Media releases and aviation articles which communicate the views of the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) and the Australian Airline Pilots’ Association (AusALPA), of which AIPA is a cofounding partner, are available below. You can also catch up on the latest aviation industry news.

Journalists should contact AIPA’s media consultant, John Hill on +61412 197 079 or

Chicago in one leap for flying kangaroo

At a time when other carriers are cutting international capacity due to high fuel costs, Qantas has committed to operating non-stop flights between Brisbane and ­Chicago and San Francisco by the end of next April.

18 Jun 2019 | Author: Robyn Ironside, Aviation Writer for The Australian


Trials near for Boeing 737 MAX fix

Barring last-minute snags, the FAA may start flight testing the Boeing 737 MAX as early as this week to assess whether an upgrade developed by the US plane maker fixes a flight-control system implicated in two fatal crashes...

17 Jun 2019 | Author: Andrew Tangel for The Wall Street Journal


Pilots keen for aviation policy certainty

When operating smoothly, the aviation industry largely remains outside the political limelight. This was certainly the case at the recent federal election.

07 Jun 2019 | Author: Mark Sedgwick


Bunk beds out, wellness centre in, Qantas longhaul

Plans to install bunk beds and other comforts in unused cargo space have been thrown out but Qantas has promised to give all passengers on any of its new ultra-long-haul flights an exercise area to make the 20-hour-plus journeys more bearable.

04 Jun 2019 | Author: Robyn Ironside @ The Australian


Aviation industry ignores mental health

A former Etihad Airways pilot has spoken out about the blase attitude towards mental health in the aviation industry after his own struggle to have his licence cancelled.

27 May 2019 | Author: Robyn Ironside Aviation Writer @ The Australian


Pilots ‘at no greater risk’ of skin cancer

A recent study has found that pilots are at no greater risk of deadly melanomas than the general population of Australia.

21 May 2019 | Author: Robyn Ironside, Aviation Writer for The Australian


Pushing the Limits: Qantas

Qantas Airways Ltd, which hopes to buy planes this year for record-breaking 21-hour flights between Sydney and London has two hurdles left to overcome: getting pilots and Australia's aviation regulator to agree to unprecedented duty times.

30 Apr 2019 | Author: Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Gerry Doyle


Aviation industry losing appeal

Aviation should be an attractive industry for young Australians to join. And yet the number of Australians learning to fly continues to drop. Read the rest of Mark Sedgwick's article in The Australian here.

26 Apr 2019 | Author: Mark Sedgwick


Amendments to the AIPA Rules

AIPA is undertaking a multi-stage approach to amending the AIPA Rules, read more about this here.

12 Apr 2019 | Author: AIPA Legal


Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max crash findings

Australian and International Pilots Association President Mark Sedgwick said further investigation was needed but the preliminary crash report's findings were worrying. Read the rest of The Australian's Robyn Ironside's article here.

06 Apr 2019 | Author: Robyn Ironside, Aviation Writer for The Australian


Virgin Australia refutes Qantas' claims

Virgin Australia refutes Qantas' claims on proposed Cathay code-share. Virgin Australia has described Qantas's argument that its proposed code-share with Cathay Pacific would not reduce competition in the Australia-Hong Kong market as simplistic and...

02 Apr 2019 | Author: Australian Aviation


Casa Suspends Boeing 737 Max Operations

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has joined European, Chinese and other international regulators by temporarily suspending the operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to or from Australia.

13 Mar 2019 | Author: Christian Boo Boucousis


US FAA says Boeing 737 Max 8 is airworthy

The US Federal Aviation Administration has told Boeing to make design changes to its worldwide fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft, after two fatal crashes of the new model of aircraft since October.

12 Mar 2019 | Author: AAP


Qantas profit drops ...

Qantas Airways says higher fuel costs helped to drive down its half-year net profit by 16 per cent, but it would return $500 million to shareholders via an increased dividend and new share buyback program.

21 Feb 2019 | Author: David Winning @ The Australian Business Review


A Note from the President

Every two years the positions in the AIPA Executive come up for re-election and I am pleased to be able to take the chair of President for the next term and to serve the Pilot group - Mark Sedgwick

15 Nov 2018 | Author: AIPA Communications


AusALPA reply to CASA's response on Fatigue Rules

In reply to the release of the CASA's response to the Independent Report on Australia’s Fatigue Rules, the Australian Air Line Pilots Association (AusALPA) has expressed disappointment in CASA’s ability to conduct itself as an Independent Regulator.

25 Sep 2018 | Author: Murray Butt


Qantas switches NY flights from 747 to Dreamliner

The 747-400 will disappear from the route completely from December 1, with the 787-9 to operate on Brisbane-Los Angeles 11 times a week.

03 Sep 2018 | Author:


How a rusting Qantas 'Super Connie' was saved

The "Super Connie" was the first aircraft to feature Qantas' famous kangaroo livery, a direct reference to the key "Kangaroo Route" linking Australia to the UK.

03 Sep 2018 | Author: CNN, via Nine Finance


Regional centres battle for Qantas pilot academy

Nine regional centres are pulling out all stops to attract a prize they believe will deliver international recognition, as well as hundreds of jobs and a major economic boost. In a fierce battle normally associated with Olympic hosting rights, the...

31 Aug 2018 | Author: Robyn Ironside, The Australian Business Review


Qantas profit climbs despite higher fuel bills

Higher airfares have helped Qantas beat rising fuel bills and post a 15 per cent increase in net profit to $980 million for the 2018 financial year. Underlying profit before tax soared 14 per cent to $1.6 billion — a new record for the airline and...

24 Aug 2018 | Author: Robyn Ironside, Australian Business Review


Next generation aircraft under evaluation

Qantas says next generation aircraft such as the Embraer E2 and Airbus A220 plus Boeing’s proposed new mid-market airplane (NMA) are under evaluation as part of a fleet renewal program that is focused on “maintaining competitiveness of technology”.

23 Aug 2018 | Author: Jordan Chong,


Pilot academy to operate from two sites by 2020

Qantas has confirmed its proposed pilot training academy will be operating from two Australian regional centres by 2020.

23 Aug 2018 | Author:


The 747 Clocks up 47 years in the Qantas fleet

Qantas took delivery of its first Boeing 747 on August 16 1971, which means the type has been in the airline’s fleet for 47 years.

16 Aug 2018 | Author:


Qantas crew settles lawsuit decade after accident

Almost a decade after a Qantas aircraft carrying 303 passengers nosedived twice due to a computer malfunction, the last of the plane's pilots and flight attendants to have pursued legal action have settled their claims in the US against two...

07 Aug 2018 | Author: Matt O'Sullivan, Sydney Morning Herald



Jetstar group chief executive Gareth Evans says there are a number of potential new routes that could be opened up with the addition of the Airbus A321LR to the fleet in two years time.

01 Aug 2018 | Author:


Network brings the A320 to Qantas

A new flying kangaroo has taken to the skies with Qantas-branded Airbus A320s commencing services in Western Australia in April. Sourced from fellow Qantas Group subsidiary Jetstar, the aircraft are flown by Network Aviation under the QantasLink...

29 Jul 2018 | Author: Chris Frame,


Qantas plans Darwin to Hong Kong freighter service

Qantas plans to operate a once-weekly freighter service from Darwin to Hong Kong that can transport fresh produce from Australia’s Top End to Asia’s supermarket shelves and dining tables.

25 Jul 2018 | Author:


Qantas names HK as 787-9’s first Asian route

Qantas has scheduled Hong Kong as the first Asian destination with its Boeing 787-9 fleet, with flights to the Special Administrative Region to begin in mid-December.

24 Jul 2018 | Author:


Still some turbulence ahead for Qantas shares

Over the years, airlines have generally produced poor returns: for this alone I have long chastised those who even entertain the idea of purchasing shares in airlines. Yet Qantas always has its fans. Earlier this week there was another new buy call...

07 Jul 2018 | Author: Roger Montgomery


Airfare rises to elevate Qantas: BAML

Higher oil prices have dampened the sweet spot airlines enjoyed last year, but rising airfares and the prospect of capital returns to shareholders have prompted Bank of America Merrill Lynch to reinstate coverage of Qantas with a buy rating on the...

06 Jul 2018 | Author: Cliona O'Dowd, The Australian


Qantas’ ‘Queen of the Skies’ returns

Qantas will put its “Queen of the Skies” Boeing 747 back on a slew of transcontinental flights as it trains pilots amid a global grab for aviators. The flag carrier will switch the 747 jumbo jet onto particular flights between Perth and Sydney from...

03 Jul 2018 | Author: Annabel Hepworth, The Australian


New Qantas chairman Goyder to replace Clifford

Former Wesfarmers chief executive Richard Goyder has been handed the most coveted chairmanship in the nation, with the corporate high-flyer who grew up on his family’s Tambellup sheep and grain farm in rural Western Australia to become the next...

29 Jun 2018 | Author: Eli Greenblat, The Australian


Alan Joyce wants girls to consider pilot careers

Qantas boss Alan Joyce says that encouraging female school students to look to careers in the cockpit will help address the global pilot shortage. Speaking on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association conference in Sydney, Mr...

04 Jun 2018 | Author: Annabel Hepworth