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Podcast: Mass stand-downs begin as borders slammed shut

written by Robyn Tongol | August 10, 2021

Qantas B737 VH-XZI reaches for the sky off 34L YSSY 12.2.21
A Qantas B737 VH-XZI takes off from Sydney in February 2021 (Justin McCoy)

This week, Qantas announced it would stand down 2,500 employees, just one day after the government revealed its plan to provide additional financial support to the airline industry.

In this episode of the Australian Aviation Podcast, host Adam Thorn and reporter Hannah Dowling discuss the conveniently-timed move, and speculate as rival Virgin bides its time.

Plus, the team reveals the details of that booze-fuelled Japan Airlines flight that saw some Australian Olympians end up in hot water with the international media.

Finally, the crew talks of one lucky frequent flyer that spent 2 million points on two used Qantas A380 seats.

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