- 737-800s, 717s . More than 100 planes are needed to replace
- To select preferred suppliers in December, order next year
- Also expected to order A350s for Sydney-London flights
SYDNEY, Oct 5 (Businesshala) – Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) expects to order over 100 narrowbody and regional aircraft next year, as well as widebody capable of the world’s longest commercial flights from Sydney to London , its chief executive said.
Qantas plans to select the preferred supplier to replace its old fleet of 75 Boeing Company (BA.N) 737-800s and 20 717s in December, CEO Alan Joyce said on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). said in a virtual press briefing. ) annual meeting in Boston.
“It’s only once in a generation that you go through a major fleet renovation like this,” he told reporters. “It’s a really strategic decision for our future.”
The orders would be worth billions of dollars and boost aircraft manufacturers who cut production during the pandemic, at a time when many airlines, including Qantas, postponed deliveries due to low demand.
Joyce said Qantas will place a firm order for the planes by mid-2022, with deliveries expected from late 2023 to 2034.
Options under consideration include the Boeing 737 MAX, Airbus SE’s (AIR.PA) A320neo family, A220 and Embraer SA’s (EMBR3.SA) E-Jet E2 family, Qantas said, confirming an earlier Businesshala report.
The airline said the new planes will reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions by about 15% and will also work with manufacturers to accelerate the use of sustainable aviation fuels to meet its goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
Qantas is also looking to join its long-haul fleet as it begins to recover from the pandemic. The airline last year shelved plans to order 12 Airbus A350 jets capable of Sydney-London and Sydney-New York flights, but Joyce said widebody orders are back on the agenda.
“We’re hoping that in early 2022 we can take a call on this,” he said. “So the decision could be at the same time (as the domestic fleet) or maybe even a little further,”
He said ultra-long haul flights could start in 2024 or 2025.
Qantas also has an existing order for 109 A320neo family jets, which are said to be used primarily to replace budget arm Jetstar’s fleet of A320 planes.
The first aircraft from that order is to be delivered in the second half of 2022, with the remainder to be received by the end of the decade, it said in a statement.