Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 will replace Qantas’ A330 and A380

Australian airline announced new orders for 24 widebodies, with deliveries starting in 2027

Qantas, Australia’s largest airline, has announced a new order for widebodies from Boeing and Airbus, which includes 787 Dreamliner and A350 models.

With Boeing, Qantas closed an order for eight 787-10 and four 787-9, which will join another 14 Dreamliners already in service, all -9 versions.

While having a shorter range than the 787-9 (6,330 nautical miles versus 7,565 nautical miles), the 787-10 will offer more seats.

Airbus, in turn, received an order for 12 A350-1000, the largest variant of the advanced widebody. Qantas had already closed a similar order for the aircraft, but which will be used in Project Sunrise, which aims to implement ultra-long-range flights to destinations in the US and Europe.

Qantas A350-1000 fleet will reach 24 aircraft (Airbus)

Deliveries of the new orders are expected to begin in 2027. The 787 and A350 will replace most of the A330s currently in service.

Widebodies are also expected to be used to retire the A380 from 2032. Qantas has returned seven of the double-deck aircraft to service in 2023 amid a resumption of demand for long-haul air travel.

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Qantas announced its first full annual profit since 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic.

“These results show a substantial turnaround in both our finances and service over the past year,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.


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