Qantas ‘very disappointed’ by Australian cricket ball-tampering

The boss of a major sponsor of the Australian cricket team has told the BBC he is “is very disappointed” by the ball-tampering controversy.

Alan Joyce, the head of Australian airline Qantas, said he wanted the authorities to urgently complete the inquiry and take “appropriate action”.

Qantas said it was “in discussions” with Cricket Australia.

Australian captain Steve Smith has said he knew of plot to tamper with the ball in a match against South Africa.

He has been banned for one match and fined his entire match fee by cricket’s world governing body for his part in the incident.

Smith said the team’s “leadership group” had a plan, carried out by Cameron Bancroft, to tamper with the ball to “get an advantage”.

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    Mr Joyce told the BBC’s Today programme said: “We are very disappointed. Australia is all about ‘fair go’, and I think all Australians are very disappointed with what’s happened with the cricket team.”

    “We’ve let them know that we want them [the authorities] to urgently complete the investigation and take the appropriate action.”

    Qantas, whose logo is prominent on the Australian team’s shirts, said in a statement: “We are in discussions with Cricket Australia as this issue unfolds.”

    Other sponsors also expressed their dismay.

    Weetbix-maker Sanitarium and brewer Lion, which makes XXXX, said in statements they were considering their relationship with the national team.

    Weetbix, whose relationship is particularly close as Steve Smith is a brand ambassador for it, said: “Certainly it’s under review as the actions taken by the team in South Africa don’t align with our own values – Sanitarium does not condone cheating in sport.”

    Cricket Australia’s latest financial statement show it earned 338.4m Australian dollars (£184.7m) in media, sponsorship and spectator fees.

    Cricket Australia said it would provide an update on the scandal by Tuesday.

Australia-UK: First non-stop flight arrives in London from Perth

The first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK has touched down in London’s Heathrow Airport.

Qantas Flight QF9 completed its 14,498km (9,009-mile) journey from Perth in just over 17 hours.

It is part of ambitious plans by Qantas to add ultra long-haul flights to its schedules.

The Australian flag carrier’s Chief Executive, Alan Joyce, has called the new service a “game-changing route”.

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    Speaking at an event ahead of the inaugural flight, he said the earliest Qantas flights between Australia and the UK – known as the “kangaroo route” – had taken four days and involved seven stops.

    Western Australia’s state government is also hoping to see an increase in tourist numbers as a result of the new direct route.

    The historic flight, on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, departed from Perth at 18:49 local time on Saturday.

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    Michael Smith, a pilot and author who was a passenger on the flight, said it removed the “drudgery” of changing planes and disturbing sleep.

    He told BBC Breakfast: “This way you get on in one place and land where you want to to go.”

    Mr Smith said the aviation “holy grail” would be to fly direct from the east coast of Australia to London or New York.

    One man, who said he and his partner fly from Australia every year to visit family in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire, said the trip “flew by”.

    He said: “It was amazing, the best flight we ever had, we feel fresh as daisies.”

    Another man said: “It was great not to have the stop and 17 hours was very comfortable.”

    One woman returning to the UK said there had been a “lot of excitement” on board.

    She said not having the stop “made such a difference”, adding: “You want to get back, you don’t want to be hanging around terminals.”

    To minimise the discomfort of such a long flight, the plane is equipped with features that provide improved air quality and lower cabin noise.

    Some of the passengers agreed to share data on their sleeping and activity patterns with researchers from the University of Sydney.

    They wore special monitors and devices that also recorded data about their mental state, eating patterns and hydration levels.

    Some aviation fans in the UK were up early tracking the plane’s flight path and anticipating its landing.

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    “We have a touchdown!!” wrote Twitter user Andrew Leong, who said it was “a milestone in the aviation industry”.

    Another user, Leigh Mason, said the achievement was “amazing”, adding: “Hope to fly this one day.”

    The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, tweeted on arrival in London: “A new era of travel and opportunities for Western Australia’s economy has officially begun.”

    Those arriving in London in the early hours following their historic flight shared images of the welcome they received at Heathrow Airport.

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    A warm and cheery welcome on a chilly Sunday morning at #London Heathrow for those arriving on #Qantas flight #QF9 from #Perth #qfdreamliner pic.twitter.com/5TMzIC4FYo

    — Australian Aviation (@AusAviation) March 25, 2018

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    The new Perth-London flight is around three hours faster than other routes that involve stops in the Middle East to change planes or refuel.

    The flight is the world’s second-longest after Qatar Airways’ route from Doha to Auckland, which spans 14,529km, according to the International Air Transport Association.

    Other carriers, including Emirates and United Airlines, have also flown non-stop journeys greater than 14,000km.

    In 2017, United Airlines launched a route from Los Angeles to Singapore, offering the longest-distance non-stop flight available from the US.

    But Singapore Airlines has provided the world’s longest flight, travelling more than 15,300km from Singapore to New York on a direct route that was discontinued in 2013.

Australia-UK: First non-stop flight arrives in London from Perth

The first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK has touched down in London’s Heathrow Airport.

Qantas Flight QF9 completed its 14,498km (9,009-mile) journey from Perth in just over 17 hours.

The airline is using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is twice as fuel-efficient as the Boeing 747.

It is part of ambitious plans by Qantas to add ultra long-haul flights to its schedules.

The Australian flag carrier’s Chief Executive, Alan Joyce, has called the new Perth-London service a “game-changing route”.

Western Australia’s state government is also hoping to see an increase in tourist numbers as a result of the new direct route.

The historic flight, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, departed from Perth at 18:49 local time on Saturday.

Skip Twitter post by @Qantas

A momentous occasion on the flight deck of #QF9#QantasDreamliner pic.twitter.com/dRTh79ZxUb

— Qantas (@Qantas) March 24, 2018

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Michael Smith, a pilot and author who was a passenger on the flight, said it removed the “drudgery” of changing planes and disturbing sleep.

He told BBC Breakfast: “This way you get on in one place and land where you want to to go.”

Mr Smith said the aviation “holy grail” would be to fly direct from the east coast of Australia to London or New York.

One man, who said he and his partner fly from Australia every year to visit family in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire, said the trip “flew by”.

He said: “It was amazing, the best flight we ever had, we feel fresh as daisies.”

Another man said: “It was great not to have the stop and 17 hours was very comfortable.”

One woman returning to the UK said there had been a “lot of excitement” on board.

She said not having the stop “made such a difference”, adding: “You want to get back, you don’t want to be hanging around terminals.”

To minimise the discomfort of such a long flight, the plane is equipped with features that provide improved air quality and lower cabin noise.

Some of the passengers agreed to share data on their sleeping and activity patterns with researchers from the University of Sydney.

They wore special monitors and devices that also recorded data about their mental state, eating patterns and hydration levels.

Some aviation fans in the UK were up early tracking the plane’s flight path and anticipating its landing.

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@Qantas not long to go! pic.twitter.com/jkRTdbwhQr

— Richard Evans (@evansjrichard) March 25, 2018

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“We have a touchdown!!” wrote Twitter user Andrew Leong, who said it was “a milestone in the aviation industry”.

Another user, Leigh Mason, said the achievement was “amazing”, adding: “Hope to fly this one day.”

The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, tweeted on arrival in London: “A new era of travel and opportunities for Western Australia’s economy has officially begun.”

Those arriving in London in the early hours following their historic flight shared images of the welcome they received at Heathrow Airport.

Skip Twitter post by @AusAviation

A warm and cheery welcome on a chilly Sunday morning at #London Heathrow for those arriving on #Qantas flight #QF9 from #Perth #qfdreamliner pic.twitter.com/5TMzIC4FYo

— Australian Aviation (@AusAviation) March 25, 2018

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The new Perth-London flight is around three hours faster than other routes that involve stops in the Middle East to change planes or refuel.

The flight is the world’s second-longest after Qatar Airways’ route from Doha to Auckland, which spans 14,529km, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Other carriers, including Emirates and United Airlines, have also flown non-stop journeys greater than 14,000km.

In 2017, United Airlines launched a route from Los Angeles to Singapore, offering the longest-distance non-stop flight available from the US.

But Singapore Airlines has provided the world’s longest flight, travelling more than 15,300km from Singapore to New York on a direct route that was discontinued in 2013.

Australia-UK: First non-stop flight arrives in London from Perth

The first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK has touched down in London’s Heathrow Airport.

Qantas Flight QF9 completed its 14,498km (9,009-mile) journey from Perth in just over 17 hours.

The airline is using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is twice as fuel-efficient as the Boeing 747.

It is part of ambitious plans by Qantas to add ultra long-haul flights to its schedules.

The Australian flag carrier’s Chief Executive, Alan Joyce, has called the new Perth-London service a “game-changing route”.

Western Australia’s state government is also hoping to see an increase in tourist numbers as a result of the new direct route.

The historic flight, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, departed from Perth at 18:49 local time on Saturday.

Skip Twitter post by @Qantas

A momentous occasion on the flight deck of #QF9#QantasDreamliner pic.twitter.com/dRTh79ZxUb

— Qantas (@Qantas) March 24, 2018

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End of Twitter post by @Qantas

Michael Smith, a pilot and author who was a passenger on the flight, said it removed the “drudgery” of changing planes and disturbing sleep.

He told BBC Breakfast: “This way you get on in one place and land where you want to to go.”

Mr Smith said the aviation “holy grail” would be to fly direct from the east coast of Australia to London or New York.

One man, who said he and his partner fly from Australia every year to visit family in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire, said the trip “flew by”.

He said: “It was amazing, the best flight we ever had, we feel fresh as daisies.”

Another man said: “It was great not to have the stop and 17 hours was very comfortable.”

One woman returning to the UK said there had been a “lot of excitement” on board.

She said not having the stop “made such a difference”, adding: “You want to get back, you don’t want to be hanging around terminals.”

To minimise the discomfort of such a long flight, the plane is equipped with features that provide improved air quality and lower cabin noise.

Some of the passengers agreed to share data on their sleeping and activity patterns with researchers from the University of Sydney.

They wore special monitors and devices that also recorded data about their mental state, eating patterns and hydration levels.

Some aviation fans in the UK were up early tracking the plane’s flight path and anticipating its landing.

Skip Twitter post by @evansjrichard

@Qantas not long to go! pic.twitter.com/jkRTdbwhQr

— Richard Evans (@evansjrichard) March 25, 2018

Report

End of Twitter post by @evansjrichard

“We have a touchdown!!” wrote Twitter user Andrew Leong, who said it was “a milestone in the aviation industry”.

Another user, Leigh Mason, said the achievement was “amazing”, adding: “Hope to fly this one day.”

The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, tweeted on arrival in London: “A new era of travel and opportunities for Western Australia’s economy has officially begun.”

Those arriving in London in the early hours following their historic flight shared images of the welcome they received at Heathrow Airport.

Skip Twitter post by @AusAviation

A warm and cheery welcome on a chilly Sunday morning at #London Heathrow for those arriving on #Qantas flight #QF9 from #Perth #qfdreamliner pic.twitter.com/5TMzIC4FYo

— Australian Aviation (@AusAviation) March 25, 2018

Report

End of Twitter post by @AusAviation

The new Perth-London flight is around three hours faster than other routes that involve stops in the Middle East to change planes or refuel.

The flight is the world’s second-longest after Qatar Airways’ route from Doha to Auckland, which spans 14,529km, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Other carriers, including Emirates and United Airlines, have also flown non-stop journeys greater than 14,000km.

In 2017, United Airlines launched a route from Los Angeles to Singapore, offering the longest-distance non-stop flight available from the US.

But Singapore Airlines has provided the world’s longest flight, travelling more than 15,300km from Singapore to New York on a direct route that was discontinued in 2013.

The evolution of UK-Australia travel into a single flight

Qantas will begin the first non-stop flights between Australia and the United Kingdom on Saturday. The 17-hour trip is a departure from an era when glamorous perceptions masked the tedium of a days-long journey. Now, as Julian Lorkin reports from Sydney, much focus is on the body clock.

In less than a century, travelling from Australia to the UK has evolved from a six-week sea voyage to just a single flight taking 17 hours.

There will be no stopovers on 24 March, when Flight QF9 leaves from Perth, Western Australia’s capital, at 18:45 local time for London.

It returns as QF10 on 25 March, leaving Heathrow at 13.30 local time and arriving the next day.

The 14,498km (9,000 miles) service will be the first non-stop link between the nations.

How long did it take in the early days?

The first trip on the so-called “Kangaroo Route” started in 1935. That journey had 10 major stopovers and 21 more refuelling stops over a distance of 20,525km (12,700 miles).

The co-pilot of the tiny De Havilland 86 handed out sandwiches, and the fare cost the equivalent of around A$18,000 (£10,000; $14,000) today.

By 1938, “flying boats” flew from Sydney for Southampton – a trip that lasted nine days. Cabins were so spacious that passengers could stroll around and smoke.

Over the decades stopovers reduced, but the first flights that modern travellers would recognise started in 1971.

With two stopovers, Qantas Boeing 747 passengers were advised to bring “several books”. The “Captain Cook Lounge” bar behind the cockpit provided the only other entertainment, the airline said.

Why can we fly direct now?

The route uses the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is twice as fuel efficient as the Boeing 747. It also improves cabin air pressure.

“Non-stop flights have been talked about for many years, but aircraft technology has only just caught up,” said Dr Dean Wilkie, a consumer marketing expert from the University of Adelaide.

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    The flight will be the world’s second-longest after Qatar Airways’ route from Doha to Auckland, which spans 14,529km, according to the International Air Transport Association.

    Other carriers, including Emirates and United Airlines, have also flown non-stop journeys greater than 14,000km.

    As technology advances make ultra-long flights more economically viable, other challengers are expected.

    Singapore Airlines plans to claim back the coveted longest-flight trophy, with a 15,300km journey between Singapore and New York.

    It once flew that route using Airbus A340-500s, but stopped in 2013 because the four-engine plane was inefficient.

    Airbus is refining the A350, and its latest model will have a range of about 17,960km. That puts the prospect of an even longer route – such as Sydney to London – within reach.

    Who benefits from this route?

    The Western Australia (WA) state government is expecting an increase in tourist numbers after an advertising blitz in London that calls on people to “wake up in Western Australia”.

    The state has entered into a A$5.7m (£3.2m GBP) marketing agreement with Qantas, including screens showing the highlights of WA at London’s Liverpool Street station.

    According to state Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, “the campaign encourages travel into regional WA, as well as [local attractions] Rottnest Island, Elizabeth Quay and Perth’s beaches”.

    Qantas potentially has an untapped market, according to Dr Wilkie.

    “The UK is a standout market for Qantas, but many tourists never consider Western Australia. Now they’ll get to see Perth too,” he told the BBC. Melbourne will also benefit from a connecting flight.

    Fierce competition from Asia-based airlines should also put pressure on fares, Dr Wilkie said.

    What’s it like flying for 17 hours in economy?

    Singapore Airlines abandoned its previous flight to New York after deciding that 19 hours was too much to tolerate in economy. A move to convert the entire aircraft into business class was not financially sustainable.

    Now experts are looking at ways to minimise the toll that long-haul flights can have on passengers in economy.

    Prof Steve Simpson, from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, works with Qantas to study the impact of such a long flight on the human body. He describes it a test of human endurance.

    “Your circadian rhythm takes cues off food and light, and this flight disrupts it,” he said.

    He said that’s why flight attendants typically lower window shades and serve meals at destination times – a move that often surprises passengers.

    Twenty people on the inaugural UK-Australia flight will be wired into monitors to check how their bodies are coping, including their temperature, which is crucial for sleeping.

    “It will be 22C (72F) when people board, but 4C lower mid-flight, which tricks the body to change their internal clock,” he said.

    Passengers can also use strategies to help themselves, he added.

    “Get up really early a few days before the flight. Have an early lunch at [the airport], maybe at 10am,” he said.

    “The first meal on the plane becomes dinner. You’ll sleep, even though it’s only 4pm.”

The evolution of UK-Australia travel into a single flight

Qantas will begin the first non-stop flights between Australia and the United Kingdom on Saturday. The 17-hour trip is a departure from an era when glamorous perceptions masked the tedium of a days-long journey. Now, as Julian Lorkin reports from Sydney, much focus is on the body clock.

In less than a century, travelling from Australia to the UK has evolved from a six-week sea voyage to just a single flight taking 17 hours.

There will be no stopovers on 24 March, when Flight QF9 leaves from Perth, Western Australia’s capital, at 18:45 local time for London.

It returns as QF10 on 25 March, leaving Heathrow at 13.30 local time and arriving the next day.

The 14,498km (9,000 miles) service will be the first non-stop link between the nations.

How long did it take in the early days?

The first trip on the so-called “Kangaroo Route” started in 1935. That journey had 10 major stopovers and 21 more refuelling stops over a distance of 20,525km (12,700 miles).

The co-pilot of the tiny De Havilland 86 handed out sandwiches, and the fare cost the equivalent of around A$18,000 (£10,000; $14,000) today.

By 1938, “flying boats” flew from Sydney for Southampton – a trip that lasted nine days. Cabins were so spacious that passengers could stroll around and smoke.

Over the decades stopovers reduced, but the first flights that modern travellers would recognise started in 1971.

With two stopovers, Qantas Boeing 747 passengers were advised to bring “several books”. The “Captain Cook Lounge” bar behind the cockpit provided the only other entertainment, the airline said.

Why can we fly direct now?

The route uses the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is twice as fuel efficient as the Boeing 747. It also improves cabin air pressure.

“Non-stop flights have been talked about for many years, but aircraft technology has only just caught up,” said Dr Dean Wilkie, a consumer marketing expert from the University of Adelaide.

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  • The low-cost airline changing the way we fly
  • Can long-haul air travel also be low cost?

    The flight will be the world’s second-longest after Qatar Airways’ route from Doha to Auckland, which spans 14,529km, according to the International Air Transport Association.

    Other carriers, including Emirates and United Airlines, have also flown non-stop journeys greater than 14,000km.

    As technology advances make ultra-long flights more economically viable, other challengers are expected.

    Singapore Airlines plans to claim back the coveted longest-flight trophy, with a 15,300km journey between Singapore and New York.

    It once flew that route using Airbus A340-500s, but stopped in 2013 because the four-engine plane was inefficient.

    Airbus is refining the A350, and its latest model will have a range of about 17,960km. That puts the prospect of an even longer route – such as Sydney to London – within reach.

    Who benefits from this route?

    The Western Australia (WA) state government is expecting an increase in tourist numbers after an advertising blitz in London that calls on people to “wake up in Western Australia”.

    The state has entered into a A$5.7m (£3.2m GBP) marketing agreement with Qantas, including screens showing the highlights of WA at London’s Liverpool Street station.

    According to state Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, “the campaign encourages travel into regional WA, as well as [local attractions] Rottnest Island, Elizabeth Quay and Perth’s beaches”.

    Qantas potentially has an untapped market, according to Dr Wilkie.

    “The UK is a standout market for Qantas, but many tourists never consider Western Australia. Now they’ll get to see Perth too,” he told the BBC. Melbourne will also benefit from a connecting flight.

    Fierce competition from Asia-based airlines should also put pressure on fares, Dr Wilkie said.

    What’s it like flying for 17 hours in economy?

    Singapore Airlines abandoned its previous flight to New York after deciding that 19 hours was too much to tolerate in economy. A move to convert the entire aircraft into business class was not financially sustainable.

    Now experts are looking at ways to minimise the toll that long-haul flights can have on passengers in economy.

    Prof Steve Simpson, from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, works with Qantas to study the impact of such a long flight on the human body. He describes it a test of human endurance.

    “Your circadian rhythm takes cues off food and light, and this flight disrupts it,” he said.

    He said that’s why flight attendants typically lower window shades and serve meals at destination times – a move that often surprises passengers.

    Twenty people on the inaugural UK-Australia flight will be wired into monitors to check how their bodies are coping, including their temperature, which is crucial for sleeping.

    “It will be 22C (72F) when people board, but 4C lower mid-flight, which tricks the body to change their internal clock,” he said.

    Passengers can also use strategies to help themselves, he added.

    “Get up really early a few days before the flight. Have an early lunch at [the airport], maybe at 10am,” he said.

    “The first meal on the plane becomes dinner. You’ll sleep, even though it’s only 4pm.”