Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has revealed several things regarding the airline’s future, including fleet and network plans
Project Sunrise and A350 Postponed:
- Because of COVID-19, Qantas has decided to delay its Project Sunrise plans.
- The goal of flying from cities such as Sydney to London and New York nonstop will likely be delayed to after 2023.
- Because of this, Qantas will not be placing its order for the A350-1000 this year. They were originally supposed to be ordered in March, then in December, but now they’re further delaying it.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce:
“We do think there is a huge potential for Project Sunrise but the time is not right now, given the impact that COVID-19 has had on world travel, but we do think there’s still a good business case for it and a good opportunity.”
Future of Qantas’ Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 Fleet:
- On March 29, there was a bunch of information spreading that Qantas had retired its Boeing 747 fleet.
- However, the airline confirmed this was false and that the 747s were being stored.
- Qantas says “There is a likelihood they won’t come back, but we’re keeping our options and flexibility open”, meaning they could return, but don’t bet on it. “Could” is really optimistic here. However, they’re still slated for retirement at the end of 2020.
- As for Qantas’ A380, Alan Joyce says "there is a potential to bring 12 back, but there is a potential to bring less than 12 back (post-COVID).
Also an interesting note from the interview, Alan Joyce says “you could see $19 airfares between Melbourne and Sydney”, so that’ll be nice for travelers.
Currently there’s no date as to when plans for Project Sunrise will resume, but this crisis marks the collapse of pretty much all innovative long-haul flying.