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Qantas has firmed an order for six additional Boeing 787-9s to retire its last six Boeing 747s.
The new order brings its fleet of Dreamliners to 14 by the end of 2020.
The Boeing 747s has been with Qantas in various forms since 1971 and its retirement is going to coincide with Qantas’ centenary in 2020.
“The 787 has better economics and a longer range, and its already opened up new routes like Perth to London. With a larger fleet of Dreamliners, we’ll be looking at destinations in the Americas, Asia, South Africa and Europe.” said the Qantas CEO Joyce.
“By the end of 2020 we’ll have farewelled the 747, finished upgrading the cabins of our A380s, and welcomed our fourteenth 787. That’s a great proposition for our customers and creates some really exciting opportunities for our people,” added Mr Joyce.
To date, Qantas has taken delivery of four 787-9s with a further four due to arrive by the end of 2018. The six announced today will arrive between late 2019 and mid-to-late 2020.
There are currently ten 747-400s left in the fleet and these will be steadily retired between July this year and the end of 2020.