Airbus wins order to renew Qantas fleet

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FILE PHOTO: A ground worker walking near a Qantas plane is seen from the international terminal at Sydney Airport, as nations respond to the novel coronavirus variant Omicron amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in Sydney, Australia, November 29, 2021. REUTERS / Loren Elliott

December 15, 2021

(Reuters) – Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd is poised to select Europe’s Airbus for a fleet overhaul that involves the purchase of dozens of new narrow-body jets in the region and mainline, two people familiar with the matter said. this said.

It said an announcement of the deal, first reported by Bloomberg News, will go into effect early Thursday in Sydney, asking to remain anonymous during confidential negotiations.

Airbus is primarily competing with Boeing Co for one of the most awaited deals in the industry – described recently by the airline’s boss as a “once in a generation” fleet renewal.

Airbus and Boeing declined to comment.

A Qantas spokesperson said an announcement would be made soon, but declined to provide details.

The loss of the contract is clearly a blow to Boeing’s 737 MAX, disrupting strong sales since the jet was allowed to fly late last year following a safety ban.

CEO Alan Joyce said in October the airline expected to order more than 100 narrow-body and regional aircraft, with a preferred supplier to be selected in December.

It is looking exclusively at wide-body planes capable of making the world’s longest commercial flights from Sydney to London.

Qantas plans to replace an aging fleet of 75 Boeing 737-800s and 20 Boeing 717s in the region.

It said it would order the plane in mid-2022, with delivery expected between late 2023 and 2034.

Options under consideration are the Boeing 737 MAX, the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft and, for regional routes, the Airbus A220 family of aircraft and Embraer’s E2 family of jets.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher, Eric M. Johnson and Jamie Freed; Editing by Diane Craft and Peter Cooney) Airbus wins order to renew Qantas fleet

Bobby Allyn

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