Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) is planning to retire all its remaining B747-400s by the end of 2020 and replace them with B787-9s, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said during the IATA AGM.

"We have an additional six B787s coming in to replace the B747s," Joyce said.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, the Australian flag carrier currently operates one B747-400 and six B747-400(ER)s. The former two units are 22.7 years old on average, while the (ER)s are 16.4 years old on average. Qantas owns all its B747s.

Qantas currently uses the B747s on routes from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Honolulu, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, San Francisco, CA, Santiago de Chile Int'l, and Tokyo Haneda.

While the Boeing quadjets are scheduled for a phase-out, Qantas intends to continue operating A380-800s.

"We are reconfiguring the A380s as we speak. It will take a year to reconfigure all twelve of them. We are committed to operating the aircraft for another up to ten years," Joyce said.

The Airbus quadjets are on average 9.8 years old and operate routes from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth, London Heathrow (via Singapore Changi), and Los Angeles Int'l, as well as from Melbourne Tullamarine to Los Angeles and Singapore.

The carrier's widebody fleet also includes eighteen A330-200s, ten A330-300s, and eight B787-9s.

Editorial Comment: The article has been updated following the retirement of the penultimate B747-400. - 10.06.2019 - 18:09 UTC