Australian carrierÂ Qantas will acquireÂ eight new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to replace its older 747s, the airline announced today after it recorded a US$3.3 billion turnaround this year. The carrierÂ posted a net profit of US$551 million for the year, after a record US$2.8 billion loss last year. The new aircraft, which it had agreed to purchase in 2005 on a number of set conditions, will begin arriving in stages in 2017, and will join Qantas’Â international fleet.
â€śThis milestone acquisition marks the scale of our turnaround and looks ahead to a new era for our iconic international airline,â€ť Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said. â€śWeâ€™re halfway through the biggest and fastest transformation in our history. Qantas is rapidly growing fitter, stronger, and smarter. These aircraft are a fitting emblem of that evolutionâ€”they show that we are revitalized and here for the long haul.â€ť
According to Joyce, despite being smaller than the jumbos it currently operates, the 787 will offer the carrier the flexibility of having more aircraft without significantly changing its overall capacity.
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