Qantas hopes to make aircraft boarding faster and more efficient by abandoning the existing method of getting passengers on flights.
The flag carrier currently uses a class-based system that allows premium cabins and high-status frequent flyers to board first, followed by everyone else.
But this is about to change to a system used by almost every other full-service airline in the world, but not many budget carriers.
Under the new system, first and business class passengers will still board first, followed by premium economy travelers and high-ranking frequent flyers, but after that, passengers will board by seat number, back to front.
This is commonly known as zone boarding and is used by most other airlines, with boarding passes marked to avoid confusion.
Qantas (flight attendants pictured) hopes to make aircraft boarding faster and more efficient by abandoning the existing method of getting passengers on flights
As with everything about airlines, Qantas’ change comes down to wanting to make more money for its shareholders.
“We will be able to better serve our customers, reduce our cost base through lower operating costs and gain a number of new competitive advantages,” said outgoing CEO Alan Joyce.
Whether the boarding plan saves time and therefore money remains to be seen, but it will put the flying kangaroo in line with almost every other international aviator.
Airlines also use two other methods, one is random boarding which is only used by budget airlines like Southwest in the US where no seats are assigned and it is a case of first come first served.
The other is known as WILMA, or “window, center, aisle,” with those who have window seats boarding the plane first, followed by the center seats, then the aisles.
Tests have shown that random boarding is the fastest method, WILMA is slightly slower, and zoning by group is the slowest.
But passengers don’t like random boarding, TV shows Mythbusters found — they tolerate it for cheaper fares — or WILMA, so back-to-front group zoning is a smart choice for Qantas.
Qantas Economy passengers (pictured) will still board last, even with airline boarding changes
Alan Joyce (pictured) will leave Qantas in November after 15 years as CEO
The airline is also promising to make lost luggage a thing of the past by adding tracking to a major overhaul of its app, which is expected to be available by the end of the year.
Mr Joyce said new technology is a critical part of his plans to offer better services after announcing record profits of nearly $2.5 billion due to high tariffs and booming demand.
Qantas has struggled with lost luggage, cancellations, delays and staff shortages over the past year as people started flying again post-Covid.
Last July, an employee of an outsourcing firm that replaced workers laid off during the pandemic claimed that Qantas lost “one in 10” bags of luggage — though the company disputed the figure.
“The rate of mishandled baggage across the Qantas network over the past four weeks is around one per cent and our teams are working hard to further reduce this figure,” a spokesman for the airline told Daily Mail Australia at the time.
The misplaced luggage situation reached a high point last September when a lone bag was left on the tarmac at Sydney Airport.
Lost luggage situation took on comical proportions when a lone bag was left on Sydney Airport tarmac
Mr Joyce is leaving Qantas in November after 15 high-pressure years in the top job, and it turns out he has a surprise maiden voyage planned after his last day.
He doesn’t go to his home country of Ireland, although he likes to return to it at least once a year, nor does he go to husband Shane Lloyd’s native New Zealand.
Instead, the pair plan to take a cruise around Antarctica, which will likely cost around $30,000.
“There is a great temptation to fill the agenda,” said Mr Joyce, who will turn 57 later this month. Instead, he’s taking a break with cash in his pocket after selling $17 million worth of Qantas stock.
The Australian Financial Review reported that he had owned the shares since 2012, when he bought them for $1.50 each.
They reportedly sold last week for $6.74 per share, making him a profit of about $14.8 million.
“I’m going to take six months off, unpack, make no decisions, take a cruise around Antarctica, believe it or not, far away from any plane and then figure out what I want to do next.”
He’s also likely to make a sizable profit after selling the Sydney Harbor mansion he bought for $19 million just 13 months ago.
The six-bedroom property in Mosman Bay, on Sydney’s North Shore, is now surplus to requirements, as he and Mr Lloyd are reportedly buying a second half-storey penthouse on the same floor as their existing apartment in the city.
They plan to renovate and expand the penthouses, which have stunning views of the Opera House and the Sydney skyline, into a six-bedroom apartment, all ensuite, occupying the entire floor to accommodate family members arriving from overseas. to receive better.
Outgoing CEO Alan Joyce prepares to sell his $19 million mansion on Sydney Harbor in Mosman Bay (pictured)
Mr Joyce came under fire for spending $19 million on the Mosman Bay mansion at a time when Qantas announced a loss of nearly $2 billion as the beleaguered airline battled flight cancellations, poor customer service and a lawsuit from fired employees.
Stung by the criticism, he threw himself into a passionate defense of his record at the helm of the Australian flagship.
Why is it relevant what I do in my private life? I am not a public figure. People consider the Qantas CEO to be a politician and it certainly shouldn’t be. It’s a business figure,” he told The Australian at the time.
“It’s been well reported over the years how much I get paid, so I’ve got the money, because Qantas went to record profits and had a record share price.”