Qantas is undergoing a significant fleet renewal process, including hundreds of new aircraft arriving and older types heading to retirement.
The Boeing 717, flying with Qantas’ regional brand Qantaslink is set to be one of the first axed, with plans to replace the workhorse with the new Airbus A220s.
According to fleet data, Qantas has 20 Boeing 717s to their name. However, only 18 remain in service, with one recently completing an epic journey around the world to the United States.
As a result of Qantas’ plans to renew its fleet with the arrival of Airbus A220s, Cirium reports that it’s putting the 717 fleets up for sale.
The Boeing 717 has been and continues to be a workhorse within the aviation industry. While its flying numbers continue to reduce yearly, its presence certainly can always be felt, and its legacy only grows.
Currently, there are 100 Boeing 717s in service with 31 in storage. The largest operator remains Delta, followed closely by Hawaiian Airlines and Qantaslink.
Qantas’ average Boeing 717 age is 21.8 years, with the youngest being 16.9 years and the oldest 23.3 years. All the 717s are 717-200s.