Qantas have announced that that they expect to
receive the first of their 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in mid 2012.
The first 15 Qantas 787 Dreamliners will
actually fly under the Jetstar international brand and will allow the carrier
to further expand into southern European and Asian networks.
The full media release from Qantas can be read
QANTAS TO RECEIVE FIRST BOEING 787 IN 2012
SYDNEY, 14 July 2010: Qantas today announced it would receive the
first of 50 Boeing 787
Dreamliners – a B787-8 series aircraft – in mid-2012.
The change follows an agreement reached with Boeing to bring forward the
delivery of eight B787-8s by around two years. The first aircraft will be used
by Jetstar for its international operations.
Qantas Chief Executive
Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said the Qantas Group had firm orders for 50 B787s
in place, and remained the second largest airline customer for the Dreamliner.
“Today’s announcement confirms
that the B787, with its new technologies and improved fuel efficiency, is still
very much the right aircraft – for both Qantas and Jetstar,” Mr
“It will be ideal for
point-to-point flying on medium density routes, both short and long haul and
will allow Jetstar to move into southern Europe as well as build on its Asian
“It will also be suitable for Qantas services into Asia, and even for
high traffic routes on Qantas’ domestic network.
“This is further confirmation that Qantas remains committed to growing
both our airline brands by renewing our fleet and improving flexibility of our
domestic and international operations.
“We will also continue to have
the capability to maintain and grow our share of the Australian market.
“The phased delivery of 50
B787s will deliver lower operating and maintenance costs, greater fuel efficiency
and improved environmental performance to both airlines.
“The 787s will also deliver
benefits for passengers with larger windows, higher humidity and a lower cabin
altitude pressure improving the flying experience.”
The change to the Group’s B787 order will see*:
Group firm orders remain at 50 aircraft, comprising 15 B787-8s and 35 B787-9s;
first eight aircraft – all B787-8s – delivered from mid-2012;
remaining seven B787-8s, along with 35 B787-9s, to follow from 2014, allowing
for the retirement of Qantas’ remaining B767-300ER fleet and providing for
international growth for Jetstar or Qantas; and
retain the ability to purchase up to 50 additional aircraft.
The Group’s first 15 B787s will be delivered to Jetstar for
international growth which will also enable the transfer of A330-200s from
Jetstar to Qantas and the retirement of Qantas B767-300ERs.
Jetstar will configure the B787-8 fleet for its low fare international
operations to accommodate 313 passengers in two classes that includes its
international business class, StarClass.
* delivery timeframes are based on current Boeing planning guidance and
may be subject to change.