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Qantas announces fleet expansion, boosts Network

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 17, 2011
The Qantas Group is acquiring more 737s and A320s. (Seth Jaworski)

Qantas has announced the acquisition of new aircraft across its Qantas domestic, Jetstar and Network businesses.

The new aircraft, for delivery through to the end of fiscal year 2012-13, comprise:

– Five leased 737-800s, and the extension of leases on a further two 737-800s, for Qantas;

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– Ten leased A320s for Jetstar, and the extension of leases on 11 A320s;

– An additional leased A330-200 for Jetstar;

– Two additional leased 717s for QantasLink; and

– The purchase of 10 Fokker 100s for Network Aviation.

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The Fokker 100s for the newly acquired Network business represent a significant expansion for the Perth based resource charter airline.

“Our intention from day one has been to grow Network, and today’s announcement will increase its F100 fleet five-fold,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.

The 737s and A320s will be predominantly used for domestic services to “maintain its [the Qantas Group’s] profit maximising 65 per cent domestic market share”, according to Joyce.

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