Qantas Frustrations Grow Over 787s

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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.

Daniel Fowkes
25 Feb 2023
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 

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  1. Alwn joyce is the problem ! He should have been fired a long time ago ! Ilhe ficked up the Qantas big time!

  2. Qantas is in a mess. ALLEN JOYCE should be replaced immediately.
    He is ONLY trying to show profits LEAVING THE TRAVELLERS’ COMPLAINTS A NON ISSUE
    GARBAGE AIRLINE

  3. I would never fly from Australia to the USA or Europe- (stopover)in a very noisy 787 (engines) again!! Also it was a very average qantas flight. It was Just a week ago I flew from Melbourne to LAX.I’ll wait for 3 years till an A350-1000 is able to fly directly to the USA and Europe!!!!!!??????

    1. Noisy 787 engine? I think you might be confusing one of the quietest aircraft in aviation history with something else in which you might have flown.

  4. I would never fly from Australia to the USA or Europe- (stopover)in a very noisy 787 (engines) again!! Also it was a very average qantas flight. It was Just a week ago I flew from Melbourne to LAX.I’ll wait for 3 years till an A350-1000 is able to fly directly to the USA and Europe!!!!!!??????

    1. That’s funny. I flew Perth to London on a 787 and found it to be one of the best and quietest aircraft I’d flown on. I actually slept for over half the flight duration which is unheard of for me. Having flown on a380 from London to Sydney via Singapore (also incredibly quiet) and domestically in 737 with Qantas and travelled 777 and 747 long haul, all noisier.

  5. Perth airport need to man up and tell Qantas intl ops to move to the permanent “Intl” terminal immediately or risk being shut out of Perth. There’s plenty of competitors waiting to gobble up the slots (SQ, QR, EY, even CX and others). Allan Joyce is killing Qantas intl from WA. No CGK, One SIN?, no NRT, what a joke.

  6. I don’t know why Qantas doesn’t use Darwin Airport to service Europe. Darwin could do with injection of tourists and it is a shorter flight to Europe than Perth.

  7. Joyce is on his way finally and left Qantas in tatters old aircraft terrible service with disgusting food served in cardboard..I see he collected his bonus. Qantas seem to pick the worst CEO’s just look at who was before Joyce another idiot who took millions from the company when he left..no names mentioned

  8. The 787 is a pathetic choice for long haul operations it is way to small and the seat legroom is hopeless .

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