Qan­tas chooses Air­bus

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QAN­TAS has an­nounced the se­lec­tion of the Air­bus A350-1000 as its pre­ferred air­craft to ser­vice up­com­ing Pro­ject Sun­rise routes, opt­ing against us­ing Boe­ing’s 777X air­craft.

At this point no or­ders have of­fi­cially been placed, how­ever the car­rier said it would “work closely” with Air­bus to cre­ate a con­tract for up to 12 air­craft be­fore the Qan­tas board makes its fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion.

In line with the de­ci­sion, Air­bus has agreed to ex­tend the dead­line to con­firm delivery slots from Feb to Mar, al­low­ing ex­tra time for Qan­tas to bro­ker an in­dus­trial agree­ment with­out im­pact­ing its highly an­tic­i­pated launch date for Pro­ject Sun­rise flights in the first half of 2023.

Qan­tas CEO Alan Joyce said that go­ing with the Air­bus A350-1000 made the most sense from a busi­ness case per­spec­tive.

“The A350 is a fan­tas­tic air­craft and the deal on the ta­ble with Air­bus gives us the best pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tion of com­mer­cial terms, fuel ef­fi­ciency, op­er­at­ing cost and customer ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“This is the right choice for the Sun­rise missions and it also has the right eco­nom­ics to do other long-haul routes if we want it to,” Joyce added.

Qan­tas is cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing with its pi­lots re­gard­ing pay to “close the last re­main­ing gap” in the car­rier’s Pro­ject Sun­rise busi­ness case.

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