Just a couple of days ago, Qantas announced that your flights are about to get a whole lot duller as they revealed plans to axe music from their flights.
In its place though, the airline plans to implement a small number of podcasts, including ‘talking business’ and ‘kids audiobooks’.
While Qantas claimed their decision was due to the fact that “fewer and fewer of our customers are tuning into the radio and music channels”, the Aussie music industry hit back at these claims, and condemned their lack of support for local artists.
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
Now, rival airline Virgin Australia has responded to Qantas’ decision to remove music from their flights.
In a statement released this afternoon, Virgin noted how they were “proud to support the Australian music industry”, and showcase new and emerging artists to 24 million passengers every year.