Qantas To Refurbish B767s, Cancels 35 B787s

Travellers hoping to fly on Qantas’ Boeing 787 Dreamliners will have to wait a little longer than the originally planned 2014 introduction. The Australian carrier announced revisions to its fleet plans, canceling an order for 35 of the next-generation jets and opting to refurbish its Boeing 767 aircraft.


Cost Pressure Forces Re-think of Fleet Strategy
Citing a need to rein in rising costs, the airline will cancel 35 Dreamliners on firm order, but retain purchase rights and options for 50 B787-9s available for delivery from 2016. In place of the Dreamliners, Qantas will look to Airbus A330 aircraft transferred from its affiliate Jetstar when the latter receives its own B787-8s and retire the Boeing 767 fleet.


New Interiors and Streaming Inflight Entertainment for B767s
In preparation for their extended service life with the airline, Qantas is embarking on a product refresh for 16 Boeing 767 jets. The widebody aircraft will receive new interiors designed by creative director Marc Newson, with the leather upholstery, curtains, cabin panels and lighting replaced. Onboard wi-fi will enable inflight connectivity for passengers, while allowing the airline to offer its recently-introduced QStreaming iPad-based inflight entertainment system.


Qantas’ fleet restructuring decision comes as the airline looks to stem losses from its international operations and fend off competition from Virgin Australia in the domestic air travel market. The Sydney-based carrier is scheduled to receive a new A330-200 and 2 B737-800s for its domestic fleet.


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