Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd will let one of its 15 options over Boeing Co 787-9 Dreamliner jets lapse in February and will make a decision on some others in a “few more months”, its chief executive said on Monday.
The airline is looking to expand international flying but wants to be judicious about capital spending as it boosts returns to investors as part of a successful turnaround program.
CEO Alan Joyce said the airline was examining whether to take more 787s than the eight already ordered. At the same time it was considering a business case for its budget arm Jetstar to take Airbus’ A321neos, he said. Jetstar has 99 A320neo family jets on order. Joyce said the airline was considering whether to take some of the larger A321neo variant,
According to Joyce, A321neos could operate flights like Sydney-Bali which would free up 787s for other destinations.
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