Qantas Green Ambitions Driving Digital Changes

An announcement this month from the Qantas Group points to the airline’s plan to cut the amount of waste it sends to landfill by 75% by the end of 2021.

In doing so, Qantas will remove unnecessary paper, such as boarding passes and operational manuals, by going digital. Frequent flyer cards are also set to shift online. The advice we have received from Qantas does not, at this time, stipulate a date for the phasing out of paper boarding passes.

The environmental push will see some 100 million single-use plastic items per annum removed from flights and lounges by end-2020 in what Qantas claims is the most ambitious waste reduction target of any major airline globally.

Announcing the plan as part of the national carrier’s half-year results, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said that business had a responsibility to lead on environmental issues.

“In the process of carrying 50 million people each year, we deal with more than 30,000 tonnes of waste. That’s the same weight as about eighty 747 jumbos,” said Mr Joyce.

In targeting the removal of 100 million single use plastic items each year, the Group will replace 45 million plastic cups, 30 million cutlery sets, 21 million coffee cups and 4 million headrest covers with sustainable alternatives by end-2020.

Airlines are legally required to dispose of some materials permanently, such as quarantined food from international flights and hazardous materials. With support from industry and regulators, the Group believes it can ultimately reduce the volume of this regulated waste as well.

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Qantas Is Returning To Fiji

After a hiatus of nearly 20 years, Qantas liveried aircraft will return to Fijian skies from 31 March 2019—the airline stating that its new services meet a growing demand from travellers wanting a premium travel option to the islands.

The new direct service to Nadi will be operated by Boeing 737 aircraft four times per week, offering checked baggage allowance, in-flight entertainment, food and drinks as part of the fare.

Qantas Economy Class cabin on Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

“We’re delighted to see Qantas’ full-service offering on routes to Fiji again”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“Being able to offer the option of Qantas business class to holidaying leisure travellers is very appealing to us. We know plenty of our clients will take it up”, added Hosper.

Qantas 737-800 Business Class cabin.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said the addition of Fiji to the Qantas network provided more choice for the growing number of Australians wanting to holiday on the islands.

“Fiji continues to be an incredibly popular holiday destination for Australian families, couples and adventure and luxury travellers, with a number of new luxury properties having opened up on the islands in recent years,” said Ms Webster.

The new Qantas flights are subject to government and regulatory approvals. Once approved, they will add to Jetstar’s direct services which also operate four times per week, and will see the Qantas Group of airlines offer travellers more than 75,000 seats on the route each year and the choice to fly to fiji six days a week.

Qantas will also add its code to Jetstar’s flights between Sydney and Nadi, for travel from 1 February 2019. Qantas customers travelling on the Jetstar codeshare service will enjoy additional benefits, including the opportunity for Qantas Frequent Flyers to earn points and status credits and a complimentary meal.

“We have built flexibility into our network to respond to growing demand where we see it. In this case, it’s a return to Fiji after almost 20 years, a short four-hour hop from Sydney” said Qantas International CEO, Alison Webster.

“The combination of Qantas and Jetstar also means we can provide more options to a destination which caters to different budgets and tastes, with good interstate connections for passengers travelling from other parts of Australia”, added Ms Webster.

Qantas’ Sydney-Nadi (Fiji) schedule effective 31 March 2019:

^Times above are local.
~ 1 hour earlier in ADST.

Qantas will also continue to codeshare on Fiji Airways’ services to Nadi. With Fiji Airways now integrated as a oneworld connect partner, Qantas customers will benefit from more flight options and the opportunity to earn and redeem Qantas Points and Status Credits on Fiji Airways’ services between the two countries.

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Air Tahiti Nui has launched the ‘Tahitian Dreamliner’—a brand new aircraft to coincide with the airline’s 20th year of operations.

The new aircraft has initially been deployed on the Papeete-Auckland route. Travellers departing from Australia will fly on Qantas-operated Air Tahiti Nui flights across the Tasman, and board the Tahitian Dreamliner in Auckland for onward travel to Tahiti.

Trans-Tasman connections are also permitted on Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Jetstar in accordance with airfare rules. Please contact us for full details.

Air Tahiti Nui operates three flights a week between Auckland and Papeete in Tahiti—Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, crossing the International Dateline in the process.

Papeete to Auckland services operate Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

The airline’s Dreamliner is configured with three cabins:

  • Poerava Business Class
  • Moana Premium Economy
  • Moana Economy

Air Tahiti’s Poerava Business Class has been enhanced with the introduction of a 180-degree full-flat seat.

Designed to optimise space, the seat includes a wide range of storage areas, and is configured in five rows on a six-across (2-2-2) layout.

  • 60 inches of pitch
  • A fully flat 78 inches bed
  • Luxurious cushion and cover comfort system
  • Individual touch screen and remote control
  • Personal lighting and privacy divider.

Onboard business class amenities include a thick duvet, one large and comfortable pillow, and a luxury kit of accessories.

The Tahitian Dreamliner features Air Tahiti Nui’s first premium economy seat and cabin.

The cabin offers a more comfortable flying experience with extra leg room and relaxation space in 32 seats configured in five rows in a seven-across
(2-3-2) layout.

  • 20.4 inches-wide seats
  • Pitch of 38 inches
  • Recline of 8 inches.

The onboard amenities include: a comfortable polar blanket, one big pillow and a complete kit of accessories.

The two Moana Economy class cabins feature a total of 232 seats specially designed for long-haul travel.

Economy class seats are installed in a nine-across (3-3-3) configuration.

  • Pitch of 31 inches
  • Recline of 6 inches

The onboard amenities include: a comfortable polar blanket, one comfortable pillow and a complete kit of personal accessories.

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