jb747’s Stellar Career with Qantas – AIR013


In this special edition of the podcast, Matt chats to John Bartels (a.k.a. jb747) about his flying career with Qantas, the A380, the QF30 incident, flight training, retirement, today’s aviation industry and more. John is a former Qantas Airbus A380 captain and remains an active contributor to AFF’s popular Ask The Pilot thread.


Episode contents:

  • 1:00 – Fortnightly news round-up
  • 7:20 – Interview with John Bartels – getting started in aviation
  • 17:37 – Interview with John Bartels – discussion about QF30
  • 27:18 – Interview with John Bartels – discussion about flying the Qantas A380
  • 37:10 – Interview with John Bartels – discussion about retirement from commercial aviation
  • 41:29 – Interview with John Bartels – advice for people interested in an aviation career




Frequent Flyer Gazette articles referenced in the fortnightly news round-up:


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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