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QANTAS Airways operates the world’s first zero waste flight

QANTAS Airways made this announcement:

The first-ever commercial flight to produce no landfill waste took to the skies this morning (May 8), marking the start of QANTAS’ plan to cut 100 million single-use plastics by end-2020 and eliminate 75 percent of the airline’s waste by end-2021.

All inflight products on board QF739, a Boeing 737-800 (VH-VZO) flying from Sydney to Adelaide and staffed by cabin crew from the Qantas ‘Green Team’, will be disposed of via compost, reuse or recycling.

Photo: QANTAS Airways.

Speaking today at the flight’s departure, QANTAS Domestic CEO Andrew David said the trial flight was an important milestone for the national carrier’s plan to slash waste.

“In the process of carrying over 50 million people every year, QANTAS and Jetstar currently produce an amount of waste equivalent to 80 fully-laden Boeing 747 jumbo jets,” Mr David said.

“We want to give customers the same level of service they currently enjoy, but without the amount of waste that comes with it.”

Mr David said this flight would typically produce 34 kilograms of waste – with the Sydney to Adelaide route producing 150 tonnes of waste annually.

“This flight is about testing our products, refining the waste process and getting feedback from our customers,” he said.

About 1000 single-use plastic items were substituted with sustainable alternatives or removed altogether from the flight, including individually-packaged servings of milk and Vegemite.

Alternative products used during the flight include meal containers made from sugar cane and cutlery made from crop starch, all of which is fully compostable.

At the end of the meal service, Qantas cabin crew collected the items left over for reuse, recycling or composting in multiple waste streams.

Customers used digital boarding passes and electronic bag tags where possible, with staff on hand to make sure any paper passes and tags were disposed of sustainably.

The Qantas lounges at Sydney Airport’s domestic terminal also went ‘green’ for the flight, with multiple waste streams in use.

In its effort to remove 100 million single use plastic items every year by the end of 2020, QANTAS and Jetstar will replace 45 million plastic cups, 30 million cutlery sets, 21 million coffee cups and 4 million headrest covers with sustainable alternatives.

Airlines are legally required to dispose of some materials permanently, such as quarantined food from international flights. Qantas will work with suppliers and government to reduce the volume of this waste.

The national carrier’s waste reduction initiative has been called The Bowerbird Project, named after the Australian bird that reuses small plastic items. The name was nominated by a cabin crew member in a staff competition.

The zero waste flight will be 100 per cent carbon offset. Qantas operates the largest carbon offset scheme in the aviation industry, with a passenger offsetting their flight every minute. From mid-2019, customers will earn 10 Qantas Points for every dollar spent offsetting their travel from Australia, which is the highest standard earn rate of any frequent flyer initiative.

Last year, QANTAS operated the first biofuel flight between Australia and the United States using biofuel processed from mustard seed, and in 2012 Qantas and Jetstar operated Australia’s first biofuel trial flights.


QANTAS to replace the Boeing 747-400 on the San Francisco route on December 4

QANTAS Airways Boeing 747-438 ER VH-OEI (msn 32913) JFK (TMK Photography). Image: 936240.

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

QANTAS has announced the Sydney-San Francisco route as the next route for its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

From December 4, 2019, customers traveling between Sydney and San Francisco will experience the Dreamliner’s next generation Economy, Premium Economy and Business cabins.

The change is timed with the phased delivery of the airline’s six additional Dreamliners as the more efficient aircraft gradually replaces the Boeing 747-400 aircraft on QANTAS’ international network by the end of 2020.

The Sydney-San Francisco Dreamliner service will operate daily and complements QANTAS’ existing Dreamliner service between Melbourne and San Francisco which operates four times per week.

The popular Californian city is one of five international destinations currently served by the Qantas Dreamliner, together with Los Angeles, New York, London and Hong Kong.

“The 747 has been the backbone of our international fleet for more than 40 years, so it will be the end of an era and the start of another when we farewell the Queen of the Skies from flying to mainland America.

QANTAS currently has eight 787-9s in its fleet, with a further six arriving from October 2019, bringing the total fleet of Dreamliners to 14 in the second half of 2020. The arrival of the new aircraft is enabling the airline to accelerate retirement of its remaining Boeing 747-400s.

QANTAS’ Dreamliner carries 236 passengers across three cabins. It features the latest version of the airline’s Business Suite, nicknamed “mini First Class” by some frequent flyers, as well as a next generation Premium Economy seat and a significantly improved Economy seat with extra storage compartments and more legroom.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 747-438 ER VH-OEI (msn 32913) JFK (TMK Photography). Image: 936240.

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Reuters: Pushing the limits: QANTAS seeks backing from pilots, regulator for record-long routes

QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNH (msn 36241) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946363.

From Reuters:

QANTAS Airways Ltd, which hopes to buy planes this year for record-breaking 21-hour flights between Sydney and London has two hurdles left to overcome: getting pilots and Australia’s aviation regulator to agree to unprecedented duty times.

Airlines around the world are planning longer flights to compete with one-stop rivals and collect a fare premium of about 20 percent on nonstop routes, which are especially popular with corporate travelers.

Airbus SE and Boeing Co say their aircraft are ready, with only details like seat configuration left to hammer out, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said.

But there is a human cost to flying from Sydney to London or New York that must be resolved before tickets are sold, Joyce added.

“We don’t have the ability to do that length of duty today so you do need to negotiate that and get the regulator comfortable with it,” Joyce told Reuters in a phone interview. “If the business case works … (we can) put an order in by the end of this year and have aircraft arriving in 2022.”

Qantas pilots say the unprecedented length of the new flights means the airline needs do more research, consider more training, use more experienced pilots and change what they say is a flawed fatigue-reporting system.

The maximum pilot duty time on the Sydney-London flights is expected to be around 23 hours, more than the current limit of 20 hours. “Duty” includes time on the ground before and after flights during which the flight crew is working.

QANTAS already has 17-hour nonstop journeys between Perth and London with four pilots onboard.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will evaluate the proposed longer duty time based partly on a study of pilot fatigue on the Perth-London route, agency spokesman Peter Gibson said.

It could approve longer hours, reject the proposal, approve a shorter duty time or require new measures like a more experienced crew or extended rest periods.

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Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNH (msn 36241) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946363.

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QANTAS Freight: Long haul, short haul… shopping haul?

QANTAS Freight-Express Freighters Australia Boeing 767-381F ER VH-EFR (msn 33510) SYD (Micheil Keegan). Image: 907902.

By QANTAS Airways:

There are no window seats on this QANTAS flight. In fact, there are no windows…not that you’d see much anyway.

It only flies after dark.

Last night, while you were sleeping, QANTAS transported over 240,000 kilograms of shirts, suits, sunnies, socks, shoes – and much more – across our domestic freight network.

Freight is a key part of our business, and over the last few years, global demand has strengthened off the back of online shopping mania.

We move about 55 million kilograms of items a year, from clothing to Formula 1 racing cars to helicopters. (We flew a rhinoceros across the Tasman Sea once, too.)

You can probably guess which month is our busiest.

In the lead up to Christmas, we’ll ship about three million kilograms worth of items.

Thankfully, around this time, we operate a codeshare with a North Pole, sleigh-bound freighter that is known for its extraordinary capacity and speed.

Today, QANTAS Freight is Australia’s leading cargo carrier and cargo terminal operator with a fleet of dedicated freighters as well as being able to use the belly space of our passenger services to get your online shopping to your door.

And this week we announced that two next generation 747-8F – the most efficient freighter aircraft in service – will join our fleet, operated by our good mates Atlas Air*, servicing cargo hubs in China and the US.

Our freighter fleet also includes a Boeing 767-300 ER and five 737s.

We also use four BAe 146-300 jet freighters known as the “curfew busters” from our colleagues at Cobham.  This aircraft is allowed to operate a limited number of services during the night to busy capital city airports because of the low noise levels they generate. And the fact they usually avoid flying over residential areas on approach to landing.

Our domestic freighter network operates four nights a week from Monday to Thursday and because there’s no mail deliveries on Saturdays, there’s no need for Friday night flying. But mail is also transported in the belly space of our passenger flights to make sure the post arrives in time on Mondays.

The QANTAS Freight team from aircraft loaders to the pilots who fly them are perhaps the unsung heroes of e-commerce.

They keep our economy ticking, our couriers busy, and our wardrobes full.

Next time you’re at the airport, keep an eye out for the window-less flying kangaroo.

*subject to government and regulatory approval

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Freight-Express Freighters Australia Boeing 767-381F ER VH-EFR (msn 33510) SYD (Micheil Keegan). Image: 907902.

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QANTAS now connects Adelaide and Darwin to Ulruru

QANTAS Airways' 2002 "Yananyi Dreaming" Aboriginal livery

QANTAS Airways today (April 3) launched the first nonstop commercial flights to Uluru from both Adelaide and Darwin to meet growing demand from travelers to the Red Centre.

Uluru rock in Northern Territory

The nonstop flights to Ayers Rock Airport will operate twice per week from both cities (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) with the airline’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering almost 700 seats to the destination each week.

The routes add to Qantas’ daily flights from Alice Springs and Cairns to Uluru, and Jetstar’s up to 17 direct weekly services to the destination from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 737-838 WL VH-VXB (msn 30101) (Yananyi Dreaming) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 921196.

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QANTAS Link resumes flights between Cairns and Port Moresby

QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-QOD (msn 4123) BNE (Ton Jochems). Image: 946143.

QANTAS Group has made this announcement:

QantasLink is again making it easier for customers to travel between Cairns and Port Moresby with the return of daily flights between the two cities on March 31.

Photo: Nick D.

QantasLink has resumed the service after a resurgence in customer demand, offering around 1,000 seats per week on its 74-seat Q400 aircraft. The service, which QantasLink had operated until 2016, complements Qantas’ existing daily services between Brisbane and Port Moresby.

Flights will depart Cairns at 9:55am arriving in Port Moresby at 11:55am each day. The return flight will depart Port Moresby at 12:30pm, landing back in Cairns at 2:20pm.