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American Airlines and QANTAS Airways receive final approval to form joint business

American Airlines made this announcement:

American Airlines welcomes the U.S. Department of Transportation’s final approval of a joint business agreement with QANTAS Airways. American and QANTAS now have the opportunity to jointly offer more products that will better serve customers flying between the United States and Australia and New Zealand. This has been a longstanding business objective of the partnership.

“We look forward to working closely with our valued partner, QANTAS, on this new joint business,” said American’s Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “We now have the opportunity to launch new routes and provide enhanced service with better schedules, additional frequent flyer benefits and continued investments in the overall customer experience. We are grateful to Secretary Chao and the DOT team, as we welcome this fantastic news for our customers and team members.”

Final approval follows the DOT’s tentative approval of the joint business in June.

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QANTAS selects Mackay, Queensland as second pilot academy site

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

Mackay, Queensland, has been announced as the preferred location for the second Qantas Group Pilot Academy site.

This follows a competitive process to select two locations from a shortlist of nine regional cities, with Toowoomba in southern Queensland announced as the first location for the Academy last September.

The Academy is part of the Qantas Group’s strategy to build a long-term talent pipeline for its own airlines and help the broader industry meet the increasing need for skilled aviators.

Estimates suggest that 790,000 more pilots will be required globally over the next 20 years with around one third of them in the Asia Pacific.

Mackay was selected due to a high proportion of clear weather days per year, access to uncongested airspace, access to support infrastructure and ability to attract students and trainers to live in the area.

Qantas will now work with Mackay Regional Council, Mackay Airport and the Queensland Government to further progress the proposal for the site.

In the meantime, Qantas is focused on opening the Pilot Academy’s first site in Toowoomba which is on track to open its doors to the first student intake in September 2019 with construction on hangars, classrooms and student accommodation underway.

Qantas Group Pilot Academy Executive Manager, Wes Nobelius, said the airport, government and community had shown why Mackay would be an ideal place to train the next generation of pilots.

“Mackay offers optimal flying conditions and a sunny Queensland lifestyle which makes it an ideal site for a pilot academy,” said Mr Nobelius.

“It’s home to good infrastructure, a proud community – even a new, state-of-the-art sport and recreation precinct for students, trainers and their families. We were really moved by the way locals came together with the #MackayWantsYouQantas campaign.

“Our initial focus is opening the first Pilot Academy site in Toowoomba and rapidly expanding the number of pilots there next year, before we progress our plans for Mackay.”

Assistant Minister for State Development and Member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert, said Qantas’ decision was a vote of confidence and will create jobs in Mackay, and in Queensland.

“There was intense competition from around Australia and as a community, we are delighted that Mackay has been recognised by the Qantas Group as an ideal destination to locate a future second pilot training academy,” she said.

“Mackay has a welcoming community that is close knit, inclusive, and culturally sensitive with established networks that will make Qantas and the student pilots feel welcome.”

Mackay Airport General Manager Garry Porter said he was delighted with the announcement and believed the decision would support the master planning that has been done by Mackay Airport.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the announcement was a great endorsement for the Airport and the region. “This decision is a reflection of the collaborative efforts across the community. It is a great vote of confidence in the Mackay region and its economy by an iconic Australian brand in Qantas.”

Mr Nobelius said today’s announcement brings to a close the process to narrow down the possible locations for the Academy from more than 60 to just two.

“To the remaining six shortlisted cities – we thank all of you for taking part. If we could have placed a Pilot Academy in every one of your cities, we would have,” added Mr Nobelius.

“We know these proposals took a great deal of time and effort, but it gave us insight into your community and plenty of ideas for where we can grow in the future.”

Applications for interested students opened in May and Qantas’ appointed training provider, Flight Training Adelaide (FTA), is working through the selection process for the first intake of students at Toowoomba.

Full details about the course are available at qantas.com/pilotacademy

QANTAS backs the Airbus A321XLR with an agreement for 36 aircraft

QANTAS Airways Limited is backing Airbus’ new extended range A321XLR with an agreement covering 36 aircraft. This includes the conversion of 26 existing A320neo Family orders plus a new firm order for 10 A321XLRs.

The aircraft will allow the QANTAS Group, which includes low-cost carrier Jetstar, to improve its network and fleet flexibility to better serve point-to-point markets in Australia, Asia and the South Pacific.

Images: Airbus.

QANTAS to launch nonstop Brisbane – Chicago O’Hare flights in 2020

QANTAS Airways is planning to launch the 8,901 mile route between Brisbane and Chicago (O’Hare) following the tentative DOT approval of the American-QANTAS joint business venture.

QANTAS made this announcement:

“QANTAS expects to announce details of two new routes – Brisbane-Chicago and Brisbane-San Francisco – once final approval is received.”

The two routes would be served with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

American Airlines and QANTAS welcome U.S. Department of Transportation’s tentative approval of joint business

American Airlines and QANTAS Airways welcome the U.S. Department of Transportation’s tentative approval of the carriers’ joint business to better serve customers flying between the United States and Australia and New Zealand.

Final approval of the joint business will allow for commercial integration between the carriers, delivering new routes and significant customer benefits not possible through any other form of cooperation, including:

  • The opportunity to launch new routes and flights to new destinations, including city pairs not currently served by either carrier.
  • An expanded codeshare relationship and optimized schedules on trans-Pacific services, opening up more connections to more destinations and reduced total travel time.
  • Better access to seats on each carrier’s network, leading to lower fares.
  • Additional frequent flyer benefits by further integrating the carriers’ programs, including higher earn rates for points on each other’s networks beyond what is possible today through oneworld, as well as increased redemption opportunities and improved reciprocal end-to-end recognition of our top-tier frequent flyers.
  • Co-location at airports and investments in lounges, baggage systems and other infrastructure designed to better serve the carriers’ joint customers.

As part of the case put to the DOT, Qantas and American flagged an intention to launch several new routes within the first two years of the proposed joint business. Qantas expects to announce details of two new routes — Brisbane, Australia (BNE)–Chicago (ORD) and BNE–San Francisco (SFO) — once final approval is received.

American and QANTAS Airways will review the Order, with a final decision from the DOT expected in the next few weeks.

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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