Qantas is increasing the carry-on weight limit in first class, business class and premium economy on international flights, with those passengers now able to bring a cabin bag as heavy as 10kg compared to the previous 7kg cap.
The move brings Qantas' international baggage policy in line with that of its domestic flights, which in turn will remove some headaches for premium passengers connecting between domestic and international flights.
Under new rules now in effect, the overall weight of each passenger's carry-on baggage is still restricted to 14kg across two bags if they're in booked in first, business or premium economy – however, a single cabin bag can now tip the scales to 10kg. The 7kg-per-bag limit remains in place for economy class flyers.
In short, Qantas' international premium passengers can choose between the following mix of carry-on bags
- one 10kg bag (measuring up to 115cm), or
- two bags (measuring up to 105cm each) with a combined weight of 14kg, and either of those bags can weigh 10kg, or
- one 10kg (measuring up to 105cm) plus a soft garment bag (measuring up to 185cm)
There's one caveat in this more flexible arrangement: Qantas maintains that passengers must to be able to able to lift their own bags into the overhead lockers, as "cabin bins that are too full or bags that are too heavy can cause a safety risk for both customers and crew."
Qantas revised its domestic cabin bag policy in March this year, following trials which included weighing passengers' carry-on bags at the boarding gate.
The airline said that while nine out of ten domestic travellers had under 10kg of cabin baggage in total, around 40% of those had a bag weighing between 7kg and 10kg.
"We’ve had feedback from our frequent flyers who said they can easily keep within the 14kg limit but would like flexibility in how they use their cabin baggage allowance," remarked Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David, adding that most passengers on short business trips and weekends away "only travel with one carry-on bag plus a small personal item."