International travel is set to remain off the cards for Qantas for much longer than hoped for
Australia’s biggest airline has been forced to push back its international travel date from October to late December 2021.
In a statement, Qantas said the Australian Federal Government has “revised its anticipated timeline for the completion of Australia’s vaccine rollout to end-2021 and its timeline for significantly reopening our international borders to mid-2022.”
In light of these two dates, the Qantas Group will adjust its planned international flights from end-October 2021 to late December 2021.
The trans-Tasman bubble with New Zealand at this stage remains unchanged.
We remain optimistic that additional bubbles will open once Australia’s vaccine rollout is complete to countries who, by then, are in a similar position”
This planning assumption will allow the Qantas Group – and Australia – to be ready to take advantage of pockets of tourism and trade opportunity as they emerge in a post-COVID world.
Qantas said they will keep reviewing these plans as they move towards December and surrounding circumstances evolve.
In the meantime, the Qantas Group will continue to provide critical repatriation and freight flights overseas and support the recovery of domestic travel. The resurgence of domestic travel remains the most important element of the Group’s recovery.
Gen Z’s financial boom living with parents comes with baggage
In an era marked by sky-high housing costs, many members of Generation Z are refusing to leave home.
While this arrangement offers financial relief in the form of reduced rent, the hidden costs, both emotional and financial, are beginning to surface.
Business Insider, in an analysis of recent surveys and personal accounts, reveals that Gen Z, defined as those born after 1996 by the Pew Research Center, faces less societal stigma for living at home than previous generations, particularly millennials.
However, this lack of criticism comes with its own set of challenges that can impact young adults in profound ways.
While the prospect of saving money by living with family may seem appealing, the reality is often more complicated.
Beyond the social limitations, research indicates that living at home may have adverse effects on mental health.
Studies have shown a correlation between returning to the parental home and increased depressive symptoms, as well as heightened familial tensions.
These emotional tolls can outweigh the financial benefits, casting doubt on the long-term sustainability of the arrangement.
How will Disney’s AI strategy boost shares?
Activist investor Blackwells has called upon Disney to implement a robust artificial intelligence strategy aimed at bolstering the company’s shares.
“Disney must produce an artificial intelligence strategy, and share elements of that strategy with its shareholders.”, said Blackwells in a recent presentation.
Blackwells, known for pushing corporations to adopt innovative approaches, contends that a well-crafted AI strategy could drive shareholder value and position Disney for sustained success in the entertainment landscape.
The activist investor emphasises that harnessing the power of AI could optimise content creation, enhance customer experiences, and streamline operational efficiency within Disney.
The company opposed the suggestion to replace board members with activists’ nominees, emphasising the potential disruption to ongoing progress.
Boeing woes will lead to higher airfares: Ryanair
Ryanair, one of Europe’s leading low-cost airlines, is grappling with the possibility of scaling back its summer flight schedule due to ongoing delays in the delivery of Boeing aircraft.
The airline had initially anticipated a boost in its fleet with the arrival of new Boeing planes, enabling an expansion of routes and increased passenger capacity.
However, prolonged delays in the manufacturing and delivery process have cast a shadow over these plans.
The airline industry, already navigating challenges posed by the global pandemic, now confronts the additional hurdle of supply chain disruptions impacting major aircraft manufacturers.
Ryanair’s dependence on Boeing for its fleet expansion has made it particularly vulnerable to these delays.
As the summer travel season approaches, the airline faces the tough decision of either operating with a reduced fleet or adjusting its schedule, potentially impacting travel plans for passengers.
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