Jetstar will go on a hiring blitz to fill hundreds of new roles as airline switches some of its grounded international fleet towards domestic flights which are surging in demand.
Jetstar chief executive Gareth Evans revealed they were preparing for three Boeing 787s to be brought into service for domestic flights later this month, with a further two potentially added if demand persisted.
“As a low fares airline, we’ve always been nimble, responding quickly to opportunities, but the COVID crisis has led us to be even more creative in finding new markets and different ways to use our Jetstar Group fleet,” Mr Evans said.
“Operating our B787s domestically is a really good example of that — and I know our team and our customers can’t wait to see them flying overhead in a month’s time.”
The move comes after Jetstar’s operating schedule was whittled down from 700 daily flights to just 12 at its lowest point in the pandemic, with the majority of its staff stood down. The overall Qantas group permanently shed close to 9000 roles.
However in a major shift, domestic flights are now at the same levels they were before coronavirus and operations are expected to rise to 120 per cent by the end of the year.
Mr Evans said they would be hiring hundreds more for additional jobs across cabin crew, operations and engineering.
The larger planes will initially service flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Cairns and the Gold Coast.
Passenger capacity on these routes will increase by 135 seats.
Jetstar Captain Philip Schwarz said more than 100 pilots would be able to fly the Boeing 787s domestically from June 1.
“In the last couple of weeks we have had the opportunity to get some of the pilots back into the aircraft,” said Mr Schwarz, who is also one of Jetstar’s main training pilots.
Crew are being trained to work on the larger aircraft.
Flight attendants Genevieve Burke and Rebecca Kiervan were used to international flights on the 787’s and said they are looking forward to doing domestic routes.
“With international flying we spend a lot of time together, we become like a little family and the family has kind of been split up (since COVID-19),” Ms Kiervan said.
“Getting this aircraft back in the air is like getting the group back together.”
Jetstar is also bringing across six aircraft from it Japanese business to service Australian domestic routes.
The budget airline has also been helped by the fact budget rival Tiger Airways bowed out of the Australian market once the pandemic hit.
Virgin Australia scrapped Tiger Airways after it went into voluntary administration last year.
The majority of its international crew and fleet remain stood down while international borders are closed.
A woman who didn’t know she was pregnant was shocked when she gave birth on a plane, according to a viral TikTok video.
Passenger Julia Hansen shared footage from inside the plane on the social media platform, taken in the moments after the unidentified mother had given birth, where cries of a newborn can be heard and fellow passengers applauding.
Ms Hansen claimed the woman had been allowed to travel in the third trimester of her pregnancy because she “didn’t know” she was expecting.
The TikTok clip begins with Ms Hansen whispering: “A baby was just born on this plane.”
Footage then captures passengers on board a Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu on Wednesday applauding and congratulating the woman for her incredible mid-air feat.
Later, a crew member can be heard over the plane’s intercom asking passengers to remain seated “to allow a passenger to seek medical assistance”.
Upon landing, she shows the mother being wheeled off the plane by paramedics, holding the newborn bub in her arms.
Ms Hansen’s video has been viewed more than 10 million times since it was shared Friday. She did not show the “overwhelmed” woman’s face or baby in the clip.
“The mother and baby were perfectly healthy when they got off the plane,” she wrote in the comments.
“To those wondering how she was able to fly in her third trimester, I sat next to her dad on the plane and he said they didn’t even know she was pregnant.”
Many commenters praised Ms Hansen for “respecting her privacy” by not showing the new mum’s face or that of her baby to which she responded saying “she was already overwhelmed as it was”.
The video has drawn thousands of comments, many from people who said they felt for the mother in the situation.
“I can’t even imagine, she was probably so scared,” one said.
“That poor mum was probably so scared!” another agreed.
“This must have been so traumatic,” someone else mused.
Others joked the baby was “air borne” and teased she should be named “Jet” or “Sky”.
Many wondered how being born in air space would affect citizenship and birth records.
According to the Washington Post, babies born in a plane over US airspace would be considered US citizens. However, the baby’s birth certificate could be a little trickier if the certificate is registered in the location where the baby deplaned.
Luckily for the mother, a doctor and nurse were on board the flight to help deliver the baby.
A US woman has taken to social media after she was pressured to leave a public beach after an angry mum turned on her over the tiny bikini she was wearing.
Savannah Sims was sunbaking on a beach in Hawaii when a family settled on the sand near her, quickly taking issue with her green two-piece.
After hearing the mother tell her partner Savannah’s bathers were “not OK”, she then confronted the beachgoer – asking her to “leave”.
To defuse the situation Savannah said she left, documenting the experience on TikTok, where she described it as the “worst experience” and showed viewers her “normal” bikini.
While many agreed there was nothing wrong with what she was wearing, some sided with the mother, saying “her points were valid”.
“The mum starts saying to her boyfriend, ‘no I can’t have that’ and ‘that’s not OK with me’,” Savannah explained in her video.
“I look up and she’s looking at me, so I asked if there’s an issue.
“She said she doesn’t want to see my butt and lady parts,” she continued, stating she was “laying on my back so she couldn’t even see my butt”.
At this stage, Savannah flips the camera to show her emerald green swimwear.
“To be clear, this is what I’m wearing. Pretty frigging normal right?”
She went on to say she tried to be respectful because of the kids and asked “what do you want me to cover” – but was shocked when the woman said she wanted her to leave.
“She wanted me to leave, said I was in her way,” Savannah recalled, explaining that she “got up and left” but the encounter had “ruined” her day.
The video, which has been viewed almost 1 million times since it was shared on April 11, attracted debate over swimwear size in its comments – with opinions divided.
“But it’s a beach, what does she expect?” one said.
“You should have just stayed, you did nothing wrong,” another told her.
“That’s when you just put your sunglasses on and ignore them. They should mind their own business,” someone else stated.
But there were a few who agreed with the mother, telling Savannah her “butt isn’t covered”.
“I can only imagine if you are in certain angles it would show other things too,” one user remarked.
“That is a really tiny bikini,” another stated.
Others asked Savannah to reveal where the “cute” bathers were from, to which she responded she had bought them in Target.
While some suggested the issue wasn’t really a swimwear one, but a fed-up local taking aim at a tourist.
“Plenty of people wear bikinis smaller than yours, it’s because you’re a tourist,” one commenter said.
“I grew up in Hawaii and that is an extremely modest bikini compared to what the girls in my high school would wear,” another agreed.
“We really just don’t like tourists but this is wrong as a local, I am sorry. The local girls here wear the exact same,” another wrote.