Qantas has cancelled an order for #35 Boeing 787-9 aircraft to reduce capital expenditure.
Deliveries of #15 787-8s to Jetstar, its low-cost subsidiary, will continue as planned, to allow the transfer of Airbus A330s from Jetstar to Qantas Domestic, and the eventual retirement of Qantas's Boeing 767 fleet.
The group will retain and bring forward #50 787-9 options and purchase rights by two years, with the aircraft available for delivery from 2016 if needed.
Qantas has #12 A380s in service across its long-haul network and will complete the reconfiguration of #9 Boeing 747-400s by late 2012. Boeing 737-800s will continue to enter the Qantas Domestic fleet, and A330s will be transferred from Jetstar as the 787-8s are delivered to the low-cost carrier.
Jetstar's domestic and Asian fleet requirements will be met over the long term by the existing A320 order book and the arrival of the 787-8s, says Qantas.
Neither Qantas nor Jetstar has A350 XWB orders yet, but this cancellation could open a possibility to include the A350 family in future purchases of Jetstar.
A350 XWB orders depends on results of main Top 8 carriers in each area:
- Qatar Airways (#80) and Emirates (#70) in the Middle East
- Cathay Pacific (#36) and Asiana Airlines (#30) in Asia
- United Airlines (#25) and US Airways (#22) in the USA
- Tam Linhas Aereas (#27) in Brazil
- Aeroflot (#22) in Russia
Meanwhile, the European sovereign-debt crisis does not help Air France–KLM and Iberia-British (IAG) to sign orders that are on the table since months.
Currently for A350 XWB program, the order from Hong Kong Airlines [#15 A350-900] is the unique in an inmediate risk of cancellation.
Based on article “Qantas cancels order for 35 Dreamliners” published in Flightglobal