Along with plans to acquire additional Airbus A220s, Qantas has plans to purchase used aircraft to boost its operations.
Qantas, in summary, will secure five mid-life Airbus A319s and A320s scheduled for delivery in the 2024 financial year. These aircraft will be deployed to help support growth experienced in Western Australia, where markets could use additional capacity.
In addition, Qantas has revealed that three A321P2Fs will see an accelerated entry renewal into the Qantas freight fleet. The subsidiary has enjoyed great success operating the passenger-to-freighter conversion and will look to continue with the program long into the future.
The group has secured options for a further 12 E190 aircraft wet-leased from Australian carrier Alliance Airlines. The aim for these E190s is to improve connectivity across the network.
Finally, Jetstar Asia will see two more additional A320s join the fleet in the coming months as demand increases. This ties in directly with the re-opening of broader Asian locations.
We’re at the start of a major update of the Qantas Group fleet that will unlock a lot of benefits. The aircraft we have on order will help us lower emissions, expand our network, create new jobs and ultimately serve our customers better.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce
In total, the Qantas Group has orders for a total of up to 299 narrowbody aircraft. These include firm orders and purchase rights for multiple different types of aircraft.