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https://blueswandaily.com/qantas-to-be-worlds-first-a321p2f-operator/ August 12, 2019 Qantas announced (10-Aug-2019) plans to introduce up to three A321P2F aircraft to operate for Australia Post. The first aircraft is due to enter the fleet in Oct-2020 and Qantas stated it will be the first airline to operate an A321 freighter. The A321P2Fs will provide nine tonnes of additional capacity, an increase of nearly 50%, compared to Qantas’ existing Boeing 737 freighters. Qantas and Australia Post signed an expanded seven year domestic and international airfreight agreement valued at more than AUD1 billion (USD677 million) to provide Australia Post customers with access to Qantas Freight freighter aircraft, priority access to cargo capacity on Qantas and Jetstar Airways passenger services and capacity on Qantas’ partner airlines worldwide.
17th june 2019 Qantas is set to grow its network in the United States, with the national carrier confirming it will fly directly from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco upon approval of its joint business with American Airlines from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The new routes, to be operated by Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, are expected to launch by the end of April 2020 and will add more than 170,000 seats across the Pacific each year. The announcement follows the DOT’s tentative approval of the joint business between Qantas and American earlier this month. Seats are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks, pending final approval. Directly linking Australia and the third-largest US city for the first time, Qantas would operate the flights four times per week between Brisbane and Chicago. The city is one of American Airlines’ major hubs, giving Qantas customers access to 30 additional unique one-stop destinations from Australia. With the added gateway, Qantas customers will be able to connect to more than 200 onward destinations from Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth. The direct service from Brisbane will save customers flying between Australia and Chicago more than six hours of travel time on a return trip. The new three-times-per-week Brisbane to San Francisco service will complement Qantas’ existing flights from Sydney and Melbourne – meaning customers could choose from double daily Dreamliner services from Australia’s east coast to San Francisco. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the launch of 787 flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco would be a win for customers and tourism. “This is fantastic news for Queensland. It demonstrates the confidence that we have in the local tourism industry and our commitment to the Sunshine State,” said Mr Joyce. “This will give Qantas and American Airlines customers unprecedented access. These flights will make it one stop from Chicago to Hamilton Island or San Francisco to Townsville. “These new services will connect both Australian business travellers and holidaymakers with key centres of commerce, industry and culture in the United States. “I’d like to acknowledge the support of the Queensland Government, Brisbane Airport Corporation and Tourism Australia for helping to make these new Dreamliner routes a step closer to reality, and we will work together on joint marketing to showcase the State and boost tourism,” added Mr Joyce. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new routes would pump more than $150 million into the Queensland economy over the next three years. “As the world’s largest economy, the United States offers enormous potential for inbound tourism to Queensland,” the Premier said. “The launch of flights to San Francisco, and for the first time in the Qantas network Chicago as a gateway to the Midwest and east coast, represents a great opportunity for Queensland, one that is forecast to support more than 1,700 jobs over the next three years.” These new routes would see a total of 14 weekly services between Brisbane and the US, including the daily 787 Brisbane to Los Angeles service that continues to New York. Qantas expanded its International Brisbane Lounge by 25 percent this year in response to the popularity of flights from Brisbane. ‘LONGREACH’ ORIGINS HONOURED As a tribute to the airline’s Queensland roots, Qantas also confirmed today that one of its new 787 Dreamliner aircraft to be delivered later this year will be named Longreach. “As we count down to our centenary and retire our extended range 747 aircraft, which all feature the iconic Longreach name, we’re proud to continue its legacy on one of our new 787s. Queensland is a pivotal part of our history and an important part of our identity,” said Mr Joyce. Brisbane – Chicago The 14,326km flight will take approximately 16 hours 20 minutes (slightly more or less depending on winds) When it launches, it is expected to be the fourth-longest passenger flight in the world. It will be the second longest flight on the Qantas network, closely behind Qantas’ Perth-London service (14,499km), which has the highest customer satisfaction rating on our network As well as a commerce hub, Chicago is renowned as a sporting and arts capital. Brisbane – San Francisco The 11,367km flight will take approximately 12 hours 40 minutes (slightly more or less depending on winds) 14 flights per week from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to San Francisco San Francisco is known for its eclectic mix of architecture, food and centre for innovation and business start ups. https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-sets-sights-on-direct-flights-from-brisbane-to-chicago-and-san-francisco/
11 junho 2019 During the IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul, Qantas’ CEO Alan Joyce confirmed fleet retirement plans for both its Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A380s. According to Joyce, the airline is planning to retire its last seven 747-400s by next year, and the Airbus A380s by 2030. As of today, the airline operates one 22.7-year-old Boeing 747-400, and six 16.4-year-old 747-400(ER) aircraft, all of which will be replaced with “additional six Boeing 787s,” as noted by Joyce. The airline has also added domestic 747 flights between Sydney and Adelaide, Brisbane, and Melbourne—a remarkable opportunity for passengers to enjoy short flights on the retiring Queen of the Skies. As per Routes Online, the new 747 flights are scheduled as follows: Sydney – Adelaide QF743 SYD1840 – 2015ADL 744 23NOV19 QF736 ADL1235 – 1500SYD 744 25NOV19 Sydney – Brisbane QF524 SYD1200 – 1230BNE 744 09NOV19 QF529 BNE1205 – 1440SYD 744 11NOV19 Sydney – Melbourne QF417 SYD0830 – 1005MEL 744 31DEC19 QF439 SYD1400 – 1535MEL 744 15FEB20 QF438 MEL1400 – 1525SYD 744 01JAN20 QF400 MEL0600 – 0725SYD 744 17FEB20 Next year’s retirement of the Boeing 747 fleet does not leave Qantas without Jumbo planes. The Airbus A380s will continue to be in the fleet for another ten years. The airline plans to retrofit its interiors to withstand an additional decade soaring the skies. THE A380 RETIRING BY 2030 “We are reconfiguring the A380s as we speak. It will take a year to reconfigure all twelve of them. We are committed to operating the aircraft for another up to ten years,” Joyce said. he airline’s A380s average a short 9.8 years of age, which at the time of retirement will have the same age average of its retiring 747-400s. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will replace the 747 routes to the likes of Honolulu, Johannesburg, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, and Tokyo-Haneda. Interestingly, the airline has scheduled a one-time charter A380 service from Sydney to Orlando, Florida via Los Angeles on January 19, 2020. REPLACEMENTS FOR THE A380, PROJECT SUNRISE It remains unclear which kind of aircraft will come to replace the Airbus A380. However, the airline’s recent intentions to link Sydney with London with a nonstop flight (dubbed Project Sunrise) is pushing Boeing and Airbus to develop a range upgrade to either the 777X or A350-1000ULR, which would allow operating the world’s longest flight, aimed at 22 hours. https://airwaysmag.com/airlines/qantas-confirms-747-retirement-by-2020-a380-by-2030/ Em breve 789 no SYD-SCL, vai ficar +caro!