DALLAS – Australian flag carrier Qantas (QF) has announced plans for the future of its long-haul fleet moving forward. The renewal program has been named ‘Project Fysh’ after Sir Hudson Fysh, who co-founded QF and was in charge when international flights began in 1935.
Firstly, the airline will begin retiring its Airbus A380s from 2032 and will be replaced by new Airbus A350-1000s, of which QF has placed an order for 12.
Qantas has also ordered four 787-9 and eight 787-10 models as part of their plans to operate a more environmentally friendly fleet. The 787-9 will primarily be used to reach destinations in Europe and North America, and the 787-10, having more seats, will operate popular domestic and international routes across the globe and replace its aging Airbus A330 fleet.
Airbus Industrie F-WMIL Airbus A350-1000 (Qantas Project Sunrise livery). Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways.
Plans to use a more environmentally sustainable fleet arose during the ultra-distant Project Sunrise flights, emphasizing the importance of holding a new and efficient long-haul fleet. As part of the new deal, there is also access to up to 500 million litres of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) each year from 2028, potentially reaching 90% of the airline’s SAF targets by 2030.
Speaking of the SAF deal, CEO Designate Vanessa Hudson said, “This deal gives the Qantas Group access to sustainable aviation fuel supplies out of the United States, making us one of the first airlines in the world to have a pathway to achieving our 2030 SAF targets.”
Deliveries of Airbus and Boeing airframes are expected to begin around 2026-207, and the airline holds additional purchase rights with both manufacturers ‘to give flexibility for future growth.’
Currently, QF has 14 Dreamliners, all of which are of the 787-9 type. The aircraft was also initially chosen to fly Project Sunrise before being replaced by the A350-1000…