Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce last week said the airline had acted quickly to conserve cash, hitting pause on almost all capital and operating expenditure as well as implementing employee stand-downs, and raising $1.6 billion in loans against ten of its Boeing 787-9s as it weathers the coronavirus storm. "There is a potential to bring all 12 (A380s) back (into service), but there is a potential to bring less than 12 back," Joyce says of the airline's flagship jets. There are currently ten 747 … The market will probably be smaller for some time. When I'm not on my normal round-the-world business class holiday, I'm flying premium economy. third MIAMI – Due to the dramatic plunge in air passenger demand, Qantas Airways (QF) pauses Airbus and Boeing aircraft deliveries for the rest of the year. "There's a lot we don't know about life on the other side of the crisis, but our starting assumption has to be that the market won't return to demand levels we had going into the crisis. Qantas will defer the delivery of its last three Boeing 787-9 aircraft due to arrive by the end of this year, which would have seen the Dreamliner fleet top out at 14 and allow the retirement of the Boeing 747s – although the now-grounded jumbo jets are now less likely to be put out to pasture than simply not return to the skies at all. Here are the best watches of the year: should you care? Journalist - Working in news media for over a decade with outlets including 9News and the Discovery Channel, Nick is an airline marketing specialist with a Masters level education. In a move to shore up cash and help prolong the life of the firm, Qantas has decided to defer deliveries of four new aircraft from both Airbus and Boeing. The first of 18 A321LRs were due to be used on domestic routes (such as between Sydney and Melbourne, currently operated by A320-200s). Find out what makes the Qantas Dreamliner 787-9 the most advanced long-haul aircraft of its type anywhere in the world, flying non-stop from Perth to London. "The Boeing 787 is an excellent aircraft and remains an important part of our future" said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. JQ pulled the 787 MEL-SIN route. Qantas was going to use the Boeing 787-9s in its mainline full-service carrier (Qantas) to operate flights to Europe (from Perth) and the USA. Additionally, the A321LR would have facilitated more flights to tropical destinations such as Bali. Or operate smaller thin routes that are growing in popularity, like Auckland to Cairns for New Zealand tourists. As borders come down, where can you travel across Australia? Login now. Whether or not it will be enough for them to accept the delivery of these new aircraft in 2021 remains to be seen. These last three 787s would have filled QF’s order of 14 total 787s, but QF will not … Based in Sydney, Australia. As the Qantas A330s don't have a Premium Economy cabin, I won't book them and will book with someone who does, like Japan Airlines. Three Qantas 787s are now in Victorville, VH-ZNM, VH-ZNL, and VH-ZNN ferried in that order, the third without all its paint. 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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis. Likewise, with the Qantas order, the Jetstar order is not needed as even now the carrier has its 787 fleets grounded and doesn’t need these new aircraft. More comfortable than competitors' 9-abreast A330 and probably cheaper per seat as well. Qantas has told Airbus and Boeing that it will not be accepting any aircraft deliveries this year, pushing its new arrivals till 2021. Qantas will be taking delivery of their first of eight Boeing 787-9 aircraft in about a year, which they’ll eventually use to replace their existing 747 aircraft. I believe the XLR was slated to be doing SYD/MEL to DPS in the initial announcement. Title: Qantas B787-9 (Dreamliner) Seat map Created Date: 12/12/2019 8:11:36 AM These are tentative delivery dates, they could change. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Qantas is playing this as if it were a poker hand. Still, as it wouldn’t have had to pay until the aircraft were handed over and touched down in Australia, it pushed the physical deliveries until next year. The six announced today will arrive between late 2019 and mid-to-late 2020. Be in the know. Hi Guest, join in the discussion on Qantas hits pause on new Boeing 787, Airbus A321neo jets, Executive Traveller is published by Business Travel Media Pty Ltd, a corporate authorised credit representative (#515763) of MGS FINANCIAL PTY LIMITED (#337568). Qantas’s 100th anniversary 787 has been rolled out of Boeing’s paint shop in Seattle featuring logos from the airline’s founding in outback Queensland in 1920 to its latest effort celebrating its centenary. Up close with Qantas' brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner taking off from Melbourne Airport! Qantas chairwoman Margaret Jackson said the airline would fund the Boeing 787 purchases from the company’s operating cash flow. Perhaps the major issue is that Qantas would have a real problem finding and paying for somewhere to park them, so it's better to leave them with the manufacturers? Qantas will join other airlines around the world in pushing back on the delivery of new jets until the worst of the coronavirus has passed and the shape of the post-pandemic travel market is clearer. Resend one to yourself here. Photo: Qantas Three new Qantas Dreamliners have gone to Victorville. Qantas confirmed plans to defer delivery of their final 3 Boeing 787 … Qantas was due to receive three Boeing 787s and a single Airbus A321LR this year. Qantas has told Airbus and Boeing that it will not be accepting any aircraft deliveries this year, pushing its new arrivals till 2021. parties. Qantas’ carrier Jetstar also has the first of many Airbus A321LRs on order for 2020. ", Despite a forecasted "net cash burn rate of $40m a week by the end of June", Joyce said this was "a lot lower than most airlines around the globe, and we have a light at the end of the tunnel with domestic and trans-Tasman markets potentially opening up before any other markets. Boeing and Airbus are just dealers. Here are delivery dates for the first Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The Qantas Group has confirmed they will be halting deliveries of new aircraft indefinitely, citing the financial uncertainty of coronavirus-related travel impacts.. Qantas Airways. They still (normally) have the A320 DPS and PER SIN routes. The first of these additional 787-9s is due to arrive in late 2019, with a rapid delivery … In theory longer range than 78-9 but they may have been modified for shorter range work. What do you think? An eagle-eyed Jennifer Schuld spied the … ", Joyce told Executive Traveller that the airline would launch a sweeping review of its entire international fleet to reshape the airline around post-coronavirus travel demand, because "the Qantas of 2021 and 2022 will not be the Qantas of 2019.". Qantas says 87% of flyers willing to take COVID vaccine if required, Hilton Honors 2021 status match unlocks fast-track to Gold, Diamond, Virgin Australia reopens Perth, Gold Coast lounges, Review: the 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder is more fun to drive than a 911, 5 reasons you shouldn't bin your boarding passes, What to do when an airline cancels your flight, New ways for airlines to win your business. Should Qantas do this? Specifications of the Boeing 787-9 dreamliner Maximum take-off weight: 254,000 kg/560,000 lb: Wing span: 60.12 m/197.3 ft: Overall length: 62.81 m/208.1 ft Jetstar’s first Boeing 787-8 delivery was a special event as it marked not just the first Dreamliner for the low-cost airline, but also the first one for Australia. Financial prudence trumps factory-fresh planes as Qantas charts a course to, and through, air travel's uncertain future. This Dreamliner delivery in stark contrast to other 787-9 deliveries The under the radar delivery of VH-ZNN is in stark contrast to the hoopla surrounding earlier deliveries of the Dreamliners at Qantas. "But we do think there's still a good business case for it, and a good opportunity. The 787, the 929th built and Qantas… Last week, Simple Flying reported on a new Qantas 787 … But it could be worse, Australian carrier Virgin Australia has not been so lucky and has gone into voluntary administration. Qantas simply doesn’t need the Boeing 787-9s right now with demand so low. It will wait to see how other players lay down their fleet cards. But I might be wrong there. Gareth Evans, Qantas' CFO affirmed that the group's order of 50 Boeing 787-9s still exists – including both options and purchase rights – and that it was "looking forward to exercising those purchase rights and bringing those aircraft into the Qantas … And with the QF A330s not having a Premium cabin either, QF/JQ are losing a big mid-price market to other carriers. Please Support us by turning off your adblocker. As the carrier expected the arrival of three Boeing 787-9 by the end of 2020 and the first part of the 18 Airbus A321neo ordered from August 2020 until 2022, it announced that such delivery … When will Qantas reopen its international lounges? The Airbus A321LRs were destined for Qantas’ low-cost carrier Jetstar. Here's why airlines overbook Finally, after 97 years, Australian airline Qantas gets to fly the way it's always wanted. Talking point: have you given up on airport WiFi? Log in below. You'd think that Qantas have contracted to buy the aircraft and Boeing and Airbus have committed funds already to build them, so it's unlikely that Qantas will be totally off the financial hook. Qantas received the spanking new Boeing 787-9 in Victorville, California, on November the 13th, the delivery bringing its Dreamliner fleet up to 12. Qantas has three Boeing 787-9 aircraft on order to be delivered by Christmas 2020. Qantas has taken delivery of its fifth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with the factory-fresh aircraft touching down in Melbourne on Sunday evening. "That will depend on what the recovery scenario looks like.". AAP February 21, 2013 1:10pm It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to This could include fewer Airbus A380s, with the airline halting its refurbishment plan – only six of the 12 superjumbos have been upgraded with new business class seats and inflight lounges to free up cash in the short term, until it's determined how many A380s will be needed in this uncertain future. Qantas plans for potential 787 delay QANTAS says it has the flexibility to cope with any further delays to deliveries of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. I thought Jetstar did already pull out of SIN with QF flying there again through to LHR. Qantas’ newest 787 Dreamliner has rolled out of the paint shop at Boeing’s factory in Washington State today, wearing a special Centenary livery to celebrate the flying kangaroo’s 100th year in the skies. Or perhaps the Boeing and Airbus production lines have been hit pretty hard by the virus, so everyone is happy to negotiate a deferral? This is the only plane that Qantas has … The story just says 'it won't be taking delivery'. below, then click 'Submit'. Qantas has pushed back aircraft deliveries from Airbus and Boeing worth hundreds of millions of dollars as it rethinks its network and fleet needs during a long recovery from the … Following a ceremony Monday at Boeing’s Paine Field, Qantas Airways took delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner — one of eight such aircraft to be delivered by 2019. I find it odd that all the A321s have been ordered Economy only. The long-range jets, decked out in a 232 seat all-economy configuration, were earmarked for a mix of domestic and selected international routes such as Sydney to Bali, along with potential new low-cost corridors such as Melbourne-Fiji and Cairns-Auckland. Qantas has been struck by the virus and has been relying on government subsidies and taking out loans to survive the airline downturn. Qantas was due to receive three Boeing 787s and a single Airbus A321LR … interact with our community. The other 17 aircraft on order are due 2021 onwards. due to arrive by the end of this year, which, would have seen the Dreamliner fleet top out at 14 and. Find out more about the Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Watch a time-lapse video of the Dreamliner being assembled at the Boeing factory in Seattle Opens external site in a new window Seat maps Subscribe to our free newsletter and get the latest news, reviews, tips and more sent straight to your inbox, Qantas hits pause on new Boeing 787, Airbus A321neo jets. They were also going to allow the retirement of the Boeing 747 fleet. Already have an ET account? a mix of domestic and selected international routes such as Sydney to Bali, along with potential new low-cost corridors such as Melbourne-Fiji and Cairns-Auckland. A Qantas spokesman confirmed to Executive Traveller that the airline has advised Airbus and Boeing it won’t be taking delivery of any new aircraft in the short term. ", Read more: Coronavirus puts Qantas Project Sunrise on hold. Qantas will defer the delivery of its last three Boeing 787-9 aircraft due to arrive by the end of this year, which would have seen the Dreamliner fleet top out at 14 and allow the retirement of the Boeing 747s … If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address Registered VH-ZNE, Qantas says the aircraft … Luke interesting on how they are configured for range, but I'm sure airbus can make the adjustments. Qantas captain Lisa Norman and CEO Alan Joyce in the cockpit of the 787 Dreamliner during its delivery to the airline at the Boeing factory near Seattle. "It is hard to predict what the demand will look like and recovery is likely to be slow," Joyce admitted. 12 October 2017 (VH-ZNA) 1 December 2017 (VH-ZNB) Jetstar preceded Qantas by four … As it stands, the Boeing 747 fleet has been parked due to the aviation crisis, and the new routes have been put on the backburner. Look at Scoot, AirAsiaX, etc who all have one. We use ads to keep our content free. until the worst of the coronavirus has passed and the shape of the post-pandemic travel market is clearer. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link. 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I wonder whether the Qantas group will still be paying for the new aircraft. This route is currently served by Jetstar’s Boeing 787-8 fleet, which could be redeployed to destinations such as Hawaii or Japan. Qantas brings forward Boeing 787 deliveries by David Flynn | May 8, 2017 Qantas has brought forward the delivery of its second tranche of Boeing 787s, with all four of the Dreamliners now taking wing in … Qantas has brought forward the delivery of its second tranche of Boeing 787s, with all four of the Dreamliners now taking wing in the second half of 2018 to allow the launch of a second non-stop route … With the virus slowly winding down in Australia and New Zealand, there has been talk about reopening the borders between the two countries. Also put on ice: Jetstar's Airbus A321neo LR aircraft, the first of which was slated for delivery in August with all 18 streaming through by the middle of 2022. 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This article lists the orders and deliveries for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.As of … … We’ll send you an email to re-activate your account and enter a new password. Signing up with Executive Traveller only takes a second and lets you As reported by Executive Traveller, there were two different mission profiles for the two aircraft. Working closely with AirAsia, Virgin Australia, Turkish Airlines and others, Nick provides unique insight and analysis on a variety of aviation topics. Most of the airline's jets are already grounded, awaiting the gradual return of domestic travel, but international travel – barring the opening of a local 'bubbles' to the likes of New Zealand and other nearby Pacific islands – isn't expected to resume until 2021, while a stabilised 'new normal' may not arrive until 2023. 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The extra seating capacity would have boosted profits (232 seats on the A321LR vs 180 on the A320). Qantas will today announce an order for six more Boeing 787-9 jets, bringing the total red-tailed Dreamliner fleet to 14 in number. To date, Qantas has taken delivery of four 787-9s with a further four due to arrive by the end of 2018. Three new Qantas 787-9s have been ferried to Victorville in recent months. This would instantly stimulate the two economies (just in time for New Zealand’s ski season) and get Qantas’ aircraft back in the air. They are too long range to waste on most domestic routes, and the longer international routes mentioned all have a need for at least a Premium Economy zone. "We do think there is a huge potential for Project Sunrise but the time is not right now, given the impact that COVID-19 has had on world travel," Joyce reflected. Photo: Getty Images VH-ZNN quietly ferried to Victorville. 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