Per Reuters, Qantas is closing in on a new deal for the Boeing 787-10 that would enhance its widebody offering and 787 presence.
According to a Reuters source, an unspecified number of 787-10s being ordered is likely following a fleet review by the Australian carrier.
Qantas welcomed its final 787 a month ago, and thus far, the aircraft has been a fantastic option for its widebody operations. Additionally, it has allowed it to grow its network substantially, making route pairings such as Perth to London possible and proving an efficient replacement for other ageing widebodies.
The Boeing 787-10 is the largest member of the 787 series and comes packed with additional capacity but still fantastic capabilities for range and flying. However, Qantas only operates the 787-9 at this stage. Thus the -10 would be a new type and a jump for the carrier.
There’s been much talk around Qantas securing new widebodies, with most under the firm belief that if Qantas wants to achieve future growth goals, the current crop of aircraft will not be enough, especially considering that the arrival of the A350-1000s will be for Project Sunrise operations.
With the return of the Airbus A380, pressure has eased on the 787-9s for international operations. However, strengthening the portfolio and allowing more routes to be made possible with something like the 787-10 would be incredibly helpful.
Qantas is studying a replacement for its Airbus A330 as part of its continued commitment to overhauling its fleet. The A330 is one of the last aircraft types that does need replacing. Such a Boeing 787-10, per Reuters, could fill the boots of the A330 while offering fleet commonality.
The Australian flag carrier only currently has 14 787-9s in service, with the view of growing its widebody flying the 787-10 if talks continue progressing in a positive direction could be the perfect option for them.