First Qantas Boeing 737-800 Enters Service

Sydney, 05 February 2002

Qantas opened a new chapter in its history this morning when the first of the airline's New Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft entered commercial service, operating as QF501 from Brisbane to Sydney.

Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing John Borghetti said the aircraft was one of 15 new B737-800s to be added to the Qantas fleet this year.

"These aircraft will operate throughout the Qantas domestic network to provide additional capacity and growth in all sections of the Australian tourism industry," Mr Borghetti said.

"One of the first things customers will notice about the B737-800 is the distinctive 2.5-metre winglets, painted in the traditional Qantas red livery, attached to the end of each wing. The winglets give the aircraft greater range and a more fuel efficient and cost effective operation."

The Qantas B737-800 aircraft have a more spacious cabin, more headroom and larger windows and will be progressively fitted with new-design slimline seating.

They incorporate modern in-cabin overhead stowage bins, contemporary styling and lighting as well as the latest inflight entertainment system, including the Matshushita drop down LCD video monitors.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2612)