In the age when the environment is becoming a prevalent issue, the aviation industry implements new initiatives. These initiatives assist the airlines to become more sustainable. Lately, Airlines and aircraft manufacturers unveiled environmentally friendly and energy-efficient contributions to address the prominent issue. For instance, Qantas officially announced the expansion of its carbon emissions offset program. The expansion is a part of its existing “Fly Carbon Neutral” program.
The airline’s passengers will soon have the opportunity to purchase carbon offsets when booking flights, in an indirect channel. In addition, the expansion enables travel agents to assist passengers in flying carbon neutral. Carbon offsets – measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent – are reductions in carbon emissions.
“As we carry Australians to their destinations, we’re very conscious of working to minimise the impact we have on the environment. This development is part of that sustainability strategy, while also delivering on our commitment to better support the industry in selling and servicing their bookings with Qantas,” Qantas Executive Manager Sales & Distribution, Igor Kwiatkowski said. “Through our Fly Carbon Neutral program, we have been offsetting carbon emissions for more than a decade. We’re confident we’ll continue to build on this with the support of our agency partners.”
Furthermore, the Qantas Distribution Platform (QDP) facilitates the expansion of the indirect booking channel. Prior to this expansion, the Australian flag carrier offered passengers the ability to contribute. However, the passenger contributes only when they “tick-the-box” during booking.
Kwiatkowski added, “Many of our customers have told us how important it is for them to be able to offset their flight, and until now, those who booked through a travel agent weren’t able to do so conveniently.”
Qantas’ Fly Carbon Neutral Program
The Australian flag carrier’s extension of its existing program allows the airline to reduce its impact on the environment. Additionally, the airline is able to provide viable solutions to achieving its goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050.
Moreover, Qantas has the opportunity to address the issue and be sustainable while effectively transporting passengers. The airline industry is attempting to stay afloat during COVID-19, and air travel is necessary for passengers.
Of course, while the expansion of its “Fly Carbon Neutral” program is a large step, towards transforming the aviation industry and overcoming COVID-19, there is still a long way to go. However, with Qantas being a major player in the process, the future for the environment and aviation will be closer than expected.