Qantas to acquire six more Boeing 787-9 and retire remaining ten 747-400
Sydney - Qantas to acquire six more Boeing 787-9. By the end of 2020, the Australian flag carrier will be expanding its Dreamliner fleet to fourteen aircraft.
Qantas boss Alan Joyce accelerates the growth of the current 787-9 fleet. At the end of 2019, Boeing will deliver the first aircraft from the new lot, and one year later fourteen Dreamliners will be available at Qantas fleet, enough to replace the remaining ten 747-400s.
By the end of 2020, we will retire our 747s, complete the cabin reconfiguration of our A380s, and have 14, Dreamliners in our fleet,Joyce said on May 2 in Sydney.
One era ends, another begins.
Qantas can purchase up to 45 Dreamliners from the option rights. The airline opens new routes with the new 787-9s, including the ultra long-haul Perth-London line. Possibly the airline will also resume Paris and Frankfurt lines thanks to the upcoming Dreamliners.
Joyce relaunched the ultra long-haul business after years, which is now returning to profitability. Qantas is also investing in additional premium seats aboard the A380s with new equipment.