Aduum From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 335 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2988 times:
THis is just a question, why the Australian airlines do not operate this aircraft? I had never even heard of it until i came on this forum....
is there a problem with its range, capacity or what because Qantas was formerly an all boeing fleet, up until the recent order, and I am just wanting to find out why they have never purchased any of these aircraft.
TSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2884 times:
There were some 757s operating domestically in Australia during the 1989 Pilots Dispute. I flew in an Air 2000 757-200 over to Perth and back on another 757-200 (I think it might have been Brunei or someone like that - I can't remember now as being my first "Redeye Special" I was asleep most of the time - perhaps someone in the know can tell us which 757s were operating in Australia then). They were very nice aircraft especially on landing.
I suppose the obvious reason why the 757 was not chosen by either Australian or Ansett was that it is a narrowbody when both Australian and Ansett both had widebodies for aircraft over 150 pax. When Australian became part of Qantas their 767-200s became available to supplement the A300s on domestic services so there was no need for a larger narrowbody. As for Ansett they went for additional 767-200s and A320s. If they wanted a larger narrowbody they would probably have gone for the A321 (as some artist renderings have depicted).
So either way the 757 missed out in Australia unfortunately.