Operational and fleet efficiency

We’re always looking for opportunities to improve both fuel efficiency and invest in new technology to reduce our emissions.

Modernising our fleet with new, more efficient aircraft is a key aspect of meeting our climate targets, as detailed in our Climate Action Plan (PDF).

Our aim is to improve fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5% per annum to 2030.

We will do this by:

  • Focusing on flying and engineering practices,

  • Investing in fuel-efficient aircraft,

  • Supporting broader airspace design and management initiatives requiring industry-wide collaboration, and

  • Continuing to reduce fuel burn, including through smarter flight planning.

As the aviation industry transitions towards a net zero future, there is a strong need to explore new and innovative aircraft technologies. Airlines, industry, and manufacturers will need to work together on new technologies to ensure we can reach net zero by 2050.

Fleet renewal

The Group is investing significantly in fleet renewal. On average the Group will take delivery of a new aircraft every three weeks for the next few years. These aircraft can be around 25 per cent more fuel efficient than the aircraft they replace.  

The incoming aircraft will help Qantas and Jetstar open up new routes and destinations while lowering emissions and improving efficiency.

On the ground

While emissions on the ground are a relatively small part of our total emissions profile, we are seeking to further reduce our footprint. From the start of 2022, we have sourced large-scale generation certificates to cover 100% of the electricity consumption in all Qantas Group buildings throughout Australia.

Diagram showing planes moving fuel amounts

Further details of our key initiatives are set out in our 2023 Sustainability Report.

Footnotes

Disclaimer: 1. An average 1.5 per cent per annum fuel efficiency improvement starting from 2023, baselined to 2019.