AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2380 posts, RR: 26 Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1005 times:
Qantas is a traditional Boeing customer so a B777 order is likely, however Mr. Airbus is deeply into cost cutting, a financial reality even brand loyalty can't compete with. Most QF crews would like to remain Boeing, and I'm sure Boeing would do everything they can to secure the order. In the past Qantas has been very careful with aircraft selection, unlike the blue tailed competition who seemed to think variety is the spice of life!
As for pay QF Captains are adequately compensated for the responsibility they hold, I would not like to raise figures however.
All the best,
Tullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1265 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 989 times:
QF sold the last of the A300s that belonged to TN a couple of years ago. They were very well liked in Australia but were getting old and given they only had 4 it was uneconomical to keep them when compared with the huge 767 fleet. I know a number of domestic J class customers miss the J class cabin of the A300.
They were sold for conversion to freighters.
As I understand it QF captains earn in excess of AUD200K per year but I am unsure of the exact figures and I am sure there would be a whole load of extra allowances etc on top of their standard pay figure.
AussieErj145 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 950 times:
Qantas is indeed a loyal Boeing operator, but the Airbus offer is also a good one.
Many people believe the deal for the new aircraft is already done, however the company has said that the decision is still 6 - 9 months away.
One report suggested an order for 12 777-238LR's had been signed. And possible new routes included Perth- London, and Sydney to Dallas. I don't know if there is any truth to this however.
I, personally was sad to see the A300's go, they were rather good in Qantas operation and earlier with Australian Airlines and TAA before them. If I remember correctly two aircraft went to Condor, but again I may be wrong on that, I don't remember where the other two went.
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2457 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 926 times:
Sounds like an awfully long time to reach a decision, as far as Qantas is concerned. Maybe Qantas has to take time studying the feasibility of such new routes as Sydney-Dallas, Qantas has actually been mulling about whether to get either 777s or A340s (that's what I saw in a press release by Qantas) starting over a year and a half ago. I remember an article on Qantas in the Flight International magazine a couple of years ago that the reason Qantas didn't order 777s back then was that "there are only 5 routes where the 777 would make sense", so apparently Qantas didn't think it very cost-effective at the time to actually order 777s.
Now, of course, being a staunch Boeing customer, 777s are certainly most likely. And they'll likely be 777-200LRs and 777-300LRs to replace the 742s on routes like Sydney-Honolulu. I'm amazed that Qantas is still flying those 747-200 Classics around. I was on a couple of those seven years ago between SYD and HNL, so they weren't as comfy as the 747-400 my brother and I took from SYD to CNS. At least the Qantas service and FAs were good.