The recovery of the Australian market has finally arrived: Qantas has decided to resume and improve its fleet renewal plans.
As mentioned above, it has confirmed the purchase of 12 Airbus A350-1000’s for the most complex technical and human challenge in contemporary aviation.
How does Qantas plan to make a 20-hour non-stop scheduled flight tolerable from service? Simple: by betting on a passenger for whom ticket price is not a determining factor.
The company will offer four classes, with 238 passengers in total and 40% of the offer dedicated to premium seats. In addition, it will create a well-being zone where passengers will be able to stretch their legs and do some exercises.
Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) is set to announce a landmark order for Airbus SE (AIR.PA) A350-1000 jets capable of nonstop flights from Sydney to London as part of a wider deal with the European plane-maker, industry sources told Reuters.
But it’s not the only frontier to be crossed. The carrier, in addition to confirming 20 A321XLRs, announced it will convert 20 A320neo orders from JetStar to the Xtra Long Range and 20 A220-300’s, which will replace the Boeing 737’s and 717’s it currently operates.
The A321XLR will significantly change Qantas’ network, allowing it to go 3,000 kilometers farther than with the 737’s.
Add 15% more passengers and 17% less fuel consumption to the equation. By the end of 2024, when you will receive your first one, you will see a real game-changer.
The A320 [family] and A220 will become the backbone of our domestic fleet for the next 20 years, helping to keep this country moving. Their range and economics will enable new direct routes, including improved service to regional cities.
Qantas is consolidating a fleet that is committed to Airbus products: 299 narrow-body aircraft and 12 A350-1000’s, to be received over 10 years.
One of the world’s largest airlines is gradually leaving the Boeing world. Considering the current situation of both manufacturers, this is not surprising.
The expansion comes days after Boeing Co (BA.N) further delayed development of its 777X jetliner, which had at one stage been in contention to allow direct flights from Australia’s east coast to London and New York.
An Airbus-owned A350-1000 was flying on Sunday from Toulouse to Perth, tracking service FlightRadar24 showed.
Qantas in December selected Airbus as the preferred supplier for a major order to renew its ageing narrow-body fleet, in a blow to its incumbent supplier Boeing.
Reuters / ABC Flash Point News 2022.