April 15, 2024

Qantas invests in new aircraft and digital upgrades

Qantas has invested in a host of new aircraft and digital upgrades.

The airline’s regional brand QantasLink has taken delivery of the first two of 29 Airbus A220 jet aircraft, which will replace its fleet of Boeing 717s. Flights are now on sale for travel from March 1 2024 on Melbourne-Canberra and Melbourne-Brisbane routes. 

Features will include 20% more overhead locker space, reductions in noise footprint of up to 50% and carbon emissions by 25%, as well as an integrated personal device holder and USB A and C charging in Economy and Business classes.

Eight additional Airbus A321XLRs have also been purchased for Qantas Domestic, the first of which will arrive in early 2025.

The airline will retrofit its existing fleet of international aircraft with ‘fast and free’ Wi-Fi in partnership with global broadband services provider Viasat. The service is due to be progressively switched on from the end of 2024.

Qantas and Jetstar passengers will see a host of digital upgrades over three years. These include enhanced features on the Qantas app, including bag tracking and status updates during disruptions, a complete overhaul of qantas.com from mid-2024 and Jetstar’s new app and online check-in for international flights. 

To meet the strong demand for low-fare leisure travel, JetStar is also adding more than 400,000 seats to popular destinations such as Bali, Korea, Japan, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast. 

Vanessa Hudson, CEO of Qantas Group, said: “We’re investing heavily in new aircraft that are a step-change from the technology they replace. They have more comfortable cabins and can fly further, opening up a lot of new routes domestically and overseas. 

“These next-generation aircraft are up to 50% quieter and generate 20% less carbon emissions. We’re already seeing a significant benefit from lower fuel burn, which helps put downward pressure on fares given it’s our biggest single cost.”