Qantas plans main narrowbody, widebody aircraft orders in 2022

  • Needs greater than 100 planes to interchange 737-800s, 717s
  • To choose most popular suppliers in December, order subsequent 12 months
  • Expects to additionally order A350s for Sydney-London flights

SYDNEY, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) expects to order greater than 100 narrowbody and regional planes subsequent 12 months in addition to widebodies able to the world’s longest industrial flights from Sydney to London, its chief govt stated.

Qantas plans to pick the popular provider to interchange its ageing fleet of 75 Boeing Co (BA.N) 737-800s and 20 717s in December, CEO Alan Joyce stated in a digital press briefing on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual assembly in Boston.

“It is only once in a generation you go through a major fleet renewal like this,” he informed reporters. “This is a really strategic decision for our future.”

The orders could be value billions of {dollars} and supply a lift to plane producers that minimize manufacturing throughout the pandemic at a time when many airways, together with Qantas, postponed deliveries as a consequence of decrease demand.

Qantas will place a agency order for the planes by mid-2022, with deliveries anticipated from late 2023 to 2034, Joyce added.

The choices into account embrace the Boeing 737 MAX, Airbus SE (AIR.PA) A320neo household, the A220 and Embraer SA’s (EMBR3.SA) E-Jet E2 household, Qantas stated, confirming an earlier Reuters report. learn extra

The airline stated the brand new planes would cut back gasoline burn and carbon emissions by round 15% and it might additionally work with the producers on accelerating using sustainable aviation gasoline in a bid to fulfill a goal of internet zero emissions by 2050.

Qantas can also be trying so as to add to its long-haul fleet because it begins to get better from the pandemic. The airline final 12 months postponed plans to order as much as 12 Airbus A350 jets able to Sydney-London and Sydney-New York flights, however Joyce stated the widebody order is again on the agenda.

“We’re hoping in early 2022 we can make a call on it,” he stated. “So the decision could happen at the same time (as the domestic fleet) or maybe even slightly ahead,”

The ultra-long haul flights may begin in 2024 or 2025, he added.

Qantas additionally has an current order for 109 A320neo household jets, which it stated will primarily be used to interchange price range arm Jetstar’s fleet of A320 plane.

The first aircraft from that order is because of be delivered within the second half of 2022, with the rest to be acquired by the top of the last decade, it stated in a press release.

Reporting by Jamie Freed; modifying by Richard Pullin

Qantas aircraft are seen on the tarmac at Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Australia, November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo