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Old 28th Jan 2015, 21:07
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I think you'll find that they need both (an A330 and a 747 replacement). Aren't some of the 330's facing cycle limitations?
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Old 28th Jan 2015, 21:09
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QF has a 747 replacement. It is called the A380...

On another topic, it is amazing to read that some bash QF when they lose money [like most others in the world at the time] and bash them when they turn a handsome profit!
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Old 28th Jan 2015, 21:20
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On another topic, it is amazing to read that some bash QF when they lose money [like most others in the world at the time] and bash them when they turn a handsome profit!
Probably because there may be so much rubbery accounting and possibly some of the most destructive and possibly (ahem) less than truthful management (at least since Enron!) that anyone has seen.

I don't think anyone truthfully knows the true health of the company anymore.
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Old 28th Jan 2015, 23:28
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My guess is that the 789's could very well come to "the Qantas Group"; quite possibly to an all new entity of " the group". Then maybe crewed via an agency offshoot, of the group, conceivably headed up by a former (or not so former) senior management type, maybe offering circa K$300 & K$200 to capt's & f/o's respectively. Just a guess...

If true, don't be caught standing anywhere near the exit doors in the sandpit.

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Old 28th Jan 2015, 23:55
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An external entity called Cobham!
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Old 28th Jan 2015, 23:59
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Ah caneworm, keep dreaming... you can wish all you want to get yourself out of the desert , but it won't happen unless you are coming back from LWOP or joining as an S/O. Let me guess, some ol' matey gloating that he would do it on a cheaper rate?


Company is talking to AIPA, AIPA are talking to the company and guess what, it will be done by QF pilots on a contract within the longhaul award(same same but different to AO). Anything else is just tall poppy syndrome and dreaming at its best.


Anyhow, the desert is surely better than PNG for a few hundred bucks

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Old 29th Jan 2015, 00:29
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Read the Intergration Agreement.
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 00:30
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The future Qantas fleet

QF has a 747 replacement. It is called the A380...
TBM, unfortunately, the A380 hasn't turned out to be a good B747 replacement which is why AJ cancelled the last 8 that were ordered and, consequently, some of the B747 fleet will remain in service longer than originally planned.

The absolute "stand-out" replacement for the B747 & A380 is the B777-9X and I see QF ordering it for entry into service in 2019 with ongoing deliveries replacing the B747's and then the A380's. I expect the B747 to leave the fleet circa 2020 and the A380 circa 2022-2023 by which time, most of the fleet will be more than 12 years old and thus will be written off.

At the same time, the A330's will be replaced by B787-9's so that, by 2025, the QF International fleet will consist of only B777-9X's and B787-9's (with possibly a few B777-8's & B787-10's for select routes). With both types having a common endorsement and some engineering components in common, there will be significant savings compared to the current fleets.

The A350 has been getting good reviews but I believe the B777-9 will have lower seat mile costs and the commonality with the B787 will sway the decision in favour of an all Boeing fleet.

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Old 29th Jan 2015, 00:45
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Or......... we go for A350s as a replacement for the 744s, we get A330NEOs as a replacement for the A330s and then pick up A320NEOs to replace the 737s- the oldest of which is now 13 years old! We go to an all Airbus fleet.

Not that I'm pro Airbus now that I'm driving one, just doing a 'maybe'. The big issue with my maybe plan is the price that we got the 789s at. I don't think we can afford to NOT take them!

Did we cancel those 8 A380s or just defer them? The Qantas website says they're deferred but still on order.
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 01:24
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A.Rat,
What I did forget to mention was, that I understand applications will be sought from within, which is a good thing. It could be however that applications will be accepted/invited from elsewhere.
I sincerely hope the former is the case.

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 ...you can wish all you want to get yourself out of the desert...
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 01:45
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Did we cancel those 8 A380s or just defer them? The Qantas website says they're deferred but still on order.
Hi Keg, as one of the launch customers, QF couldn't publicly say that they were cancelling the last eight - Airbus wouldn't sell another one after that. Publicly, they are deferred but in reality they are cancelled. A380 #13 & #14 were already fitted out in the airline specific configuration and the second simulator was complete and about to be shipped so the costs to cancel these would have been huge - you wouldn't take that sort of financial hit unless there was no intention to take the remaining aircraft.

I believe the seat mile costs of the B777-9/B787-9 fleets would be lower than the A350/A330NEO combined fleets. the B777-9 is also larger so would be a better size to replace the A380.

I agree that the A320NEO would be a good replacement for the B738 with its lower fuel burn and immensely greater passenger appeal.
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 01:59
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caneworm,


Sure, I'm wide of the mark then, but I got that impression from your post so I suggest you read Jonah Hex's above post.


"It could be however that applications will be accepted/invited from elsewhere."


That bit is called recruitment, I know most have forgotten what that looks like in QF, so you are correct




p.s. (sorry about the shite quotation but for some reason my computer won't use the PPRuNe supplied quotation)
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 02:00
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Interested to see you mentioned passenger appeal of the 320NEO, something that the A380 has in spades!!

I have no doubt one of the reasons Qantas is doing so well trans pacific is the passenger appeal of the 380, up against the 777s of Delta, Virgin, Air Canada and United.

If i was flying long haul i would choose a 380 over any 777 everytime!

Qantas cannot afford not to take the 787/9s, and they will be able to take over all the 744/330 flying in time.
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 02:40
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Interested to see you mentioned passenger appeal of the 320NEO, something that the A380 has in spades!!
I totally agree however the lower operating costs of newer technology widebody twins have made 4 engine aircraft obsolete.

If i was flying long haul i would choose a 380 over any 777 everytime!
I expect the -9 version of the B777 will be as quiet as the A380 with possibly better standards of comfort as new technology evolves.

Qantas cannot afford not to take the 787/9s, and they will be able to take over all the 744/330 flying in time.
I agree with the first part of that statement, but the B787-9 fitted with an international configuration won't have have the pax numbers to replace the B744 without the cost of increasing the frequency.
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 06:06
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I agree with the first part of that statement, but the B787-9 fitted with an international configuration won't have have the pax numbers to replace the B744 without the cost of increasing the frequency.
Looking at it another way though, customers tend to prefer frequency over capacity, especially those that wear the suits and sit up the pointy end. It could be argued that the uplift in yield, coupled with the lower unit costs of the 787 may actually see more in the company's coffers than keeping to the status quo.

In an ideal world, QF would use their 787s to open up new routes. Problem is, I'm not sure that QF knows how to grow a route anymore. Maybe a new 49% shareholder in QF Int'l could mix things up a bit?
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 09:44
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Whether going the Being route or the Airbus route, airframe consistency with its accompanying cost reductions and efficiency gains in crewing, training, engineering and just about every other area certainly would be a novel idea! Been some time since now.
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 11:33
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Excuse my apparent ignorance, but where, exactly, has it been stated that QF is getting the 787 ?
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Old 1st Feb 2015, 08:16
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Whats the diff between an A330 and A330 Neo?
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Old 1st Feb 2015, 21:47
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Old 1st Feb 2015, 23:15
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Cathay is the launch customer and they don't arrive until at least 2021.
You probably know more than me about it. I read that the first flight of the -9X is planned for 2018 so, I assumed that deliveries to airlines would begin in 2019.

Also, the smart launch customers do not take the first aircraft off the production line as they are usually overweight and suffer from technical issues that are not experienced with aircraft that come from a "mature" production line (eg SQ are replacing their first five A380's because of this).

In recent times, new aircraft types have had a number of "launch customers" so CX is probably "a" launch customer - not "the" launch customer.

PS. I just checked the Boeing website and it states that the launch customers are Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa and Qatar - no mention of CX.

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