Qantas plans to welcome three additional Boeing 787s in June of this year. The acquisition is part of the airline’s plans to continue expanding its network and dealing with the demand its seeing.
However, the delivery may now be in jeopardy following Boeing suspending deliveries of their Boeing 787s. Alan Joyce has noted these aircraft to be already arriving multiple years late. While the pandemic impacted long-haul operations for the Australian airline and indeed delayed any deliveries, Qantas has not been helped by the continued delays, suspensions and more with the 787 program.
Qantas is also locking horns again with Perth Airport over capacity constraints impacting their international expansion plans. Until the A350-1000 is delivered and Qantas can progress with Project Sunrise, the Boeing 787 is a crucial aircraft for their long-haul network. Perth remains the gateway to those plans as well.
However, the pair have been entangled in difficulties over terminal usage, with Qantas wanting to remain at their home terminal and Perth wanting the airline to move to the central part of the airport. It has become a stumbling block for the airline’s expansion. It wants to fly to Paris but is incurring difficulties. If they were to launch from Perth to Paris, the terminal facilities would be unable to hold all the flights. Qantas, however, doesn’t want to move as it would see costs go up from the airport.
Alan Joyce also knows he is not the only executive in a similar position. Although, all carrier’s circumstances are different and have varying implications.