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Qantas speeds up refurbed 767s but will retire all by 2015

Qantas put its first refurbished Cityflyer 767s into service today, and says it will complete the upgrade to 16 of the jets six months early, and then replace all of them by mid-2015, with A330s.

The announcement of accelerated improvements to the aged jets is likely to be one of a number that will be made before the shareholders AGM in Canberra tomorrow morning.

On the face it, this seems to be very good news for Qantas regulars, but also for Virgin Australia given its younger fleet of A330s and 737-800s, although the latter would never hold a candle to any 767 when it comes to economy class amenity.

It also dashes hopes for a last minute change of heart over sending new Dreamliners due in the second half of next year to the full service brand rather than Jetstar.

(OK, maybe Qantas will do both. That would be exciting!)

This is the main part of the statement:

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  • 1
    ltfisher
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    No mention of ‘refreshing’ the cabin crews!

  • 2
    Bill Parker
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait!

  • 3
    nonscenic
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    It will now be even more difficult to sit in an exit row seat on a QF 767 when selecting a seat online. Several times I have been offered an exit row seat, and found that because of a change of aircraft, the actual seats are different to those on the web seat map.

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    TN Kangaroo (Blue Tail)
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Ben,
    making a silk purse from a sows ear at best…….should your top yielding passengers travel on tarted up ( several ex BA lease jobs ) clunkers, while $99.00 Nigel Nobody travels on state of the art technology ?

  • 5
    moa999
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    BlueTail,
    Because many flyers prefer a widebody – whether it be a clunky 767 or a new 330.
    Anyway QF has new 738s – the Boeing Sky Interior ones are particularly cool

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