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Qantas eyes the 737 MAX for fleet renewal plans narrowbody, widebody plane orders in 2022



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Qantas has entered the final stages of a formal tender process with aircraft and engine manufacturers for the long-term renewal of its domestic narrow-body fleet.

The program, which has been flagged previously, will see more than 100 new aircraft enter the national carrier’s domestic fleet by 2034, renewing the Boeing 737-800s and Boeing 717s that currently form the backbone of its domestic jet operations.

Deliveries would start from the end of 2023 but the Group would retain significant flexibility to make adjustments depending on market conditions.

The aircraft being considered are the Boeing 737 MAX family and Airbus A320neo family, as well as the smaller Embraer E-Jet E2 family and the Airbus A220.

The tender process includes detailed evaluation of the aircraft against four key criteria: safety, reliability and performance, sustainability and emissions reduction, and commercial terms.


Final decisions on preferred suppliers of aircraft and engines are expected to be made by the end of 2021 followed by firm orders by mid-2022.

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The Qantas Group has an existing order for 109 Airbus A320/A321 aircraft, which will predominantly be used to renew Jetstar’s exiting fleet of A320 aircraft. The first neo is due to be delivered in the second half of calendar year 2022 with deliveries through to end of the decade.

Three additional 787-9 Dreamliner’s for Qantas International will be delivered from FY23 onwards.



Current fleet

Boeing 737-800

  • 75 aircraft in the fleet
  • 174 seats – 12 Business, 162 Economy
  • Current fleet age is between 7 to 19 years old
  • 4,800km range
  • Operated on routes ranging from Melbourne-Sydney to Brisbane-Perth
  • CFM engines

The B737-800s have been the workhorse of Qantas’ domestic operation for the past 20 years, with fantastic reliability and a product that customers love. The most recent aircraft arrived in 2014 so the 737-800 will continue to fly for Qantas well into the next decade.

Boeing 717

  • 20 aircraft in the fleet (mix of two and single class)
  • Two configurations:
    • Dual class with 110 seats – 12 Business, 98 Economy
    • Single class with 125 Economy seats
  • Current fleet age is from 15 to 22 years old
  • 2,408km range
  • Operated on routes such as Brisbane-Canberra and Hobart-Melbourne
  • Rolls Royce Deutschland BR-715 engines

The B717s have provided Qantas with the flexibility to service many segments of the domestic market, including regional routes, fly in fly out operations or more frequencies to capital cities.




 Note: Aircraft information has been sourced from manufacturers’ websites. Specifications are indicative only and not reflective of the specifications of any potential aircraft order by Qantas.

Boeing 737 MAX family

  • Consists of the MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 9 and MAX 10
  • Seats range from 138 to 204 seats for two-class configurations
  • 6,100km to 7,130km range
  • Reduces fuel use and CO2 emissions by 14 per cent compared to the 737-800NG
  • 40 per cent quieter than the 737-800NG
  • CFM International LEAP-1B engines

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Airbus A320 family

  • Includes the Airbus A320neo and A321neo
  • A320neo seats – from 150 to 180 for a two-class configuration. 6,300km range
  • A321neo seats – from 180 to 220 for a two-class configuration. 7,400km range
  • The A320neo family offers fuel improvements of 14 per cent from A320ceos
  • 50 per cent quieter than the A320ceos
  • Two engine options-Pratt and Whitney PurePower PW1100G and CFM International LEAP-1A

Airbus A220

  • Specifically designed for the 100-150 seat market
  • 25 per cent lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation aircraft, half the noise footprint, and decreased emissions
  • Up to 6,390km range
  • Pratt and Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines

Embraer E-Jet E2 family

  • E190-E2 seats up to 114 for a single-class configuration. Range is 5,278km
  • E195-E2 seats up to 146 for a single-class configuration. Range is 4,815km
  • Achieves double digit lower fuel consumption compared to current-generation Embraer jets
  • Pratt and Whitney PurePower PW1700G engines


Emirates restores Dubai-Sydney-Christchurch daily service on Airbus A380



Emirates restores Dubai-Sydney-Christchurch daily service on Airbus A380

Emirates’ flagship A380 made a landmark touchdown at Christchurch Airport today, marking the resumption of its daily service from Dubai to Christchurch via Sydney after more than three years.

The special service was greeted by a crowd of spectators at the Christchurch Airport boundary, who watched as the iconic aircraft taxied through a ceremonial water canon salute, before parking in view of trade, media, and VIP guests at the international terminal.

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Outbound EK412 left Dubai at 10:15 local time, stopping briefly in Sydney before arriving in Christchurch at 13:55 hours the next day, New Zealand time. The resumption of the Dubai to Christchurch route headlines a planned ramping up of seating capacity across Emirates’ global network, after boosting operations 31% (total ASKMs) since the beginning of its financial year. This operational boost included the re-introduction of Emirates’ nonstop A380 route from Auckland to Dubai in December of last year.

Emirates’ A380 return to Christchurch is also welcome news for South Island producers, with SkyCargo again supporting the export of 15 to 18 tonnes of daily goods across the Tasman. The airfreight will provided much-needed airfreight from a broad range of exporters, including Central Otago cherries, prime New Zealand lamb, and premium seafood, as they continue on to destinations around the world.


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Both North and South Island customers will now have direct access to daily Emirates A380 services, providing greater levels of flexibility and choice when making travel plans and providing seamless connectivity and reduced transit time when travelling to other destinations across the airline’s global network, including destinations in Europe and the Middle East. Travellers looking to venture beyond the airline’s gateways will also have more connection opportunities to 55 cities across Australia and New Zealand through Emirates’ long-standing partnership with Qantas.

Restart of Christchurch via Sydney 

The A380 flight operates as EK 412 and EK 413. Emirates flight EK 412 departs Dubai at 1015hrs, arriving in Sydney at 0700hrs. The flight will then continue, taking off from Sydney at 0845hrs, arriving in Christchurch at 1355hrs. EK 413 will then depart Christchurch at 1820hrs, arriving in Sydney at 1940hrs. The final leg of EK 413 will depart to Dubai at 2145hrs, arriving at 0515hrs local time.

Customers in Christchurch will not only be able to enjoy the airline’s flagship aircraft, but will also experience the debut of the highly sought-after Premium Economy cabin and latest products across every class of travel.

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Is this Air India’s shortest narrowbody route in India?



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A direct service between Pune and Mumbai is planned to be introduced by Air India. The service will launch six times a week as of March 26. The 9:45 a.m. flight by Air India will arrive in Pune at 10:45 a.m. Around 11:20 am, the return flight will leave, and at 12:20 pm, it will touch down in Mumbai. In actuality, this is the first direct flight that is now offered between the two cosmopolitan cities. Jet Airways used to run a flight in the past, but it stopped in 2019.

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During the voyage, an Airbus A319 will operate on the airline’s revived 9W route, according to the Air India website. This is the smallest aircraft in the carrier’s fleet. For individuals going between Mumbai and Pune, the road would provide another option other than trains, buses and private vehicles.

Connecting flights do travel between Mumbai and Pune. Nonetheless, it takes longer than four hours to get there. For the Air India flight from Mumbai to Pune, ticket sales have already begun. For more information on ticket prices, users can go to the Air India website. Business class tickets cost about Rs 18,467 each seat while economy tickets cost about Rs 2,353 per seat. According to reports, the Mumbai-Pune route will be the nation’s shortest narrowbody route.

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The airlines will also begin eight additional weekly flights on Sunday: three flights each from Mumbai and Delhi to Bangkok, as well as weekly flights from Delhi to Hong Kong and Seoul (Incheon). With this, the carrier’s total number of flights to East Asia will reach 67.


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Etihad Airways returns to East India with daily flights to Kolkata



Etihad Airways returns to East India with daily flights to Kolkata

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, last night touched down in Kolkata as the airline made its much-anticipated return to the city. With a total of seven weekly nonstop services, the airline will once again connect India’s financial capital, Kolkata, with the world through Abu Dhabi.

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The first flight on the new service, EY256, departed Abu Dhabi with a full load of passengers at 1:50pm local time on 26 March and touched down at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport last night at 8:10pm local time. Upon arrival in Kolkata, passengers were welcomed with a cake-cutting ceremony and a celebration attended by Etihad and Kolkata Airport Executives.

The return flight, EY257, departed Kolkata at 9:05 pm local time on 26 March, landing in Abu Dhabi shortly after midnight. The flights will be operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft, offering Etihad’s award-winning service to guests in 8 seats in Business Class and 150 in Economy, convenient flight timings to the UAE’s capital city and seamless connections to destinations across the airline’s growing global network of 67 destinations.

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Etihad passengers flying from Kolkata to the United States can benefit from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility in Abu Dhabi International Airport, the only US immigration preclearance service in the region that allows passengers to clear US immigration while they are still in Abu Dhabi, meaning travellers can get home quicker and easier.

Flight schedule for Abu Dhabi – Kolkata service, effective 26 March 2023:

Flight Departing Time Arriving Time Aircraft Days
EY258 Abu Dhabi 21:10 Kolkata 03:30 (+1) A320 Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat
EY259 Kolkata 04:35 Abu Dhabi 08:15 A320 Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun
EY 256 Abu Dhabi 13:50 Kolkata 20:10 A320 Tue, Fri, Sun
EY 257 Kolkata 21:15 Abu Dhabi 00:55 (+1) A320 Tue, Fri, Sun


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GE eyes multi-billion dollar engine deal with India for fighter jet programs




GE eyes multi-billion dollar engine deal with India for fighter jet programs

While the design of the aircraft manufacturing is rapidly progressing under the AMCA and TEDBF project. Now, the engine manufacturer is promising to provide HAL with the technology. In order to participate in the Indian future fighter lead design manufacture, GE is now prepared to express its interest.

General Electric (GE), a major American aerospace engine manufacturer, has submitted an application to the Pentagon asking for permission to jointly produce and share engine technology with India. The Pentagon has brought up the matter with the appropriate authorities, and the proposal is moving quickly as a result of the urgency displayed by GE, which is eager to expand its business in India with a multi-billion dollar engine deal for Indian fighter jet programs.

A military turbofan engine built by General Electric Aviation is known as the GE F114. Current applications include the F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and other military aircraft. It was initially created for the F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft.

The modular design of the F114 engine makes maintenance and repair simple. It is able to travel at supersonic speeds and has a maximum thrust of about 29,000 pounds. Additionally, the engine is equipped with cutting-edge technologies like an afterburner for improved performance and a digital engine control system.

Overall, the GE F114 engine is a strong and dependable engine that has been instrumental in the development of numerous military aircraft.


For the Indian Navy’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) fifth-generation fighter programs, GE has requested authorization to jointly build a 110kn engine based on its F414 engine.

For the 4.5+ Gen Tejas MkII fighter program in India, GE intends to jointly produce a baseline F414 engine that generates a 98kN class of thrust. Moreover, GE wants to create an upgrade core that can provide 110-120kN Class of thrust for the AMCA and TEDBF Program.

For each fighter program over its life cycle, GE estimates a massive deal for 400 engines from India alone, with up to 1000 engines being produced locally in India. Due to the Tejas Mk1A program, GE has an advantage over its rivals in India. GE is eager to fend off offers from Safran and Rolls-Royce by providing engines that are not only economical but also include Transfer of Technology (ToT) for domestic production.


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Travel the World with Etihad’s Sale Fares Starting from AED 995



Etihad Airways launches Summer sale

Etihad Airways is launching an Early Summer sale with exclusive offers to help guests plan a quick escape before the summer. guests can book their flights at special sale fares to select Etihad destinations until 31 March 2023, and travel between 1 May and 15 June 2023.

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Guests can choose from select Etihad sale destinations with fares starting from AED 995 for a return fare.

  • Head to Cairo from AED 1,195 and take in the ancient sites and one of the seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Khufu at the Pyramids of Giza. While in Egypt, take a cruise on the Nile, the world’s longest river, or visit the Red Sea, home to colorful reefs and beautiful marine life.
  • Explore the history, architecture and art in one of the world’s most popular cities when you fly to Paris for AED 2,595. Visit the Eiffel Tower, take a cruise along the Seine, or check out the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s original counterpart Louvre Paris and see the famed Mona Lisa. Watch the Parisiens go by as you relax with un café at the bustling pavement cafes and enjoy the city’s famed gastronomy at a lovely French Bistrot.
  • Visit the UK’s bustling capital, London from AED 2,795 to take in the parks, museums, and historical sites, or shop until you drop in the beautiful streets of the majestic city. Take advantage of the nightlife in the famous ‘West End theatre district or dine in cosy eateries or Michelin-starred restaurants
  • If you’re looking for tropical beaches, surfing spots, or scuba diving adventures then try the Philippines. Fly to Manila from AED 2,395 and explore the food, art scene and the world’s oldest Chinatown in the city known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, or venture further to visit the islands’ beaches and indulge in breathtaking landscapes and turquoise waters.
  • Fly to the beautiful Garden City of Singapore from AED 2,495 and dine on top of the Marina Bay Sands, take in the botanical gardens or the Gardens by the Bay. Visit the famed Raffles Hotel and marvel at the iconic architecture all around the city.
  • Starting tomorrow, Etihad will also relaunch daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Kolkata, providing a total of seven non-stop services per week to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. To celebrate the relaunch, sale fares to Kolkata start at just AED 995 in Economy. Uniquely cosmopolitan, Kolkata – often referred to as the cultural capital of India – is home to exceptional architecture and dynamic markets.
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EasyJet launches flights for the first time to Istanbul



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EasyJet has announced a new route to Istanbul in Turkey from Manchester which will take off this summer. This will be the first time the airline will operate to the Istanbul Airport in Turkey’s largest city, which becomes the 156th destination on easyJet’s extensive short-haul network spanning Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Seats are on sale now at and via the mobile app, with fares from £51.99.*

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Departing for the first time on 9th June, flights will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, providing a direct connection for customers from the North-West to this unique and iconic city, in addition to existing popular services from Manchester to Antalya and Dalaman.

Istanbul joins other destinations Bodrum, Antalya, Dalaman and Izmir on easyJet’s Turkey network and promises to offer customers something uniquely different.  Straddling two continents, and famously known as the city where East meets West, easyJet’s newest destination boasts a rich history and will offer customers a variety of experiences; from the old city which reflects cultural influences of many historic empires, to world-famous landmarks like the Blue Mosque, while bargain hunters can stroll the iconic Grand Bazaar.

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What’s more, the new route means that brand new package holidays have gone on sale with Europe’s fastest-growing tour operator, easyJet holidays. Holidaymakers can make the most of city break packages starting at just £437 per person, including hotel, flights and 23kg luggage. The holiday provider has 13 hotels to choose from, including the 5* CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul in the New City, the 5* Eresin hotels Topkapi in the Old City, and the 5* Wanda Vista Istanbul in Marmara.

EasyJet serves 21 UK airports, offering 482 routes to 125 destinations from the UK across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. To discover more about easyJet’s UK network and to book, visit

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“Biomimetic Seats and Time Travel: easyJet’s Vision for Travel in 50 Years”



"Biomimetic Seats and Time Travel: easyJet's Vision for Travel in 50 Years"

EasyJet 2070: The Future Travel Report highlights include:

The airport journey and air travel experience will be revolutionized by technological advances:

  • Heartbeat and biometric passports will replace the traditional passport, for passengers to breeze through their airport. Much like fingerprints and the retina, every person’s cardiac signature is unique. Passengers’ heartbeat signatures and biometric details will be logged on a global system in the same way fingerprint scanning technology works today.

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  • Ergonomic and biomimetic sensory plane seats will become the norm, with smart materials adapting to passengers’ body shape, height, weight, and temperature, providing the ultimate tailored comfort flying experience

  • Inflight entertainment will be beamed directly in front of passenger’s eyes, via optoelectronic devices, replacing the need for onboard screens or downloading movies before you fly

  • e-VTOL air taxis will do away with the airport car park shuttle – the journey to the airport will be quicker and more convenient than ever before with 85% of passengers arriving by e-VTOLs from their homes to the terminal.

As technology advances, it will see significant advances in the accommodation experience abroad:

  • 3D printed hotel buffet food will allow holidaymakers to 3D print whatever they want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while reducing food waste.

  • Subterranean hotels built into the fabric of the earth that are super energy efficient and at one with the environment

  • All hotel rooms will be smart rooms with beds already pre-made to exactly desired firmness, ambient temperatures and favourite music playing based upon preferences you select in advance of booking the holiday

  • A holographic personal holiday concierge will accompany holidaymakers to provide up to date destination information and assistance throughout their stay

  • 3D printed, recyclable holiday clothes on arrival at the hotel will remove the need for suitcases and fast holiday fashion as travellers can print the clothes required in their hotel rooms, tailored to their perfect fit and style, and recycle the materials for the next guest to enjoy.

  • Human powered hotels which harvest energy from its guests’ footsteps in order to generate power

Four of the expert predictions have been brought to life in incredibly detailed renders, showcasing how travel could look in 2070.


The impressive visuals depict travellers using their unique heartbeats to get through security at the airport, as well as a new way of flying as aircraft are fitted with adaptable, biomimetic seats, with entertainment beamed directly into their eyes. Other images show holidaymakers viewing a true-to-life Colossus of Rhodes wearing haptic suits, and selecting delicious 3D-printed food, personalised to their tastes. Three-quarters (75%) of Brits say that these technological advances would make them more likely to go on holiday in the future.

The survey of 2,000 British adults revealed that biometric heartbeat passports and time-travelling holiday experiences are the advancements in travel that the nation would most like to see happen by 2070.

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