QANTAS Group is hiring more than 8500 people over the next decade and growing its fleet of aeroplanes, including freighters.

The company said the new roles include pilots, engineers, cabin crew and airport staff, and are driven by investments in new aircraft and increased flying to meet long-term demand through Qantas, Jetstar, QantasLink and Qantas Freight.

Last week, Qantas announced up to 22 mid-life and wetleased aircraft to arrive in the next two years to help meet growth from multiple sectors, including leisure travel, freight and the resources industry.

This includes three A321P2F aircraft to accelerate renewal of Qantas Freight fleet, for delivery in FY25 and FY26.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “We’re at the start of a major update of the Qantas Group fleet that will unlock a lot of benefits. The aircraft we have on order will help us lower emissions, expand our network, create new jobs and ultimately serve our customers better.

He said aircraft manufacturers are experiencing supply-chain delays like everyone else, and some deliveries will be pushed back six months.

“The arrival of new narrowbody aircraft into Jetstar, in particular, was creating a pipeline for existing aircraft to be used for freight and resources markets,” Mr Joyce said.

“Given the new aircraft are delayed, we’ll buy a number of second hand A319/320s to make sure we can still meet demand from our customers.”