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QANTAS to replace its Boeing 717s and Boeing 737-800s

QANTAS Airways, according to Reuters, is likely to issue a tender off to replace its Boeing 717s and Boeing 737-800s.

The airline was planning on an order in 2019 but COVID-19 pandemic delayed the decision.

QANTAS issued this statement:

Qantas has entered the final stages of a formal tender process with aircraft and engine manufacturers for the long-term renewal of its domestic narrow-body fleet.

The program, which has been flagged previously, will see more than 100 new aircraft enter the national carrier’s domestic fleet by 2034, renewing the Boeing 737-800s and Boeing 717s that currently form the backbone of its domestic jet operations.

Deliveries would start from the end of 2023 but the Group would retain significant flexibility to make adjustments depending on market conditions.

The aircraft being considered are the Boeing 737 MAX family and Airbus A320neo family, as well as the smaller Embraer E-Jet E2 family and the Airbus A220.

The tender process includes detailed evaluation of the aircraft against four key criteria: safety, reliability and performance, sustainability and emissions reduction, and commercial terms.

Final decisions on preferred suppliers of aircraft and engines are expected to be made by the end of 2021 followed by firm orders by mid-2022.

CEO COMMENTS

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, who is meeting Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and engine manufacturers at the International Air Transport Association AGM in Boston this week, said determining the jets that would serve Qantas Domestic for the next two decades was a key milestone for the Group.

“We’re calling this Project Winton, after the birthplace of Qantas in outback Queensland, because this is a foundational decision for the future of our domestic operations,” Mr Joyce said.

“All of the next-generation aircraft we’re considering have the potential to drive big improvements in trip cost and overall efficiency, and they’re great platforms for delivering a better premium service to our customers.

“Not only will these aircraft deliver a step change in reducing fuel burn and carbon emissions by up to around 15 per cent, we’re talking to each of the manufacturers about how we can accelerate the development and use of sustainable aviation fuels for our domestic flying.

“This is a long-term renewal plan with deliveries and payments spread over 10 years, starting in FY23, but the equally long lead time means we need to make these decisions soon.

“COVID has had a devastating impact on the aviation industry and there aren’t many airlines around the world in a position to place orders for new aircraft. We still have our own repair work to do, but we know travel demand will rebound quickly and right now we’re in a strong position to secure the best possible deal at very good prices.

“The aircraft we’re considering have been in service for several years, which gives us the confidence that they’ve gone through rigorous troubleshooting by the time they enter our fleet. They’re new, but they are known quantities.”

Mr Joyce said as the airline’s network consists of flying between large capital cities as well to smaller cities and regional centres it’s likely a combination of larger and smaller aircraft types would be ordered.

“Our approach is always to have the right aircraft on the right route, which really means balancing the size of the aircraft with the demand in each market. The mix of aircraft we’re considering means we’ll have more operational flexibility, which for customers translates into more direct routes to smaller regional centres and more choice of flights throughout the day.

“At the other end of the spectrum, we’ll be picking up where we left off with our direct flights to London and New York as part of Project Sunrise, which we hope will start operating in 2024/25.”

OTHER FLEET

The Qantas Group has an existing order for 109 Airbus A320/A321 aircraft, which will predominantly be used to renew Jetstar’s exiting fleet of A320 aircraft. The first neo is due to be delivered in the second half of calendar year 2022 with deliveries through to end of the decade.

Three additional 787-9 Dreamliners for Qantas International will be delivered from FY23 onwards.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

Current fleet

Boeing 737-800

  • 75 aircraft in the fleet
  • 174 seats – 12 Business, 162 Economy
  • Current fleet age is between 7 to 19 years old
  • 4,800km range
  • Operated on routes ranging from Melbourne-Sydney to Brisbane-Perth
  • CFM engines

The B737-800s have been the workhorse of Qantas’ domestic operation for the past 20 years, with fantastic reliability and a product that customers love. The most recent aircraft arrived in 2014 so the 737-800 will continue to fly for Qantas well into the next decade.

Boeing 717

  • 20 aircraft in the fleet (mix of two and single class)
  • Two configurations:
    • Dual class with 110 seats – 12 Business, 98 Economy
    • Single class with 125 Economy seats
  • Current fleet age is from 15 to 22 years old
  • 2,408km range
  • Operated on routes such as Brisbane-Canberra and Hobart-Melbourne
  • Rolls Royce Deutschland BR-715 engines

The B717s have provided Qantas with the flexibility to service many segments of the domestic market, including regional routes, fly in fly out operations or more frequencies to capital cities.

AIRCRAFT BEING EVALUATED

Note: Aircraft information has been sourced from manufacturers’ websites. Specifications are indicative only and not reflective of the specifications of any potential aircraft order by Qantas.

Boeing 737 MAX family

  • Consists of the MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 9 and MAX 10
  • Seats range from 138 to 204 seats for two-class configurations
  • 6,100km to 7,130km range
  • Reduces fuel use and CO2 emissions by 14 per cent compared to the 737-800NG
  • 40 per cent quieter than the 737-800NG
  • CFM International LEAP-1B engines

Airbus A320 family

  • Includes the Airbus A320neo and A321neo
  • A320neo seats – from 150 to 180 for a two-class configuration. 6,300km range
  • A321neo seats – from 180 to 220 for a two-class configuration. 7,400km range
  • The A320neo family offers fuel improvements of 14 per cent from A320ceos
  • 50 per cent quieter than the A320ceos
  • Two engine options-Pratt and Whitney PurePower PW1100G and CFM International LEAP-1A

Airbus A220

  • Specifically designed for the 100-150 seat market
  • 25 per cent lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation aircraft, half the noise footprint, and decreased emissions
  • Up to 6,390km range
  • Pratt and Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines

Embraer E-Jet E2 family

  • E190-E2 seats up to 114 for a single-class configuration. Range is 5,278km
  • E195-E2 seats up to 146 for a single-class configuration. Range is 4,815km
  • Achieves double digit lower fuel consumption compared to current-generation Embraer jets
  • Pratt and Whitney PurePower PW1700G engines

All QANTAS Link jet aircraft to have inflight entertainment

QANTAS Airways Group made this announcement:

QantasLink’s jet aircraft are set to receive an A-list upgrade with the regional airline to progressively roll out inflight entertainment streamed to customers’ own devices from the end of September onwards.

For the first time customers traveling on more than 50 Boeing 717, Fokker 100, Airbus A320 and Alliance Airline’s Embraer E190 aircraft will soon be able to stream more than 2,500 hours of premiere movies including Cruella and Black Widow, binge-worthy TV series such as Billions and Mare of Easttown and audiobooks via the Qantas Entertainment app to their own personal device.

Customers will also have access to more content through streaming partner Stan, including exclusive TV shows and Stan Original films.

The entertainment upgrade begins on one of QantasLink’s A320 aircraft this week, with the streaming technology to be progressively installed across all QantasLink jet aircraft by the second half of 2022.

Inflight entertainment via the Qantas Entertainment App is currently offered on QantasLink’s dual-cabin 717 aircraft and the Qantas 737 and A330 fleets that fly domestically. The 737s and domestic A330s also feature free, high-speed WiFi.

The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store and Google Play prior to departure. Additionally, inflight entertainment can be accessed via a browser for anyone who does not have the app loaded on their device.

Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said when the roll out was complete, inflight entertainment would be available on up to 180 Qantas and QantasLink aircraft.

QANTAS Link to launch flights from Brisbane to the Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine)

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

Queenslanders will have more travel options to the world-famous Whitsundays with QANTAS Link launching direct flights from Brisbane to the Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) for the first time in seven years.

From September 17, 2021, QANTAS Link will operate up to seven weekly return flights between Proserpine and Brisbane with its 74-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft, adding more than 1000 seats on the route each week.

It follows the new routes QANTAS Link commenced from Brisbane to Albury and Cooma earlier this week. Between QANTAS, QANTAS Link and Jetstar, the Group has now launched more than 45 new routes since international borders closed, around half of which are into Queensland.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the new route would create stronger connections to the popular tourism destination.

The new Brisbane-Proserpine service will complement Jetstar flights to the Whitsunday Coast from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

QANTAS expands its E190 relationship with Alliance Airlines

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

  • Qantas expands deal with Alliance Airlines for additional capacity using Embraer E190 jets
  • More services for Adelaide-Canberra route announced today; others to follow
  • Jetstar Airways redeploys more aircraft from Singapore

The Qantas Group is preparing for continued growth in domestic travel demand, with additional aircraft to be made available for Qantas and Jetstar flying.

Additional E190s for QantasLink

The national carrier has announced an expansion of its three-year deal with Alliance Airlines, which provides QantasLink with capacity using Alliance’s Embraer E190 regional jet aircraft and the flexibility to respond to changing market conditions.

The expanded agreement will see the airline increase its options under this deal from 14 jet aircraft to a total of 18. Of this, three are already flying with another five to enter service by October. The E190s will be painted in QantasLink livery and are part of Qantas growing its domestic capacity to at least 107 per cent of pre-COVID levels in FY22.

The first of the 94-seat E190 jets started flying on the QantasLink network last month. The jet’s five-hour range makes it well suited to linking regional centres with smaller capital cities. The introduction of E190s also frees up Qantas’ Boeing 737 aircraft to be redeployed across the domestic network, enabling the airline to launch a number of new routes and add frequencies on existing ones.

Canberra-Adelaide is the latest route to benefit from additional flights made possible by the E190, with frequencies to double from nine per week to 18 per week from mid-July.

Jetstar

Jetstar boosts its Australian-based A320 fleet

Demand for low-cost leisure travel remains strong due to closed international borders and structural changes in Australia’s aviation market. As a result, Jetstar’s Australian domestic network is set to grow to 120 per cent of its pre-COVID schedule in FY22.

To help meet the increased demand, three Airbus A320 aircraft will be temporarily redeployed from Jetstar Asia in Singapore while international travel in the region faces a slower recovery.

These aircraft join the six Airbus A320 aircraft on loan to Jetstar Airways from Jetstar Japan and up to five Boeing 787-8 aircraft set to operate domestically until international travel resumes (previously announced).

CEO COMMENTS

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said:

“Since travel demand started to recover about a year ago, our strategy has been to think creatively about how we use our fleet to add capacity back in, generate revenue and get more of our people back to work. That’s why we now have 787s flying domestically and A320s on loan from Jetstar airlines in Asia.

“Expanding our long-standing relationship with Alliance gives us access to a different aircraft type without spending any capital. The E190 is perfect for connecting capital cities and regional centres. Its size, range and economics have already let us start seven new routes that wouldn’t have worked with our existing fleet.

“When you combine our fleet, network, loyalty program, lounges, and the fact we offer both full service and low fare travel options, it puts the Group in a good position to deliver for the traveling public as we emerge from COVID.

“Victoria represents about 20 per cent of our total network and with restrictions in Melbourne easing and as borders start to reopen, we expect to see a quick rebound in travel demand just as we have in other cities when lockdowns ended. Our forward bookings certainly suggest that’s going to be the case.”

QANTAS adds seven new routes and puts its Dreamliners on domestic routes

VH-ZNI

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

Qantas customers can now book seven new domestic routes and travel on more widebody aircraft between major capital cities to help meet strong demand for domestic travel across Australia.

The new routes – Townsville to Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney, Adelaide to Cairns/Hobart, Sydney-Uluru and Perth-Gold Coast – provide direct connections and reduce travel time for customers. They bring the total number of routes Qantas and Jetstar have added since the start of the pandemic to 45.

Five of the routes will be operated by Embraer E190 regional jets as part of QantasLink’s partnership with Alliance Airlines. The first Qantas flights operated by the 94-seat E190s took off on May 25 between Adelaide, Darwin and Alice Springs.

Customers will also see more widebody aircraft with Business Suites on flights between the East Coast capital cities into Perth and Darwin.

Usually used for long haul international flights including Perth-London, the 236-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will begin operating up to nine Sydney to Perth flights per week.

Widebody Qantas Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which serviced international routes into Asia, will operate on more flights into Darwin from Sydney and Brisbane, and also into Perth from Sydney and Melbourne. These will be added to the A330s already flying on east-west routes.

The additional flying will see Qantas’ capacity exceed 100 per cent of pre-COVID levels in the coming months and the Group’s market share around 70 per cent.

NEW ROUTES

Route Start Date Return flights per week Aircraft
Adelaide – Townsville August 2021 3 per week E190
Adelaide – Cairns August 2021 4 per week E190
Adelaide – Hobart September 2021 Up to 7 per week E190
Sydney – Townsville September 2021 7 per week E190
Melbourne – Townsville September 2021 7 per week E190
Perth – Gold Coast September 2021 3 per week B737
Sydney – Uluru March 2022 5 per week B737

The new flights add to Jetstar’s existing services across six of the routes, providing a range of travel options for Qantas Group customers.

 

ADDITIONAL WIDEBODY FLYING

Route Added or upgauged flights Aircraft Total weekly flights (all aircraft)
Sydney-Perth Up to 9 per week 787 Dreamliner 34
Up to 4 per week A330
Melbourne-Perth Up to 24 per week A330 37
Sydney-Darwin Up to 7 per week A330 12
Brisbane-Darwin Up to 3 per week A330 9

 

QANTAS GROUP ROUTES ANNOUNCED OR COMMENCED FLYING FROM JULY 2020

Route Airline
Sydney-Byron Bay Qantas
Brisbane-Tamworth Qantas
Sydney-Orange Qantas
Canberra-Gold Coast Qantas
Brisbane-Port Macquarie Qantas
Perth-Hobart Qantas
Canberra-Sunshine Coast Qantas
Canberra-Cairns Qantas
Hobart-Gold Coast Jetstar
Sydney-Merimbula Qantas
Brisbane-Hobart Qantas
Sydney-Launceston Qantas
Sydney-Mildura Qantas
Canberra-Hobart Qantas
Melbourne-Sunshine Coast Qantas
Melbourne-Newcastle Qantas
Melbourne-Merimbula Qantas
Sydney-Griffith Qantas
Melbourne-Mount Gambier Qantas
Adelaide-Mount Gambier Qantas
Melbourne-Wagga Wagga Qantas
Melbourne-Albury Qantas
Melbourne-Hamilton Island Jetstar
Perth-Onslow Qantas
Melbourne-Coffs Harbour Qantas
Brisbane-Coffs Harbour Qantas
Canberra-Ballina (Byron Bay) Qantas
Gold Coast-Auckland Qantas
Sydney-Hervey Bay Jetstar
Brisbane-Albury Qantas
Brisbane-Cooma (Snowy Mountains) Qantas
Sydney-Cooma (Snowy Mountains) Qantas
Melbourne-Burnie Qantas
Canberra-Darwin Qantas
Adelaide-Gold Coast Qantas
Cairns-Newcastle Jetstar
Melbourne-Busselton Jetstar
Auckland-Cairns Qantas

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNI (msn 66073) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 947836.

QANTAS aircraft slide show:

QANTAS to use five Embraer 190s from Alliance Airlines at Adelaide

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

  • Qantas to activate a further five E190 jets
  • Aircraft to be based in Adelaide, creating hundreds of jobs
  • New routes, extra 1 million seats in and out of Adelaide

Adelaide will be the home of five Embraer E190 aircraft as Qantas continues to boost domestic flights in response to growing leisure and corporate travel demand.

The E190s are 94-seat jets with a five-hour range which are being deployed on Qantas’ network as part of a three-year deal with Alliance Airlines. The deal provides the national carrier with the capacity provided by up to 14 jet aircraft, depending on market conditions. This announcement brings the number of aircraft activated as part of the agreement to eight.

The aircraft will be painted in QantasLink livery and will help Qantas to grow its domestic capacity to 107 per cent of pre-COVID levels in FY22.  Jetstar is expected to reach 120 per cent of its pre-COVID capacity as the only dedicated low cost carrier in Australia and the uptick in local leisure demand.

Note: The aircraft will be operated by Alliance Airlines.

NETWORK

The decision means Qantas will launch a new Adelaide-Gold Coast service in time for the winter school holidays.

From June 25, 2021, South Australians will be able to fly direct to the Gold Coast with Qantas, with four return services per week, increasing to daily during school holiday peaks. To celebrate the launch Qantas is offering special fares from $149 one-way*.

A number of additional routes from Adelaide will be announced in the coming weeks.

Qantas will also begin flying between Darwin and Canberra using E190 aircraft from June 21, 2021.

The two new routes bring the total number Qantas and Jetstar have announced since the start of the pandemic to 38, responding to the fact more Australians are holidaying domestically.

The five E190 aircraft can carry almost 1 million additional passengers to-and-from Adelaide each year.

The use of E190s will also free up Qantas’ Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be redeployed across the domestic network. All Qantas domestic crew have returned to flying.

Qantas is also today announcing a number of capacity increases for South Australia, including an additional daily return flight from Adelaide to Sydney and Melbourne.

The national carrier will also more than double services between Adelaide and Mt Gambier from five to 12 flights per week from July 1, 2021.

Route Map – June 2020:

Top Copyright Photo:

QANTAS to recommence direct flights from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

QANTAS will recommence direct flights from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast following the announcement of the border opening between Queensland and Victoria.

From December 17, 2020, the flying kangaroo will operate a daily service with passengers arriving on the Sunshine Coast at lunchtime.

The seasonal service will run to January 31, 2021 and will be the first time in three years that Qantas has flown on the route. The flights will be operated by a two-class Boeing 717 aircraft, offering more than 1500 seats each week. The airline will look to extend the service if there is strong demand.

Photo: QANTAS Link.

QANTAS will also restart flights from Sydney to Maroochydore on December 1, 2020 with five services a week, increasing to daily flights from December 18, 2020. Jetstar will also recommence services to Maroochydore operating up 44 flights a week from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

QANTAS also last week launched a new route between Sunshine Coast and Canberra, operating three times per week – the first time QANTAS landed in the Sunshine Coast since March.

The Aviation Recovery Fund has so far supported 18 services to get back into the air to generate more than $66.1 million in overnight visitor spending for regional Queensland economies and support 536 jobs.

 

Nordic Aviation Capital delivers one De Havilland Dash 8-400, MSN 4231, to Cobham Aviation Services, 717s to be moved to QANTAS Group

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has confirmed that it has delivered one De Havilland Dash 8-400, MSN 4231, to Cobham Aviation Services on lease. NAC is delighted to welcome Cobham Aviation Services as a new customer.

In other news, the QANTAS Group will bring the operation of its fleet of Boeing 717 aircraft within the Group, after reaching an agreement with Cobham Aviation Services.

Cobham has operated QantasLink’s 20 Boeing 717 aircraft for the past 15 years, predominantly on regional routes across Australia, through National Jet Systems.

Photo: YSSYguy.

National Jet Systems, which holds the air operator certificate for the Boeing 717s and is the employing entity for around 380 employees operating the Boeing 717s, will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the QANTAS Group.

The terms of the agreement are commercial in confidence, however it is not material for QANTAS and replaces a 10 year contract for services signed in 2016. The transition is on track to be completed in the coming months.

As with most aviation employees in Australia, the majority of the Cobham employees who are part of the QantasLink Boeing 717 operation are temporarily stood down due to the reduction in fights from the Coronavirus. This will remain the case until travel restrictions are lifted and demand returns.

Cobham will continue to operate four dedicated freighters for QANTAS Freight, which predominantly deliver overnight mail and parcels.

QANTASLink to fly between Orange and Sydney

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

QANTAS will begin flights between Orange and Sydney, bringing much needed competition to the skies of Central West NSW.

From May 1, 2020, QANTASLink will fly 11 return flights between Orange and Sydney on a mix of Bombardier Q300 and Q200 aircraft adding more than 45,000 seats on the route each year.

Orange is QANTAS’ 13th destination in NSW after Sydney, Albury, Armidale, Ballina (Byron Bay), Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Lord Howe Island, Moree, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.

QANTAS Domestic Route Map

QANTAS Link resumes flights between Cairns and Port Moresby

QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-QOD (msn 4123) BNE (Ton Jochems). Image: 946143.

QANTAS Group has made this announcement:

QantasLink is again making it easier for customers to travel between Cairns and Port Moresby with the return of daily flights between the two cities on March 31.

Photo: Nick D.

QantasLink has resumed the service after a resurgence in customer demand, offering around 1,000 seats per week on its 74-seat Q400 aircraft. The service, which QantasLink had operated until 2016, complements Qantas’ existing daily services between Brisbane and Port Moresby.

Flights will depart Cairns at 9:55am arriving in Port Moresby at 11:55am each day. The return flight will depart Port Moresby at 12:30pm, landing back in Cairns at 2:20pm.