Qantas has unveiled plans to acquire eight
Boeing 787-9s which will gradually replace five of its older
Boeing 747s on Qantas International routes and open up a range of
potential new city pairs.
Qantas said that four B787-9s will arrive in
financial year 2018 and four will arrive in financial year 2019.
This will leave the Qantas Group with its six youngest
Qantas will retain 15 further options and 30
purchase rights for additional B787s, with significant flexibility
over the timing of delivery should they be exercised.
“This milestone acquisition marks the
scale of our turnaround and looks ahead to a new era for our
iconic international airline. We’re
halfway through the biggest and fastest transformation in our
history. Qantas is rapidly growing fitter, stronger, and smarter.
These aircraft are a fitting emblem of that evolution – they show
that we are revitalised and here for the long haul,” said Chief Executive,
Alan Joyce. “The key reason we chose
this particular aircraft is its incredible efficiency. Its new
technology will reduce fuel burn, cut heavy maintenance
requirements and open up new destinations around the globe. Because the 787 is smaller than the jumbos it will gradually
replace, it gives us the flexibility of having more aircraft
without significantly changing our overall capacity.”
Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia
Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, “We are
honored that Qantas has selected the 787 for its fleet renewal
plan and to build upon on our long-standing relationship. The
Dreamliner is the perfect fit for Qantas’ new long-haul fleet,
providing them with superior economics, flexibility and
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