It's Natural To Fly Carbon Neutral With The Qantas Group

LOS ANGELES - September 18, 2007

The Qantas Group today launched a Carbon Offset Program, backed by a pledge to offset the carbon emissions of every international and domestic Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar flight on September 19, the first day of the program's operation.

Tomorrow's Fly Carbon Neutral Day is just one way in which the Qantas Group is managing the environmental impact of its operations. While aviation is a relatively small contributor of greenhouse gases, Qantas continues its leadership in the development and application of technology for driving improvements in fuel efficiency.

During Fly Carbon Neutral Day on almost 950 flights carrying more than 100,000 passengers across the Group's worldwide network, Qantas will pay to offset the equivalent of approximately 40,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.

Under the new program, Qantas and Jetstar passengers can elect to offset their share of flight emissions on an ongoing basis by making a small contribution through qantas.com and jetstar.com.

"We have undertaken a full Life Cycle Assessment of all operations, calculating the emissions associated with carrying a passenger from one point to another," said Qantas Airways Chief Executive Officer Geoff Dixon.

"An online calculator assesses data about the flight sector and automatically advises customers of their emissions and the cost of offsetting them. We have also committed to offsetting the emissions for all staff traveling for business purposes as well as those generated by the Group's ground transport vehicles," Dixon added.

All contributions will go towards multiple abatement programs, which may include energy efficiency measures, generation of renewable energy and tree planting projects.

Dixon also said the Qantas Group was focused on achieving a carbon dioxide savings target of more than 2 million tonnes by June 2011 through a range of environmental initiatives.

He added that in addition to its Carbon Offset Program, the Qantas Group was committed to driving improvements in fuel efficiency as a world leader in the development and application of technological innovation.

In addition to the Carbon Offset Program, Qantas' other technology-based and operational initiatives include:

  • The establishment of a dedicated, business-wide Environment and Fuel Conservation department, which will deliver sustainable carbon dioxide emission reductions, with 130,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide saved in 2006/07 through its fuel conservation program alone, equivalent to the removal of 30,000 cars from roads;
  • The use of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) advanced satellite navigation procedures that utilize Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to optimize flight approach and departure tracks;
  • The development of User Preferred Routes, enabling the airline to alter its flight paths where possible to make the best use of higher level wind patterns; and
  • The introduction of Variable Cost Index Flight Planning to ensure aircraft operate at optimal speed, based on daily variation in wind, temperature and weight - maximizing efficiency and reducing fuel burn and emissions.

Qantas will also continue its focus on existing conservation strategies relating to energy, water, and waste usage in all areas of the operation - in-flight and on the ground.

Additional information is available at qantas.com/us and jetstar.com.

About Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft offering service to 142 destinations in 40 countries. Founded in 1920, Qantas Airways in 2004 celebrated 50 years of continuous flying between North America and Australia. Offering more non-stop flights to Australia and New Zealand than any other carrier, Qantas provides convenient connections from its gateways in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu. Recently acknowledged with the 2006 Avion Award for Best Overall In-flight Entertainment, Qantas has long been recognized for its continued focus on excellence in the air as well as on the ground. Qantas' Business class Skybed sleeper seat received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum 2004 Good Design Award, and its creator Marc Newson, was just named Designer of the Year by Design Miami.

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