Commercial Aviation

Qantas Group to upgrade its fleet of Airbus and Boeing

a299a18d9ed0b73adb6bbac897790573The Qantas Group today announced it would upgrade its entire fleet of Airbus A330s and order new Boeing 737-800s to drive its strategy in the international and domestic markets.

Beginning in late 2014, the Group will reconfigure the interior of 10 Airbus A330-300s and 20 A330-200s with a new flat seat in business class, refreshed economy cabin and a new inflight entertainment offering.

The A330-300s will be operated by Qantas International on its network between Australia and Asia, while the A330-200s will be operated by Qantas Domestic on routes between the east coast and Perth – enabling the final retirement of the Group’s Boeing 767s.

The Group will also purchase five additional Boeing 737-800 aircraft for Qantas Domestic (for delivery during 2014) and extend the leases on two existing B737-800s this year.

The A330 reconfiguration program and the additional B737-800 orders do not affect the Group’s planned capital expenditure of $1.6 billion in 2012/13 and $1.5 billion in 2013/14.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the updated fleet plan matched the Group’s strategic priorities.

“We continue to invest in transforming Qantas International and strengthening the profitable Qantas Domestic business,” Mr Joyce said.

 “We know that fleet renewal is vital to customer satisfaction and we are confident that these steps will help us remain the airline of choice for domestic business travellers.

“There will also be cost savings, because the A330 and B737-800 are more fuel-efficient and require less frequent heavy maintenance than older aircraft types. Together with our recent announcement of orders for five additional Boeing 717 aircraft and three additional Bombardier Q400s for regional operations, the changes we’ve outlined today will ensure that we have the right fleet in every part of the international and domestic market.”

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