- Sep 28, 2008
I guess you missed a few along the way (according to one website - which I have not fact checked)But they have not been an innovator since their introduction of business class in 1979.
As to the debate on government assistance... didn't QF also get assistance through the waiving of landing fees etc?
2001 Pioneered flying operations over the Silk Road route, saving 30 minutes’ flying time, after six years’ planning with the Civil Aviation Authority of China and Air Services Australia.
2002 – First airline to introduce Rockwell Collins Multi Scan radar on B747-400ERs to detect the ice content of storms to deliver a smoother flying experience.
2003 – First airline to introduce specialised cabin mood lighting on long haul flights to promote well-being and reduce jetlag.
2004 – First full service airline to successfully launch a budget airline, Jetstar, with the largest first day of commercial sales (100,000 fares) in aviation history.
2006 – First airline to perform a landing using the satellite technology-based Global Landing System with a Boeing 737-800.
2007 – First airline to offer a ‘degustation’ First Tasting Menu
2008 – World record for commercial engine performance with 42,019 hours on-wing (equal to 1,000 return trips to the UK) with a Qantas General Electric CF6-80C2 engine installed on a Boeing 747-400 aircraft for nine years.
2008 – Achieved a ‘perfect flight path gate to gate’ with the inaugural A380 service between Los Angeles and Melbourne using Required Navigation Performance and air traffic management to save thousands of kilograms of carbon emissions.
2008 – Only airline to offer Premium Economy with in-arm inflight entertainment.
2010 – World first Q Bag Tag.
2014 – First to fly the world’s largest aircraft (Airbus A380) on the world’s longest route from Sydney to Dallas.
2014 – First to fly an Airbus A380 into Dallas Fort Worth.
2015 – First to launch the worlds deepest recline for take-off, taxi and landing in the upgraded Airbus A330 fleet, as well as a ‘Do Not Disturb’ button.
And the list doesn't include the PER-LHR service and plans for Sunrise.
They are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but to suggest they never innovate is a stretch too far.