Qantas First A220 Enters Service

Daniel Fowkes
02 Mar 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
Qantas has officially entered its first Airbus A220 into service as the Group enters a new era and begins replacing the Boeing 717s

Qantas Group has officially entered a new era and advanced its ongoing fleet renewal program by entering the A220 into commercial service.

The first Airbus A220 operated its first passenger service on March 1st, with service between Melbourne and Canberra as QF1266.

Qantas adding the Airbus A220s is set to dramatically improve the QantasLink network as the aircraft helps replace the ageing Boeing 717s.

The A220s boast an incredible range that almost doubles that of the 717. As a result of these range capabilities, the airline can deploy the aircraft at any point in Australia. However, the ability to create new opportunities in Southeast Asia from destinations in Australia closer to the equator might be more enticing for the airline.

Additionally, the A220s have significantly better efficiency than the generation of aircraft they are replacing with Qantas, saying it has carefully selected the cabin to ensure maximum comfort and use the space to the best of its abilities.

These planes will generate up to 25% fewer carbon emissions while being quieter and more comfortable. Ultimately, these benefits will help the airline reach its goal of net zero, described as a critical target.

Qantas says that in the last week, it has seen a spike in bookings for the routes the A220 have been announced to deploy on. Qantas adds this is encouraging, all things considered, and shows confidence in the new product.

Qantas Fleet Renewal Plans

Qantas Group is currently undergoing a significant fleet renewal. As part of these plans, the Group is transitioning several aircraft types and, in turn, bringing in next-generation planes.

While the Group has several aircraft types on order, from narrowbodies to widebodies, the A220 is regarded as the first aircraft to help propel the airline into this new era.

Unfortunately, the major airline group was forced to delay the entry into service of two critical upcoming planes due to ongoing production issues. These aircraft, the A321XLR and A350-1000, are set to benefit the Group in several ways.

Ultimately, the hope is that with the transition to fresh next-generation aircraft, Qantas can offer customers more direct routes with less travel time. Additionally, with decisions such as purchasing the A321XLR on every route, they’ll see the aircraft offered essentially upgraded with more capacity.

Qantas says this major fleet renewal responds directly to the incredible demand levels following the global pandemic. Qantas firmly believes that domestic travel demand is higher, and more people want direct international travel connections.

Airbus A220 Facts

Qantas says the Airbus A220s can seat 137 passengers, with 10 business class seats included to cater to several types of passengers.

Additionally, with a personal device holder, USB A and USB C charging is possible across all cabins, with Business Class getting an additional wireless charging pad. Seat comfort extends to economy with extra seat padding compared to the 717.

For those bringing their belongings onboard the aircraft, there’s around 20% more overhead locker space from the front of the cabin to the back.

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