Sydney Airport welcomed Australia’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner this week.
According to the gateway, the landmark occasion heralded the beginning of a major shift in the Australian aviation industry towards the use of quieter, greener, and more fuel-efficient aircraft.
Kerrie Mather, CEO at Sydney Airport, said: “The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be 60% quieter than the B767 it is replacing, and use 20% less fuel per passenger, heralding a new era of quieter, greener aircraft.
“Together with the A380, Sydney Airport is set to be one of the most popular ports for new generation aircraft, with Qantas placing a significant order for the B787.”
According to Mather, low-cost carriers (LCCs) will drive much of the growth for airports over the next decade.
As a result, the LCC Jetstar is expected to operate many of the Dreamliners on order, so it will become “the workhorse of the fleet” and open potential for more direct flights from Sydney to destinations in Asia, North America and South America.
Mather added: “Over the past decade, Sydney Airport has had a 40% increase in passengers, but virtually no increase in aircraft movements.
“Sydney Airport has ample capacity for passenger growth and with new generation aircraft rolling off the production line and airline orders being filled over the next two years, this trend is set to continue.”
The gateway has invested heavily to accommodate new generation aircraft, including infrastructure upgrades to cope with larger aircraft, completing the Runway End Safety Areas last year and the upgrade of the international terminal.