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Snakes on a plane? Qantas’ big issues with aircraft storage

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Qantas engineers maintaining the airline’s grounded Airbus A380 fleet in the Californian Mojave desert are facing a pretty big problem: Rattlesnakes are making homes in the landing gear

The airline moved its superjumbo fleet to Victorville aircraft boneyard for deep storage last year, due to the downturn in air travel and the suspension of its international routes.

The location’s dry heat and low humidity make it ideal for storing aircraft, but at the same time, it’s also an ideal environment for highly venomous rattlesnakes and scorpions.

The nasty critters are setting up home around the grounded planes’ tyres and landing gear.

Qantas says it does have a plan

The Aussie airline has revealed it has began using a “wheel whacker” to try and scare off the snakes before carrying out inspections.

Qantas is using a “wheel wacker” to fight off the snakes.

Meanwhile the airlines boss Alan Joyce has estimated the A380s won’t return to the skies until 2023, when demand for international travel is expected to recovered.

The world’s largest passenger aircraft, the A380 can carry up to 485 passengers in Qantas’s four-class layout.

Several Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are also used for international long-haul routes, have also been put into storage at Mojave, though the airline recently announced it would start putting Dreamliners on its Sydney-Perth route.

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Investors worldwide grow increasingly optimistic about Trump winning the election

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Investors are increasingly optimistic about Donald Trump’s potential re-election, prompting a resurgence in the so-called ‘Trump trade’.

Market participants are closely monitoring Trump’s political strategies and public sentiment, influencing their investment decisions.

Kyle Rodda from Captial.com joins to discuss all the latest.

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Netflix expands use of ads despite slow subscriber growth

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Netflix is intensifying its efforts to introduce an ad-supported tier amidst a plateau in subscriber growth.

The streaming giant hopes to attract new users and boost revenue by offering a cheaper alternative that includes advertisements.

This move marks a significant shift from its traditional ad-free model, reflecting Netflix’s response to competitive pressures and evolving consumer preferences.

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Boeing face delivery delays following guilty criminal charge plea

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Boeing’s deliveries are down after months of controversy, is it because they can’t make the planes, or because airlines right now don’t want them?

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with the investigation into two fatal crashes involving its 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing reported a significant 27% decrease in deliveries for June compared to the same month last year, possibly attributing the decrease to the companies ongoing controversies.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas joins to discuss. #featured

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