The Qantas Group has said it will aim to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in a major expansion of the airline’s commitment to a more sustainable aviation industry.
The first non-stop commercial airline flight from New York to Sydney has landed after 19 hours 16 minutes in the air. A total of 49 passengers and crew were on the flight, which was used to run a series of experiments to assess health and well-being onboard.
Qantas has posted a 17 per cent fall in annual net profit, driven by rising fuel costs and a weaker Australian dollar. Qantas also confirmed it will run test services on planned 19-hour flights to determine whether passengers and crew can withstand the marathon journeys.
As the next step in its continuing support for Qantas’ distribution capabilities, Travelport has begun handling its first bookings with the carrier using IATA’s New Distribution Capability standard.
American Airlines has welcomed the United States department of transportation’s final approval of a joint business agreement with Qantas. “We look forward to working closely with our valued partner, Qantas, on this new joint business,” said American chief executive, Doug Parker.
Qantas frequent flyers will soon pay significantly less fees for international reward flights, have access to more seats and enjoy more rewards for earning points on the ground as part of the biggest overhaul to the airline’s loyalty program in its 32-year history.
American Airlines and Qantas have welcomed the United States department of transportation’s tentative approval of the carriers’ joint business.
Qantas Group has delivered underlying profit before tax of A$780 million, down A$179 million on the record figure recorded last year. The figure comes despite a A$416 million, or 27 per cent, increase in fuel bills at the Australian flag-carrier.
Qantas is using virtual reality in the development of its new First Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport, which is set to open at the end of 2019.