Qantas Group, Australia’s flagship carrier, has recently marked a significant milestone in its fleet modernization by taking delivery of its first Airbus A220 aircraft. This acquisition places Qantas as the 20th global operator of the A220 model. The new aircraft is the foremost in a series of 29 A220s that the Qantas Group has on order, designated for operation under QantasLink, their regional arm.
Qantas' 717s Will Be Replaced by the A220
This inaugural A220, adorned with a distinctive livery inspired by Aboriginal artwork, is set to depart from Airbus’ final assembly line in Mirabel shortly. Its journey to Sydney includes stopovers in Vancouver, Honolulu, and Nadi.
QantasLink plans to gradually phase out its existing fleet of 717s, replacing them with the A220. Notable for its exceptional range, the A220 can effortlessly connect any two destinations across Australia without the need for a stopover. This capability is complemented by the aircraft’s environmentally friendly footprint, boasting a 25% reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions compared to its predecessors.
In terms of passenger comfort, the A220 stands out in its category with the largest cabin, seats, and windows. Qantas’ configuration of the aircraft includes 137 seats, with a two-class layout comprising 10 business class seats and 127 economy seats.
The A220 Boasts Impressive Range and SAF Capabilities
Designed specifically for the 100-150 seat market segment, the A220 represents the pinnacle of modernity in its class. Powered by advanced Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines, it can cover up to 3,450 nautical miles, or approximately 6,390 kilometres, on a single flight.
Moreover, the A220 is already capable of operating with up to 50% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), aligning with Airbus’ goal to enable its aircraft to operate with 100% SAF by 2030.
To date, Airbus has received nearly 850 orders for the A220 from about 30 customers worldwide, with over 300 units already delivered. This latest addition to QantasLink’s fleet underscores the airline’s commitment to modernization, sustainability, and enhanced passenger experience.