Yesterday, it was revealed that Qantas would be axing all music services from their domestic, and some international flights. It was confirmed that Radio stations, playlists and CD library collections have all been removed from Qantas flights and subsequently been replaced with two podcast channels.
Understandably, the music industry was pretty miffed about the entire situation. Taking to Twitter to express their vexations. Here are some key figures reactions.
Qantas says no-one listens to their music channels/selections. The lack lustre curation of music focused audio/video could be the cause! @Qantas we'd love to talk to you about taking Aussie music to the world – get onboard! https://t.co/QFSmoYmk4m via @AustFreqFlyer
— Dean Ormston (@deanapra) September 17, 2018
Disappointing mate. Especially in light of one of the world’s biggest pop stars Troye Sivan saying he discovered Aussie fave Gordi via Qantas in flight radio…some reading material for Q below https://t.co/ftQFHpPKsM
— Adrian McGruther ::|| su:ku:ya (@sagebass) September 17, 2018
So @Qantas have axed music from in-flight entertainment because "nobody listens". I would like to fact check this because actually, 6 people (including myself) do! Bring back the muuuuuusic QF!!!! pic.twitter.com/9ugQfNEt16
— Bridget Hustwaite (@BHustwaite) September 17, 2018
We’re an Australian band that would love your support @Qantas. We know it’s in you to rethink this decision…And we have just the song for your music relaunch campaign. It’s called Get On Board – https://t.co/yXyaBaFMmB https://t.co/z7E4Dy3Sr3
— Pirra (@Pirramusic) September 17, 2018
APRA have released a statement addressing Qantas’ decision: