The Qantas Group has announced several major fleet decisions that will reshape its international and domestic networks.
Internationally, 12 Airbus A350-1000s will be ordered to operate non-stop flights from Australia to other cities including New York and London. These aircraft will feature market-leading passenger comfort in each travel class with services scheduled to start by the end of calendar 2025 from Sydney.
Domestically, Qantas will start the renewal of its narrow-body jets with firm orders for 20 Airbus A321XLRs and 20 A220-300s as its Boeing 737s and 717s are gradually retired. The first of these aircraft will start to arrive in late 2023.
All of these next-generation aircraft aim to improve how people travel around Australia and overseas, through lower emissions, less noise, longer range and better economics.
Tyranny of distance
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “New types of aircraft make new things possible. That’s what makes this announcement so significant for the national carrier and for a country like Australia where air travel is crucial.
“Throughout our history, the aircraft we’ve flown have defined the era we’re in. The 707 introduced the jet age, the 747 democratised travel and the A380 brought a completely new level of comfort. The A350 will make any city just one flight away from Australia. It’s the last frontier and the final fix for the tyranny of distance.”
“These newer aircraft and engines will reduce emissions by at least 15 per cent if running on fossil fuels, and significantly better when run on Sustainable Aviation Fuel. This order brings us closer to our commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.”