has announced it is to buy 20 more Boeing 787 aircraft and convert 20 purchase rights into
options for the new generation Dreamliner.
The additional aircraft will take Qantas’ existing order of the
Dreamliner to 85 – 65 firm aircraft and 20 option aircraft. Qantas also has a further 30 purchase rights for the
The Chief Executive of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, in
the US for the rollout of the first
Boeing 787 Dreamliner, said the 787s would be used by the Qantas Group’s two major brands, Qantas and
Jetstar, for both domestic and international flying.
“The additional aircraft will better enable Qantas and Jetstar to take advantage of growth
opportunities for point-to point flying in the Asia Pacific region and to new international destinations
in Europe, India and the Americas.”
Qantas ordered 45 firm
787s, 20 options and 50 purchase rights in December 2005.
“The B787’s fuel efficiency and resultant lower seat mile cost will enable Qantas and Jetstar to expand more rapidly, particularly in
Asia Pacific, the world’s fastest growing aviation region.”
Qantas Group is expecting to take delivery of its first B787-8 aircraft in July next year.
“The first 15 aircraft will be used by Jetstar, accelerating the growth of its international operations. In line with the company’s two brand
philosophy, subsequent deliveries will be allocated between Qantas and Jetstar on the basis of the best returns for the
From 2011 the
group expects to begin to take delivery of the 787-9 aircraft, the stretched version of the
787-8, which will have greater passenger capacity and range.
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