forced to abort takeoff in mid-air, this often leads to lots of speculation on the implications for the airline and in the wider aviation industry.
Qantas’ top boss Alan Joyce — who was once asked on live television whether he had a “Drycleaner on board” — put out a tweet when the diversion was made, as a way to try to quell the rumors.
The flight, which was supposed to fly to Shanghai but was diverted to Perth after a faulty engine caught fire, had 300 people on board from destinations including Sydney, New York, Dubai, and London.
“We were always focused on getting our customers to their destinations and what has happened has not changed that,” he tweeted.
Will we see the ultra long haul route? Joyce told Australian broadcaster the ABC that it was still in the works. “We’re just working on the details now,” he said.
“They’re still in the infancy stages of bringing their super jumbo jets and B-787s to Perth. What that’s going to look like when it goes into service is still yet to be determined. But we’ll look for some sort of approach and I know they are looking at something like that.”
“You know, people are naturally going to associate the super jumbo with the luxury of staying in one of our lounges and there will definitely be a new lounge with some of these new planes.”