Qantas has continued its fleet renewal strategy with the delivery of another new aircraft – its 68th Boeing 737-800.
The new single-aisle aircraft comes equipped with 178 seats, 12 in business class and 156 in economy, with in-flight entertainment systems, power sockets and USB ports in both cabins.
“We know that a modern aircraft like the Boeing 737, with the latest in technology and design, is a major draw card for our customers,” said Qantas Domestic’s CEO, Lyell Strambi. “We also know that by simplifying our fleet and making better use of the increased flexibility and higher frequencies that an aircraft like the Boeing 737 provides, we can remain the airline of choice for domestic travellers.”
Qantas has now taken delivery of 123 new aircraft in just over four years, reducing the average age of its passenger fleet to 7.9 years – the lowest level since the Qantas was privatised in 1993.
It will now take delivery of seven more Boeing 737-800s between now and the end of 2014, and plans to reconfigure the interiors of 10 Airbus A330-300s and 20 A330-200s for use on its domestic routes. This will subsequently enable the retirement of its Boeing 767s.