June 10, 2023

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    IATA/ICAO Code:
    Airline Sort:
    Full Service Provider
    Brisbane Airport, Melbourne Airport, Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport
    Yr Based:
    Alan Joyce

Qantas plans to run a contest between plane producers to switch its getting older fleet of Airbus A330s, with the method anticipated to begin throughout the subsequent 12 to 18 months.

The Australian provider has 28 Airbus A330s in its fleet, so any deal will seemingly be value billions of {dollars} based mostly on checklist costs. Confirming the information, the airline’s chief monetary officer, Vanessa Hudson, mentioned,

“We will probably be trying on the market within the coming 12 months. That plane is heading to the top of its helpful life. We’ll run a contest as we have now executed for the narrowbody fleet within the coming 12 to 18 months.”

Qantas has 28 Airbus A330s in its fleet, of which 24 are presently energetic. Picture:
BriYYZ through Flickr

Qantas and the Airbus A330

Qantas’ fleet of 28 Airbus A330s is made up of 18 Airbus A330-200s and 10 Airbus A330-300s. In keeping with ch-aviation.com, the plane have a mean age of 14.4 years and 18.1 years respectively. Twenty-four of the provider’s Airbus A330s are presently energetic.


The airline has two seating configurations on its Airbus A330-200s. Its larger density plane seat a complete of 271 passengers in a two-class configuration – 28 in enterprise class and 243 in economic system class, and are used for brief and medium-haul routes. For its longer Transpacific flights, Qantas operates a decrease density, 251-seat configuration – 27 in enterprise class and 224 in economic system class.

The oldest Airbus A330-200 within the airline’s energetic fleet is VH-EBA, which was delivered to Qantas in December 2002. The youngest is VH-EBV, at just below 10 years previous. The provider’s Airbus A330-300s are significantly older – the oldest is VH-QPA, at nearly 19 years previous, and the youngest is VH-QPJ, at 17 years previous.

What choices does Qantas have as a substitute for the Airbus A330?

Plane producers Airbus and Boeing have numerous substitute choices for the Airbus A330ceo.

Maybe the obvious alternative could be the Airbus A330neo. A big benefit is that the similarities between the 2 plane would simplify the coaching and conversion course of for the airline’s crew.

Qantas might comply with the instance of TAP Air Portugal. TAP was the launch buyer for the Airbus A330neo in 2018, and since then has integrated 19 of the fashionable plane into its fleet to switch its getting older Airbus A330ceos. It has an additional two extra on order.

TAP Air Portugal has changed most of its Airbus A330ceos with the extra trendy Airbus A330neo. Picture: Vincenzo Tempo | Easy Flying

The Airbus A350 is one other plane that’s typically billed as an Airbus A330 substitute. In Could 2022, Qantas positioned an order for 12 Airbus A350-1000s. These lower-density plane had been ordered with the airline’s undertaking dawn routes to Europe in thoughts.

If it had been to go for the Airbus A350, Qantas could must evaluate the seating configuration. The deliberate configuration of the 12 plane presently on order, with 52 enterprise class seats, is probably not appropriate for lots of the airline’s Airbus A330 routes.

The Boeing 787 could possibly be one other contender. Qantas has 11 Boeing 787-9s in its fleet and is ready on three additional plane, which have already been manufactured however have been held up by delays in supply. They’re anticipated to be delivered in mid-2023.

Just like the premium-heavy Airbus A350, the Qantas Dreamliners function the airline’s premium economic system cabin and a better variety of enterprise class seats. The plane is presently used on quite a lot of routes, together with the airline’s continuous flights to London and Rome.

Qantas will use the A330-200 on its upcoming route from Sydney to Bengaluru. Picture: 
Li Pang through Wikimedia

The Airbus A330 – nonetheless key to Qantas’ plans

Whereas a choice on its substitute is but to be made, the Airbus A330 nonetheless performs an essential position in Qantas’ fleet.

The airline’s newly launched Sydney to Tonga route will probably be operated by its Airbus A330 plane. The weekly flight will start on August twenty fifth and comes after Tonga opened its borders to worldwide vacationers earlier this month for the primary time since March 2020. In keeping with Qantas, demand for journey to the South Pacific has soared for the reason that pandemic. A spokesperson mentioned,

“Fiji is 50% larger than pre-COVID demand, Noumea is 13% larger and flights to Samoa are performing forward of expectations. We anticipate the Tonga providers will probably be well-supported by each Tongan nationals and Australians.”

Qantas’ new route from Sydney to Bengaluru, which begins on September 14th, can even be operated by the Airbus A330-200.

Information of a possible cope with Qantas is more likely to spark curiosity in plane producers, though we should wait a minimum of 12 to 18 months earlier than any choice is made by the airline.

Which plane do you assume Qantas will choose as a substitute for the Airbus A330? Share your ideas by commenting beneath.