After the Geeks asking how long the boys have been producing the OzDesk, they start with a bit of history and how they started submitting news via email, then recording separately until, on Episode 52 in June 2009, the first OzDesk was heard. With almost 300 OzDesks produced, Grant’s very happy that he’s only had to admit this next bit very few times. Yes, Grant was wr… He was incorr… OK, yeah, he screwed up by saying that Bonza weren’t using travel agents at all. Bzzzzt! They are using agents but their clients still have to download Bonza’s app. Ooops…
Meanwhile, Bonza’s announced their first route which will be from the Sunshine Coast up to the Whitsundays, aka Prosperpine airport. Their first flight will be on 31st January so we’re looking forward to seeing how they develop from there.
Grant tries to head off the next big news item by diverting to military news, such as:
- Australian troops are deploying to the UK to train Ukraine forces.
- The paperwork has been signed to purchase 40 MH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to replace their existing MRH-90 Taipans that haven’t worked out as expected.
- When the new MH-60Ms arrive, they will be based at Oakey (West of Brisbane) and Holsworthy in Sydney but not at Townsville where some of the MRH-90s are currently located.
Despite Grant’s best efforts, they have to talk about the Qantas maintenance news items which have been making headlines, but the biggest shock is that the boys are in agreement with Qantas management on this topic. Who knew, right?
- A 737 makes a mayday call due to an engine failure while flying from Auckland to Sydney.
- Another 737 enroute to Fiji returned to Sydney due to warnings of a possible mechanical issue.
- A third 737 had to return to Melbourne following minor engine issues.
- On the same day as the third 737 incident, a QantasLink 717 had a flap issue on climb out from Melbourne while flying to Canberra and had to return.