Qantas Orders More 787s, Will Retire All 747s By 2020

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Qantas received their first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft last year to huge fanfare. Despite dozens of airlines receiving hundreds of Dreamliners over the past seven years, it was very significant for Qantas for a number of reasons:

1. It was the first new longhaul aircraft (and new aircraft type) they had received for many years;
2. It represented that they had reversed their financial position, after several years of heavy losses (they sensibly refused to purchase new aircraft until they had corrected this);
3. The range and fuel efficiency allowed new route possibilities, such as the first non-stop commercial flights from Australia to the UK (Perth to London); and
4. It included their brand new premium economy product.