Qantas and Virgin REFUSE to take part in Australia Day celebrations

Major airlines and Virgin Australia have refused to participate in celebrations.

Both air carriers failed to acknowledge the nation’s official day on their social media channels, and left it in the hands of the air force and navy to draw eyes to the skies.

In previous years, Qantas sent an A380 over Harbour to mark January 26 and handed out iconic Tim-Tam biscuits to passengers at baggage carousels.

Virgin Australia has delighted past travellers after serving meat pies and lamingtons in its lounges, according to  

It is understood increased levels of sensitivity around the contentious date is one reason why Australia Day was ignored.

Challenges stemming from the Covid pandemic were also said to be a factor.

Major Australian airlines Qantas (pictured) and Virgin Australia have refused to take part in Australia Day celebrations this year

Major Australian airlines Qantas (pictured) and Virgin Australia have refused to take part in Australia Day celebrations this year

Virgin Australia has delighted past travellers after serving meat pies and lamingtons in its lounges on January 26

Virgin Australia has delighted past travellers after serving meat pies and lamingtons in its lounges on January 26

Lamingtons are a famous Aussie treat, but they are said to be actually from New Zealand (stock image)

Lamingtons are a famous Aussie treat, but they are said to be actually from New Zealand (stock image)

It was a different story with the Royal Australian Air Force, who scheduled a handful of fly-pasts in the skies above NSW as well as a flying display over Sydney Harbour on Wednesday.

The defence force said they were ‘proud to participate in Australia Day 2022 events’.

‘Australia Day is held annually on January 26 to reflect on our nation’s past and celebrate the Australian spirit, mateship and sense of community,’ a statement read. 

The Covid outbreak from the Omicron strain of the virus in December has created further headaches for the likes of Qantas, Virgin and Rex, with countless flight cancellations and reduced demand from passengers.

Qantas is tipped to experience a loss of close to $300 million when they deliver their half-year results for the 2022 financial year in February.  

Daily Mail Australia approached Qantas for comment, with Virgin Australia confirming in a statement they would not be ‘acknowledging today’s public holiday on social media or in our (travel) lounges.’

Earlier this month,  relinquished its title as the world’s safest airline for the first time since 2013 due to Covid pilot losses and a ‘serious incident’. 

Australia’s flagship airline had a sharp drop in Airline Ratings’ annual safest airline list down to seventh place, and was replaced at the top by Air .

The ratings website looks at a number of factors including the incident rate of airlines in the last two years, safety innovations, crashes in the last five years, and  safety protocols. 

In 2018, an incident in Perth where a 737 crossed a runway into the path of another jet that was commencing takeoff proved crucial in their demise.  

The report into that complex and serious incident was not issued until late 2020, and was too late to be included in the 2021 safety rankings.

Qantas was ranked the world’s safest airline from 2014 to 2017 as well as 2019 to 2021. 

A Qantas flight attendant wearing a face mask as she talks to a passenger onboard a flight bound for Auckland from Sydney in April last year

A Qantas flight attendant wearing a face mask as she talks to a passenger onboard a flight bound for Auckland kampus terbaik di lampung from Sydney in April last year

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