Qantas is pushing back aircraft deliveries for as long as the Covid-19 pandemic persists.

“We have advised Boeing and Airbus that we won’t be taking delivery of any new aircraft while the current [Covid-19] crisis continues and present levels of uncertainty persist,” the carrier tells Cirium.


“Naturally enough, we don’t have a timeline for when this means they might arrive.”

The carrier did not directly address Cirium’s query about whether this approach extends to all carriers in the Jetstar Group, but indicates that it is not unique among airlines given that most of the existing global fleet has been grounded.

Cirium fleets data show the mainline carrier was expecting another three Boeing 787-9s between August and November. Qantas has 11 787-9s in its existing fleet, having received the first in 2017.

The data also show Melbourne-based Jetstar Airways has 45 A320neo and 64 A321neo in its orderbook, variants not yet in its fleet. The A321neos were due to arrive from 2021, and the A320neos, from 2023.