The official podcast of Australian Aviation – where we unpack all the latest insights and developments plus the big issues impacting Australia’s aviation sector.
WA delays border opening as QLD welcomes overseas arrivals
This week, the Western Australia government backflipped on its promise to reopen its borders on 5 February, while Queensland opened its international border for the first time since March 2020.
In this episode of the Australian Aviation Podcast, hosts Adam Thorn and Hannah Dowling discuss the current border situation, as well as changing entry requirements for international travellers coming to Australia.
Plus, the team reveals the details of an ongoing feud between Qantas and its international cabin crew over post-pandemic pay and working conditions.
Finally, the crew talks about the historic Victors Vimy making its way to its new home inside Adelaide Airport.
Qantas cuts capacity and border openings questioned
This week, Qantas swiftly followed in Virgin Australia’s footsteps to announce it has been forced to slash capacity by up to 30 per cent from January through to March due to the current COVID outbreak.
In this episode of the Australian Aviation Podcast, host Adam Thorn and reporter Hannah Dowling discuss the decision and the struggle for airlines in navigating the current operating environment.
Plus, the crew reveals the latest updates in Australia’s journey towards electric air taxi travel, with new and exciting deals taking place across the country, as well as Queensland’s dwindling vaccination rollout and Western Australia’s plans to reopen.
Finally, the crew reveals the details of a new Australian start-up hoping to change up the LEO satellite game with their supersonic space plane.
Sky’s The Limit Podcast: In conversation with AFAP president Louise Pole
After being elected as president of the Australian Federation of Air Pilots in 2018, Louise Pole became the first woman in Australia to lead a pilots’ union, and the second female pilot union boss in the entire world.
In this episode of Sky’s The Limit, hosts Anna Grbas and Hannah Dowling speak with Louise in one of our most frank and honest conversations of this series to date – about the real challenges that she and her female colleagues have experienced since she began flying in the 1980s.
Louise tells us about her career path and the solidarity she built with other female aviators, as well as all the forums and programs she has been involved in to support women in aviation, including the AFAP Women’s Network.
Plus, the crew discusses how the female experience in aviation has changed over the past three decades, and talks about practical solutions for moving ahead.
Airlines scramble as Omicron wreaks havoc
After a brief period of open borders, this week, airlines have again been forced to cancel hundreds of flights and slash their flight schedules as the Omicron surge continues to send staff into isolation.
In this episode of the Australian Aviation Podcast, host Adam Thorn and reporter Hannah Dowling discuss Virgin’s proactive decision to announce dramatic flight schedule changes amid ongoing staff shortages, that are sure to be similarly impacting the other airlines.
Plus, the team talks about Qantas’ major decision to pivot away from previously preferred planemaker Boeing, and head towards a nearly all-Airbus fleet over the next two decades.
Finally, Adam eagerly raises the topic of Labour’s new plan to make the lucrative Golden Triangle redundant, by means of high-speed rail.
Embraer’s Eve on the future of flying taxis in Australia
As the news cycle begins to slowly but surely pivot away from constant COVID-19 reporting, the ideas of sustainability, electric aircraft and urban air mobility solutions have once again emerged as key themes in 2021.
In this special episode of the Australian Aviation Podcast, host Hannah Dowling sits down with David Rottblatt, the vice-president of business development at Eve Urban Air Mobility – an Embraer subsidiary focused on bringing electric air taxis to the mainstream.
David and Hannah discuss the current state of play in the global air taxi market, how far we are from seeing eVTOL taxis flying overhead, where we can expect the rollout of such technologies to be focused on and the opportunities of flying taxi technologies in growing cities.
The two also discuss Eve’s major focus on the Australian market, its growing myriad of partnerships with local Aussie SMEs – more of which have been announced since this episode was recorded – and what this means for the future of eVTOLs in Australia.
Inside Singapore Airlines as the COVID crisis hit
What’s it like to be a senior executive in a major international airline when a once-in-a-century pandemic grounds the industry
In this special episode of the Australian Aviation Podcast, Singapore’s regional manager for public affairs, Karl Schubert, talks host Adam Thorn through the dramatic moments the team made the crunch decisions.
He reveals why the airline kept flying despite low demand and stringent arrival caps, whether COVID was worse than they thought and whether he thinks the industry will bounce back to 2019 levels.
Finally, the pair discuss the future of the A380. Can it really survive in a world of smaller long-haul aircraft?
Nice wrap up of happenings in Australian aviation sector both civilian and military.