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The Qantas Fleet in Early 2023

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Qantas is not only the flag carrier of Australia, but an important connection for the island country with the rest of the world. Also the skipping kangaroo airline is one of the oldest carriers still in business. The geographic morphology of Australia translates into the need of having quite a varied fleet. In today’s post we’ll be taking a deep dive into the Qantas fleet in early 2023.

The Qantas Fleet in Early 2023

Due to the size and great difference in passenger demand for various domestic (including New Zealand) destinations, Qantas uses both narrow and wide bodies for these routes.

So the best way to split the fleet is in:

  • Narrow Bodies
  • Wide Bodies

Also, the Australian flag carrier operates a mixed manufacturer fleet. The Qantas fleet features both Boeing and Airbus planes. Now that we have covered all the basics, let’s look deeper into the fleet composition.

Qantas Boeing 737-800

The Narrow Body Fleet

  • 74 Boeing 737-800

This is the least complex part of the Qantas fleet. The airline operates only 1 type of narrow body jet the Boeing 737-800. These planes are used for domestic and short range flights.

All these 74 planes are configured with a 2 class layout offering:

  • 12 Business Class Seats
  • 162 Economy Class Seats

The Qantas Wide Body Fleet

  • 7 Airbus A380
  • 14 Airbus A330-200
  • 9 Airbus A330-300
  • 11 Boeing 787-9

These wide body aircraft are used for both domestic and international services, depending on flight duration and passenger demand. I have personally happened to fly on Qantas wide body planes on the just over 1 hour flight from Sydney to Melbourne.

The airline still has 7 active Airbus A380 at the moment but in the coming years it is likely that they will be progressively replaced with more fuel efficient twin engine jets.

These A380s are the only planes in the Qantas fleet to offer passengers the possibility of travelling in First Class. No other aircraft in the fleet is fitted with this product.

At the moment the Boeing 787-9 present in the Qantas fleet are often used for the ultra long range flights the airline operates between Perth and Europe.

The Qantas Fleet in Early 2023

The Qantas Cabin Configurations

The A380 Configuration

As mentioned before the A380 is the only plane with a first class cabin fitted. QF has 2 configurations for the A380, specifically:

Config 1

  • 14 First Class Seats
  • 64 Business Class Seats
  • 35 Premium Economy Seats
  • 371 Economy Class Seats

Config 2

  • 14 First Class Seats
  • 70 Business Class Seats
  • 60 Premium Economy Seats
  • 341 Economy Class Seats

The A330 Configuration

More than one configuration is available for the Qantas A330s as these planes are used for both domestic and international or long range flights.

A330-200 (Domestic/International)

  • 28/27 Business Class Seats
  • 243/224 Economy Class Seats

A330-200 (International)

  • 36 Business Class Seats
  • 199 Economy Class Seats

A330-300

  • 28 Business Class Seats
  • 269 Economy Class Seats

The 787-9 Configuration

As the Australian airline flies this particular jet on ULR sectors it has a premium heavy configuration to further help optimise range.

  • 42 Business Class Seats
  • 28 Premium Economy Seats
  • 166 Economy Class Seats

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