TO SLASH CARBON
The Qantas Group says it will
reach zero carbon emissions
by 2050 in a major expansion
of its commitment to a more
sustainable aviation industry.
The airline says it will:
• Immediately double the
number of flights being offset
• Cap net emissions from 2020
• Invest $50 million over 10
years to help develop a
sustainable aviation fuel
These initiatives make Qantas the
only airline group to commit to cap
its net emissions at 2020 levels,
and the second to commit to net
zero emissions by 2050. The airline
says its commitments are the most
ambitious carbon emission targets
of any airline group.
Qantas and Jetstar will double
the number of flights offset by
matching every dollar spent by
customers ticking the box to fly
It will also continue to reduce its
emissions through investment
in more fuel efficient aircraft,
more efficient operations such as
single-engine taxiing, and smarter
flight planning to reduce fuel
burn. Decisions on replacement
aircraft will be based on fuel
efficiency and Qantas notes
that innovations such as electric
aircraft engines are still some
“We’re doing this because it’s
the responsible thing to do, but
hopefully it will also encourage
more people to choose Qantas
and Jetstar because of the action
we’re taking,” says Qantas Group
Chief Executive Alan Joyce.
Read more HERE.
VIRGIN CUTS CAPACITY
Virgin Australia is cutting its seasonal
Christchurch to Sydney direct service
and reducing the frequency of its
Auckland to Sydney service from 19 to
14 times a week.
Stuff reports that these changes
are part of a review of the airline’s
network and fleet. Virgin Australia
is trying to reduce costs after an
underlying loss of A$71.2 million last
“Flying to the right destinations, with
the right customer demand, and
the right sized fleet will improve our
financial performance,” said Paul
Scurrah, Virgin’s Chief Executive and
Read more HERE.
The Airlineratings.com website has
more detailed information about the
PICKLE FORK CRACKS
Qantas and Virgin Australia are
facing fresh calls to inspect their
entire Boeing 737 fleets following the
discovery of more pickle fork cracks in
aircraft that had not met the threshold
for mandatory checks, according to the
Sydney Morning Herald.
In October the United States Federal
Aviation Administration ordered all
737 NGs worldwide that had operated
more than 30,000 flights to be
inspected within seven days, and for
planes with more than 22,600 flights
to be inspected within their next
Qantas has now grounded three
Boeing 737 aircraft for pickle fork
repairs. The news site says Boeing
and airline regulators are saying that
the cracks do not pose an immediate
Indonesian airline Lion Air found
pickle fork cracks in two aircraft with
less than 22,000 flight cycles.
When a crack is detected the aircraft is
grounded until repairs are completed,
which can take several weeks.
The Guardian news website reports
that 50 aircraft have been grounded
worldwide due to cracks, including
those operated by Ryanair, Southwest
Airlines and Brazilian carrier Gol.
Read more from the Sydney Morning
Read more from The Guardian HERE.
SINGAPORE AND DRONE REGISTRATION
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
(CAAS) requires drones weighing more
than 250 grams be registered from the
start of next year, according to a report
on Air Transport World.
It says drone enthusiasts have a
three-month grace period until 2 April
2020 to register their aircraft. After
that it will be an offence to operate
or fly an unregistered, unmanned
aircraft in Singapore and offenders
face a fine of up to S$10,000 and/or
imprisonment of up to six months.
The new regulations conform with
drone registration requirements in
the United States, Canada, Australia
and European countries that specify a
minimum weight of 250 grams.
There are also rules around the
minimum age for drone operators,
the requirement for labels showing
the drone’s registration number
to be displayed, and there is a
“Mandatory registration is an
important part of our enhanced
regulatory framework to ensure that
unmanned aircraft can be used in
Singapore safely,” CAAS Director-
General Kevin Shum said. “To further
encourage users to fly responsibly,
we will also be stepping up efforts to
educate and help users comply with
Read more HERE.
Qantas’ industrial relations
may be an obstacle in the way
of its planned Project Sunrise
non-stop flights from the east
coast of Australia to London
and New York.
The Sydney Morning Herald
reports that Qantas Chief
Executive Alan Joyce is playing
hardball with international
pilots over pay and conditions
for the flights – which would
become the longest routes in
commercial aviation history.
They would be serviced by
either Airbus A350-1000 or
Boeing 777X-8 aircraft.
The news website says longhaul
Qantas pilots are not
willing to repeat the experience
of being “done over” by
management when Boeing
787s were introduced.
It says Qantas’ industrial
relations position has become
increasingly difficult in recent
months “with a new crop of
more aggressive members
joining the traditionally
Australian and International
“If Joyce can’t get around the
impasse with the long-haul
pilots, Qantas will have to make
a decision about whether giving
up some ground eats too much
into his 30 per cent productivity
Qantas says it must reach
agreement with the pilots this
year if it is to maintain slots
Boeing and Airbus have left
open for the airline.
Read more at HERE.
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