Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Qantas accelerates delivery of Boeing 787

MELBOURNE: Qantas Airways has brought forward its receipt of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliners by two years.

Qantas still has orders for 50 of the B787-8 series aircraft, but in a change to the order will receive the first eight from mid-2012, the company said in a statement on Wednesday, July 14.

The remaining seven B787-8 aircraft, and 35 B787-9 aircraft, will be delivered from 2014, replacing Qantas's B767-300ER fleet.

The first aircraft to be delivered will be used by Jetstar for international operations, Qantas said.

The announcement follows several delays in the launch of the Dreamliner, which seats between 230 and 330 passengers.

"Today's announcement confirms that the B787, with its new technologies and improved fuel efficiency, is still very much the right aircraft for both Qantas and Jetstar," Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said in the statement.

"It will be ideal for point-to-point flying on medium density routes, both short and long haul and will allow Jetstar to move into southern Europe as well as build on its Asian network.

"It will also be suitable for Qantas services into Asia, and even for high traffic routes on Qantas' domestic network.

"This is further confirmation that Qantas remains committed to growing both our airline brands by renewing our fleet and improving flexibility of our domestic and international operations."

The delivery timetables are based on current guidance from Boeing and may change, Qantas said. ' Bernama

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