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Qatar Airways to resume Phuket flights on July 1

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Qatar Airways marks a significant milestone in the rebound of international leisure travel with the resumption of four weekly flights to the famed holiday destination of Phuket, Thailand, starting July 1, 2021. In addition to its 12 weekly Bangkok flights, the airline will operate a total of 16 weekly flights to Thailand, providing seamless connectivity for its passengers traveling from Europe, the Middle East and United States.

Launched in 2010, Phuket became Qatar Airways’ 93rd destination at the time.

The route will be served by the airline’s modern and sustainable Boeing 787 Dreamliner with seating for 22 passengers in Business Class and 232 in Economy Class.

Phuket schedule starting July 1, 2021:

Doha (DOH) to Phuket (HKT) QR 840 departs 02:55 arrives 13:30 (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Phuket (HKT) to Doha (DOH) QR 841 departs 02:30 arrives 05:30 (Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday)

Top Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A7-BHD (msn 64216) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 948026.

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KLM to add Orlando on the Miami route

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has made this announcement:

After the previously announced expansions in Europe for summer 2021, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will also be adding new destinations to its intercontinental network on commencement of its winter schedule (October 31, 2021 to March 26, 2022). This ties in with KLM’s strategy of first expanding its network where recovery will be quickest, offering customers the broadest possible choice of destinations. The new destinations include Orlando, Cancun, Bridgetown, Mombasa, Port of Spain and Phuket.

KLM will fly where it can, provided that variable costs are covered. With this strategy, KLM has been able to completely rebuild its network and offer customers the greatest possible choice of destinations.

KLM also strengthens its market position each time it adds a new destination to its network. In terms of intercontinental service, KLM will add a new route between Amsterdam and Orlando, starting October 31, up to 4 times a week, in a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Flight schedule

Orlando will be combined with Miami on the return journey to Amsterdam.

The flight schedule will be as follows:

Flight number From/to Days of the week Departure time Arrival time
KL0625 Amsterdam-Orlando Mon/Sat 11:15 15:00
KL0625 Orlando-Miami Mon/Sat 16:45 17:50
KL0625 Miami-Amsterdam Mon/Sat 18:50 09:15*
KL0629 Amsterdam-Miami Thurs/Fri 10:40 14:40
KL0629 Miami-Orlando Thurs/Fri 16:30 17:35
KL0629 Orlando-Amsterdam Thurs/Fri 18:35 08:40*

(*) Arrives the next day

All times are local. Flight schedules are subject to change. Check the KLM website or KLM app for the latest details.

Top Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHL (msn 38775) (100 Years) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 947302.

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QANTAS adds seven new routes and puts its Dreamliners on domestic routes

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QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

Qantas customers can now book seven new domestic routes and travel on more widebody aircraft between major capital cities to help meet strong demand for domestic travel across Australia.

The new routes – Townsville to Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney, Adelaide to Cairns/Hobart, Sydney-Uluru and Perth-Gold Coast – provide direct connections and reduce travel time for customers. They bring the total number of routes Qantas and Jetstar have added since the start of the pandemic to 45.

Five of the routes will be operated by Embraer E190 regional jets as part of QantasLink’s partnership with Alliance Airlines. The first Qantas flights operated by the 94-seat E190s took off on May 25 between Adelaide, Darwin and Alice Springs.

Customers will also see more widebody aircraft with Business Suites on flights between the East Coast capital cities into Perth and Darwin.

Usually used for long haul international flights including Perth-London, the 236-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will begin operating up to nine Sydney to Perth flights per week.

Widebody Qantas Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which serviced international routes into Asia, will operate on more flights into Darwin from Sydney and Brisbane, and also into Perth from Sydney and Melbourne. These will be added to the A330s already flying on east-west routes.

The additional flying will see Qantas’ capacity exceed 100 per cent of pre-COVID levels in the coming months and the Group’s market share around 70 per cent.

NEW ROUTES

Route Start Date Return flights per week Aircraft
Adelaide – Townsville August 2021 3 per week E190
Adelaide – Cairns August 2021 4 per week E190
Adelaide – Hobart September 2021 Up to 7 per week E190
Sydney – Townsville September 2021 7 per week E190
Melbourne – Townsville September 2021 7 per week E190
Perth – Gold Coast September 2021 3 per week B737
Sydney – Uluru March 2022 5 per week B737

The new flights add to Jetstar’s existing services across six of the routes, providing a range of travel options for Qantas Group customers.

 

ADDITIONAL WIDEBODY FLYING

Route Added or upgauged flights Aircraft Total weekly flights (all aircraft)
Sydney-Perth Up to 9 per week 787 Dreamliner 34
Up to 4 per week A330
Melbourne-Perth Up to 24 per week A330 37
Sydney-Darwin Up to 7 per week A330 12
Brisbane-Darwin Up to 3 per week A330 9

 

QANTAS GROUP ROUTES ANNOUNCED OR COMMENCED FLYING FROM JULY 2020

Route Airline
Sydney-Byron Bay Qantas
Brisbane-Tamworth Qantas
Sydney-Orange Qantas
Canberra-Gold Coast Qantas
Brisbane-Port Macquarie Qantas
Perth-Hobart Qantas
Canberra-Sunshine Coast Qantas
Canberra-Cairns Qantas
Hobart-Gold Coast Jetstar
Sydney-Merimbula Qantas
Brisbane-Hobart Qantas
Sydney-Launceston Qantas
Sydney-Mildura Qantas
Canberra-Hobart Qantas
Melbourne-Sunshine Coast Qantas
Melbourne-Newcastle Qantas
Melbourne-Merimbula Qantas
Sydney-Griffith Qantas
Melbourne-Mount Gambier Qantas
Adelaide-Mount Gambier Qantas
Melbourne-Wagga Wagga Qantas
Melbourne-Albury Qantas
Melbourne-Hamilton Island Jetstar
Perth-Onslow Qantas
Melbourne-Coffs Harbour Qantas
Brisbane-Coffs Harbour Qantas
Canberra-Ballina (Byron Bay) Qantas
Gold Coast-Auckland Qantas
Sydney-Hervey Bay Jetstar
Brisbane-Albury Qantas
Brisbane-Cooma (Snowy Mountains) Qantas
Sydney-Cooma (Snowy Mountains) Qantas
Melbourne-Burnie Qantas
Canberra-Darwin Qantas
Adelaide-Gold Coast Qantas
Cairns-Newcastle Jetstar
Melbourne-Busselton Jetstar
Auckland-Cairns Qantas

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNI (msn 66073) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 947836.

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QANTAS sees a sustained rebound in domestic travel demand, expects to be cash positive in the second half of FY21

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QANTAS Airways has issued this financial statement:

  • Sustained domestic recovery driving strong cash generation.
  • Statutory free cash flow positive for 2H21; Jetstar Underlying EBIT positive in April.
  • Underlying EBITDA of $400-450 million expected in FY21.
  • Strong total liquidity position of $4.0 billion[1].
  • Net debt has peaked and starting to decline.
  • Forecast statutory loss before tax of more than $2 billion in FY21.
  • Qantas Loyalty returning to earnings growth in 2H21.
  • Revised assumption for phased return of material international flying from late December 2021 onwards.
  • Recovery program on track to deliver $600 million ongoing cost reduction in FY21.

A sustained rebound in domestic travel demand, and the performance of its Freight and Loyalty divisions, continues to drive the Qantas Group’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

Based on current trading conditions the Group expects to be statutory free cash flow positive for the second half of FY21. Net debt levels peaked in February at $6.4 billion and are expected to be lower than they were in December ($6.05 billion) by the end of the financial year.

Liquidity levels remain strong with total funds of $4.0 billion, including cash of $2.4 billion and $1.6 billion of undrawn debt facilities as at 30 April 2021.

The total revenue loss for the Group since the start of COVID[2] is now projected to reach $16 billion by the end of FY21 – however the role of domestic travel demand in the Group’s recovery is highlighted by the fact revenue from domestic flying is expected to almost double between the first and second half of this financial year.

Assuming no further lockdowns or significant domestic travel restrictions, the Group expects to be Underlying EBITDA positive in the range of $400 – 450 million for FY21. At a statutory level before tax, the Group is still expecting a loss in excess of $2 billion, which includes the significant costs associated with previously announced redundancies, aircraft write downs and non-cash depreciation charges.

GROUP DOMESTIC

Consumer confidence in domestic travel is proving more resilient compared with earlier in the pandemic, despite the temporary tightening of some border restrictions.

A three-day lockdown in Perth during April cost the Group an estimated $15 million in EBITDA. This follows the $29 million impact from the Brisbane lockdown in late March and the Sydney (Northern Beaches) outbreak that resulted in an impact of around $400 million in EBITDA for the period.

Corporate travel, including the small business segment, continues to recover and is now at 75 per cent of pre-COVID levels[3] (up from 65 per cent in April). Leisure demand is growing strongly, with deferred international holidays converting into multiple domestic trips.

The Group is on track to reach 95 per cent of its pre-COVID domestic capacity for the fourth quarter of FY21. Qantas and Jetstar expect to average 107 and 120 per cent respectively of their pre-COVID domestic capacity in FY22.

To meet this demand, Qantas and Jetstar have now brought all domestic aircraft back into service. In addition, QantasLink has activated eight (of up to 14) Embraer E190 aircraft as part of its deal with Alliance Airlines. Jetstar is reactivating up to five Boeing 787-8s for domestic use as well as six A320s on loan from Jetstar Japan.

With the increase in domestic leisure travel demand, Qantas and Jetstar have now announced a total of 38 new routes since July last year.

GROUP INTERNATIONAL AND FREIGHT

Travel demand between Australia and New Zealand is rebuilding steadily. Several pauses and additional restrictions from both countries in response to small outbreaks have impacted confidence, leading to capacity being limited to around 60 per cent of pre-COVID levels. This is expected to gradually normalise, following a similar pattern as key domestic routes.

All of Qantas’ Boeing 787-9s and about half of its A330 aircraft are active, flying a mix of freight, repatriation and regular passenger services.

Qantas Freight continues to serve as a natural hedge for the downturn in international passenger travel and the cargo capacity that it normally brings. Freight is expected to exceed the revenue it achieved in the first half of FY21.

The Group has revised its expectations for the return of a significant level of international flying from end-October 2021 to late December 2021 (except Trans Tasman). This is in line with the Australian Government’s revised timeline for effective completion of the national COVID-19 vaccination program, and the Qantas Group is optimistic that the opportunities for additional travel bubbles with other countries will increase significantly from that point. We will continue to liaise with the Australian Government and adjust our planning assumptions as necessary.

The net cash cost of carrying the international division has improved with the two-way Trans Tasman travel bubble and strong performance from Freight, dropping from $5 million per week to around $3 million.

QANTAS LOYALTY

The Loyalty division continues to perform well, with strong revenue from partners and high engagement from members. It has returned to growth, with second half earnings expected to be higher than the first half of FY21 and the prior corresponding period in FY20.

Redeeming Qantas Points for domestic and now Trans Tasman flights is increasing in popularity, with redemption levels 85 per cent higher in April 2021 compared to the same month pre-COVID.

Status match promotions to attract more high tier members since late 2020 have now resulted in almost 20,000 applications from Gold or Platinum equivalent flyers from other airlines.

RECOVERY PROGRAM

The Group’s target of at least $1 billion in annual cost reduction by FY23 is well on track, with $600 million to be delivered this financial year.

Recent developments include:

  • Ninety per cent of redundancies associated with the 8,500 job losses (already announced) are complete, with the remainder finalised by the end of FY21.
  • A two-year wage freeze will apply to the next round of enterprise agreements across the Group, with 2 per cent annual increases after that compared with 3 per cent pre-COVID. Management will be subject to these same wage conditions.
  • As part of reducing its costs of sale, Qantas will lower front-end commissions paid to travel agents on international tickets from 5 per cent to 1 per cent. The change won’t take effect until July 2022, giving time for the industry to adapt. Travel agents remain an important partner and Qantas will work them on broader revenue opportunities, particularly through technology.
  • The offer of voluntary redundancy for Qantas international cabin crew. This will be run as an expression of interest program and is expected to generate several hundred applications, with the total number accepted to be balanced against retaining key capability for the longer term. This is in addition to job losses already announced.

Of approximately 22,000 roles across the Group, some 16,000 are currently stood up, including all domestic crew, all corporate employees and some international crew.

CEO COMMENTARY

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said:

“We have a long way still to go in this recovery, but it does feel like we’re slowly starting to turn the corner.

“It’s great to see so many of our people now back at work and the majority of our fleet back in the air. Our recovery strategy of targeting cash-positive flying rather than pre-COVID margins is helping increase activity levels and repair our balance sheet.

“The fact we’re making inroads to the debt we needed to get through this crisis shows the business is now on a more sustainable footing. The main driver is the rebound of domestic travel, which now looks like it will be bigger than it was pre-COVID, at least until international borders re-open.

“Jetstar was profitable on an underlying EBIT basis in April, which was largely due to strong leisure demand over Easter and school holidays, but it’s an important sign that we’re on the right path.

“Managing costs remains a critical part of our recovery, especially given the revenue we’ve lost and the intensely competitive market we’re in.

“We’ve adjusted our expectations for when international borders will start opening based on the government’s new timeline, but our fundamental assumption remains the same – that once the national vaccine rollout is effectively complete, Australia can and should open up. That’s why we have aligned the date for international flights restarting in earnest with a successful vaccination program.

“No one wants to lose the tremendous success we’ve had at managing COVID but rolling out the vaccine totally changes the equation. The risk then flips to Australia being left behind when countries like the US and UK are getting back to normal.

“Australia has to put the same intensity into the vaccine rollout as we’ve put on lockdowns and restrictions, because only then will we have the confidence to open up.”

 

[1] As at 30 April 2021

[2] FY19 is used as a proxy for pre-COVID performance

[3] Based on May weekly intakes.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNJ (msn 66074) (100 Centenary) LHR (SPA). Image: 948896.

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American Airlines welcomes all customers on quarantine-free flights to Italy

American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N829AN (msn 40651) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944766.

American Airlines has offered customers quarantine-free flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Milan (MXP) since April 2 and on flights from JFK to Rome (FCO) as of May 8. With the recent change in Italy’s travel restrictions, any customers, whether traveling for leisure or essential business, are eligible to fly on American’s flights from New York to Italy starting May 16.

Prior to travel, customers will need to provide proof of the required negative COVID-19 test and also upon arrival in Milan or Rome. After taking a second test at the airport producing a negative result, travelers will not need to quarantine in Italy.

American currently offers daily flights between JFK and MXP and three-times weekly service to FCO. American also operates four-times weekly service between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and FCO and expects those flights to become quarantine-free and open to all travelers in the coming days.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N829AN (msn 40651) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944766.

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United and Abbott partner to make return to U.S. “Worry Free” for international travelers with home-testing kits

United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N23983 (msn 66140) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 953410.

United Airlines and Abbott today announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration to use Abbott’s BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Home Test and Abbott’s NAVICA app to help make the international travel experience more seamless. Recently updated CDC guidelines permit travelers to self-administer a rapid antigen test under the real-time supervision of a telehealth service and use the verified negative test result to board an international flight to the U.S. if they test negative.

“We appreciate the private sector proactively helping travelers have access to easy, reliable COVID-19 test options,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “Comprehensive testing that is easy, rapid, accurate and trusted is a fundamental strategy for preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

United customers can depart the United States with the BinaxNOW Home Test in their carry-on bag and administer the test via the eMed digital health platform while overseas, avoiding the need to find a testing center abroad. United is the only airline to offer end-to-end integration between a digital platform and a testing app with the integration between the United Travel Ready Center platform and Abbott’s NAVICA app which provides a seamless passenger experience when departing and re-entering the United States. Since the Travel-Ready Center launched in January, United customers have been able to easily access testing or vaccine requirements needed for travel destinations, upload completed test results and vaccine records, as well as have them verified, all within the United app.

“We want to give our customers greater peace of mind that when they travel internationally, they’ll be able to return to the U.S quickly and safely,” said Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer at United. “The Abbott BinaxNOW Home Test meets CDC requirements and, along with our partners at Abbott, United is doubling down on our commitment to make international travel as safe and convenient as possible by offering an easy testing option when customers are ready to return to the United States.”

The BinaxNOW Home Test kit is lightweight, about the size of a day planner and fits easily into a passenger’s carry-on luggage, briefcase or purse. It is recommended that passengers travel with more than one BinaxNOW test in their possession in the event of an inconclusive test result.

“The BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid test is the most studied and widely used rapid test in the United States today and with our partner United, we’re making testing even more broadly available as the country returns to international business and leisure travel,” said Andrea F. Wainer, executive vice president of Abbott’s rapid and molecular diagnostics business. “The CDC’s recent guidance also reinforces the importance of our NAVICA app, because airlines and other safety-conscious industries, such as workplaces and higher education, will need digital solutions that can be used to quickly and easily validate and verify test results.”

The BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid test can help restore a sense of normalcy to everyday life by reuniting family members and loved ones, providing additional confidence while traveling, and making it easier to do international business. Authorized since August 2020, more than 200 million BinaxNOW tests have been distributed throughout the United States, where they’ve been used by K-12 schools, universities, nursing homes, and underserved communities and serve as a powerful tool to help prevent the virus from spreading.

The Abbott BinaxNOW™ Home Test meets the the CDC’s guidance due to the unique digital proctor experience through eMed, which provides observed sample collection, testing and digitally verified test results. Abbott’s recently authorized BinaxNOW™ Self Test for over-the-counter purchase is not eligible for travel purposes.

Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N23983 (msn 66140) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 953410.

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Vistara to start flying to Tokyo Haneda on June 16

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Vistara, the joint venture of the Tata group and Singapore Airlines, has announced nonstop flights between Delhi (DEL) and Tokyo (HND) starting on June 16, 2021.

The airline will fly once a week between the two capital cities under India’s travel bubble agreement with Japan.

The airline will use its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with three-class cabin configuration to serve the route.

TATA SIA Airlines Limited, known by the brand name of Vistara, is a 51:49 joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA).

Top Copyright Photo: Vistara Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VT-TSE (msn 66527) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 949947.

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QANTAS is set to operate a Supermoon scenic flight on May 26

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QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

Cosmic cocktails and supermoon cakes will be on the menu when Qantas launches a one-off B787 Dreamliner supermoon scenic flight to offer a limited number of passengers a closer viewing of the upcoming supermoon later this month.

It will be the second and last supermoon for 2021 and also coincides with a full lunar eclipse, making it a rare double phenomenon, with the moon expected to turn red against the night sky.

CSIRO astronomer Dr Vanessa Moss will work with the pilots to design the optimal flight path over the Pacific Ocean and also join the flight to provide insights into supermoons and all things space and astronomy.

The flight will depart from, and return to, Sydney and is the latest in a series of special flights Qantas has operated for travelers eager to take to the skies while the industry recovers.

Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said Qantas is committed to coming up with unique flying experiences, especially while travel options are limited.

“We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the popularity of our special flights. The recent mystery flights sold out within 15 minutes with hundreds of people on waiting lists and they keep telling us they want more,” Ms Tully said.

“We are very excited to now be doing a supermoon scenic flight and the 787 has the largest windows of any passenger aircraft so it’s ideal for moon gazing. We think this flight has great appeal for anyone with a passion for astronomy, science, space photography, aviation or just keen to do something a little ‘out of this world’.”

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The three-hour flight will depart from Sydney and begin with a scenic flyover of Sydney Harbour before climbing above any potential cloud cover and atmosphere pollution to a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet – the maximum cruising altitude of a Dreamliner – for supermoon and full lunar eclipse viewing.

The Moon will be at its closest point or perigree, coming within 357,311 kilometres of Earth at 11:50am AEST on Wednesday 26 May. The total lunar eclipse will occur between 9:11pm and 9:25pm AEST, when the Moon is 357,462 km from Earth.

The flight will operate with net zero emissions, with 100% of emissions carbon offset.

Just over 100 seats go on sale via Qantas.com at midday Wednesday 12 May 2021 with fares starting from $499 for economy (with a Qantas Points earn of 1,500 points plus 20 Status Credits), $899 for premium economy (Qantas Points earn of 2,500 and 40 Status Credits)  and $1,499 for business (4,000 Qantas Points earn plus 80 Status Credits).

The flight will operate with Fly Well procedures in place.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNJ (msn 66074) (100 Centenary) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 948008.

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El Al continues to operate despite increased fighting with Hamas

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 4X-EDI (msn 38800) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 951965.

130 missiles were fired on the Tel Aviv area by Hamas after a tower block was destroyed by Israeli forces in Gaza.

El Al Israel Airlines issued this statement:

EL AL Israel Airlines is in constant contact with the security forces and the Airports Authority and operates in accordance with the guidelines as directed. The flights will continue to operate as scheduled and it is recommended to verify the website or be in contact with the Customer Service Center for any changes.

In view of the security situation, we will allow our customers holding tickets for departures in the coming days and are interested in changing their flight date, to do so without any change fees or to freeze a ticket for a future date or alternative destination without handling fees.

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Top Copyright Photo: El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 4X-EDI (msn 38800) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 951965.

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LATAM Group announces that it will be zero waste to landfill by 2027 and carbon neutral by 2050

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LATAM Group made this announcement today:

Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, zero waste to landfill by 2027 and protecting iconic ecosystems in South America, are some of the commitments that are part of the LATAM Group Sustainability Strategy, launched today.

“We are facing a critical moment in the history of humanity, with a serious climate crisis and a pandemic that has changed our society. Today, it is not enough to do the usual. As a group we have the responsibility to go further in the search for collective solutions. We want to be an actor that promotes the social, environmental and economic development of the region; therefore, we are assuming a commitment that seeks to contribute to the conservation of ecosystems and the well-being of the people of South America, making it a better place for all of them,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.

One of the most important announcements was the first stage of a collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to plan conservation and reforestation actions in iconic ecosystems in the region. TNC is a global environmental organization that works based on science, creating solutions for the most urgent challenges of our planet, so that nature and people may prosper together.

“With more than 35 years of experience in Latin America, our scientific studies have shown that forest restoration and regeneration can efficiently contribute to the Nationally Determined Contributions’ (NDCs) goals. TNC believes that multisectorial collaboration accelerates the implementation of nature-based solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change, protect biodiversity, and develop a more prosperous future for people in the region,” said Ian Thompson, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Brazil.

A strategy for the next 30 years

The sustainability strategy for the next 30 years includes four pillars of work: environmental management, climate change, circular economy and shared value. The lines of action were designed collaboratively with experts and environmental organizations from across the region.

Regarding the climate change pillar, the group announced that it will work to reduce its emissions through the incorporation of sustainable fuels and new aviation technologies that are expected to be available beginning 2035. “The environment cannot wait 15 years to have the necessary technologies to reduce emissions. This is why we will work in parallel to promote these transformations and offset our emissions through nature-based solutions,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.

Through the development of a portfolio of conservation projects and other initiatives, LATAM Group will contribute to offset 50% of its domestic emissions by 2030, establishing a path to be carbon neutral by 2050. It will intervene in iconic ecosystems of South America, such as the Amazon, the Chaco, the Llanos of Orinoco, the Atlantic forest and El Cerrado, among others.

Additionally, LATAM Group will promote a program that will allow passengers, corporate and cargo customers the option of offsetting the CO2 emissions associated with their trips. In parallel, the group will offset the same amount of CO2 emissions as customers under the 1+1 program.

In circular economy, LATAM Group is committed to promoting a culture of elimination, reduction, reuse and recycling throughout the operation, in order to reach 2027 as a group that generates zero waste to landfill. To do this, single-use plastics will be eliminated before 2023 and the on-board recycling program will be expanded on all domestic routes of the LATAM Group, and all LATAM lounges will be made 100% sustainable. Similarly, the group will implement a uniform recycling program in all countries and a plan to replace materials on board with compostable, recyclable or certified items.

As part of the shared value pillar, the group will expand its capacity to transport cargo and people for health programs, natural disasters and environmental care. It should be remembered that since the beginning of the pandemic, thanks to the Solidarity Plane program, there has been the transportation of more than 29.4 million vaccines free of charge in its subsidiaries, more than 1,400 health professionals, over 490 tons of medical supplies and more than 1,500 organs and tissues in South America. At the same time, the program has confirmed 10 transports of stem cells for patients with blood cancer.

Lastly, in the case of environmental management, LATAM Group will implement a transparent and auditable system that will allow it to take into account environmental variables in all the group’s processes, which will have environmental certification (IEnvA) throughout its operation, a reference in the industry, and that is granted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Top Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGD (msn 35322) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 939889.

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