Could Aus to Europe non-stop flights become a reality?
While sitting on a plane as it hurtles across 15,000 kilometres of our little blue planet isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, people have been clamouring for a direct flight from Australia to Europe for years.
Qantas is reportedly close to offering a service between London and Perth, or potentially Paris and Perth, as the government seeks to entice more tourists to Western Australia. However, before the airline can start importing travellers to and from European shores it will need a crucial piece of equipment: its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
The long-haul aircraft is one of the only planes on the market capable of taking on 18-plus hour journey. Qantas has acquired eight of the 797-9s to replace some of the older planes in use on its international routes. It has also been reported that the airline is looking into the Airbus 350-900, another ultra long-haul aircraft, for use on its lengthiest routes worldwide. The planes will also be in use on Qantas’ existing flights to the USA.
Western Australia’s Premier, Colin Barnett, told the West Australian that the proposed flights could have a significant impact on the state’s economy.
“We know that Qantas is looking at a number of options including a Perth to London option with the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft,” Barnett said.
“The Liberal-Nationals Government, through Tourism WA, is in discussion with Qantas and Perth Airport in order to further explore the option and all parties are keenly interested and supportive of this opportunity,” he continued.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce told the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation conference that would-be passengers will know more about the proposed routes by the end of the year.
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Digital Leader Mobiquity Expands Into Asia-Pacific
As an international digital consulting firm, Mobiquity helps a global client base upgrade its digital banking and financial services. The company employs 1,200 team members across 50+ nationalities and serves an estimated 200+ million users each day. Recently, the company built out a digital banking experience for the Bank of the Philippines Islands’ online and mobile platforms—exemplifying its mission to help leading brands engage with technology in meaningful ways.
To highlight Mobiquity’s services, here are a few of the company’s recent accomplishments:
- Designed and developed the first FDA-approved digital medicine system
- Launched a five-star mobile ordering app
- Pioneered a cloud-based IT infrastructure that prevented bank fraud
- Built the official AWS re:Invent 2017 and 2018 mobile apps
What Makes Mobiquity Stand Out?
According to Mobiquity, it's the people that make all the difference. ‘We’re born innovators who like meaty challenges’, the company wrote. ‘We go deeper, getting to the root of your customers’ friction and creating personalised engagements that deliver much more than a digital experience alone’. Now, the company has added former Microsoft and IBM director Gustavo Quiroga to its team.
Who Is Gustavo Quiroga?
At Mobiquity, he’ll be the first Vice President of Business Development Financial Services in APAC. With years of experience in the industry, Quiroga has developed numerous tech, business, and customer experience projects: at Microsoft, he led a top Aussie Azure Data and AI specialist team, and at IBM, he applied AI and deep analytics to transform the company’s business processes, CX, and UX.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Quiroga will start to work with Mobiquity clients in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines and take responsibility for expanding the company’s regional operations. ‘Our best way to impact client outcomes’, he wrote, ‘is by listening to them with an inquisitive and open mind and empowering our people to do the same’.
When notified of the announcement, Quiroga expressed excitement over his new role. ‘I’m delighted to join Mobiquity and support the company’s rapid expansion across the Asia-Pacific region. I joined Mobiquity to develop, design and implement digital products and services that create meaningful experiences with customers...and I look forward to using my expertise to develop partnerships where we can achieve this every day’.
Where Does Mobiquity Go From Here?
In the past six months, Mobiquity has hired over 100 new employees, including the high-profile additions of Howard Moore, Senior Director of Banking, and Ruby Walia, Senior Advisor for Digital Banking. This falls in line with the company’s hyper-growth strategy to deliver digital products to the world.
As Matthew Williamson, Mobiquity’s Vice President of Global Financial Services, explained: ‘Our appointment of Gustavo demonstrates [our] commitment to hiring an A-list team of talent. The latest addition to the Mobiquity team supports our vision of global growth in Asia-Pacific, as a recognised partner within the banking and finance ecosystem’.