Multiple industry insiders have indicated that the order marks a significant stride in embedding the Dreamliner series within Qantas’s fleet.
An official announcement of this promising collaboration could materialise as early as this month, according to reliable sources.
It’s important to note, however, that these negotiations often extend until the eleventh hour. This occurs as the ultimate decision requires the approval of airline board members before it attains finality.
Potential Order Marks Qantas’s First for 787-10 Mode
The potential deal holds particular significance for Qantas as it marks their inaugural order for the 787-10 model. It is an elongated version of the 787-9 with a slightly reduced range, positioned to compete with the Airbus A330.
Vanessa Hudson, the impending CEO of Qantas, revealed the carrier’s intention in June to initiate a competitive process aimed at replacing their existing A330 jets before the conclusion of this year. All Qantas, Boeing, and Airbus have rejected comments and remarks on this development.
Known for its powerful role in plane acquisition, Qantas has a significant position as a trendsetter in the aviation sector. The carrier’s decision to use a smaller variant of the Boeing 787 catalysed a revaluation of Airbus’s wide-body strategy.
Notably, Qantas’s forward-thinking approach led to a ground-breaking order in 2022 for twelve A350-1000s.
Boeing-Qantas Deal Signals Shift
Reliable sources in the aviation sector have affirmed that the imminent Dreamliner deal presents Boeing with a resounding advantage. This is especially through the inclusion of the 787’s most extensive variant.
The development signifies a distinct shift in favour of Boeing after Qantas’s last Dreamliner order in 2018 when it procured six aircraft to phase out its Boeing 747 fleet. Currently, Qantas operates a fleet of 14 787-9s, with this deal marking the partnership between Qantas and Boeing.