Qantas has stated that five of its 12 Airbus A380s will be returned to service “ahead of schedule” as it prepares for international borders to reopen in December.
The five A380s will be used to fly between Sydney and Los Angeles beginning in July 2022, and between Sydney and London beginning in November 2022, through Singapore.
While the airline had previously said that it was dedicated to keeping its A380 fleet, the four-engined jets were unlikely to return to service before 2023.
Qantas anticipates 10 of its 12 A380s to resume regular scheduled service by early 2024, while the remaining two will be retired.
Prior to their return to service, all ten returning A380s will have their interiors restored.
Meanwhile, Qantas will receive three new 787-9 Dreamliners that have remained undeliverable and stored with Boeing during FY23, while Jetstar will receive its first three A321neo LR aircraft in FY23 as well.