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Qantas Launches World's First Zero Waste Flight

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Qantas Launches World's First Zero Waste Flight

Qantas has launched the world's first flight that creates zero waste inside the cabin.

If you've flown on a plane before you'll know there are tons of excuses for waste: the plastic covering the cutlery, the foil covering your chicken or beef, the packaging of your in-flight headphones.

Well, you can kiss all that goodbye if you're travelling from Sydney to Adelaide. Qantas says the move will cut a whopping 100 million single-use plastics by the end of next year.

That's one hell of a lot of plastic that would otherwise just end up in the bin.

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The airline has achieved this with some next level ingenuity, such as ditching the normal meal containers and opting for sugar cane ones, or changing their distribution lines and ensuring all water bottles end up at a South Australian recycling plant.

Everything that can be thrown out by passengers is either compostable, reusable or recyclable.

Qantas domestic boss Andrew David said: "We want to give customers the same level of service they currently enjoy, but without the amount of waste that comes with it.

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"This flight is about testing our products, refining the waste process and getting feedback from our customers."

Every time an Adelaide to Sydney or vice versa Qantas flight touches the runway, around 34 kilograms of waste will have been generated and usually just end up in the trash.

That adds up to 150 tonnes over the course of the year.

It's a massive step forward for Qantas and it's one that hopefully many other airlines choose to adopt as well. Collectively, that could mean a lot of waste will get reused, making the world just a tiny bit better.

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But Qantas still seems to be leading the charge with long-haul flights - something that can't be matched by most other airlines.

The national carrier is hoping to be able to launch a non-stop flight from Sydney to London by the end of the year.

Speaking at an Amazon function, Qantas boss Alan Joyce said when the Perth to London leg was completed, he confronted manufacturers about building an aircraft or creating technology that would allow it to fly for 21 hours.

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He's previously said that the two types of planes that could be targeted for such a flight would be the Airbus 350 and the Boeing 777.

But making a flight last that long wouldn't only be an issue for passengers, the airline would also have to look at employee safety.

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