International Travel

Wed, 20 Feb, 2019Courtney Allan

Qantas and Jetstar just made a major announcement

Qantas and Jetstar just made a major announcement

In a move that’s surprised many, Qantas and Jetstar are planning to ditch paper boarding passes for good, and switch to a purely digital system. The reasoning for the decision is to cut down on the aviation company's huge usage of paper and cut down on waste.

Qantas Group chief executive officer Alan Joyce unveiled the plans today.

“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 80 747 jumbos,” Mr Joyce said.

“It is quite literally a waste, and we have a responsibility to our customers, shareholders and the community to reduce it.

“We’ve already removed plastic wrapping on our pyjamas and headsets, as well as plastic straws. Even plastic Frequent Flyer cards are going digital.

“It adds up to millions of items a year because of our scale, and there’s a lot more we can do.” Joyce explained.

Qantas Group has goals to remove 100 million single-use plastic items every year and replace them with sustainable alternatives. The group is also working with other airlines and manufacturers to find alternatives to plastic items, such as hygienic wrapping and heat-resistant food.

Joyce explained that the results wouldn’t be possible without the help of others.

“We’ll be asking for help from our people, customers, suppliers and regulators to help us reach this goal.

“Some of the best feedback to our efforts so far has been from our crew who see the sheer volume of waste generated in cabins of hundreds of people every day.”

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