Air International 2007-01
T.Wills - Qantas - Guarding The Territory /Commercial/
Qantas historic short-bodied Boeing 707-138 prototype VH-XBA made its first flight on December 2, 2006 at Southend Airport after being restored by a team which included retired Qantas and Boeing Australia engineers. The aircraft has been bought by the Qantas Foundation Memorial for display at the Qantas Founders Outback Museum at Longreach, Australia, and sports the Qantas 1959 retro colours it was originally delivered in.
Qantas' recent announcement that it will convert eight of its 12 Airbus A380 options to firm orders is tantamount to a vote of confidence in the viability and economics of the aircraft, if not in the manufacturer's industrial processes.
A QantasLink Boeing 717-200 departs from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on one of the many regional services the carrier operates.
A Qantas Boeing 767-300ER leaves Melbourne Tullamarine Airport on an international service.
A Jetstar Airbus A330-200s on finals. With lower operating costs, Jetstar flies on services that Qantas Mainline found to be less profitable.
The recently-introduced 72-seat Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s have significantly increased capacity on QantasLink's regional routes, and will allow Qantas to phase out some of its older Dash 8-100s.
Boeing 747s of Qantas and Singapore Airlines cross paths at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport. The two airlines are longtime competitors on the long-haul Asian and European routes, and Qantas has fought hard to keep Singapore out of its lucrative trans-Pacific Australia-US route.
Sixty-three Boeing 737s, including this winglet-equipped 737-800 seen at Queenstown, New Zealand, form the backbone of Qantas' domestic services.