With a Qantas/Jetstar 787 Dreamliner not expected until late 2013 at the earliest the next best thing is bringing a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Australia for a promotional visit. The reason behind today’s event was the 91st anniversary of Qantas the main attraction was the Qantas 787 Dreamliner, Qantas also had on hand their factory fresh Boeing 737-800 that features a new business seat for this type of aircraft as well as Boeing’s Sky Interior. The day began out the front of Building C at Qantas in Mascot, where media, VIP and Staff were picked up for transport to Hanger 416 at the Qantas Jet Base. On arrival media and VIP guests mingled around the Boeing 787 Dreamliner before the formalities kicked off, after this there was a tour of the Dreamliner as well as factory fresh Boeing 737-800. A close-up of the tail of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner The tail of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner The setup in front of the Qantas 787 Dreamliner prior to the Qantas 91st Birthday speeches The front of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner The mighty wing and Rolls Royce Engine Dreamliner Logo pictured on the outside of the aircraft One of the two Rolls Royce Engines on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Qantas CEO Alan Joyce Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan Boeing 787 Vice President Mike Sinnett Following formalities Qantas CEO Alan Joyce (pictured on left), and Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan (Pictured on right) were presented composite window cutouts from the 787 Dreamliner, by Boeing 787 Vice President Mike Sinnett (Pictured in Center) The stairs up to enter the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, on the opposite side of the aircraft from where the Qantas/Jetstar media event was just held One of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner test engineers who was on hand to answer any questions, this guys was a wealth of information. The cockpit/flightdeck on board the Boeing 787 Dreamliner A plaque inside the Boeing 787 Dreamliner that reads: Certificate 787 Dreamliner Flight Crew Participant of the flight program of the 10th International Aviation and Space Salon Maks – 2011 Chairman of Organizing Committee Signed Khristenko Moscow, Zhukovsky, Airdrome “Ramensky” August 16-21, 2011
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 below: 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 Joyce said. “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 network. “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*: Qantas Group firm orders remain at 50 aircraft, comprising 15 B787-8s and 35 B787-9s; the first eight aircraft – all B787-8s – delivered from mid-2012; the 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 Qantas 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.