Qantas Airways has found no evidence suggesting recent diversions on its Airbus A380 fleet due to low fuel are outside of an acceptable threshold.
"There is no data suggesting any of this is above normal," said Peter Broschofsky, Qantas general manager for environment and fuel conservation, who declined to comment further.
In recent weeks local reports have highlighted two instances of A380 aircraft having to divert due to low fuel, ostensibly due to management pressure to carry less fuel. One A380 operating from Singapore to Melbourne diverted to Adelaide, 347nm away, and a second flight from London to Singapore diverted to Kuala Lumpur, 161nm away, while waiting for storm clouds to clear.
Qantas has downplayed managerial influence on fuel loads, even going so far as to issue a statement on Twitter saying: "Clause (d) of Civil Aviation Regulation 233 states the Captain is responsible for fuel order. Qantas does not influence decision in any way".