Qantas The Qantas Airways Group has extensive commercial and ownership links with a number of regional carriers. Qantas also has code-sharing 4 and alliance arrangements with international carriers through the One World Alliance.
Jet fuel, a petroleum distillate, has been used to power air travel since the first flights in the s because of its high-energy density and thermal stability. Although electric, solar or hydrogen power systems will be deployed in light, short-haul aircraft within the next decade, it will take much longer for the mass-transport, commercial aviation market to adopt them.
Engines, aircraft as well as fuel storage and distribution infrastructure are all designed specifically to handle jet fuel and many technical, safety, reliability and infrastructure challenges still need to be overcome for these sources to become viable alternatives.
The two airlines seek supply for 10 years, beginning inof m litres of biojet fuel a year. Moreover, they seek this supply from up to five bio refineries, located across Australia and New Zealand, none of which exist currently. Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia issued the RFI request for information in partnership to strengthen the demand signal to the biojet industry.
The international aviation industry as a whole is committed to change. They are looking to Australian airline industry to play a significant role. The global industry is requesting 4bn to 5bn litres of biojet each year fromat prices competitive with petroleum jet fuel.
Like conventional jet fuel, biojet must meet stringent technical specifications and tough environmental standards, including lower CO2 emissions compared to jet fuel, which is not an easy task.
There are several certified pathways to biojet, including the hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids HEFA pathway that produces biojet from oil seed crops, animal fat or microalgae. It can used in up to a This was the fuel that Air New Zealand used in when it became the second airline in the world to conduct a test flight on biojet.
InQantas and Jetstar used HEFA to demonstrate the potential of biojet on regularly scheduled commercial flights. These and many other airlines have conducted commercial flights on this and other types of biojet without incident. Yet despite strong global signals, policy incentives and certification of four additional biojet production pathways, viable cost-competitive biojet production facilities have been slow to materialise.
While it seems like a painstaking process, there have been some indications that a biojet industry may yet get off the ground. In January this year, the US navy launched the great green flee t in which each ship is deploying energy efficiency measures, renewable diesel and biojet.
Then in March, United Airlines became the first US airline to fly regularly scheduled flights powered by biojet. The airline will use up to 15m gallons of biojet, produced in Los Angeles from inedible agricultural waste fats and oils. And the Total-Amyris program continues to use biojet manufactured in Brazil for commercial flights in Europe and Brazil, and has been tested by Air France, Etihad and Lufthansa.
Only biofuels will cut plane emissions Ben Caldecott Read more This new partnership between Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia is a welcome signal to the domestic market that it is not too late for Australia and New Zealand to enter the field.
Along with the biofutures roadmap and the year action plan, Queensland is clearly positioned as a leader in the biofuels industry. On a national scale, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has consistently provided support to low-emissions biofuels projects around Australia, as has its New Zealand government counterpart.
Additionally new bio refineries, which produce products for a wide range of markets in addition to the fuels market, would generate economic growth, new manufacturing jobs and help to revitalise rural communities. So while Australian and New Zealand airlines are demonstrating their willingness to be innovative and early adopters of biojet fuel, now it is up to the market to respond.The following paper provides an analysis and evaluation of the current market position of Qantas and the Australian Airline Industry.
By assessing the company both internally and externally, this report will assess Qantas’ strengths and weaknesses. 38 rows · The airline industry in Australia began in the early s with Western . Since progressive deregulation of the airline industry from the s, airlines have naturally become very competitive and induced new players to enter the industry.
The . 38 rows · The airline industry in Australia began in the early s with Western Australian Airways . The size of the airline industry today, comprises of over airlines functioning more than aircraft, providing services to over airports that has contributed 35% of the global growth.
Over the past 30 years, the growth of global air travel has increased an average approximately of 5% per year. Intense price competition between Qantas and Virgin Australia, the industry's two largest players, has strongly affected the industry's performance.
Qantas and Virgin Australia slashed airfares over the two years through , with Qantas attempting to hold off an aggressive push by Virgin to expand its market share.