Qantas ranked as least fuel-efficient airline on trans-Pacific flights: Study

Qantas burned on average 64% more fuel per passenger-kilometre than the top-ranked airlines.
Reuters

A white paper which showed an analysis of the fuel emissions of 20 major airlines conducting flights over the Pacific has ranked Qantas as the worst in 2016.

It found that Qantas burned on average 64% more fuel per passenger-kilometre than the top-ranked airlines, China’s Hainan Airlines and Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA), or 41% below the industry average.

A “passenger-kilometre” is defined as how the number of passengers you can fly 1km on 1 litre of fuel.

The report released by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) – the same organisation that exposed the Volkwagen emissions scandal – said that very little public information on airline fuel efficiency had been available until recently.

Hainan’s efficiency rating mostly reflected its advanced fleet as 81% of its available seat kilometres were aboard Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Meanwhile, ANA operated with aircraft with higher fuel burn but carried more payload, especially cargo.

Qantas did not fare well as it operated the most fuel-intensive aircraft and reported low load factors for both passengers and freight, according to the report.

According to ABC News, Qantas claims the study was not an accurate representation of its fuel efficiency across the Pacific and that it had a number of fuel-efficiency programmes in place.

Here’s how they ranked:

ICCT/Transpacific Airline Fuel Efficiency Ranking, 2016