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Qantas Group to Boost Aircraft Fleet

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The Qantas Group has announced plans to boost its domestic, resources charter and international fleets to support ongoing growth and operational efficiencies.

Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said a combination of new aircraft orders and leases, as well as lease extensions, will allow the group to take advantage of new market opportunities.

Key points of the fleet plan update, which covers the period through to the end of FY13:

- the lease of five additional Boeing 737-800s, and the extension of leases on two Boeing 737-800s, for Qantas
- the lease of 10 additional Airbus A320s, and the extension of leases on 11 Airbus A320s, for Jetstar
- the lease of one Airbus A330-200 for Jetstar
- the purchase of 10 Fokker 100s for Network Aviation
- the lease of two additional Boeing 717s for QantasLink

"With the domestic market continuing its strong post-GFC recovery and growth, the Qantas Group will need additional capacity to participate in this growth and maintain its profit maximising 65% domestic market share," Mr Joyce said. "Much of these fleet additions will be directed to this key part of our operations - across each of our premium and low fare airlines, as well as Network Aviation operating fly-in-fly-out resource charter services in Western Australia. More A320s, as well as another wide-body A330-200, will ensure Jetsar maintains its place as the country's largest low fare airline and, along with Jetstar Asia, is best positioned to continue to drive the Group's Pan-Asian strategy."

Last year Qantas launched a wide-ranging domestic refresh which includes inflight product changes, the roll-out of faster, smarter Next Generation Check-in and lounge upgrades.

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