Qantas to Retire All 747 Aircraft Before 2021

According to a recent announcement, Qantas will retire its remaining fleet of seven Boeing 747-400 aircraft by the end of next year. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce emphasized that the 747 aircraft family has served Qantas well for decades.

The 747’s range and capacity suited Australia’s remoteness from the rest of the world which necessitates long-haul intercontinental flying. But, the airline’s younger, more fuel-efficient Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes now make the 747 obsolete.

Fleet data available in mba’s REDBOOK reveals that the remaining seven aircraft were all delivered to Qantas as the original operator. On average, these planes are 16 years, 10 months old.

The Qantas plan matches those of other 747-400 operators. Virgin Atlantic and KLM have revealed similar timelines to wind down their fleets of eight and thirteen aircraft, respectively.

Source: Simple Flying