Qantas: There goes my trip to the Caribbean
I just got an email from Qantas Customer Service cancelling my flight to New York at the end of September. In fact, according to the Qantas website Coronavirus bookings changes page, they have cancelled all international flights through to the end of October.
My return flight is booked in November. Yes, it was going to be a long lovely holiday. That’s not cancelled yet.
I’m going to wait until Qantas cancels that inbound flight and turns it into a credit before I do anything about navigating the ins and outs of refunds and fees. Because Qantas cancelled the flight there should be none of these.
The aviation industry has a difficult road ahead when it comes to sustainability. It’s going to require a relative revolution in technology, with ‘electric planes’ or hydrogen planes, or some form of jet engine that doesn’t require a carbon based fuel. And that is going to require the development of an alternative to jet engines probably.
It’s a big ask. It will take time to develop.
This move to home grown and manufactured SAF is a first step – maybe even a baby step in a very long road of innovation. In the long run, US$200 million won’t even touch the sides.
And there I was thinking the most difficult thing about the flight would be whether the A380 I would be on, would be a refurbished cabin, or the old cabin and whether I should upgrade to first on points? Or whether I could fit in a stay at the TWA hotel.
My times have changed!
What did you say?