Qantas Airways announced to retire its Boeing 747 from the San Francisco-Sydney route on December 4, 2019.
It will replace the 353-seat 747 with a brand new 236-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for its daily service between the two cities.
The change is timed with the phased delivery of the airline’s six additional Dreamliners that gradually replaces the Boeing 747 aircraft on Qantas’ international network by the end of 2020.
Qantas currently has eight 787-9s in its fleet, with a further six arriving from October 2019, bringing the total fleet of Dreamliners to 14 in the second half of 2020.
The arrival of the new aircraft is enabling the airline to accelerate retirement of its remaining Boeing 747s.