Qantas have trimmed their order for Boeing 787-8
s for Jetstar to 14 frames, down by 1, while at the same time announcing a renewed domestic push with the leasing of 5 more Boeing 717
s and the purchase of 3 more Bombardier Q400
On top of the 14 787s remaining on order for Jetstar, Qantas retains the
option to buy up to 50 more Dreamliners in either the 787-8 or
stretched 787-9 variant for delivery from 2016, to be shared between the
Jetstar and Qantas fleets.
The new domestic aircraft are tipped for work in the mining rich regions of Queensland and Western Australia on both FIFO and RPT services.
In what is a clear competitve response to the announcement by Virgin
Australia it is seeking to grow its regional airline portfolio through
the acquisition of Skywest, the additional Boeing 717s and Bombardier
Q400s will support Qantas’s defensive position on thinner regional
routes, particularly in Western Australia. Qantas’s existing 717 fleet
is operated for QantasLink by Cobham.
Read more on these fleet announcements from either Australian Aviation HERE
or Australian Business Traveller HERE
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